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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,206 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by ngandhi:
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +5%

This is as bad as beer should ever be. That was a compliment.

Though there's something quite cheap in the taste -- something like a sweeter PBR -- there's also a richness in both malt and hops that is distinctly British. Though a little disjointed, Boddington's is precisely pale -- with a taste of fresh malted grain and appropriate bitterness at the beginning and end. The midpalate is bare, however, and unsure of itself. I'm surprised there's such a nice herbal lemon cream presence at the start, such a perfect drying bitterness on the finish, and yet this beer manages to lack any substantial flavor.

In the end, this is truth in advertising -- a pub ale -- and I would be delighted to have it served (hold the nitrogen, please) by any barman. It is among the simplest pleasures I would expect at a British pub. Authenticity is not the question. Boddington's, unlike American macroproduced beer, is not an abomination of beer nor some cheap, just-passing beer style. It is an English pale ale.

Relax, relax.
ng

10-14-2004 03:26:11 | More by ngandhi
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oberon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

08-15-2003 18:29:39 | More by oberon
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Marty

Maine

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-04-2003 09:06:49 | More by Marty
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davemarc87

Indiana

2/5  rDev -37.3%

03-10-2014 20:40:56 | More by davemarc87
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%

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.”

01-15-2004 01:26:48 | More by RoyalT
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

08-16-2009 19:13:20 | More by ExtraStout
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BUD

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +31%

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.

06-27-2005 02:39:59 | More by BUD
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev +6%

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.

02-25-2010 05:07:51 | More by brownbeer
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

07-08-2009 21:23:59 | More by wesbrownyeah
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev +4.1%

08-18-2014 17:45:41 | More by GameOfBeers
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Regnasty

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

07-19-2012 11:45:08 | More by Regnasty
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newcastleme

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

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.

01-01-2011 01:18:43 | More by newcastleme
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

03-11-2007 20:24:20 | More by lordofthewiens
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csmartin6

New York

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

12-29-2012 05:53:45 | More by csmartin6
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Todd

Colorado

1.65/5  rDev -48.3%

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.

10-20-2001 20:33:03 | More by Todd
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twi1609372

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

09-16-2004 20:15:47 | More by twi1609372
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

06-03-2004 03:09:42 | More by shapudding
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generallee

New York

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

04-26-2008 21:50:21 | More by generallee
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jisom123

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

09-06-2011 17:05:45 | More by jisom123
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

08-01-2014 14:08:50 | More by Doomcifer
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -6%

12-09-2011 17:09:02 | More by iemailjack
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Beerswag

California

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

02-04-2013 21:46:44 | More by Beerswag
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

08-20-2002 21:30:58 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +28.5%

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.

07-24-2004 00:52:14 | More by Billolick
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

03-27-2004 03:27:32 | More by fdrich29
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