Have you ever stared at some brewery’s line-up wondering whether you should try their beer? Maybe you’ve heard good things. Perhaps this brewery has received good reviews on the internet. After all is said and done, the time still has to come for you to try them for yourself. It’s no big deal to try those beers if a brewery only produces one or two beers. But what if they produce a wider variety of products? Sometimes a variety pack can be the way to go. Variety packs let you try up to six beers without having to purchase six packs you may not like.
Slipstream is one of the beers Phillips Brewing includes in its 12 pack variety box. A brief visit to the Phillips website describes Slipstream as a rich, flavourful cream ale with a smooth, medium body. It seems as though more breweries from BC and the Pacific northwest product cream ale. But what exactly makes a cream ale? Is it a certain creaminess in its mouthfeel? Fullness on the palate perhaps? Surely there must be an answer to this simple question.
According to All About Beer Magazine, a cream ale is a hybrid beer style which combines the production techniques of both ales and lagers. With cream ales for examples, using both ale and lager yeasts to produce a beer. Or, using lager yeasts and fermenting the brew at warmer ale temperatures followed by a longer cold lagering period after fermentation. The result being a beer with some of an ale’s aroma profile but with a lager’s crisp finish.
Slipstream is a deep copper colored ale with amber highlights. Head is cream colored, fluffy, and somewhat lasting. Up front, aroma offers a deep, sweet, nutty maltiness. Nutty maltiness moves into a center offering just a wisp of what could be esters. Hints of leather and dark, juicy fruits combine with notes of almond reinforcing the malty qualities. Finish is short and sweet, offering minimal hop qualities.
On the tongue, Slipstream is smooth and, well, creamy in its mouthfeel. Carbonation is light and doesn’t interfere with the beer’s flavor profile. Flavors start out malty, giving out notes of caramel and nuttiness reminiscent of an English brown ale, only maybe a bit fuller on the palate. Center is rounded and slightly leathery. Center leads into a dry, somewhat lingering finish.
Overall, an interesting product. It’s flavourful and somewhat character. And yet it’s not heavy and overpowering. Slipstream lives up to its name, offering a creamy mouthfeel and is enjoyable in its gentle palatability. Worthy of an 8 out of 10.