[quote=“JMcK”]Just cracked the first bottles of this. I’m not sure if it’s fair to compare, because we deviated from the instructions.
The kit comes with 2oz of each of the hops, but the recipe only calls for 1.5 each. We deliberately added all 4oz, but followed the times. We also added an additional pound of honey 3-days after brewing during the transfer from primary to secondary. We figured that amping-up both would embiggen the flavor, but retain balance. Our OG was 1.054; FG 1.014;
So impressions: The hops are not too strong on the nose, but VERY prevalent on the pallet. I thought it was great, my wife was meh but drank it. To put our opinions in context; I like, but do not prefer hoppy beers, but my wife hates IPAs. I was able to pick out the honey flavor, but the hops overwhelmed her taste too much.
Also, we sampled too young, the bottles had only a week of conditioning. I’m expecting the hops to mellow with proper time. In another few weeks this beer should be awesome. (It did seem nicely carbonated after just a week, so I’m very fearful that we over-primed.)[/quote]
Same here, my wife thought it was too hoppy, and even i think it is a bit too bitter in finish, definitely can taste it.
i did the same as you, put in all the hops right in the batch up front, which i think had a bit too do with it.
My OG was 1.050 and ended up with 1.010, nice color and lacing, i can taste the honey but the hops over power the beer too much.
I have another kit I am going to start tonight, this time I will use less hops (exactly what they suggest) but probably in secondary and only for a short amount of time…it will be an experimental batch.