Slipstream Brewing
from Australia (Queensland)
Highest RatedXXX XPL (76 / 100) Average score62 / 100 (Decent)
Lowest RatedBuggy Brown (51 / 100) Number Tried3
Buggy Brown
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 12.12.17 on tap
Overall:
51 / 100
(OK)
On tap at the Welcome Hotel's Queensland State of Brews takeover during Sydney Beer Week 2017.

Pours a deep espresso colour. Somewhat cloudy. Head is pale beige, with lovely sheets of lacing left behind. Just a thin film retaining though. Looks pretty decent.

Smells a little diacetylly maybe. Caramel toffee with a hint of butterscotch; some roasty malts and a hint of marshmallow. Sweet; ultimately pleasant.

Taste is a bit bland. Has some decent dark roasty notes, giving some simple chocolate and bitterness, but then the diacetyl comes through late-mid, giving an unpleasant tannic character with some one-note dark sweetness that lingers on the back. Really not a particularly well-made brown ale, seems fairly straightforward in principle and a bit sweet and off in execution, sadly.

Decent body; feels a bit thin and dry on the back, slightly astringent.

Yeah, a bit flawed with the diacetyl kind of marring some decent brown ale notes, that aren't that spectacular anyway but quite by the numbers.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Billy Cart Rye Pale Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 12.12.17 on tap
Overall:
59 / 100
(Decent)
On tap at the Welcome Hotel during their Queensland State of Brews takeover.

Pours a shiny gold colour; steady bead with some nice dense foam on top; decent lacing. Looks alright, yeah.

Smells passionfruity, mainly. Tangy, somewhat sweet, maybe a hint of rye spice at the back. Simple; decent but uninspiring.

Taste is alright; a little bit dry throughout. Has a nice passionfruit tang midway that then develops some zestier lime on the back, and that lingers nicely. Malt is fairly light on, and doesn't have a big rye character although its a bit spicier and even roastier than the colour would otherwise suggest. Ultimately quite simple and one note; feels like it could even be a SMASH except that only using rye would be a bit silly. It just has that one-note on both the grain and hop front.

Light, so the carbonation sizzles through a bit. Yeah what I expected but it's not a great texture, a bit harsh.

Wouldn't mind seeing this same beer just amped up a bit to embrace the complexity that rye can offer; ultimately seems a bit simple and monotonous. Decent drinking though.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.25
XXX XPL
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 12.12.17 on tap
Overall:
76 / 100
(Excellent)
On tap at the Welcome Hotel during their Queensland State of Brews event for Sydney Beer Week 2017.

Pours a nice gold colour, steady but slow trickle of bead feeding a foamy white head that's dissipated to a cloud. Nice lacing, sticks around well. Looks pretty decent.

Smells nice. Stonefruit flesh, juicy and pleasant with mango and a hint of passionfruit and orange. Light caramel malt touches at the edge. Pretty appealing.

Taste is good too. Light caramelised grain notes upfront that develops some hoppy character midway; peach and apricot with a slight rindy bitterness, somewhat resinous as well. Cleans up on the finish, but lingers with a slight lemon pith bitterness and a mild yeasty note that's nice and dry. Yeah drinks clean, with just the right amount of bitterness.

Not as thin as I expected; really a good texture to it and the carbonation is well padded so it doesn't dominate. Still, fluid and smooth for the style.

Far too few beers like this out there; plenty of flavour but ultimately clean and very quaffable. Almost too quaffable.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.0