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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,137 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,137
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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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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kerouac

California

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a fairly nice, fairly flat, ale that is perfect on a warm/hot day (when served cold).

The flavor is mild, the taste is also mild, but, maybe it's just me, it's a great beer for a "session."

This is one beer that, while not up to certain people's hoppy standards, I keep coming back to again and again. It's like an affair with that plain looking mistress who satisfies, at a certain price point, like nobody else can.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-20-2014 05:51:16 | More by kerouac
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can with widget into a pint glass.

Body is brownish amber-orange in color topped by a creamy head from the nitro widget. No lacing. Earthy, light esters, and a slight metallic note characterize the aroma. The taste is similar, though some biscuity malts do come through in the flavor. Creamy on the palate, as one would expect from nitro. My main beef is that this beer is very one-dimensional in that the metallic yeast notes really overwhelm anything else that I can discern.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-15-2011 02:48:24 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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BBM

New York

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on nitro tap at Pleasure Island in Florida, in one of the few "Irish pub" style bars on the strip. The beer pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a big foamy white head. Think of it as a pale Guinness in terms of looks. Very nice looking. The aroma is faint, some mild hoppiness. Perhaps faint hints of fruit.

The taste is not overwhelming either. It is more bitter than anything, with a pretty strong aftertaste. There is a malt balance, but it's muted. It's not offensive, but it's not anything special either. Pretty average. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but the body is a bit thin. Overall this beer is nicer to look at than to drink. I don't know how many I would have of these, but I'm glad I tried it. It's worth at least that.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-09-2006 15:15:38 | More by BBM
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden /tan color with a HUGE head that settles to an almost blanket 11/2 inch crusty head the smell was thin hops and malt and spice its ok..the taste was to bitter for me it was on the metallic side with subdued malts spices and hop just not alot going on in this ale to keep my interest in drinking very often,,maybe with some fish and chips on a summer afternoon would be better

Serving type: nitro-can

10-31-2009 22:13:55 | More by gatornation
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber, big creamy nitro head settles in too quickly. Scent is very pale caramel malts, light nuttyness and some stale earthy and grassy hop notes. Taste has notable slightly stale earthy hop presence with mildly sweet and nutty caramel malts, faint fruityness. Medium bodied, nitro seems to settle out quickly. Solid, highly drinkable ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-17-2012 17:51:25 | More by rfgetz
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a golden-copper color with a pretty big white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing, though not what I would expect from a hoppy style with nitro. Nose brings a bit of diacetyl along with some mild hops and a bit of bread crust. The taste is a bit of light bread and butter. Mouthfeel is low in carbonation on a low to medium body. Drinks fairly well. Goes down smooth though there's nothing too memorable about it.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-20-2011 02:04:00 | More by Thorpe429
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark yellow from the can into a glass. A nice head which leaves some lacing on the glass. Pleasant aroma, some hop scents and a bit of grainy malt, but nothing to write home about. Some sweet malt in the flavor with some very mild fruitiness and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Again, nothing to write home about. Creamy mouthfeel thanks to the nitro cartridge in the can. Nothing really objectionable about this beer, just nothing too exciting either. This could make a decent session beer, but there are lots of ales out there with more interesting flavors.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-29-2007 23:30:10 | More by kwakwhore
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dbalsock

Vermont

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: light amber with a sizeable white creamy head.

smell: i got a sense of fruit and flowers along with a slight malty aroma. Nothing spectacular.

taste: a little malty, a little lagery too it seemed, and a little fruity/hoppy... ok, and kinda nice, but nothing i'd go out of the way for.

mouthfeel: bitter and light bodied, this didn't do much for me.

drinkability: a little to bitter without the sweetness or taste to balance it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2006 08:02:48 | More by dbalsock
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flexabull

California

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a creamy thick nitro head. Certainly looks inviting.

Aromas are faint, bready, creamy, and light tea leaves.

Taste is creamy, sweet, and bready. Some tea notes, and mineral like bitterness on the finish. Pretty simple tasting, but has an odd adjuct like sweetness that detracts a bit.

Mouthfeel is smooth but thin.

Overall, a simple drinkable beer. Not very memorable or something I'd look forward to drinking again.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-22-2012 20:11:30 | More by flexabull
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GClarkage

California

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 at The Prince of Wales Pub in San Mateo, CA. Spilled about an ounce of it all over the counter after I "thought" I opened it slow enough. Pour was beautiful as most nitro cans do. A huge creamy head the slowly faded but still had a bit left at the end of the glass. Didn't smell much. Maybe a bit like Guinness. Some roasted malts. Not a real strong scent. A bit more carbonation than expected. Tastes of malt, maybe a hop or two and maybe a very very slight fruit taste (lemon?). Still went down very nicely. Kind of an odd taste. A hard to describe taste. Not bad, but just strange. Decent enough brew though.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-26-2004 17:56:26 | More by GClarkage
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold, with a slightly imperfect clarity. An eggshell colored head of whipped cream consistency shows the typical nitro-can retention. Abundant lacing creates a jigsaw pattern of lace. A winey aroma can be detected in the background, accompanied by pale malt and fuggles hops. A very even balance of sweet pale malt and fuggles is the foundation of the taste; but an annoying vinous flavor is apparent from the first sip to the last swig. Simple but pleasent taste, and appropriate to style. A fruity ester appears in the aftertaste only as it warms. The nitro creates a flat carbonation, but is creamy and very smooth in the medium body and boosts the drinkability. However, the finish is slick and the acidic vinous character ruin the overall presentation and knock this out of contention for a good session ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-28-2006 22:16:53 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Rumrunner

California

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint glass

Poured a beautiful deep yellow with a great thick white head. The head stayed throughout and the lacing was impecable. The scents are weak malt. Very shallow. Not much comes through at all.

The flavors are a mild malt with a small amount of hop bitterness. Not much else. There is also a watery quality which I think hurts the flavors.

There is a nice mouthfeel to this ale for the most part. Not much body and again the watery feel is there as well. It drinks extremely easy and would easily go down well with a meal.

Sadly, there is just not alot happening with this ale. Mild is the key word.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-15-2003 06:48:47 | More by Rumrunner
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kilks

Ireland

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden a colour with a decent cream head. smells of nothing in particular,smells very weak to be honest and unfortunately thats how it tastes too. way too watery for my liking. but its not all bad it is very easy to drink lots of it. i would class this as a beginners ale. so if you have started drinking ale and want to build your way up start with this ale. overall it's a mediocre ale that i would recommend to people who dont like very strong tasting and smelling beers.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-15-2010 17:59:09 | More by kilks
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argock

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from nitro-can into a clear pint glass.

A: Crisp bright amber with cascading 2-finger creamy nitro head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: The aroma is chemical-like with astringency. Malts are short in supply and hops are lightly herbal but light.

T: Flavor is surprisingly not too bad with crisp herbal, grassy hoppiness balanced pretty well with newspaper, cereal grains, and lightly caramel biscuit maltiness. Not complex but not bad like the aroma.

M: Feel is light with heavy carbonation that borders on assaultive. Aftertaste is light grain and grassy hops.

D: Easy to drink but it doesn't really do the little things (aroma, feel) to make this more than an average brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-17-2009 04:32:50 | More by argock
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nick76

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is malty and yeast with a bit of plastic and grass. The appearance is light amber with a creamy head but not a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is average for the style. Overall this one is not as good the second time as the first. I feel like it's got adjuncts in it.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-04-2010 23:41:29 | More by nick76
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theBubba

New York

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the nitro can we get an amber/gold pour with lots of tiny bubbles that help this totally flat brew produce a nice creamy head that quickly recedes to a quarter of an inch, but to its credit, lasts to the end. As does the fairly nice lace. The ale itself has a pleasant malty, not too hopped, taste and an aroma largely of malt, a little of banana, and a touch of floral, but this brew lacks body and bubble. The big disappointment here is that, despite the nitro device, there is a total lack of carbonation. This stuff is like drinking "flat beer" or ale flavored water. Not nearly as good as the Boddington's I've had on tap while in London. At $8 for 4 pint cans, I'd opt for 3 big Bass bottles.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-14-2008 04:53:47 | More by theBubba
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can
4.7% ABV
I tried this beer on on tap on May 14, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent golden-brown with a thick foamy long-lasting white head out of a can with a widget. The aroma was grainy malt, some hops, and citrusy notes. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grainy malt, and some hops. Refreshingly good, but not outstanding.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-25-2010 23:20:03 | More by cyrenaica
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I'm not much of a fan of nitro-beer. I think this may be the first one I've ever reviewed. It pours a golden color with a bodacious foamy head. The white foam across the top almost has the consistency of pudding. The smell is pretty faint and boring. The taste is decent, sweet malts, and a fruity hop taste here and there. I just dislike the mouthfeel on these nitros. Too thin and watery. Always seems to remind me of an old beer that was opened, put back in the fridge, and then resorted to several days later. Not a bad beer otherwise, I'd like to try it on-tap, or atleast in a different serving type.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-01-2005 04:14:36 | More by jasonpeckins32
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patreely12

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - upon cracking the can foam started bubbling out. I thought the can had been shaken up or something from the pressure. that's a hell of a widget in there. this beer pours an extremely tall head, practically filling the glass, then dissipates to a more reasonable finger or so. the head and lacing are both pretty creamy/foamy, the beer a nice shade of amber.

S - not too much to the nose. some malt and honey/sweetness.

T/M - creamy and clean on the front. tastes almost like a more watery, crisp guinness, with a hint of honey on the back end. surprisingly light, seems like it's missing something.

D - I was overall pleased with this beer. I could see how someone could knock a few of these back.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-17-2010 05:26:12 | More by patreely12
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head formed as the beer cascaded up. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy laving and puffy head all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet pale malts, toasted, and herbal hops. Slight metallic smell too.

Taste: Same as above. Nothing over the top and pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation, and slightly chewy.

Overall: Pretty average and simple EPA. Nitro can is cool though.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-14-2014 23:47:04 | More by Flounder57
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oberon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz nitro-can into a pint glass.

Pours milky with a great looking cascade of carbonation. Clears up into a clear looking honey-gold color with 1 1/2 fingers of solid, creamy brite-white head that leaves just mammouth thick lacing behind. The aroma smells of very light bread, citrus, sweetness, and floral notes.

The taste is light toasted malts, bready sweetness, citrus, and a bit of a grassy hop profile in the back. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a mellow and creamy feel on the palette.

Decent. Nothing really overly stood out here except for the look, easy body, and mellow drinkibility. Not offensive by any means but unfortunately not that memorable either.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-08-2008 16:37:34 | More by Kegatron
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is a clear, yellow color, with a finger's worth of head.

S: The aroma is primarily the a creamy lactose-like aroma that comes from the head. There are a bit of malts, but not a lot.

T: The ale is an inoffensive brew. providing a bit of malty nuttiness and some earthy hops. Neither come in significant quanitities and neither over- nor underwhelm the tastebuds.

M: The creaminess of the head makes for a decent first impression but there isn't a lot of depth after that.

D: I'd have a few as the lower abv and the decent taste make it a good one to have when you are having a few.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2006 22:33:09 | More by akorsak
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KDawg

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap and it poured how one would expect with a nice foamy and creamy head. I gave it a little bit to fully settle and it had a nice lighter gold color

very good creamy and medium/full feel with a lot of cream tones and some caramel as well. Very smooth to boot

this is always a go to session beer for me. Pretty straightforward with a good creamy style to it. It won't blow you away, but it does provide some good flavor at a low abv

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-19-2011 22:21:07 | More by KDawg
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wingman14

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a frothy white head due to the nitro can. The foam rises neatly to the top. There is a faint smell, not much to speak of, but grainy and very subtle. The taste starts sweet with an earthy flavor that kicks in. No real aftertaste to speak of, but extremely smooth and enjoyable feel. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer because of how creamy it is. This is an overall average beer, the flavor isn't great, but the beer is nice.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-17-2011 00:51:45 | More by wingman14
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