Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Thrill Is Gone

I had one of my two remaining Ballast Point Sculpins last night. Fresh, it is one of my favorite beers. Several months on the floral aroma, so prominent a few months ago, is much less pronounced. It's still a good IPA, but it's lost its magnificence. It looked great. I had it stored in my "beer closet." I think the closet gets too hot and might help explain the fast degradation. I need to drink my other IPAs soon. I have Stone's 10th Anniversary in the same closet along with Stone's Vertical Epic series going back to 04-04-04. The 10th lost its hop presence several months after release and I am not encouraged about its progression in my closet. I need to sample a VE to see how they are progressing (or digressing.)

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