Saturday, 12 August 2017

Admiral's Ale (St Austell)

Admirals Ale (St Austell)
Name: Admiral's Ale
Label: "I see no ships"
Brewery: St Austell
ABV: 5.0%

Tasting notes: "It was at St Austell Brewery's Blue Anchor Inn that the King's messenger, carrying news of victory at Trafalgar, first stopped for refreshment on his long journey from Cornwall to London.200 years later, Admiral's Ale was brewed in Cornwall to celebrate the bicentenary of Nelson's famous triumph"

Game: So we're up to date with the Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection deliveries and this last one is a biggie. Issue 9 Berserker Predator Figurine. He looks badass, sticking his middle finger blade up at you like he just doesn't give a hoot.

Rating: 9/10

Issue 9 Berserker Predator Figurine
Issue 9 Berserker Predator Figurine

Rye Pale Ale (Shipyard)

Rye Pale Ale (Shipyard)
Name: Rye Pale Ale
Label: "Dry hopped with amarillo & citra for a tropica fruit aroma. The Maine Black Bear has a long, fruitful relationship with the state of Maine as the mascot of the University and this brew is in homage to this fruit loving American native"
Brewery: Shipyard
ABV: 4.3%

Tasting notes: "Brewed with Rye Crystal malt, Shipyard Rye has a spiced, nutty taste balanced with caramel toffee flavours. As with all Shipyard beers, this brew is packed full of American hops and the Amarillo, Citra, Cascade, and Summit combine for an upfront punchy orange aroma and lingering citrus tang."

Game:  Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection brings us probably the best one so far: Issue 7 Alien Xenomorph Warrior Figurine. Great paint, no seams, cool figurine with big swishy tail (yep, swishy is a word).

Rating: 9/10

Issue 7 Alien Xenomorph Warrior Figurine
Issue 7 Alien Xenomorph Warrior Figurine

61 Deep (Marstons)

61 Deep (Marstons)
Name: 61 Deep
Label: "Pale Ale"
Brewery: Marston's
ABV: 4.1%

Tasting notes: "61 metres. That's the depth of the well at the brewery that gives this refreshing pale ale its name. The five American and Australian hops give it its fresh, zesty aroma, whilst the tropical fruit and citrus notes make it extremely drinkable. Dive in."

Game: The latest delivery of Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection Part I is Issue 8 Private William Hudson Figurine. Like with Hicks and Dallas, the human figurines don't look all that like their real life movie counterparts, but still, this is a nice enough figurine with the motion tracker, pulse rifle and decent detailing on the armour. There's also a sneaky alien sneaking up sneakily from behind.

Rating: 7/10

Issue 8 Private William Hudson Figurine
Issue 8 Private William Hudson Figurine

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Pure Gold (Purity)

Pure Gold (Purity)
Name: Pure Gold
Label: "A sparkling orb, searing through an azure sky & a glass of' 'Pure Gold' in the hand, worries can wait a while. Life is all the better for moments like this"
Brewery: Purity Brewing Co
ABV: 4.3%

Tasting notes: "Pure Gold is brewed with Maris Otter, Wheat Malt, Caragold & Caramalt, plus Pilgrim, Bobek, Hereford Goldings & Citra hops to create a zesty & crisp ale with a dry finish making for a satisfying & easy drinking beer"

Game: Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection delivery 3 part 2! See here! Issue 6: Captain Arthur Dallas Figurine.  Now the figurines have been great so far and this one is ok but the facial likeness isn't all that great. Plus I don't remember Dallas's spacesuit being pink in Alien...

Rating 6/10
Issue 6 Captain Arthur Dallas Figurine
Issue 6: Captain Arthur Dallas Figurine

The Rev James Original (SA Brains)

The Rev James Original (SA Brains)
Name: The Rev James Original
Label: "Rich, warming ale with a clean rewarding finish"
Brewery: SA Brains
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "The Rev. James Original is rich and well balanced with a mellow malty flavour that unexpectedly gives way to a clean, refreshing finish."

Game: Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection delivery 3 part 1! This is Issue 4 - the Alien 3 Xenomorph Figurine.  Again, as with the other figurines so far, the quality and level of detail is well tasty!  This is the dog alien or the cow alien depending on which version of Alien 3 you watched. Great film by the way, ignore the haters!

Rating: 8/10

Issue 4 Alien 3 Xenomorph Figurine
Issue 4 Alien 3 Xenomorph Figurine

Sussex (Hepworth)

Sussex (Hepworth)
Name: Sussex
Label: "Traditional Pale Ale - Sussex hops and & barley - Naturally Gluten Free"
Brewery: Hepworth & Co Brewers
ABV: 3.5%

Tasting notes: "Sussex is a well hopped traditional Pale Ale. Thirst quenching and traditionally brewed with the finest Sussex grown ingredients: malted barley, Golding and Admiral Hops. It carries the "Warranty of Origin" to guarantee our commitment to creating excellent beers from the highest quality local ingredients."

Game: So we've been playing Aliens: Colonial Marines and it's actually NOT THAT BAD! There, I've said it [no, you shouted it - Ed].  It's no Alien Isolation but then it wasn't trying to be (because Alien Isolation hadn't been invented then). But if you want a corridor shooter and you want Aliens and you've only got a quid, this game has you covered.

Revised rating: 6 facehugs out of 10

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

IPA (Belhaven)

IPA (Belhaven)
Name: IPA
Label: "Original Scottish Craft - Golden, Fresh, Aromatic"
Brewery: Belhaven
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "India Pale Ales were first brewed in the 19th century, when the refreshing bite of beers brewed with extra hops became very popular in India. In America a century or more later, IPAs evolved into super-strong, super-hoppy beers. Our Scottish take on the style is closer to those original exports - a fine golden pale ale brewed with Fuggles, Willamette and Styrian hops to give a an aromatic nose with spicy, tropical fruit and lemon zest notes and a brisk, refreshing flavour."

Game: Today was random purchase Tuesday. After the excessive expenditure that was Elite Dangerous [yeah you're a bit shit at that game aren't you - Ed] we splashed out a whole English pound (£1) re-buying Aliens Colonial Marines. Was it *really* as bad as everyone said it was when it was first released? We can't remember much about it so the incoming review will be without any baggage or prior knowledge of what it should or should not be [it appears your memory is as bad as your gaming skills - Ed].

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Mary Jane (Ilkley)

Name: Mary Jane
Label: "Pale Session Ale - Powered by beer"
Brewery: Ilkley Brewery
ABV: 3.5%

Tasting notes: "Intensely refreshing, with citrus aroma and balanced bitterness. Named after the character from the Yorkshire anthem "Ont' Ilkley Moor Baht'at"." - We thought it was named after Spider-Man's girlfriend!

Game: Remember Assassin's Creed Unity? Ignore the haters, it was an epic game. In honour of this we have two figurines on show Elise: The Fiery Templar and Arno: The Fearless Assassin. These both fit together to form the diorama below. Both look great and are superbly detailed. As with the Evie and Jacob figurines, the bloke is still fairly cheap whereas the female character is reassuringly expensive, expect to pay about £85 for Elise at the moment.

Rating: 9/10

Elise The Fiery Templar and Arno The Fearless Assassin
Elise: The Fiery Templar and Arno: The Fearless Assassin

Robert Burns Brown Ale (Belhaven)

Robert Burns Brown Ale (Belhaven)
Name: Robert Burns Brown Ale
Label: "Original Scottish Craft - Warm Reekin' Rich"
Brewery: Belhaven
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "Brewed in honour of the Scottish Bard, this is a chestnut brown ale with rich sweet tones of Scottish toffee and subtly malty aftertaste. Great to savour on its own or with stews, steak pie or - of course - haggis!"

Game: The final figurine in the first delivery from Eaglemoss Alien and Predator collection is Issue 3: Corporal Dwayne Hicks. Although the facial likeness isn't great, again it's a well painted, well detailed figurine. Here the pose is Hicks inspecting the dead facehuggers from Aliens, when he picks one up with his gun and there's some dead ones on the floor. It's at this point they should have got back on their spaceship and nuked the planet from orbit. Lots of pain avoided. No need to thank me.

Rating 7/10

Issue 3 Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Issue 3: Corporal Dwayne Hicks

Inferno (Oakham Ales)

Inferno (Oakham Ales)
Name: Inferno
Brewery: Oakham Ales
ABV: 4.4%

Tasting notes: "Inferno uses a blend of five different hops from the Yakima Valley to create its floral aroma and unique flavour. This light, igniting ale flickers complex fruits across your tongue, leaving a dry, fruity, bitter finish, smothering your thirst."

Game: The second figurine in the first delivery of the Eaglemoss Alien and Predator figurine collection is The Predator.  This is Issue 5. Not sure why they've sent the first three in a weird order but there you go. As with the Xenomorph in issue 1, this figurine is quality and depicts the Predator after it shows it's ugly mother f*cker face to Arnie near the end of the Predator film. You can see the mask partially submerged in the mud. Great paintwork, no noticeable seams.

Rating: 8/10
Issue 5 The Predator figurine
Issue 5 The Predator figurine