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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
74
okay

2,374 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 1,058
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 156 | 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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3.2/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of callmescraps
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another mix-pack offering. Haven't had one of these in years. Glad to try it again.

Appearance- Well, the nitro can ensures that it's going to look pretty nice. Starts off as a foamer. It's got a very light copper, sort of dirty hay color. The head builds as the nitrous bubbles foam toward the top. It settles into an incredibly rich, creamy 1/4 inch head. Sweet looking. The lack of lacing takes some points off.

Smell- Biscuity malt. Yeasty, like un-baked bread. A little bit of hop citrus bite. Grainy, with a strange metallic tang. Almost has a scotch-like hint.

Taste- Sweet biscuit malt. That strange metallic wang is back. Unfortunately it all put off again by a real grassy hop bitterness. Sort of a tea-like note. It's fine, and then an off note will hit. Either metallic or herbal hop. Unfortunate.

Mouthfeel- Really, really thin. That nitro can is just a body-killer. Even the lady friend, not one to analyze beers in this way, noted that the body is really disappointing.

Drinkability- If it would just be bland it'd be better.

This is a real disappointment. Not sure what went wrong here, but it seemingly all did. Really surprised how disappointed I was in this one.

Photo of tylergoov
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KDawg
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap and it poured how one would expect with a nice foamy and creamy head. I gave it a little bit to fully settle and it had a nice lighter gold color

very good creamy and medium/full feel with a lot of cream tones and some caramel as well. Very smooth to boot

this is always a go to session beer for me. Pretty straightforward with a good creamy style to it. It won't blow you away, but it does provide some good flavor at a low abv

Photo of hotsudge
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Svendozen
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of CMOrak
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of iceball585
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very golden color w/ good head that stays

S- Kind of a cream ale smell

T- Strong taste of honey

M- The nitro gives it a very full body, very smooth

D- Easy to drink

I definatly love this beer. Many people shy away from nitro beers but I feel that it only makes them easier to drink. It gives this beer a very smooth and full bodied taste.

Photo of BrooklynPanch
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of robotiks
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Rootdog316
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like the look of this can. It is black and yellow with a simple brewing barrel as the label. I just love the name as well it it oozes english beer tradition. this one pours from a can at 44ml @4.7%. Overall taste quality. This is a fantastic beer. The taste is well rounded on the palate and the taste is well balanced. There is a subtle hint of honey which works exceedingly well. If I could afford to drink this beer in vast quantities I would. I suspect the more of this beer i drink the more I would love it.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro can into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Poured a nice light gold with two finger head with lingering lace -

Smell was of light malt not much else -

Taste was light malts little hops - nothing fancy - mild nuttiness

Very drinkable beer - Not much to it as far as beers go - easily enjoyed and easy to drink .

Photo of plinythederek
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of bleeps
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SStein
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Portertime
4.4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers! What a great over all drinking beer. The nitrogen makes it taste like a milk shake. Honey flavor was detected as well as coffee. I could just see going to a pub in England and sharing this brew in a tall mug with my good buddys. The big, yellow can stands out in the crowd of boring, drab colored beers. Pour a cold one and watch the giant head vanish before your eyes.

Photo of mquinn919
4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

Photo of depechemode1983
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a clear medium to dark copper color. The head is thick, frothy and very creamy. Retention is excellent.

S - There is a light hop aroma. Its slightly bitter with some good floral notes. Malts a pretty light as well. There is a little bit or caramel and a sweet candy smell I just can't put my finger on. The notes are there just not strong enough.

T - Very weak flavor. Bits a caramel, floral hops and grains. Taste sort of watered down.

M - Mouth feel is fluffy and soft. Carbonation in minimal which i think added to the smoothness.

O - An ok beer at best. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it but I could see purchasing it again given no better choice. Which I doubt would ever happen.

Photo of rcatalano
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of hawkmage
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of twkirkby
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Brian700
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear, amber color with a beautiful head. The head is creamy and looks like whipped egg whites. Nice and fluffy. I'd comment on the aroma but it is practically non-existant. Maybe a faint malt aroma. The taste is very light and smooth. Mild maltiness with hardly any hop bitterness at all. The mouthfeel is very good. Creamy, but the carbonation seems light. I think it is a good drinkable beer although it really isn't very complex and is kind of bland. It isn't a beer you would want to drink if you've just had a beer with explosive flavor.

Photo of cambabeer
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of RWACKO
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Phocion
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the nitro can with a somewhat pale golden color and a huge head which sinks down to about one finger, but stays until you finish the beer. This stuff really looks like it came from a tap.

The smell here is very faint. Butter and a little bit of citrusy hops, with maybe a little malt trying to poke through. Weak and simple, not too impressive.

While the taste is not particularly offensive, it's incredibly bland. Very light malt flavors finished off by weak stale-smelling hops.

Boddingtons advertises itself as "Smooth and Creamy." This is definitely true, and the one redeeming characteristic of this beer. This stuff actually seems like the British equivalent of our BMC, though they do a much, much better job than A-B, Coors, and the like (though that's not saying much). Good session beer, but for the same price I'd much rather grab a Tetley's.

Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
74 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.