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.