Boddingtons English Pub Ale, the curiously-higher ABV export version of the English session ale from Boddingtons, poured a milky yellow into the glass thanks to the widget in the can, with a thick, creamy white head forced to the top. There was almost no aroma to speak of with the ale, maybe hints of dry cereal and bitterness overshadowed by an off vegetal aspect.
Boddingtons Pub Ale opened with a surprising combination of wateriness and creaminess… the widget giving the body perceived weight that never manifests. The malt, dry with hints of honey, is almost undetectable and the hops add only the slightest touch of bitterness to the bland ale. The ale ended dry and with light mineral undertones as it faded.
Boddingtons English Pub Ale is an exercise in blandness, and would likely appeal only to casual American lager drinkers looking to add an international edge to their drinking, but is a mostly unfulfilling and rewardless ale. A hundred years ago, this ale likely offered a safe way to drink water without catching a buzz at lunch, but even session beers need some sort of character.