Total Score: 6.2/10
Slipstream are on a bit of a roll lately with their tasty Southern Hemisphere limited release and now this Laguna Tropical Pale Ale – which is made with a selection of southern hemisphere hops… one might even assume they had an over-supply of hops from the last limited release, or that they just have a thing for southern hemisphere hops, either way: bottoms up! This American Pale Ale clocks in at a whopping 4.1% ABV and the name of this brew implies tropical fruit is the focus. Hopefully the low(ish) ABV doesn’t mean the flavour will be lacking, but hey it’s not easy to get a flavoursome beer that low, I still haven’t touched their Billy Cart Pale due to it being mid-strength (I’ve got way too many full-strength brews to review in the meantime).
Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Hazed pale yellow body with a white head that is way too happy to see me [down boy!] at 1.5 inches, it drops back reasonably quick though leaving a wispy sea foam layer on top. Lot’s of carbonation action inside the glass with big bubbles, a bit too much action IMO. 6/10.
S: Grassy passionfruit hops to the fore, Galaxy my old friend, hints of peach and mango as well. Nothing noted malt-wise, which is fine for a hop-driven APA. Aroma is nice and lively, like the carbonation. 7/10.
T: Disappointingly on the lighter side flavour-wise. Hops to the fore with passionfruit, grassy, mango and rubbery notes. Malt is a thin dry biscuit layer that doesn’t really do much at all, just sits there in a wingback chair reading the newspaper like an old man “thanks for nothing malt!”. That said there’s really nothing wrong with the flavours or balance, it’s simply a boring APA sorry to say, which is exactly what I feared during in the preamble. 6/10.
M: Lightish, a bit watery and over-carbed – no match for other more sophisticated APAs out there in the beerosphere (aka Earth). 6/10.
D: As expected this was a “meh!” beer from Slipstream. It’s way too light in flavour and body, and one wonders why this was even brewed – who is the target audience? By now you would expect there is a niche for everyone that drinks beer from the tradie macro Lager drinkers, to the entry-level craft metros, all the way up to the fanatical hipster craft lovers. Slipstream have already won me (somewhat) over with their last limited release, why did they drop the ball here? 6/10.
Food match: Fish n’ chips with a garden salad.