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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 1,058
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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Photo of jarmby1711
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Settled to a 1.5 finger cremy head atop an orangeish beer that strangely had many ine bubbles adhering to the pint glass into which it had been poured .
A bit of insipid molasses to the bouquet.Not offensive but not enticing either.
If anything can taste like caramel without most of its sweetness then this is it.
It starts witha yeasty tartness and then kaboom , the caramels hit the palate.
Like the small it isnt unpleasant it is just boring .
The mouthfeel is balanced and the best part of the beer
1 pint of this at a time is enough for me.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can, poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow/amber, with thick white head.

S: Smell of sweet malts and English Fuggle/Goldings hops.

T: English maltiness and slight hop character, but a metallic twist that was off-putting.

M: Thin, too watery, smooth, but not too creamy.

D: Average in the can, but much better on draft.

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

--Came in the nitro can in a St. Pat's day promo pack that included 2 Boddingtons, 2 Guiness, 2 Kilkenny and 2 Harp.
--Poured a nice copper in color with some awesome cascading (thanks to the nitro can). A great white thick head that lasted throughout.
--slight citrus smell, nothing outstanding.

This beer has sentimental value for me as it reminds me of my time living in England. It is not the best beer out there but still one that I would have no worries about ordering in a pub or even a can. Thx

Photo of jayfarley3
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 440ml nitro can into a pint glass.

A - pours a nice amber color with a thick white head, watching it settle after you pour it is probaly the coolest thing about this beer.

S - smells kind of sweet, its hard to tell, the aroma is not very strong.

T - the flavor is sweet, not much else there.

M - this beer goes down smooth and creamy just like the can says.

D - this beer wasnt terrible, but its not bitter enough for me.

Photo of TheBierBand
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass to produce a 3/4" creamy head with the nitro effect cascading bubbles. The liquid was a nice amber clear.

The aroma was floral and yet had a metallic twang.

The taste was not so good. Bitter, but not in a good way... I like a hoppy bitterness, but this was bitter... kind of like eating banana peels.

Mouthfeel: thin with very little carbonation. I don't like the nitro can effect.

Drinkability: If I must.... but I hope I can get some others to help me finish this f pack of cans....

Photo of ChrisCage
4.53/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Smooth pouring, with a thick,creamy white head that keeps its
retention decently for short period and then dissapears for the most
part after about 10 mins. Dark golden in colour and very
clear.Visually appealling with all those bubbles rising to the top of the

S- Very mild with a hint of sweetness and minimal hops in the
aroma....definately not an overpowering stench

T- Very mild much like the smell with a bit of a honey flavor followed by
a small hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Definately easy on the
palate overall

M- I liked the feel of this....not real heavy but more of a light
cream texture. It glides down the back of my throat easily and I
enjoyed the VERY slight carbonation

D- Simply put, this is a good, decent beer....very easy to drink with the low carbonation and balanced flavor. I think that I could handle at least a couple of these in a sitting as it's not overly heavy, but heavy enough. I was definately satisfied and have come back to it on a few occasions already in my short beer drinking career and enjoy it a little more each time.

Photo of bashiba
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark yellow with the perfect white nitro head.

Has a light sweet banana smell with a bit of cut grass.

Taste is very light with just a touch of sweetness and bitterness coming through, with a little bit of that banana smell penatrating into the flavor with a bit of grassyness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy.

An easy to drink English Pale, but lacking in the depth and complexity compartment.

Photo of peabody
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out kind of a weak Ice Tea color with two fingers of really tiny white bubbles. The can says they employ a small recyclable device in the ale.
Yeast and slight malt are the only things I am detecting odorwise.
Taste is sweet and weak. Can't detect much going on here but it doesn't taste bad.
Probably a good session beer. I bet it's better in the pub!

Photo of letsgopens
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a nitro-can this English Pale Ale pours a thick creamy nearly all head that settles quickly to a 3/4 inch that holds very well. Orange gold with amber highlights visible.

The aroma is not well pronounced. A bit of wheat and faint malt, little else. Even though I wasn't sure what to expect from this selection, I was disappointed.

Flavor wise, it is initially bland. A little wheat and a curious hint of unripe banana in the finish. Faint hints of citrus and cream.

The mouthfeel is this beer's only saving grace (if I had to come up with one). Very creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. Certainly does not merit another can in the near future.

Photo of theopholis
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Of course, with the nitro-can, you get that awesome cascading effect. Body is a nice, failry clear amber color. The head is an off-white color tat is tight and has amazing staying power. Some lacing.

Aroma - Very malty with some malt sweetness, and just enough hop nose for you to know it's beer. As it warms, you get a bready/yeasty aroma.

Taste - Nice malt profile combined with a nice, light bittering hop flavor. Bit of a burnt toast after-taste. Not fantastic, but nice.

Mouthfeel - Body is smooth and creamy. Carboantion is very tight and appropriate for the style. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth, giving a nice aftertaste.

Drinkabity - Not great, but not bad. Well worth a try.

Photo of xav33
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boddingtons Pub Ale
Pint draught can
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, buzzed over 05/07.

Poured a clear gold with a huge frothy white somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate sweet bread, honey and light grass

Taste was upfront moderate sweet banana bread and honey and light bitter grass followed by a strong bitter grass and light to moderate honey on a short to average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and lightly astringent and metallic.

Overall, a personal favorite, especially on draft. The can has a more disappointing feel, you just don't get the same full head. It's really hard to pour into a pint glass immediately after opening. Minus points for that. On tap it's a different story though. Flavor is satisfyingly crisp and green, and mouthfeel is caresssing.

Photo of elricorico
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nitro-pour appearance, creamy two finger head sits on top and really lasts. The beer itself is a fairly normal pale ale colour, sort of a burnished gold.

Smells of sweet malt, a sort of butter toffee aroma. Light floral hop aroma mixes in. Tame, but not bad.

Taste is thin, slightly fruity and a little herbal. I know there are malts and hops in here, but it all just seems to run together as one bland flavour. The odd swallow makes me wince.

Mouthfeel, though boosted by the nitro can, is watery. Very faint carbonation as well. Thin and limp.

Not a beer I enjoy. Would try again in a different serving type, but I wouldn't be hoping for much.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A- clear copper body. Perfect one-finger creamy smooth white head. Great head retention.

S- smells like old macro lager. Not very appealing.

T- sweet malt upfront and not much else. Hints of a bitter hop aftertaste. Carmel lingers.

M- amazing. Very smooth and creamy as the can states. One of the smoothest beers Ive had. Low carbonation and fairly thick body.

D- This was good. I will probably pick this up again- if I can find it again.

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

Over all a good beer. When poured into the glass, has a Guinness like cascade, turning into a very nice golden hue with a think creamy head. A beautiful sweet smell. Both smell and taste have hints of honey. Very smooth.

Makes a fantastic Black and Tan when used with a Guinness nitro can.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into a pint glass.

Pours out with that lovely cascade brought on by the nitro can. Slightly hazy looking light copper color with a marshmellow white head.

Smell is nice. Fruity hops and some sugary malt.

Taste is the same. Sweet malts and just a bit of hop flavor. Not earth-shaddering, but good.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, but about right for the style. Low abv and smooth taste equal good drinkability.

Photo of TravelingBeerMug
4.15/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After watching the ferocious air bubbles from the nitro can subside, I observed a rich golden color that is not quite copper, but looked similar to some lagers I have seen. The head is creamy and tan. The smell is a hardly noticible sweet English-type scent. Though the flavor is quite watered down, I really liked it and it tastes like pure malt. Very mild, sweet, and flat. This beer is very easy to drink and I could probably chug these all night. It would be best to balance this one out with something more bitter because it really does drink like water.

Photo of Boppar
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stoney's. It pours the glorious straw gold with a majestic, fluffy nitro head that is its calling card. This is a pretty beer. Yes, it relies on nitro even more heavily than Guinness does, but I'm ok with that.

Not much going on in the smell department. Faint notes of honey.

Fairly simple and straightforward taste: namely honey.

Gorgeous mouthfeel. Thanks to the nitro, this beer is silky, and creamy.

This is high-class session beer. The only thing that would limit drinkability is that honestly, I might start to want something with a little more chutzpah as the night progresses. But that's just me.

Photo of bosco7
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful creamy head and copper color. Poured into a nonic.

I get some hay and grain in the nose and thats about it.

Tastes alright. No sweetness. Flavors include grass, metal, and fruity esters. Bitter/tannin aftertaste kind of odd.

Mouthfeel is watery. Can drink a lot of these in a sitting, though I would prefer something with flavor. If you really have the craving for a nitrogenated bitter/pale ale go for Old Speckled Hen.

Photo of gotweid
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer for the 1st time on tap and find myself purchasing a 4 pack every now and then. It has a very weak aroma but it surprisingly sweet, it's one of the sweetest beers I've ever tasted. The head filters smoothly and quickly and disappears rather rapidly. Despite the sweetness, this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. It goes well with spicy foods (like a nice set of boneless wings). I have yet to homebrew this for various reasons but highly recommend it. Most women love this beer, I think because of it's sweetness.

Photo of neenerzig
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had never had this beer before and saw it on tap at a bar a few days ago. This beer is a pale medium clear golden color with a white head that was maybe 1/2 an inch thick when being drawn from the tap. It was all but gone 2-3 minutes after being drawn, leaving little lacing. Somewhat weak aromas of malt and hops were present with maybe a hint of lemon or citrus. I found the taste to be sort of bland, with flavors of malts and hops again with a touch of lemon. Not very complex and again just not enough flavor all around. Has a light to medium body, crisp and smooth mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation. Maybe the beer was flat? I don't know. I was certainly not impressed. I'd be willing to give this beer another try sometime. Easy to drink.


Photo of BladeRunner
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be quite honest I really like this beer. It's a very creamy, sweet beer. It does appear to be thick when served, but it still went down quite smoothly. It's a nice yellow/white head looker, but nothing to admire.

I'd call it the dessert beer, because it was the sweetest beer I've ever tried. I didn't find a hint of bitterness with this beer. IMO, it's like no other Ale I tried, not to say it's the best Ale, but in my experience it's the most original so far.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I aquired Boddingtons Pub Ale as part of a pint/nitro can - European Sampler Mix Pack

Amber color with a nitro induced head, hazy at first, cleared up as the nitro wore off

Smells like a malt liquor, sweet

Tastes very similar to an Olde English 800, or is it just me?

A little too much malty sweetness for me

Despite the over-powering malt sweetness, I think I could do a few of these over the course of an evening

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

Gushed out of that gimmicky nitro-can thingy and into a glass -- as well as all over the table. Pale hazy orange with that fine-grained and giant head that you always get from the hiss-pop nitro thingy. Clean crisp hop smell, more hoppy than usual for a British beer. Taste is creamy and light on the tongue -- almost feels like it's floating over your tongue. Then you taste the hops -- again, unusual for a British beer. This one has a bit of that "I'm tasting the leaves" hoppyness that I usually associate with an American micro. Taste is light and unremarkable really, but not bad.

All in all, this it the best hiss-pop nitro-thingy beer I've tasted so far.

Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was very interesting. Looked like it was going to be very thick at first. It poured an opaque, golden color with a thick white head. After the few minutes, the body became clearer as the beer began to settle. Once the body of the beer settles, the head has good retention and the body becomes a nice, dark amber color. The smell was farily malty although not overbearing. The taste was nice and smooth going down with malts very prevalent. Almost as abrasively malty as a malt liquor beer, but not as pungent or acidic. A nice, thikc mouthfeel that was reminiscent of a Guinness (not the one straight from the tap in Dublin). Nice, smooth, easy drinking. Type of a beer you can drink all night and not even worry about it. Despite the thickness and malty characteristics, not too filling.

Photo of sopclod
4.22/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my bmc killer; when I want a smooth, cold, somewhat watery beer that I can chug mercilessly, this is it right here. I know that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but to me there are different beers that serve different roles, and this beer fills its role with aplomb. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
74 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.