In my quest to recreate something that might resemble anything like Hopslam, I decided to try my own double IPA brewed with honey. What I came up with was my “Honey-Do” DIPA. It’s not terrible, but it’s not something you’d want to drink regularly. It tastes like a homebrewed beer, which homebrewers will probably tell you is not the big goal of homebrewing. I’d like it to have been a bit more easy on the palate, but it’ll do as something to keep around the house and drink 15 more of.
The smell is not the problem. It has a good hoppy smell from the Centennial and Galena hops used in the brew and dry-hopping process. It wafts like a DIPA just fine. There are earthy tones and a bit of citrus, but that’s about it.
The problem is the taste. I don’t think it’s the fault of the beer, it’s just the hop profile doesn’t match up with the idea of adding honey. And, being a beginner brewer, how was I to know? That’s the benefit of really creating your own recipes from scratch. I used a double IPA kit and added honey to it while the beer was at high krausen. If I were to do this beer again, I really believe using different hops would mix well with the honey. The way the flavor profile works now is there is a definite sweetness at the beginning of a taste, but it gives way rather quickly to the bitterness of the hops and that’s no good. What it comes down to is the hops and honey are fighting for the same taste buds and they don’t play nice. I also didn’t like the way the color came out.
The silver lining of it is that at about 8 percent ABV, you wouldn’t be able to tell. Between the sweetness and bitterness, I can’t tell the higher alcohol level of the beer, and that’s good enough for me. If the alcohol flavor was also a problem, that would’ve really upset me. But, I’ll make do.
On the bright side, I think my jalapeno ale is going to turn out great. More on that soon.