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      Good afternoon Redskins fans!  I have once again been invited to sit in the relative comfort of the press box and shout my thoughts into the void via this blog.  As you watch the game today and see the rain  pour relentlessly from the heavens, know that I am safe and dry.  Know also that @Spaceman Spiff is out there somewhere, cold and unappreciated, rolling around in the muck trying to capture that perfect picture.  Maybe say a little prayer for his health (or laugh, whatever, I’m not judging you).  Also, be sure not to miss the pictures he posts on this site after each game.     
       
      Before we get into today's Redskins game, I want give some thanks for more positive occurrences in DC sports.  Congrats to the Washington Mystics for winning their first championship.  Congrats go out to the Washington Nationals as well for reaching the world series.  These two teams (along with the Caps) are working hard to change the sports related mood around this town, and we're all happier for it. 
       
      Lets move now into less cheerful topics, namely your Washington Redskins!  Yow know things are going bad, and I mean really dang bad, when your team has gone through three quarterbacks and two coaches and your not even half way through the season.  Today's fresh hell comes in the form of a specter of the our recent past coming to smirk at our misfortune.  Im talking of course of Kyle.  Kyle's spent the week assuring everyone that he isn’t holding a grudge, while very obviously holding a grudge.  “Everything else.”  You know what I’m talking about. 
       
      If all he brought to town were his hurt feelings we wouldn’t have a problem.  Sadly, he’s arrived with an undefeated football team that the NFL says we have to play this week.  This feels entirely unfair. 
       
      My generic key to the game:  Run the ball and stop the run.  The team (spoiler alert: 49ers) that does this today will win.   
       
      Redskins Inactives  
      QB Colt McCoy  
      S Deshazor Everett  
      CB Josh Norman  
      RB Chris THompson  
      LB Josh Harvey-Clemons 
      G Wes Martin  
      TE Vernon Davis  
       
      49ers inactives  
      QB CJ Beathard 
      WR Deebo Samuel  
      CB Ahkello Witherspoon  
      FB Kyle Juszczyk 
      T Mike McGLinchey 
      T Joe Staley 
      DL DJ Jones 
       
      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers
       
      Callahan wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted to run the ball.  That first drive was all runs, and looked great... right up until they tried to pass the ball.  Hopkins missed the relatively short fied goal, because of course he did.     

      Maybe Quinn isn’t a good choice to be returning punts?  Consider it.    
       
      That second Redskins drive looked more like what we’ve come to expect from this offense.  Run for negative yards, pass dropped, and an unsuccessful screen pass.  A quintessential Redskins three and out. 

      Passing yards this quarter:  Redskins 3. 49ers 9.  Are you not entertained?! 
       
      Half Time Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers 
       
      How happy are you to spend your Sunday afternoon watching this game?  Consider that some people paid money, to sit in a poncho, in the rain, to watch this game. 
       
      It’s now time for those half time adjustments that our beloved skins do so well.  It’s unlikely the second half mirrors the first. 
       
      3rd Quarter Update 
      Redskins 0 – 3 49ers  
       
      Good news, this game will not end in a 0-0 tie.  Those half time adjustments have kicked in as expected and the 49ers have found a way onto the scoreboard in this messy throwback game.  The Redskins have decided to spend the second half collecting holding penalties and sadness.  Mercifully, only one quarter remains. 
       
      End of Game Update 
      Redskins 0 – 9 49ers 
       
      Callahan hasn’t spent much time as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, but he’s already proven that his team can waste 2nd half timeouts like a veteran.  It makes little sense to adopt a strategy that shortens the game when your team is losing, and it makes even less sense when your team is short on time outs.  I’m not really sure what the thinking as late in this game.    
       
      Next week Kirk Cousins!   
       
       

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I've said it once, and i'll say it again, Firestone Walker makes some excellent beers, their Union Jack is always a nice treat, just cracked a Double Jack Double IPA 22 and it's EXCELLENT!!

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I've said it once, and i'll say it again, Firestone Walker makes some excellent beers, their Union Jack is always a nice treat, just cracked a Double Jack Double IPA 22 and it's EXCELLENT!!

Went hunting for these today, only their porter was in stock, so I passed on trying my first Firestone Walker.

The DuClaw Colossus was back in stock (highest ABV of all American beers, 21%). $40 for a 1.6 pint bomber. Don't think I'll ever get that stuff :ols:

Just threw together a 4 pack:

Boulevard Sixth Glass Quadrupel

Urthel Hop-It

Flying Dog Secret Stash

Flying Dog The Fear

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Went hunting for these today, only their porter was in stock, so I passed on trying my first Firestone Walker.

The DuClaw Colossus was back in stock (highest ABV of all American beers, 21%). $40 for a 1.6 pint bomber. Don't think I'll ever get that stuff :ols:

Just threw together a 4 pack:

Boulevard Sixth Glass Quadrupel

Urthel Hop-It

Flying Dog Secret Stash

Flying Dog The Fear

Had a Boulevard Dark Truth Stout the other day, it was really good, very smokey, I can see it being really good with some BBQ.

Is Flying Dog Secret Sash the 0 IBU IPA? What do they mean by that?

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Had a Boulevard Dark Truth Stout the other day, it was really good, very smokey, I can see it being really good with some BBQ.

Is Flying Dog Secret Sash the 0 IBU IPA? What do they mean by that?

Nah, I don't know what you're talking about. What 0 IBUs would mean is that the beer is completely devoid of hops. I don't like saying "bitterness", because bitterness could come from another flavor. I've had stouts that are 50 IBUs and malty as all hell. I've also had beers that are 30 IBUs and come off as bitter because of the lack of malt.

Anywho, I wonder what beer you're talking about.

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It's called Flying Dog International Arms Race, which is supposedly a 0 IBU IPA..... I saw it yesterday, why would I want an IPA without the hop bitterness? :doh:

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It's called Flying Dog International Arms Race, which is supposedly a 0 IBU IPA..... I saw it yesterday, why would I want an IPA without the hop bitterness? :doh:

Researched it, and its actually a spice/herb/veggie beer. I'd venture to guess it tastes like a saison, if they are substituting hops for spices. 0 IBU IPA sounds like a marketing ploy. "Coming soon to Flying Dog, 105 IBU stout with NO MALT".

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Reviewing this 4 pack, and this is the one you guys wanna see:

Flying Dog The Fear

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Flavor is heavy and unique: Pumpkin pie spices dominate this beer for sure. However, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and even tobacco are all vying for the heaviest flavor. If you focus on any of those flavors you'll easily taste them. This tastes like one of my aged beers to be honest. So happy I decided to keep one of these from 2011. Thick beer, heavy, but easy to down. Warmth from alcohol is extremely forward on the finish. That is the only thing that is preventing me from facing this beer off with the Schlafly and Pumking. This beer seems like its 15% alchol on the aftertaste :ols: Other than that, The Fear is pretty delicious.

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Flying Dog Wildemans Farmhouse IPA...spicy brew, with a little bit of banana, I really like Delirium Tremens, this is kind og light like that with more of a hop kick and spices. I'm not sure why they brewed a second Belgian IPA, this one doesn't touch The Raging Hooohaah. (btw it still has that indescribable "bandaid" taste that some on here didn't like)

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While we're talking about Flying Dog, their "Secret Stash" was extremely lame.

The Fear clearly won best beer last night. Urthel Hop-It is cool but way overpriced, sheesh. Boulevard Sixth Glass reminded me of bourbon. Meh.

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Had 2 more different pumpkin beers last night: Harpoon Pumpkin UFO and Shipyard Pumpkin Ale. The Harpoon was pretty good had a nice pumpkin spice flavor. Wasn't impressed with the Shipyard at all, couldn't taste much of the pumpkin in it.

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Also, anyone going to this? http://www.hsbeer.com/events/fiery-food-fest/

Bought my tickets yesterday!

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I thought I'd share some reviews for some of my favorite local brews, specifically a few from Hill Farmstead. I just so happen to think their the best brewery in the country right now. And yes, I fully understand the weight behind that comment. :ols:

First up: Hill Farmsteads Society & Solitude #5 in my lucky Cal Ripkin Jr. glass. (The O's were still in it when I had this beer.)

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The one sentence description of this beer at the brewery was "Think grapefruit...", and that was very apparent from the first smell. Very fragrant, citrusy, and clean. Almost no malty taste or bitter after taste. Lightly carbonated and pretty dry in the finish. Virtually no taste of alcohol despite being 7.8%. Very drinkable.

I still like their Abner a bit more, but this is up there with my favorite DIPAs. I think it's my favorite of the Society & Solitude series so far.

And from this past weekend: Hill Farmstead Arthur

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I'm a big fan of Saisons, but I'll be the first to admit that I don't have an expert's palette for them. The Hill Farmstead Ann is often called the best Saison in the world, but I'd still never had the chance to try it, so I'm giving one of their other Saisons a shot. I brought this down to VA this past weekend to share with my girlfriend (lives in Fairfax).

After pouring the beer and a funky tart and sweet aroma with a good fluffy head, as you can see it's hazy and bright yellow in appearance. The taste is quite citrusy with a lot of immediate spice, maybe peppery? I think I prefer the Saison Dupont over this one, its a bit more subtle on the tongue, but hey, I'm no expert.

:cheers:

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I love how early this thread gets bumped every single day. :ols:

You guys are no joke

lol and we don't even live in the USVI!

---------- Post added October-19th-2012 at 12:09 PM ----------

gonna get some of The Fear today! Gonna be buzzing off two of those bad boys!

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13.99 for a 6 pack of The Fear. Good deal?

That's what it is here as well. I say that's just about right. It matches the quality of their Double Dog and Gonzo.

Today I got the New Belgium Red Hoptober again to see if I like it more or less than The Fear.

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That's what it is here as well. I say that's just about right. It matches the quality of their Double Dog and Gonzo.

Today I got the New Belgium Red Hoptober again to see if I like it more or less than The Fear.

give us a review on that bad boy

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Tried the Great Divide Hercules tonight, had the Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly last weekend, this is a tough call, but i'm going opposite of Double and saying the un-earthly is slightly better because of the oak aged deliciousness. Both are very good.

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Tried the Great Divide Hercules tonight, had the Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly last weekend, this is a tough call, but i'm going opposite of Double and saying the un-earthly is slightly better because of the oak aged deliciousness. Both are very good.

I said the Un*earthly was better too. Had the regular though, not oak aged.

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I said the Un*earthly was better too. Had the regular though, not oak aged.

Word, oak aged is really silly I didn't want it to end. Thought the Hercules was excellent with a nice KICK.

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Word, oak aged is really silly I didn't want it to end. Thought the Hercules was excellent with a nice KICK.

Damn, I love when a great beer is aged in barrels. All great beers should have a spinoff aged in complimentary barrels. If I see that oaked Un*earthly, there won't be any hesitation. Just like when I saw the regular stuff, snatched it. It's an automatic.

give us a review on that bad boy

On it!

New Belgium Red Hoptober

I must say, it really depends on the temperature of this beer when it comes to what you taste. When it's on the colder side, grassy hops are the theme, malt is chocolatey but sutble. When you exhale through your nose the chocolate is more apparent. When it's warmed up, the malt becomes the overwhelming theme, which is great, you even start to taste a lot of caramel. Drink this beer at close to room temperature. Body is light, silky, fairly dry. After going through the big-bad Fall beers, this just isn't among the elite. I do enjoy the chocolate malt in a hoppy beer though, it's good when it's on the warmer side. Absolutely aging one of these bad boys for a couple years hoping that the strength of the chocolate/caramel flavor quadruples.

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Time to troll. Budweiser is the best beer Eva!!!!!!! Everything else is crap

(Shiner bock is really good dark lager.)

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