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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,126 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 78 | 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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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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watermelonman

California

2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The can popped with a gargle, and poured to a lovely golden color. It's got the Guinness-like bubble waterfall going on. Once that clears, it leaves a nice head that lasts for the duration of the pint. This is definitely one of the best-looking beers I've had recently.

Unfortunately, the smell and taste don't quite live up to the precedent set by the beer's appearance. It smells potent, but it isn't. The flavor is decent but nothing exciting.

A decent beer overall, but that look was just too much to live up to.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-26-2004 21:05:14 | More by watermelonman
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palma

New York

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

Dense golden/copper color body with a rich and creamy looking head. Light malt aroma with bready notes. A very mellow tasting brew with a sweet malty taste throughout and just enough bitterness in the end. Bready/biscuity aftertaste. Though this beer is light tasting, the mouthfeel is creamy and thick and has a low carbonation. This pairing of a light taste with a heavy mouthfeel adds to the beers complexity and makes it very enjoyable. Also surprisingly refreshing despite the thick and creamy mouthfeel. You can really pound these either on a hot summer day or during a cold night at the pub. A great session beer anytime.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-25-2004 02:46:01 | More by palma
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KingSlender

California

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boddingtons Pub Ale pours rich and creamy. You would think you're drinking milk. I love how the nitro capsule releases millions of bubbles which creates an authentic taste as though you're drinking it straight from the tap. A sweet and creamy nose gives way to a somewhat bitter and dry taste. The thick consistancy stands put throughout the glass and and a nice crispy clean aftertaste rounds off this beer. Boddingtons is a good dessert beer and is a nice change from the super hoppy beers that I usually drink.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a double chocolate fudge brownie

Serving type: nitro-can

02-21-2004 23:13:59 | More by KingSlender
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Zorro

California

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours good-looking darkish gold ale with a really thick head on it.

Smells really fruity and malty.

Taste is mild and full. This has a fruity taste and a mild maltiness and slight hops finish. Really might be better classified as a Mild Ale.

Mouthfeel is ok

Very drinkable if you want some thing light.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-12-2004 02:18:38 | More by Zorro
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emericanchaos

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very light colored golden ale. it pours like guinness with an immediate haze starting at the bottom and slowly rising into a dense, tight, firm head. head lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass, lacing a thick slowly falling film on the way down.

very light smelling brew with only hint of any type of beer scent.

tastes very soft and creamy. flavor is very unpronounced. mild flavor but not quite bland, just understated.

feels dense but soft. almost no carbonation at all.

very drinkable. only complaint is it's a bit heavy on the stomach. at least it was when i had it. i drank with food so it could be just my experience

when i first asked about this drink a lady patron said "it's like a beer milkshake". i was highly confused with this remark until i drank it. it really is like a beer flavored milk-shake. hard to explain but definetly worth a shot.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-04-2004 09:41:52 | More by emericanchaos
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Lupe

New York

3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a creamy white head that leaves wispy lace along the glass. Not much of an aroma, some flowery hops with a little malt in the backround. Medium bodied, creamy and very smooth. A fruity-floral flavor dominates with some bready-malt sweetness in the backround. Hops balance the beer out but are not assertive. Smooth and highly drinkable.

Served at a slightly warmer temperature then normal at a bar, which helped the flavor.

After having this on tap and enjoying it, I picked up a 4-pack of the nitro cans. Not the same at all. Tasted like a run-of-the mill pale ale that was creamier. Stick to this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2004 03:03:29 | More by Lupe
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PartyHatjo

Ohio

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

This ale pours a pale golden yellow with a frothy white head that reminds me of a cafe frappe with milk that I've had in Greece. There isn't too much presence of anything in the aroma, slight floral hop, but no malt. The taste however is an interesting mix of fruitiness and vanilla, with a good balance of slight sweetness and bitterness. I'm partial to the nitrogenated beers, and this one is no exception, as it makes the beer velvety-smooth. It's a fairly average alcohol content that you can't taste or feel, yielding a very high drinkability.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-29-2004 16:45:08 | More by PartyHatjo
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is one of the clearest ales that I have ever seen. It’s light orange and sheer as glass. The nice white foamy head never did go down all the way. This one looks terrific.

Smell – This has a rather light floral and citrus aroma without much of a malt balance. It smells like a session beer.

Taste – The taste doesn’t quite measure up to the aroma. There’s a bit of grass that invades the citrus and floral hopping, and the weak malt base doesn’t help. It’s not that it tastes bad, just a little too single-minded.

Mouthfeel – This ale is thin and extremely smooth, verifying my earlier assumption that it would make a great session ale. The feel on the mouth is light and puffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this one, although I’ve never had the opportunity to knock back a few Pale Ales in England proper. Maybe it doesn’t compare – but for the time being and keeping this one on my list of “buy again.”

Serving type: nitro-can

01-15-2004 01:26:48 | More by RoyalT
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yankeeheel

Maine

2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looks nice, I'll give it that. Pours a creamy tan with a white head that is partial to seperating itself from the beer when tilted. The head will never die. Smells weakly malty/hoppy.

Tastes weakly malty/hoppy with no real character. Thin in body and mouthfeel, low in alcohol. Guess it makes for something you can drink all night with your friends.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2004 14:21:16 | More by yankeeheel
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Ilacquin

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking beer. Pours a golden yellow after the nitro cascade dies down. Thick white head leaving lace down to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is undistinguished, a bit malty, but nothing really noteworthy.
Taste is a letdown after the initial appearance. A bit of hop, a bit of malt, nothing special. Mouthfeel is definitely thin.

Drinkability is very good, but why would you want to? I found no qualities in this beer that aren't better executed elsewhere.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-05-2004 23:48:11 | More by Ilacquin
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WallyBoag

California

4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite ale. Served from a can, this beer poured an extremely thick, creamy head that dissipated quickly. The color was a lightish yellow. Smelled rich and creamy. This was the first time I had experienced such a sweet dairy-like smell. Could have sworn there was milk in it. Tasted incredibly sweet and creamy, but felt a little harsh in the mouth for some reason, however this harshness was countered by the incredible taste. Easy to drink since the flavor was so incredible!

Serving type: can

12-19-2003 03:43:18 | More by WallyBoag
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boddington's is another English pale ale that would probably benefit from not being served in a nitro can. The nitro heavily softened the flavor of this beer, and it ended up being a bit more watery than another "nitro-ale", Tetley's.

This beer pours a blondish color out of the can. The cascading effect occurs, and we are left with a blondish-gold colored beer with a cream colored, 1-finger foam floating on top. This foam head lasts throughout the beer and leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is pretty average, with just some light malts and some fruity smell detectable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy to an extent, but has less body than Tetley's. The flavor is a bit dissapointing, as it is on the watery side. What is there is some light malt flavors, some slight notes of caramel, and a generic fruitiness. There is a low-moderate hop bitterness in the finish. This beer finishes out with a lower amount of dryness and some light grain and fruitiness in the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found here either.

I didn't take points off for appearance, even though I was tempted to when the contents of my can proceded to explode all over me upon opening it (and the same thing happened to my brother as well). Seeing as how these weren't even shook up, I would advise opening these in the sink. As for the beer, it is quite average in all respects and it doesn't pull any punches. Tetley's is in a similar vein to this beer but I found that one to be a bit more enjoyable than this.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-12-2003 19:12:38 | More by Beastdog75
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can opens extremely violently, every one opens with beer spraying. Pours with a huge thick, creamy head that hangs around, and leaves residue on your upper lip. I have heard that the US version can't compare to the UK version, which I hope is right. The head is delcious. The rest of the beer isn't very interesting. Malt and cereal grains, with nothing that special. I wouldn't get this again.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-03-2003 06:42:01 | More by TastyTaste
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

During a period that I spent working at a British-run astronomical facility in Hawaii, the British crew discovered that the local pub (with *nothing* on tap) had cans of Boddington's available. They did the only sensible thing they thought they could do: between the few of them, they drank every can of the stuff in the place. I was around, and so I was introduced to Boddington's. I always found it better than the alternatives at this pub anyhow (which was, of course, Bud and Coor's Light).

The usual nitro-can cascade eventually revealed a clear, pale, straw-yellow beer underneath a long-lasting super-dense marshmallow head. Underneath the beer was quiet. *Too* quiet.

A lightly hoppy, "beery" nose with some sweet and metallic notes started things off reasonably well. Some slightly fruity and tart aromas were present as well.

A clean light malt and somewhat hoppy flavour dominated. I imagine an estery quality that I generally associate with Belgians. Interesting... Unfortunately this alone isn't enough to distinguish this beer. It's fairly uninteresting.

The mouthfeel is quite thin and light, and the carbonation is nonexistant. It's not so great. However, it's light and inoffensive, so it's fairly drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-15-2003 06:56:09 | More by Garin
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guinness33

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a fairly boring brew here. it has the standard nitro tap look...awesome cascading effect which leaves a nice creamy head on top of a creamy golden body. the head of course lasts and lasts throughout the brew. in terms of smell an taste, i was hard pressed to come up with something definitive. there was a bit of floral sweetness in the smell, less so in the taste, which was watery overall with a slight bitterness, but certainly not as watery as a macro. this is a very smooth, very creamy brew that's easy to drink, and even though it's a 'different' choice while being fairly easy to find on tap, i'd prefer another commonly tapped brew, such as a sam adams or SNPA just about any time over this one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-05-2003 21:01:47 | More by guinness33
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SigEp

Florida

1.8/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nice to look at, I guess, pours a very see-through gold color with the nitro-head. Smooth mouthfeel due to the nitro and no real carbonation, which works for guiness because of the richness of the brew, but here just points out the places where this one truly lacks. Slightly sweet flavor, very little hops, in the nose or on the palate. The after-feel in the mouth is slightly chalky, like drinking dust. Tastes like a flat, bad, near-macro. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 19:19:05 | More by SigEp
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francisweizen

Alaska

2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a bad pint of this at the Goose in Brixton. The lines were obviously not cared for at that establishment and you can tell as this murky beer with no head arrived. The aroma was sour and bad, as was the taste. The mouthfeel was still creamy, but that did not save the drinkability at all on this one!

Serving type: cask

11-04-2003 05:33:24 | More by francisweizen
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diablo14

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

like so many things out of manchester- david beckham, oasis, man city, boddingtons is fairly overrated. not a terrible beer for sure, but i can think of several others ahead of it in the priorities.

very fluffly looking beer. cloudy but light yellow color with a thick creamy draught style head, it looks like it could blow away if a strong gust of wind went near it. nothing to report in the smell department (it 'smelled liked a beer' to quote my g/f) the flavor is also amiss, with no real malt sensations tho some honey style sweetness could be detected. no power in the AV either (3.8 here).
thin bodied, but easy to drink but thoroughly lacking in character overall. however, theres enuff there to be able to drink it and enjoy without feeling like youre compromising the standards.

its a shame that this is one of the most readily available english ales available over here, because there are just so many better. but then a suppose for the beer drinking appreciation levels of most aussies, im almost certain theyd think this was one of the most tasty and complex beers theyd ever tried. i suppose in the end it shows how good english brewers are. even their dud beers are drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 13:51:29 | More by diablo14
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PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow with its traditional very dense and creamy white head. A lot of lace - solid in places. Not much of a nose - a mild malt at best. Very thin mouthfeel and, really, not much aftertaste which I seek in my beer - some hops - but not flavourful enough for me. Its OK. If you bought it as your round I would be happy to drink it! Interbrew calls this a session beer which should explain it in a nutshell. As an aside: Interbrew lists this as 3.8 abv and my Canadian import says 4.7% abv.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-20-2003 16:16:47 | More by PiratePete
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

1.6/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served on nitro in a imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Burnished golden honey color with a thick and creamy white head. Craploads of lacing, but this is to be expected from nitro.

Smell: There is one? Über faint pale malts and herby hoppiness.
Taste: Again, there is one? Am I drinking water here? If you're patient, you can catch some glimpses of pale malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light.. oh so light bodied. This is carbonated water. Excuse me.. nitrogenated water.

Drinkability: Well.. this is one sorry ass replacement for Caffrey's. Curse you to hell, Coors! Still, this swill can be slammed home with ease. Stick with Guinness, you at least give off the appearance of looking manly.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-16-2003 04:27:12 | More by ManekiNeko
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess this is supposed to be an example of an English “session beer,” but it doesn't really rock my American palate. The widget-type bubbler gave a good tall, cascading head (and this from a can that sat in my fridge for two years) that stayed with the beer and left a nice lace on the sides. Could not detect much aroma, which is better than smelling skunky, I guess. English pub style watery mouthfeel was uninspiring, and I couldn't pick up much taste, just a little residual sweetness. Nothing lingers much after the swallow. Nothing terrible, just not great.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-29-2003 13:30:58 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Gusler

Arizona

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

Call me silly, but I've always liked this beer, especially from the tap. Pours a crystal clear gold color, the head large, creamy, bright white and the lace a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose fresh and clean, mostly malt and somewhat sweet, just like the start, top skinny in feel. Finish is lightly hopped, dry and a fine "Session" beer in my humble opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2003 02:51:46 | More by Gusler
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PZuke

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my effort to learn about English beer I decided to try Boddingtons. This beer pours a golden color with cascading and ending in a thick white head that has staying power. The hop and malt smells are present but they are very slight. This beer is classic to the style being extremely easy to drink and light and having a creamy mouthfeel. It could be considered mellow and maybe even a little watery. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting but this is a beer that you would have to start with. It would not be good to have after a in your face beer because it would be hard to appreciate its subtle tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2003 20:49:49 | More by PZuke
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