Sometimes the best beers I've made are the smaller more experimental ones. Why, oh, why do I spend time on the Classic Styles? Here is the story.
I made a simple IPA, with Maris Otter and a little bit of Crystal malt. I limited the hops to Centennial for bittering and Simcoe for aroma and flavor...this was the next beer after the SMaSH beers I brewed, and I wanted to keep with the some of the same ingredients.
It was another 4 gallon batch, and when I racked to secondary (into a 3 gallon carboy and a 1 gallon carboy), the one gallon was calling for something extra. The 1 gallon carboys are the best things in the world. It allows you to experiment, without risking the entire batch.
But what to do? Hmm. I have some cheap honey here in the pantry. Let's squirt some honey into this IPA in the 1 gallon carboy. One, two, three, four seconds (or so) worth of honey. OK. Let's let this set for another 4 weeks before bottling.
I ended up bottling 6 total (I guess it was less than a full gallon). Extreme limited edition brew. I drank one or two a couple months later, took another to the Brew Club after that. Add another 2 months, and I put one in the refrigerator last week. Wow! Very honey and still very much beer.
Lots of honey on the nose and in the flavor. A slight bitterness that lingers. A nice amount of carbonation, on the low side, which presents well with the smooth honey flavor and a little bit of sweetness. Smooth, honey, malt, hops. Nice! Nice! Nice!
And I made this! Oh, the joys of home brewing. I should have a few left, which will continue to age until another special occasion.