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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

1,987 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 1987
Reviews: 1033
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%


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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themaxx76

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +53%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this ale for the first time a couple years back in a little pub in Brighton, England. I immediately fell in love with it. It's extremely smooth, thick creamy head and the bitter notes hit the back of the tounge just right. Luckily it's really easy to find here in Phoenix and Churchill's Pub and Grill always have it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 18:12:08 | More by themaxx76
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orcasteve

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured thick and goldan and settled slowley, it smells sweet. my first sip and i was in love this is sweet and malty and goes down smooth, this one is the smothist beer i have ever had. this one goes down like drinking creem. the taste is light but hardy at the same time, this is the closest to cream and honey in a beer i have ever had.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-09-2008 15:03:01 | More by orcasteve
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tempo013

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Uncle Sudsy's, a six pack shop at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I bought a four pack of pint nitro cans.
Apperance- the apperance is a cool amber
Smell- the smell is very smooth with a creamy aroma
Taste- fabulous taste, very creamy and smooth
Mouthfeel- the beer has a kick to it and makes my mouth tingle
Drinkability- I could drink about eight with out trouble but any more I may fall a few times

Serving type: nitro-can

09-18-2006 00:49:16 | More by tempo013
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Tearik

Alabama

4.8/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A very dense amber color.

S- Almost not there, "almost" bready.

T- Excellent, it is exactly what it is supposed to be. Creamy. Perfect Pub Ale

M- Again very creamy, full feeling almost thick.

O- This is definitely one of if not my favorite Ale. Hands down.

Serving Type: Nitro Can

Serving type: nitro-can

04-24-2011 04:18:36 | More by Tearik
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MikieV

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From draft at Nick's Pub in St. Louis

This is my favorite ale. I always get this when it is available on draft. From a can it is remarkably similar to draft.

It arrives at the table still rolling with carbonation. It typically settles with a finger or so if thick, rich cream colored head. Medium to dark amber color. Very pleasant aroma.

The taste is very smooth and mellow. Very well balanced. Slight hop flavor, but not strong or intense. This is an excellent beer to start the night with, or for session drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 01:55:43 | More by MikieV
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AdrianRP

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I cannot believe this beer rated as poorly as it did! I truly find this a very unique brew.

Its the 'other' Guinness draught being lighter in color, and yet not any less interesting. Its flavor is very mellow, yet rich, and its overall creamy texture make the beer allot of fun to drink.

Its bubbles cascade just as Guinness draught's does...

I purchase this beer after the holidays in January, and consume it through early spring. I will report back later with a more detailed, definitive review of this beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-05-2012 21:32:55 | More by AdrianRP
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GaetanoBresci

Switzerland

4.63/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer, is a really creamy beer. The appearance is perfect, I ve never see a beer from can appear like just poured from a pub tap. Taste is a bit weak for the tipe of beer, but terrific if consedered that is in can. Really good, I will fdefinetly buy again!

Serving type: can

06-14-2013 11:47:46 | More by GaetanoBresci
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. The cascading effects is amazing. Great session beer. I bet its even better on tap. It's taste is smooth and pure, with a nice amber color with a bueatiful head.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-14-2002 07:08:08 | More by Reverand
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WallyBoag

California

4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite ale. Served from a can, this beer poured an extremely thick, creamy head that dissipated quickly. The color was a lightish yellow. Smelled rich and creamy. This was the first time I had experienced such a sweet dairy-like smell. Could have sworn there was milk in it. Tasted incredibly sweet and creamy, but felt a little harsh in the mouth for some reason, however this harshness was countered by the incredible taste. Easy to drink since the flavor was so incredible!

Serving type: can

12-19-2003 03:43:18 | More by WallyBoag
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bronxlord

New York

4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A champion beer in every sense of the word. I am surprised at the low ratings for this. It has a wonderful appearance (and I am not a big amber guy) and a perfect head. The taste is toasty and comforting. Probably the best of the more "popular" beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 21:56:08 | More by bronxlord
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bossmanjg

New York

4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my wife’s review--- From pour to finish, this is a great beer.

Appearance: The cascading brew was a delight to watch from the lip of the can, to the bottom of the glass, and back up again… It was like a show. Great head, retention, and lacing… Lasted to the end of the glass. Nice golden honey color.

Smell: Sweet, honey like aroma, but not overpowering, just right.

Taste: Phenomenal, loved it. Smooth flavor, a little strong at the finish, but not bad.

Mouth feel: Creeeaaaammmyyyy and ssmmmmoootttthhhh. Low on carbonation makes for better (or more) intake without feeling bloated. The nitro cans have it going on.

Drinkability: I would consider this a session beer. As a true Irish Lass, is pains me too say that have to drink, and like, an English Pub Ale. However, my Grand-pappy will have to roll over, because this is to damn creamy and smooth.

Follow the suggestions, drink cool, not cold.


And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

Serving type: nitro-can

02-26-2006 15:03:39 | More by bossmanjg
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Clockwork420

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into glass stein.

Darker brown ale color. Beautiful show it put on.
Spectacular head. Creamy 2 inches. Stuck around for as long as it took me to drink it.

Smell was okay but cleaner smelling than others. Earthy.

Taste was the best part. First drink was like drinkin the tears of a lifelong enemy. It was amazing. Smooth and creamy, had a slight bite, Perfect in my ale book so far.

Same with mouthfell. Exceptional.

Drinkablilty. You know. Easy to drink by far. Almost dangerously easy to drink.

I will buy this many times im sure of it.
Great buy $6.29 for a four.

Must try.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-05-2007 02:47:01 | More by Clockwork420
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Kaiser777

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Boddingtons Pub Ale is the first pub ale I have ever tried and fell in love with it right away, it is a remarkable beer that doesn't disappoint.

A- It is very inviting with the can being the color yellow, very welcoming and settle to the eye, and when you pour it into your glass it is like a ballad of bubbles that rushes from the bottom of the glass that swims trough the cloudy of golden beauty.

S- The smell is good not over powering with a very delightful smell of a pale ale.

T- The taste is amazing it rushes in your mouth with a smooth but full flavor, I am head over heels in love with this beer, makes me want to be more open to trying different pale ales, who wants to take a trip to England?

MF- Is to good for words it sets on your taste buds and refreshes your thirst for a good beer, I can't wait to have another, to fill my mouth with it's pure flavors of a true import from across the pond.

D- It is very drinkable, although it does fill you up quicker then your average beer, but I can definitely say I could drink this beer trough out the evening, so the next time your in the mood for a real eye opener ask your bartender for a Boddingtons Pub Ale, and never look back!

Serving type: nitro-can

05-11-2010 03:43:14 | More by Kaiser777
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Working4Beer

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. A bit of a more mass-produced beer but none-the-less a great drink. A great taste and a great drink. And not too heavy so there is no issue in not be able to drink plenty. Best out of the tap but the nitro-can is not a bad second option.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 22:25:01 | More by Working4Beer
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Smooth pouring, with a thick,creamy white head that keeps its
retention decently for short period and then dissapears for the most
part after about 10 mins. Dark golden in colour and very
clear.Visually appealling with all those bubbles rising to the top of the
glass.

S- Very mild with a hint of sweetness and minimal hops in the
aroma....definately not an overpowering stench

T- Very mild much like the smell with a bit of a honey flavor followed by
a small hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Definately easy on the
palate overall

M- I liked the feel of this....not real heavy but more of a light
cream texture. It glides down the back of my throat easily and I
enjoyed the VERY slight carbonation

D- Simply put, this is a good, decent beer....very easy to drink with the low carbonation and balanced flavor. I think that I could handle at least a couple of these in a sitting as it's not overly heavy, but heavy enough. I was definately satisfied and have come back to it on a few occasions already in my short beer drinking career and enjoy it a little more each time.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-15-2007 06:39:44 | More by ChrisCage
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therica

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As promised, we had a party and a keg of this. Note that the kegs are already nitro-charged from the brewery, so don't try pumping one with CO2 or you will ruin it.

Head-- at first, I was disappointed because the head wasn't as nicely separated and luscious as the nitro-can version. But the head was still great, and in fact more integrated with the beer and a browner color as well, and still very delicious. Great nose from the start. Light hops-bitters presence in the head.

Beer-- wow-- a little different than the nitro-can, again, but maybe even nicer because of the full integration of the beer, rather than the quick-integration and resulting modest separation when poured from a nitro-can. Slight sweet caramel, malty residual taste that stays nicely on the palate, yet isn't annoying. Less hops presence in the beer than in the head, but still there.

Finish-- WHY!?!?!?!? I'm still going on this KEG after a month! We had a smaller turnout than expected, and the keg was nearly but not fully drained. After the ice melted, the keg just sat inside our outdoor cabin, warm, through a hot August, although the temp inside there didn't go over 80 degrees F. I've been at it, gradually, all month on occasion. I guess this unusual stability of the keg is because of the nitro-charge, that's all that I can figure. Hooray!

Drinkability-- this goes with about anything. It's not a strong dark beer, it's not overly dark, and was liked even by the party-goers who are more light-ale or even US-fodder fans.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2006 09:25:41 | More by therica
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mrferranto

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is without a doubt, my wintertime beer. Love the fact that it pours like a Guinness, but it is an ale. The lack of traditional carbonation allows you to drink more and not get that one gets from traditional beers. I wouldn't drink this in a warm climate, but once the temperature dips below 60˚, this is the beer I turn to.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-31-2010 04:30:54 | More by mrferranto
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cdoublev

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is one that everyone should have. You can quaff this one all night as its flavor is not going to be overpowering nor will the alcohol content kick you in the ass. This is one for drinking with a ton of friends at the local dive bar when all you want to do is have hearty fun and conversation. Better on tap, so if you can find a place that serves it, go there, and knock on the gates to Heaven.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-04-2007 16:14:26 | More by cdoublev
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TheBeerAuthority

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons Pub Ale was a drink I tried about a year ago. I have been enjoying it many times ever since and it has become a favorite of mine. Despite the surprisingly low ratings across the page I am on...(That I noticed from a quick scan) I'm going to give my honest opinion on this amazing, one of a kind ale.

Appearance: This can looks imported! Bold, bright colors with an attractive, dominate looking name. Pours an unbelievably creamy, beautiful and unique colored white/tan, thick head.

Smell: Grainy, slightly nutty and malty.

Taste: Delicious. Very unique in my opinion. Slightly sweet, caramel, great amount of spice, nutty, malty and crisp.

Mouth feel: Amazingly thick creamy texture with the head. The beer itself is on the lighter side. The two blend perfectly.

Similar to: Newcastle brown ale but way more malty, creamy and with the sweetness toned down.

Overall: For me there is no other beer quite like it. This can comes with a widget which results in that excellent creamy, silky head. Its refreshing, crisp and satisfying. The spice really shows in this beer. Average on the alcohol side. These go down easy and smooth. If you get a chance to try this beer, do yourself the favor and go ahead.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-03-2011 04:18:18 | More by TheBeerAuthority
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i heard the boddingtons brewery has closed, or will soon be closing, and that there's only specualtion of another brewery taking on the task of crafting this wonderful ale. with that being said, i've been drinking my fill in case it becomes unavailable one day.

A- the nitro can pops and you have to hurry up and pour before it overflows. it went into my pint glass like milk and immediately bagan cascading from opaque to transparent in typical nitro fashion much like a light colored guinness only way faster leaving 1 1/2in of creamy ivory head that just doesn't go away, creating a constant hard line between the foam and the clear tangerine-golden ale. it took me 10 minutes to drink this beer and the last gulp was all foam.

S- fresh baked banana bread with malt or biscuit in the background and a very slight copper/nickel aroma.

T- bitter banana peel, mild honey, faint sweet citrus, yeasty bread and plain pizza dough with a fresh bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

MF- smooth and creamy, ALMOST full bodied with very light carbonation.

D- the complex yet mild taste and delicate carbonation makes it hard to resist chuggin the entire thing down. i can, and have drank the whole 4 pint can pack in one sitting. thumbs up to boddingtons. i hope they stick around for another couple hundred years.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-24-2007 18:53:38 | More by hustlesworth
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons caught me by surprise. I was'nt sure whether I'd like it so I never had it until a relative of mine came in, and I had to get some of my own after that.

It pours a deep yellow orange. There is a nice creamy one inch head on top and the texture comes across similar to Guiness. Nose is mainly sweet pale biscuity malts.

Taste is only mildly fruity. This resembles more of a lager character than an ale. It has that slightly sulfuric character in it. Nice mild hop bouqet in the finish balances things out.

This beer is definetly a nice summer sessioner. Very thirst quenching and mighty tasty too!

Serving type: nitro-can

05-13-2011 00:54:28 | More by cooch69
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BigRedGator

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a full-bodied ale, but very smooth and refreshing. The can produces a lot of head, but it's part of the experience. Serve very cold, either alone or with hearty foods, such as steaks or other meats on the grill. This beer has the ultimate draught can ~ it only pales in comparison to the real thing. On tap, this is my absolute favorite beer. It's as smooth and refreshing as a cool glass of water on a hot day, but full and rich as any quality brewed pale ale. This beer is my standard.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-22-2012 14:40:39 | More by BigRedGator
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JGargano

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons is a classic!

I would say this "cream ale" defines the style with a wonderful mouth-feel well-complimented by the use of nitrogenation of the beer.

Boddingtons is a terrifically easy and refreshing beer to drink for almost any occasion(though it is particularly well-suited for colder weather)

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:08:37 | More by JGargano
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bdoggboston

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is totally underrated and true classic. Maybe it doesn't have the overwhelming taste that a lot of beers have today, which I love by the way, but it's about as good as you're going to get in an English Pub Ale. It's good drinking!

While we're on the subject, they need to bring Caffreys back to the US.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-21-2013 01:41:15 | More by bdoggboston
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Naerhu

Japan

4.4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pure white head on a clear orange body (no visible carbonation)
S - Nice apple and malt aroma.
T - Light long lasting maltyness. Nice light bitterness, esp. on the finish. Ever so slightly sweet and fruity, still find apples.
M - Extremely light carbonation. I generally do not like nitro in my beer, but when done this light, I kinda liked it.
D - This is my kind of light beer!!!!

Serving type: nitro-can

09-28-2005 00:40:50 | More by Naerhu
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