Originally Posted by Hopelesst
I really like the sound of a honey basil hef but the hop schedule for endlesswinter's variation concerns me. It's much more hop forward than the amber recipie-- flavor and aroma hops compared to the lone bittering addition of the original. Have you brewed this version yet? Do the hops compete with the basil or is there a happy unison there?
These both look tasty. Can't wait to try them out.
I just tapped this beer, never done it before. It is interesting. The citrus flavors and basil do play nicely together, blending into a nice sunshiny flavor. Definitely more hop forward on the flavor when compared with the bison honey basil, the hops do cover up a bit of the basil, yet the basil does come through. Basil on the aroma is still very present.
To me, the beer tastes a little watered down though, almost like its missing a some desired malty base. This could be partly due to the fact that I don't normally brew/drink beers this light and my palette is biased. In addition, I did not quite hit the desired OG due to poor mash efficiency. [given this] I think the honey to grain ratio might have also been a bit high, creating a dryer fermentation.
I think some revisions could make this beer a winner: better efficiency and/or more wheat&malt and maybe a little less honey (say 1 lb). The basil and hops additions seem good to me, but im not a tasting/brewing expert by any means.