Burleigh Brewing Co. 28 California Pale Ale

The Good: It is rare for me to actually do my research on a beer but this one was such an enigma that I actually had to visit the website to determine what was actually in this beer. Turns out that this beer is only malted barley, hops, yeast and water, yet the fragrance that you get from this beer is elusive, giving you the subtle hints of citrus fruits, most likely attributed to the Citra Hops. As such this Pale Ale is a subtle medley of flavours, something akin to a session beer and very very easy to drink.

The Bad: The ONLY thing I didn’t like about this beer was the malt and yeast scents I picked up when testing this beer. For me it was just something that didn’t really tie into the way this beer actually tasted.

Enjoyment: This beer was a relaxing beer to have after probably one of the most frustrating days in my professional career (literally anything that could have gone wrong did go wrong), so naturally in situations like this I tend to completely adopt something that is way out of usual area of expertise and adapt to my creative side (Suburban Brewing and Beers typically). Drinking this beer provided an overwhelming sense of relaxation (this isn’t the alcohol talking either by the way), but more the fact that the flavours were subtle and the drink was very easy to drink and especially on a day that was slightly warmer than I was used to I was most definitely in a sort of “holiday” mode. Overall Burleigh nailed this beer, being subtle yet enjoyable and most definitely a beer that could be sessioned, so don’t beat around the bush, grab a slab and enjoy.

Fixation IPA Review

The Good: It smells like a gloriously hopped beer and what an IPA should smell like and after a small sabbatical that Stu and I have taken this is exactly what was needed… An IPA that smelled like an IPA. For an IPA, Fixation did not disappoint, it was strong, very bitter and as the label stated it was quite balanced.

The Bad: I personally struggled to smell or taste any of the pine or citrus notes that was claimed on the label as the bitterness and intensity of the hops pretty much overpowered any other flavour that you could pick out of the beer.

Enjoyment: Despite my noticeable absence of the citrus and pine flavours I was expecting to taste I was still delighted by this beer. See for me a beer is more than just the some of its flavours, sure there is an expectation that you will be treated to a melting pot of flavours, but ultimately for a beer to be considered good (or great) then it needs to transport you to a better place (and no I am not talking about getting absolutely hammered). Fixation does this and then some, when I was enjoying this beer I immediately went from the humdrum of my day to day work to a time when Stu and I were literally sitting at the outdoor setting, Stu was smoking a brisket and we were treating ourselves to vast array of different beers. Now whilst I cannot remember what those beers were the flavour and bitterness of this Fixation IPA immediately transported me to that memory and for me personally a strong bitter IPA is a brilliant flavour to be had. Whilst this may not be for everyone I sincerely enjoyed the experience of this beer and ultimately I gotta say that Fixation Brewing Company nailed this one!

Rogue Honey Kölsch

The Good: This is quite a sweet beer for a German styled beer, I mean it becomes blatantly obvious from the first taste that it is a result of the honey that has been added to the brew. However despite that it is refreshingly smooth (I mean most German Ales are), it isn’t like a cider or a sour beer where the carbonation becomes so overpowering that it is difficult to drink.

The Bad: The sweetness for me is a factor, I typically don’t like sweet beers instead opting for stronger happier flavours and citrus type flavours. For me this isn’t something that I feel I could session, instead it would be more akin to a dessert beer or a beer that I want to have just one or two of before moving on.

Enjoyment: This is not a heavy beer, it sweet but it is not to the point where it is undrinkable. Overall I found this beer to be interesting, the beer was refreshing yet it didn’t really wow me. I mean I enjoy a German beer sure, I really enjoy drinking Steins at Munich Brauhaus and Hofbrauhaus, it is a beer I most often associate with good times and heavy heavy carb laden meals. But that being said I don’t think I could session this beer, it may be because whilst it has the sweetness, it is the only thing I focused on when drinking, I struggled to pick up any of the other flavours. In essence this beer will appeal to non beer drinkers most, it is something that is. good introduction and is not overly bitter that we could win a few more people onto our team.