Originally Posted by Chaos_ult
Austin - so my friend just got into brewing, and recently made his first beer. Pretty sure he made an IPA to start...I think. It was whatever his kit came with :/
He said it went through quite a transformation as it aged. It started out really hoppy, then tasted almost like a light beer, then got super carbonated like a cider. I think the entire transformation took something like 3ish months.
Is that normal?
I missed this before, sorry.
That transformation sounds within the realm of normalness. As beers get older they lose their hoppy flavors and bitterness, sometimes it is much more noticeable than others. There's a beer called Pliny the Elder which gets a lot of accolades for its super fresh hoppy flavor profile, and unless you get it before 6 weeks after it's bottled then it loses a lot of its appeal. As far as carbonation goes the very first beer I made was a kiwi wheat ale and it was pretty low in carbonation until about 3 weeks in the bottle when it became over carbonated. So I am guessing what he experienced is probably normal as well.