Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #6 – Slipstream Ale (re-tasting)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #6

  • My Rating: [C, barely upgrade from C-],  I gave it a (2.8 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Slipstream Ale – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Cream Ale
  • Taste: Malty toasted barley cola premature flavour finish
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no again

(April 2015 tasting): Visual: Pours beer bottle brown, almost no head, barely any retention, many fast steady streams. Nose: brown sugar caramel malts, a some biscuit/cookie as well. (lvl-5)-pungency. Attack: crisp malty bite. Mid-palate: partially thin-flat mouthfeel, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, caramel malts, light cola. Finish: light burpy, light-sweet malty super subtle bitter dry hopped finish. Summary: Quite boring actually. Just a malty beer lacking any special characteristics.

[December 8, 2015 re-tasting]:

Nose: liquid barley malt, some cola caramel. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thin-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) toasted malted barley, brown sugar, cola

Finish: malty, soft subtle bitter finish.

Summary: Premature stoppage of flavour before the finish

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #10 – Slipstream Ale (Cream Ale)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #10

Slipstream Ale – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-definition of Cream Ale by ratebeer:

“A mild, pale, light-bodied ale, made using a warm fermentation (top or bottom) and cold lagering or by blending top and bottom-fermented beers. Low to medium bitterness. Low hop flavor and aroma.”

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“Slipstream is a precision crafted ale that’s finely tuned for flavour. Co-operative fluid dynamic techniques result in a beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. Pours a deep copper colour and features a full, malty & round body; Tuck into the slipstream and enjoy the ride.”

  • Style: Cream Ale
  • Taste: brown sugar caramel malt dry super subtle hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not a chance

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown, almost no head, barely any retention, many fast steady streams.

Nose: brown sugar caramel malts, a some biscuit/cookie as well. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp malty bite

Mid-palate: partially thin-flat mouthfeel, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, caramel malts, light cola

Finish: light burpy, light-sweet malty super subtle bitter dry hopped finish.

Summary: Quite boring actually. Just a malty beer lacking any special characteristics.

Revelation Cat Cream Ale – Mikkeller (Denmark)

Revelation Cat Cream Ale – Mikkeller, 5% ABV, (Denmark)

“A Cream Ale inspired by the pre-prohibition America with Mikkel of Mikkeller”

My notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I don’t love it: not enough depth, carry, or complexity
  • Where I got it: Keg n Cork
  • How much: $5 , June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange with a decent thick foamy head, lots of active CO2 streams. Tangerine oils, orange blossom, and hops on the nose. Drinks with a rather straight-forward, one-dimensional bitter orange peel, grapefruit peel up until the finish of sharp bitter hops and light malts. Dry finish. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, good drinkabililty. Above average, but not terribly exciting.

Orange Blossom – Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, 5.2% ABV, (brewed by Pyramid Brewing, Seattle, Berkeley, Portland)

On the front label:

“Ale brewed with honey; orange peel, natural flavor and orange flower extract added.”

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I might like it: unique orange blossom flavour
  • Who I recommend it to: bitter beer haters
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: <$15 for 6pack , 2010

Tasting Notes (updated March/2012): pours golden amber, small head, some lacing, good CO2 streams. Strong honey nose, some metallic elements. Sweet orange blossom water up front, candied orange, marmalade, clean mildly sour non-bitter finish. Aggressive 7/10-level sourness is invasive and slightly off-balance at the start.