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G'day everyone...

Ii picked up a SNPA today at Dan murphys...

What can I say... Well, perhaps it didn't travel too well, but I found a distinct absence of hops for my pallate. Well balanced, but very mainstream tasting. Zero aroma, but great lacing of the glass...

Not very impressed. Don't get me wrong, it is a great beer, but very different to what I thought it would be like. In my opinion LCPA is far better. Probably is to do with the travel and the age...

Anyways, makes my home brew ipa on tap at the moment even nicer!
 

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I wouldn't give up on it - had a similar experience with my first. Tried another about 2 months later and loved it - always grab one at the bottlo.
 

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I got good 6 pack recently, First good one I've had. Brewed a run of Malty beers and run out of something hoppy.
Unfortunaltely I wanna try something other than little creatures sometimes. My opinion they shouldn't sell it. Surely there's a big enough market for a nice hoppy Aussie IPA in Dans. Or is it only homebrewers that like this stuff?
 

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The first time I had SNPA was beautiful. The second time was meh. Check the date if it's on the bottle. Next time you get one make sure it is from a different batch, or at least fresher. That may make a difference.
 

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I was recently in the US where 6 packs of SNPA and Torpedo were $8 (heaven!) and found them both to be tasty brews (less than 1 month old) ... local samplings have been disappointing though.
 

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I had them both in Hawaii last year and they were alot better over there compared to here... Plus they come in longnecks!!!!!!
 

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had my fisrt ever snpa in Sydney 3 weeks ago,from a bottlo,was'nt impressed with it (could be a shipping/storage issue).
so i bought a six pack next day,same deal.
if,if,if,the beer was stuffed in some way i dont know,but honestly i dont see why it is so popular/raved about.(again,storage/handling maybe) but grabbed the ferry over to Manly,went to the 4 pines brewery and had their ale...ohhhh..now that is a top shelf ale..........good, damn good,...and can't get it here....ahhh bugga....cheers........spog.........
 

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I got a six pack from Dan's a month back, loved it! I'll get it again if I'm heading out somewhere.
 

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Haha, I love reading smashed posts. Onya Spog.
 

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Had SNPA here and there. Always excellent. Perhaps it's not to your taste?
 

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Had SNPA here and there. Always excellent. Perhaps it's not to your taste?
All I can say is bland... Not distasteful, but just a mediocre drop...

I love APA's, but to be honest, based from the one I sampled, I simply cannot see why all the hype and fuss... As stated, LCPA is far superior IMO, of course...

My pallete may also be a little "burned" at the moment as I have a very strong, hoppy IIPA on tap at the moment, which I guess could have muffled my taste buds... Not sure...

Nonetheless, either the beer travels very badly and I had a poor example of the beer, or its an overrated beer...
 

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SNPA is a supurb beer. There's a reason it spawned a beer revolution.

The stuff at Dans is a craps shoot. I bought a sixpack in NYC once and it was like there were dry hops in the bottles. Big piney citrus burst. $9 a sixpack too, just off Broadway.

Always: check the date on the bottle, and: someone please tell me whether they switch the date around to our format! I'm waiting to get an unambiguous date:time stamp so I can finally know.
 

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Find one that says 3/21/2012 or 21/03/2012 and you should be right
 

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******* love SNPA! although it's major struggle town to get a nice, fresh one here that hasn't been "manked" out.

I have the pleasure of visiting the USA 1-2 times a year, and it's a top drop imo... love it!
 

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SNPA is a supurb beer. There's a reason it spawned a beer revolution.

The stuff at Dans is a craps shoot. I bought a sixpack in NYC once and it was like there were dry hops in the bottles. Big piney citrus burst. $9 a sixpack too, just off Broadway.

Always: check the date on the bottle, and: someone please tell me whether they switch the date around to our format! I'm waiting to get an unambiguous date:time stamp so I can finally know.
That's the interesting thing Nick, it had absolutely zero hop aroma or distinguishable citrus. It's best before date was sep. 2012...

Must have simply lost it's flavor and aroma through age and travel... But its interesting than my 12 month old APA home-brews still retain flavor and aroma... Can anyone explain?
 

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That's the interesting thing Nick, it had absolutely zero hop aroma or distinguishable citrus. It's best before date was sep. 2012...

Must have simply lost it's flavor and aroma through age and travel... But its interesting than my 12 month old APA home-brews still retain flavor and aroma... Can anyone explain?
Maybe you treat your beers better than what your bottle-o and it's importer treated the SNPA.

I have a slab of imported SNPA at my work... it's been there for 3-months, because it's so sub-standard that it's not an enjoyable drink.

Purchased from Dan's.
 

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Purchased from Dan's.
Yup, every SNPA I've had from Dan's has been musty, stale and hop-less.

From another dealer in Perth who specialises in craft beer and is passionate about beer, everyone has been fresh and hoppy, a great drop.
 

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It would be a fun experiment to put a case of home brew through the trials and tribulations that SNPA goes through before it sees a shelf at Dans and see what pops out the other side..... :eek:
I don't reckon there would be to many or any that would not be gushing like a..........
 

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Maybe you treat your beers better than what your bottle-o and it's importer treated the SNPA.

I have a slab of imported SNPA at my work... it's been there for 3-months, because it's so sub-standard that it's not an enjoyable drink.

Purchased from Dan's.
AFAIK the SNPA is imported by Phoenix and they had to agree to ship the beer in a very particular way to get the right to import it. SN wouldn't allow it to be shipped this far so all previous imports were "grey". The stuff at Dan's would have been shipped as per specifications. I've had tonnes of the stuff and never had a bad one, certainly not to the extent of making the claim above.
 

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Drinking a six pack now. Dated best before 4/11/12, so i am guessing Dan isnt selling past best beer. (but i can be a nit paraniod). It tastes pretty fresh to me with a decent amount of hop flavour.


If someone could find out how what date they get stamped out of the bottling plant we would know how fresh they are.
 

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