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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,224 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 18
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

2.38/5  rDev -25.4%

A - weird, this poured with nearly 100% head, must've popped it a little too chilly, it formed two heads. One was on top and bright, creamy white, the other a darker tan color and the two rushed towards each other as the beer condensed

S - has a grassy aroma, kind of a musty aroma like a bottle of cold pure sprinf water

T - thinner than i expected, very flavorful and tasty with a light pleasant with a hoppy slightly bitter aftertaste

M - a bit watery, but smooth, not dry at all

D - easily downed, and very light

04-01-2006 05:00:53 | More by sinstaineddemon
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%

Served at just over fridge temperature in an English pint glass.

Appearance- Crystal clear medium gold. The trademark cascade holds me captive for a full minute, while the head settles to a firm half-inch cap. No action inside the glass, just lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the sides.

Smell- A buttery, bready base aroma is complemented by a soft, sweet hop character. Balanced with a subtle malt hint.

Taste- A mellow integration of bready, malty attributes with a quick finishing bitterness that keeps it simple. The middle is long and satisfying, with a slowly evolving display of flavor that seems to last and improve during the tasting. Even better as the beer comes to temperature.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Watery and slippery in the mouth, with no substantial weight at all. It's there, then it's gone... thankfully, the taste pardons the mouthfeel here. It's a great session beer, that can't be disputed... maybe I'll give this a try at the next poker game.

Now if someone would please show me how to play poker.

03-28-2006 22:45:47 | More by yelterdow
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danielharper

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -11.3%

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a nice dark amber color with a very thick nitrous head into my pint glass. Leaves significant lacing. Looks like an amber Guinness -- nice form for presentation.

Aromatics are very, very faint -- almost not present at all. Upon several sips on the glass and whiffing generously with my nostrils mere millimeters from the top of the head, I can get very slight fruity tones that would be at home in an amber. Aroma is so faint here that it's practically undetectable.

Flavor is slightly bitter, slightly fruity. Hops not overwhelming, sweetness not cloying. Taste of citrus (mangoes?) and apples going down. Basically inoffensive.

Thin mouthfeel, easy to drink.

Overall this is pretty drinkable. It's not the best beer ever, but it seems to be a good sessioner and would probably make for an inoffensive beer to serve to someone only used to Bud and Miller. The nitro might be taking a lot of the flavor from the beer -- I'd be interested in trying it on-tap at some point.

03-28-2006 00:02:00 | More by danielharper
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EStreet20

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Nitro tap pour into a shaker pint glass at the Banshee in Scranton, PA.

A - A very nice golden color with a good sized nitro induced white head that lasts through the whole drink and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Not much here. Very faint sweet malt aromas with a tiny touch of floral hops.

T - A medium bodied beer with maild toasted malt flavors and a very tiny touch of floral hop characters. Still no big flavors jump out at all.

M - A Creamy feel in the mouth common with nitro pours. Goes down easy.

D - Not much to make me want more of this but for a person who wants to sit for a long session and not wear out their palate this c ould be ok.

03-26-2006 23:03:09 | More by EStreet20
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deuschbag

California

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%

16 oz. can pored into a pint pint glass. this poures a deep golden color with a beautiful creamy white head and a good amount of lacing. the cascading affect is just wonderfull to watch.

nothing really much in the smell department. malty and a little herbal spice tone.

taste is kinda blah. lightly roasted malts and some earthly features and just a pinch of some floral hops. a little too watered down though.

the mouthfeel is really watery. very light bodied.

overall this is a nice kick back beer to have on a hot day. would be nice to have while doing yard work.

03-26-2006 04:04:49 | More by deuschbag
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +28.5%

Poured from a can with a widget into a pint glass. I've had this many times before, and it's always consistent. Creamy foam on top of pale golden liquid, it looks really tasty. It is too, very creamy and addictive.

Best widget beer I've tried. Recommended.

03-25-2006 13:31:08 | More by TurdFurgison
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mclanem

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +29.5%

Appearance: looks good with a nice orange color, The carbonation goes down when you pour. just looks great.

Smell: A nice clean smell no to strong litely roasted malt

Taste: Light roasted malt, clean hop finish not to bitter, not that strong but very clean.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I expected it to be. good carbonation.

Drinkability: I like this beer it is very clean tating especially from a can I would love to try this on nitro tap.

03-19-2006 03:19:22 | More by mclanem
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HoboAGoGo

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from the nitro can with a thin body and very thick, creamy head. The head was white and creamy as hell and the body was a shade lighter than the average pale ale, but still ambery and stuff. Smells like alkaline water, grain and light floral hops with an equal mix of bittering hops. The mouth is smooth, very light hops, light malt, just an all around good drinking beer. Very easy to drink, but not one I'm going to be looking out for in the future.

03-18-2006 05:23:48 | More by HoboAGoGo
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arizcards

Arizona

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Picked up a can from Trader Joe's in late November for $1.63.

Nitro can poured a beautiful white head that is sustaining very well. Nose is of very faint graininess and not much else. Taste is of British water, grains, and finishes with a decent bittering hop. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy, top-notch, but a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, definitely a session beer that is creamy smooth. Worth a try but not one i would go out of my way for.

03-12-2006 23:43:35 | More by arizcards
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Initially creamy, frothed vanilla blonde pour with a cascading cream colored head that settles as a dense hood, lacing extensively.

Aroma is mild and sweet. Golden malts, treacle, corn flakes, and light floral hops.

Flavor is creamy honeyish malts, buttery biscuits, light minerality, and earthy and floral hops in the finish. Not bad, but very simple.

Body is below medium, with a very creamy mouthfeel from the nitro pour, and a somewhat thin texture with medium drinkability.

03-10-2006 04:27:20 | More by AlexJ
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -11.3%

Bought a 4-pack of 16oz cans on the way home from work the other day. Like Guinness and Murphy's cans they have the nitrogen widget inside the creates the famous creamy Guinness froth.

No freshness date or code to be found.

Pours the faintest amber. Old gold, actually, like a good whiskey. And that great cascading head effect from the "Draughtflow system." It looks delicious.

Aroma is faint, almost nonexistent. Pale malt? Not picking up any hops.

The taste is.... bland. I get slight hop bitterness, creaminess, and a lingering aftertaste of the same, ever so slight, with some metallic character.

But boy is this stuff smooth. One of the easiest drinking beers I've had.

Final verdict: Meh. If it's around, I'll drink it, but I don't think I'll buy it again. These nitro-capsules aren't really a good idea when you're talking about taste.

03-06-2006 05:22:57 | More by edskirk3
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Enola

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -15.4%

This beer pours a cloudy cream color that quicly clears up into a golden color with a creamy head. There is a slight smell of vanilla. The taste is like a watered down ipa. It has a certain degree of bite with it. The mouthfeel is quite bitter. A lasting bitterness in the aftertaste that is less than desireable. The drinkability is average but this is not a beer I will likely purchase again.

03-05-2006 21:06:43 | More by Enola
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Enderdraught

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%

This is my first rating so bear with me! I was very impressed when I first poured this into a glass. It has great body added by the nitrogen gas system. The feel going into the mouth is soft and creamy with a good initial taste.

The overall flavor is good, but with a metallic, slightly bitter aftertaste. That is really the only real fault this beer has in my opinion. Great color and appearance add to the overall rating.

03-03-2006 03:32:32 | More by Enderdraught
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a deep golden color with a solid 3 finger creamy head that retains well. The golden color gets brighter toward the bottom.
The only smell I get is a faint metallic smell.
Taste starts off good with some sweet malts and a mild hint of fruits. Maybe bannana. But the aftertaste is a bad metallic and bitter taste.
Feels good in the mouth. Thick and creamy.
Fairly drinkable. Would be a nice session brew if not for the aftertaste.

03-02-2006 19:04:12 | More by wcudwight
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours deep gold, with a slightly imperfect clarity. An eggshell colored head of whipped cream consistency shows the typical nitro-can retention. Abundant lacing creates a jigsaw pattern of lace. A winey aroma can be detected in the background, accompanied by pale malt and fuggles hops. A very even balance of sweet pale malt and fuggles is the foundation of the taste; but an annoying vinous flavor is apparent from the first sip to the last swig. Simple but pleasent taste, and appropriate to style. A fruity ester appears in the aftertaste only as it warms. The nitro creates a flat carbonation, but is creamy and very smooth in the medium body and boosts the drinkability. However, the finish is slick and the acidic vinous character ruin the overall presentation and knock this out of contention for a good session ale.

02-28-2006 22:16:53 | More by PBRstreetgang
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hunteraw

China

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%

I have a soft spot for Boddington's, but I'll try to be objective. This was only the second time I had a chance to sample it on tap. Absolutely beautiful when poured, quickly settles into three layers: frothy head, a middle layer of creamy tiny bubbles, and a growing layer of just-beer at the bottom.

Not a whole lot going on in the smell department, but nothing bad either. That's probably this beer's weakest point. Tastes of malt, with a little bit of bite to it. Mouthfeel is where Boddingtons really shines. Creamy - I often find myself drinking these faster than I should to get the creaminess out of that middle layer, before it settles out. This time I took my time, and it does lose something if you wait too long and miss that creamyness. I could drink a lot of these - it's a consistent, tasty and reliable beer.

02-27-2006 01:58:02 | More by hunteraw
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bighoppymonster

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev +5%

Pours a very clear, golden yellow witha big, foamy white head that settles and laces the glass nicely. Very faint aromas, traces of some sweetness (honey?) and some hoppy/floral aromas as well. Mild in taste. More of the same. A little sweetness, a little bitterness, but overall very clean. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. This is definately the highlight of the beer, and why I regularly return to it. Very drinkable. The mild taste and nice mouthfeel make this this beer. Nothing too special, but it is nice too drink. Not one of my alltime favourites or the best in the world, but I would recommend it.

02-27-2006 01:31:12 | More by bighoppymonster
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bossmanjg

New York

4.6/5  rDev +44.2%

This is my wife’s review--- From pour to finish, this is a great beer.

Appearance: The cascading brew was a delight to watch from the lip of the can, to the bottom of the glass, and back up again… It was like a show. Great head, retention, and lacing… Lasted to the end of the glass. Nice golden honey color.

Smell: Sweet, honey like aroma, but not overpowering, just right.

Taste: Phenomenal, loved it. Smooth flavor, a little strong at the finish, but not bad.

Mouth feel: Creeeaaaammmyyyy and ssmmmmoootttthhhh. Low on carbonation makes for better (or more) intake without feeling bloated. The nitro cans have it going on.

Drinkability: I would consider this a session beer. As a true Irish Lass, is pains me too say that have to drink, and like, an English Pub Ale. However, my Grand-pappy will have to roll over, because this is to damn creamy and smooth.

Follow the suggestions, drink cool, not cold.


And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

02-26-2006 15:03:39 | More by bossmanjg
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Hollister

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +23.8%

To me, Boddingtons is the "caramel" version of the "chocolate" Guinness if that makes sense. From the cascade to the head consistency, the feel in the mouth to the fairly intense lacing - they're very similar. It's a smooth and very drinkable beer that you can just put down without even realizing. The appearance is simple but pleasant with a light honey color. The head is thick and marshmallow like, and it just won't go away. Not much of a nose, which would probably be its biggest problem. This is a classic though, and because of that, it’s not the most complex. It's a staple, not something that pushes the boundaries, and it should be appreciated as such. It's best on draught and pairs well with many deserts.

02-22-2006 21:26:53 | More by Hollister
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

Picked up a nicely chilled 4 pack. Popped the top and got a great surge that I poured into a goblet. What a cool 2 stage head! Creamy white top, off white center and cloudy golden ale on the bottom. Very creamy head. Ale smells hoppy. The head sticks strongly to the side of the goblet. Taste is smooth and creamy, great carbonation. The sweet flavor shoots right down the center of the mouth and the finish is strong but reserved. This is a very creamy and tasty ale. I have tanked down quite a few of these ales in the past but now I am finally reviewing. I recommend. Need to try it topping a nice thick stout.

02-15-2006 00:44:21 | More by mooseisloose
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bitterdestroyer

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +7.5%

appearance: nice pale golden hue. pours like a guiness in terms of head cascade.

smell: booze and sweets. not giving away the obvious ingredients of hops and malts.

taste: malts and hops become a bit more apparent. nice sweet clean finish.

mouthfeel: medium/light in body. light in carbonation. dry and refreshing.

drinkability: well i must say i have found a new session beer. this could be drank by the case.

02-13-2006 18:11:54 | More by bitterdestroyer
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours out a foamed up nitro concotion that loses its carbonated look quickly. Turns to a gold\amber clear brew with a 1 finger head. Has a yeast type smell to it not much else.Very neutral tasting,slightly sweet,kinda watery but in reality not too bad,,a summery beer. Mouthfeel ,,there is none drinkability is pretty good i could have a few of these.

02-13-2006 01:24:09 | More by tweeder263
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%

1 pint nitro can “widget” with code 06:03 L5 256MK into a nonic pint glass

A---pours honey colored with thick bubbles that cascade up from the bottom to form a ¾ inch extremely creamy white head. Not much for lacing, but at least ¼ inch of the head was left by the time I finished the beer.

S—mild alcohol scent…smells like bourbon and brown sugar

T—slight malt and hops flavors, finishes dry, alcohol is well hidden.

M—creamy head gives way to a medium bodied ale; very little carbonation (thank you, widget perhaps?) and almost a little flat

D—a nice light ale that I could drink several of. Very smooth, creamy and light.

02-05-2006 04:35:34 | More by hanco005
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%

20 oz. nitro can served rather cold.

The nitro can becomes evident immediately after opening since it is hard not to have this spill on the table. The nitro also creates a think, creamy white head. Very nice lacing. Pours a clear golden/honey color.

The smell is quite light with some detectable malt and that may be all.

The taste has light malt with some hints of tart apples in the back.

It has a nice, light mouthfeel. Very low carbonation with a light body. Quite creamy. Overall, this beer is very drinkable. The low carbonation makes it go down smooth. While it is not a particularly interesting or complex beer, it is a good beer if stuck in a bar with a limited selection and hanging around with friends [that's how I ended up with it].

01-28-2006 18:44:09 | More by atigerlife
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b33rb3lly

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -5%

Boddingtons Pub Ale always leaves me confused when I drink it. One day I can love it and the next hate it. My first thought is that Boddingtons should put these in 18-20 oz cans instead of the 16 they give you. You are almost guaranteed to lose 2-4 oz as soon as you open these nitro cans! :)

It does pour nice into a pint glass and settles also very nicely. Taste seems to be greatly affected by temp. more so than other beers and ales. If this is chilled just to much, it seems to lose all its flavor. When at the correct serving temp, it does have a nice taste to it. This is my "Oh why did I drink so much of (INSERT BEER NAME HERE) last night" beer. It is a very silky drink and much easier going down if you had a few to many of a mass produced beer the night before. Nothing amazing here but nothing offending either. At $7.99us for a 4-pack, you can probably do a LOT better...

01-27-2006 21:06:00 | More by b33rb3lly
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