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Boddingtons Pub Ale

Today we head over the  pond to try out Boddington’s Pub Ale.  Whenever there is a blurb from the brewer on the can or bottle I like to quote it here:

“Since 1778 when it was first brewed at the Strangeways Brewery in Manchester, Boddingtons has been renowned as a unique, pale-gold ale.  In English pubs, Boddingtons is served using the traditional hand pulled method which mixes air with the ale as it pours, producing a distinctive creamy head and smooth body, with little gassiness.  Ordinary packaged ale cannot match this quality, but the new Draughtflow System does.  By releasing millions of tiny bubble when opened, Draughtflow cans give the creamy head and authentic fresh taste of Boddingtons Pub Ale.  

Ok, now that you know that, is the beer any good out of the can and can it possibly compare to the beer that is pulled on draught in England?  To be honest, I don’t know this particular beer tastes like on draught in England.  I do know that it’s pretty darn good out of the can.  As the quote above says, it is a unique brew.  It’s very smooth and light upfront, with a slight hint of hops in the finish.  There is a light caramel sweetness from the malt.  The color is a pale-gold and the beer is clear.  The creamy head does cling to the glass.  All of these show signs of a quality brew.  I will admit this brew has a bit of an aftertaste that won’t appeal to everyone, but overall it is a quality product.  I would readily drink this on a hot summer day when I need a cool drink.

Samuel Smith Taddy Porter

Today’s brew is Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter.  I’ve always been a fan of British Brews and this one is no exception.  If you like dark beer, and I do mean dark beer, this brew is right up your alley.

When poured it creates a nice creamy head thick enough to float the bottle cap.  Mouthfeel is creamy upfront and smooth.  There are dark coffee and chocolate notes in the beginning with a nice dry hoppy finish.  This brew is dry hopped during the boil, which is what adds the dry hop finish.  Taddy Porter is a very complex brew that should make your taste buds smile.

Here are some snapshots for you.

Miller Fortune

Miller has released a new brew they are calling ‘Fortune’.  Usually I stay away from the large breweries, but I had to try this one because I was sucked in by the marketing.  I will admit there are times that I will fall prey to a good marketing campaign.  Here is one of the ads that Miller is running on the boobtube…

If Mark Strong doesn’t get you fired up to drink some Miller Fortune then I don’t know what will.  Ok, enough of that…  On to more important matters.  How does it taste.

I went into this brew having extremely low expectations.  It’s surprisingly good.  Fortune has a nice caramel malty taste.  It is crisp up front with a creamy mouthfeel in the finish.  Pretty complex for a Miller product.  There is a nice head when poured directly into the glass as you will see in the pictures below.  The ABV is 6.9%, so as the kids like to say this brew will get you ‘turn’t up’ pretty quickly, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Miller Fortune is a good after hours beer.  Something that I would drink after I’ve had a long day at work and need to unwind.

New Belgium Snapshot

Welp, I’m back with a new beer.  I’m going to try something new here and blog from my phone and keep posts short and to the point.  My hope is this will make post quicker and easier, helping to keep me from burning out on writing so quickly.  

Today’s brew comes from New Belgium and it is their new Snapshot Wheat Beer. After pouring there is a nice fluffy head of foam.  There is a subtle aroma that hints a little sweet.  The taste is crisp and a little tart up front, but finishes with sweet wheat notes.  This is a very refreshing beer and gets both of my thumbs up. 

New Albion Ale

The craft brew phenomenon started over 30 years ago.  Many people believe that it started with Fritz Maytag and Anchor Brewing out in California.  If you were to ask Jim Koch, it all started with Jack McAuliffe’s New Albion Ale from New Albion Brewing Company, also from California.  There are probably others out there who believe that their brewery was the one to start the craft beer movement, but it seems like one thing is for certain, it started in California.

All that to say tonight’s brew review is New Albion Ale, which was originally brewed by New Albion Brewing Company, but this company is now defunct.  This brewery brewed it’s final batch of beer in 1982, but luckily for us, Jim Koch of Samuel Adams decided that he wanted to bring it back to the market.  Sometimes you can’t keep a good brew down.

The Bottle

The bottle label is a light blue number with hand drawn style scroll work surrounding an old Spanish looking ship.  The message from Jim on the label is as follows, “Jack McAuliffe’s pioneering spirit paved the way for the American craft beer revolution.  We’re rereleasing his original Pale Ale, with its distinct American hop character, for the first time in 30 years in honor of Jack and his contributions to craft brewing.”

The Brew

Upon pouring New Albion Ale into a glass you will notice a thick creamy head forms quickly and that this head does not die quickly, showing the quality of the brew.  If you happen to be using a clean glass the head will leave a nice lace around the glass.  The aromas are nice and light, mostly sweet, but you can pick out the sharpness of the hops.  Flavor upfront is citrus and lightly sweet, with a nice hoppy finish, nothing extreme, just enough to dampen the sweetness.  The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, you can feel the calories swimming around your tongue.  All in all this is a nice refreshing brew, a good change of pace from the stronger Pale Ales available on the market.


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