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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,376 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,376
Reviews: 1,059
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Photo of vancurly
4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love opening & pouring these nitro-cans... big psssht, and the impatient pleasure of watching the head settle...
I used to love this beer, long before I knew my Saaz from my Fuggles... so what's it like now ?
Pours a nice flat, white heavy nitro head, which persists throughout.... colour is a clear amber.
Initial aromas of banana bread, opening up to caramel malts
Fruity flavours of pear... almost, almost like Coopers' Ales without the PoR metallic-ness... Nutty hint, ever-so-slight sweet note...
No carbonation, which helps demonstrate a good mouthfeel... nice body, with a decent bitterness
Very much a session pint...and a good drink.

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

This isn't a bad ale, it just isn't that great. I prefer Abbot Ale to this hands down. It still beats the macro crap out in restaurants or local bars.

A - Nothing to write home about, although I do like the color scheme on the can.

S - Not bad

T - Is better than average, but not the best English ale I've had.

M - Decent. Not too heavy or sticky

D - I could easily drink this.

Photo of StargherKing
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried this in a nitro-can. I still don't have the Guinness "perfect pour" down, but these Boddingtons cans makes it a cinch. Pours completely head, settles over the course of 2-3 minutes to a 1/4 inch, very creamy, very sturdy head. Almost pure white in color. The beer itself is a golden, coppery color. Mostly clear, just the slightest hint of opacity. Smell is malty, hoppy, smells very much like an ale. Taste is very similar to the scent, though the unbelievably creamy mouthfeel tricks the mind into sensing more maltiness than is probably there. The mouthfeel is amazing, rich like cream, and amazingly thick for an ale. The drinkability is good. I'm personally not a huge fan of ales in general, so it's not quite my favorite, but the mouthfeel really brings it together quite a bit. I'm sure for an ale lover this would be a must-have.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, slightly copper color with a thick, soapy white head, and the classic nitro cascading bubbles. lots of little bubbles clinging to the glass. Nice head retention. Relatively fresh smelling. Smells a bit of yeast and malt. Not alot of hop presence. Nice maltiness to the taste i wish it had more hops to balance it out. Very creamy mouthfeel. An interesting beer for me to try, but i wish it had more flavor.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't ever tried this beer, but we were at a high-priced restaurant for dinner, and this seemed like the best offering from their beer list. It is rather pretty, a nice gold color with a very thick white head. Mostly nondescript thereafter. A mild grain aroma. Somewhat sweet taste with a little bit of hops. But it was refreshing, and I would imagine it to be sessionable.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this is actually the first time i've ever tried this beer i think. i am really suprised. the beer practically bursts out of the can upon opening and when poured produces a super creamy white head. tiny bubbles float to the top giving it nice eye appeal. the smell has something to be desired. a cross between beer and cat urine. definitly not a great smell but 100 times better than some american macros i've tried. the taste is very creamy. very smooth. i can definitly feel the pub style thing going on. if you close your eyes you're almost there. very mellow flavors. very sessionable. i definitly dig the nitro version of this more than the guinness nitro, if the two can be compared.

Photo of Gatch
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this stuff. It was what I expected it to be for a Pub-style Ale. I drank it from the can, so I can't say much about appearance. The head was very creamy though. It smells a little bitter, but in a good way. I could definitely buy a 4-pack and enjoy them through the night. When drinking it, it makes you feel like you're in an English Pub. It's a smooth, very drinkable pale ale and has just the right bitterness. Authentic and enjoyable. Pick it up.

Photo of justincolts
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had always seen this beer in countless liquor stores and always thought about picking one up, but never did until tonight. I just bought one and it came in the nitro can with the widget inside. I poured the can into a clear, clean beer glass.

A- From the pour, it produces a very light creamy head. The beer itself is very golden in color, and visually pleasing.

S- There was very little smell at all to be had or desired.

T- A very light, smooth taste.Somewhat sweet but no distinct flavoring.

M- Very smooth and creamy

D- Certainly could be worse, but for someone looking for a lot of varying aromas or flavors it doesn't have a whole lot to offer, yet nonetheless, I certainly found it drinkable and would have no problem drinking another.

Photo of TheSarge
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks much better than it tastes or smells. It produces a rich creamy looking head from the nitro wigit, and the body is golden with a slight amount of haze. This Pub Ale smells very metallic, and that's pretty much it. It seems to have a slight ginger taste. Something I find unique. Lastly, for an ale this tastes a bit "lagery."

Photo of Shadman
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried a 500 ml can at a local pub...had to put up with the "what the hell is that" from the locals...worth the $4.50 right there.

Nice copper amber coler with a whiter-than-white cream head that stayed 1 finger thick the entire time.

No real smell...but then skunk would have a hard time penetrating that thick head.

a very smooth ale with just a hint of roasted malt and a slightly bitter hop finish.

Very smooth and easy to drink...will order this one again and not just to amuse the local 'bar flys'.

Photo of drewbage
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh from the classic pub can into a nice tulip pint glass.

Aroma is a fruity. Apples, bananas, low subtle, grassy hop characters rising out of a tight thick white head. At least one nice side effect of the nitro can.

Beer is bright clean copper with almost no flaws to it.

Flavor is sweet caramel biscuits wflowing out of a light body. A slightly metallic and mineral enchanced bitterness that strikes and dries out the middle of the tongue.

Overall an eh beer cause there's not much there, there. Realiable and dependably boring.

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a creamy two finger head that builds beautifully like a cascading waterfall. A great beer to look at. Nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: no real discernable aroma here.

Taste: a grainy malt profile here. Caramel candy sweetness, mild bitterness, and a hint of fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Creamy from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste, almost a clean one.

Drinkability: as it’s called – pub ale - means a nice session beer to have while talking it up at the pub. Just wish there was some aroma here.

Photo of Umbra
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out with an absolutely enormous creamy bright white head. The head looks like a meal all unto itself. This creamy spectacle sits upon a light orange/yellow slightly hazy beer. I love watching this beer "settle down". The lacing is extraordinary, especially around the portion of the pint where you sip. At the end it seems all the lacing from the sides of the glass slip down to the bottom and leave you with a dollop of cream.

Virtually no aroma here. Slight maltiness. No hop scent. The taste is smooth and creamy, with a crispness at the end not really a hop character to me, but a definite finish to the taste is present. As much as I love the nitro can widget, I have to say that on tap there is absolutely no off-flavor present that the widget can sometimes provide.

Photo of granite
1.88/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nitro-can into a pint glass

A--- Poured a pale straw with a typical nitro head.

S--- Acetaldehyde and solvent-like aromas.

T--- Metallic tasting with mild bitterness. A little malt emerged after it warmed up a little.

M--- Thin to medium bodied. It would be watery if it was not for the beer gas.

D--- To much cane sugar in the grist most likely caused the cider aroma and thinned out the body. The metallic taste could only come from the can so I'm not sure if the aluminum was exposed or just a poorly crafted can. Honestly, it was just awful

Photo of JOaikido
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

440 ml nitro can.

A- Little bubbles that stick to the glass inside the beer. Small head of little nitro bubbles, very white. Colour is an OK looking amber with orange highlights.

S- Light malt with fruity berry notes. Typical pale ale but weak and with little hops. Melon or green grape odour becomes prominent as the beer warms.

T- Quite watery. Light malt and fruit (like the smell). Burst of bitter hops towards the finish.

MF- Watery. The nitro-can feel doesn't help out this beer at all. This would probably be better carbonated.

D- Bland mouthfeel detracts. The mild flavour and light feel make it easy enough to down. Would quench your thirst on a hot day. An OK beer, but not one I intend to ever buy again.

Photo of hckyfn9999
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a nice white head. Always nice to watch the nitros settle in my opinion, although this isnt as nice as the stouts. Aroma is faint with a little fruit in there. Taste is a little malty and more of the fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little carbonation as typical of the nitro. This is an easy drinker, decent towards the end of a session. Nothing spectacular here, just an easy drinking, low flavor, pale ale.

Photo of mattcrill
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light malt aroma. Pleasant sweetness reminiscent of honey or carmel. A light bready note that is present but not overstated.

Appearance: A tight and creamy white head. A cloudy straw colored pour with streams of carbonation through the body. Head retention is amazing. Clarity isn't as brilliant as expected.

Flavor: A pleasant sweetness that follows the aroma. Honey and carmel notes here and there. It is balanced by some bittering English hop notes toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and low carbonation. A drying sensation is left on the palate. No alcohol warmth or astringency noted.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable. Well balanced and dead-on for the style. Not sure if the nitro can affected the clarity or what. I'm assuming they filter this beer but the clarity was pretty dull on this one. Nothing outstanding but it's beer. I guess that's why it's an "ordinary" bitter. Lives up to it's classification.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.17/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I feel like there was something about this beer that I just didn't get. I opened the can and foam came gushing out. Not to be outdone, I dumped a mix of foam and beer into my glass and let it settle a bit. Appearance was good - a golden color with very abundant head like you'd see on cask-conditioned beer.

And then my opinion began to fade a bit. This beer smelled like nothing. Taste was also very mild and (dare I say it?) boring. Mouthfeel was extremely flat, particularly given how much head this beer initially had. I feel like there's an appeal that I'm not detecting, but as it was, I thought it was pretty marginal.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the nitro can to a thick creamy color that quickly turned to a light golden, with medium white head that lingered well into the glass and left decent lacing. However, there was very little after that. Aroma was very hard to distinguiish, with hints of nutty malt, tasste was more of the same. Body was very thin, which all led to a watery palate and a ho-num aftertaste.

A very bland beer, and not nearly what I expected.

Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have had this several times: initially, when I didn't know any better, I was a bit taken by it. The color is a pale pale translucent yellow. This has a massive head (due to the nitro); it just comes pouring out. While this is pleasing to watch, I can't help but feel that using the nitro is cheating. This had a weak smell: faint hops and esters. The taste was fairly bland: creamy and buttery. Not very complex at all. The nitro again helped out with the mouthfeel; it is a pleasure to drink something with this much carbonation. However, there are better beers to go to then this.

Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold (after the cascading nitro effect wears off) with a nice lasting creamy nitro head, light carbonation, and decent lace. Light sweet light malt aroma and flavor. Definitely leans malty for a "bitter" ... little to no hops noticeable. Medium bodied and smooth from the nitro ...

An easy drinking simple ale; unfortunately with little character though.

'L6 293' lasered on the bottom
Tasted: 12/25/06

(16 oz. tall nitro/widget can)

Photo of Daytripper42
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my all-time favorite beers.

This beer is a dark golden color and leaves a perfect head when poured into a glass. Has a fruity aroma that lingers in the taste.

Mouthfeel, in my opinion, is exceptional. It has that creamy feel to it that helps it go down better. The flavor is of honey and light fruit. It's very hard to find a flavorful, thick beer around here and this is definitely that. I don't understand why the rating on this site isn't a little bit higher.

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

Pint-sized nitro-can, served in a nonic. After pouring, it cascades for awhile and settles to an unfiltered, almost lifeless, light amber that is topped with a thick inch of dense, cream head that leaves heavy sheets of lacing and retains a half-inch throughout. The aroma is light, sweet and doughy, with hints of caramel/bubblegum and maybe some fruits (pear?) .The flavor adds to this only hints of leafy/green hops and the beer is light in body, carbonation, and finish, but it is fairly smooth. Seem to remember it being a little better than this - definitely not seeking it out again.

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