Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dark Days and Dale's Pale Ale.

Well, it has been awhile since my last entry. I have been quite busy with visiting family, work, and now moving into a larger home. My Ogre army will be placed on the back burner while I deal with the "real world" and it's constant need for attention.


In the time since my last post not much has changed with the Beer Gut Tribe. I have several new models which await my attention (whenever that may be) and I am close to having everything I need for a solid 2000-3000 point list.

No, the problem won't be finding enough models to field in my army lists. The problem will be actually winning with anything I field in this damn game. My recent battles have been a string of bitter defeats mixed with a heaping helping of ineptitude and draws. I am starting to have serious self esteem issues pertaining to my army and my ability to win with it. I know how to win (I think?!), I just can't seem to make it happen.

My track record to date looks something like this:

- Draw against Dwarfs
- Loss against Dwarfs
- Draw against Dwarfs
- Win against Skaven and Orcs & Goblins (in a team game with Dwarfs where I lost all of my units)
- Draw against Dwarfs
- Draw against Wood Elves (nearly a victory but shy about 30 points)
- Loss against Orcs & Goblins

W: 1 D: 4 L: 2

Not the most stellar record. I don't want to write anymore about it at the moment as I am inclined to simply quit playing altogether and that is just lame ...

I will have at least two weeks without playing to think about how I can win and tighten up on my tactics. It is frustrating that most of my opponents know my army and it's capabilities more than their own. Ogres are so one dimensional it is fairly easy to craft army lists that shut them down, no matter what Army you are playing.

Rambling now ... angry and frustrated. I need a beer.

Oskar Blues Brewery - Dale's Pale Ale

Beer Type: American Pale Ale

Appearance: 12 oz. blue can with silver, white, and red printing. I really don't like this can design, there is just something about it, but I can't put my finger on it. The beer poured a clear amber, almost like a light caramel color with a thick white head.

Smell: Hops first, quickly followed by some darker sweet aromas and a kick of citrus (grapefruit?).

First Drink: Bitter hops up front again followed by a sweet biscuit-like flavor. Good!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, no trace of oiliness.

Last Drink: The finish is a bit bitter, definitely getting some of the grapefruit or citrus flavors at the end as well.

Drinkability: Great beer! I was pleasantly surprised when I poured this out of a can. With the label and the can I expected it to be a bit shite, but now I am actively looking forward to drinking this some more (in addition to other brews from this brewery).

Notes: Making craft brew in a can is a task that is quite challenging, or so I have read. This brewery uses some sort of "water lining" to keep the beer from getting that "can flavor" and negating all of the hard work which went into the creation of this brew. Well done.

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5.

Links: Beer Advocate and Oskar Blues Brewery.

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