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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

1,988 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 1988
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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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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McNealc31

Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The nitro can gives it an amazingly creamy and fluffy off white head. The color is nice, a crystal clear deep gold.

The flavor is, different. There are tastes recognizable from similarly canned Guinness. Some grassy grains come through, as well as an off putting metallic taste. Hops do provide a little bitterness.

It's not getting any better as it warms, unfortunately. I'm glad this was a gift. To put it plainly, it just doesn't taste good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 02:46:48 | More by McNealc31
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, white, creamy head.
Nose shows banana, caramel, butterscotch and faint resinous hops. Pretty nice, if a little faint.
Very mellow flavours, some caramel and a little light fruit.
Body feels a little watery. Very drinkable stuff though.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:06:14 | More by CrazyDavros
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pretty amber color with a bright, lively head. It retains perfectly but doesn't leave much lacing, if any. Ample carbonation.

S-Lightly aromatic. Pale malts are subtle. Even more subtle hops perhaps? Smells creamy.

T-Light taste as well but not too bad. Creaminess, light maltiness, tiny tiny tiny hops. Metallic. Very, very light.

M-Creamy, yet thin-bodied. A bit strange.

O/D-Easy to drink, light and creamy.

Was surprised by the light flavors, but not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:19:24 | More by VelvetExtract
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rye726

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 04:18:32 | More by rye726
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nitro beers always look pretty, thick creamy white head on top an amber beer

S: almost white wine like. its different, not bad, not special

T: its very watery you get a little creamy malt taste, but there is very little back bone and the beer could be better. Its very easy to session and not notice, but its not the kinda beer that will smack you in the face and make you take notice

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 04:14:46 | More by Redwood21
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palliko

California

3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy golden color, with great foam and lacing. Aroma is crisp with sweet flowers and banana. Initial taste is a smoot experience that is like a good latte. Medium body and a sweet roasted coffee malt flavor predominates and overcome the flowery yet bitter hops. Adry finish that ends in astringent tannins and barley. So so.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 16:49:11 | More by palliko
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Brian700

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear, amber color with a beautiful head. The head is creamy and looks like whipped egg whites. Nice and fluffy. I'd comment on the aroma but it is practically non-existant. Maybe a faint malt aroma. The taste is very light and smooth. Mild maltiness with hardly any hop bitterness at all. The mouthfeel is very good. Creamy, but the carbonation seems light. I think it is a good drinkable beer although it really isn't very complex and is kind of bland. It isn't a beer you would want to drink if you've just had a beer with explosive flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 06:07:58 | More by Brian700
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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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walleye

Michigan

2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured a orange copper color with a nice size white head that left some lacing. aroma, malts, caramel, some fruits. flavor not much of anything did get hints of toffee and some bitterness. a little to light on the mouth feel for me.I am just glad I didn't buy this somebody gave a can of this to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 14:33:29 | More by walleye
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusty golden in color; awesome tight bubbled head (two fingers thick) leaving very fine lace.

Mostly malty, frothy aroma. I detect almost a "freezer" smell. The flavor starts with hop, contrary to the aroma. Although this is a subtler hop bite than some English bitters, it is still there as a soft spoken statement. The malt richness comes forth while hold the liquid in my mouth. After swallowing, the hop bitterness returns but softly. The mouthfeel is similar to whole milk; the carbonation is low, but appropriate.

A nice mild bitter, or is this a hoppy mild? Either way it is a very pleasant beer to have.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 20:01:20 | More by smcolw
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Andreji

Colombia

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, at perhaps one of the only english pubs in Zug, Switzerland (Mr. Pickwick's), I decided to go for a pint of boddington's, with a very unbiased point of view as, my experiences with brit ales lately have been both very good (newcastle) and very bad.

the pour was a clean, headless bright straw with just some bubbles floating up irregularly. served cold as well. The smell, quite bitter as I've seen in the english, is also a bit sour at the nose. The taste isn't all that good but passes my test. it is not abundant in its bitterness, which i liked, but really is moderate in every sense. It's an alright company for the euro2004 at the pub.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 08:51:39 | More by Andreji
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SigEp

Florida

1.8/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nice to look at, I guess, pours a very see-through gold color with the nitro-head. Smooth mouthfeel due to the nitro and no real carbonation, which works for guiness because of the richness of the brew, but here just points out the places where this one truly lacks. Slightly sweet flavor, very little hops, in the nose or on the palate. The after-feel in the mouth is slightly chalky, like drinking dust. Tastes like a flat, bad, near-macro. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 19:19:05 | More by SigEp
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diablo14

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

like so many things out of manchester- david beckham, oasis, man city, boddingtons is fairly overrated. not a terrible beer for sure, but i can think of several others ahead of it in the priorities.

very fluffly looking beer. cloudy but light yellow color with a thick creamy draught style head, it looks like it could blow away if a strong gust of wind went near it. nothing to report in the smell department (it 'smelled liked a beer' to quote my g/f) the flavor is also amiss, with no real malt sensations tho some honey style sweetness could be detected. no power in the AV either (3.8 here).
thin bodied, but easy to drink but thoroughly lacking in character overall. however, theres enuff there to be able to drink it and enjoy without feeling like youre compromising the standards.

its a shame that this is one of the most readily available english ales available over here, because there are just so many better. but then a suppose for the beer drinking appreciation levels of most aussies, im almost certain theyd think this was one of the most tasty and complex beers theyd ever tried. i suppose in the end it shows how good english brewers are. even their dud beers are drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 13:51:29 | More by diablo14
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this can for a buck. Not bad a deal for a not bad a brew. Poured a frothy head upon an amber pond. Surely the nitro widget now banging around in the empty can effected the appearance immensely. Too bad it doesn't improve taste and smell. This was a very metallic brew. Is their no protective lining in the can? Or is this intentional? Some floral hops and odd smelling malt comes through the steel factory aroma. Taste. Hmm, not bad. If I was the tinman. Again, very metallic taste. But it's cold. After a while to warm, some bitterness comes through, so as not too disappoint. Creamy mouthfeel. Almost like an Irish creme. Though the taste is bad, the mouthfeel is good, allowing for a drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 00:52:01 | More by slitherySOB
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beerguy101

California

2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Darker gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied English ale, mild taste, some hop bitterness. Full flavor, full body. Mouthfeel is creamy, full and round. Some malt sweetness. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is very slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 02:27:13 | More by beerguy101
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TheDM

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a long lasting creamy large white head of fine to medium sized bubbles. It has a light transparent golden brown body. It also has a mild malty/ hoppy aroma. It had a smooth full bodied hoppy taste with no bit and a slight tartness in its finish. There was nothing special about this brew, but it was just nice none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 21:35:40 | More by TheDM
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color. The head was creamy with a white top. The lacing was just so-so on the sides of my mug. It had a fruity aroma to it. It had a bitter taste and it also had a lingering aftertaste. There was nothing outstanding about this particular beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 18:34:17 | More by hotstuff
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Bruiser81

Kansas

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I've never seen that cascading effect in a light colored beer, pretty neat. This brew was sort of a dark golden color with a thick creamy pure white head. Thats probably the best part about this beer. The aroma is sort of lacking, the little smell that is there is sort of grassy, not much else coming through. The taste is very bland imo. If anything maybe a little bit of a hoppy finish, with a slight tinge of bitterness, but it is a struggle to pick it out. This brew has the creamy draught system mouthfeel, but not near the same quality as say Beamish or Guinness. I would not purchase this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 13:27:41 | More by Bruiser81
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange with a big cascading fluffy head. Clean smelling with some flowery and estery scents, but not too much more. Very smooth tasting. Some toasted malt and very mild hops. There is a tea-like aftertaste that I really was not keen on at all. Maybe this is the grain tannins the bros. write of. I'd say this is a good session beer, although I don't know that I'd buy it again. I'm positive there are better pub ales out there like Abbot, etc.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 19:36:11 | More by Admiraldinty
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Jordan

California

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

This beer makes me laugh. I was a little apprehensive when I could not find any reference to 'style' on the packaging, and after pouring and drinking I feel duped. Nitro has to be a marketing gimic. (ever compare nitro guiness to the bottle?) On the outside Boddington is a decent and drinkable beer, inside however, a fraud.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2002 21:06:41 | More by Jordan
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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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MattBeer

California

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is not the best beer of all time, sure, but it is getting hit hard on this site!

I just drank one and I'm glad I bought a 4-pack.

Since there have been almost 2000 ratings to date, I'm going to review with respect to them.

A: Darker than you'd expect. Honestly, more head than you'd expect.
S: About what you'd predict. Grains, a bit of grass...not much going on.
T: Better than you think. It's a great cream ale, and if you don't want a cream ale, it's a great dog treat.
M: The creamy mouthfeel of this beer is a real treat. I think this is the least honest category on BA; who can tell me that the mouthfeel of a quad is honestly better than this?
O: If it's on draft and it's happy hour, have one!

Serving type: nitro-can

04-11-2014 22:11:28 | More by MattBeer
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Furlinator

California

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent honey gold with a full one inch cream head that remains as a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is somewhat muted and consists of grains (wheat, barley and corn), very faint grassy hops and some sweet cream aroma.

The flavor too, is somewhat bland: bready grain, faint citrus and sweet cream.

The texture is light bodied with low carbonation.

This is certainly not an awful tasting brew. All the components come across so lightly that the end result feels just slightly thicker and more flavorful than water.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 03:08:42 | More by Furlinator
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dcmchew

Romania

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice, caramel-colored, nitro-can, so after a while a fluffy dense white head settles at about one finger, great retention.
Smells of sweet malts, banana, grains, pretty toned down.
Taste of bread dough, lots of grain, banana, some faint apple and lemon, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Faint floral notes, grass, but the finish gets really metallic.
Smooth and creamy, low (to none at all) carbonation, light and easy to drink. Some lingering grains in the aftertaste, but again, coins..
A nice cream ale, some off notes in its taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-27-2014 08:08:28 | More by dcmchew
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