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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,124 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 76 | 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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bignick

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is one beautiful beer. While yellow in color, the head is very impressive. The smell is almost nonexistant however, as this beer proves to be very mellow. What the beer lacks malty and hoppy goodness, it makes up in creaminess. There is not a lot of flavor, and the beer goes down quickly and seems light. This is a beer that is nice for very occasional drinking, but it certainly does have its place in the world of beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-08-2004 07:29:20 | More by bignick
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jayb

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just as everyone else had said, the nitro can is a hassle, the beer tends to go everywhere. poured a goldish/reddish color with a wonderful cascading effect. a white frothy head that stays the same all the way to the bottom of the glass. Not much of a smell to speak of honestly. Had a rather sweet taste to it that becomes more prevalent as the glass warmed up. not a very strong taste. a very mellow beer, that never had a bite to it. mouthfeel was well... creamy. a smooth beer that went down nicely. However, the after taste was like i was eating the can. every time i finished a swallow thats all i got. Could be a very nice beer if it weren't for that. i would like to try it on tap sometime. a good beer but probably not something id keep my fridge stocked with.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-02-2004 02:45:58 | More by jayb
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nortmand

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On a nitro tap at Claddagh in Lansing.
Poured a light amber with a centimeter of creamy white foam, looks like a "white Guiness."
Little smell at first, partially due to the ice cold serving temperature. As it warms, it gains a metallic apple character.
Tastes slightly malty with a medium bitterness on the back of the tongue. Not aot going on here.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel typical of a nitro pour.
The best thing about this beer is that, like Guiness, This can easily be consumed in more than mass quantities. Unfortunately for $5 a pop, my pocketbook tells me otherwise.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-26-2004 13:46:15 | More by nortmand
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thydarkprevails

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my local store had 4 pint packs for 7 dollers, so i figured i'd give this a whirl, and first off, i had to change my shirt after opening it *thank you nitro can ;)* Now pouring it into a pint glass, wow, perfect ale color, nice creamy head, took a long bit to settle, and a pleasant, yet slightly skunky smell to it. however the taste was anything but. it tasted sort of like an average run of the mill ale, but the mouthfeel was what set this beer apart. it was quite creamy, and in fact reminded me of a ale form of murphy's stout. all in all, this was a very drinkable beer. now excuse me, i still have half a pint to finish with lunch :)

Serving type: nitro-can

06-18-2004 14:47:17 | More by thydarkprevails
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Andreji

Colombia

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, at perhaps one of the only english pubs in Zug, Switzerland (Mr. Pickwick's), I decided to go for a pint of boddington's, with a very unbiased point of view as, my experiences with brit ales lately have been both very good (newcastle) and very bad.

the pour was a clean, headless bright straw with just some bubbles floating up irregularly. served cold as well. The smell, quite bitter as I've seen in the english, is also a bit sour at the nose. The taste isn't all that good but passes my test. it is not abundant in its bitterness, which i liked, but really is moderate in every sense. It's an alright company for the euro2004 at the pub.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 08:51:39 | More by Andreji
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Those nitro-cans sure are fun, huh? And I’ve been meaning to mop the kitchen floor for quite some time now.

I have yet to see a definitive stylistic definition for this brew, though I’m inclined to brand it a pale mild ale in contrast to a common pale. This “Pub Ale” has a brilliant, flawlessly clear gold color, and a volatile nitro head that pours as plush as chinchilla. The flavor is dry and restrained, yet clean, even exuberant. This is a simple recipe, with no unwelcome distractions or pretenses.

Brits drink 85% of their beers on draught in pubs and Boddington’s is a fine representation of a simple everyday session beer, though I can see how this “Pub Ale” doesn’t suit American tastes. It's too subtle. It is mild and creamy and goes very well with food. It is framed by a gentle kölsch-like smell of malt/yeast and is very effective as a linoleum floor polish.

Seriously, I could drink this stuff all night long.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-14-2004 23:20:52 | More by RedDiamond
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FormatKid

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The can opens with an assertive crack and all those tiny nitro bubbles start fizzing out. This is followed by gurgling and hissing noises as I pour. The beer really does have a cool appearance, all creamy white at first practically, reverse cascading from a honeyed golden color which transitions upward into the white fluffy head. The head is white and lusciously silky, bubbles are ultra fine. It really is neat to see the nitro-pour effect in something that is more translucent than Guinness. The head remains firm through most of the drink and lacing films lightly at the sides.

The nose is almost 100% soft, sweet malts. Only the absolute faintest bitter twinge is apparent.

The taste is as soft and subtle as you’d expect. The nitro formed head creates a feathery effect that tickles your upper lip as you drink. Mouthfeel is lovely and creamy, unless you manage to miss sucking down some of the head in a gulp, then it feels dead. Sweet, malty and mild, any hops barely squeek out their presence. Not a whole lot to be said here taste wise, for me this beer relies more on appearance and feel than flavor.

I’m on the fence about this one, generally not my ideal of something I’d enjoy, but I could see myself having a craving for this if I wanted something soft, light, and INSANELY quaffable.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-11-2004 01:35:06 | More by FormatKid
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very light carbination. Pours with that lovely Guinness like nitro pour that you just have to admire the glass. Thick ring of head that was about 1/8 inch when it sat there. Nitro tap so it comes out sooo nice and creamy and smooth tasting.... yum. Very balanced in flavor. Great bitterness, but not overly done. Hoppy, yet not too much. It is just such a great drinking beer. One you know you are safe with anywhere and anytime of the year.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-03-2004 03:09:42 | More by shapudding
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Ellbert

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very clear, alsmost watery looking golden with no carbonation bubbles floating at all. The head is beautifully thick with very tiny bubbles. Very creamy.

Smell: There are hints of sweetness, corn like sweetness that is found in a budweiser. Other than that the nose is very clean. This is bad though, I really cannot get any other aromas out.

Taste: At first the taste is not there, the nitrogen kinda kills any flavor but finally some hops come through. They sneak up. After a few hops come up you can taste some sweetness. There is an annoying aftertaste. The taste isn't bad but it isn't great.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. There is not harsh carbonation. I don't think nitrogen is what a pale ale needs.

Overall not a bad brew but there are many better ones out there.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-22-2004 00:54:53 | More by Ellbert
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granger10

Wisconsin

2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I just hate these nitro cans. The only beer that I have tasted that is better/good in the nitro can is youngs dc stout. Enough of my rant i just had to get that off my chest. The pour is nice with a golden hue and a creamy head that settles about an inch thick. I seriously can't smell anything, the creamy head is blocking my sniffing abilities. The taste is also nothing. The nitro can has a way of blocking the actual taste of the beer. The creamy head is sticking to my mouth blocking all other tastes. Maybe a slight dextrin sweet taste at the back of my mouth. This beer also seems flat in my mouth, i dont get any carbonation when tasting it (i have no idea why this is). This is essentially brown water.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-08-2004 15:46:51 | More by granger10
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A typical nito-can display when poured. Substantial, long-lived and creamy soft head.

Smell is gentle with what strikes me as a whiff of Juicy Fruit gum (?!) in there.

Undistinguished gentle taste. Some bitterness that lingers for a bit, but otherwise quite unremarkable.

Everything about this beer is soft. No. Not soft. Whimpy. Utterly limp. This is a beer that can't be bothered – so neither can I. I pass.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-05-2004 22:34:55 | More by TerryW
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out thick and hearty with that fat nitro head. loods pretty good. the aroma is faint, very light hops and a somewhat boring "beer smell". in the mouth it is creamy and smooth, the head is frothy and it goes down easily. flavor wise it is weak, not terribly so, but pretty blah. faint malt here, very light hops there and all with an odd/off metallic taste. not bad but not good either. it is drinkable though, if there isnt anything better around.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-05-2004 07:30:12 | More by DESTRO
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canoehornpoint

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep darker yellow with thick creamy off-white head. Mildly sweet-malty aroma curbed by some neutral hops. Malty and creamy and rounded with some noble hops. Starts with medium body and finishes a bit fuller. I enjoy these as an easy drinking beer, primarily when there is nothing else "hoppy" available.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2004 00:15:17 | More by canoehornpoint
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tar

Bahamas

2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The nitro can results in an attractive "active" pour as there is a nice cascade of bubbles. Once all the action has died down, a very light golden beer is left with the standard sharp white "collar" of a nitro beer. A very mild, grassy aroma comes forth. Creamy, mild taste with a virtually non-existent finish, and an almost absence of hops. Not terrible tasting, but it certainly lacks most of the flavors present in the beers I really like. Very smooth and creamy (mostly from the nitro can) and as a result its easy to drink one of these. Overall, rather unimpressive, not a bad beer, but certainly far from spectacular, and one I'm unlikely to try again.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-27-2004 15:41:23 | More by tar
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dauss

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on nitro-tap in England at this fine pub. It was served mildly chilled so it wasn't very cold. The head was very creamy and
thick, just like guinness. It also had just a tiny bit of carbonation just like guinness. I think of it as a light guinness. It's not quite as thick and pours a hazy golden color with a white head. It definitely had some bitterness to it. Just so similar to guinness I have nothing else to compare it too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-25-2004 22:30:38 | More by dauss
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RootedFool

California

3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One pint nitro can purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Popped the tab and foam orgasmically erupted. I found my glass right away and dumped it in. Solid gold body with a water-fall-in-reverse of bright white foam. The head is utterly dense, barely a bubble spotted, bright white.

The nose is honey drizzled freshly cut grass, light and reserved.

Can't help but notice the mouthfeel first, creamy as can be and with that firm pillow of a head sinking across my upper-lip, ah! The taste is one extended undertone, it's that restrained -- begins with a quick nudge of bitterness, levels out into a watery honey sweetness, and closes on a softly blunt bitter tone like a shred or two of boiled lemon zest. Dry.

No carbonation to speak of.

Hey, it's a gorgeous beer. I wish it tasted as good as it looks, very drinkable nevertheless.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-13-2004 01:24:51 | More by RootedFool
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Gruntlumber

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer really looks like it was poured from a bar tap...great body. Boddingtons is so unique for being a light-looking golden beer that pours like an Irish stout; those widget things work well. Moving past the appearence, this is a very mild tasting brew. Not much smell to speak of, but while swallowing it feels like a Beamish or Murphys thanks once again to the nitrogen blast. Slightly sweet, this a good smooth drinking session brew that pairs great with spicey food.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-31-2004 21:15:01 | More by Gruntlumber
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cracked the top of this nitro-can and it sprayed everywhere. Pours brilliantly clear to a light copper color with a creamy white head. It leaves nice lace-work when sipped down. The aroma is of caramel malts, fruits..like apples, and a bit buttery. The flavor has a light caramel, diacetyl taste, with a bit of fruit. It is very light in body and smooth drinking. A definite session brew.

Sampled 12/30/03

Serving type: nitro-can

03-31-2004 18:11:59 | More by BeerBuilder
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint widget can.

What a beautiful pour. Golden orange on the bottom, carbination bubbling up to the $5 milk shake head ("I dont know if it was worth $5, but it was f'ing good"). Head kept its thickness and presence for a week and a half. Thick, rich full taste that doesn't overstay its welcome. Weak smell of hops and smooth creamy flow over the lips and past the gums. An old favorite, I've often heard of it as "Guinness Lite" and "White Guinness". This is extremely easy to drink, suitable for marathon nights of putting back the wet stuff or just enjoying with dinner. Not a bad run of the mill brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-27-2004 03:27:32 | More by fdrich29
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can – Poured a golden brew with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet with some malts coming through. Taste is very light but similar to Kilkenney or Guiness in a nitro can. This is not a bad beer just a good session beer. Probably won’t try that again since there is a lot more interesting session beer out there.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-22-2004 17:58:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a rather clear gold, with a tight and creamy single finger of white head that settles but retains nicely. The cascading effect is fetching. There's a fair amount of delicate lacing on the glass.

The aroma delivers a thin, light malt sweetness, along with undercurrents of toffee and butterscotch. A slight hops bitterness rounds out the finish.

The flavor brings the same thin, light malt sweetness to bear, along with the caramel and butterscoth I expect. There's also a biscuity presence shortly after the first wave. A creamy mild fruit character slides into the middle, mitigated by a burgeoning rounded hops presence. The finish is dominated by a slow fading bitter hops memory.

It's light bodied, but the distinct creamy feel fills the mouth warmly. There's a genuine lingering hops glow at the finish.

If only it tasted and smelled as good as it looks, or even as good as it feels in the mouth, it would be more well-rounded. As it is, it's all over the board, with the assets lessened by the almost-liabilities. I enjoyed it overall, but it's just so inconsistent in its various components. One has to love that creamy mouthfeel, but it doesn't overcome the thin aroma and flavor. It is indeed drinkable, because the basic consituents and mild ABV lend themselves to easy consumption. But I just can't get past the ups and downs to justify drinking this over something I know I'd enjoy more, or at least something new I want to try. Oh well, so it goes.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2004 16:14:45 | More by Foxman
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shirfan

New York

2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The nitro can imparts a beautiful pour and a fine-bubbled one-finger head which sticks around. This tops a clear, dark golden fluid devoid of any but the mildest leafy aroma.

Chilled, this is very bland. As it warms, a bit of flavor comes through; mild leafy hops and a sharply metallic finish...similar to licking an anodized watering pail. There are a few earthy malt tones to be had as well, but overall, too thin.

They have some canoes in Britain too, apparently.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-07-2004 03:28:57 | More by shirfan
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a nice thick head. Cool cascading effect (I love that).

Smells sweet, slightly crisp, a bit of a metallic scent.

Very full body, very smooth, touch of sweetness but not excessive. Slight buttery elements, weak bitterness. No other flavor really jumps out.

Not a particularly flavorful brew, but I could definitely drink several of these. Worth a try.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-06-2004 21:05:40 | More by Southernbrew
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber, the nitro produces rings of khaki and white as it settles down, a creamy white three finger head tops it off. Once the nitro ends, the body stays crystal clear with small streams of carbonation rising. Nitro may be a gimic but the appearance is nice.
Fruity, butterscotch, biscuity malt, and lighty toasted malt aroma.
Biscuity taste, butter, toffee, grassy, and mild citrus rind bitterness.
Light bodied and smooth, a mild session beer, seemed even lower in ABV than 4.7. Nothing too special, but a quality beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-02-2004 23:15:14 | More by mschofield
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 16oz nitro can.

Pours a pale clear copper with the familiar nitro cascade. Has an off-white and creamy head. Smell is lightly bitter.

Taste is a bit thin but creamy. A nice hoppy finish as it warms. But overall pretty plain. Very drinkable and smooth but nothing special.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-27-2004 00:50:48 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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