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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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1,988 Ratings

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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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Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

creamy and silky silky smooth. a mild body that went right down. it was truly enjoyable to throw back. felt great all the way down. quality pub ale and truly top shelf

Serving type: nitro-can

07-17-2002 17:48:25 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful beer...ohh what a sweet pour! One of the creamiest beers I have tasted. It's very similar to Caffrey's, especially in appearance, but I think it has much more flavor. Very smooth, and the mouthfeel is excellent. Quite enjoyable!

Serving type: nitro-can

07-17-2002 16:20:04 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Reverand


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
Photo of BeerBob


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

Took in four pints of this along with some Cheddar cheese and sliced sausage, it mingled well. Now that I think of it, I should have tried the Boddingtons with some bubble and squeak, maybe next time.

The nitrogen infusion makes a real change in the way this bittered ale tasted. The hop bitter is really there, but it is masked by the nitrogen foam. Pour a small amount to the side and let the ale settle out, and you will see what I mean.

Raincoats are optional, I don’t think Boddingtons has that widget perfected yet, and I’m not into ale sports...

Serving type: nitro-can

06-19-2002 11:37:24 | More by BeerBob
Photo of mickeymac


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

This is a very nice looking beer that doesn't quite live up to its appearance. It's not bad and definitely better than its canned brother, but it's lacking a bit in flavor.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-14-2002 22:18:17 | More by mickeymac
Photo of ADR


2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clearish darker gold, 3/8 inch head after settling in glass. Head is milky but not impressve in size. Very little aroma. Literally no flavor other than a sense of malt denseness and a tad of hops at the close. Mouthfeel is average other than lack of carbonation. Its almost like drinking a glass of slightly sweetened whole milk. One of the poorer nitro cans I've tasted, nothing tastes bad, nothing tastes good.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-10-2002 08:08:23 | More by ADR
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my fall back beers. I cannot believe I have not reviewed this yet; I guess it got lost. Having this beer on tap, it's almost like a light Guiness. I do love the Nitro, even though it does not add anything to the actual taste of the beer, it does make it creamy, and it does look terrific. It is so smooth with some buttery/ nut flavor that invites you to drink more of it. This is a great beer to drink at all times, all year round. It is also a good beer to give to someone who is just beginning their venture into the world of real beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-09-2002 18:05:04 | More by AaronRed
Photo of StevieW


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

20 oz. nitro can. Has the potential to be a much better beer. Pours a thick creamy yellow, with a big fluffy head, the nitro really foams this beer up. Cascades nicely. Smell wasn't especially bitter or noticable. Taste was really average, not much that jumps on your taste buds. Some hoppy bitterness, but overwhelmed by the creamy head and bubbles. The creamy feel and then watery finish is what really takes over. I also tried it on tap at my local bar, and nothing changed. No real big flavors to note. I expected so much more.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-03-2002 15:45:01 | More by StevieW
Photo of Pegasus


2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish gold color with a huge, creamy nitro-induced head, spectacular to behold, the beer briefly roils in the glass after being poured. A thick full curtain of lace coats the walls of the glass. That being said, the spectacular visual effects are the best thing about this beer, alas.

Aroma: The aroma is promising, with floral and sweet fruit notes.

Taste: The taste is quite lacking, a little pleasant toasted maltiness, then alcohol and hops. The middle of the taste has an earthy and ashy characteristic, and a quite dry and bitter finish.

Mouth feel: The mouth-feel is excellent, the head is incredibly smooth and creamy.

Drinkability/notes: Too bad about the flavor, this could have been a really fine beer. In my opinion, the nitro device is not necessarily the problem, it seems fine with Young's Oatmeal Stout, for example. I would like to try this on tap without nitro enhancement.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce aluminum can with a nitro device, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-02-2002 07:07:20 | More by Pegasus
Photo of usualpulp


3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very creamy brew. Pours an excellent golden color with a large creamy white head on top. Taste is very smooth, with a slight bitterness, but nothing overwhealming. The smell of the beer is about average, nothing really stands out about it in this area. Overall I like this beer, light, smooth and creamy, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-30-2002 08:47:44 | More by usualpulp
Photo of jackndan


4.22/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boddintons: English pub ale. Very creamy beer. Thick amber color, thick dense head. Incredibly smooth and sweet. Very easy to drink, highly recommended.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-29-2002 20:13:04 | More by jackndan
Photo of psugrad98


2.35/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is inferior to the draught. I bought this can because of my draught experience. Looks somewhat similar to its brethern, but head is thinner and smaller. Taste is more metallic, and the sweet biscut flavor is lighter. It is also more bitter.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-29-2002 15:26:10 | More by psugrad98
Photo of Wildman


3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a friend that kept trying to hook me on this stuff. While it's not a bad beer, I tend to agree that it suffers being in the crazy can it is in. Would be intersted in seeing a bottle version of it. I like the taste, but it suffers from the influence of the can and the contraption they put in it.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-23-2002 15:39:28 | More by Wildman
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

it was just to creamy and buttery for me, i'm not really a fan of the whole nitro thing really, this wasn't good, cloyingly creamy.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-13-2002 16:16:31 | More by rastaman
Photo of packetknife


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

Just not as good from the can. A big differential IMO. Still has the creamy feel and decent taste. On tap I still feel this is my favorit ~anytime~ beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-23-2002 20:25:10 | More by packetknife
Photo of bmills1608


3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a restaurant the other night. It could have been my allergies, not sure, but I was surprised at how lacking in taste the beer was. Smooth and slightly creamy, but very unflavorful. I thought I detected a slight pine taste. It might have been too cold. For the sytle, it actually fits the bill pretty will, ordinary bitter.

Finished quite dry.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-19-2002 07:21:25 | More by bmills1608
Photo of aracauna


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

Just average. I went to Fado's in Atlanta and it was the only thing on tap that I hadn't tried before. Pretty much run of the mill.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-26-2002 11:05:18 | More by aracauna
Photo of marc77


2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Although the nitro widget is a total gimmick, one must admit it looks pretty cool. Typical well - retained, thick, creamy head as expected from a nitro can. Golden hue, nice clarity. Just a hint of earthy Fuggles in the nose, not much else there. Somewhat artificial hop bitterness and flavor, with a metallic note and the slightest bit of esteriness from the yeast. A bit of diacetyl surfaces as the beer warms. It's a bit weak and watery in mouthfeel. Finishes clean and bland. Boddingtons is nice to look at, but there's not much in the way of character in this brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2002 21:25:48 | More by marc77
Photo of budgood1


4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the cascading effect was amazing...but that's where the amazement ends. the head does coat the glass the whole way down.....but i found this ale sort of boring. i wouldn't assasinate it like some reviews i read, but it's nothing special. it's full bodied and creamy smooth but i do detect the slight metallic hoppy aftertaste which i didn't find too offensive. i'd drink it again.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-09-2002 00:57:13 | More by budgood1
Photo of proc


3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like I'm going against the grain here and rating this somewhat higher than the rest, but I enjoy this beer. Its a blond Guinness. I have no problem with blonds or brunettes (or redheads for that matter). This pours to a very, Guineess-like creamy sideshow and settles into a very, low carbinated thirst-quencher. These go down very quickly.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-19-2002 14:31:50 | More by proc
Photo of Brent


1.6/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Extremely disappointing. Typical nitro-widget can creamyness, but whatever flavor the beer had was overwhelmed by the nitrogen infusion. What I did get was a fairly bland, slightly metallic flavor with hints of husky tannins. Warming was of no benefit.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-11-2002 09:18:48 | More by Brent
Photo of John

New York

2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Astringent, tinny taste. Not much else.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-26-2001 11:29:53 | More by John
Photo of Todd


1.65/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 1 pint "Draughtflow System" can. Poured into a proper Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: An amber brew with slight chill haze. An amazing cascading effect produces a 1 finger thick perfect nitro-induced creamy white fluffy head that sticks to the glass and never goes away.

Smell: Clean. Faintly floral with dextrins, faint fruity esters and metallic in the aroma.

Taste: Silky. Silky smooth, soft and creamy. Body is medium. A toasty malt sweetness starts of the experience, it's thin though but gets better as the beer warms. Hops are very gentle, not overly bitter, but rather complementary, floral in taste. Hops are also slightly raw and leafy in the feel. There's some coarseness and bitty-ness that follows, along with a strong metallic flavour on the palate. This carries through into the finish as the beer dries up with a mouthful of strong grain tannins and a grain husk/powdery feel.

Notes: Not a dreadfully bad brew. It's rather mild, making it an okay session bitter for fans. However, the metallic and grain tannin aftertaste is a bit much for my palate and rather annoying. The aftertaste literally murders this beer. I wouldn't purchase this beer for my own consumption.

And, too bad about the nitro. Nitro beers, in general, tend to mask a lot of the beers character ... which is why most nitro beers share common characteristics, regardless of their style.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-20-2001 20:33:03 | More by Todd
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73 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.