Boddingtons Pub Ale 4.7% ABV
English Pale Ale
The first thing I noticed was how well the Draught Flow System works for this beer. It poured extra foamy but after about 20 seconds the beer settled perfectly, with a wonderful thick creamy head.
“consists of a plastic, nitrogen-filled ball with a tiny hole. It’s added just before the can is sealed and floats in the beer. When a can or bottle containing a widget is opened, the compressed gas in the widget helps the carbon dioxide already dissolved in the beer form additional tiny bubbles, which keep the head stable and make it as close to a draught draw as possible.”
This beer is incredibly smooth. I’ve had one of these before, but I don’t remember it being nearly as good. I wonder if I drank it straight out of the can like an idiot or didn’t pour it into a proper glass. Whatever the case, my slight concern of a less than rewarding beer experience was alleviated with my first and quickly followed second sip.
The delightfully creamy head persists on this beer as you drink it, which makes for a great tasting every time. I do not pick up on any bitter or hoppy flavors whatsoever. It most closely resembles the Tall Grass Pub Ale that I reviewed a few months back. Given a choice, I would assuredly reach for the Tall Grass version, but would not be disappointed if I had to settle for a Boddingtons. There is no interesting or outstanding character or flavor to this brew. It is neither trying too hard nor is it a disappointment. I see why it has been around for over 200 years, surviving through many different owners of the label and recipe.
The only disappointment I have with this beer is the lack of website representation for it or the old brewery. It is now a member of the Anheuser-Busch InBev multinational beverage and brewing company. That company provides precious little info on the beer and its history. I had to resort to Google searches and Wikipedia for all of my research. It is sad because the Boddington family fought hard and resisted a hostile take over in 1969, only to see the label subsumed by a global company 31 years later.