Manchester pale ale (MPA)

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I’m a scouser born and bred, i’m so Scouse that when i grow my hair i start to look like the men off harry enfield, i’m that Scouse that i look like a parody of my own Scouseness, i have the curly hair and yes i do have a funny way of saying “chicken and chips”. This has seen me reviewing some beers from my city recently but for this one i ventured to our neighbour in the east, Manchester to see whose beer is better. I’m going to let you in on something, its Liverpool but then i could be a little biased.

Vital stats:

Look:

in the glass the beer was toffee in colour, it was somewhat active but had a very little head, id describe it more as an ale rather than a pale ale in look, i guess no one let them know it was suppose to be pale in colour. despite that it looked like a pretty solid ale.

7/10

Aroma:

Not only did it look like ale is smelt like ale as well, nothing really stands out in the aroma of this beer it just smells like a generic middle of the road ale.

2/10

Taste:

This is a pretty solid standard ale that you could have in any pub on this fair island, this isnt a slight on the beer, sometimes this is what you need, much like a comfort blanket sometimes you want to go in, order a drink and know exactly what you getting. that is this beer all over its not amazing but its not offensive either. Although you do get a slight taste of lime in the aftertaste. This is a very middle of the road beer.

4/10

Value:

This is a very inoffensive beer, you get what you pay for here, its neither brilliant or bad it just is and theres nothing wrong with that. sometimes you just want a beer cold at the end of the day and this fits the bill and can be found reasonably priced nearly everywhere.

6/10

Session:

This is a pretty solid session beer, i have nothing to say about this beer due to it being totally unremarkable and that actually helps it in the session, you can literally drink this all night long and not even realise,

7/10

As i have said throughout this review, this beer is rather unremarkable, its very middle of the road and plain, saying that though it does offer more than generic larger “A” that you’ll find in most pubs. it looked ordinary, smelt like an ale and even tastes like one. if this was a colour it would simply be egg shell white, ordinary but with aspiration of grandeur.

52/100

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Another week, another Brewdog beer, Brewdog made their name doing these big bold flavoursome beers. This is a hit and miss strategy for me. Some of their beer are amazing while others fall flat. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground in this regards, this beer is most definitely on the latter end of the scale falling flat with a rather strange taste.

Vital stats:

 

Look:

This beer claims to be a IPA, i don’t understand what Brewdog’s obsession with them is but every other beer they produce seems to be an IPA, despite this being an IPA this beer was very clear in the glass, not very lively and looked quite flat, not to mention a complete lack of head. very strange considering this is an IPA from Brewdog and normally they pride themselves as being over the top.

5/10

Aroma:

The aroma is where this beer starts to fall apart, naturally i got the bitter hops that the bottle promised but i think they over delivered and added a little too much, the more i smelt this the more the beer started to smell like stinging nettles, not a good quality in my opinion.

4/10

Taste:

so i thought that nettle smell was an anomaly and it turns out it wasn’t, this beer tastes of nettles as well, very bitter nettles, this tastes like something Hugh Fernley Whitingstall would serve to people on his TV show while he stands over them while they fake satisfaction sounds. This just isn’t for me, if thats you cup of tea fine but its not mine.

3/10

Value:

Coupled with the unusual flavour, this beer was expensive, i bought it in my local Brewdog and after drinking it i thought i paid too much.

2/10
Session:

oh the session, that part of the review were we discuss the process of drinking lots of this particular beer, this is not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination. that bitter taste kept coming back over and over again and its not pleasant on the first mouthful let alone the tenth.

1/10

In conclusion this beer fails to deliver for me, on the Brewdog website they claim this is bitter and i agree but there is such a thing as too bitter for me and this is most definitely too bitter, both on the tongue and the nostrils, due to this bitterness i didn’t enjoy drinking this beer and cant recommend it to any one currently.

30/100

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Liverpool Craft Love lane

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So today we continue our look at the beers of Liverpool Craft beer, this follows on from the highest rated beer we’ve ever reviewed (here) and surprisingly our lowest ever (here), both of which come from this brewery. i’ve also said that this is my one of my favourite brewerys in liverpool, that being said though we dont have too many brewiers up here on the banks of the mersey. this beer has often become my default beer in my local and something i recommend everyone try.

Vital stats:

  • pale ale
  • brewed in Liverpool, England
  • 4.5% APV
  • drank on draft from the grapes liverpool

Looks:

in the glass this beer was golden and very active, almost as active as a five year old hopped up on artifical colours, it also had a bold and bombastic two finger head that clunge tot he glass for dear life throughout the life of this beer.

8/10

Aroma:

This beer also delivers on the nostril, it was bold, packed full of citrus and incredibly hoppy.

8/10

Taste:

To say i like this beer would not be doing it justice, when i first had it it quickly entered my top 10 and may have rekindled my love for the pale ale. the flavour of this beer explodes in the mouth with just the right hit of bitterness.

I love this beer. Its one of my go to beers.

8/10

Value:

This beer get a solid buy from me, i bought it, i enjoyed it and would happily buy it again.

9/10

Session:

This is a great session beer, ive been known to drink it all night with zero problems. i also recommend it to who ever will listen.

9/10

In conclusion this is a solid beer from Liverpool craft. it looks fantastic, is great on the noise, delivers on the flavour and you can drink it all night long. yes i did just do that. i naturally consider it great value for money and would highly recomend it to anyone who will listen.

84/100

Batman Vs Superman: the dawn of justice

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so where do i start with batman Vs Superman the Dawn of justice? we’ll i’d start with the stupidly long title, it sounds like two films brought together in a board meeting that i imagine went something like this, “i heard the kids like Batman”, “i heard they like superman”, imagine if we got them to fight, then the whole world would go crazy. this is how i imagine this film got made, genuinely, not with love or fun in mind but in board room with lots of talking taking place without anyone once stepping up and saying “shouldn’t it be fun”?

Firstly though i’d like to take some time to talk about he characterisation of these characters, Batman and superman are close to 100 years old at this point, they both pass their centennial very shortly and for as long as they’ve appeared in the comics they have appeared in many other mediums as well, everything from radio plays (superman) to campy tv series (batman). considering this long drawn history of mainstream acceptance i find it so laughable how off character everyone is in this film. one of the first major problems with this film is that in order for us, the audience to really engage with the film then we must first understand who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, this is by far the most basic of all Hollywood tropes, this naturally causes some problems, when both your main combatants are supposed to be heroes, who are you meant to root for? well it appears that the writers want us rooting for Superman because Batman does some truly shocking and out of character things in this film, we see him branding enemies, i mean he actually uses a gun in this film, on not one but four separate occasions, this is something he would never do and the most glaringly annoying one for me is that he out and right kills people, with out remorse he takes actions that kill people, this is so out of character for batman and considering in the last decade we’ve had 3 films that show just how adverse he is to using guns made by the same people, it shows just how little care went into this film. Batman is not the only character whose off, most of them are, Alfred looks quite young and the parental father figure that he has always been to batman seems to be gone, something that i think is a shame. he is once again turned into a tool for the screenwriters to explain the plot, this is also true of martha kent who has somehow become this scared old lady, she is very much removed from the hard as nails women who would take on a child with clarks abilities, she talks to her son like she’s a journalist writing a story rather than as a mother. Superman is still the same wimp he always is and Clark, yes i do consider them separate characters, is just whiny and narcotic and boring. theses are just the main characters, there are a lot of secondary characters in this film and i mean a lot, there are so many in fact that you’ll struggle to even keep up with whats going on, i’m going to let you in on a secret as well, you don’t need to, there not important, there just there to give the impression that this is a truly fleshed out world, something i think DC hasn’t quite earned yet. there are two acceptions though in this film, i loved lex Luther, he was genuinely sociopathic and i got a sense why he hated superman and thats because superman is more powerful than him and wonder woman, honestly wonder woman made this movie, everytime she was on screen i was captivated, she truly did dominate, especially in the closing scenes. in a film that lacks any subtly she has my favourite moment, when doomsday is attacking she naturally throws herself in head first and gets beaten down and in that moment i felt excited for the new wonder woman movie because in that moment she smiled, i got the sense that she enjoyed what was happening and as an amazon warrior she isn’t averse to battle, not to mention she used her lasso of truth and actually fights like the wonder woman i know. this was strange in this film, that this subtle moment would be my favourite moment because as well as all the characters being very off this film its about as subtle as a brick to the face and that this moment would even make it beyond the cutting room floor amazes me.

so now that we’ve gotten the basic characters out of the way its time to look at the story, this film has a lot to do, from the title you’d think it was a very simple process, we have to find a way to get Batman and Superman to fight, they have done this in the comic books but in the comic there was an actual reason, in this it was pointless, it was just an excuse for mindless violence. so I’m going to try and explain the story, Batman is in gotham fighting crime, superman in metropolis doing his thing, Lex luthor has become obsessed with superman and wants to destroy him, lois is running around the world, some back door deals are happening, and superman must stand before congress. thats just for starters, this is a Synder film, he likes to do these intricate stories and has since his inception, as a producer he likes to do these intricate stories with lots of connected pieces that build upon each other, well from the front they look complete and stable but if you look just slightly off centre you’ll see how little is actually going on. this film is a mile wide and two inches deep in terms of story. there is so much going on but very little of it meaningful and so many of those smaller story lines are quickly abandoned once the fighting starts. the film makers also expect us the audience to know whats going on in this film with zero set up, I’m a DC fanboy, i read several of their comics a week, so i knew what was going, my date on the other hand no idea what was going on and honestly i don’t blame her, they wanted to make an avengers level film without any of the ground work that marvel put into their universe.

the most glaring thing you will notice about this film though, and by you i mean your bottom, is thats its long, its 2 and a half hours long and honestly i will describe this as a film of two halfs, despite how cliched that sounds, the second half is naturally where they put all the action, i think we get a good hour of fighting, first between batman and superman, a fight i still think is pointless beyond any sane belief and then between Superman, Batman, Wonder woman and doomsday and boy is there a lot of fighting. although there was a lot of fighting, a lot of boring fighting in the second half at least i knew what i was watching because i couldn’t tell you anything about the first part of this film, honestly i sat there watching this film and i found myself looking at my watch, yes a film that stars some of my favourite things in the universe was boring me enough to cause me to look at my watch, when I’m watching your movie i shouldn’t be looking at my watch and i most definitely shouldn’t be thinking “oh i still have two hours of this to go yet”. at one point i actually got up and went the toilet, not out of need but my bum went numb from lack of blood and i wanted to get the feeling back, i was assured that alls i missed was more pointless talking and very little going on, this film tries a lot and in trying a lot it fails to deliver on its basic premise, this is a comic book movie and I’m the first to admit that comics aren’t very serious, they are fun though and this film lacks all fun, it lacks all love from the filmmakers and there trying too hard to be cool, this film exists in a universe where marvel are making there films look effortless, we all know what there films are, and at a basic level there fun. hell, this movie came out a month after dead pool a film that summed up everything i like about comic book movies, it was fun, campy and i laughed. this films lacks anything meaningful for the audience, both comic books and non comic book a like and sadly its already made enough money to get a sequel green lit.

2/10

Craft Liverpool rye pale ale

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So we continue our look at the beers of the Liverpool craft brewery, after the truly stellar beer that was their west coast pale ale (review) comes their Rye pale ale. To say these two contrast would be a huge understatement, im a fan of the rye pale ale, i actively seek it out and have been trying to review as many of them as possible recently but this left we with a bitter taste in my mouth.

Vital stats:

  • brewed in liverpool
  • a rye pale ale
  • available in Keg/Cask/Bottle
  • bought at brewdog liverpool
Look:
this beer was cloudly and looked like apple juice in the glass, it also had no head to speak of and it was very flat. if im honest ive made homebrew that looked quite similiar, but i am adversed to filtering my beer as i like to bottle ferment. this beer was not bottle fermented so they cant even use that as an excuse for this horrid looking beer. this looks more a kin to a glass of scrummpy than a pale ale.
 3/10
Aroma:
delivered nothing, so i have nothing to say.
1/10
Taste:
on the tongue though this does at least offer something, you do get a kick of rye and a hit of citrus but not much, shame there both buried quite deep down. im really struggling with this beer im not going to lie, im trying so hard to find things to say.
3/10
Value:
As i said in my previous review i consider Liverpool craft to be one  of my top brewerys and this beer is just a shame, they make two of my favourite beers (more on the second later), if i see one of their beers on tap im likely to pick it up but i can honestly say i didnt enjoy this beer in any way, sure i can find some good things to say, if i look hard enough and believe me im looking pretty damn hard because i dont want this to be true but i cant recommend this to anyone.
2/10
Session:
to top it off the Flavour of this beer doesn’t travel too well, the more you drink the more bitter it becomes, perhaps its feeding the bitterness in my soul but each mouthful of this was worse than the last.
2/10
this beer was a huge disappontment for me especially as their last beer was so great and the beer to come is one of my go to beers. this looked like homemade cider only without any real aroma. what little taste their was bitter and overpowering, all of these factors mean that this isnt good value for money and i cant call this a very good session beer. a true shame.
22/100

Liverpool craft West coast pale ale

IMG_0622After last weeks bevy of Brewdog beers i’ll be taking a look at some beers closer to home, we’ll be looking at Liverpool craft beer company’s beers, this review is for West coast pale ale and as a little preview this has become one of my favourite beers to enjoy in sunny liverpool.

Vital stats:

  • brewed in Liverpool
  • comes in 330ml bottles
  • californian pale ale
  • 6.2% APV

Looks:

this beer comes in a a 330ml bottle with a simple green and white label, it was was incredibly lively in the glass, when i poured this out i guestimate it was 90% head, lovely frothy white head. when i got the head down to a resonable size the beer was cloudy and toffee in colour.

9/10

Aroma:

something has changed for me in recent months, i seem to be craving hops, wonderful bitter hops and when i put this to my nose thats exactly what i got, beautiful hops with a little citrus thrown in for good measure. it was very yeasty yet also inviting even if it did make the eyes water slightly.

9/10

Taste:

this is a beer full of bold flavours, its very hoppy and yeasty, perfect for the beer garden if you ask me. despite this big bold flavour its still somewhat delicate on the tongue, although its big on flavour its quite quick to disapate, it gives you just enough to want more and never overstays its welcome.

9/10

Value:

i personally think this is fantastic value for money, especially at this time of year. there is a link between the weather and beer if you ask me, a beautiful sunny day does so much to improve your over all mood that its not hard to assume that it also improves what ever your drinking, this is why you’ll think estrella is the best larger ever when your drinking it on a beach in Spain but even the most beautiful beer can be a truly miserable experience if your cold and wet. i’ve tried this beer alot and each time ive love it, in winter ive even been known to use this to remind me of sunnier climates.

9/10

Session:

this is a great session beer, honestly i cant say enough good things about this beer. ive had it alot, ive had one at the end of the day and several in a day session with friends. i love it and would recommend it to you all over and over again.

9/10

this could be the highest rated beer we’ve ever done had on all hail the ale and obvisoulsy its hit all areas for me.  its starts by looking great, follows this by hoppy and lively aroma and follows this with powerful hoppy goodness that i’ve come to love, because it delivers in all areas naturally its great value for money and honestly i could drink hundreds of these without ever getting bored. it deserves such a great score and i recommend it to everyone who will listen.

90/100