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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
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2,473 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,473
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 224 | 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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Ratings: 2,473 | Reviews: 1,097
Photo of elniko
2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from nitro pint can into pint glass

A: Wow, I'm impressed that the apparatus in the can really works. Loud fizz when can opened. Amber hue with finger or so of head that did not dissipate at all while drinking.

S: Not much to the nose at all. I get a little bit of a smoky texture to the smell.

T & M: Creamy thanks to the lingering head. Just not a whole lot of flavor, not objectionable at all though. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is primarily bitter with some of the creaminess as well.

D: I'm glad I tried this beer but I can't say that I'll be having again after I finish off this four pack.

Photo of soupyman10
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice look to it, deep copper-amber color with a smallish head and a touch of lacing. Nose is extremely mild, just a subtle hint of malt. Flavor is similar, light caramel malt comes through, slightly metallic as well, no real hop presence. Feel is nice and creamy, with a good body. Overall, it's mild as hell, but not really objectionable. Not a lot going on.

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

When the huge foaming from the nitro-can slows, we see it is a fairly clear, golden colour with a huge white, foamy head. Odours of bread and some grassy notes come through, but there's a distinct metallic odour that pushes the other smells out. Tastes sweet, grassy, some buttery notes, soft cream with a bitter finish.
Head is so thick and foamy, almost like a meringue. Body is thin, with low carbonation. Bitter notes are too overpowering to make this very drinkable.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well 48°F / °C is definitely too warm as the beer spits up and spills a bit as I pop the tab on the can. The beer settles out with an almost three finger thick, tightly beaded, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, full copper color. The spilled beer smells lightly of butterscotch and a slight metallic note. The aroma smells a touch grassy and has a faint herbal hop note to it.

This is completely devoid of carbonation and this feels creamy and soft textured despite being so light bodied. Soft grassy malt flavors a touch of herbal & metallic hops. Tastes beery, with a faint sweetness, really not to much more to say about it. Not flawed, just not very flavorful. I wasn't expecting much here, but was expecting a bit more flavor.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors; Tucson AZ

Photo of chaunur
2.18/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drinkably barely-but not something I would order again. Little taste and bitter in a bad way. It was almost as if the beer had gone bad it even had an unpleasant odor.
med tan in color,little head, a thin texture in the mouth and flavors that were identifable
This was part of a 5 beer flight of pale ales and was easily the worst of them.

Photo of Antilochus
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Next Door (Crave) in London, Ontario. Poured into a chilled Boddingtons (pint?) glass.

Clear orange, nitro cream white head as expected. Good lace.

Grainy sweetish nose. Perhaps a bit of metal.

Palate is inoffensive, hint of bitterness but quite a bit pungent maltiness to it. Could use lower abv. Pretty easy drinking in nitro format, at least.

Photo of Baileyuk
2.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very good, settlesin to a consistent thick creamy head. Was darker than I remember

S - Slight vanilla, not a whole lot going on.

T - Metallic taste. It was on draft so it was not from the can. Was fairly unpleasant although not totally overpowering.

D - Could drink again but would prefer not to.

I remember it being better than this in England, but I was an 18 year old novice at the time.

Photo of rye726
2.43/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a golden amber color and has an average beige head. Not really much smell or taste. There are some really mild malts and faint hops. The body is nice initially, but turns too watery as the beers warms. Nothing bad here, just a light mild ale that drinks easy.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Coopers in Greensboro.

A - Transparent gold, nice 3 finger head with decent retention that settled into 1/2 inch thick cap. Tons of lacing.

S - Quite a bit of pale malt, followed by slightly spicy yet very metallic hops. Vanilla hidden in the malt.

T - Pale malt upfront, somewhat sweet, with a bitter, metallic hop finish.

M - More carbonated than the nitro-can (but still very lightly carbonated), helping to express flavors. Light bodied.

D - Easy as hell to drink. Aftertaste doesn't get in the way as much as the nitro-cans.

I was glad I had the chance to review this on tap, and my review is mainly a comparison to the nitro-can version. Boddington's on tap definitely expresses more of a pale ale character as opposed to it's nearly flavorless nitro-can counterpart, but it's still a bit of an inferior beer. The absence of the creaminess takes away from the charm of the nitro-can, but the "true" flavor of Boddingtons becomes more apparent. Slight carbonation really helps this brew, and for some reason I found the tap version to be largely devoid of the horrid metallic aftertaste.

Photo of nasty15108
3.86/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy white color that quickly settled into a an beautiful amber honey color. The nitro produced a beautiful head of thick white and creamy foam head that reminded me of a cloud. Lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Slightly malty smell with a slightly sweet floral hop aroma.

T - Very, very mild flavor. Slight maltiness up front followed by sweet honey finish.

MF&D - The little amount of carbonation help this ale maintain its creamy smoothness. Although not packed with too much flavor this ale is enjoyable and easily sessioned.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a vividly clear honey-orange with a compact, creamy eggshell white head that hung around for the entire drink.

S: very light flowery hopping and not much else. Clean , neutral per style.

T: light with some sour malting and floral hopping. Really clean and basic overall with very light and subtle sour fruit coming through in the finish.

M: smooth, light, with a soft carbonation. Rather unexciting and didn't miss it on the swallow.

D: While it is easy to consume it comes off rather to basic and I would probably tire easily of this one in session. Good I guess for slugging them back at the local pub and turning your brain off while you drink.

Photo of association330
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a nice, creamy, one-finger head. Pretty good lacing, all thanks to the nitro. Unfortunately, it seems that nitro-taps, bottles, and cans tend to kill what might otherwise be above average beers.

Smell is mild and sweet, with notes of honey and malt.

Taste is equally mild and sweet, mostly malt at the start with honey coming through clearly the middle and a moderately bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is positively silky smooth, but also a bit too flat, thin, and otherwise uninspiring.

As far as drinkability goes, I feel like it would be good for about two pints and then the honey sweetness would start to annoy me. It reminds me strongly of Honey Browns, in that regard.

Like I said, I don't have a lot of faith in nitro-based serving devices. A little extra CO2 could make this beer significantly more enjoyable.

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.44/5  rDev -23.3%
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
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.72/5  rDev +17%
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
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
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
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
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
1.99/5  rDev -37.4%
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
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
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
M-Smooth
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
3.91/5  rDev +23%
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
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
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
2.89/5  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.

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