Saturday, 30 June 2018

Mauler (Ringwood)

Mauler (Ringwood)
Name: Mauler
Label: "Thirst quenching craft pale ale"
Brewery: Ringwood
ABV: 3.9%

Tasting notes: "We take two things seriously here at Ringwood Brewery, our ales & our leisure time. Along with creating quality craft ales, we are relaxation enthusiasts. Mauler is a golden craft beer delivering crisp bitterness, combined with a thirst quenching refreshing finish."

Plug: Ever wanted an awesome Predator Jungle Hunter pillow to rest your sleepy head on?  Well now you can with our new sister website www.bickle77collectables.com!

Check this bad boy out:
Predator Jungle Hunter Pillow
Predator Jungle Hunter Pillow

All items are limited edition. Just visit the site click the pic you want, and then click the item you want! Then Get To DA CHOPPA!!

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Ripsaw (Wychwood)

Ripsaw (Wychwood)
Name: Ripsaw
Label: "A refreshing Red Beer with a Maple Syrup twist..."
Brewery: Wychwood Brewery
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "A take on the American Red, with a Maple Syrup twist. Expect rich red colours from crystal malts, roasted barley & caramalts, with a spicy resinous bitterness & an aroma of grapefruits & peaches."

Game: We've been having a break from gaming. But now we're back into gaming.  Today we're playing Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Edition. This includes 12 (twelve) Street Fighter games. Even Street Fighter 1 which totally sucks.  But the rest are great and currently works out at about £2 a game! Oop Oi!

Rating: 9/10



Sunday, 15 April 2018

Dead Pony Club (Brewdog)

Dead Pony Club (Brewdog)
Name: Dead Pony Club
Label: "Session Pale Ale"
Brewery: Brewdog
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "Our West Coast Pale Ale kicks like a mule. Hopped to the verge of insanity it delivers a citrus juggernaut. The toasted malt backbone accelerates hard into a huge hop hit, where tropical fruit and floral notes abound, all under-pinned with a little spice. Dead Pony Club - California dreaming for those of us who are awake and in need of a beer."

Game: What's this?  A triple AAA indie game that's a digital download only title? It can only be Ninja Theory's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice! Previously a PlayStation 4 for the players only exclusive, it's now on Xbox One X with better graphics and stuff.  It looks amazing, it sounds amazing, the main character walks/runs too slow.

Rating: 8 voices in my head out of 10



Sunday, 4 March 2018

Punk IPA (Brewdog)

Punk IPA (Brewdog)
Name: Punk IPA
Label: "Post Modern Classic"
Brewery: Brewdog
ABV: 5.6%

Tasting notes: "Our flagship IPA is a post-punk apocalyptic ale. This light golden classic has been subverted with new world hops, creating a devastating explosion of flavour. Kalashnikov bursts of caramel, incendiary tropical fruit and an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee, precede a spiky bitter finish. Punk - Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist."

Game: This week is Trials of the Blood Dragon which is currently free on Xbox Live.  Having not heard anything about this game previously, it's not what we were expecting. We were expecting more Blood Dragon 80's inspired Far Cry gamage but instead it's Trials HD meets Blood Dragon [oh, the clues in the name then? Who'd have thought... - Ed], with strange floaty 2D side-scrolling platforming action. It actually works really well and it's got that addictive "just one more go to see the next level" vibe to it.

7 irritating physics based motorcross bike jumps out of 10.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Jack Hammer (Brewdog)

Jack Hammer, Brewdog
Name: Jack Hammer
Label: "Ruthless India Pale Ale"
Brewery: Brewdog
ABV: 7.2%

Tasting notes: "Get ready to hammer your taste buds. Start with massive grapefruit aroma. Then accelerate hard into mind bending bitterness. Ride the spike of caramel craziness until the end of the line.And let the bitterest of bitter finishes nail your taste-buds to the floor. Jack Hammer - if bitterness is a place, you have reached your destination."

Game: This week we've mostly been "playing" the new Assassin's Creed Origins DLC, specifically the new Discovery Tour mode. This lets us go around the stunningly realised Egypt and embark on a fully narrated tour of the various wonders it has to offer.  The only inaccuracy with what we've seen so far is that it describes the Great Pyramid of Giza as a tomb built by humans, however, everyone now knows it's actually a disused power plant originally built by aliens. Tomb... pfft.

Rating: 9 wonders of the world out of 10

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Cherry Head (Marstons)

Cherry Head (Marstons)
Name: Cherry Head
Label: "Cherry Stout"
Brewery: Marston's
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "The fruits of our labour have never tasted so good. With hints of sweet, sumptuous cherries and rich chocolate roasted malts, this sweet cherry stout is bottled Black Forest decadence at its best. But be warned, it'll drag you into the woods and back out again"

Game: We're branching out. Please check out and follow our Gaming Ales Collectables instagram page!  It's where we will be showcasing our favourite pieces from our collection, such as Falconer Predator below.  We had some MAJOR issues deciding whether it should be called Gaming Ales Collectables or Gaming Ales Collectibles. We didn't know which is grammatically correct because we're thick [speak for yourself! - Ed]

Eaglemoss Falconer Predator

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Arrowaine (Wychwood)

Arrowaine (Wychwood)
Name: Arrowaine
Label: "Dark Beer Straight & True"
Brewery: Wychwood Brewery
ABV: 3.6%

Tasting notes: "This dark beer is a nod to the archer of yesteryear. The rich & full-roasted dark chocolate malts deliver a lingering flavour that is straight & true... & really hits the spot."

Game: We've been after this game for ages and finally it's dropped in price to £3.60: Slain -Back from Hell. It's a pixel-art style 2D platformer with a heavy metal soundtrack. Seriously, what's not to like!?! We expect later levels to get fiendishly difficult/annoying but for now it's far beyond cool. Prepare thyself!

Rating: 9 riffs out of 10


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Marmalade IPA (Innis and Gunn)

Marmalade IPA (Innis and Gunn)
Name: Marmalade IPA
Label: "Refreshing IPA infused with Scottish marmalade and Mandarina hops"
Brewery: Innis & Gunn
ABV: 5.6%

Tasting notes: "Our Marmalade IPA takes the best of the exotic flavours from Dundee's finest marmalade and blends perfectly with Mandarina, East Kent Goldings and Mosaic hops. This uplifting beer sends your taste buds sky high with a sharp citrus burst, and brings you right back down to earth with a mellow and soft finish."

Game: It's a bumper Eaglemoss delivery this month! Here's part 3 of 3. This is probably one of Eaglemoss's best statues so far from the Alien and Predator Figurine Collection - Alien Facehugger & Egg (Aliens). It's a weighty piece standing 22cm tall showing the facehugger jumping from a recently opened egg. Great details on the facehugger and the egg, especially on the inside. Creepy!

Rating: 9/10

Eaglemoss Alien Facehugger and Egg from Aliens
Eaglemoss Alien Facehugger and Egg from Aliens



Monty Pythons Brian (Black Sheep)

Monty Pythons Brian (Black Sheep)
Name: Monty Python's Brian
Label: "A very naughty pale ale called Brian"
Brewery: Black Sheep
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "A beautifully balanced and superbly moreish amber gold beer. Fruity and malty with a subtle hoppy bite. Fuggles and WGV hops banter with Maris Otter malted barley to give a wonderful lingering finale. It's not the messiah, it's a very naughty pale ale!"

Game: It's a bumper Eaglemoss delivery this month! Here's part 2 of 3. Dennis Parker Figurine (Alien 1979).  The likeness is actually pretty good, sometimes due to the size of the figurine (1/16 scale) human characters don't tend to translate all that well. This one however is pretty good and there's a great level of detail on the clothing.

Rating: 7/10

Dennis Parker Figurine Alien 1979
Dennis Parker Figurine (Alien 1979)



Pickled Partridge (Badger)

Pickled Partridge (Badger)
Name: Pickled Partridge
Label: "Rich tawny ale"
Brewery: Badger
ABV: 4.6%

Tasting notes: "Suspecting his fate as the centrepiece of the Sunday roast, our cunning partridge escaped his captor with a snappy peck. This plump tipple balances roasted malt with fruity citrus hops."  The beer looks to be a slightly stronger remake of this 2009 classic!

Game: It's a bumper Eaglemoss delivery this month! Here's part 1 of 3. Issue 20 Masked Predator Figurine (Predator 1987). There's some good detail on this figurine but the paintwork seems a bit rushed on the netting and the dreads. Overall though, it looks cool, especially the skull and spine trophy.

Rating 7/10

Masked Predator Figurine Predator 1987
Masked Predator Figurine (Predator 1987)