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Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boddingtons
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of simskl
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer came out of the nitro can into a pint glass right out of the refrigerator.

The color was pale yellow with a nitro induced head that stuck around nicely.

The smell and taste were the same, virtually nothing there. The carbonation was weak and the flavor simply did not exist. This beer ranks right up there with the typical macro style beers available unfortunately with an import premium price.

I wish there was more to say about it but this beer just did not do it for me.

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Photo of potownbill
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Carney's in New York City (Near Carnegie Hall).
Appearance: Amber yellow with a 1/2" foamy white head. Head stuk around for a while
Smell: At first some graininess, but then the metallic smell took over.
Taste: I wasn't sure what I was tasting. Some malt, but not very strong. Same with the hops. Strange chemical taste lingering in the background.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. Best part of this beer.
Drinkability: Not too far from a drainpour. It was in front of me, so I drank it.

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Photo of jimdkc
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale gold with a large cascading head, really a wonderful sight to see and more commonly seen on dark stouts. When the cascading settles, you end up with 2 fingers of the creamiest, white head of foam you'd ever hope to see! The head lasts through the entire beer, too.

Unfortunately, this is a case of a truly marvelous head capping a truly mediocre beer!

Smell is weakly malty. Taste, slightly sweet, mildly malty flavor with just a little hint of some hop bitterness. Has a little frutiness to the flavor. Also has a plastic-metallic off flavor that is not pleasant. What mouthfeel there is is provided by the rich foam... the beer itself is flat (virtually no carbonation at all) and watery.

An interesting experience, but when I finished, I did not want another! Try it once for the show!

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Photo of rangerred
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is typical of nitro beers. Cascading carbonation leading to a puffy white head. The beer is a clear amber.

Smell is sweet and grainy and slightly lemony. There is definitely an adjunct-like smell that is not very appealing.

The taste is a lemony sourness with a sharp bitter finish. As the beer warms closer to cellar temperature the flavor improves dramatically with much more grain becoming apparent.

Overall this beer is ok but is far from being a good example of an english ale. Make sure this beer isn't drank ice cold as it is much more enjoyable at a warmer temperature.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quite forgettable ale. Very light copper color with a dense white head. Faint aroma of fuggles in the background. Very thin body and mouthfeel. The front end and middle was oily with little to no malt character. Weak bitterness can be detected in the finish. Not worth the 7 bucks a 4-pack they ask for.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: the head is a full two finger affair that subsides after a moment into some gentle lacing, nothing out of the ordinary, particularly for the belgium strong style. Strangely calm color, inbetween brass and copper, nothing too menacing here, a step above a pale ale in its appearance.

S: grapes (white), pear, a bit of honey dryness, clove, nothing musky or out of the ordinary. very sweet bouquet.

T: very sweet on the palate, no hoppy finish, almost sweet through and through, the finish is a mild crisp ginger almost, reminscient of a saison, not in the style of a belgium strong. the sweet fruit notes come through and linger shortly.

M: the straw appearance gives an upfront note as to what you will be expecting, a quick burn that doesnt coat especially well, but the yeast is present and allows the spiciness to gently pass. Upon tasting a creaminess develops to enhance the fruit notes, but again, passes rather quickly.

D: A solid blend between a saison style and belgium table ale, I feel the "STRONG" is a bit misplaced, but maybe my american palate is too jaded for extremes, however, this is made in Chicago, where are the meat packing houses and the spirit of the Jungle, the bitter cold, the inclement people? This is a solid Nissan Altima of belgium ales, very drinkable but not quite notable in any respect. In light of the pircetag, probably will not purchase again, pound for pound. The 7 percent is nice, but with the hops and ABV arms race out there, you can get pilsners in 7 percent so its particularly not a heavy hitter for its style.

Narrative: You said this would be the last time, you curse yourself, breath swilling cold in circlets from your lips, "you ARE A BLGIUM ALE" you told yourself that when you looked in the bezzled mirror, you told yourself when you fill up your handbag, dont sell yourself short, you can do this. A john approaches in a Mitsubishi Mirage, not exactly your market but hey, "Belgium strong, what's your pleasure" he looks displased...is it...my color? No...I look almost how I should.." YOU? You're a belgium strong? I had you pegged more for a French farmhouse girl...whats youre into?" He's judgmental, and I am nervous, he knows, he knows I am mediocre and he's smelling it as well "I am into whatever can foot the bill sweetie" He gestures knowingly that this baleful ale will be costly but ultimately fulfilling. The mighty 4 cylinder revvs towards consumption.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber orange color with the perfect long lasting head. Scent is sweet with malts with some hints of grain. Taste is light almost like it lighter than water. Has this cheap grain taste while having a bitter crispness to it. It finishes with a chalky malt after taste. Not my kind of beer by any means.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Cascading head that dissolved into a finger and a half thick white head. Thick and creamy looking. Clear amber body, and fading carbonation. Soapy lacing.

S- Slight smells. Noble hops, golden malts. Nothing leaps out. Not impressive smelling beer.

T- Creamy, easy drinking but nothing stands out. Just...nothing here really.

M- Creamy and smooth. Just what was intended.

O- Not special. I like nitro-cans though.

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Photo of cbutova
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured out of the can after a massive hiss into a pint glass. Dark-golden, clear body with a massive cascade of silky nitrogen bubbles which ends up being a head of about one finger with great retention. Nice thick lace spots here and there.

S- Not a ton going on. Light malts, honey sugars, light fruits remind me of white grape/apple and some floral hints. A tiny bit buttery. Strength dies with each minute.

T- Pretty much just like the nose but not as hard to pick up. A good deal of light cracker malts, honey sweetness, caramel, buttery popcorn kernel hints, light fruits like apple/white grape. There is a bit of a floral and herbal thing going on, I guess they added some hops.

MF- Pretty much just feels watery to me. There is a light bit of bubbles but overall it reminds me of almost flat soda. Slight bitterness in the finish.

I don't think the nitro aspect of this beer enhances it in any way. It just feels watery to me and that doesn't help the buttery, popcorn kernel flavor going on. Potential is there but it just doesn't work out for me.

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Photo of harrymel
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned: unk
Pours golden with fleeting inverted foam infusion which rises to a half finger of fine foam. Smells sweet with some floral character and wheat tones. Taste follows through with a subtle profile of grain and artificial sweetener and a little bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with fine, low carb. Overall, this is a drinkable beer when I simply want something to quench my thirst, but that's about it. Nothing worth seeking.

From notes verbatim on 10/7/10
A: Draught can pours as typical. Raining, fine foam which hangs out for quite some time. Brilliant clarity.
S: Not much to be said here. Sweet and grainy.
T: Grain. Sweet, okay ale. Not great, but drinkable.
M: Smooth, cask feel with little impact. Medium body, low carb.
D: I could pound this. It doesn't carry the profile for appreciating at a sit down.

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Photo of callmescraps
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another mix-pack offering. Haven't had one of these in years. Glad to try it again.

Appearance- Well, the nitro can ensures that it's going to look pretty nice. Starts off as a foamer. It's got a very light copper, sort of dirty hay color. The head builds as the nitrous bubbles foam toward the top. It settles into an incredibly rich, creamy 1/4 inch head. Sweet looking. The lack of lacing takes some points off.

Smell- Biscuity malt. Yeasty, like un-baked bread. A little bit of hop citrus bite. Grainy, with a strange metallic tang. Almost has a scotch-like hint.

Taste- Sweet biscuit malt. That strange metallic wang is back. Unfortunately it all put off again by a real grassy hop bitterness. Sort of a tea-like note. It's fine, and then an off note will hit. Either metallic or herbal hop. Unfortunate.

Mouthfeel- Really, really thin. That nitro can is just a body-killer. Even the lady friend, not one to analyze beers in this way, noted that the body is really disappointing.

Drinkability- If it would just be bland it'd be better.

This is a real disappointment. Not sure what went wrong here, but it seemingly all did. Really surprised how disappointed I was in this one.

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Photo of decimator
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

440ml nitro can poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.7%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 1cm head. Foam reduces to a thin layer and very little lacing is produced. Carbonation is visibly quite low.

S - Light grains, hint of something else.

T - Some sweetness, light bread, very light bitterness.

M - Medium body, very low carbonation, creamy, clean finish.

O - Inoffensive and bland. Slightly better on tap but that's not saying much.

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Photo of chinchill
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from can into 20oz. glass beer mug.

A. impressive, light tan creamy head extended nearly to the bottom of the glass! Head reduces to 1 finger in about 3 minutes (at least if one starts sipping before then), leaving a light amber colored ale, with bubbling still on inside surfaces of glass.

S. slightly metallic and not very attractive

T. Light with very subtle hops. Disappointing given the fine appearance, but better than the aroma indicates. Creamy head is nice while it lasts.

M. nicely effervescent; creamy.

D. see taste and smell comments.

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Photo of elricorico
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nitro-pour appearance, creamy two finger head sits on top and really lasts. The beer itself is a fairly normal pale ale colour, sort of a burnished gold.

Smells of sweet malt, a sort of butter toffee aroma. Light floral hop aroma mixes in. Tame, but not bad.

Taste is thin, slightly fruity and a little herbal. I know there are malts and hops in here, but it all just seems to run together as one bland flavour. The odd swallow makes me wince.

Mouthfeel, though boosted by the nitro can, is watery. Very faint carbonation as well. Thin and limp.

Not a beer I enjoy. Would try again in a different serving type, but I wouldn't be hoping for much.

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Photo of originalsin
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this interesting looking bottle in a local supermarket. A 1 pint draught-flow system...nitro-can. As soon as i cracked this can it spewed forth foam a fat geyser of foam that was almost perfectly white. Odd.

The beer itself initially was completely white almost but then the head rose to the top and the haze cleared to reveal an amber beer with a very creamy/fluffy white head. Head retention seems to be absolute--this foam isn't going anywhere. The pour was honestly awesome.

The smell is...I don't know. nothing. Very very subdued floral notes with a metallic tinge.

It's a light to medium bodied brew that's alll kinds of smooth going down. A product of the nitro-can I suppose. One thing though- It almost seems as though the nitro here really just kills...absolutely kills any flavor this beer has. It's so one dimensional and boring. I've had other beers that I feel had greatly benefited from nitro---Old Rasputin through a nitro-tap for instance is just superb, as far as I'm concerned. But then again that's an incredible beer however you pour it. The beer starts of so smooth and as it dries out you're sort of left wondering what you just drank. Why it tasted that way. What went wrong? Who knows.

When it comes to drinkability...this is a nitro can. What else did you expect. I just don't like it though.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.44/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a golden-amber, with very little head or visible carbonation, and poor lacing. Some pear and apple in the nose, but exceedingly caramelly and malty. The taste confirmed this; very little balance in the flavor, with a thin finish. The feel overall was thin and watery, which I'm sure makes it good for sessioning, but the lack of flavor contradicts that.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.44/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: A nice golden color, enjoyed watching the head take shape from the bottom of the glass all the way to the top.

S: If it smelled, I couldn't put a finger on it. Not very potent, what i could detect was smell of malt.

T: Very minor malt flavor, but like the smell, I was not tasting anything.

M: Extremely smooth and carbonated

D: Easy to drink many at a time, but for the price, I would not drink many.

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Photo of thedindaniel
2.44/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My goodness...

Like I'm sure many other people have... I once used to think I was drinking good beer when having this. Ah, the early years of my ventures into the beer-world. The only reason I have this now is because a friend of mine left a can behind in my fridge and it is a bit too late to crack into a better bottle that I wouldn't fully appreciate at this time.

Pouring this into a classic pub-type glass, I have to admit that it is picturesque. Very creamy-foamy white head perfectly sitting atop a crystal clear light yellow body. Even a child could pour this and get a perfect-looking pint. After that however, there is hardly anything going on in this beer. I can taste a small amount of very light malts and hardly any hops, nothing to sit around and take in, but you could definitely drink a lot of this in one night.

It's interesting to go back every once in a while and re-drink the old beers that your palate stopped by at some point in its development. I hate to say that Boddingtons is kind of like that old friend that you rarely see and you realize, it's because you outgrew it/him.

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Photo of Bugsey
2.43/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The most remarkable thing about this beer is the way the head forms. I love to show my kids the glass and the foam separates from the beer and moves up. It's quite a cool science experiment.

That's the best part, because the taste is not so exciting.
The mouth feel and taste are very thin, almost like the beer was watered down. I just can't get past that. Sure there are other things to say, but they are minor compared to the wateriness.

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Photo of rye726
2.43/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a golden amber color and has an average beige head. Not really much smell or taste. There are some really mild malts and faint hops. The body is nice initially, but turns too watery as the beers warms. Nothing bad here, just a light mild ale that drinks easy.

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Photo of Sosh
2.43/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really did not like this. It just seemed extremely watery. I dont' think this had any carbonation whatsoever. Maybe it was flat, who knows? But even if I got a bad brew I don't see how this would possibly be something I'd get time and time again. I could taste the hops towards the middle, but the beer got pretty nasty towards the bottom. I would never drink this again, unless it was free. I'm kind of upset I bought this.

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Photo of goldbot
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint-sized Draughtflow can.

A: Pours with the expected frothy, creamy, white head with loads of cascading bubbles. The head is retained indefinitely and coats the sides of the glass. The color is a clear copper with lots of carbonation.

S: Mostly grain, with a small hint of floral character there. Not much going on here.

T: Pretty much all grain/bread. Finishes with a metallic flavor, with the slightest hints of nut and caramel.

M: At first the frothy foam gives this beer a smooth, creamy texture. However, this quickly turns into a thin, watery feel going down.

D: It goes down fairly easy, but there's not much to really like about this one.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Huge, cascading, milky white, foaming nitro-can head. Clear amber color.

Smells like malt extract and standing water.

Tastes like really smooth...nothing. No really, this beer doesn't tastes like anything. I was thinking honey for a second but I think that's just because the can has a couple bees on it. It's tasteless, but damn it's a creamy tastelessness!

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Photo of shillzor
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of Fnerk
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, another nitro-can that contains a mediocre swill.

Appearance - a nice dark gold, with a creamy head that's to be expected from the widget action.

Aroma - almost none, just an average malty sweetness.

Taste - ugh...watery. The malt would have been nice if there were a bit more of it. The hop bitterness overpowers the weakness of the malt to make for a less-than-satisfying drinking experience.

Mouthfeel - pretty uncarbonated, I guess I just don't like flat beer. :

Drinkability - I guess it's OK, if you're willing to put up with blandness all night.

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