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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,133
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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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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3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours from the nitro-can with a thick creamy head and clear golden body.

I perceive very light aromas of lightly toasted malt, banana and honey sweetness with papery newsprint and earthy clay finish.

Very light flavors,slightly fruity(banana), bookish and grassy.

Somewhat watery and thin, yet smooth.

Refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-16-2008 18:45:14 | More by cbn
Photo of Patrick999


3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Room.

A - I just can't knock the appearance of Boddington's. Same creamy head that lasts forever and ever...this wasn't even a nitro-tap.

S - Better than out of the nitro-can. No metallic smell, but no real defined aroma to speak of, either.

T - This is the beer I go to when I want to throw down one more beer but can't handle anything heavy. Simple, but tasty. Mild hop, mild malt, but I don't really mean that as a negative.

F - Soft and creamy. Light body. Very welcome when you've been drinking 8-9% Belgians all night.

D - Boddingtons. The embodiment of drinkability. I still really like this beer. I can't help it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2008 04:15:44 | More by Patrick999
Photo of clayrock81


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't lie - drank some of this before pouring my pint glass. What poured out was a reddish brown hue that gave off a foamy, one-finger head and quickly died. Maybe because of the can there is a metallic/medicinal smell, but I picked up some light, airy hops and some faint heavy malts.
Went down smooth and medium-bodied, but there wasn't much of a discernable taste. Some bread and sweet malts and a little rough backbite from either roasted/coffee malt and some hop prickness, but still a tad bland. This isn't a bad beer, but I'd much rather have it on draft than out of the can.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-11-2008 19:56:14 | More by clayrock81
Photo of tbeck


3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow in color with a thick creamy head that did not dissipated entirely. Very little aroma, some cereal grains and a slight hint of malt. Taste was honey and malty, slight hops in the aftertaste and a hint of ripe fruit. Taste was very crisp and clean. Mouthfeel was excellent, sorta of like cream with a smooth finish. Drinkability is excellent, might need a little more flavor but very smooth and tasty.

Serving type: can

09-11-2008 04:01:17 | More by tbeck
Photo of superdedooperboy


2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served up on-tap at the Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Color was, as far as I could tell in the low lighting, a golden copper-amber, supporting a thick, richly creamy off-white foam.

Not much going on in the nose; perhaps a bit of faintly sweet toffeeish notes, but nothing much beyond that could really be discerned.

Medium-bodied but rich in mouthfeel, though in this case not a virtue, as it is due to a distinct lack of carbonation.

The main flavors that show through on the tongue are a bit of malty sweetness mashed together with some estery notes and a faint grassy hop bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet and mildly dry but doesn't beg for another go.

A pretty easy-drinking brew, but drinkability suffers from the beer's flavor which, while not bad, isn't the most desirable, and the rather flat nature due to lack of carbonation keeps it from really refreshing at all. Overall rather inoffensive, but doesn't leave me screaming -- or whispering, for that matter -- for another round.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2008 02:50:53 | More by superdedooperboy
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3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-08-2008 16:37:34 | More by Kegatron
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3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really two in one. If you ask me, the head is the raison d'etre of this beer. Crack open a can, pour it straight down into a pint glass (no tilt necessary) and enjoy the creamy, heavenly head!

Once the head has settled, you will realize that Boddingtons Pub Ale is really a simple and unremarkable beer. Not that that's bad, but just keep it in perspective. The first 60 seconds is where it's at.

Some have said tap is preferable over can; other have held the opposite opinion. I've had both and actually prefer the can for the simple fact that I can dump it in a nonic and get it to my mouth in one motion! Of course, if the barman is right in front of you then perhaps the tap is better.

So, to summarize: Great head, great mouthfeel, highly sessionable == gargantuan burps that may or may not annoy others, depending on the company you keep. Otherwise average taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-07-2008 22:43:35 | More by jonworth
Photo of 1759Girl


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A> Beautiful creamy surge. Lively. Golden with a dense creamy head... after all it IS the Cream of Manchester... a nickname I've never felt comfortable with.
S> Not alot to smell at first. bitter hoppy, slightly metallic, improves as you drink off the smell-stifling cream head. Then you can pick up notes of honey.
T>Slightly metallic, but not offensive. Really tastes like your standard English pale, but with a less pleasing finish. Not overly tasty or overly offensive.
Mouthfeel>it really does feel nice. I'm not gonna lie
Drinkability> Sometimes I'm in a mood where I feel like Guinness but want something that is more refreshing (read: less tasty) and I'll order it at the pub. Its a safe bet generally, and a whole hell of a lot better on tap than in a can.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-05-2008 00:45:19 | More by 1759Girl
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4.28/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a four pack to watch some soccer....errr...football with (EPL of course).

a - pours quickly into a creamy, smooth, golden lather that soon seperates into a lush, translucent body with a marvelous golden head

s - pungent hops and a nutty essence are prevalent

t - wonderful blend of sweet creaminess and just enough of a bite

m - feels just right in the mouth, as silk on skin

d - amazingly easy beer to drink, yum!

This is a very exceptional beer in my opinion. The widget gives one perhaps a BETTER than tap experience. I highly recommend....especially while watching soccer...err...football.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-03-2008 16:45:29 | More by akronzipfan
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3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a very thick, creamy head. Almost out of control. Fairly smooth and creamy with sweet malts and leaves somewhat of a bitter taste. Good beer, for a while it was a regular of mine. At $5 for 4 pint size cans, it comes at a decent price too.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-23-2008 19:14:32 | More by changeup45
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3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden. Large white incredibly creamy head. I really like the look, but I think it looks way better on a guinness, it seems like there is a heavy cream on top of my beer.

A- Pleasant sweet malt aroma.

T- Sweet malt with a buttery taste. Slight bitterness, though nowhere near other english pale ales.

M- Medium body, moderate-high carbonation. Foamed out of the can upon opening, but nitro beers I find hard to gauge. A very velvety smooth taste enhanced upon from the nitro can.

D- The nitro foam and buttery taste slightly put me off, however it's such an enjoyable beer to drink I am tempted to pickup a few more.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-19-2008 21:58:59 | More by gpogo
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2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought on a whim at Publix as I was bored and hadn't had a Boddingtons in a while. Into the pint glass it goes.

A - the nitro-can gives that lovely cascading backwards bubble effect which is always pretty to look. Settles to a nice, white marble head with a crystal clear amber body

S - malty nose with some bready notes. Tiny little bits of hop aroma. Not too much of an aroma IMO

T - again, a biscuity and bready malt. Hop notes are just barely there. Not very complex or interesting, but not awful

M - very creamy body which goes down quite smoothly. Of course the beer loses its carbonation rather quickly, but the smoothness is nice IMO. I don't know that I'd use the word watery to describe the beer, but it is on the lighter side of medium IMO

D - not bad. Not sure I could do more than 2-3 (I have before at parties, ha) without already being a state of liquid bliss, but it is certainly a change of pace from all the Terrapin Rye and other IPAs I drank last night. Worth trying at least once

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2008 03:31:49 | More by ruckzuck
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3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got ths beer on-tap at the local brew-pub.

Great looking beer as the pour settles. Nice thick foamy head and good dark golden color.

Smell was just ok, sweet malt and grain.

Taste and Feel was a creamy and malty this is a sweet brew that feels soft in your mouth. Not much to the taste.

Could drink a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 00:34:52 | More by GoodKnight1220
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New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Warning, This can foams somthing fierce. Open it over a sink if your not sure it won't foam over.

A. Thick pale head, an appealing pale gold ale and bubbles cover the sides of the glass, but don't move.

S. Very floral smell. Like being in a hardware store and getting a wiff of the garden section.

T. What malt and fruityness. A sadly uncomplicated palette.

M. Great smooth and creamy feeling. If it tasted better, it would be wonderful.

Af. Malt, hops and grain.

A rather dissapointing brew. It also seemed to loose its carbonation a little too quickly. I probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-09-2008 03:05:35 | More by Jyubei
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3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L. amber with a thick creamy white head that lasts all the way down and leaves a heavy lacing
S. floral hoppiness and a very light toasted malt
T. opens up well with a bitter flowery hop taste but then fades to a malty coppery bubblegum aftertaste which is none too pleasing
F. very creamy with a high carbonation that leaves its mark on the back of the toungue

if you are drinking this inside at a house open it over a sink because it froths heavily out of the can, and now my carpet smells slightly hoppy.
an alright beer aftertaste is definately its downfall but the mouthfeel makes it better

Serving type: nitro-can

08-09-2008 02:16:21 | More by jake87
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2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice dark copper color with that perfect nitro head and lace.
S: Not much here. Some sweet malt and a chemical aroma.
T: A malty graininess with a metallic/chemical flavor.
M/D: A very light body that is thin and watery. It is not hard to drink, but I don't see much reason to.

I am not impressed at all. I don't think I will get this again, and there is no reason to recommend this.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-06-2008 19:44:39 | More by champ103
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New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Single can purchased from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken...
A hefty pour yielded a giany, foamy and frothy head along with a dark-copper hue that left a minimal amount of lacing...
Faint, malty aroma with a slight hint of hops thrown into the mix...
Taste was a bit awkward and seemingly unbalanced, heavy on the malts, light on the hops, with a minor hint of vanilla, caramel and honey...
Loose, light, watered-down mouthfeel with a fair level of drinkability at best...
Really wasn't too crazy about this one...
Wouldn't recommend it...

Serving type: can

08-05-2008 23:28:10 | More by dsa7783
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2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can with the widget into a tall glass. Beautiful cascade effect that soon settled to a crisp golden light amber ale with a full head and minimal lacing. Aroma is a faint mixture of light malt with some sweetness perhaps from honey. There is a bread like quality with the aroma, pleasant just needs to be stronger. Mouthfeel is very watery and slightly thin, although the finish is decent which keeps this category from tanking. Flavor is OK but really lacks especially in the malt department. Slightly bitter to the tongue there is that watery aspect again that really makes this ale fall way short. Glad I only bought a single can.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-04-2008 22:06:05 | More by kinger
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3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1st taste of this beer, and I was impressed for something that came from a can.

A- Hazy golden/amber color with a lot of carbonation from the rocket widget. The head on this beer has that beautiful draught look to it with reverse cascading bubbles and an off white slightly brown color.

S- I cannot enjoy the smell of this beer. It is chemical and stagnant with only a slight whiff of malts.

T- Taste is decent, there isn't much of it but some malty hoppy goodness comes through

M&D- Feels and drinks excellent. Silky smooth and easy to drink through a pint in no time.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-04-2008 02:16:07 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The nitro-can on this classic pale ale does a good job of simulating what you get in hand-drawn pint served in an English pub, but there's still something lacking. The nitrogen does a good job of creating a nice white foamy head that lingers all the way to the bottom of the glass, even if you take a while to nurse the pint. When first poured, the ale has a nice convection-like action as the nitrogen stabilizes, but afterward you have just the thick white head atop a clear amber body. There's little nose on this one, but a very nice and full mouthfeel with a matching full hoppiness on both the palate and the finish. A pleasant bitter aftertaste polishes it off. As a pub ale with nitrogen rather than carbonation, it naturally is a little flat, and thus not as refreshing as some other brews of similar consistency. For me, this makes it less enticing for drinking more than one.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-31-2008 23:31:49 | More by jushoppy2beer
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2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden with cascading bubbles that create a dense and very very creamy head. Absolutely beautiful.

Sweet aroma, with a little tropical fruit, a little malt.

Flavor is two phases. The cream is delicious and I attribute it mostly to mouthfeel -- really helps the rest of the beer because: the mild warm malt flavors with fruit sweetness turns to vegetable bitterness and a bit wateriness. Like a track star who sprints out of the gate and trips on the first jump. Great promise, poor application and payoff.

I wouldn't refuse one, but I wouldn't buy one again. A summer quencher at best. Shame.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-27-2008 16:46:50 | More by OtherShoe2
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a pretty good beer overall. To my surprise the first can I opened burst over onto my hand and the carpet, so I handed that one to my friend. The next one I cracked open i poured directly into a pint glass and it poured a golden yellow and created a beautiful head. Not much smell to the beer, and compared to many other beers not much carbonation. Its a very hard beer to describe in taste and the best I can come up with is a creamy Budweiser with a lot less carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. I would recommend it if your looking to switch things up.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-22-2008 21:59:42 | More by mmedina210
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3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow body with lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Healthy head with very small bubbles, giving it a creamy appearance. Sweet, almost citrusy aroma. Mouthfeel is full but not heavy, and low in carbonation. Taste is good, but very hard for me to describe. Light, hoppy, slightly floral. Good all-around beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 03:16:28 | More by Kyle987
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3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a medium amber colored beer with moderate slightly off-white creamy head.

Smell is very light, with some slight malt characteristics.

Taste is also very light. There is a nice malt presence, but very restrained.

Leaves a nice taste in the mouth, and while very light, the taste lasts for a good long time.

Typical of the style, maybe a bit bland, but very refreshing with just enough flavor and low enough alcohol to make it a nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 19:56:36 | More by tgbljb
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1.35/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium thick foamy head on a medium amber body. Smelled of cheap, flat wine, with the taste being about the same. Just not pleasant in any fashion. This was my first "nitro" can, and if this is what I can expect from them all, I'll pass.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-13-2008 05:07:57 | More by ibashmuck
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