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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,411
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 27
Gots: 184 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: A nice golden color, enjoyed watching the head take shape from the bottom of the glass all the way to the top.

S: If it smelled, I couldn't put a finger on it. Not very potent, what i could detect was smell of malt.

T: Very minor malt flavor, but like the smell, I was not tasting anything.

M: Extremely smooth and carbonated

D: Easy to drink many at a time, but for the price, I would not drink many.

Photo of botham
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pint nitro can poured into a nonic pint. pours a clear amber color with a single finger of ultra tight creamy head, standard from a nitro can. takes about 20 seconds to settle out. moderate lacings.

aroma is grainy, with an almost stale quality, and mild fruit notes of banana and apple. caramel malts also show through, acting as a base for the grain and fruit. distant hops could be present, if at all, along with a overall sweet, almost honey-like chracter to the whole profile.

taste is malty and lightly sweet up front, with the notes of caramel malts and a touch of honey come through, with fruit notes of banana and apple present at mid-palate, with a finish of very distant roasted malt and residual munich like malts.

mouthfeel is flat and thin. not impressive. medium bodied and watery in texture, this brew falls short of anything special on the palate.

drinkability is decent. the flavors and aromas here create nice profiles, but the mouthfeel just kills the enjoyment. a bit of CO2 and a thicker body would really make this brew come alive in the mouth.

Photo of everetends
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at Fado's in Atlanta.

A: A beautiful golden brown with a huge creamy head. Head stuck with the beer during the entire glass. Good lacing as a result. Great to look at.

S: A smell of sweet malt and hops.

T: Creamy malt with a bit of hoppy after taste. This is beer is a little thinner than expect, but I good beer nontheless.

M: Once again, a bit thin (a little watery). Still has a good creamy texture once you get past the thinness.

D: If you are at a pub that has no micros, its a good choice to break the monotony of Guinness and Newcastle.

Photo of generallee
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look out for the big rush of air and bubbles from the nitro can and have your pint glass ready. This beer pours with a thick and foamy head. Wonderful active bubbles slowly float to the top to form a thick white head. This creamy white head sits on top of a golden amber body with tons of tiny slow rising bubbles. The aroma is floral with some malty notes. The flavor is creamy, sweet and smooth. It has a very light malt character with a watery middle and some bitter hops in the finish. Overall it's a very interesting beer with smooth light flavors.

Photo of 1099
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this fine english brew in a 16 oz nitro can purchased from my local grocer.

A: I did not pour this out of the can, but from looking down into the can, it appeared to be a cloudy and had a very creamy, deep head due to the nitro action

S: The smell was of malt and hops, and kind of sweet. Very enjoyable

T: The taste was excellent. It was creamy, malty, and very hoppy; exactly how I like my beer to be. I drank this at about cellar temp, so the flavor was more pronounced than if I had drank it colder.

M: A little thinner than I think this style should be. However, it was not bad, and was still very nice.

D: Is good, not excellent. The bitterness of the hops combined with the very malty nature of it kind of precludes drinking more than a couple in one sitting (at least for me it does)

Overall, an excellent English Beer I will be more than happy to come back to from time to time

Photo of hyland24
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

Overflowed slightly from the can after opening. Poured a huge creamy white which formed a great big 4 inch creamy white head taking about 5 minutes to settle completely. Left tons of white lace all over the pint. Very mild scent of malt with not much else. Nice creamy flavor. Very mild but not bland. Light malt with very mild hint of hops and slightly sweet. 5.0 on the mouthfeel with a huge creamy full-bodied mouthcoating that covers every bit. Without a doubt one of those beers you can pound all day. Not huge flavor but tasty nonetheless. Perfect warm-weather summertime brew.

Photo of flatblack80
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of KeefD
1.98/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of ericmunley
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of currysage1
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of adamette
1.98/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of ubermick
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
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!!! ;)

Photo of stewart124
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of skibumdc
4/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of baos
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

Photo of Blueye80
1.63/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

Photo of Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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