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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,449
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 31
Gots: 209 | 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 Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 1 pint can a dull, slightly hazy gold with a solid 2 finger head of foam with lots of lacing. It *is* a nitro can after all. ;^)

The smell has a nose of bitter hops and a touch of honey sweetness.

The taste matches the smell...good hop bitterness(no citrus really, just bitter) with some honey sweetness and some metallic taste. Silky smooth mouthfeel here and it finishes slightly bitter; the finish is actually the only part that I don't fancy too much but over all, this is a pretty good taster and so darn easy to drink. I don't know why I like Boddingtons, I just do and I buy it every so often.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an insane head and retention with a nice orange color.

Apple phenol comes out with pale and caramel malts.

Taste is incredibly light bodied with a smooth creaminess from the nitro. The hop bitterness is mild. This beer is very light, but smooth and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy from the nitro but otherwise is watery.

A no frills beer really.

Photo of Bugsey
2.43/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The most remarkable thing about this beer is the way the head forms. I love to show my kids the glass and the foam separates from the beer and moves up. It's quite a cool science experiment.

That's the best part, because the taste is not so exciting.
The mouth feel and taste are very thin, almost like the beer was watered down. I just can't get past that. Sure there are other things to say, but they are minor compared to the wateriness.

Photo of Squelch
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light british ale with a smooth mouthfeel due to the nitro head produced from the widget. Hops bitterness was very present in this beer, with a light, thin mouthfeel. Low ABV makes this a very drinkable thirst quencher. The last can I had had a slight metallic twinge to it that didn't play well with the hops. I feel they could have gone a little lighter on the hops to balance out the beer.

Photo of usmittymc
3.91/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from nitro-can into standard pub glass

A- Medium golden color with the anticipated high bubble activity from the nitro widget. Developed the characteristic smooth creamy white head that hangs around throughout the session

S- I don't know exactly what it is with nitro cans and bottles, but I don't get much variety on the nose with nitro can/bottled products.

T- Slightly bitter, very faint sweetness (honey?)

M- Very smooth and creamy on the palate

D- With a relatively low ABV, it is easy to kill the 4 pack at a hurried pace.

Photo of monkeybeer
4.04/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a rich creamy golden cloudy yellow with a foamy white head. Clears to a clear golden yellow wile maintain the white head and lacing.
S- Sweet, Clean hoppy smell
T/M- Okay so the Taste is not much extremely light some what watered down with a creamy mouth feel and a slightly hoppy after taste. Mouth feel is very nice and smooth.
D- Not quick sure why I like this so much it is almost like drinking air, it goes down very smooth and I find myself always ready for another. The 4 pack just seems to disappear over the course of the night. The price is right for it when it is on sale. It is a nice beer to have around and goes with everything.

Photo of SargeC
4.36/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful honey-gold color with a dense, creamy white head.

Smell: Hints of clover with a tough of alcohol.

Taste: A sweet nectar beginning with a sweet malty fullness that finishes with a kiss of hops.

Mouthfeel: The creamy smooth quality of this beer is mesmerizing. Leaves a bit of a waxy feel behind.

Drinkability: A treat to drink. This beer makes a nice addition to a drinking session featuring beers that are more aggressive. It soothes the senses and prepares them for the next round.

Photo of burnstar
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold. Nice dense long lasting head. Sweet malty aroma with fruit notes. Mild with a malty flavor. Biscuity. Very light bitterness in the finish, otherwise no real noticable hop flavor. Balanced and mild overall. Low carbonation and creamy texture. Very drinkable. Definitely a session beer.

Photo of cdoublev
4.45/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is one that everyone should have. You can quaff this one all night as its flavor is not going to be overpowering nor will the alcohol content kick you in the ass. This is one for drinking with a ton of friends at the local dive bar when all you want to do is have hearty fun and conversation. Better on tap, so if you can find a place that serves it, go there, and knock on the gates to Heaven.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow with a very creamy head. Looks like a yellow Guinness. Good amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is a little grainy, a bit non-descript. Taste is incredibly smooth and dry, which makes for a very pleasant mouthfeel. Easy to see why this would be a great session beer as it is incredibyl easy to drink.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz can from Bradley's Fine Spirits in Tustin, on to the beer:

You can expect to get a thick, creamy head, the cascading effect, and darker yellowish body. Smell is a little weird; metallic, grainy, and a light esters. To my surprise, this was not very tasty. It fact, it reminded me of a creamy, nitro-infused Budweiser. I think the creamy head had more taste than the beer itself. The very smooth mouthfeel is forgiving and keeps my interest. Although the beer is a bit boring, I could actually see myself having one of these from time to time; it's quite sessionable.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll admit that I really wanted to get this beer to check out the nitro-can. It poured a light brown with golden highlights and a nice creamy foamy two finger head. The smell is nice and malty with with a little bit of floral hoppiness. The taste is a little more watery than I expected, with a nice little bit of sweetness with a little bit of maltiness and a slight touch of hops bitterness. The mouthfeel was really nice and creamy while the head was in full effect and a little bit thin after the head dissipates. I'd consider this beer extremely drinkable and I could imagine sitting a pub and knocking back quite a few of these, but I probably won't get it again just for the taste.

Photo of harpo111
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice ale that can best be discribed as a blone looking Guiness.(although it doesn't taste like one)...
taste and smell-barley malt with a light hops
mouthfeel...with head creamy...once head starts to dissapate...thinner..
drinkablility...not bad..nice food beer...
overall a good ale....not very heavy, but with a enjoyable flavor.
since nitrotap...not a whole lot of acidic taste...

Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: beer honey colored gold.
Smell: Aromas of grapefruit
Taste and mouthfeel: soft at first, which gradually leads bitterness. Everything happens in the backyard taste: floral
Drinkability: good English ale style pale ale

Review added 10-28-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008.

Photo of cdrogers
4.18/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a very nice beer. It was purchased in a can and it contained one of those nitrogen balls that when busted is supposed to release nitrogen into the drink and cause a nice head to form. I found it to work rather nicely and the head was beautiful. Overall, the appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability was exceptional. This is something I could drink regularly.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this for the first time on tap, but since then I've only been able to find it in the Nitro-can. Here's the nitro-can review.

Appearance: Poored into my new English Pub glass. Outstanding 3/4 inch head that seems to linger till the end. Nice golden color.

Smell: Light hoppy smell. I do get a small hint of an unappealing sulfurous aroma.

Taste: Mildy bitter w/ a light malt taste. Not a big hoppy brew, but there is some hoppy presence. Not terribly exciting overall, but to me that isn't the goal of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Very enjoyable. Creamy, slightly chewy and overall light. Has some similarity to a dry stout.

Drinkability: Not the most exciting beer I've had, but I really enjoy this one as a session beer. It is quite easy to drink several of these and w/ a low ABV overall, it doesn't hurt too much in the morning.

Photo of jdmorgan
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Boddingtons both out of a nitro-can and nitro-keg, and I've enjoyed it both times. The beer pours with a beautiful swirling cascade that slowly builds to a solid, pale-gold brew on the bottom of the glass and a thick, creamy head on the top.

The aroma has some hop florals to it and a bit of malt as well. It's rather light all-around. The taste has an immediate medium hop and malt flavor that has the characteristic nitrogen sheet to it. It's not too weak, but not too strong either in any of its taste departments. The mouthfeel is a light nitrogenation with a medium/thick creamy taste that is very smooth and enjoyable.

This beer is an all around great draught that can be quaffed by the pint in a good pub or at home. In many other beers I would consider the nitro aspect to be a negative factor, but the easy drinkability of Boddingtons captures the essence of a lighter pub draught in my mind. If I want a good bitter or pale ale, I'll get one. If I want an easy drink that quenches the thirst and palate, I'll order a Boddingtons.

Photo of JamesS
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice look to it, a nice dark golden hue that allowed the light to shine through it. Very nice scent, very unique. I could not place many of the scents, and each time I took a sniff there was a nice swirl of new scents. Very unique taste, too. A nice balance, seemed slightly more malty to me than bitter. Again, like the smell, each taste had subtle changes from the previous one. Goes down very smooth. This is going to be a nice addition to my list of "usuals" to have on hand.

Photo of atrus138
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap. Nice-looking golden color with a very creamy and sticky head.

Very light smell. Not repulsive, but hardly anything worth noting.

Smooth and malty, with very mild hops. Salty aftertaste is a bit of a turnoff and makes me reluctant to take another sip.

This was one of my "transition" beers that opened me up to the non-mainstream world. For that I am grateful to it. However, because it opened me up to this world, I now know that there are far superior beers to be had.

Photo of Trueant1
2.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer I have had at least 40 times before. This is one of the original beers in the 80's that took me "out" of drinking MGD.

Pours a perfect golden color. The head is one inch and so so creamy white! Looks good.

Smells grainy, spicy and sweet.

Taste of honey and grain.

Mouthfull is thick and chewey to me and creamy at the same time. . Very little carbonation. Kind of a stale bitter aftertaste.

This beer is a step up from drinking Miller, Bud, ect. Not a great beer. But the can always looks cool. An old classic of mine for many many years.

Photo of likestoswallow
2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

1 pt can from Albertsons. Poured copper-gold color with a foamy-creamy head. There was virtually no aroma, just an odd sort of metallic scent. Flavor was mild with malts, nuts, pears, and hops. Mouthfeel was light but creamy. (Clearly the palate is this beers appeal.) The finish was short, clean and just a bit biter. Overall this is a quite session-able biter, but it lacks pizazz.

Photo of domtronzero
2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow with a cascading carbonation/nitrogenation that seems to fall down to the bottom of the glass, similar to Guiness. Creamy, frothy white head leaves a slight lacing around the glass. Aroma is almost non-existent. Taste is corn and a slight malt presence. No hops detected. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, similar to Guiness, but unlike Guiness the taste is rather lacking. Overall, this is simply an average beer. I will not be wasting my money on this beer again.

Photo of Floydster
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce can bought from Vons in Pacific Beach, part of a 4 pack shared with friends

Always a great choice for St. Patrick's Day or at a visit to an Irish Pub eben though it is from

Poured into a pint glass with a light brownish color and a 1/2 inch super silky vanilla head, looks a lot like Guinness, but tastes much better

Smell was a little weak, a tiny bit of chocolate and coffee evident

Taste was dry and smooth with a tiny bit of sweetness

Definitely not a pale ale like this says, much darker

Super heavy beer, a meal in a can, but the ABV is not that high

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 90% frothy creamy head, appears in three layers briefly, then settles into a clear, transluscent auburn ale with a two finger creamy-white head. No observable carbonation which makes me wonder what's holding up that generous head that hangs on with foamy lacing. No discernable smell. Creamy appearance continues. There is a nectar-like silky smooth mouthfeel with a feint sweet taste, a hint of hops but not a lot by any stretch. There is just enough bitter to carry it and you're left with a mild, non-offensive aftertaste. This is a good one to spring on your macro-beer friends but doesn't offer much for anyone who really likes English Ales.

Photo of shererjt
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper color with a frothy, well-retained, off-white head. Nose was hops and fruit with some caramel. Flavor was light on malt with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness. Had a touch of acidity and hop flavor up-front. Not bad, but not particularly good, either. Seemed to be lacking the traditional British character you'd expect in a pub ale--too clean. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy, and the drinkability is okay. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but I suppose you could.

Overall, I'd say it's an average beer. With all the outstanding British ales available, there's not much to particularly recommend this one.

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