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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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Reviews: 1,084
Hads: 2,600
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 31.66%
Wants: 43
Gots: 315 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  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.

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Photo of oline73
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a generic beer glass at The Lab gastropub in downtown Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. Light bubble show takes place after the pour, which resolves to a solid yellow colour.

Sm: Cream - that's it. Pleasant but moderate.

T: Quite creamy, with lovely fruit esters accompanying. Bright and pleasant in character. Not complex, but effective and good. Well built and balanced. The cream is a bit bland.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Complements the flavour of the body.

Dr: Easy to drink but pricey. That said, I'd have it again.

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Photo of Jason
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from can into 20oz. glass beer mug.

A. impressive, light tan creamy head extended nearly to the bottom of the glass! Head reduces to 1 finger in about 3 minutes (at least if one starts sipping before then), leaving a light amber colored ale, with bubbling still on inside surfaces of glass.

S. slightly metallic and not very attractive

T. Light with very subtle hops. Disappointing given the fine appearance, but better than the aroma indicates. Creamy head is nice while it lasts.

M. nicely effervescent; creamy.

D. see taste and smell comments.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden cream-colored with a substantial head that lasted the entire drink. Like the other nitro-can ales, the beauty of the drink was in its appearance above all. It has a beautiful cascading effect.
There was not much of an aroma. Nothing bad, just hardly present. Maybe some very subtle malty hints.
The taste was not great, but not bad. Felt very smooth going down. Overall, the taste and mouthfeel were like a slightly fruity creaminess.
Despite its lack of substantial taste, it is really quite drinkable. Nothing offensive in either, just a creamy taste and feeling.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.92/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale golden color with a beautiful frothy white head. A perfect appearance! The nose is fruity. Their are smells of pale malts and yeast. The taste is very plain and dull. There is no complexity here. The mouthfeel is nice; not to carbonated. It is a light bodied ale. The drinkability is rough. The mouthfeel is right, but the head is too thick and the taste just isn't that good. This is not a favorite of mine.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nostalgic beer, as it has served as breakfast food for a few memorable camping trips with my wife.

A: The appearance is really fabulous. The beer is transparent and pale yellow, with pockets of carbonation bubbles throughout. The head is a gorgeous, white froth that lingers indefinitely.

S: Aromas are of fruits, pale malts. Overall, the beer doesn't emit a big scent, but what's there is ok.

T: The flavor of the beer is straightforward and simple. There isn't a lot going on, but I don't find the beer to be offensive either. It's malty with a sweet flavor that lingers on the tongue for several seconds after each sip.

M: The feel is definitely set up for success by the nitro-can. Smooth and creamy. The beer is thin to medium bodied.

D: Overall, an ok beer. While I wouldn't necessarily seek it out, I often select it when at a pub offering little to no craft beer options.

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Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - light copper with a half of an inch of pure white, soft, dense, creamy, head that has great retention

S - grainy, faintly musty, a bit sweet

T - sweet, corn, grains, metallic, apples

M - light bodied, thin, little carbonation

Everything about this beer is pretty solid...except how it tastes and smells! It's metallic and off putting, sweet and grainy, thin and watery. This a very poor example of the style. Ignore!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chance for sharing this. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is bubblegum and grass. The flavor is grass and biscuit malt. Some light fruit. Thin mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Pour mouthfeel. A little bit disappointing overall.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.19/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Woody does the can-can, cont.

It is increasingly easy to amuse my small mind. Watching the pour cascade from a milky liquid into a nice amber-colored beer brought a smile to my face. The finger's worth of thick, creamy, ecru head sat like a blanket of fresh snow atop the beer. The nose was faint and slightly sweet, almost in a lager-like way. The color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was full and creamy, even kind of silky on the swallow. This was a very mild beer, both on the tongue and on the finish. These factors, coupled with its low ABV make it a session candidate, especially when you include its fairly common availability.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a creamy two finger head that builds beautifully like a cascading waterfall. A great beer to look at. Nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: no real discernable aroma here.

Taste: a grainy malt profile here. Caramel candy sweetness, mild bitterness, and a hint of fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Creamy from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste, almost a clean one.

Drinkability: as it’s called – pub ale - means a nice session beer to have while talking it up at the pub. Just wish there was some aroma here.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the nitro can into a nonic pint glass.

Nitro pour, brings a cascading giant crowd of bubbles, eventually rising and slowing to a 2 inch super creamy nitrous light tan head with maybe some orange hues picked up from the body. Body color is a real nice crystal clear copper orange, but no visible rising carbonation.

Nose is grainy. Clean. A sense of dried barley and a kind of bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops. Not really that impressive or intriguing, not off putting though.

Palate fills with a large creamy mouthfeel. Unfortunately there isn't any flavor, it just feels and tastes like thick plain styrofoam. Aftertaste is where all the flavor is strangely. Some grainy qualities matching the nose, but a real metallic lingering bitterness and finish. Some very faint caramel hides in the back with some sweetness, but there's an off putting dry bitter and metal grainy character that I can't get away from. Slightly tinny.

Overall it's drinkable but really not that enjoyable, and it tastes cheap. Much better ones out there than this.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well 48°F / °C is definitely too warm as the beer spits up and spills a bit as I pop the tab on the can. The beer settles out with an almost three finger thick, tightly beaded, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, full copper color. The spilled beer smells lightly of butterscotch and a slight metallic note. The aroma smells a touch grassy and has a faint herbal hop note to it.

This is completely devoid of carbonation and this feels creamy and soft textured despite being so light bodied. Soft grassy malt flavors a touch of herbal & metallic hops. Tastes beery, with a faint sweetness, really not to much more to say about it. Not flawed, just not very flavorful. I wasn't expecting much here, but was expecting a bit more flavor.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors; Tucson AZ

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