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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
74
okay

2,340 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,340
Reviews: 1,055
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
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 kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of brentk56
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a wisp of a filmy head; it retains like a blanket but doesn't leave any lace

Smell: Grainy and slightly fruity, with a hint of treacle

Taste: Grainy opening, with a bit of stone fruit and a developing butterscotch treacle by mid-palate as the diacetyl kicks in; after the swallow, the mineral undertones add another dimension that carries through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation; a bit watery

Drinkability: I guess it is the sweeetness that makes this popular but the beer has so many drawbacks to my palate that I don't know where to begin

brentk56, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the same between the nitro-tap and the nitro-can. The can version seems to hold on to the nitro-carbonation for a bit longer than the tap. The tap may loosely force the nitrogen in durring dispensing, allowing the gas to escape. Nevertheless, this is always a clean beer with very light maltiness and low hops. The flavors are very delicate and soft. Aided by the nitro, the body remains creamy and nearly thick (assuming its drank quickly). If the beer sits, the beer waters far too quickly. On the flip side, the plastic-ey flavor that usually accompanies the nitrogen disipates with the bubbles.

8-18-05 Nitro-tap (3,3,3,4.5,4)
It's amazing what nitro can do to an otherwise boring beer. As with all nitros, this has incredible thickness and creaminess in the head. I've never had a beer to lace better. As for a pub ale, it's lightly hazy and medium straw colored--I expected more copper color. Aromas are extremely faint, but I can pick up some light malt, corn, and a little sourness. Tastes are fairly muted as well, but do pick up on some subtle sweetness, corn sugar, and maybe some other cereal grains. Light souring from fermentation provides a bit of granny smith apple flavor. That's basically it. Not much more exciting than Budweiser. But the mouthfeel is where it is at. Creamy and full feeling. Almost chewey. Finishes wet and fleeting. Dangerously close to watering down. My advice: Drink it quickly, because after the nitro disipates, this beer gets boring in a hurry.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can – Poured a golden brew with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet with some malts coming through. Taste is very light but similar to Kilkenney or Guiness in a nitro can. This is not a bad beer just a good session beer. Probably won’t try that again since there is a lot more interesting session beer out there.

Phyl21ca, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Unlike other nitro cans, the head on this one began forming as soon as I popped the tab. Good thing I was paying attention because the foam shot out the top and very nearly made a mess of my desktop. Standard nitro pub ale appearance with a cascading 'inverse head'. The beer is bright gold with a healthy dose of orange and the head is a densely creamy disk of dark cream.

The nose is shy to the point of anthropophobia. It's a little pale malty with grainy undertones, but I don't have much to go on. The beer has a strange, almost chemical-like flavor. It starts off grainy with a modest amount of hop bitterness, but then quickly morphs into an unpleasantness that resembles dandelions sprayed with weed killer (although I've never tasted either, alone or in combination).

Really though, it isn't quite as bad as all that. I am able to drink it without wincing, spitting or regurgitating. The mouthfeel is watery in the extreme. The nitro attempts to salvage some degree of smooth creaminess--and does to a certain extent--but the thin, watery makeup is just too much to overcome.

I've had good nitro pub ales and I've had bad nitro pub ales. Count Boddingtons Pub Ale as one of the latter. Thumbs down.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

jaydoc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light amber body with a thick, creamy white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of shaving lather and floral hops.

Taste: Weak, almost non-existent malt character with a very faint honey-esque sweetness. Metallic hints. Mild bitterness that's gone for the dry finish. Like water, it is!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: If you're looking for an extreme taste sensation, then you'll be sorely disappointed. If you're looking for a relatively low-alcohol, smooth, easy-drinking beer, then this'll do in a pinch. Unfortunately, I prefer the former.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -5.7%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

oberon, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Guinness 250th Anniversary tulip pint glass.

I originally had this during my Boilermaker days for the beer passport deal over at Chumley's. I figured I'd give it another go, now that I've gotten further into the world of beer. It pours a clear light orange-copper (bronze, maybe?) topped by a half-finger of white froth that stoically hangs around for quite some time. The nose is nearly objectionable, with notes of funky wheat and corn coupled with bland puffed rice. Hmm. The taste comprises a very blunt bitterness (kinda like hard water), some very light wheat, and flowers (I think they're daisies). The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickish, milky feel. Man, I think I remember something quite different, definitely less objectionable.

TMoney2591, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440ml nitro-can, through the good graces of the 'Draughtflow System'. Another of the ol' standbys at any local English/Irish pub of note, though this one has been harder to find around here of late, for some reason.

This beer pours a brilliantly clear light amber hue, with one of those rather pleasantly attractive cascading, temporarily layered, and ultimately super-creamy off-white heads, which slowly settles, leaving a broad, multifaceted throng of emerging mountain lace around the glass.

It smells of weakly gritty, bready caramel malt, a touch of watery sourdough, an ethereal drupe fruitiness, and quite soft earthy, weedy and floral hops. The taste is lightly biscuity, bready pale and caramel malt, more rather understated sour graininess, wet, somewhat metallic stony notes, a challengingly difficult to discern apple and citrus fruitiness, and the same mild weedy, earthy, and floral hops of aroma origin.

The carbonation is quite obviously low, approaching the nadir as such, the body more than a bit on the medium-light side, and kind of thin, but still very smooth and, of course, creamy, but in a more airy sense than would be usually preferable. It finishes off-dry, a weak graininess and game fruitiness holding on, in defence of nothing.

Of the limited canon of my locally-available UK-style pub sessioners, Boddy's sits somewhere in the middle - not all that huge on flavour, but nothing off about it either, and it slides down nice and easy. It's also pretty, well, pretty in its disposition, I gotta say, which doesn't detract in the least.

biboergosum, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out cloudy at first, but quickly cleared up. An orange/golden color with a very creamy, white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of malt and some bitter hops.

T - It tasted of caramel and vanilla. There were light bitter hops, too.

M - It was soft and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is okay. I think that it is far better on tap than from a nitro can.

zeff80, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i like boddingtons, and i dont care what anyone says about it. pours a nice nitro powered cream color from the can, but it does its thing much faster than a guinness, with the whole cascade process lasting just a few seconds. it settles into a nice honey colored liquid with an inch or so of foamy white head. the nose is pretty basic, and frankly quite bland. some english pale malts and thats about it. flavor is light and balanced, low alcohol, and perfect for sessioning. kind of tastes like a pancake. love the mouthfeel on this the most, it foesnt have much carbonation, almost like a cask pour, except that its cold. its real smooth and milky in texture. i could drink these all day. i know its nothing too exciting in terms of flavor, but its a classic beer in my world.

StonedTrippin, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Jason
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat of a gusher of a can when first opened, clarity and head is great. Clean floral and mildly estery aroma and flavour. Thin malt with one simple flavour throughout. Flavours are flat and seem not to meld together well in an odd processed way. This is not my can of beer.

Jason, Aug 20, 2002
Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with an impressive looking "cascade" effect and eventually settles to two fingers of dense, extremely creamy foam that leaves extremely thick lace. The body is crystal clear and golden amber.

S - The aroma is very grainy with a slightly sour mustiness in the background.

T - Sweet, honey like malt flavors with a bit of nondescript yeasty fruitiness. Earthy hop flavors come in on top and linger through the mild finish.

M - Smooth, medium body with low carbonation.

D - Mild and easily drinkable. It would be easy to fault this beer for being bland (and make no mistake, it is bland), but one must keep in mind that it is, as it says on the can, a pub ale. This is not meant to be pondered, but consumed casually in good company; and for that it is adequate. I have certainly had better british ales, but this does its job.

nickfl, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber, with a dense-but-thin white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is a little weak and all I’m detecting is malt and honey.

T: The taste is creamy, malty and has a honey flavor, but not much else except a slight bit of metallicness to it.

M: Smooth and crisp, but a bit watery especially as the beer warms, medium body, light carbonation, clean finish.

D: This is good session beer if you’re into the taste. It goes down easy and isn’t too filling, but I found the taste and kick lacking pretty significantly.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white smooth nitro head. The smell is slightly sweet with some fruit and very mild toffee. The flavor is malty and quite fruity. Just a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish. The bosy could be a bit thocker. Nothing super special.

oline73, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. Beer is dark yellow almost amber and the aeration falls down cascading from the outside to prop up a thin head of tiny microscopic foam bubbles that completely cover the top of the beer and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is oddly bitter, but not hop bitter. Its almost grain bitter. Very odd.

Beer is smooth, medium to full bodied, odd back of the mouth bitterness and a strong aftertaste. Abbreviates my pleasure with this beer. Hopefully my bad Christmas weekend of terrible beers is nearly over.

drabmuh, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Confession: I'm bad at reading directions. Just went off and recklessly opened this can, not realizing I was supposed to do so "carefully", and "Sppssshhh", it went out the can, on my leg, all over the chair. Well, now the foam seems to have been settled, time to drink it...
Clear amber color, solid 1", tight cap of creamy white foam above, in for the long haul. Looks nice.
Aroma is light citrus, small hops,soft and creamy, but pleasant.
Taste: it's there, lightly fruity, touch of hops, a touch sour (?, but altogether smooth. Slim body, neglible finish, this ale quits the mouth with a quickness. I understand the appeal of pub ales, but it just doesn't apply in my case. Generally, I like ales with bigger flavor than this, but you can't knock it's popularity, and it delivers to those who subscribe. Not for me, though.

feloniousmonk, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

MarkyMOD, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -5.7%

beernads, Apr 10, 2013
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