The other night we took a break from tabletop gaming and went into boardgame mode, I brought along a four pack of Boddington’s Pub Ale, which I haven't had in quite some time. I haven't written a beer review in a while either, so here you go.
The cans have the little air-bubble compressed sphere thingie [edit: the "thingie" is actually called a 'wdiget', thanks kelvingreen] in them to simulate the hand-drawn English pub pouring style and it's what gives the ale such a smooth, creamy consistency and flavor. I drank them out of the cans, but I suppose the correct way is to pour it into a pint glass and let it settle for about ten minutes. This will also give it the proper time to warm up a bit, since it's not to be served ice cold. Be careful opening the can! It will explode in a shower of foam if handled carelessly. Andy had a great quote, but I don't want to bug him as of this writing to ask what it was.Boddingtons is definitely a archetypical English Ale, if you're not a fan of these, you may be a little disappointed. It lacks the "explosion" of hops and malts, but it does provide a mellow, smooth taste that is consistent from first sip to last. There are blogs out there dedicated to reviewing tasty brews, for me, I'm not so technical. If you're looking for a smoky, Guinness type ale, this may not be for you, nor is is a Newcastle Brown Ale. We also had the those (the latter) on hand, and they were good mind you, but still different enough from the Boddingtons to not be able to draw a direct comparison. Boddingtons has a unique, mellow flavor that provides a rich, full taste. It's the perfect game night brew.