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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,306 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,306
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 136 | 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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Photo of Clockwork420
4.58/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into glass stein.

Darker brown ale color. Beautiful show it put on.
Spectacular head. Creamy 2 inches. Stuck around for as long as it took me to drink it.

Smell was okay but cleaner smelling than others. Earthy.

Taste was the best part. First drink was like drinkin the tears of a lifelong enemy. It was amazing. Smooth and creamy, had a slight bite, Perfect in my ale book so far.

Same with mouthfell. Exceptional.

Drinkablilty. You know. Easy to drink by far. Almost dangerously easy to drink.

I will buy this many times im sure of it.
Great buy $6.29 for a four.

Must try.

Clockwork420, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of nafnikufesin
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful cascading looks with a tightly packed head, golden color. Slight sweetness in the smell. Smooth creamy texture, with hints of sweetness at the front of the mouth that blend nicely with a mild hops in the aftertaste. One of my favorite beers, I could drink this one all night.

nafnikufesin, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of jar2574
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from one of their special cans. Nice creamy head. Light golden color. Very light, can see through this beer quite easily. Lowish level of carbonation.

Smells ok. Grassy, a little skunky. Not sold on the taste. Slightly bitter. I'd say it actually leans towards malts rather than hops, which isn't what I was expecting. Not awful, but nothing I'm gonna enjoy. The nice thick creamy head keeps this from being a disastrous choice. The beer itself is quite watery and light. Probably an ok session beer.

jar2574, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Grinder's

Served in a standered tumbler pint glass. When set on the table, the head starts at the bottom of the glass and slowly drifts up to the top settling as an inch thick creamy cap. That's just cool to see. The color left behind is a darker straw yellow.
Smell is biscuity and a little sweet.
Mouthfeel is all about the creaminess. If this wasn't from England, I would call it a cream ale. I had this with a plate of hot wings, and it was pefect to tame the heat.

bort11, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.43/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i heard the boddingtons brewery has closed, or will soon be closing, and that there's only specualtion of another brewery taking on the task of crafting this wonderful ale. with that being said, i've been drinking my fill in case it becomes unavailable one day.

A- the nitro can pops and you have to hurry up and pour before it overflows. it went into my pint glass like milk and immediately bagan cascading from opaque to transparent in typical nitro fashion much like a light colored guinness only way faster leaving 1 1/2in of creamy ivory head that just doesn't go away, creating a constant hard line between the foam and the clear tangerine-golden ale. it took me 10 minutes to drink this beer and the last gulp was all foam.

S- fresh baked banana bread with malt or biscuit in the background and a very slight copper/nickel aroma.

T- bitter banana peel, mild honey, faint sweet citrus, yeasty bread and plain pizza dough with a fresh bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

MF- smooth and creamy, ALMOST full bodied with very light carbonation.

D- the complex yet mild taste and delicate carbonation makes it hard to resist chuggin the entire thing down. i can, and have drank the whole 4 pint can pack in one sitting. thumbs up to boddingtons. i hope they stick around for another couple hundred years.

hustlesworth, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fairly plain jane brew that happens to come from England.

Pours a medium amber with a decent bit of head on top. The nose is slightly malted, really not a whole lot going on there.

The flavour is similarly decent but unremarkable, some malts, a hint of sweet caramel somewhere back there, but nothing that stands out.

The mouth is fuller than average for the style, so decent marks there. Drinkability is dead-on average, nothing special.

Overall, a somewhat generic beer. I know that pales generally are more straight-forward in their profile, but I would like to have something try to take centre stage, and it didn't feel like that was happening here.

CortexBomb, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a shiny orange hue that's completely transparent. The nitro-can causes slow settling, which eventually results in one finger of dense head forming on top. The head dissipates incredibly slow, painstakingly even, as it remains nearly static.

S: A hint of caramel amidst a malty and lightly hopped bouquet. Smells of relaxed English hops, but also much like a Fosters or similar mass-produced beer. Perhaps partially from the nitro?

T: A weak malt flavor crosses the lips and leads into a very flat taste; not flat in the sense of carbonation, but more in the sense of the flavor not going much of anywhere. A smattering of hops adds a slight bitterness that's enjoyable, but the good aspects are washed away in a torrent of watery bubbles.

M: Herein lies the problem. The nitro-can adds a deceiving body to this beer, one that would taste a lot better were it not having the bad taste of the artificial carbonation. Seems like nitro-can beers continually have this problem; half is too watery, while the other half is too carbonated with that strange aftertaste. Unfortunate.

D: Its mildness makes for easy sipping, but it just doesn't have the characteristics I look for in a beer worth trying again. Oddly enough, the cream of Manchester was one of the earliest beers that brought me into the specialty import/craft beer fold. Now, it doesn't seem to stack up against other similar beers, or even the way I used to remember it.

CharlieMopps, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of jarmby1711
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Settled to a 1.5 finger cremy head atop an orangeish beer that strangely had many ine bubbles adhering to the pint glass into which it had been poured .
A bit of insipid molasses to the bouquet.Not offensive but not enticing either.
If anything can taste like caramel without most of its sweetness then this is it.
It starts witha yeasty tartness and then kaboom , the caramels hit the palate.
Like the small it isnt unpleasant it is just boring .
The mouthfeel is balanced and the best part of the beer
1 pint of this at a time is enough for me.

jarmby1711, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can, poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow/amber, with thick white head.

S: Smell of sweet malts and English Fuggle/Goldings hops.

T: English maltiness and slight hop character, but a metallic twist that was off-putting.

M: Thin, too watery, smooth, but not too creamy.

D: Average in the can, but much better on draft.

Halcyondays, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of canadianbarman
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--Came in the nitro can in a St. Pat's day promo pack that included 2 Boddingtons, 2 Guiness, 2 Kilkenny and 2 Harp.
--Poured a nice copper in color with some awesome cascading (thanks to the nitro can). A great white thick head that lasted throughout.
--slight citrus smell, nothing outstanding.

This beer has sentimental value for me as it reminds me of my time living in England. It is not the best beer out there but still one that I would have no worries about ordering in a pub or even a can. Thx

canadianbarman, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 440ml nitro can into a pint glass.

A - pours a nice amber color with a thick white head, watching it settle after you pour it is probaly the coolest thing about this beer.

S - smells kind of sweet, its hard to tell, the aroma is not very strong.

T - the flavor is sweet, not much else there.

M - this beer goes down smooth and creamy just like the can says.

D - this beer wasnt terrible, but its not bitter enough for me.

jayfarley3, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass to produce a 3/4" creamy head with the nitro effect cascading bubbles. The liquid was a nice amber clear.

The aroma was floral and yet had a metallic twang.

The taste was not so good. Bitter, but not in a good way... I like a hoppy bitterness, but this was bitter... kind of like eating banana peels.

Mouthfeel: thin with very little carbonation. I don't like the nitro can effect.

Drinkability: If I must.... but I hope I can get some others to help me finish this f pack of cans....

TheBierBand, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of ChrisCage
4.53/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Smooth pouring, with a thick,creamy white head that keeps its
retention decently for short period and then dissapears for the most
part after about 10 mins. Dark golden in colour and very
clear.Visually appealling with all those bubbles rising to the top of the

S- Very mild with a hint of sweetness and minimal hops in the
aroma....definately not an overpowering stench

T- Very mild much like the smell with a bit of a honey flavor followed by
a small hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Definately easy on the
palate overall

M- I liked the feel of this....not real heavy but more of a light
cream texture. It glides down the back of my throat easily and I
enjoyed the VERY slight carbonation

D- Simply put, this is a good, decent beer....very easy to drink with the low carbonation and balanced flavor. I think that I could handle at least a couple of these in a sitting as it's not overly heavy, but heavy enough. I was definately satisfied and have come back to it on a few occasions already in my short beer drinking career and enjoy it a little more each time.

ChrisCage, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of bashiba
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark yellow with the perfect white nitro head.

Has a light sweet banana smell with a bit of cut grass.

Taste is very light with just a touch of sweetness and bitterness coming through, with a little bit of that banana smell penatrating into the flavor with a bit of grassyness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy.

An easy to drink English Pale, but lacking in the depth and complexity compartment.

bashiba, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out kind of a weak Ice Tea color with two fingers of really tiny white bubbles. The can says they employ a small recyclable device in the ale.
Yeast and slight malt are the only things I am detecting odorwise.
Taste is sweet and weak. Can't detect much going on here but it doesn't taste bad.
Probably a good session beer. I bet it's better in the pub!

peabody, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a nitro-can this English Pale Ale pours a thick creamy nearly all head that settles quickly to a 3/4 inch that holds very well. Orange gold with amber highlights visible.

The aroma is not well pronounced. A bit of wheat and faint malt, little else. Even though I wasn't sure what to expect from this selection, I was disappointed.

Flavor wise, it is initially bland. A little wheat and a curious hint of unripe banana in the finish. Faint hints of citrus and cream.

The mouthfeel is this beer's only saving grace (if I had to come up with one). Very creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. Certainly does not merit another can in the near future.

letsgopens, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Of course, with the nitro-can, you get that awesome cascading effect. Body is a nice, failry clear amber color. The head is an off-white color tat is tight and has amazing staying power. Some lacing.

Aroma - Very malty with some malt sweetness, and just enough hop nose for you to know it's beer. As it warms, you get a bready/yeasty aroma.

Taste - Nice malt profile combined with a nice, light bittering hop flavor. Bit of a burnt toast after-taste. Not fantastic, but nice.

Mouthfeel - Body is smooth and creamy. Carboantion is very tight and appropriate for the style. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth, giving a nice aftertaste.

Drinkabity - Not great, but not bad. Well worth a try.

theopholis, May 28, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boddingtons Pub Ale
Pint draught can
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, buzzed over 05/07.

Poured a clear gold with a huge frothy white somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate sweet bread, honey and light grass

Taste was upfront moderate sweet banana bread and honey and light bitter grass followed by a strong bitter grass and light to moderate honey on a short to average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and lightly astringent and metallic.

Overall, a personal favorite, especially on draft. The can has a more disappointing feel, you just don't get the same full head. It's really hard to pour into a pint glass immediately after opening. Minus points for that. On tap it's a different story though. Flavor is satisfyingly crisp and green, and mouthfeel is caresssing.

xav33, May 26, 2007
Photo of elricorico
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nitro-pour appearance, creamy two finger head sits on top and really lasts. The beer itself is a fairly normal pale ale colour, sort of a burnished gold.

Smells of sweet malt, a sort of butter toffee aroma. Light floral hop aroma mixes in. Tame, but not bad.

Taste is thin, slightly fruity and a little herbal. I know there are malts and hops in here, but it all just seems to run together as one bland flavour. The odd swallow makes me wince.

Mouthfeel, though boosted by the nitro can, is watery. Very faint carbonation as well. Thin and limp.

Not a beer I enjoy. Would try again in a different serving type, but I wouldn't be hoping for much.

elricorico, May 21, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A- clear copper body. Perfect one-finger creamy smooth white head. Great head retention.

S- smells like old macro lager. Not very appealing.

T- sweet malt upfront and not much else. Hints of a bitter hop aftertaste. Carmel lingers.

M- amazing. Very smooth and creamy as the can states. One of the smoothest beers Ive had. Low carbonation and fairly thick body.

D- This was good. I will probably pick this up again- if I can find it again.

PittBeerGirl, May 19, 2007
Photo of Mumps
4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over all a good beer. When poured into the glass, has a Guinness like cascade, turning into a very nice golden hue with a think creamy head. A beautiful sweet smell. Both smell and taste have hints of honey. Very smooth.

Makes a fantastic Black and Tan when used with a Guinness nitro can.

Mumps, May 18, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into a pint glass.

Pours out with that lovely cascade brought on by the nitro can. Slightly hazy looking light copper color with a marshmellow white head.

Smell is nice. Fruity hops and some sugary malt.

Taste is the same. Sweet malts and just a bit of hop flavor. Not earth-shaddering, but good.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, but about right for the style. Low abv and smooth taste equal good drinkability.

bluegrassbrew, May 15, 2007
Photo of TravelingBeerMug
4.15/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

TravelingBeerMug, May 14, 2007
Photo of Boppar
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Boppar, May 12, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

bosco7, May 11, 2007
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