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Maharaja May 2007
« on: January 07, 2010, 10:26:19 PM »
Was digging through my barleywine collection and found this beer.  I vaguely remember throwing it in there...I think the beer was six months old (which I deemed too old for a DIPA) and I was hammered at the time.  It is what it is.

So when should I open it?  When is an aged DIPA at its best? 
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2010, 10:29:57 PM »
Was digging through my barleywine collection and found this beer.  I vaguely remember throwing it in there...I think the beer was six months old (which I deemed too old for a DIPA) and I was hammered at the time.  It is what it is.

So when should I open it?  When is an aged DIPA at its best

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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2010, 11:14:34 PM »
i've had mixed results. the couple Dreadnaughts i've had were at least 2 years old and were pretty tasty.

then i had a 2 or so year old GI IIPA recently and it was terrible
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2010, 05:47:51 AM »
Fro might be another that could weigh in on this.  He's talked about purposely aging some DIPAs.

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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2010, 09:35:34 AM »
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2010, 09:42:38 AM »
2-year HopSlam is divine, but a completely different beer. 
I'm willing to bet that Maharaja doesn't age so gracefully, as there doesn't seem to be as much of a malt backbone to it.

Sell it on ebay.
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010, 12:26:52 PM »
2-year HopSlam is divine, but a completely different beer. 
I'm willing to bet that Maharaja doesn't age so gracefully, as there doesn't seem to be as much of a malt backbone to it.

Sell it on ebay.

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I still have a sixer or so of 2008 Hopslam  :bag:
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2010, 12:29:14 PM »
2-year HopSlam is divine, but a completely different beer. 
I'm willing to bet that Maharaja doesn't age so gracefully, as there doesn't seem to be as much of a malt backbone to it.

Sell it on ebay.

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I still have a sixer or so of 2008 Hopslam  :bag:

I'll beat Rockzo to the punch... it's still drinking better than a fresh Flossy IPA!

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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2010, 12:34:06 PM »
2-year HopSlam is divine, but a completely different beer. 
I'm willing to bet that Maharaja doesn't age so gracefully, as there doesn't seem to be as much of a malt backbone to it.

Sell it on ebay.

 :yes:

I still have a sixer or so of 2008 Hopslam  :bag:

I'll beat Rockzo to the punch... it's still drinking better than a fresh Flossy IPA!


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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2010, 07:00:54 PM »
I had the 07 Maharaja last year at Naja's. Was well on it's way to taking on full barleywine characteristics. Most all presence of hops was kaput. That being said, it was pretty damned drinkable for what it was.
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2010, 08:28:20 PM »
i've had mixed results. the couple Dreadnaughts i've had were at least 2 years old

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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2010, 05:41:02 AM »
2-year HopSlam is divine, but a completely different beer. 
I'm willing to bet that Maharaja doesn't age so gracefully, as there doesn't seem to be as much of a malt backbone to it.

Sell it on ebay.

 :yes:

I still have a sixer or so of 2008 Hopslam  :bag:

I'll beat Rockzo to the punch... it's still drinking better than a fresh Flossy IPA!
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2010, 08:23:42 AM »
Anyone who ages D/IPAs is a terrorist
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2010, 08:30:04 AM »
Anyone who ages D/IPAs is a terrorist

That's Red talk, comrade.
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2010, 08:31:22 AM »
Anyone who ages D/IPAs is a terrorist

That's Red talk, comrade.

Enough doublespeak, Boris.  I'm raising McCarthy from the dead and putting him all over your Stalin-loving ayyyyssshhh.  I'm from Amurca where we drink our DIPAs fresh!
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2010, 03:34:55 PM »
Anyone who ages D/IPAs is a terrorist

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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2010, 08:26:28 PM »
Anyone who ages D/IPAs is a terrorist

Not true. I had a 3yr flight of Goose Island Imperial IPA and it was great. The years were 2006, 2007 and 2008, and we had it in mid 2009. Granted they were very different beers. But still very very good.

As someone mentioned, Maharaja might not age as well. But it's great fresh, so maybe it can do alright. I'd say you probably don't want to go more than 3 years with it though. So any time you want to open it, you should do so.
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2010, 09:10:34 PM »
Anyone who ages D/IPAs is a terrorist

Not true. I had a 3yr flight of Goose Island Imperial IPA and it was great. The years were 2006, 2007 and 2008, and we had it in mid 2009. Granted they were very different beers. But still very very good.

As someone mentioned, Maharaja might not age as well. But it's great fresh, so maybe it can do alright. I'd say you probably don't want to go more than 3 years with it though. So any time you want to open it, you should do so.

Terrorists aren't allowed to have opinions, so your post shall be disregarded.  ;D

I've never had an aged IPA that didn't taste like cardboard or stale iced tea.*

*I did, however, have Stone 10th aged and this 1260 triple IPA from some ME brewery that were pretty tasty, although I would never call them DIPAs in that state.
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2010, 02:08:21 PM »
I also did a three-year vertical of Double Dog, which isn't exactly a DIPA.  It was interesting, but the fresh were far better.
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2010, 04:39:11 PM »
It aint going to drink itself.   Its ready though.  Make it happen report back.   You could also blend with some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.   
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2010, 06:27:36 PM »
It aint going to drink itself.   Its ready though.  Make it happen report back.   You could also blend with some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.   

I did my last few Celebrations with tangerine juice and it was tasty. :thumbup:

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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2010, 06:28:26 PM »
It aint going to drink itself.   Its ready though.  Make it happen report back.   You could also blend with some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.   

I did my last few Celebrations with tangerine juice and it was tasty. :thumbup:

Nice man!  I've never thought to try this with old IPAs, I think I will next time.
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2010, 12:30:38 AM »
It aint going to drink itself.   Its ready though.  Make it happen report back.   You could also blend with some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.   

I did my last few Celebrations with tangerine juice and it was tasty. :thumbup:

I blended my last few Celebrations with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice last year and it was amazing.

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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2010, 02:11:05 PM »
??? WTF? Is this some kind of tradition, to age IPA's and blend them with citrus juice?
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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2010, 02:34:19 PM »
??? WTF? Is this some kind of tradition, to age IPA's and blend them with citrus juice?

I've only done it with fresh IPAs.

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Re: Maharaja May 2007
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2010, 06:31:18 PM »
A:  Loads of sediment suspended in the body.  I'd imagine over time its going to sink to the bottom of the glass, but as of now its in no hurry.  The color of the beer itself is rust, much darker than I remember.  Almost completely opaque.  The head is solid and creamy, whipped butter color.  *Update* - sediment isn't going anywhere.  

S:  Most of the hops have vanished off the nose.  Mostly dulce de leche, milk, maple, apricot with some piney bitterness hiding under the surface.  But all the citrus is gone.  

T:  No hoppiness, but very sweet.  Lots of watery butterscotch and honey which transitions to bitter burnt brown sugar.  Although the hop profile is gone, the bitterness remains.  This is, unfortunately, all there is to this beer.  Almost one note.

M:  Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation on the tongue.  

D:
 DIPA's aren't really meant to be aged.  This is a completely different beer than when fresh...and while not "bad" its not "good" and really shouldn't be aged on purpose.  If you want to age a beer to get similar flavors yet retain the complexity of the beer, stick with barleywines.  
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