Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,381
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 25
Gots: 160 | 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 nick76
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is malty and yeast with a bit of plastic and grass. The appearance is light amber with a creamy head but not a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is average for the style. Overall this one is not as good the second time as the first. I feel like it's got adjuncts in it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint nitro can served at 50 degrees in my Sam Smith tulip. Poured a translucent brownish-reddish copper with a creamy, two inch bright white head with excellent retention. Not much happening in the nose - cereal grains with perhaps a touch of sweetness. Taste is somewhat bland and watery and comes off a little bit skunky with a hint of bitterness coming out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a creamy texture and a somewhat flat character. Easy drinking session beer, but there are much better session beers out there. Any port in a storm though.

Photo of oberscrc
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Being a nitro-can pours a great head, a finger and a half, that lasts the entire time...golden orange color

S: muted cereal grains, unfortuately reminds me of the big two american beers (bud and miller)...the downfall of nitro

T: sweet front end with a lingering bitterness...sometimes a bit of a metallic aftertaste but not always not sure of the reason...not complex but for me enjoyable

M: like most nitro cans you get a bit of head with each drink...for me this is enjoyable

D: good beer to watch with a sports game...don't have to think about what you are tasting...straight-forward everyday beer

Photo of smerkinb
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour is a little uncontrollable and the whole pint glass is filled with raging bubbles that finally settle in a 2 finger head that is the creamiest looking I've ever seen. It's so smooth it almost looks lie cream cheese. Body is a nice dark color and it's pretty clear.

The nose is sticky sweet malts and it even smells creamy.

Very light sweet malts which give quick impression of sugar and lemon and maybe a touch of honey. This is one of the simplest beers I've ever had. A bit of cream plays along, but there;s not even a hint of hops. Sweet creamy and very clean.

Mouthy is hinting at creamy but manages only to present a watery thinness.

There's really not much flavor, and yet there is a measure of "drinkability". I don't mind it--it's good even, but it's pretty unimpressive. I wish it had a bit more to offer. I do think for a nice hot day it might be a real nice departure from the usual crisp and hoppy beers. Goodish-not great.

Photo of biglite351
1.98/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - clear golden with an amazing stout lasting foam.

S - smelt Luke cheap domestic.

T - super lite. Almost watery. The bar maid was wrong on this one. She must like very lite brews.

M - almost unnoticed. Bland.

D - like glasses of water, why bother? This is easily drinkable, but not worth paying for.

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

Well, another nitro-can that contains a mediocre swill.

Appearance - a nice dark gold, with a creamy head that's to be expected from the widget action.

Aroma - almost none, just an average malty sweetness.

Taste - ugh...watery. The malt would have been nice if there were a bit more of it. The hop bitterness overpowers the weakness of the malt to make for a less-than-satisfying drinking experience.

Mouthfeel - pretty uncarbonated, I guess I just don't like flat beer. :

Drinkability - I guess it's OK, if you're willing to put up with blandness all night.

Photo of herman77
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold almost orange-ish. Creamy off white/egg shell head. Decent amount of lacing. Cascading effect from the nitro, never gets old seeing that.

S: Nothing really here. Faint smell of grass/floral hop. Malt.

T: Pretty bland. Some bready malt that is balanced with a slight hop bitter/twangy finish.

M: Smooth, creamy from the nitro. Medium to light body, hardly any carbonation again from the nitro.

D: Pretty good from the lack of carbonation, low abv. Easy drinking.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nitro-can into imperial pint glass.

A: dark gold with 2-finger creamy white head. Got the cascading effect when poured from the nitro-can, but no bubbles after it settled.

S: Smells like nitro, mostly. Same smell I get when I have a Guinness or Murphy's on nitro, whether from a can or a tap. Other than that, faint pale ale smells - malt, some floral notes, but mostly nitro. Once it warms up a bit the nitro smell goes away and it smells more like a pale ale, though the aroma is never particularly strong.

T: I can taste the nitro as well as smell it, but it's not as present in the taste. Malt is slightly sweet, faint floral notes in the finish. Not especially bitter; well balanced in that respect.

M: No carbonation, which, I suppose is the intent of the nitro, but I wouldn't exactly say it's as-advertised smooth and creamy either. Similar enough, I guess, to a cask ale, but there really is no substitute for the real thing. Somewhat disappointing in that respect, though not a surprise.

D: Quite drinkable because of the balance and the lack of carbonation. It is smooth, if not creamy, and definitely suited to a long session. Just not something I would necessarily choose unless it was the least of many evils.

Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear autumn orange with a pillowy white head. Cream soda like in the aroma, maybe a lightly hopped cream soda. Really mellow flavor, a little bland but the hops do come in late and offer a shot of bitterness if you're looking. Typical mouthfeel for a nitro-can. Chuggable though not really desirable.

Photo of shutupdoodah
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Somewhere between a golden hue to a copper color. White head reduces to less than a finger within a minute or two. Fine bubbles edge the glass, with a few making their way through the brew.

S - Not much on the nose. A bit grassy.

T - Not too much there, similar to the taste. A bit bitter, with a touch of citrus or banana in there. Finishes with something biscuity.

M - Thin, minimal carbonation.

D - I could have a few of these in the sense that there's nothing to write home about. Easy enough to get down.

Photo of kilks
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden a colour with a decent cream head. smells of nothing in particular,smells very weak to be honest and unfortunately thats how it tastes too. way too watery for my liking. but its not all bad it is very easy to drink lots of it. i would class this as a beginners ale. so if you have started drinking ale and want to build your way up start with this ale. overall it's a mediocre ale that i would recommend to people who dont like very strong tasting and smelling beers.

Photo of MNJR
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours foamy like a Guinness, and comes in the same "nitro" can. After the foam settles, there's not much carbonation left. The first sip is kind of a disappointment, and it doesn't improve too much as the glass empties. "Bitter" is definitely here, but it's really a bit tart or sour. The foamy/flat, thick/creamy quality stays on your mind while you're downing this one. If you like that, great, but it didn't score any major points with me. Overall an average tasting English "bitter" beer with a mediocre flavor.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz nitro can into Philadelphia Flyers/Bud Light pint glass. I've never had this before.

A loud blow from the nitro can, Pub Ale pours semi thick looking with a orange amber glaze. After the cascade action a nice ivory/white head stood above the liquid leaving window covering lace. Small clear bubbles sticking to the glass within the beer, quite odd.

The nose ain't the nicest. Besides the pale malt and faint caramel, there is this musty odor that reminds me of, well how do I put this lightly, old people. Other than that there is a small nuttiness.

The taste fares better with a nice blast of English malts including pale and a mix of caramel and a miniscule amount of dark fruit. There is some nuts and a small amount of butter, but nothing extreme.

Feel is good coming from the nitro can, I'll have to try this on tap one day and see any differences. Smooth and creamy with a medium build and light/subtle carb. While I liked this, I won't be going out of my way for it, I'll hit it up at my local pub/dive. good beer.

Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber beer with an off-white compact foam that leaves nothing on the glass.

A rather faint smell of oatmeal biscuits and a hint of oranges.

The taste is well-balanced, mostly dominated by acid (lemon) and bitterness (bergamott), some cookie sweetness as well.

The fluid is smooth and creamy, the bitterness leaving a good dry feeling at the end.

In all a really good english pale ale.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/28/2020- from notes.

Havent had one of these in years. I remember it being pretty decent but I see by some of the reviews that its not brewed the same any more so we shall see.

Pint nitro can poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours out as a roiling white froth that starts to settle into a pale gold. Similar cascade to a Guinness but calms much quicker. Topped off by the soapiest, two finger white head I've seen. Very good retention, some lacing.

S- Pretty faint. Kind of like a sweet, metallic biscuit.

T- Pretty similar to the nose with a little banana note in there as well.

M- Medium bodied but only because of the creaminess. Super smooth.

D- I could see having a few of these if there wasnt any better choices. Not as good as I remember though. Probably wont pick this one up again.

Photo of Edella
4.38/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I know, I know. Bought out by the big guys, no longer brewed in Manchester and watery. But humor me if you will:

The ale pours in a lovely golden nitro-fied cascade like so many other nitro-cans with a mouthfeel people seem to like or hate.

The smell is of light malty banana bread with wisps of nutmeg (no one else I know smells nutmeg, though). The taste is oh so very mild and un-challenging that some may find it boring. I find it comforting and lovely, like a slightly slow old friend who lacks depth, yet is agreeable with good aesthetics. The drinkability is off the charts...certainly no challenge whatsoever. I love this beer.

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 randyw41
1.73/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Paid out way too much for this stuff. Bland, almost flat tasting. Came in a four pack, was charged Bud Beer case prices. Would not purchase again, even if on sale.

Pale in appearance.
Not much carbonation too speak of.
Very flat tasting, not pleasant on the palate.

Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I personally love the look of this beer, both can and poured.

mine was a little shaken up from a car ride. so the head took a minute to settle.

but it eventually reached a frothy brownish color on top of an amber beauty of a beer.

smell, wasn't very exciting, a lil toasty hops, mostly just clean.

taste isn't very exciting either, but still tasty, smooth and of course creamy. After a sip, I taste notes of bitterness to offset the plain smoothness.

mouthfeel is of course amazing, clean, full, and goes down easily.

drinkability is great as well. I love to have a few of these after dinner to cap off a meal. Nothing to heavy and very complementary due to its non-obective flavor.

Photo of elgiacomo
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nov 13, 2009
Nitro can. Pours amber with a one-finger white head that lasts the duration. Having a hard time thinking of what to say about this one. A very average beer...sweet with a little bitterness on the finish. Fairly refreshing, but I wouldn't pay too much for it (this can was a freebie).

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

Pint-sized Draughtflow can.

A: Pours with the expected frothy, creamy, white head with loads of cascading bubbles. The head is retained indefinitely and coats the sides of the glass. The color is a clear copper with lots of carbonation.

S: Mostly grain, with a small hint of floral character there. Not much going on here.

T: Pretty much all grain/bread. Finishes with a metallic flavor, with the slightest hints of nut and caramel.

M: At first the frothy foam gives this beer a smooth, creamy texture. However, this quickly turns into a thin, watery feel going down.

D: It goes down fairly easy, but there's not much to really like about this one.

Photo of mrcarterxxl
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

boddington's Pub ale

P= pours like a guinness into a tulip

A= has a super thick milky head that is opaque .

S= smells sweet like honey or pound cake.

T= wartery and lacked flavor

super disappointed might as well had a domestic beer nothing special at all will pass next time

cheers... i guess.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

People pay that much for this stuff? Pours nowhere near as impressive as Guinness, a poopy brown looking early homebrew type of beer. Smell, notes of harsh tea and toffee. Taste, more of the same, thin, anti hop beer.

Leaves nothing for mouthfeel, but is drinkable in an unintentional way, as a good tea substitute if you let it warm up a bit.

Photo of drabmuh
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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