Saturday, 31 May 2014

India Pale Ale (Harbour)

India Pale Ale (Harbour)
Name: India Pale Ale
Label: "Harbour India Pale Ale is brewed with American hops offering citrus and spicy flavours, and robust yet balanced bitterness. - Brewed in North Cornwall"
Brewery: Harbour
ABV: 5.2%

Rating: Forget a rating (you already know it's great anyway) here's a story: "Trevose & The Giant Octopus - Close to Trevose Head, there once lived a giant octopus. On stormy nights, he would guide boats to safe harbour. Occasionally he feasted on sheep from a nearby farm, to the farmer's fury. One day, trading his cow for a stick of dynamite, the farmer crept out to the octopus' cave and blew off the roof. The octopus was slain and Trevose Head suffered 100 years of doom. The collapsed sea cave is now a dramatic landmark known as 'Round Hole'."

Game: Had Mario Kart 8 for a few days now. Wow. And WOW.  If you haven't got a Wii U, then why not? Honestly. How many times have I got to say, "GET A WII U"?? They're amazing. The games are amazing. Classic Nintendo, but with HD graphics running at 50000p, 69billion fps*

*resolutions and frame rates may not be wholly accurate at time of publishing (but Wii U is still amazing).

Monday, 26 May 2014

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (Wells)

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (Wells)
Name: Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale
Label: "Ale with toffee flavouring."
Brewery: Wells
ABV: 5.0%

Rating: "Based on the Great British pudding, full of rich sticky toffee-ness".  I don't know how they managed it but this is as good, if not better, than my fave ale of all time, Wells Banana Bread Beer. But they did it, they topped it. Top one!

Game: So yeah, I got my Watch Dogs review code (wanky way of saying 'it arrived early') and yeah the game is absolutely amazing.  It seems to be the best bits of several games rolled into one single awesome game. The best bits of GTA V without the horribly unlikeable characters, Far Cry 3 without the mither of killing animals, Assassin's Creed without the stabby stabby and daft aliens plot.  I look forward to sinking obscene amounts of hours into it. Rating: 10/10

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde (Wychwood)

Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde (Wychwood)
Name: Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde
Label: "Brewers of character"
Brewery: Wychwood
ABV: 4.1%

Rating: "Dr. Thirsty's has arrived in town & is ready to wreak havoc with his selection of shamanic brews. Fresh off his cart is No. 4. It's an unpasteurised, shimmering blonde concoction with an insanely fragrant aroma resulting in instant refreshment. No. 4 is the first of Dr. Thirsty's elixirs to emerge from his apothecary!"

Game: Yay Watch Dogs came early! Tried to do another Twitch session as I fumbled around the opening act of the game.  At one point I had one viewer!  I was thinking; this is it, my big break in becoming a Twitch star, I'm about to go viral! Then I realised I still had my channel open on my laptop and it was counting that as a viewer...

Friday, 16 May 2014

Old Hoppy Hen (Morland)

Old Hoppy Hen (Morland)
Name: Old Hoppy Hen
Label: "A hoppy pale ale with a deliciously refreshing grapefruit character"
Brewery: Morland
ABV: 4.2%

Rating: "Crafted by the master brewer of 'Old Speckled Hen', this hoppy pale ale is bursting with flavour and aroma. It is brewed with the finest pale and crystal malts as well as the American Chinook hop to give a fresh grapefruit hop character. The addition of rye malt adds a touch of spiciness. 'Old Hoppy Hen' is perfect for all occasions and best enjoyed chilled with friends." Argh, that's me not able to enjoy it at it's best then!

Game: Downloaded Twitch for Xbox One which is an app that lets you broadcast your gaming skillz over the internets. I broadcasted me playing Titanfall. Strangely though, the notification at the bottom of the screen said it was broadcasting but it said "0 viewers".  I played for about two hours and it always seemed to say "0 viewers". I messed around with various settings but it didn't improve. I can only assume there's something wrong with the software so I'm going to write to the Twitch developers and ask them to fix it.