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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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1,987 Ratings

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

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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Photo of Bernoulli

South Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

3/8 inch head... very light brown layer on bottom with a bubbly-ish layer above the tan-line that's white mixed with something a bit darker than the lowest level, and then the very long lasting head. Head mostly stays and the two layers merge to an even prettier transparent brown (that's a bit darker than it started). A beautiful beer to watch settle.

Smells like it tastes.

An interesting choice if your only other nitro was a Guinness because, except for the nitro, they are of course nothing alike.

Innocuous in the way that we thought Newcastle was. Definitely nothing at all of the extra bite/kick of something like Hobgoblin.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-17-2014 23:21:41 | More by Bernoulli
Photo of ccrida


3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro in london, servered in the Boddingtons tulip pint, appearence is clear gold with a white creamy head leaving foamy lace, some big chunks.

Smell is sweet honey and carmel with leafy hops.

Taste is mild, a little biscut and carmel, and more of those wet leafy hops. Decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, light bodied.

Drinkability is high from a sessionability perspective. There is enough flavor to keep it interesting, yet light enough to not fatigue the palate. Better than I ever remebering those cans tasting at home!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-17-2012 23:53:07 | More by ccrida
Photo of bsp77


4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from nitro-tap into Boddington's Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Honey gold with firm, stark white head. Has the too perfect look of a nitro beer, but it sure is pretty.

Smell: Not too much, but to be expected for the style. Light grainy malts, some light spiciness. Mostly smells dry.

Taste: Dried malts with toast, bread and tea. Hops are nicely balanced and integrated and are spicy, floral and slightly metallic.

Feel:Light bodied but exceedingly smooth and creamy. Very dry finish, as expected since the beer is pretty dry throughout.

Overall: I know many like to blast this beer for being bland, but I find it to be very refreshing and balanced, despite being quite mild. From what I remember, the nitro cans are also good, but not as good as having it on nitro-tap. Happy to finally review this, as I used to have it often in my pre-review days.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-23-2012 14:41:47 | More by bsp77
Photo of Mitchster


4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just love boddingtons on nitro tap. Clear straw with a creamy white head and mild carbonation. Very easy to drink with a soft silken mouthfeel. Soft hay notes, apricots, mild bitterness and low ABV, I could drink this all night. It's not a flavor bomb nor is it supposed to be. It's a very sessionable English pale, and in that, it succeeds in droves.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-10-2012 02:56:25 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Jerone


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light golden color with a nice creamy head that leaves a decent bit of lacing, lots of bubbles coming to the top.

S - Not a lot of smell, pale malts, a bit of hop bitterness and some sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose, some malt, a bit of sweetness and a slight hop bitterness at the end, not a ton of flavor.

M - Nice mouthfeel, very smooth and drinkable.

O - Not impressive, but would be a pretty fun session beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-13-2011 02:39:48 | More by Jerone
Photo of dorianmarley


3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden yellow, almost cider-like. Creamy head that lasts the whole way. Very nice, thick lacing.

Nose is cider-like with some starchiness and aluminum.

Taste has a strong pear flavor, as well as a candy apple element.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall, understandably a classic pub ale for its texture and smoothness. Not much depth, but that is not what you look for in a Boddington's.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-30-2011 02:57:57 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of rangerred


2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-01-2011 12:22:02 | More by rangerred
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delivered in a pint glass.

A) I always enjoy the way these nitro taps cascade. This is a light amber, with a full finger of creamy white head. The head is maintained for the duration. Nice lacing.

S) Not much on the nose. Perhaps the faint aroma of malt, a slightly fruity sweetness, and a hint of the bitter English hops.

T) A combination of the grainy flavor and bitter hops. I don't find Boddingtons to be as bitter as some of the other English pale ales I've had the pleasure of drinking. There is an underlying sweetness that provides a nice balance for my taste buds. The finish and aftertaste are decent.

M) This is actually kind of thin, despite the appearance. Having
said that, it is also quite creamy. I attribute this somewhat to how well the head is maintained. This provides a nice mixture for every single sip.

O) This is not a great beer, but it is pretty darn good. If you like English pale ales, this one is readily available, and a solid option.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-29-2011 18:46:07 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of KickInTheChalice


2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: My glass arrives with a clear golden orange beer with a little bit of cascading nitrogen bubbles still waiting to settle. A dollup of tan cream rests on top, lasting the whole glass without leaving any lace.

Smell: The aroma is pretty faint. Toasted grains and some general bitterness are there, with a hint of a chemical process.

Taste: The flavor is not so much unpleasant as non existent. Light cereal grains start the flavor and linger until a chemical bitterness closes out the flavor. That is not a flattering description, and I am not impressed by the lack of flavor.

Mouthfeel: The nitro feel is definitely a gimmick, but I think it works every once in a while. Other than that, there is a light watery feel.

Overall: Once upon a time I thought this was a good beer. I must have fallen for the nitro mouthfeel as a substitute for taste, because this beer is really not that good. One problem with nitro is that it seems to leave a gaping whole in the flavor, and this beer is no exception.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-16-2011 03:22:02 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

On nitro tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear light brown with a 1 inch solid creamy off-white head that lasts. Foamy patches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty subdued with some malt/grain and nutty aromas. Taste is of sweet malt with nutty and fruity flavors and some citrus zest on the finish. A mild bitterness lingers after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation from the nitro tap but has a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer on nitro tap but I really didn't care for it from the nitro-can when I have tried it in the past.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-15-2011 19:11:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of KDawg


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
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro Tap

Appearance – Mostly clear amber/copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is an amazing amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and and it feels very creamy on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel, and some light hops. There are also notes of tea and a pear/apple sweetness. It finishes with a malty/fruity aftertaste.

Overall – A pretty enjoyable beer that has enough taste to keep it interesting throughout the glass and also make it very sessionable. Also the appearance once poured is really something to see. I'd drink this again anytime.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-12-2011 14:40:53 | More by spinrsx
Photo of McWoods


3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a good choice for a 96 degree day. It was brought to me rippling and swirling from the nitro tap, and had a creamy light head, a finger or two thick. The ale itself, a nice golden color.

It had a soft aroma of florals and fruit, very light. Like its flavor.

The taste was extremely light, not impressive, and not really packing much of anything. Just light, little bits of floral and fruit. It was refreshing given the heat.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-19-2011 05:33:39 | More by McWoods
Photo of Knapp85


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

This was probably one of my first nitro English ales. I gotta say I will always love the surge effect that the nitro had on these. This ale poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a creamy thick white looking head. The lacing sticks like a Guinness does, very nice. The smell of the beer had some light grainy malts on the nose and not a whole lot else. The flavor was a little too light also, but had just enough bitterness to keep me interested. The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth, goes down super fast. Overall it could probably be better all around but for a simple brew it's pretty good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-22-2011 02:27:27 | More by Knapp85
Photo of celticfutblclub


2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on nitro tap at shays 6/1/2011

A - a nice straw yellow body with a two finger thick creamy white head. looks good but nitro always looks good.

S - not much going on here. some grain malts and a creaminess and thats about it. its not bad its just nothing remarkable or worth remembering.

T - again there is the grain malt and cream taste again. there is also a discernible metallic note to the taste which i feel greatly detracts from this brew.

M - good light bodied beer with low levels of carbonation.

O - its a great session beer but outside of that its just another average beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-03-2011 12:20:11 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of farlieonfootie


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

Boddington's Pub Ale was poured on nitro draft into a Guinness pint glass, with an inch-thick head that only gradually receded. It's a clear copper color, like a very weak cup of tea. Boddington's has a bready smell that's mild, and maybe slightly sour. On tasting, it has a thin mouthfeel, and is only very lightly carbonated.

Boddington's has a mild, creamy flavor, followed by a smoky, creamy, and maybe slightly metallic finish. It's an easy drinker; not my favorite, but if you find yourself in an Irish pub watching some soccer or even just hanging out, it's tried, true, and highly sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-24-2011 19:06:49 | More by farlieonfootie
Photo of DCon


2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed @ Fox n Hound in Chesterfield, MO. Poured from the nitro-tap into a Pint Glass (for $2.50) and enjoyed only one.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger of foamy head and has a body and color of a Cider. The head had great retention and has light lacing.

Smell- Has a malty smell with apples in the background. I can also smell a "Stout-like" attribute but can't put my finger on it. –

Taste- Very strange taste. Starts off foamy and creamy like a stout and then an apple/citrus taste comes on strong, almost cider-like. Very sweet and WAY too much sugar used for it to be a English Pale Ale. Have had many of these while in England/Scotland and this doesn't resemble the style at all! –

Mouthfeel- –Medium but Thin Bodied, Creamy, Smooth, but then leaves apple on the palate. This was such a strange characteristic!

Overall- –I have had Boddington's Pub Ale out of a can before but having it on-nitro-tap was a very different experience. This apple aroma and taste was very shocking but didn't offend me. What I didn't like that it wasn't like many English Pale Ales I've had in the past and so I can't give it the marks it deserves. Would be easily enjoyed by anyone out there but after this one went straight for a Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-18-2011 18:49:00 | More by DCon
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber to copper color, pours that beautiful nitro pour with cascading levels of carbonation in your glass of the pour, i mean just really beautiful and all cascades up into a beautiful thick white foamy head,

Smell- not very strong on the nose faint grain malt and hop

Taste- this beer is just a fair light ale almost bordering to being almost more like a lager, its certainly not overally complex in flavor yet in offense, finish with slight hop finish keeping in check malts up front,

Mouthfeel- this like appearance is where this beer really does tend to excel, its very creamy and thick and soft and luscious, i mean these nitro beers to me are great treats in this department and so unique

Overall/drinkability- This is one of those fun beers to get again every so often simply for me because of the nitro characteristics, its not certainly one I go to all the time as its overall a little simple and bland, but its a beer I will probably see in my life every so often especially when seen at a bar on tap,

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-16-2011 04:26:30 | More by Stunner97
Photo of notchucknorris


1.53/5  rDev -52%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Dark golden color with a huge creamy white head that has great retention and fantastic lacing.

S: There's almost nothing to smell. Maybe a faint hint of grain and a touch of green apple. Other than that, nothing.

T: Dear God, this was bad. It reminded me of licking a penny when you have a cold. There was this metallic taste that seemed to be the only flavor in the beer and even that tasted watered down like crazy. One of the worst I've ever had.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-01-2011 06:33:28 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of jsprain1


3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pales a definite golden. Thick creamy white head (nitro tap working). Decent retention. A couple threads of lace.
S- The smell is just not there. A bit of malt and a touch metallic.
T- There is a more pleasant flavor than the aroma would suggest. Grainy with a nice fruit character to it. There is a bit of metallic presence to it that just does not sit right.
M- Pretty creamy throughout. A bit light perhaps.
D- An easy drinking beer. Not the best English Pale ale out there, but its easy to kick a few of these back at the bar.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-10-2011 05:27:26 | More by jsprain1
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.35/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt. In the taste, watery and a hint of gingerbread like malt. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small malt in the aftertaste. Watery and not much flavor. Maybe a in between beer, but nothing exciting here.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-02-2011 16:51:03 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of nickthetick


2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: got to love the creamy cascade of nitro bubbles. Pours a clear gold into an American pint and after it settles it has a finger of creamy, thick dirty white head that hangs around for the experience and leaves a beautiful lacing.

S: not a lot from the smell, light malt sweetness.

T: toffee, crisp malt and small citrus hops linger a bit. Not much on the flavor front.

MF: creamy heavy and chewy. Nice effervescence and a little sweet.

D: I don't like this beer, if the only positive notes are in the mouthfeel and appearance it one I'll avoid from now on.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-22-2011 21:04:58 | More by nickthetick
Photo of Everydayoff


3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap served in a Boddingtons pint glass at the Dubliner Irish Pub, Bangkok.

Amber color with thick creamy head, carbonation produces plenty of small bubbles cling on side of the glass.

The smell is caramelized malt that mingles with citrus hop and some roasted trait.

A bit metallic in the taste along with caramelized and roasted malt and very low bitterness from hop that also shows a trait of citrus.

Light to medium body, creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonated, a bit lackluster.

Easy drinkable without doubt but I prefer a beer that has more attributes to appear.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-16-2011 10:31:04 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of AdamBear


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-amber with a lot of cream colored head, has the cascade effect. the head stays throughout the tasting

S-smells like thick molasses...a strong scent. very sweet smelling

T-hits with almost a lack of taste except for some molasses. it leaves with a very good light smooth taste of molasses.

M-little carbonation, almost none. very smooth and creamy. very expected for an english ale

D-the taste gets better as it goes on. this is the perfect drink to have after a good sitting of stronger beers. but i had to pick any beer to have a lot of...this would be far from the top.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-10-2010 22:48:42 | More by AdamBear
Photo of NefariousR


3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on nitro-tap at the Hard Rock Cafe in London, UK.

A - Pours a lightish amber with a creamy white head, thanks to the nitro-tap.

S - Malt with just a touch of bitter hops.

T - Some sweet maltiness with a nutty aftertaste. Bready.

M - Somewhat thin, but smooth and creamy -- again, thanks to the nitro.

D - Very drinkable and crisp, but a little low on flavor.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-23-2010 21:30:42 | More by NefariousR
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