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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,449
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 31
Gots: 209 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of currysage1
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
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
1.99/5  rDev -37.4%
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
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
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
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
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
3.99/5  rDev +25.5%
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
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +31.4%
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
1.64/5  rDev -48.4%
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
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, dark straw, just slight amber color with the classic nitro thick, white head. Aroma is very mild with the a watery, thin malt note. A bit of grassy, floral hop character. On the palate, a caramel, lightly toasted malt flavor comes through, very clean. It finishes with a firm, and floral bitterness, medium dry. The low carbonation from the nitro makes it very easy drinking. Overall, I could certainly see myself drinking several, but there's a strange stale hop flavor that limits over consumption.

Photo of stumac
1.93/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This can exploded when i opened it. Not much to say about this beer. Gold in color. nice white head though. smell has very faint hops. taste is ugly bitter. Too watery for me. All in all, i would rather hump the hell out of a yak's sweet ass and then lap up the hot sweat dripping off of its scrodum.

Photo of portajon
4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

behold...Boddingtons Ale, the finest drink. our band, The Ill Mayhem, loves this beer for post session sessions. this beer is a great pub ale, you can pour it as fast and hard as you like, and the beer cascades out to a foamy half inch head which maintains for the duration. the frothy head also has a creamy or marshmellowy swseetness, if you decided to down it as well. the ill mayhem loves this beer, we endorse it, and would like to be sponsored by it. Our bass player, Rootin Tootin Rasputin has been quoted as saying " Boddingtons Pub Ale is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" from his treetop perch. The first time i bought Boddingtons, the old man at the liquor store declared "that is the SMOOTHEST beer ive EVER had." cheers bro

Photo of cabsandking
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden to copper in color, after it has settled, with a dense creamy eggshell head and sticky. Powdered coffee creamer aroma with a bit of fruit in the back, very general. The taste begins with sweet grains, slightly fruity and DMS. Mild bittering hops grow into the finish with floral notes and a slightly soapy astringent. Aftertaste is herbal, dry, straw and tea notes. Thin body, low carbonation and nearly watery mouthfeel makes it pretty easy to throw back.

Photo of bacabuck
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep rich brown with oatmeal creamy head.

S- Yeasty and rich

T- Bananas and toffee. Rich with the right amount of bitter finish

M- So much better than any over carbonated barley soda

D- All night long

This is a really pretty good ale that is mellow in flavor, smooth, and well balanced. I've only seen it in nitro-cans or on tap at a couple places. Worth a taste for yourself.

Photo of TYE
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden with a creamy white foam head that holds shape well and leaves a pretty good lace. Be ready to pour when you pop this one, it's a gusher!
S - Smells of grain and maybe a little caramel.
T - Same as smell. Not overwhelming by any means. Lighter taste.
M - So smooth it's almost a flat feeling. Light to medium body.
D - The look was great, but got steadily worse from there. Not a terrible beer, but I probably won't be drinking again anytime soon. Fun to give someone and not mention the gusher part!

Photo of jaz58
4.17/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found Boddingtons to be a classy style meaning it is not in your face when drunk.

When poured, it created a cream coloured moussy head. Mouthfeel was full and round, quite plesant. In the glass the beer was dark amber colour with a lot of effervecense. The nose was soft and sweet with hints of toast. A very good malt flavour finished with a slight hint of bitters.

Photo of LeftonJackman
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of the WTofB at the Winking Lizard

A:Dense head, about a finger and change. Very persistent lace, sticking to the glass. Amber colored.
S:Very mild florals, honey...
T:Clean, very little hop, smooth bordering on flat.
M:Again, clean, watery and misty finish. No hops.
D:A very light beer to wrap up my evening of drinking, but not a normal choice for me.

Photo of kaboose72
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was at an irish bar and wanted something other then my usual Guinness. Waitress suggested This wonderful beer. it is like a creamy Bass Ale, only better. Just a great drinking experience. Not too hoppy but right. Almost as wonderul as Guinness but nothing comes close to the original

Photo of BlankFrank
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Great foamy waterfall effect when poured into a pint glass. As the head settles, a clear golden color remains. I would say that this coats the glass rather than call it lacing.

S: Not really much there. Nothing stands out, just some vague almost sweet smell.

T: Very mild. Light hops with lots of creaminess. Nothing too direct.

M: Smooth as silk, but lacking in carbonation. The smoothness is good, but I don't like that there's almost no carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very high, so it's easy to drink plenty. This isn't really a drink that's going to make you think and contemplate its nature, but you don't have to prepare yourself for each sip.

Photo of johnnyirishman
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Boddingtons ale is a very tasty beer

A-Golden Yellow once it cleared up with a creamy 1" head that sticks around for the whole beer. Love the cascading.
S-Not much of a smell, slight sweetness
T,M-Sweet Malt taste with a citrus. Creamy and smooth.
D- Great session beer, tasty

Photo of PhageLab
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass.

A - Bright golden color, transparent near the bottom fading up to a murky pool and finally to the thick creamy layer on top. Has the neat cascade effect going on. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

S - Pleasant aroma of sweet honey, oats, and grain.

T - Smooth, creamy, yeasty, very low bitterness, some mildly grassy hop tones, but nothing too complex here. Not bad at all, but nothing really stands out.

M - Creamy yet clean feel, light body, mild carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - I'll probably revisit this one actually, it has some excellent session qualities and isn't a shabby brew by any means. Definitely worth a try.

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