Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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74
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1,075 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,075
Hads: 2,556
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.63%
Wants: 38
Gots: 283 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,569 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev 0%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev 0%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev 0%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.51/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.77/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  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. (830 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.92/5  rDev -9%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.45/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.24/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev +14%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
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 (816 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz nitro can into Philadelphia Flyers/Bud Light pint glass. I've never had this before.

A loud blow from the nitro can, Pub Ale pours semi thick looking with a orange amber glaze. After the cascade action a nice ivory/white head stood above the liquid leaving window covering lace. Small clear bubbles sticking to the glass within the beer, quite odd.

The nose ain't the nicest. Besides the pale malt and faint caramel, there is this musty odor that reminds me of, well how do I put this lightly, old people. Other than that there is a small nuttiness.

The taste fares better with a nice blast of English malts including pale and a mix of caramel and a miniscule amount of dark fruit. There is some nuts and a small amount of butter, but nothing extreme.

Feel is good coming from the nitro can, I'll have to try this on tap one day and see any differences. Smooth and creamy with a medium build and light/subtle carb. While I liked this, I won't be going out of my way for it, I'll hit it up at my local pub/dive. good beer. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -32.7%
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! (424 characters)

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