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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,415
Reviews: 1,072
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 28
Gots: 187 | 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 ElGrecoVerde
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very frothy looking beer. Creamy head with a gold to amber body.

There's really not much to this beer otherwise. No prominent aromas or flavors. Kind of grainy tasting. I thought this beer would taste stronger based on appearance.

Feels creamy but kind of thin. Not very appealing, but not too bad either.

Photo of meechum
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last night at a new tavern I'm going to get in Beerfly as soon as I can remember the damn name.

A - Poured into a pint tumbler and brought to the table with a copper color and a nice finger and half of thick white foamy head that never completely fell but shrank to be a constant foamy skim over the top of the brew

S - Not really much to the smell..a little bit of malts and hops..nothing impressive

T/M - The taste was pretty good...a nice malty/biscuity taste up front with a hopped finish (not overly hopped)..leaving a bit of a bitter after taste..not bad overall though. The carbonation level was just about right but it still was a little thin...

D - It's a good session beer and I'm glad I had a chance to try it and if it were available on a limited beer menu I'd surely pick it out again..not offensive..just not very adventerous either..but then again not every beer should be I guess..it is what it is..and it does what the brewer intended..overall not bad

Photo of nickfl
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with an impressive looking "cascade" effect and eventually settles to two fingers of dense, extremely creamy foam that leaves extremely thick lace. The body is crystal clear and golden amber.

S - The aroma is very grainy with a slightly sour mustiness in the background.

T - Sweet, honey like malt flavors with a bit of nondescript yeasty fruitiness. Earthy hop flavors come in on top and linger through the mild finish.

M - Smooth, medium body with low carbonation.

D - Mild and easily drinkable. It would be easy to fault this beer for being bland (and make no mistake, it is bland), but one must keep in mind that it is, as it says on the can, a pub ale. This is not meant to be pondered, but consumed casually in good company; and for that it is adequate. I have certainly had better british ales, but this does its job.

Photo of JDV
2.27/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Draught house. White rich creamy lasting head like a squirt of shaving cream. Lightly sweet floral, honey and alcohol aroma. Extremely smooth creamy mouthfeel, very lightly carbonated. Slighty sweet aftertaste with a twinge of bitterness and alcohol. Decent, but it could use just a tad more carbonation, but I understand this is the style of the beer. Not bad, but not something I crave.

Photo of illidurit
3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with a hint of amber. Creamy looking 1 finger white head that sticks around for a while.

Very faint aroma. Not much detectable other than some biscuity sweet malt.

Nothing really stands out in the flavor here, with sweet doughy malt, a touch of sweet fruit and floral hops, and maybe some almond/vanilla sweetness as well. Very understated, but not in a good way. Overly subtle and somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel is, on the contrary, excellent. Extremely creamy and smooth, with good carbonation.

Very very drinkable, but not flavorful enough to really entice me.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in my mug club glass at Billy O's English Tavern, Southington, Conn.

A: Pours a very slightly hazy, chilled pale yellow with a great big solid, two-finger head of dense white foam. The head is rich and creamy, like a Guinness.

S: Smells are faint and malty, a little bit of caramel, banana, and some other fruits. There's a little dry, hoppy smell, but it's muted somewhat.

T: It's not a taste explosion, but it's a good, very easy-drinking blend of sweet toffee malts, slight hop bitterness, and a creamy texture that makes it a great session.

M: Mouthfeel is thinner than expected from the head, but it's still fairly creamy and refreshing.

D: I think Boddington's is a great session brew, as the ABV is very manageable, and it goes down really smooth. Though not overwhealming in the taste department, it's pretty enjoyable.

I've had it out of the nitro-can, and thought it wasn't as good, probably just didn't get the right head out of it. It's nice, mellow, and great for just hanging out and having a few late-night.

Photo of tab021
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A darker golden color with a sweet rolling foamy poor that settles to a thick and creamy head

S- Smells fine.

T- This is a good tasting beer at first... after the next few sips it starts tasting a little skunky.

M- Creamy with no carbonation at all. extremely flat, but has a unique feel to it.

D- Besides the strange aftertaste, these are pretty decent. I wouldn't run out and buy a bunch, but it is worth a try.

Photo of rrob311
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 4 pack o cans of this beer a couple years back.

A- This beer is a little darker, not so clear, and the foamy head stays there for awhile it reminds me of guiness.

S- Smells great.

T- This is a great tasting beer, kind of creamy.

M- This is one of the flattest tasting beers I have tried but it is very good.

D- I can drink several of these no problem its definitely worth a try.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quite forgettable ale. Very light copper color with a dense white head. Faint aroma of fuggles in the background. Very thin body and mouthfeel. The front end and middle was oily with little to no malt character. Weak bitterness can be detected in the finish. Not worth the 7 bucks a 4-pack they ask for.

Photo of erosier
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap down in New Haven at Bar. I liked it out of the tap. At first it poured an all white beer that stayed for about 10 minutes until it settled into a golden yellow color with a very thick and creamy white head. The head stuck around the length of the beer but since it was so thick and creamy, it was a nice touch. It had a light malty aroma with a sweet smell at the end. The taste was pretty good. It was really smooth with light malty/hoppiness and then a sweet almost creamy taste afterwards. The mouthfeel is excellent and it is a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Draft pours beautifully. Has that middle section that forms into foam on top and beer on the bottom. The aroma is weak and the taste begins the same but finishes with a very pleasant bitter bite. Not an outstanding beer. It won’t impress your beer-geek buddies but it is a nice little brew to drink in a pub with some food.

Photo of Overlord
1.56/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What the hell was this?

Pours with an interesting widget-y cascade... no problems so far ... but the taste is almost non existent. This is seriously as close to water as I've seen from a non macrolager in a while. Almost no flavor at all: just carbonated water with a hint of skunk. I'm serious, what is up with this beer?

One of the worst beers I've had in a while.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz Nitro can from a local grocery store. Pours a translucent golden-amber with a respectivle inch or more of off-white head. Biscuit malts show through in the aroma with very little else I can notice. Biscuity and somewhat roasty malts along with a good dose of English hops characterize the flavor initially, but give way to a fairly clean finish. Thick (no doubt due to the nitro), yet oddly aqueous in the mouthfeel with few to no bubbles - almost flat. An easy drinker for sure, but by no means as complex or flavorful as its counterparts in the style. Not much going on here. Not that impressed with this one overall, though at 5.99$ per 4-pack, it's at least cheaper than a lot of its competition.

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

A - An initially soapy head quickly becomes dense as it is built up from below by a nice cascade effect from the nitro can. The brew is perfectly clear and is the color of dark honey. The head shows some nice retention as it stays around a half-finger for quite a few minutes before reducing to a collar. The head is powdery white, and compliments the color of the brew quite well. Tons of lace arcs are left on the glass in big creamy sheets. i realize that some of these nice features may be artifacts of the nitro gas, but it's still really pretty.

S - Honeycomb cereal, almonds, cream cheese, and sour cream. Lots of diacetyls, which I happen to like but may turn some other off. The hops are really English in that they are not citrusy or piney at all. This reminds me of some sort of almond-honey-infusion girly bath soap that my fiance might use (she uses a lot of that sort of stuff).

T - Again, very British and understated. Sort of under-flavored if you ask me. The honey, almond, and cream flavors that it presents are nice enough, but I wish it was more assertive. Has an almost German pils hop flavor ....noble hops fo' sho'.

M - Very thin and watery, but somehow creamy as a result of the lush nitro-carbonation. Feels very much like Guinness, but with a very dry and grassy hop finish.

D - A very sessionable brew indeed. What it lacks in complexity or assertiveness it makes up for with a pleasantly mild and tasty drinkability.

Photo of timbro81
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My old roommate at Ft. Stweart introduced me to this beauty, thanks McElroy. I love the way this beer pours, downward flowing bubbles like Guinness. Super creamy head, amazing clarity and decent carbonation. Nose is a bit weak, very malt forward with a sweet/creamy feel to it. Taste is a tame, creamy and approachable. This beer, and the style it represent, is meant to be consumed pint after pint and not destroy you. Even though the score is low on this beer it is enjoyable and has its time and place.

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a thick fluffy head. Aroma is mild and fruity with some, if not much hop aroma. Taste is somewhat creamy and mild with a slight bitterness upfront and more of the malt. The nitro head is ok but doesn't really seem to go well with this style of beer. There's some breadiness at the back of the throat, which is kind of nice.

Overall, a run-of-the mill pale ale that doesn't seem to gain much from a nitro-head. I feel that stouts work better for nitro-cans than pale ales. It's still a decent beer and that isn't enough to take away from it.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 1 pint can a dull, slightly hazy gold with a solid 2 finger head of foam with lots of lacing. It *is* a nitro can after all. ;^)

The smell has a nose of bitter hops and a touch of honey sweetness.

The taste matches the smell...good hop bitterness(no citrus really, just bitter) with some honey sweetness and some metallic taste. Silky smooth mouthfeel here and it finishes slightly bitter; the finish is actually the only part that I don't fancy too much but over all, this is a pretty good taster and so darn easy to drink. I don't know why I like Boddingtons, I just do and I buy it every so often.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an insane head and retention with a nice orange color.

Apple phenol comes out with pale and caramel malts.

Taste is incredibly light bodied with a smooth creaminess from the nitro. The hop bitterness is mild. This beer is very light, but smooth and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy from the nitro but otherwise is watery.

A no frills beer really.

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

The most remarkable thing about this beer is the way the head forms. I love to show my kids the glass and the foam separates from the beer and moves up. It's quite a cool science experiment.

That's the best part, because the taste is not so exciting.
The mouth feel and taste are very thin, almost like the beer was watered down. I just can't get past that. Sure there are other things to say, but they are minor compared to the wateriness.

Photo of Squelch
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light british ale with a smooth mouthfeel due to the nitro head produced from the widget. Hops bitterness was very present in this beer, with a light, thin mouthfeel. Low ABV makes this a very drinkable thirst quencher. The last can I had had a slight metallic twinge to it that didn't play well with the hops. I feel they could have gone a little lighter on the hops to balance out the beer.

Photo of usmittymc
3.91/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from nitro-can into standard pub glass

A- Medium golden color with the anticipated high bubble activity from the nitro widget. Developed the characteristic smooth creamy white head that hangs around throughout the session

S- I don't know exactly what it is with nitro cans and bottles, but I don't get much variety on the nose with nitro can/bottled products.

T- Slightly bitter, very faint sweetness (honey?)

M- Very smooth and creamy on the palate

D- With a relatively low ABV, it is easy to kill the 4 pack at a hurried pace.

Photo of monkeybeer
4.04/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a rich creamy golden cloudy yellow with a foamy white head. Clears to a clear golden yellow wile maintain the white head and lacing.
S- Sweet, Clean hoppy smell
T/M- Okay so the Taste is not much extremely light some what watered down with a creamy mouth feel and a slightly hoppy after taste. Mouth feel is very nice and smooth.
D- Not quick sure why I like this so much it is almost like drinking air, it goes down very smooth and I find myself always ready for another. The 4 pack just seems to disappear over the course of the night. The price is right for it when it is on sale. It is a nice beer to have around and goes with everything.

Photo of SargeC
4.36/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful honey-gold color with a dense, creamy white head.

Smell: Hints of clover with a tough of alcohol.

Taste: A sweet nectar beginning with a sweet malty fullness that finishes with a kiss of hops.

Mouthfeel: The creamy smooth quality of this beer is mesmerizing. Leaves a bit of a waxy feel behind.

Drinkability: A treat to drink. This beer makes a nice addition to a drinking session featuring beers that are more aggressive. It soothes the senses and prepares them for the next round.

Photo of burnstar
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold. Nice dense long lasting head. Sweet malty aroma with fruit notes. Mild with a malty flavor. Biscuity. Very light bitterness in the finish, otherwise no real noticable hop flavor. Balanced and mild overall. Low carbonation and creamy texture. Very drinkable. Definitely a session beer.

Photo of cdoublev
4.45/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is one that everyone should have. You can quaff this one all night as its flavor is not going to be overpowering nor will the alcohol content kick you in the ass. This is one for drinking with a ton of friends at the local dive bar when all you want to do is have hearty fun and conversation. Better on tap, so if you can find a place that serves it, go there, and knock on the gates to Heaven.

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