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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,485 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 1,104
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 237 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Ratings: 2,485 | Reviews: 1,104
Photo of J_Chova
2.37/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is all about the nitro widget head, the rest is pretty blah.

Photo of deesbeers
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sort of stuck between being a pale ale and a cream ale. Don't linger over it, definitely best right after pouring. It tastes better on tap.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice English ale but still love my Fullers ESB better

Photo of Stacey-Rae
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Overall mild, easy drinking, but rather bland.

Photo of scotorum
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can remember drinking this once or twice in England years ago. So for nostalgia's sake I bought some here.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Clear copper with a fizzy white head which became more dense and returned to a finger thickness thanks apparently to a nitro widget loose in the can. This dissipated slowly to thick even surface foam and some patchy lacing.

s: Caramel malt and floral notes.

t: Followed the nose but with cloying sweetness which occasionally resembled some sort of bathroom disinfectant, at other times floral perfume. Later it mellowed out somewhat to a mild caramel malt-dominated flavor, but not-entirely-pleasant floral notes persisted.

m: Light to medium, ok body, some nitro carbonation tingle but later went pretty flat.

o; Not your father's English pub ale, or even yours when younger. More like an attempt to lure the Bud-Miller-Coors crowd with sweetness. Dunno if this includes corn or rice but would not be surprised. Have seen the fourpacks going for as little as $6. Now I understand why.

Photo of Gajo74
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The foamy and creamy head is quite impressive on this one. After that it's kind of downhill. A very slight malt aroma. There is a slight malt taste along with a mild bitter hop finish. However, beyond that it's quite watery and bland. Decent drinkable light and creamy feel but nothing impressive.
I got this out of pure curiosity and now I'm not sure why. I doubt I will get again unless I'm in an actual pub in England.

Photo of djalexjahn
4.24/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good ale. Would choose this over most pilsners at a bar. Semi brownish color with hints of nuts & cream. Very smooth finish on draft. Easy drinkin beer.

Photo of UPBrewer92
1.81/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Very bland. It's like drinking poor tasting water with a slight bit of creaminess to it

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish tulip glass.

Look: Clear honey golden body after the cascading effect which leaves a tight foamy light cream colored head. Lacing is thick and patchy.

Aroma: Sweet creamy caramel, honey, light grassiness. Smells like a sweet taffy candy.

Taste: Metallic, sterile, almost a band-aid sort of note? Still faint honey in the finish. A crazy bubblegum aftertaste!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very gassy.

Overall: This beer is all over the place. It smells so much better than it tastes, which is weird. I remember liking this beer a whole lot more before I got into craft. But honestly, I think it was brewed better back then, too.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

A: best attribute, pale to medium amber

S: decent

T: average, a bit alcoholic, just a bit though

M: is this water?

O: appearance and smell were great. The taste and feel? awful. I was tricked.

Photo of bareju
2.04/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not sure why people drink this. Pretty and creamy, but has a distinct taste that I associate with cheap beer, and got worse as it warmed up a little bit. Couldn't finish it. Creaminess caused it to be heavier than rice lager alternatives so it's not even much good as an ice cold binge drinking beer.

Photo of shillzor
2.42/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I had a random can of this in my fridge for months, and figured I'd drink it tonight to make some room for other beers. When I popped the top, it exploded all over my table. Not a good start.

Appearance: Starts off with a nice head, with bubbles streaming up the glass. Settles down to a single-finger of flat, white foam. Translucent, bronze color.

Aroma: Not picking up much on the nose. Hints of citric hops.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front, and then...nothing. A bit like weak lemon water.

Mouthfeel: It's extremely smooth, but doesn't make up for the non-existent flavor.

Overall: I'd take this over a Bud, Miller, or Coors, but that's about it. It's not bad, it just isn't good. At all.

Photo of Lettsgo3
1.47/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

By far a disgusting beer... Enjoy

Photo of Resuin
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Nitro which I don't think helped it. Unpleasant smell, taste is ok but rough.

Photo of barczar
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is buttery and toffee-like, with soft floral notes. Flavor reveals fruity undertones that I don't recall being there in the past. Seems oxidized. There's a bit of cardboard. Body is thin. Moderately bitter finish. Metallic notes surface late, and this is draft...

Photo of JacketAudio
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smooth, slightly creamy, but too lite.

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy and easy drinking beer.

Photo of jcubz
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I like the nitro but the taste isnt there

Photo of Mattygross44
4.07/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is the smoothest creamiest beer ive ever tried i love it

Photo of Rootscipio
2.32/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not bad, just not good either.

Photo of BurdockBoy
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was just really weird.

Photo of Keith27614
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great feel - very smooth

Photo of JamesNichols
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The smoothest easiest drinking beer that I ever had

Photo of Forplay678
1.43/5  rDev -55%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Sometimes it's worth cause it costs 1.79 for a 16oz. But still...

Photo of teromous
2.64/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a can with a nitro widget.

Appearance: When pouring it has this neat appearance where bubbles swirl all around the inside of the glass. I'm guessing it's from the nitro widget. The body is transparent and amber with a thick creamy white head.

Aroma: There is a medium strength spicy hop aroma. It's nice smelling.

Taste: Extremely watered down when it comes to flavor. It has this extremely mellow bread flavor and a very light herbal tea hop flavor, but it's very light. It tastes like somebody mixed half a pint of ale with half a pint of water.

Mouthfeel: Well it is extremely drinkable, because it's a lot like drinking water but much smoother. There is a very light bite from the hops.

Overall: Pass on this. It looks great, smells good, and is very drinkable...but it just doesn't have any flavor at all! I won't be buying this again.

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Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
73 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.