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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,293
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 133 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CMOrak, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of jar2574
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from one of their special cans. Nice creamy head. Light golden color. Very light, can see through this beer quite easily. Lowish level of carbonation.

Smells ok. Grassy, a little skunky. Not sold on the taste. Slightly bitter. I'd say it actually leans towards malts rather than hops, which isn't what I was expecting. Not awful, but nothing I'm gonna enjoy. The nice thick creamy head keeps this from being a disastrous choice. The beer itself is quite watery and light. Probably an ok session beer.

jar2574, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of josefnewsong
4/5  rDev +25.8%

josefnewsong, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of dan027
3/5  rDev -5.7%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of ThisMoonlife
2/5  rDev -37.1%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of plinythederek
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

plinythederek, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of xav33
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boddingtons Pub Ale
Pint draught can
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, buzzed over 05/07.

Poured a clear gold with a huge frothy white somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate sweet bread, honey and light grass

Taste was upfront moderate sweet banana bread and honey and light bitter grass followed by a strong bitter grass and light to moderate honey on a short to average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and lightly astringent and metallic.

Overall, a personal favorite, especially on draft. The can has a more disappointing feel, you just don't get the same full head. It's really hard to pour into a pint glass immediately after opening. Minus points for that. On tap it's a different story though. Flavor is satisfyingly crisp and green, and mouthfeel is caresssing.

xav33, May 26, 2007
Photo of wvbrewcrew
3/5  rDev -5.7%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can, it had a nice golden color, almost amber. Love the creamy nitrous head. A slight sweet and malty scent, but very faint. Taste smooth and very mild. No bitterness at all. Others have mentioned a honey taste (and there is a bee on the label), but I just didn't taste it. It was more of a slightly sweet ale flavor, but no honey that I could taste.

Creamy like a Guinness, due to the nitrous widget in the can. The ale itself is rather thin and not very carbonated, but get a sip of that creamy nitrous head with every gulp. I could have a couple of these easily. Like a better, less watery version of Guinness.

ExtraStout, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at O'Donoghughes and presented in appropriate glassware.

Pours a golden amber color with a one-finger head that holds for the count. Bright clarity with evident carbonation and phenomenal lacing. Aromas of freshly cut grass, green apple and biscuit. Creamy, velvet smoothness in a big way -- like an Elvis painting. (Shout out to Jeff.) Opens with malt sweetness and a slight tang of apricot. Moves into flavors of light biscuit and grain. Unpleasant metallic note surfaces. Subtle play of hops on the back end delivers much needed bitterness. As it warms, apple begins to reign. Finishes powder-dry with a borderline astringent quality. As for its session worthiness, the Cream of Manchester offers unparalleled poundability. Quite possibly, the most highly evolved form of the lawnmower brew. Cheers!

CaptainIPA, May 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

brokentee, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of StoicBeast
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

StoicBeast, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of KoG
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super cascading effect is better out of hte can than on tap. Deep yellow color adorned by a giant off-white head that laces the entice length of the glass.

Smell is still rather clean. Light hop backed by a light grain nose. not much, but not unpleasant either.

Taste is mild hops with a dominate light malt backbone. Not strong in any aspect, but still nicely balanced with no strange aftertaste.

Goes down smooth as silk making you want to drink more and more. A very drinkable lighter beer to give yourself a break in a long session.

KoG, Jun 07, 2005
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

splendidsplinter, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of hanco005
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint nitro can “widget” with code 06:03 L5 256MK into a nonic pint glass

A---pours honey colored with thick bubbles that cascade up from the bottom to form a ¾ inch extremely creamy white head. Not much for lacing, but at least ¼ inch of the head was left by the time I finished the beer.

S—mild alcohol scent…smells like bourbon and brown sugar

T—slight malt and hops flavors, finishes dry, alcohol is well hidden.

M—creamy head gives way to a medium bodied ale; very little carbonation (thank you, widget perhaps?) and almost a little flat

D—a nice light ale that I could drink several of. Very smooth, creamy and light.

hanco005, Feb 05, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

dradair, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Leschber, Oct 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Nutwood, Aug 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of palliko
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy golden color, with great foam and lacing. Aroma is crisp with sweet flowers and banana. Initial taste is a smoot experience that is like a good latte. Medium body and a sweet roasted coffee malt flavor predominates and overcome the flowery yet bitter hops. Adry finish that ends in astringent tannins and barley. So so.

palliko, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of bosco7
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful creamy head and copper color. Poured into a nonic.

I get some hay and grain in the nose and thats about it.

Tastes alright. No sweetness. Flavors include grass, metal, and fruity esters. Bitter/tannin aftertaste kind of odd.

Mouthfeel is watery. Can drink a lot of these in a sitting, though I would prefer something with flavor. If you really have the craving for a nitrogenated bitter/pale ale go for Old Speckled Hen.

bosco7, May 11, 2007
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Rojada1988, Feb 22, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

RandyBoBandy, Feb 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of yankeeheel
2.15/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looks nice, I'll give it that. Pours a creamy tan with a white head that is partial to seperating itself from the beer when tilted. The head will never die. Smells weakly malty/hoppy.

Tastes weakly malty/hoppy with no real character. Thin in body and mouthfeel, low in alcohol. Guess it makes for something you can drink all night with your friends.

yankeeheel, Jan 11, 2004
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