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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,130 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,130
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boddingtons visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh the Cream of Manchester...

The cascading effect from the nitro-can is fantastic, and it leave behind a perfect, two-finger thick white head which leaves lacing all down the side of the glass. The body itself is an amber gold color with perfect clarity. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

The aroma is quite faint. It comes off as a bit metallic up front, which is not a good thing, but then it is followed up with a unique sweet aroma, like fresh bread baking. I think that an English Pale Ale should carry a bit more fruitiness in the aroma.

The taste is nice though, and really comes through with a sweet malt character. It is funny...the first time I drank this beer and saw the honey bees on the label, I thought that there was some honey in the beer. With this sweetness, it almost seems plausible. I know now that the bees are actually a symbol on the Manchester Coat of Arms and has nothing to do with the beer itself. Nonetheless, I cannot help but get a light floral, honeysuckle sweetness out of this taste. I love it!

As the can explains, the traditional way to serve Boddingtons is not from a can, but through cask. The nitro-can just imitates the same texture as a hand-pumped beer. It is smooth and velvety, with a medium body and very fine carbonation.

I believe that if I had this beer on cask, I might be in love. I find this to be a very appealing English Pale Ale, one that I could drink all night. I know that it could use a bit more complexity, and if the cask could deliver that, I think this would be the benchmark for these so-called "cream ales."

Serving type: nitro-can

08-30-2011 02:31:45 | More by MusicaleMike
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Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
73 out of 100 based on 2,130 ratings.