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Slipstream Cream Ale - Phillips Brewing Company

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Slipstream Cream AleSlipstream Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 06-28-2008

Duck into the slipstream and enjoy the rich flavours of a BC original! Medium bodied and smooth like pedal stroke.
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by IllNate:
Photo of IllNate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light gold brown. Finger of off white head, down to lacing.

S - Caramel malt and earthy hops.

T - Big toffee flavor. A bit nutty, not much hop flavor, but a clean bitterness is present.

M - Not quite creamy enough for my liking. Could go down a bit in carbonation I think.

D - Good drinkability. The taste is nice and complex, so the beer doesn't get boring.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Showcase variety pack fodder here in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear ruddy amber hue, with two chubby fingers of filmy, foamy, and ok, dammit, creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of drooping archway lace around the glass as it peels it out of town.

It smells of roasted nutty caramel malt, some prominent biscuit edginess poking in, with a nice complement of fruity, dusty hops joining the fray. The taste is more sweet caramel malt, moderated by a multi-varied nuttiness, soft dusty graininess, and decent orchard fruitiness.

The real star here, is, of course, the slickly smooth, and yes, oh hell yes, creamy (bubbles? sure, they're there, but only in the service of the...wait for it - sultry) body. This aspect is readily discernible from the get-go, and it's a heady adjunct to the smoothness, one which is actually dissection-worthy in its own right. It finishes on the sweet side, the nutty malt and citrus-tinged leafy hops continuing to play well together.

Too many so-called cream ales (Canada - I'm looking right at you, dudes) fall short on that most basic of tenets - they just don't have that smooth, and well, creamy essence of bearing, a characteristic which this offering obviously does not lack. Add to it the nice English bittering hop notes, and we have quite the eminently quaffable bevy.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper brown with one thump of head that retained and laced okay
S - sweet caramel and bready malts, with some resin and floral type hops scents
T - the bready and sweet malts are nice up front, then the florals with hints of licorice and toffee
M - medium bodied, with some of the creamy full aspects expected, a subtle dry on the finish
D - cream ale smoothness and good flavour balance, a good brew that goes down easy enough

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large bubbly head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes and dry grain is OK. Taste is dominated by grainy notes with light cereal. Body is about average with good carbonation and a light creamy texture. Quite bland and not even something I would drink as a session.

Photo of Svingjo
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nice amber colour with a slightly tan head. The nose was a brown sugar, caramel maltiness. The tongue was pretty much the same with a hint of vanilla in the end. Fairly mild carbonation so a very easy drink. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper with an amber hue, thin layer of head, no real retention and no real lacing.

S - This one is quite nutty with roasted almonds dominating the scent, a bit of a floral hop follows and some caramel on the finish.

T - Again, the flavour is quite nutty with roasted almonds off the top, followed by some chocolate malts, and the slightest leafy hop on the finish. The taste of toasted sesame seeds lingers on the palette as well. Quite nice.

M - Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Finish was nice as well, not overly dry.

D - This is one of the better offerings in their summer mixer pack for sure. The flavours are unique and provide for a memorable experience. Mild enough that it's easily sessionable, strong enough that it leaves you wanting more.

Photo of leaddog
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a warm amber hue with a half finger of bubbly head.

Smell- caramel, brown sugar, and nutty aromas.

Taste- Pretty much the same as the aromas and a pleasant tartness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and slight creaminess to the feel.

Overall- An enjoyable cream ale by Phillips. Its one of the better representations of a cream ale I've sampled in a while.

Photo of ericj551
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Phillips Slipstream pours a medium brown with a small head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is grainy, with some nice nutty, toasted malt character and a hint of damp earthy hops. The dry, toasted malt character leads the way in the flavor, with a slight fruitiness in the finish. Overall the beer seems a bit thin, but has plenty of flavor for a cream ale.

Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341mlo bottle poured into pint glass 30/5/12

A clear pale copper with few bubbles and just a short lived foam that leaves one thick ring of lace where it existed

S hoppy chocolate malt and the Phillips taste I can't figure out, slightly nutty with a little sweetness

T a little nutty caramel and milk chocolate, mimics the smell pretty well

M medium bodied and I have no clue where all the bubbles came from because there's lots in the mouth but practically none visible

O not a bad beer but lacking a little punch, fairly tame but pretty drinkable

I wasn't expecting chocolate but then again I never know what to expect anymore. I doubt I'd buy a 6er but I'm sure the 3 in my mixer will get drank without issues

Photo of Graham5161986
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This cream ale pours a nice dark copper colour with a 1 finger, frothy cream head that almost completely disappears and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell is of honey and caramel malts with a nice touch of chocolate floating around in there as well. Some subtle chilli spice too.

Flavour is actually quite fruity up front with the creamy, bready caramel-honey malts coming up close behind and lasting through the finish with a touch of chocolate and roasted malts on the linger. Not much in the way of hops but, nevertheless, a clean, balanced finish that is not too sweet (as some cream ales can be).

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a slight creamy texture enhanced by its medium level of carbonation and a clean but slightly watery finish.

In terms of drinkability, there's not much to complain about here. Overall, a really easy drinking, simple cream ale that has some nice flavours to it (I was pleasantly surprised by the chocolate notes!). I could drink a ton of these no problem. A nice effort on a style that isn't my favourite.

Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malty ale that works as a counterpoint to the hoppy offerings from Phillips. This is a cream ale as defined by BC brewing history aka the british mild named Cream Ale by Shaftebury back in Paul and Tim's day. Nice mouthfeel especially on tap and very drinkable with food. The hops don't really come out to play much as it is rather a malt forward beer

Photo of BDTyre
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought this was simply Draught Dodger renamed (it showed up as Maple Cream on my receipt), but after seeing it along side DD in the stores, it is indeed a new regular offering from Phillips (their first since Blue Truck/Buck).

Dark copper-brown colour with a forth off-white head. It is not dissimilar in appearance to Blue Buck, but is darker.

The scent is of bread, toffee and...almond or walnut. I can't quite place it, but there is certainly a nutty scent hiding behind the toffee and bread.

Good malt taste: toffee, bread dough and nuts. Slight banana and citrus taste. Its not quite creamy, but still very pleasant.

Smooth mouthfeel - better on tap than in the bottle. Nice session ale, great for a night at the local.

Photo of OskarL
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a frothy two finger head that has okay retention and leaves little lacing.

Smells of caramel, some roasted malt and toffee.

Taste is roasted malt, caramel, bread, some chocolate, a hint of lemon and dried raspberries. A bit smokey in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and it's slightly creamy.

Photo of argock
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown returnable bottle into a nonic. Purchased in Phillips Showcase variety pack with best by date of 25 April 2015 on packaging, but 3 May 15 on the bottleneck.

A: Crystal clear amber-brown with prodigious 1-2 finger off-white head with average retention but copious lacing down the glass. No mention of this beer being a cream ale on the current label/packaging.

S: Aroma is of toasted and roasted medium dark malts. I am not sure how this comes off as a cream ale -- it smells like an English brown ale. There is little to no hop, maybe some earthy Fuggles type of note but not much else. Some mild fruity yeast esters and no alcohol in the nose.

T: The flavor is subtle, too subtle, with a flat slightly musty tannic character. Not much sweetness, light bitterness, just some low character medium dark roasted malts. There is some nutty character as it warms. Yeast esters provide a little grapey fruitiness but not much else. Not a great beer.

M: Thin and bordering on watery, little body with the tannic light astringency it really isn't very pleasant feel-wise.

O: Slipstream will likely slip right out of my memory -- bland with some tannic astringency like an oversparged homebrew. Not one I will look forward too -- I will probably try to blend and see if it can be helped.

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice medium brown with a fluffy off white head and excellent clarity.

Smell: Sweet, sugary, malts, molasses.

Taste: Sweet malts, bright grassy hops, caramel, light brown sugar, vanilla. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A nice beer, well balanced and quite refreshing.

Photo of Converge
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Right away this looks to be miles apart from cream ales I've had before. Fluffy beige head and a dark copper colored body. Like any other Phillips beer, the head retention is excellent and the lacing is top notch.

S - Toasty caramel malt upfront with both woody and fruity notes popping up. Mild hop presence. Slight touch of strawberry of all flavors. The nose is mainly just malt, with some caramel and nuttiness being the most prominent aromas, with an odd metallic tinge.

T - Mild caramel malt with some nuttiness upfront, with some leafy hops in the finish. Strong metallic tone throughout the palate, but I've come to expect that sort of character with this style. The hop profile almost borders on minty (maybe some Perle hops?), however the odd metallic flavors and malty notes just don't do it for me. There's a similar malt in here as Phillips' Scotch Ale, which I also didn't really care for.

M - Fairly light body with carbonation on the high side. Too fizzy for my liking, especially for a darker, maltier beer. Slight cooling sensation in the aftertaste, tying into the minty hops.

D - While this cream ale had some interesting flavors to offer, with a slightly minty hop feel that I really enjoyed, this beer just isn't my thing. Better than other cream ales I've tried, but it just isn't a style I enjoy. Nice brew from Phillips nonetheless.

Photo of timtwoface
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An above average cream ale...in fact, while cream ales aren't a type I try often, I must admit that this is the first cream ale I've had that actually had a...well...creamy taste that I enjoyed. It's was delicious and I would try it again for sure. A nice smoothe easy drinking taste, a creamy finish, I can appreciate this.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle included in a mixed pack. Pours a surprisingly rich dark amber with white head that makes one wonder if cream ales always have to be a bit tepid. Looks tasty. Aroma is sweet and malty, not complex but inviting nonetheless. The first sip reveals some perfumy vanilla and grassy herbal hop notes, followed by some sweet caramel, faint chocolate, and a touch of earthy spice that recalls potato or root cellar. Not fruity. Decent English-style hopping for a cream ale, pepper and gooseberry coming to mind, and the mouthfeel is bang on, velvety smooth and melding nicely with the steadily accruing bitter, ashy, yet almost minty finish to create a really pleasant session experience.

Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly generic cream ale, but a good example of a style that sometimes underwhelms.

Copper pour with a finger of white head taht drops to a film. Some lace spots left behind. Sweet, malty aroma with caramel, nuts and earth, as well as some floral hopping. Flavour certainly leads to the malt, with the floral hops only providing a slight bite in the finish. Lots of caramel, nut and earth. Quite mineral-intensive. Writing it down makes it sound more interesting than it was. Medium body and carbonation. I always thought cream ales are more or less the only style to benefit from nitro taps, and I still think that.

If you like cream ales this is decent enough, but compared to other styles this is bland.

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Slipstream Cream Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.