Month: August 2015

Latest Book Review

…which is also a game review. At long last, my review of Thief 4 plus the art book for it. Excerpt below, and as usual find the rest at Nerds in Babeland.

The Game

Now I am a huge fan of the Thief games. Huge. The first two, beyond being revolutionary as far as gameplay (the Thieffranchise is widely touted as the originator of the sub-genre of the FPS called Stealth. Many call Deus Ex the original FPStealth, but it’s really Thief. But I digress), but offers an incredibly rich world, with an interactive story so well written it actually kind of pisses me off. So I know very well how Garrett lost his eye (a visceral cutscene I’ll never forget), what it was replaced with and what that does to make his vision special. The warring factions of Hammerites (later scarier maniacal Mechanists) and their opposites the Pagans (who can forget the creepy giggle as one navigated through Constantine’s mansion), and of course the enigmatic and ultimately political Keepers. I know the world well, and love it, especially our POV protagonist, Garrett. I’ve even written fan fiction for this world. Wow, I just admitted that online…

IPA Review #22-30

IPA# 22: Man Beer

Date Consumed: ?

  • By Bull & Bush in Denver
  • 7.7% ABV
  • nitro pour (on tap at Oskar Blues brewery)
  • Cloudy
  • More bitter than hoppy: more like a hoppy lager than an IPA

IPA #23: R.I.P.L 

Date consumed: ?

  • It’s a Rye India Pale Lager, so…maybe it doesn’t count for inclusion on this list?
  • 7% ABV
  • on tap at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Denver
  • I can definitely tell this is not an ale, but a lager
  • Rich & Brady
  • Hoppy but no bite
  • Smooth, almost sweet aftertaste

IPA #24: Stone IPA

Date consumed: ?

  • In a bomber, it tastes different (than on tap or in 12oz bottles): it’s richer in flavor
  • 6.9% ABV
  • very fizzy
  • Bitey and bitter

IPA #25: Vertex

Date consumed: ?

  • By Destihl in IL
  • 5.9% ABV
  • crisp, pleasantly bitter
  • Hops are apparent 
  • On tap at Oskar Blues brewery

IPA #26: Insane Rush

Date consumed: ? (Same as #25)

  • By Bootstrap Brewery in Niwot
  • 7% ABV
  • very fizzy and crisp
  • Strong citrus flavor: lemony

IPA #27 was a duplicate entry. Sorry. I might have been drunk… 

brewery dog likes FnG’s process.

 IPA #28: Finkel and Garf’s IPA

Date consumed: ?

  • 6.5% ABV
  • in a 12oz can from the brewery
  • They say, “dry, citrus, aromatic,” and they’re right. Especially the aromatic bit: it’s almost perfumey.

IPA #29: Session IPA

Date consumed: ?

  • 10oz bottles
  • 5.1% ABV
  • almost lager-y in flavor
  • Welp, this is definitely a session. For suresies.

IPA #30: Dank Nugget

Date consumed: 4/4/15

  • On tap at Mountain Sun brewery
  • ABV: ?
  • Crisp, hoppy 
  • Full-bodied yet not too rich to be very drinkable
  • Lighter in flavor than their FYIPA


Retrospective Review #1: A Study in Pink

My latest for Sherlock’s Home. I will be reviewing all 9 eps plus the short (plus the special that will be airing soon(ish).

Sherlocks Home

Written by Prof. Jenn

Final warning: These are RETROSPECTIVE reviews, so I will be discussing reveals, revolutions of cliffhangers, ends of plots, etc. If you are reading these reviews without having seen the eps, a) what is wrong with you?? Go watch them now! and b) these reviews are not for you till you’ve seen them.

The first installment of Sherlock starts out with a bang. Literally. We begin by looking through a window into a nightmare of Dr John Watson’s, seeing him wake to a dreary life of PTSD until he runs into an old friend and thereby a new roommate, named Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlockian nerds, ahem, scholars, immediately noticed in this very first episode that it begins nearly exactly the same way as in the original novel, A Study in Scarlet (also the very first Sherlock Holmes story way back in 1887). From Watson’s questionable bullet wound to…

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IPA Review 16-21

IPA #16: Rampant Imperial IPA

Date Consumed: ?

  • Being an Imperial IPA, it has a rich flavor to it, and a sweet aftertaste
  • Biting bubbles
  • made by New Belgium
  • Bomber size bottle

IPA #17: Red Betty

Date Consumed: ?

  • by Central City Brewery
  • in 12 oz cans
  • Very mild, tastes almost like a session
  • 6.5% ABV
  • very carbonated
  • bitter without being rich / tasty

IPA #18: Shipwrecked Double IPA

Date Consumed: ?

  • by Mission Brewery
  • 9.75% ABV
  • comes in large can (a la Fosters)
  • Shiver me timbers!images
  • Rich, bready
  • bitter but without a bite
  • not much fizz once it’s been poured

IPA #19: S.L.O.W. R.I.D.E.

Date Consumed: ?

  • a session IPA w 4.5% ABV
  • citrusy, almost tastes like a bitter lemonade
  • very light to drink, almost lager-y; definitely a session

IPA #20: Johnny’s American IPA

Date Consumed: ?

  • by Moab Brewery in Utah
  • only 4% ABV: I actually bought this at King Soopers
  • comes in 4packs of tallboy cans
  • session-y with both hoppiness and sweetnes
  • very crisp
  • hoppiness turns a little on the sour side when not very cold

IPA #21: 400 Pound Monkey

Date Consumed: ?

  • English style IPA
  • made by Left Hand Brewery
  • Yeasty
  • rich
  • sweet (a little too sweet for my taste)
  • tastes stronger than it is (6.8% ABV)


All 9 Sherlock Episodes Ranked – By You

My latest two cents’ worth for these folks. I’m listed as “pj” for Prof. Jenn. 🙂

Sherlocks Home

Hundreds of you voted in our poll to end all polls (to mark Sherlock‘s fifth anniversary last week); which is the best Sherlock episode? Naturally, there were many cries of ‘all of them’ or ‘whichever one I’ve just watched’ but below we have all nine episodes of the show ranked as per the votes of those of you who could bring yourself to choose between them. Read on to find out what was crowned the best Sherlock episode – and read the Sherlock’s Home team’s thoughts on the episodes.


9. The Blind Banker

As this poll shows, this is normally the episode that gets the least attention out of the whole series but it happens to be one of my favourites. There are multiple reasons why, but I find the whole case really interesting: well-respected British men being part of a Chinese smuggling operation and accidentally stealing one of…

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