Slipstream ‘Maximum G-Force’ Imperial IPA


“What if our G-Force IPA was revved up even higher? Brace yourself for maximum flavour because we’ve amped up the citrus and rocketed to imperial strength.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bold amber with flat carbonation. In saying that it still manages a frothy two and a half finger head which gradually deconstructs. Healthy lace sticks as it ebbs.

Aroma: One doesn’t need to be a genius to know this is certifiably 100% West Coast and it’s instantly confirmed once we get a nose full of crispy pine-driven, caramel malt-laden and slightly in your face natured wafts. As we’d expect there’s a citrus presence i.e grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel. Picking up some not so favourable scents though…washing powder and a slightly cloying sweetness which is a shame.

Flavour: The first thing that needs mentioning is the remarkably well hidden booze and to be able to do that with it weighing in at 9% ABV demands respect. But, and we always hate the but, the slightly cloying boiled candy flavours we get from all the bottom shelf IPA’s come through. Some pine and orange citrus here and there, semi sweet caramel malts, cedar and zesty rind into a smooth and well rounded finish.

Mouthfeel: Kinda sticky, a little dry and prickly but nicely tempered. A tad on the flat side, mild-medium body. As we’ve mentioned the 9% ABV is ridiculously well hidden.

Overall: Not sold. It started alright but once we broke it down it revealed a lot of weaknesses. This is our 2nd crack at Slipstream now and both of them have been rather average.