Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons
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3.53/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
04-04-2010 03:20:50 | More by biboergosum
2.48/5 rDev -22.3%
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 Im 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 youre into the taste. It goes down easy and isnt too filling, but I found the taste and kick lacking pretty significantly.
08-17-2006 05:41:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
01-11-2008 05:20:52 | More by nickfl
2.75/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
08-20-2002 21:30:58 | More by Jason
3.2/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-08-2008 16:37:34 | More by Kegatron
3.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
03-31-2005 01:46:33 | More by feloniousmonk
2.95/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
12-26-2009 00:14:25 | More by drabmuh
3.45/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-24-2012 22:11:53 | More by StonedTrippin
3.4/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
07-25-2003 21:07:02 | More by WesWes
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-02-2013 03:10:47 | More by oline73
3.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
01-24-2011 02:53:54 | More by Mora2000
3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
04-18-2006 20:15:08 | More by jwc215
2.95/5 rDev -7.5%
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
05-31-2008 00:38:29 | More by Gueuzedude
4.03/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
08-07-2004 20:01:20 | More by smcolw
2.95/5 rDev -7.5%
Pint can, poured into a pint glass.
A: Golden yellow/amber, with thick white head.
S: Smell of sweet malts and English Fuggle/Goldings hops.
T: English maltiness and slight hop character, but a metallic twist that was off-putting.
M: Thin, too watery, smooth, but not too creamy.
D: Average in the can, but much better on draft.
07-02-2007 23:25:05 | More by Halcyondays
3.65/5 rDev +14.4%
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 its called pub ale - means a nice session beer to have while talking it up at the pub. Just wish there was some aroma here.
01-25-2007 14:03:12 | More by Gavage
3.43/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-15-2011 04:15:35 | More by kojevergas
3.18/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-26-2004 17:56:26 | More by GClarkage
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