Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Scarborough Fair IPA (Wold Top)

Scarborough Fair IPA (Wold Top)
Name: Scarborough Fair IPA
Label: "An India Pale Ale Full of Coastal Harmony"
Brewery: Wold Top Yorkshire Brewery
ABV: 6.0%

Tasting notes: "Strong and well hopped for the voyage, sending IPA from the Wolds to the World. Interestingly brewed with a pale predominately Wold grown malt base, a triple hop blend and Maize for the head retention."

Game: Continuing with the gaming themed figurine reviews, this figurine review is only indirectly associated with gaming but shush up. We're reviewing the Eaglemoss Alien and Predator figurine collection. First up is Issue 1: Alien Xenomorph figurine. These figurines are 1:16 scale which I think means that if they were 16 times as big they would be an actual alien.  This figurine is decent quality, amazingly detailed and really well painted. FYI it's the Alien from the film Alien which is a film about an alien. Even the stand is detailed with the cap of the unfortunate Samuel Brett and the alien's shedded skin. Is shedded a word? Or should it just be shed? Or is that a place to keep a lawnmower?

Anyway, rating: 9/10

Issue 1 Alien Xenomorph figurine
hi-res of Alien Xenomorph from the film Alien about an alien

Suffolk Blonde (St Peters)

Suffolk Blonde (St Peters)
Name: Suffolk Blonde
Label: "Tropical aromas of bananas & cloves - a delicate, beautifully balanced wheat beer"
Brewery: St. Peter's Brewery for Sainsburys
ABV: 4.7%

Tasting notes: "A traditional ale brewed with Hallertau hops and a proportion of East Anglian wheat to give delicious yeasty flavours typical of German wheat beers."

Game: We've not played any new games for a bit... gaming burnout possibly so today we're reviewing something gaming related but not actually a game! It's the official Ubicollectibles Evie Frye The Intrepid Sister figurine and Jacob Frye The Impetuous Brother figurine. These are purchased separately but can be combined to form the diorama of “The Wise and Wild Twins”. The level of detail on these is pretty great, from the rook to the dead rat to the upturned bottle of elixir. Jacob is still quite easy to get hold of (prices from around £35) but Evie is a lot rarer so expect to pay over £150 to complete the set.

Rating: 8/10

Evie Frye The Intrepid Sister figurine and Jacob Frye The Impetuous Brother figurine
hi-res Evie and Jacob Frye diorama

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Maritime Salted Caramel Porter (Meantime)

Maritime Salted Caramel Porter (Meantime)
Name: Maritime Salted Caramel Porter
Label: "Brewed exclusively for Marks & Spencer"
Brewery: Meantime
ABV: 5.5%

Tasting notes: "This ale is brewed by the Meantime Brewery using 7 different malts and British hops from Kent to produce a very well balanced, traditional porter, a style of ale which dates back to 1750. It's been given a fantastic Belgian-inspired twist with the flavours of rich salted caramel."

Game: We're branching out our business on Elite Dangerous. To start with we were transporting data. Now we're starting to trade proper - yesterday we travelled somewhere to buy fish. We were able to fit a whole two fish in the cargo hold. My spaceship looks pretty small but surely there's room for more than two fish?  I could have stuck a fish in each pocket and traded more? We've either got the smallest cargo containers in the world or the fish were actually 59ft megalodons [I'd like to see you try and fit those in your pocket - Ed]

Mission rating: 2 fish out of 2

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

IPA (Cotleigh)

IPA (Cotleigh)
Name: IPA
Label: "The Somerset Craft Brewer- This label by Quantock Design, features a original illustration recently discovered in the Cotleigh archive. We believe it was produced around 1985, and are very keen to track down the mystery artist"
Brewery: Cotleigh Brewery
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "Cotleigh IPA was first created by Head Brewer Guy Baddeley and adjusted to perfection in the Brewery's 35th Anniversary year. It contains a blend of three bittering hops and a beautiful aromatic Motueka hop from New Zealand. This golden IPA is a full bodied malty beer bursting with long lasting moreish flavour."

Game: It's "Let's buy a random game" week! This weeks random game is Elite Dangerous.  Remember the original Elite (or Elite Plus) from the 80's / 90's?  Well I do and it was great but 14 year old me didn't have the foggiest idea what was going on or what I was doing.  So now after firing up Elite Dangerous I can safely confirm that old me also doesn't have the foggiest idea what is going on or what I am supposed to be doing. Graphics are good though.

Rating: 8 learning curves out of 10

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Battersea Rye (Sambrooks)

Battersea Rye (Sambrooks)
Name: Battersea Rye
Label: "Specially brewed for Marks & Spencer"
Brewery: Sambrook's Brewery
ABV: 5.6%

Tasting notes: "Made with 100% British ingredients, this bold spicy beer has a lovely coppery brown colour and a subtle rich fruit aroma."

Game: Tried to pre-order a SNES mini this week. No chance because it seems everyone who managed to pre-order is then putting them on Ebay for two, three or four times the price. At first I was angry at these profiteering twats. Then I thought, "why didn't I think of that" [because you're not a twat? Oh no hang on... - Ed], and then I oscillated between those two thoughts for the rest of the week. Finally I had an epiphany, why the SHITS don't Nintendo just MAKE MORE CONSOLES?

Nintendo rating: 0 SNES minis out of 10

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Mosaic Pale Ale (Adnams)

Mosaic Pale Ale (Adnams)
Name: Mosaic Pale Ale
Label: "Jack Brand - Single Hop Beer"
Brewery: Adnams
ABV: 4.1%

Tasting notes: "Adnams Jack Brand beers pay homage to the generations of brewers that have come before us. With a firm nod to our history, we've added an exciting slurp of 'the modern' made with, you guessed it, mosaic hops. This pale blonde has bags of bold mango, peach, lemon & pine flavours with a dry hoppy finish. Big & fruity, it's a one-hop-wonder!"

Game: So we're finally home from E3 - whew! [you mean finally home from work like any other day? - Ed].  Stand-out reveals for us were Assassin's Creed Origins, Wolfenstein 2: The New Collossus, Evil Within 2 and of course the Xbox One X.  Slim pickings on the games front really. Here's hoping Spider-Man is only a timed PS4 exclusive rather than an exclusive exclusive!

E3 2017 rating: 6/10 - raised to 7/10 because we were actually there [no we weren't, so 6/10 - Ed]

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

80 Shilling (Belhaven)

80 Shilling (Belhaven)
Name: 80 Shilling
Label: "Rich Smooth Rounded"
Brewery: Belhaven
ABV: 3.9%

Tasting notes: "The 'Shilling' names typical of traditional Scots Ales refer to the historic wholesale price of a cask. 80 Shillings were top shelf stuff, so only the best ingredients are used in our classic 80/-, with 3 local malts and two hop varieties creating a rich copper coloured beer with malty, toffee and soft fruit character."

Game: We love Assassin's Creed figurines here at GamingAles. We has loads. Assassin's Creed Origins is now available to pre-order and the Ubisoft store has a fantastically titled version called Assassin's Creed Origins Dawn of The Creed Legendary Edition. It's a limited run of 999 units. Sadly it's £699.99. This is too much even for us *begins softly weeping*. The statue would be too tall to fit on a shelf in our display cabinet anyway [stop trying to make yourself feel better you scrub - Ed].

Here's what we could have owned if we weren't poor:

Monday, 12 June 2017

Rare Breed (Butcombe)

Rare Breed (Butcombe)
Name: Rare Breed
Label: "Truth in every taste"
Brewery: Butcombe Brewing Co
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "Rare Breed is the result of Adam Henson's dedication to sustainable farming and a passion for characterful artisinal beer. Using the finest Maris Otter malting barley and aromatic Fuggles hops, delicious, fruity Cascade and Amarillo hops and of course, purest Mendip spring water, Rare Breed is a distinctive, clean tasting pale ale with a smooth, citrus twist. A bold, stand-out beer that's one of a kind. "

Game: Hello, we're still here at E3 [no we're still not - Ed] and we're boiling hot in this LA heat [no we're not, we're cold because we're in England - Ed].  Big news - Xbox Scorpio is now called Xbox One X

Here's a fancy reveal trailer the tells you absolutely nuffin but looks pretty:

Cambridge IPA (Elgoods)

Cambridge IPA (Elgoods)
Name: Cambridge IPA
Label: "The company is sill owned and run by the 5th generation of the Elgood family"
Brewery: Elgood's
ABV: 4.7

Tasting notes: "A classic English Ale, a blend of Pale Ale, Crystal and Amber malts gives a smooth beer with a full malty flavour, with hints of dry biscuit. The hops are a blend of 4 English varieties and the bitterness is balanced by malt fruity notes. A long finish is complimented by the hop aroma which has a hint of spice."

Game: We're at E3 this week [no we're not you liar - Ed] and there's been some great stuff revealed so far.  The most anticipated reveal for GamingAles though is the new Assassin's Creed game, Assassin's Creed Origins. It's 4K, it looks amazing, there's a big snake.

Here's some trailer:

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dryneck (Wychwood)

Dryneck (Wychwood)
Name: Dryneck
Label: "A golden beer to wash away the drought"
Brewery: Wychwood Brewery
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "The perfect beer to quench the driest of throats. Mosaic hops release a combination of berry, fruity & citrus blasts resulting in a mouth-watering golden beer to wash away the drought."

Game: Join us over the coming week for all the best gaming related news coming out of E3. E3 stands for Excellent gamEs Enformation - this includes three E's so they shorten it to "E3" to sound cool.  And obviously "News" stands for Notable Events, Weather and Sport so we can sort a couple of them out now: Weather - Hot (LA in Americas init), Sport - no football or anything because it's about video games.