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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of flatblack80


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know a lot of people who love this one.
I would like to try it on tap, because like Guiness in a can, i really can't get friendly with this one.
Nice, huge white head that rises from the bottom forever. light gold, honey colored brew.
Very malty aroma with light floral hops.
very heavy, thick and thick. so heavily carbonated with fine little bubbles that it almost, to me, feels uncarbonated in the mouth.
drinkability? ... one and thats enough for me. I just cant enjoy more than a pint of it. I think that being out of a can has a lot to do with it.

Serving type: can

04-21-2008 22:15:28 | More by flatblack80
Photo of Offa


3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is fairly good and very eay to drink, but somewhat bland and thin. Perhaps it is at least partially the result of the nitro-can, which is the only way I have had this and nitro cans and taps always seem to thin out the body and suppress aromas and flavours.

Anyway, it is pale copper with a nice, dense, creamy, permanent off-white head that leaves creamy film on the glass, the one good quality of a nitro can or tap in my book.

The aroma is very subdued, being faint toasted grain, grass, faint hints of leaves, flowers, pine, and the faintest hint of metal. Overall, it is rather like a decent, hoppier US lager aroma.

The taste is similar, being very mild toasted grain with faint hint of caramel, light hint of leaves and grass, with a lightly bitter finish. Its feel is conflicted, both creamy from the head yet a little thin, watery, and flat. Overall, the flavours are good and they do hold up quite well to food, etc., but it needs more. It is, however, very easy to drink and has at least some character, even if a bit one-dimensional.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-18-2008 17:31:33 | More by Offa
Photo of KeefD


1.98/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The appearance score is high on this one only because the "nitro-can" effect is entertaining to watch for a few seconds. When it's over, it's all downhill from there.

I just don't enjoy these nitro-can beers. They're flat. That's all there is too it. You gotta have at least some carbonation in a beer or just tastes like old, lifeless skunk beer.

The taste on this beer isn't bad. I actually like the hints of maltiness and decent fruity-hop background. Just wish there was some carbonation here.

Full-bodied to be sure, but just missing too much.

Probably would not drink this again.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-15-2008 05:36:27 | More by KeefD
Photo of SpecialK088


3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S-Came to me from the tap.
A-Nice golden color slight head on it with little to no lace.
S-light malty scent with maybe a hint of citrus
T-light very crisp with almost a sweet finish and a very subtle hop taste
D-This is a beer i can drink better out of the tap then in the can being very crisp and light makes it easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 00:56:44 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can, which provided a very nice milky cascade, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Upon finishing the pour, it had a very nice white head that seemed to linger, but not for too long. It had a nice golden yellow haze to it that I could not see through. Not much nose to it at all. The mouthful was very creamy, a bit watery, but yet full and heavy. I find the beer very easy to drink, as it is very smooth. Great beer with any type of pub grub and one that I try to enjoy often.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-14-2008 18:32:54 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of ericmunley


3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boddingtons is one of the few beers than I prefer out of a can instead of on tap. Poured from a can into a pint glass, Boddingtons reveals its beautiful golden color and surprisingly creamy head. Not much of a scent to it, but a very clean tasting bear with very subtle citrus notes. The mouth feel is full and smooth, and the second pint goes down as easy as the first. I'd definitely recommend Boddingtons to any beer connoisseur regardless of taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-11-2008 18:59:21 | More by ericmunley
Photo of currysage1


2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark yellow with a cascading effect from the glycol system pour. Beautiful beer.

Smell is light malt, citrusy, some light hop presense.

Taste is grapefruit bitterness, untoasted grains, slight aluminium, and a medium hop presense. Not very impressive, not enough flavor for a good EPA.

Mouthfeel is not too bad though, chewy and the right amount of carbonation for an EPA, not too much that is.

Drinkability was lower due to me not enjoying watery beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2008 13:52:15 | More by currysage1
Photo of adamette


1.98/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into a 16 oz. clear glass at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio

A Creamy, thin bubbled head remained for at least 60 seconds, interesting at least.

S Mild, Barley. Not much smell really

T Creamy, acidic, then taste of lake water (echhh!) followed by a fairly pleasant after taste. All tastes (except for the mid taste of lake water) are subtle. This is not a tasty beer.

M fine

D poor. I will not seek this one out again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 03:18:15 | More by adamette
Photo of ubermick


2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered on tap (nitro) at the Mayflower Inn, San Rafael.

A: Golden yellow when the cascade was finished, with a thick creamy head. Sort of reminded me of a Guinness with bleach added! ;)

S: Not a lot - a little sweet, with a teensy bit of hops?

T: Again, not a lot. Very watery, with slight notes of the hops scented earlier, a little sweet, maybe a touch of fruit. A very blah mouthful.

MF/D: Watery, goes down rather quickly. It's easy to drink, that's for sure, but I have a hard time getting past it's flavour - what little of it there is, just isn't pleasant to me, and it really makes me feel like I'm drinking something that's literally been diluted. Oh, those silly English, they should know better, and leave the creamy beers to us Irish!!! ;)

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-08-2008 18:01:57 | More by ubermick
Photo of stewart124


2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with that cascading 'nitro can' effect. Clear and golden in color with an off-white head.

Smells grainy with slight floral notes. No hop aroma.

Taste doesn't present much. Slight background bittering of noble english hops. There is body to this beer but it seems mostly from the nitrogen. My guess is this is made from strictly pale malts.

I find this fairly easy to drink but there is an aftertaste that seems vegetal.

Truly a session beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-31-2008 02:02:07 | More by stewart124
Photo of woodychandler


3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-29-2008 15:48:04 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Pencible


3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The texture of this beer is a lot like a Guiness, but the flavor doesn't have any of the coffee flavor. It's a pretty mild beer without much bitterness at all, but the flavor that is there tastes really good. This beer is easy to drink and very enjoyable if you like the heavier drinks.

Serving type: cask

03-27-2008 22:20:24 | More by Pencible
Photo of skibumdc


4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap. Eat Bar @ Talula's in Arlington, VA
Nitro cascade is a great presentation in a regular pint glass.
Taste of cream ale, smooth with hint of bitter in finish.
Thicker mouth feel due to it tasting like a cream ale
Drinkable but not a session beer to me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-26-2008 12:21:38 | More by skibumdc
Photo of zeff80


3.35/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-24-2008 02:46:14 | More by zeff80
Photo of baos


3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From found notes in bottom of book bag.

A: I finger creamy head with a nice light amber body.

S: Very fresh smelling, clover blossom with dew atop it laddy.

T: Bit o' hops, kinda watery but good nonetheless. Very mild and mellow.

M: Not much there.

D: A refreshing beer, good with the salmon mashed potatoes that I had at Finnegan's Wake in Key West Fla. I touristy macro place but still you have a descent selection and they do have really good food. Go there if you need a descent beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-23-2008 01:58:39 | More by baos
Photo of Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a a very pretty, clear, light amber-gold with a thick, creamy, white head that has very good retention and leaves a very nice sticky lace. English Pub ale signiature tiny nitro bubbles.

S: very slight hops and honey-sweet caramel malts

T: smooth, buttery and rich - a nice honey-malt, slightly bready finish with a light touch of hoppy bitterness on the linger.

M: full bodied and creamy, the slightest touch of carbonation and a smooth, somewhat watery finish.

D: This is a great Pub ale - In my opinion, much better than tetleys. It has more flavour and provides a more pleasing drinking experience - I love the touch of honey in this one. This stuff is sooo easy to drink - I think I could have ten! Hey it's St. Patricks day after all... I will definitely buy this beer again.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2008 08:59:19 | More by Graham5161986
Photo of Spikester


4.22/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This can contains a "widget" that adds carbonation after it is opened. When poured the head is tremendous. It foams away for a good three minutes and ends up with a small creamy head. Good amount of lacings. In spite of all the active head this is a relativly flat beer carbonation wise. You must like the English beers to enjoy this brew. Nicely bitter, fair amount of hops, very drinkable, a good session ale.
Well worth the experience, a nice beer with a few suprising attributes. Recommended.
Update: 12-12-08
This beer has become one of my favorite go-to beers. I especially like the 4.7% abv which really helps the sessionability of this tasty English beer. IMO this beer is closer to an English Bitter than a pale ale. Whatever, it is a delicious pour.

Serving type: can

03-15-2008 06:16:34 | More by Spikester
Photo of Blueye80


1.63/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This can was pretty weird. When I opened it the beer began to gush out uncontrollably. I then poured it into a glass, it was a very light yellow color that had a huge head and a some what musty smell. It was very watery and extremley flat. Not a good brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-13-2008 16:14:32 | More by Blueye80
Photo of Redwood21


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

A: nitro beers always look pretty, thick creamy white head on top an amber beer

S: almost white wine like. its different, not bad, not special

T: its very watery you get a little creamy malt taste, but there is very little back bone and the beer could be better. Its very easy to session and not notice, but its not the kinda beer that will smack you in the face and make you take notice

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 04:14:46 | More by Redwood21
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, dark straw, just slight amber color with the classic nitro thick, white head. Aroma is very mild with the a watery, thin malt note. A bit of grassy, floral hop character. On the palate, a caramel, lightly toasted malt flavor comes through, very clean. It finishes with a firm, and floral bitterness, medium dry. The low carbonation from the nitro makes it very easy drinking. Overall, I could certainly see myself drinking several, but there's a strange stale hop flavor that limits over consumption.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-10-2008 21:28:15 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of stumac


1.95/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This can exploded when i opened it. Not much to say about this beer. Gold in color. nice white head though. smell has very faint hops. taste is ugly bitter. Too watery for me. All in all, i would rather hump the hell out of a yak's sweet ass and then lap up the hot sweat dripping off of its scrodum.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-10-2008 21:16:07 | More by stumac
Photo of portajon


4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

behold...Boddingtons Ale, the finest drink. our band, The Ill Mayhem, loves this beer for post session sessions. this beer is a great pub ale, you can pour it as fast and hard as you like, and the beer cascades out to a foamy half inch head which maintains for the duration. the frothy head also has a creamy or marshmellowy swseetness, if you decided to down it as well. the ill mayhem loves this beer, we endorse it, and would like to be sponsored by it. Our bass player, Rootin Tootin Rasputin has been quoted as saying " Boddingtons Pub Ale is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" from his treetop perch. The first time i bought Boddingtons, the old man at the liquor store declared "that is the SMOOTHEST beer ive EVER had." cheers bro

Serving type: nitro-can

03-10-2008 06:21:03 | More by portajon
Photo of cabsandking


3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden to copper in color, after it has settled, with a dense creamy eggshell head and sticky. Powdered coffee creamer aroma with a bit of fruit in the back, very general. The taste begins with sweet grains, slightly fruity and DMS. Mild bittering hops grow into the finish with floral notes and a slightly soapy astringent. Aftertaste is herbal, dry, straw and tea notes. Thin body, low carbonation and nearly watery mouthfeel makes it pretty easy to throw back.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-08-2008 16:09:47 | More by cabsandking
Photo of bacabuck


3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep rich brown with oatmeal creamy head.

S- Yeasty and rich

T- Bananas and toffee. Rich with the right amount of bitter finish

M- So much better than any over carbonated barley soda

D- All night long

This is a really pretty good ale that is mellow in flavor, smooth, and well balanced. I've only seen it in nitro-cans or on tap at a couple places. Worth a taste for yourself.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-08-2008 06:57:25 | More by bacabuck
Photo of TYE


3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden with a creamy white foam head that holds shape well and leaves a pretty good lace. Be ready to pour when you pop this one, it's a gusher!
S - Smells of grain and maybe a little caramel.
T - Same as smell. Not overwhelming by any means. Lighter taste.
M - So smooth it's almost a flat feeling. Light to medium body.
D - The look was great, but got steadily worse from there. Not a terrible beer, but I probably won't be drinking again anytime soon. Fun to give someone and not mention the gusher part!

Serving type: nitro-can

03-03-2008 21:39:16 | More by TYE
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