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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 1,040
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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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4.15/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After watching the ferocious air bubbles from the nitro can subside, I observed a rich golden color that is not quite copper, but looked similar to some lagers I have seen. The head is creamy and tan. The smell is a hardly noticible sweet English-type scent. Though the flavor is quite watered down, I really liked it and it tastes like pure malt. Very mild, sweet, and flat. This beer is very easy to drink and I could probably chug these all night. It would be best to balance this one out with something more bitter because it really does drink like water.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-14-2007 02:33:05 | More by TravelingBeerMug
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stoney's. It pours the glorious straw gold with a majestic, fluffy nitro head that is its calling card. This is a pretty beer. Yes, it relies on nitro even more heavily than Guinness does, but I'm ok with that.

Not much going on in the smell department. Faint notes of honey.

Fairly simple and straightforward taste: namely honey.

Gorgeous mouthfeel. Thanks to the nitro, this beer is silky, and creamy.

This is high-class session beer. The only thing that would limit drinkability is that honestly, I might start to want something with a little more chutzpah as the night progresses. But that's just me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-12-2007 15:18:26 | More by Boppar
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3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful creamy head and copper color. Poured into a nonic.

I get some hay and grain in the nose and thats about it.

Tastes alright. No sweetness. Flavors include grass, metal, and fruity esters. Bitter/tannin aftertaste kind of odd.

Mouthfeel is watery. Can drink a lot of these in a sitting, though I would prefer something with flavor. If you really have the craving for a nitrogenated bitter/pale ale go for Old Speckled Hen.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-11-2007 04:05:26 | More by bosco7
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3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer for the 1st time on tap and find myself purchasing a 4 pack every now and then. It has a very weak aroma but it surprisingly sweet, it's one of the sweetest beers I've ever tasted. The head filters smoothly and quickly and disappears rather rapidly. Despite the sweetness, this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. It goes well with spicy foods (like a nice set of boneless wings). I have yet to homebrew this for various reasons but highly recommend it. Most women love this beer, I think because of it's sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2007 02:31:53 | More by gotweid
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3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had never had this beer before and saw it on tap at a bar a few days ago. This beer is a pale medium clear golden color with a white head that was maybe 1/2 an inch thick when being drawn from the tap. It was all but gone 2-3 minutes after being drawn, leaving little lacing. Somewhat weak aromas of malt and hops were present with maybe a hint of lemon or citrus. I found the taste to be sort of bland, with flavors of malts and hops again with a touch of lemon. Not very complex and again just not enough flavor all around. Has a light to medium body, crisp and smooth mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation. Maybe the beer was flat? I don't know. I was certainly not impressed. I'd be willing to give this beer another try sometime. Easy to drink.


Serving type: nitro-tap

05-06-2007 19:51:26 | More by neenerzig
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3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be quite honest I really like this beer. It's a very creamy, sweet beer. It does appear to be thick when served, but it still went down quite smoothly. It's a nice yellow/white head looker, but nothing to admire.

I'd call it the dessert beer, because it was the sweetest beer I've ever tried. I didn't find a hint of bitterness with this beer. IMO, it's like no other Ale I tried, not to say it's the best Ale, but in my experience it's the most original so far.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-20-2007 06:46:37 | More by BladeRunner
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New York

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

I aquired Boddingtons Pub Ale as part of a pint/nitro can - European Sampler Mix Pack

Amber color with a nitro induced head, hazy at first, cleared up as the nitro wore off

Smells like a malt liquor, sweet

Tastes very similar to an Olde English 800, or is it just me?

A little too much malty sweetness for me

Despite the over-powering malt sweetness, I think I could do a few of these over the course of an evening

Serving type: nitro-can

04-12-2007 02:25:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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New York

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

Gushed out of that gimmicky nitro-can thingy and into a glass -- as well as all over the table. Pale hazy orange with that fine-grained and giant head that you always get from the hiss-pop nitro thingy. Clean crisp hop smell, more hoppy than usual for a British beer. Taste is creamy and light on the tongue -- almost feels like it's floating over your tongue. Then you taste the hops -- again, unusual for a British beer. This one has a bit of that "I'm tasting the leaves" hoppyness that I usually associate with an American micro. Taste is light and unremarkable really, but not bad.

All in all, this it the best hiss-pop nitro-thingy beer I've tasted so far.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-05-2007 22:40:17 | More by alexskovan
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New Jersey

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

This beer was very interesting. Looked like it was going to be very thick at first. It poured an opaque, golden color with a thick white head. After the few minutes, the body became clearer as the beer began to settle. Once the body of the beer settles, the head has good retention and the body becomes a nice, dark amber color. The smell was farily malty although not overbearing. The taste was nice and smooth going down with malts very prevalent. Almost as abrasively malty as a malt liquor beer, but not as pungent or acidic. A nice, thikc mouthfeel that was reminiscent of a Guinness (not the one straight from the tap in Dublin). Nice, smooth, easy drinking. Type of a beer you can drink all night and not even worry about it. Despite the thickness and malty characteristics, not too filling.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2007 04:46:56 | More by maddogruss
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4.22/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my bmc killer; when I want a smooth, cold, somewhat watery beer that I can chug mercilessly, this is it right here. I know that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but to me there are different beers that serve different roles, and this beer fills its role with aplomb. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-02-2007 16:17:56 | More by sopclod
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4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love opening & pouring these nitro-cans... big psssht, and the impatient pleasure of watching the head settle...
I used to love this beer, long before I knew my Saaz from my Fuggles... so what's it like now ?
Pours a nice flat, white heavy nitro head, which persists throughout.... colour is a clear amber.
Initial aromas of banana bread, opening up to caramel malts
Fruity flavours of pear... almost, almost like Coopers' Ales without the PoR metallic-ness... Nutty hint, ever-so-slight sweet note...
No carbonation, which helps demonstrate a good mouthfeel... nice body, with a decent bitterness
Very much a session pint...and a good drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-25-2007 03:50:36 | More by vancurly
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South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad ale, it just isn't that great. I prefer Abbot Ale to this hands down. It still beats the macro crap out in restaurants or local bars.

A - Nothing to write home about, although I do like the color scheme on the can.

S - Not bad

T - Is better than average, but not the best English ale I've had.

M - Decent. Not too heavy or sticky

D - I could easily drink this.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-23-2007 15:11:20 | More by bigpatvoodoodad
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4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried this in a nitro-can. I still don't have the Guinness "perfect pour" down, but these Boddingtons cans makes it a cinch. Pours completely head, settles over the course of 2-3 minutes to a 1/4 inch, very creamy, very sturdy head. Almost pure white in color. The beer itself is a golden, coppery color. Mostly clear, just the slightest hint of opacity. Smell is malty, hoppy, smells very much like an ale. Taste is very similar to the scent, though the unbelievably creamy mouthfeel tricks the mind into sensing more maltiness than is probably there. The mouthfeel is amazing, rich like cream, and amazingly thick for an ale. The drinkability is good. I'm personally not a huge fan of ales in general, so it's not quite my favorite, but the mouthfeel really brings it together quite a bit. I'm sure for an ale lover this would be a must-have.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-23-2007 02:34:03 | More by StargherKing
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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, slightly copper color with a thick, soapy white head, and the classic nitro cascading bubbles. lots of little bubbles clinging to the glass. Nice head retention. Relatively fresh smelling. Smells a bit of yeast and malt. Not alot of hop presence. Nice maltiness to the taste i wish it had more hops to balance it out. Very creamy mouthfeel. An interesting beer for me to try, but i wish it had more flavor.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-21-2007 06:04:42 | More by BigJTrucker
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3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't ever tried this beer, but we were at a high-priced restaurant for dinner, and this seemed like the best offering from their beer list. It is rather pretty, a nice gold color with a very thick white head. Mostly nondescript thereafter. A mild grain aroma. Somewhat sweet taste with a little bit of hops. But it was refreshing, and I would imagine it to be sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-11-2007 20:24:20 | More by lordofthewiens
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this is actually the first time i've ever tried this beer i think. i am really suprised. the beer practically bursts out of the can upon opening and when poured produces a super creamy white head. tiny bubbles float to the top giving it nice eye appeal. the smell has something to be desired. a cross between beer and cat urine. definitly not a great smell but 100 times better than some american macros i've tried. the taste is very creamy. very smooth. i can definitly feel the pub style thing going on. if you close your eyes you're almost there. very mellow flavors. very sessionable. i definitly dig the nitro version of this more than the guinness nitro, if the two can be compared.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-28-2007 16:52:32 | More by scarletfire79
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3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this stuff. It was what I expected it to be for a Pub-style Ale. I drank it from the can, so I can't say much about appearance. The head was very creamy though. It smells a little bitter, but in a good way. I could definitely buy a 4-pack and enjoy them through the night. When drinking it, it makes you feel like you're in an English Pub. It's a smooth, very drinkable pale ale and has just the right bitterness. Authentic and enjoyable. Pick it up.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-17-2007 22:33:39 | More by Gatch
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3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had always seen this beer in countless liquor stores and always thought about picking one up, but never did until tonight. I just bought one and it came in the nitro can with the widget inside. I poured the can into a clear, clean beer glass.

A- From the pour, it produces a very light creamy head. The beer itself is very golden in color, and visually pleasing.

S- There was very little smell at all to be had or desired.

T- A very light, smooth taste.Somewhat sweet but no distinct flavoring.

M- Very smooth and creamy

D- Certainly could be worse, but for someone looking for a lot of varying aromas or flavors it doesn't have a whole lot to offer, yet nonetheless, I certainly found it drinkable and would have no problem drinking another.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-15-2007 02:21:04 | More by justincolts
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2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks much better than it tastes or smells. It produces a rich creamy looking head from the nitro wigit, and the body is golden with a slight amount of haze. This Pub Ale smells very metallic, and that's pretty much it. It seems to have a slight ginger taste. Something I find unique. Lastly, for an ale this tastes a bit "lagery."

Serving type: nitro-can

02-08-2007 20:24:42 | More by TheSarge
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Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried a 500 ml can at a local pub...had to put up with the "what the hell is that" from the locals...worth the $4.50 right there.

Nice copper amber coler with a whiter-than-white cream head that stayed 1 finger thick the entire time.

No real smell...but then skunk would have a hard time penetrating that thick head.

a very smooth ale with just a hint of roasted malt and a slightly bitter hop finish.

Very smooth and easy to drink...will order this one again and not just to amuse the local 'bar flys'.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-07-2007 03:01:55 | More by Shadman
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3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh from the classic pub can into a nice tulip pint glass.

Aroma is a fruity. Apples, bananas, low subtle, grassy hop characters rising out of a tight thick white head. At least one nice side effect of the nitro can.

Beer is bright clean copper with almost no flaws to it.

Flavor is sweet caramel biscuits wflowing out of a light body. A slightly metallic and mineral enchanced bitterness that strikes and dries out the middle of the tongue.

Overall an eh beer cause there's not much there, there. Realiable and dependably boring.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-04-2007 06:31:59 | More by drewbage
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 it’s called – pub ale - means a nice session beer to have while talking it up at the pub. Just wish there was some aroma here.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-25-2007 14:03:12 | More by Gavage
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3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out with an absolutely enormous creamy bright white head. The head looks like a meal all unto itself. This creamy spectacle sits upon a light orange/yellow slightly hazy beer. I love watching this beer "settle down". The lacing is extraordinary, especially around the portion of the pint where you sip. At the end it seems all the lacing from the sides of the glass slip down to the bottom and leave you with a dollop of cream.

Virtually no aroma here. Slight maltiness. No hop scent. The taste is smooth and creamy, with a crispness at the end not really a hop character to me, but a definite finish to the taste is present. As much as I love the nitro can widget, I have to say that on tap there is absolutely no off-flavor present that the widget can sometimes provide.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-24-2007 20:05:59 | More by Umbra
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New Hampshire

1.88/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nitro-can into a pint glass

A--- Poured a pale straw with a typical nitro head.

S--- Acetaldehyde and solvent-like aromas.

T--- Metallic tasting with mild bitterness. A little malt emerged after it warmed up a little.

M--- Thin to medium bodied. It would be watery if it was not for the beer gas.

D--- To much cane sugar in the grist most likely caused the cider aroma and thinned out the body. The metallic taste could only come from the can so I'm not sure if the aluminum was exposed or just a poorly crafted can. Honestly, it was just awful

Serving type: nitro-can

01-23-2007 14:32:14 | More by granite
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Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

440 ml nitro can.

A- Little bubbles that stick to the glass inside the beer. Small head of little nitro bubbles, very white. Colour is an OK looking amber with orange highlights.

S- Light malt with fruity berry notes. Typical pale ale but weak and with little hops. Melon or green grape odour becomes prominent as the beer warms.

T- Quite watery. Light malt and fruit (like the smell). Burst of bitter hops towards the finish.

MF- Watery. The nitro-can feel doesn't help out this beer at all. This would probably be better carbonated.

D- Bland mouthfeel detracts. The mild flavour and light feel make it easy enough to down. Would quench your thirst on a hot day. An OK beer, but not one I intend to ever buy again.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-19-2007 17:48:07 | More by JOaikido
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