Total Score: 7.2/10
Slipstream Brewing: yet another craft brewery that has opened its doors in Brisbane, which is still seeing growth in the craft beer sector (despite it peaking a couple years ago IMO). This brew Magic Mile Ale I believe takes its name from the stretch of Ipswich Road in Moorooka that has all the car dealerships on it and is called “Magic Mile”… I know: It’s a leap of imagination there on my part. Yeerongpilly, and I don’t apologise for all the indigenously long suburb names (get used to it if you ever visit Brisbane!), is located not far from the Magic Mile, so again – short leap there. As to why they named their beer after a notoriously nefarious mile in Moorooka is anyone’s guess… perhaps they liked a car they bought there?
Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Hazed golden amber body with a white cappuccino foam 1 centimetre head that ever slowly drops down to a thin lace blanket. Big tick for the haziness in the glass (personal preference there), small X for the boring head and lack of lacing on the side of the glass. 7/10.
S: Peachy/stone fruit upfront, hints of floral/lychee hops, and biscuit malts. Overall aroma is one of a laidback American Pale Ale with the spirit of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale in there as well, i.e. it’s not a S&W PA knock-off (great!) but it’s not hell for leather American Pale either, in other words it’s wishy without the washy. 7/10.
T: Hop character comes out more on the palate with a touch of green herbal hops mingling in with that peachy/stone fruit character, floral and lychee notes. Not bad at all… not blowing me out of the water either – simply going down quite well. Biscuit malt base is a little thin, and TBH more malt wouldn’t have gone astray – I’ve always felt that IPAs can get away with little to no malt flavour but APAs need that malt/hop balance even more. Again this is probably a personal preference on my part. 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a reasonably dense and light carbonation that is style appropriate. A touch more body at this ABV (5.5%) would be nice. 7/10.
D: Better than I was expecting from an inner suburbs Brisbane brewery – this craft beer biz is hard graft right? [rhetorical question: it bloody well is and you know it] So I’m always impressed when a little brewer pops up and has a stab at a style that has been done to death and in this case the beer vaguely tastes like Pirate Life – which is an achievement in of itself, cheers Slipstream! 8/10.
Food match: Wood fired pizza, I would go a nice mushroom/truffle pizza with this.