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Beer Review: Sweet Water Brewing Company “Goin’ Coastal.”

For a guy who isn’t into IPA beers too much I sure did pick the wrong place to move! There are a ton of IPA beers down here in Georgia! On the plus side moving gave me a chance to grow as a person, and learn to appreciate things that I normally wouldn’t. One thing I appreciate is Goin’ Coastal from Sweetwater brewing co. It’s an IPA brewed with pineapple, and it’s pretty good!

Commercial Description: Slip into some sunshine and step off the grid by Goin’ Coastal with this pineapple laced IPA. The bright aromas of the five citrus hop additions are accentuated by the tropical fruit of the pineapple. And just like those three day weekends, its finish is quick. Golden copper in color with a full malt bill to bring the balance to our year round offering.

It’s one of those beers where I feel the commercial description hits the nail on the head. Fruity scent, nice pineapple taste, and oddly enough it’s labor day weekend while I write this (although I don’t have a three day weekend, many people do during this time.) The citrus/pineapple taste improves the normal bitterness I find in IPA beers, and at 6.1% ABV it’s pretty solid for a good buzz. Now Goin’ Coastal is really not a beer you wanna chug a few in a row, unless your plan is to get messy/schwifty/drunk, but it is a good one to start off a night of drinking with, and then switch to a lighter beer after a couple of these.


So this is another IPA that I personally suggest to people who don’t ordinarily like IPAs. Obviously don’t get it if you’re not a fan of pineapple, but this beer surprised me and I would be glad to find this both cold, and in my hand again at some point in the future. The fruity flavors, and the light bitterness make it an interesting experience, even moreso because it still has a pretty strong initial bite. Pick it up if you get the chance.

I’ll be reviewing a couple more Sweetwater Brewing beers coming down the pipeline soon (Yes, I got another variety pack.) So stay tuned for more of those.

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Red Hare Brewing: Cotton Tail Orange Creamsic-ale.

Now this is an interesting beer! Certainly not for everyone, but I am equally certain that it’s something that any beer drinker should give a try.  A pale ale brewed with orange and vanilla flavor, this one stands out as one of the most unique beers I’ve ever tried.

Commercial Description: Orange flavors mirror the citrus notes of Zythos hops, while smooth sweet vanilla beans compliment their slight bitterness. Tastes just like a cold orange creamsicle on a hot day!

The description nails this. It seriously tastes like an orange creamsicle, and a pale ale did the fusion dance. Normally when I want that creamsicle flavor I just mix spiced rum, and orange soda together. Back to the point! Orange Creamsic-ale is 5.5% ABV, and at its core has a lot in common with the Cotton Tail Pale ale. The flavor stands out far more than the regular pale ale, and honestly tastes more like a soda then a beer in my opinion. In consideration of what I have mentioned so far, I cannot suggest this beer for your average beer drinker, it’s just too different. Regular beer fans, this is not for, it smells, and tastes sweet, kicks to a pale ale, and then back to sweet on the finish. It’s kinda all over the place. I like this beer, but it’s definitely not the kinda thing that I could see many people drinking more than one of. It’s a beer probably best had with dessert.

So I’ve kinda spilled the vanilla beans about this one already above, but to lay the point in clear. This is a good beer, but it is not an ideal beer. If you’re looking for something new, or something that stands out, this will be something you want to try. If you’re looking for a beer after a day at work, I truly can’t say this is what you should get. All that being said, I was glad to try this and I could see myself picking this up again should the mood strike me for a dessert beer.

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Beer Review: Cotton Tail Pale Ale.

Can you tell that I got a Variety pack of Red Hare Brewing beers yet? Today’s venture into the unknown is Cotton Tail Pale Ale! Pale ales are an odd bunch for me. I’m never sure where I stand on most of them, but with this one I think I have an answer.

Commercial Description: Zythos hops scent this ale with a refreshing citrusy aroma which translates into floral, orange notes on the tongue. A sweet malty backbone balances the slight bitterness of the hop profile making this a refreshing brew with a clean finish- the perfect companion for any activity!

Now I wouldn’t say I found a citrus aroma in this beer, if anything I’d say it’s got a light caramel scent. It did leave an orange taste, and some bitterness. They claim this beer is balanced, and I don’t think I agree with that. I think it’s way more orange flavored than they give it credit for, and if the beer were heavier you might mistake it for Blue Moon, and that’s not a bad thing. I could see this being another beer that goes well with pretty much any activity at 5.5% ABV you don’t have to worry very much about getting too tipsy with it. Leaves a good refreshing aftertaste, and overall is a solid beer.

So yeah, I would suggest Cottontail Pale Ale, but if you’re not a kinda person who likes orange flavoring in your beer then stay away from this one. It’s a good time of year for this kinda beer, as the seasons change toward fall you might want a heavier beer, but this is a good final hurrah beer for the summer time.

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Movie Review: Little Evil

Little Evil is the newest Netflix film out, starring Adam Scott as the new step-dad to a child who might be the antichrist? It’s a dark comedy that starts off a little slow, but it gets pretty entertaining at points, which doesn’t sound like rave reviewing, but honestly I think it is worth the watch.

So what do you do when you think  your new stepson is the antichrist? Well if you’re real-estate agent Gary Bloom (Adam Scott) you spend a majority of the film trying to bond with the child one minute, and talking about how you might have to kill the kid with your co-worker Al (Bridget Everett)  the next. The plot itself doesn’t really seem to be the focus as they spend a lot of time building the characters, more than the setting, or story. It’s a pretty average film, that seems like it doesn’t exactly know what it’s going for. The plot sometimes feels sped along, and then sometimes it crawls. Humor is hit or miss. The wife in the film Samantha (neon genesis Evangeline Lilly) at moments seems to be totally oblivious, and I’m not really sure what the message of the film is.

Overall the actors did good, and the film was well shot. The cinematography gives off a shaun of the dead vibe at times, which really helps. Soundtrack is enjoyable, and I enjoyed the secondary character comedy antics. I just can’t help but feel like this is almost a pilot episode. There are a lot of good ideas, and interesting concepts waiting to be used, but since they don’t fit in with the plot of the movie, they aren’t getting any more development. If I had to pick what this film is about, I’d say it’s the struggles of being introduced as the stepfather, and integrating into that new dynamic.

So yeah. Pretty average flick, but I’ve seen far worse. The film is mostly good, but there are missteps, and off moments that punctuate the film. I would enjoy seeing Netflix make a 12 episode season of this to flesh it out a little more. There is a lot of potential in this, and I just feel like it’s not reaching the peak in the film alone. It’s on Netflix now so go check it out if you’re into darker comedy movies.

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Beer Review: Gem City Classic

A light lager beer that’s also a craft brew? What the hell is this nonsense?! It’s another Red Hare Brewing company beer, and although it’s a light lager, it isn’t ordinary! Does it hold up against the big league beers? Let’s find out!

Commercial Description: Gem City Classic is a craft light lager brewed to drink easy and finish clean. Hallertauer Mittelfrüh and Citra hops complement the crisp quality of the beer with fragrant aromas but no overpowering bitterness. At 4.2% ABV and just 140 calories per can, Gem City Classic is the perfect beer to throw back while watching the game.

The halcyon days of youth when beer pong was my main sport of choice, and any beer would do to get the job done, that is what Gem City Classic reminds me of. Good times, old friends, and a good light beer to get you to the drunk point you want to be at. It’s got a classic taste that reminds you of the big names like Bud, or Coors light, but it goes down smoother, and tastes more full flavored when compared to the average light beers. It’s only 4.2% so you can drink this one steadily throughout the evening, coupled with the better flavor compared to standard beers this one is a real winner.

I definitely suggest you try this beer. It’s not the usual kinda craft beer you would see me review, but it’s worth getting. Pick it up if you see it, and give it a whirl.

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Beer Review: Gangway IPA

Straight outta Red Hare Brewing in Marietta GA is Gangway IPA. It’s a citrus flavored IPA. Y’all already know I’m not a fan of IPA beers, but this one is pretty interesting. Does it stand up to my lackadaisical reviewing? Let’s find out!

Commercial Description: Gangway IPA is crisp, unfiltered, and golden in color and slightly sweet; hopped with Willamette, Chinook, Cascade and dry hopped with Falconers Flight.

What’s the deal with this beer? 6.5% ABV which I like, but it has a bitter/rough bite for my taste. So what is it about this beer that I enjoy when so many IPA beers before it have fallen to the wayside?  It’s just got a good blend of flavors, and that is impressive. I don’t normally enjoy using this word to describe things like beer, but this one is complex.  As I’ve mentioned it is a bitter beer, but it goes down surprisingly smooth. With a light odor, and a nice pine aftertaste, Gangway IPA is the kinda beer that might not find an easy audience, IPA fans might find it too different, and people who don’t like IPAs might not even pick this one up! If I weren’t the kinda person who likes to try new beers, I don’t think I would have gotten this, and that would have deprived me of a solid beer.

So at the end of the day, I found an IPA that I don’t mind, but it is still an IPA. Do I suggest picking it up? Absolutely! I think it’s a solid choice, and worthy of any IPA lovers line-up. I will certainly be checking out more of Red Hare Brewing Company after trying this, and if I’m ever in the mood for an IPA I know I’ll be grabbing this.

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Quick Thoughts: On Game of Thrones Season 2

Season 2 down, and now I’m starting to genuinely get curious. Curious about why those baby dragons are so ADORABLE!!! Seriously why do I find them so cute? Anyway, welcome to another edition of quick thoughts! Obviously I’m gonna be talking about Game of Thrones Season 2, and as with last season’s post, there will be spoilers, and you probably already saw the show so that shouldn’t matter. Let’s get right to it!

Why isn’t Joffrey dead yet? Continuing to be one hell of an actor because I hate him more, and more every time I see him. I will drink to celebrate the day he is no longer a cast member on the show. He’s like the anti-Glenn, because I’m wishing a guy with a barbed wire bat would bash his brains in!

Brace yourself, Lucille is coming.

I know he dies, but not what season, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for season 3 ending up with that little shit being poisoned to death. The idea of him dying slow enough to realize it fills me with a joy that is only held for fictional villains getting what they deserve, right up there with Professor Umbridge getting beaten to near death by centaurs.

In a less than unexpected twist it seems like everybody is challenging the little prick king’s right to rule, and that plot point has actually made the show more interesting to me. The more people who wanna kill Joffrey, the better. The Stark family being led by Robb (cool name guy) has the most going on, what with the kingslayer, and the giant woman escorting him.

Did someone say giant woman?!

I’m hoping to see much of that fall apart for House Stark in the next season, because who wants to see good people win? I know I sure as shit don’t! Speaking of the Stark family tree, let’s check up with our old pal Jon Snow! He’s… being an idiot still… Shoulda just killed the ginger, I’m sure that will play out to his favor later, but for now it seems like a mistake on his part. Meanwhile everyone’s favorite portly character since Silent Bob (I’m talking about Sam,) has run into a bit of trouble in the final scene of season 2 and finds himself surrounded by extras from The Walking Dead! Damn AMC, first Kirkman leaves you, now the zombies are leaving too? So I’m assuming these folk leading the undead must be the white walkers, I guess I’ll learn more about them in season 3. Moving on!

Khaleesi is in the desert… That’s about all that happened with her. I mean sure she ran into that one desert trader town that’s in every other final fantasy game, but that place is always full of danger and tricky people, so she probably won’t go in the- Okay, she’s going in there. It plays out exactly how you expect. They trick her, try to take the baby dragons, and she kills them to death.  Other than that, I didn’t really care about what else was happening. Arya is on the run, and I hope that gets more interesting in season 3. Tyrion Lannister is no longer an appendage of the king, so who knows where his story is headed. Winterfell went and fell, I’m sure the Stark family will take it back, no big deal. Here’s hoping that Theon Greyjoy gets a nice kick in the twat what he did.

People I’m Okay With

Robb Stark
Arya Stark
Khaleesi and the dragons 3
Tyrion Lannister
Sam
Oddly enough. The Kingslayer Jaime Lannister

People I wanna see dead.

FUCKING, NO GOOD, JOFFERY
Every Lannister that isn’t Tyrion, and Jaime
Sansa Stark
Catelyn Stark
Petyr Baelish.

After that I just don’t give enough of a shit about the rest of the cast to care. Season 2 did a good job of building off the first one, and raising the stakes for most of the people involved. There was a cool green explosion, and some more nudity, but most importantly season 2 ends in a way that leaves you hanging, but doesn’t leave you feeling as though nothing got done all season. I’ll post my thoughts on season 3 once I get through it, but for now this is the parting of the ways.

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Movie Review: Death Note (2017)

In 2003 the manga Death Note was released unto the unsuspecting world. A story about a notebook that will kill anyone whose name is written into the pages, a high school student (Light Yagami), and a god of death (Ryuk). The story follows Light as he discovers the power of the notebook, and as that power corrupts him. It was a cultural phenomenon during its time, spawning: films, games, books, and a ton of merchandise for your local Hot Topic. Netflix has recently released a new Death Note film, an americanized retelling of the story, and that’s what I’m here to talk about today.

Let’s get right to it, how does it hold up against the original? Weakly. I enjoyed the film for what it was, but it is not the kinda Death Note I am used to. Let’s go over the pros and cons of the film, and maybe I can make myself clear.

The basic setup: Since this version takes place in the USA, we find ourselves in the setting of Seattle. Light Turner (Nat Wolff) is your run of the mill nerd character in any show, or movie since the Breakfast Club was released. Typically minding his own business until the day the Death Note falls from the sky and lands near him. Shortly after picking it up he is bullied, and forced into detention. This is where Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) comes into the mix. Ryuk goads Light into using the notebook, and that’s how Light starts his killing spree. Light practically can’t wait to tell the girl he has a crush on Mia (Margaret Qualley) about the notebook, and it’s power. Together Light & Mia go on to become the notorious killer of criminals known to the world as Kira. Things seem to be going well until Light’s father, a police officer named James (Shea Whigham) and world renown detective known only as L (Lakeith Stanfield) start to uncover the clues to Kira’s true identity. It becomes a race between Light and L to see who can figure out each other’s true identity first.

The Pros: I like the style of the film. The overall themes of Death Note are not lost in translation, even if it is weakened. The cast did a great job with what they were given, and Willem Dafoe is kick ass as Ryuk. They got Ryuk right in almost every way possible. I also really enjoyed L’s portrayal in this version. There were some great special effects, and the plot is serviceable, you won’t find yourself getting lost while watching this.  If you haven’t seen Death Note in it’s anime, or manga form, this would be a good place to start off, but if you’re a fan of the series already…

The Cons: … This is not for you. This movie misses so many of the key points of Death Note. Light is not threatening, or scary. He’s genuinely a good guy with a murder book. He gets scared, and doesn’t seem to be able to handle the power he’s been given. Light Yagami is one of the smartest people on the planet, Light Turner is practically a whining child in comparison. The thing that made Light in the original Death Note so compelling was that he was a smart, reasonable, and well off person who becomes twisted, and deranged by the power of the Death Note. It was easy to see anyone fill the role of Light, because we all believe ourselves to be good at our core, and the spookiness of the Death Note being able to corrupt someone with such a good life is part of the danger, and fear it brings. Light Turner on the other hand is a kid who has a reason to use the book from act one, scene one. He’s got a rough life, and he’s on bad terms with pretty much everyone who knows him, and everybody else doesn’t seem to know he exists. The main character of the story is flawed, and that puts a damper on the whole film. He’s still clever in his own way, but compared to his japanese counterpart Light Turner is a wet blanket.

The problems continue with Mia. Who basically does all the cool shit in the film. She’s the real brain behind Light’s kira identity. She does the heavy lifting, and she is far more influenced by the power of the Death Note than Light. Mia is basically just using Light the whole film, and it gives off a vibe that the movie is trying to say “Bitches right?” Which is another huge diversion from the original japanese version. Mia is supposed to be the analogue of Misa in the manga/anime. Misa is the totally devoted sidekick/wannabe girlfriend of Light in the manga, while Mia is very obviously using Light in the american version. Maybe they were trying to switch the roles to put a twist on the story, or maybe the writers of the american version were trying to be empowering to women, but the end result made it come across like Light was a fool, and Mia as an opportunist looking to take advantage of the power she could exploit.

The film ends in a way that sets it up for a sequel so maybe some of this will be addressed later on, but Death Note’s Netflix film is forgettable, and average. There are some good things in the movie, but the bad does outweigh the good here. To the people who are die-hard Death Note fans this film would probably be offensive. To the casual viewer it’s meh. So my recommendation is basically this.

Watch it if you are curious, watch it if you haven’t seen anything Death Note before this. If you were a big fan of the original Death Note though, stay away. It’s not the worst american re-telling of a japanese story, but like many before it, it doesn’t compare to what it is emulating.

Share your thoughts with me about the film in the comments, and tell me what you think.

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Quick Thoughts: On Game of Thrones Season 1.

I was never really into the Game of Thrones hype, but recently a friend of mine finally convinced me to watch it, and while I wasn’t hooked, I have decided to finish the series. I have a few thoughts I’d like to throw out there about the first season, and there will be spoilers of course, honestly if you are reading this right now, and haven’t seen it… wtf bro? With that let’s get into the first round of quick thoughts.

Why can’t Sean Bean stay alive in something? I mean, c’mon! For fucks sake! He was like, the only person I gave a shit about in the whole show! To be fair as soon as I saw him on screen my first thought was “Ahh, so there will be a main character death early in the show.” For real Sean Bean is a great actor, but his mortality rate in films, and shows is terrible.

Next up is Jon Snow. The on again, off again Stark. I know where the show is going, I’m not blind to the posts about it on facebook, and spoilers, but can I just say Uuugh. For now I don’t like him, and I’m glad he’s stuck on the wall dealing with the real problems to come when winter also inevitably arrives. His wimpy friend Sam kicks ass though. I expect great things from them both in the future.

I feel like a lot of plotlines either won’t get picked back up again, or won’t happen until way later, and everybody is saying Winter is coming far too much, and I see now why it had such meme presence throughout the years. I’m not shocked seeing all these plots happening that it’s taken 7 seasons for people to get the kinda payoff they have been clamoring for since season 1. Oh, and the baby dragons at Aquaman’s death were adorable. I don’t know if there was much worth mentioning from me other than that stuff… So…

Some people I’m generally okay with

Tyrion Lannister
Robb Stark
Arya Stark
Daenerys Targaryen

People I wanna see dead.

FUCKING, NO GOOD, JOFFERY
Every Lannister that isn’t Tyrion
Sansa Stark
Catelyn Stark

After that I really don’t care what happens to anyone else. There were a lotta tiddys, and some brutal deaths, and that’s probably why so many people like it. All the fucking people, and fucking up people. As someone who is not very into the middle-earth, and Medieval themes normally, I actually kinda dig this. Ordinarily my limits span from Narnia, to Dungeons and dragons, and then nothing… I read The Hobbit once! This sort of thing isn’t in my wheelhouse, so I’m admittedly surprised that I plan on continuing onward with this show past season one. I’ll let ya know my thoughts once I get past season 2, until then, caio!

-Rob

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Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing “Blue.”

 

It’s time for another beer review! Out of Atlanta Georgia comes Sweetwater brewing company, and the current apple (or blueberry in this case) of my eye. A pretty deep, but minimalistic titled beer; Blue. Simple name for a surprisingly complex beer. Sweetwater brewing company’s Blue is a blueberry wheat ale that comes across at first as your normal, everyday wheat ale, but finishes with it’s own style.

Commercial Description: A unique light bodied wheat ale enhanced with a hint of fresh blueberries! The euphoric experience begins with an appealing blueberry aroma – take a good whiff and you’ll know. The taste is extremely subtle and finishes extra clean. This ain’t no fruit beer, but it is our breakfast beer, and so delicious with pancakes!

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It’s light bodied, and goes down like a standard wheat ale, but once the aftertaste hits that is where the blueberry hits you, and it hits you square in the jaw! The beer can really trick you, and personally, that is what I’m down with. The aroma is very blueberry, if you’ll forgive my rhyme. Wheat ale beers normally leave me feeling a little dry in the palette, but with Blue I feel impressed, and refreshed. It’s the kinda beer I could easily have more than one of with little deliberation, which works out, because it only comes in at a 4.6% ABV (although I’ve seen online that it clocks in at 4.9% so it might just be the current brew I’m drinking.) It’s certainly a beer that was accurately described by its commercial description, gotta give some extra credit for honesty!

 

Overall this was a solid beer, and I could see myself buying this one again, granted the price was a bit steep (It was $12 USD for a six-pack where I picked it up.) it’s still a totally worthy addition to anyone’s night. Pick it up if you get the chance, it gets my recommendation for sure.