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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,189 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 97 | 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 drewbage


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

02-04-2007 06:31:59 | More by drewbage
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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 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.

01-25-2007 14:03:12 | More by Gavage
Photo of Umbra


3.78/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

01-24-2007 20:05:59 | More by Umbra
Photo of granite

New Hampshire

1.88/5  rDev -41.1%

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

01-23-2007 14:32:14 | More by granite
Photo of JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -5%

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.

01-19-2007 17:48:07 | More by JOaikido
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2.93/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a deep golden color with a nice white head. Always nice to watch the nitros settle in my opinion, although this isnt as nice as the stouts. Aroma is faint with a little fruit in there. Taste is a little malty and more of the fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little carbonation as typical of the nitro. This is an easy drinker, decent towards the end of a session. Nothing spectacular here, just an easy drinking, low flavor, pale ale.

01-16-2007 23:35:23 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of mattcrill


3.05/5  rDev -4.4%

Aroma: Light malt aroma. Pleasant sweetness reminiscent of honey or carmel. A light bready note that is present but not overstated.

Appearance: A tight and creamy white head. A cloudy straw colored pour with streams of carbonation through the body. Head retention is amazing. Clarity isn't as brilliant as expected.

Flavor: A pleasant sweetness that follows the aroma. Honey and carmel notes here and there. It is balanced by some bittering English hop notes toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and low carbonation. A drying sensation is left on the palate. No alcohol warmth or astringency noted.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable. Well balanced and dead-on for the style. Not sure if the nitro can affected the clarity or what. I'm assuming they filter this beer but the clarity was pretty dull on this one. Nothing outstanding but it's beer. I guess that's why it's an "ordinary" bitter. Lives up to it's classification.

01-07-2007 01:26:45 | More by mattcrill
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.17/5  rDev -32%

I feel like there was something about this beer that I just didn't get. I opened the can and foam came gushing out. Not to be outdone, I dumped a mix of foam and beer into my glass and let it settle a bit. Appearance was good - a golden color with very abundant head like you'd see on cask-conditioned beer.

And then my opinion began to fade a bit. This beer smelled like nothing. Taste was also very mild and (dare I say it?) boring. Mouthfeel was extremely flat, particularly given how much head this beer initially had. I feel like there's an appeal that I'm not detecting, but as it was, I thought it was pretty marginal.

01-06-2007 04:08:42 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of kimcgolf


3.08/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from the nitro can to a thick creamy color that quickly turned to a light golden, with medium white head that lingered well into the glass and left decent lacing. However, there was very little after that. Aroma was very hard to distinguiish, with hints of nutty malt, tasste was more of the same. Body was very thin, which all led to a watery palate and a ho-num aftertaste.

A very bland beer, and not nearly what I expected.

01-05-2007 04:23:02 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of EmilNoldSinclair


2.85/5  rDev -10.7%

Have had this several times: initially, when I didn't know any better, I was a bit taken by it. The color is a pale pale translucent yellow. This has a massive head (due to the nitro); it just comes pouring out. While this is pleasing to watch, I can't help but feel that using the nitro is cheating. This had a weak smell: faint hops and esters. The taste was fairly bland: creamy and buttery. Not very complex at all. The nitro again helped out with the mouthfeel; it is a pleasure to drink something with this much carbonation. However, there are better beers to go to then this.

12-30-2006 21:21:19 | More by EmilNoldSinclair
Photo of RBorsato


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Clear light gold (after the cascading nitro effect wears off) with a nice lasting creamy nitro head, light carbonation, and decent lace. Light sweet light malt aroma and flavor. Definitely leans malty for a "bitter" ... little to no hops noticeable. Medium bodied and smooth from the nitro ...

An easy drinking simple ale; unfortunately with little character though.

'L6 293' lasered on the bottom
Tasted: 12/25/06

(16 oz. tall nitro/widget can)

12-28-2006 20:09:00 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Daytripper42


4/5  rDev +25.4%

One of my all-time favorite beers.

This beer is a dark golden color and leaves a perfect head when poured into a glass. Has a fruity aroma that lingers in the taste.

Mouthfeel, in my opinion, is exceptional. It has that creamy feel to it that helps it go down better. The flavor is of honey and light fruit. It's very hard to find a flavorful, thick beer around here and this is definitely that. I don't understand why the rating on this site isn't a little bit higher.

12-28-2006 03:28:32 | More by Daytripper42
Photo of mmmbeer


2.73/5  rDev -14.4%

Pint-sized nitro-can, served in a nonic. After pouring, it cascades for awhile and settles to an unfiltered, almost lifeless, light amber that is topped with a thick inch of dense, cream head that leaves heavy sheets of lacing and retains a half-inch throughout. The aroma is light, sweet and doughy, with hints of caramel/bubblegum and maybe some fruits (pear?) .The flavor adds to this only hints of leafy/green hops and the beer is light in body, carbonation, and finish, but it is fairly smooth. Seem to remember it being a little better than this - definitely not seeking it out again.

12-21-2006 07:50:29 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%

I generally will not buy beer in a can because of that tinny taste that it lends the beer. This one is quite bitter and void of malty sweetness so perhaps that masks that quality. One thing I like about this beer is the nitrous which makes it truly creamy. It's not the most amazing beer I've ever had but it's very pleasant. It's comforting like a mashed potatoes.

12-21-2006 01:31:00 | More by shamus
Photo of akorsak


3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The ale is a clear, yellow color, with a finger's worth of head.

S: The aroma is primarily the a creamy lactose-like aroma that comes from the head. There are a bit of malts, but not a lot.

T: The ale is an inoffensive brew. providing a bit of malty nuttiness and some earthy hops. Neither come in significant quanitities and neither over- nor underwhelm the tastebuds.

M: The creaminess of the head makes for a decent first impression but there isn't a lot of depth after that.

D: I'd have a few as the lower abv and the decent taste make it a good one to have when you are having a few.

12-17-2006 22:33:09 | More by akorsak
Photo of Jordan1985rec


3.85/5  rDev +20.7%

Sight: Amber tint towards yellow, good initial head, little retention.

Smell: A little Metallic and definitely nitro heavy (from the can)

Taste: Buttery and smooth, so bitterness to speak of (style)

Mouthfeel: Heavy cream at the head, smooth body and goes down easy

Very lovely pub ale, better on tap than in the nitro-can, comparable to Tetley's or similar "cream ales"

12-17-2006 01:16:36 | More by Jordan1985rec
Photo of zuggy9


4.03/5  rDev +26.3%

Excellent readily available pale ale. Pop the top and pour quickly for a good head, with an full-bodied hearty taste. Pours clear and a deep dark amber with a pleasant crisp smell. Very easy to drink several of these, with the 4.7% ABV, and it's a pleasant everyday ale, great with a meal.

12-15-2006 23:28:38 | More by zuggy9
Photo of Dizzy


3.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a golden color with creamy off white head that it retains very well. Aroma is malty and grainy. Some fruitiness is there. Malty flavor with noticeable but not prominant hop bitterness in the finish. Medium light mouthfeel. This beer is clearly well made, but its not very interesting.

12-08-2006 01:00:55 | More by Dizzy
Photo of supercolter


3.6/5  rDev +12.9%

Definately a different pale ale. i've heard it called White Guiness.
Appearance is impressive, the creaminess takes a while to seperate from the beer and when it does it sits nice and frothy on top.
Smell is not very detectable, I could smell some malt and some vanilla, but it smelled cheap like BMC corn malt, and couldn't find anything in the hops realm.
Taste is decent, there is a stark contrast in a sip with head or without. I like the flavor better without, still some vanilla but not too much.
Mouthfeel is quite creamy but somewhat light.
Drinkability is decent.

11-30-2006 18:52:03 | More by supercolter
Photo of MP72


3.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Appearance: poured a very creamy thick gold.

Smell : very mild a little breadiness and some grassiness.

Taste: Tasted of a very creamy vanilla and a mild hops flavor with some hints of fruit esters but very mild.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy but smooth.

Drinkability: I thought this was highly sessionable and drinkable beer. An honest working class british brew. I will buy it again!

11-28-2006 16:56:51 | More by MP72
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3.38/5  rDev +6%

Pours a creamy, yellow white color before the nitrogen head separates. After that, it's got that thick, tenacious nitro head (bone white) atop a very clear, light orange amber body. The nose features some banana notes, cooked grains, and mild caramel malts. On the palate, there's a touch of carbonation first off, then mild, slightly sour pale malts and a dry, biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and light, but not, to my mind, in a bad way -- it just makes this beer very drinkable. Overall, this beer is not nearly as good out of the can as it is on draft, but it's still a decent session beer.

11-23-2006 03:33:07 | More by geexploitation
Photo of tempest


2.85/5  rDev -10.7%

On-tap at Kelly Coles in Syracuse

It was happy hour and I figured this would be a better way to try this beer than buying a 4 pack. Golden color with a nice white head and retention. Almost no smell, and what there was just reminded me of stale bread. Taste was very light with a hint of earthy hops. Couldn't make out any grain, but at least it was inoffensive and washed down my food.

11-11-2006 02:04:08 | More by tempest
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%

Had this on nitro tap at Pleasure Island in Florida, in one of the few "Irish pub" style bars on the strip. The beer pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a big foamy white head. Think of it as a pale Guinness in terms of looks. Very nice looking. The aroma is faint, some mild hoppiness. Perhaps faint hints of fruit.

The taste is not overwhelming either. It is more bitter than anything, with a pretty strong aftertaste. There is a malt balance, but it's muted. It's not offensive, but it's not anything special either. Pretty average. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but the body is a bit thin. Overall this beer is nicer to look at than to drink. I don't know how many I would have of these, but I'm glad I tried it. It's worth at least that.

11-09-2006 15:15:38 | More by BBM
Photo of Alexmc2

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%

Beer pours cloudy thanks to the nitro. Its a very light gold/yellow and a head which sticks around (again thanks to the nitro). Smell is slightly sweet. The mouthfeel is very creamy and light. I would compare this to a vanilla Guinness. Smooth and easy to drink, this is one British beer I'll be returning to.

11-06-2006 00:52:39 | More by Alexmc2
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New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -11.3%

A - Pours as a cloudy mesh that takes forever to rise to the surface form,ing a nearly perfect one finger whipped cream like head atop this pale copper brew. Decent lacing coats the glass. Must be the nitro . . .

S - A clean, faintly floral, lager yeast aroma - smells a bit like the champagne of beers to me. A bit of pine and a touch of light bodied malt. This whole odor is pretty mild.

T - A very, very, very mild beer. There is a touch of light bodied malt. Honestly this has almost no flavor. Often times I will fill my glass with water after finishing my beers. The strength of flavor here is on par with the glass of water that at one point had a drop or two of beer in the glass. There is an extremely faint floral bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Very smooth, flat, thin, only a little refreshing.

D -This is pretty much as quaffable as a beer can be, unfortunately, it isn't a bit more refreshing and it has virtually no flavor. It is easy for something to be drinkable with no flavor.

11-01-2006 01:53:37 | More by mrasskicktastic
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