Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Blonde Ambition (Samuel Adams)

Blonde Ambition (Samuel Adams)
Name: Blonde Ambition
Label: "American Craft Beer"
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: I really like American ales, they always seem a lot more interesting and flavoursome than some British beers. Hang on! "'American Craft Beer', brewed by Shepherd Neame in Faversham".  What shenanigans is this?  It's still great though!

Game: This months Xbox Live Games with Gold is Trials Fusion. This is one we've been waiting for for a while and once you get past the god-awful title music it really is as good as it looks. Deceptively simple yet increasingly difficult, especially trying to nab the gold awards and complete all the challenges, I want to ride the unicorn with my rag-doll physics.

Rating: 7.5 broken limbs out of 10

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hobby Horse (Rhymney)

Hobby Horse (Rhymney)
Name: Hobby Horse
Label: "An easy winner"
Brewery: Rhymney Brewery
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "Originally brewed in 1879, Hobby Horse very quickly became a thoroughbred. We hope this hand crafted ale will awaken and re-kindle your senses. Take time out for a sumptuous injection of nostalgia."

Game: Part 2 of this months Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection delivery is Issue 11: Predalien.  This is from AvP Requiem where a facehugger has done the nasty with a Predator. The resulting chest-burster being the resultant Predator / Alien thingy. The figurine looks the part, well painted and with an epically sized and vicious looking tail. It's not what you do with it that counts, it's just how massive it is.

Rating: 8/10

Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection delivery is Issue 11 Predalien
Issue 11: Predalien

Grubber (Greene King)

Grubber (Greene King)
Name: Grubber
Label: "Golden Ale, Limited Edition, A style of kick forced to bounce to stop the opponent. Supporting a season of rugby"
Brewery: Greene King
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "We celebrate the grubber with a fragrant, fresh and fruity golden ale. Brewed with pale malt and classic English hops Challenger, Pilgrim and First Gold to make a refreshing and deliciously fruity ale."

Game: Delivery time! Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection: Issue 10 Deacon. This is neat little dude from the end of Prometheus, the hideously underrated Alien prequel. Horrible looking thing it is too. Paint quality isn't quite as good as previous figurines but overall pretty decent.

Rating 7/10
Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection Issue 10 Deacon
Issue 10 Deacon

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

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.




Monday, 5 June 2017

First Call (Badger)

First Call (Badger)
Name: First Call
Label: "Rich & Hoppy Beer - Single English Hop"
Brewery: Badger
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "A classic country ale, First Call is brewed with a single hop variety for purity and character. The dwarf hop First Gold grows in low hedgerows enabling a better quality harvest. A clean, fresh, distinctive beer with hints of orange and spice from the hop, perfect with traditional English roasts and pies."

Game: Remember Silkworm? Well Heavy Weapon on Xbox 360 is similar. It's a side-scrolling shooter, except you're in a tank instead of a jeep. It's got explosions, nukes and more enemies than you can shake a retro game at.  What more do you want. It's great, but it gets dead hard like in the 80's and 90's.

Rating: 8 out 10