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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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73
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2,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,416
Reviews: 1,073
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 28
Gots: 188 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of david131
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A perfectly clear dark yellow liquid with a beautiful white head. I love pouring a nitro-can. Leaves some good lacing.

S- Very light. Maybe some light honey and hops. Nothing all that special.

T- Some honey and corn. Has a distinctive British flavor to it.

M- Very smooth, almost flat tasting. But it still has a lot of flavor. The head keeps things somewhat creamy.

D- A pretty good beer. Nothing all that special, but would make a good sessionable beverage.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a gusher... golden straw color, nitro-induced head. some lace.

aroma is very faint. hint of grain.

taste isn't bad, but quite ordinary. honey-like background. mild hop bitterness. malt not very prominent. actually has slight metallic finish.

pretty thin, though the nitro helps a little.

eh, there are worse things out there.

Photo of umustdrink
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Irish pub

A - Light orange color with a bright white silky head, very smooth with tons of lacing.

S - Light and sweet corny aroma.

T - Sweet corn with some lightly bitter hops, cereal malts and a faint sweet honey taste.

M - Nitro-tap makes for a superbly smooth drink. Silky body with minimal carbonation.

D - Overall this was pretty nice on a Thursday night. I would have enjoyed it more had I been outside. Not at all complex but what's there is good.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear copper with a thin but creamy head that hangs around. Aroma, A light hint of honey and malt. Taste has light malt and hops that seems watered down, flat. Mouthfeel is light - medium and creamy with light carbonation that makes for an easy drinker though.

Photo of MTNboy
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- This ale sets the standard for what beer should look like. It forms the perfect head. The head is consistent and very creamy. A nice gold colored body.

Smell- The malt and the hops are both balanced in the smell.

Taste- Very balanced but both the sweetness and bitterness are mild. Slightly banana like.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and thick.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the nitro in this makes for a beautiful, thick, creamy, long-lasting pure white head and lacing in this clear light copper ale. not much of a nose on this, maybe a hint of sweet malt and some grassy, floral notes. very thin taste...a bit grainy with a lack of malt and hop presence. mouthfeel is helped by the creamy nitro but still kinda watery. this is a sessionable beer but kind of a one-trick pony (the nitro).

Photo of cruland
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours wonderfully and has a slow-developing head (very similar to Guinness). Once it settles it has a nice, rich look.

Smell: Simply isn't there. Honestly, Miller Lite has a more potent aroma.

Taste: Very smooth, very pleasant to drink. The after-taste is mild with a hint of bitterness/hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: About as close to perfect as you can come without quite being there.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with remarkable 2 finger head. The head can definately hold it's own. Very sweet smelling, with little to no hop nose. Taste is almost honey sweet with a pleasant but not exceptional aftertaste. Mouth feel is very smooth and creamy. (cream ale) Drinkablilty is very good since this is a very mild brew. Not a regular by any stretch of the imagination, but a passive cream ale for occasional consumption.

Photo of biggmike
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of these yesterday with lunch. Pours into a creamy head, very similar to a golden-colored Guinness. I really wanted to like this beer, but the flavor was slightly bland. Might have been too cold to bring out all the flavors, as most Americans don’t know that all beers are not best served ice-cold. Still, a very drinkable beer that I will give another try at a slightly less cold temperature.

Photo of iceball585
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very golden color w/ good head that stays

S- Kind of a cream ale smell

T- Strong taste of honey

M- The nitro gives it a very full body, very smooth

D- Easy to drink

I definatly love this beer. Many people shy away from nitro beers but I feel that it only makes them easier to drink. It gives this beer a very smooth and full bodied taste.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.51/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into glass stein.

Darker brown ale color. Beautiful show it put on.
Spectacular head. Creamy 2 inches. Stuck around for as long as it took me to drink it.

Smell was okay but cleaner smelling than others. Earthy.

Taste was the best part. First drink was like drinkin the tears of a lifelong enemy. It was amazing. Smooth and creamy, had a slight bite, Perfect in my ale book so far.

Same with mouthfell. Exceptional.

Drinkablilty. You know. Easy to drink by far. Almost dangerously easy to drink.

I will buy this many times im sure of it.
Great buy $6.29 for a four.

Must try.

Photo of nafnikufesin
4.24/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful cascading looks with a tightly packed head, golden color. Slight sweetness in the smell. Smooth creamy texture, with hints of sweetness at the front of the mouth that blend nicely with a mild hops in the aftertaste. One of my favorite beers, I could drink this one all night.

Photo of jar2574
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from one of their special cans. Nice creamy head. Light golden color. Very light, can see through this beer quite easily. Lowish level of carbonation.

Smells ok. Grassy, a little skunky. Not sold on the taste. Slightly bitter. I'd say it actually leans towards malts rather than hops, which isn't what I was expecting. Not awful, but nothing I'm gonna enjoy. The nice thick creamy head keeps this from being a disastrous choice. The beer itself is quite watery and light. Probably an ok session beer.

Photo of bort11
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Grinder's

Served in a standered tumbler pint glass. When set on the table, the head starts at the bottom of the glass and slowly drifts up to the top settling as an inch thick creamy cap. That's just cool to see. The color left behind is a darker straw yellow.
Smell is biscuity and a little sweet.
Mouthfeel is all about the creaminess. If this wasn't from England, I would call it a cream ale. I had this with a plate of hot wings, and it was pefect to tame the heat.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.41/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i heard the boddingtons brewery has closed, or will soon be closing, and that there's only specualtion of another brewery taking on the task of crafting this wonderful ale. with that being said, i've been drinking my fill in case it becomes unavailable one day.

A- the nitro can pops and you have to hurry up and pour before it overflows. it went into my pint glass like milk and immediately bagan cascading from opaque to transparent in typical nitro fashion much like a light colored guinness only way faster leaving 1 1/2in of creamy ivory head that just doesn't go away, creating a constant hard line between the foam and the clear tangerine-golden ale. it took me 10 minutes to drink this beer and the last gulp was all foam.

S- fresh baked banana bread with malt or biscuit in the background and a very slight copper/nickel aroma.

T- bitter banana peel, mild honey, faint sweet citrus, yeasty bread and plain pizza dough with a fresh bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

MF- smooth and creamy, ALMOST full bodied with very light carbonation.

D- the complex yet mild taste and delicate carbonation makes it hard to resist chuggin the entire thing down. i can, and have drank the whole 4 pint can pack in one sitting. thumbs up to boddingtons. i hope they stick around for another couple hundred years.

Photo of CortexBomb
2.61/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fairly plain jane brew that happens to come from England.

Pours a medium amber with a decent bit of head on top. The nose is slightly malted, really not a whole lot going on there.

The flavour is similarly decent but unremarkable, some malts, a hint of sweet caramel somewhere back there, but nothing that stands out.

The mouth is fuller than average for the style, so decent marks there. Drinkability is dead-on average, nothing special.

Overall, a somewhat generic beer. I know that pales generally are more straight-forward in their profile, but I would like to have something try to take centre stage, and it didn't feel like that was happening here.

Photo of CharlieMopps
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a shiny orange hue that's completely transparent. The nitro-can causes slow settling, which eventually results in one finger of dense head forming on top. The head dissipates incredibly slow, painstakingly even, as it remains nearly static.

S: A hint of caramel amidst a malty and lightly hopped bouquet. Smells of relaxed English hops, but also much like a Fosters or similar mass-produced beer. Perhaps partially from the nitro?

T: A weak malt flavor crosses the lips and leads into a very flat taste; not flat in the sense of carbonation, but more in the sense of the flavor not going much of anywhere. A smattering of hops adds a slight bitterness that's enjoyable, but the good aspects are washed away in a torrent of watery bubbles.

M: Herein lies the problem. The nitro-can adds a deceiving body to this beer, one that would taste a lot better were it not having the bad taste of the artificial carbonation. Seems like nitro-can beers continually have this problem; half is too watery, while the other half is too carbonated with that strange aftertaste. Unfortunate.

D: Its mildness makes for easy sipping, but it just doesn't have the characteristics I look for in a beer worth trying again. Oddly enough, the cream of Manchester was one of the earliest beers that brought me into the specialty import/craft beer fold. Now, it doesn't seem to stack up against other similar beers, or even the way I used to remember it.

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
3/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.91/5  rDev +23%
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
2.83/5  rDev -11%
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
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
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
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%
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
glass.

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
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
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!

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