Hassle Hop - Burleigh Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
From Dan Murphy's. Best before November 2014, so 2 months old I guess.
Pours a clear filtered bronze/fake tan colour. Decent head/lacing.
Smell is big crystal malt, good whack of tropical hops (corroborated by the hops listed on the bottle, Galaxy receives top billing with another 4 following). Some nice fruity notes from other hops/yeast. I poured this quite cold and to be fair the hops come out more as it warms, providing some additional notes of earthiness and moss.
Taste is more of that tropical hop/crystal malt dichotomy. Quite full in flavour, the crystal malt persists to the end with some minerals and moss.
Mouthfeel is a rounded and persistent flavour, some bitterness but not a whole lot considering the malt/ABV weight.
This is good for a beer you can buy at Dan's for a decent price. It does have that common Australian quality of a lot of crystal malt, but it does have substantial hoppiness to balance it out, especially for a "mainstream" beer. Additionally, it claims only to be a "strong pale ale" rather than an IPA (my bottle stated 5.5% rather than the 5% listed here) and it 100% lives up to this. Perhaps a bit like a younger brother to BrewBoys Hoppapotamus. Definitely worth trying and would consider a repeat buy.
01-09-2014 07:25:16 | More by danieelol
3.86/5 rDev +6.6%
first on the xmas beers-bring it on!
A - mostly clear, dark amber colour, nice persistent 5mm head, medium carbonation
s - getting a relatively sweet and fruity odour (passionfruit, kiwifruit), difficult to pin down
t - sweet malty flavour, bitterness is there as well, not as strong as in other APAs, brief bitter aftertaste
m - can taste and feel the carbonation - maybe a tad too fizzy,feels a bit thin too
o - not bad, nice sweet flavour, bitterness isn't too full on
12-24-2013 08:55:36 | More by chogm54
3.66/5 rDev +1.1%
Drank from my Duval Tulip
A - Pours a golden colour with a slight pink tinge, off white head that retains fairly well with some lacing.
S - Sweet caramel malts, pineapple, peach, also get grassy notes/herbs.
T - Sweet toffee/caramel with the hop grainy characters throughout including some peach, pear, passionfruit and a slightly bitter finish
M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation
O - A very nice pale ale, not what I would call a strong pale ale but I like the balanced hop and slight bitter finish. Definitely worth a try on a warm day around the pool.
12-20-2013 09:12:00 | More by PolarBear3
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a pale straw colour, bit of haze. Head is off-white, nice tightly-packed bubbles but clearing out pretty quickly. Nice-looking pale ale.
Smells like a pale ale. Caramel malt base with passionfruit, lemon and apple/pear notes vying for attention in the hops stakes. Tangy and refreshing.
Taste is a little bready. Touch of pearl barley on the grain notes develops an odd cinnamon character midway before the fruit hops take over. Again apple/pear with a very subtle hint of lemon, not a lot of bitterness. Still seems bready overall; the hops are nice but not quite strong enough.
Thin body, decent texture. Maybe a slight hint of some kind of alcohol which would be absurd in such a small beer, so I might just be mistaken.
Just a decent pale. Bit more late-hopping could really zing it up.
12-02-2013 00:55:53 | More by laituegonflable
3.51/5 rDev -3%
Tried on-tap at GABS 2013 in Melbourne. Burleigh call this a "strong pale ale".
Pours a very golden colour, quite clear in the body with a light, fluid weight behind it. Head is just white, full and solid, leaving pretty decent lacing. Some fine carbonation is noticeable, especially when swirled or tilted. Looks pretty good.
Light, peachy fruit on the nose, with a slight hop character and a bit of dry, pale malt. The aromas dip and dive a little letting different characters come through. At times peppery, other times with herbal tones like fresh basil. It's not bad.
Light clean entry on the palate. Some stonefruit, a little more body mid way through. It's still pretty light, but again there are some subtleties, with a slight herbal bit again making its presence felt. Finish is quite empty and flat, but with a slight cling of hops in the aftertaste.
Feel is light, and a little empty, but matches with the rest of the beer.
Overall, this is pretty drinkable and pretty decent stuff. I guess my only problem with this is it being called a "strong pale ale". It is more flavoursome than their standard pale ale perhaps, but less so than many others which don't claim the "strong" moniker.
06-13-2013 03:43:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.45/5 rDev -4.7%
A pale Ale with a twist and five different hops and pours a very attractive golden sunset hue with a crisp one finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is very hoppy with pineapple,resinous piney hops,nectarines and also a tinge of floral hops its quite a hop smash going on with them all trying to make their place known its different I don't know if I like the smell but I don't hate it either,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated which suits rather well the tastes are all about the hops it's fruit salad up first followed by resinous piney hops,pineapple,a light touch of sherbet and rounded out with a semi bitterness that doesn't linger in the palette,and overall it was always going to be an interesting experiment and some tastes I like it and others I don't I'm still on the fence with this one.
12-17-2013 09:54:29 | More by ADZA
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottle: a solid brown pint bottle with a label slightly less interesting than the usual Burleigh.
Appearance: pours a clear golden amber with an off-white head that drops to a solid cap. Decent lacing.
Aroma: pale malts as expected with some tropical and stone fruits - peaches and pineapple - and some grass hops.
Taste: a refreshing combination of caramel and pale malts, and those fruits again. Perfect on a hot day, but still lacks a bit of body.
Aftertaste: better on the finish - a touch of hop bitterness joins the malts and fruits. Very nice.
Mouth feel: a bit too light on body, but enough carbonation to carry the flavours. A bit dry on the finish.
Overall: not a bad pale ale, but I certainly wouldn't classify it as a strong. Good for something refreshing on a hot day, but I could think of plenty of others that cost a darned sight less than AU$11 a bottle (2014). Offering a better-than-average beer for a massively premium price is becoming a bit of a Burleigh norm.
03-19-2014 11:04:19 | More by SmashPants
3.29/5 rDev -9.1%
A - hazy amber, pillowy two finger head. Little lace, moderate head on swirl.
S - lychee first up, then mellow apricots, fragrant hops that have perhaps died a little.
T - mellow and creamy. Yep. Hmmm, there is lychee still, and balanced hops, but overall this is showing age. Apricots and fruit cocktail. Somewhat reminiscent of Hop Zombie, which is also a beer I have an uneasy relationship with.
M - let down. Under carbonated. Medium bodied. Hint of alcohol. Almost oily, which is unusual at this ABV.
O - not a bad drop, and quite complex, you can tell a lot of hops in the mix. I took a punt tho as I guessed it was single batch and age has showed with no hop vibrancy left.
02-16-2014 07:24:52 | More by heygeebee
Hassle Hop from Burleigh Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.