Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
73
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2,520 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,520
Reviews: 1,115
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 34
Gots: 262 | 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: 2,520 | Reviews: 1,115
Reviews by TeddyBrew:
Photo of TeddyBrew
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

This one is fairly easy locate and it is too bad it isn't better. Nice appearance with a large foamy head and a pleasant yellow hue. Taste is simply mediocre to poor. Tastes like some macro concoction with off-putting flavours. Nothing really in common with a real English bitter. Nice marketing though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Know that rattle when you shake up a can of Boddingtons? That's a kid's tooth.

Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this many times either in the nitro can or nitro tap I had a few days ago at the Spring House Drafting Room.Pours a deep yellow with a very nice looking creamy head,not much smell to it somewhat metallic and a little biscuit malt but not much.The flavor is pretty bland and dry with some slight maltiness.It does not taste as good as it looks for sure.

Photo of Marty
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer. This guy was very smooth, creamy, and really easy to drink. My school's pub serves this on tap, and I really wish I'd gotten around to tasting it earlier. Easily a session beer. It would be nice if it had a bit more malt flavor, and some kind (ANY) kind of smell.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is one of the clearest ales that I have ever seen. It’s light orange and sheer as glass. The nice white foamy head never did go down all the way. This one looks terrific.

Smell – This has a rather light floral and citrus aroma without much of a malt balance. It smells like a session beer.

Taste – The taste doesn’t quite measure up to the aroma. There’s a bit of grass that invades the citrus and floral hopping, and the weak malt base doesn’t help. It’s not that it tastes bad, just a little too single-minded.

Mouthfeel – This ale is thin and extremely smooth, verifying my earlier assumption that it would make a great session ale. The feel on the mouth is light and puffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this one, although I’ve never had the opportunity to knock back a few Pale Ales in England proper. Maybe it doesn’t compare – but for the time being and keeping this one on my list of “buy again.”

Photo of ExtraStout
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can, it had a nice golden color, almost amber. Love the creamy nitrous head. A slight sweet and malty scent, but very faint. Taste smooth and very mild. No bitterness at all. Others have mentioned a honey taste (and there is a bee on the label), but I just didn't taste it. It was more of a slightly sweet ale flavor, but no honey that I could taste.

Creamy like a Guinness, due to the nitrous widget in the can. The ale itself is rather thin and not very carbonated, but get a sip of that creamy nitrous head with every gulp. I could have a couple of these easily. Like a better, less watery version of Guinness.

Photo of BUD
4.11/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now that I've had this ale a few times, from the can, not much of a rating difference. I've had a chance to whiff the aroma, and upped the rating a half point, but everything else is still the same. Compared to the on-tap review I did. This ale is very good. Beyond drinkable in my opinion at this time.

Photo of brownbeer
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear autumn orange with a pillowy white head. Cream soda like in the aroma, maybe a lightly hopped cream soda. Really mellow flavor, a little bland but the hops do come in late and offer a shot of bitterness if you're looking. Typical mouthfeel for a nitro-can. Chuggable though not really desirable.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boddingtons Pub Ale.

A- Starts as a massive foamy cup of liquid, then turns into a very impressive carmel colored beer with excellent one inch head that hangs around for the whole pint. Creamy look that is very appealing. Heavy lacing on the glass... great retention.

S- Mild but there. Quick smells of carmel and milky malts upfront. Small barley and hints of sweet brown sugar and coffee.

T- Starts with a very mild milk like flavor of malts, barley and small traces of coffee.

M-D- Mouthfeel is smooth as water on the tongue. Rich milk-like feel is then off set with an easy light cabonation to finish. Pub like beer with heavy drinking qualities. Definitly a dinner beer light and great tasting.

Photo of newcastleme
4.29/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. It's perfect for cold weather. The head is what makes this beer perfect. Nose is excellent. I'd recommend this beer to a person looking to spend some time with some imports.

Also, It's fairly cheap for an import. I It's just as good as most other British beers.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't ever tried this beer, but we were at a high-priced restaurant for dinner, and this seemed like the best offering from their beer list. It is rather pretty, a nice gold color with a very thick white head. Mostly nondescript thereafter. A mild grain aroma. Somewhat sweet taste with a little bit of hops. But it was refreshing, and I would imagine it to be sessionable.

Photo of Todd
1.72/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 1 pint "Draughtflow System" can. Poured into a proper Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: An amber brew with slight chill haze. An amazing cascading effect produces a 1 finger thick perfect nitro-induced creamy white fluffy head that sticks to the glass and never goes away.

Smell: Clean. Faintly floral with dextrins, faint fruity esters and metallic in the aroma.

Taste: Silky. Silky smooth, soft and creamy. Body is medium. A toasty malt sweetness starts of the experience, it's thin though but gets better as the beer warms. Hops are very gentle, not overly bitter, but rather complementary, floral in taste. Hops are also slightly raw and leafy in the feel. There's some coarseness and bitty-ness that follows, along with a strong metallic flavour on the palate. This carries through into the finish as the beer dries up with a mouthful of strong grain tannins and a grain husk/powdery feel.

Notes: Not a dreadfully bad brew. It's rather mild, making it an okay session bitter for fans. However, the metallic and grain tannin aftertaste is a bit much for my palate and rather annoying. The aftertaste literally murders this beer. I wouldn't purchase this beer for my own consumption.

And, too bad about the nitro. Nitro beers, in general, tend to mask a lot of the beers character ... which is why most nitro beers share common characteristics, regardless of their style.

Photo of twi1609372
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer has a kick. Nice flavor and for what it is it is smooth. the plastic thingy inside is interesting, similar to the guiness tap in bottle. i dont know if it reallt enhances the flavor a lot or if it has a psycological affect more than a real effect. but in any event, it doesent taste bad at all.

Photo of shapudding
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very light carbination. Pours with that lovely Guinness like nitro pour that you just have to admire the glass. Thick ring of head that was about 1/8 inch when it sat there. Nitro tap so it comes out sooo nice and creamy and smooth tasting.... yum. Very balanced in flavor. Great bitterness, but not overly done. Hoppy, yet not too much. It is just such a great drinking beer. One you know you are safe with anywhere and anytime of the year.

Photo of generallee
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look out for the big rush of air and bubbles from the nitro can and have your pint glass ready. This beer pours with a thick and foamy head. Wonderful active bubbles slowly float to the top to form a thick white head. This creamy white head sits on top of a golden amber body with tons of tiny slow rising bubbles. The aroma is floral with some malty notes. The flavor is creamy, sweet and smooth. It has a very light malt character with a watery middle and some bitter hops in the finish. Overall it's a very interesting beer with smooth light flavors.

Photo of jisom123
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delightfully smooth, nitro pale ale. Poured from a tallboy into a Sammy Smith pint glass. It has a Guinness-like "waterfall" effect when you look through the side of the glass.

This is a great go-to beer when there are no other craft beers offered.

Imagine a golden light copper colored beer that is creamy like Guinness, but no black coffee taste/smell/appearance.

Photo of Jason
2.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat of a gusher of a can when first opened, clarity and head is great. Clean floral and mildly estery aroma and flavour. Thin malt with one simple flavour throughout. Flavours are flat and seem not to meld together well in an odd processed way. This is not my can of beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this common brew on tap (nitro). As expected it arrived with a huge super creamy head which dissolved into a smaller creamy head. This brew is all about the mouthfeel. velvet in a glass. Malty nose, sweet malt center. Notes of honey, vanilla, flowers. tasty stuff. Mildly hoppped. Super pleasant summer quaffer.

Photo of fdrich29
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint widget can.

What a beautiful pour. Golden orange on the bottom, carbination bubbling up to the $5 milk shake head ("I dont know if it was worth $5, but it was f'ing good"). Head kept its thickness and presence for a week and a half. Thick, rich full taste that doesn't overstay its welcome. Weak smell of hops and smooth creamy flow over the lips and past the gums. An old favorite, I've often heard of it as "Guinness Lite" and "White Guinness". This is extremely easy to drink, suitable for marathon nights of putting back the wet stuff or just enjoying with dinner. Not a bad run of the mill brew.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap last night.

A: An awesome white 2 1/2 finger head lasted 4 minutes, this is one if it's best features. After that a 1 finger head remained just about until I was at the bottom of the glass. The beer is a nice golden yellow.
S: Some English hops come through but not much else.
T: Creamy at first that fades to a crisp, dry, slight bitter and grainy finish.
B:Medium body with slighty higher carbonation than I'd like.
D: I could tolerate a few of these, but not my session pick.

Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chance for sharing this. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is bubblegum and grass. The flavor is grass and biscuit malt. Some light fruit. Thin mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Pour mouthfeel. A little bit disappointing overall.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pogue Mahone's in downtown Toronto. The bartender didn't let it settle in the slightest on the pour, which considerably irked this particular sudslinger...

Pours a light amber, the nitro tap creating that typical thick creamy head that lasts throughout the tasting.

The smell is nice, but hardly detectable: light malts, a bit of apple and bread.

The taste is of malts, bitterness, a bit of apple sourness to the finish. Not complex, but very very smooth.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, watery.

Although this beer isn't the best English pale (by a long shot), it's very drinkable and certainly one of the better imported options available in the standard 'Irish Pub' chain establishment. An old friend, and a good go-to in a pinch. Not terrible in a can either, but certainly preferable on draught.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sine' Irish Pub.

Cloudy orange in color with a very thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was slightly malty, but nothing to rave about. Taste was not too earth-shattering as well. Rather bland and unimpressive. Mouthfeel was creamy, and I think this covered up some of the flavor. Not really reaching for the glass for another pull with this one. I'll pass on this one in the future.

Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from nitro-tap into Boddington's Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Honey gold with firm, stark white head. Has the too perfect look of a nitro beer, but it sure is pretty.

Smell: Not too much, but to be expected for the style. Light grainy malts, some light spiciness. Mostly smells dry.

Taste: Dried malts with toast, bread and tea. Hops are nicely balanced and integrated and are spicy, floral and slightly metallic.

Feel:Light bodied but exceedingly smooth and creamy. Very dry finish, as expected since the beer is pretty dry throughout.

Overall: I know many like to blast this beer for being bland, but I find it to be very refreshing and balanced, despite being quite mild. From what I remember, the nitro cans are also good, but not as good as having it on nitro-tap. Happy to finally review this, as I used to have it often in my pre-review days.

Photo of magictrokini
3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow-gold pour, hazy, with a huge pillow of tiny white bubble for a head. These nitro-cans seem to always give beautiful pours. Bready aroma, butterscotch malt. Creamy, and has a light flavor. More butterscotch, caramel, and a tiny bite of golding hops. Very smooth drinking. Although, I can't imagine what the other version tastes like if this is the "stronger version." Decent.

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