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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Jason


2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat of a gusher of a can when first opened, clarity and head is great. Clean floral and mildly estery aroma and flavour. Thin malt with one simple flavour throughout. Flavours are flat and seem not to meld together well in an odd processed way. This is not my can of beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-20-2002 21:30:58 | More by Jason
Photo of tigerpaws

South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Its worth trying this beer to just watch the pour. It has a head that goes on and on and on. But after the pour it goes downhill. Hardly andy aroma to wet your tastebuds and it was a very bland and like a previous post said boring beer......CHEERS

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2002 14:34:51 | More by tigerpaws
Photo of Dogbrick


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another good widget beer. I thought this could be Caffrey's twin brother so I am rating it exactly the same. Similar bronze color, creamy, somewhat flavorless Ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-12-2002 10:18:38 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of bditty187


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The can freaking sucks…

Awesome cascading head that races to the top of the glass, super thick, creamy off-white head, millions of tiny bubbles. Excellent retention… produced minimal specks of lace. Clear, coppery-amber in hue. Eye candy. The nose is muffled, vaguely sweet… rather empty, boring. Lifeless palate, lacks bitterness… maltiness is very weak, hints of caramel... some metallic influences. The nitrogen kills most of the flavors. Yawn. It has a mildly disconcerting aftertaste. Creamy, thin, mouthfeel. Easy to drink but not very enjoyable… maybe I’d drink it in a pinch.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-08-2002 06:00:30 | More by bditty187
Photo of DarthMalt


3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Watch it pour! That's half the fun of the crack-and-pour cans. Of course, this produces a nice, dense head with an almost fizzless beer underneath. But, hey, this is preaching to the choir.

Speaking of that head, it doesn't lace at all--it paints! All the way down.........Kinda' nifty.

The beer is pretty. There's a pretty strong sulphur aroma, mixed with ester, on the nose, which promptly disappears as soon as quaffing begins. The ester hangs in there, but it is not distracting. Each sip brings with it a unique flavor experience built on the last sip, but none hang around long enough to interfere with the next. It's crazy like that!

There is a definite hop profile that skims just above the surface of the body and hangs steady throughout. It is a little numbing after a while, but the afterglow helps to compensate.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-05-2002 10:15:06 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thick white head that has a following and lasting lace as you drink. Not much nose at all .. this was a shock. Slightly sweet taste but no balance at all on the hop side. It bored my tongue. The mouth was nice and smooth.. but there is this flat slightly sweet unbalenced effect overall. It is not bad tasting but is not a ale with any real depth of taste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2002 11:22:01 | More by frank4sail
Photo of Jordan


3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer makes me laugh. I was a little apprehensive when I could not find any reference to 'style' on the packaging, and after pouring and drinking I feel duped. Nitro has to be a marketing gimic. (ever compare nitro guiness to the bottle?) On the outside Boddington is a decent and drinkable beer, inside however, a fraud.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2002 21:06:41 | More by Jordan
Photo of garymuchow


2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Using a golf reference, if it's drive for show, putt for dough, this beer is all show. The show is good too, is just doesn't make up for a below average flavor. Clear dark gold with a very creamy, milk white head. Not really much aroma, just a hint of malt is all I can catch. There's a difference between bitterness that has flavor, like a good Am. Pale Ale, and a beer being just bitter, like some light beers. Unfortunately, this seems to fall in the latter. The finish has a metalic quality too that isn't enjoyable. Mouthfeel is nice with an smoothness that makes is go down easily. I guess I'm not overly impressed with nitro cans in general, beyond the opening.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-21-2002 12:21:18 | More by garymuchow
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

creamy and silky silky smooth. a mild body that went right down. it was truly enjoyable to throw back. felt great all the way down. quality pub ale and truly top shelf

Serving type: nitro-can

07-17-2002 17:48:25 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful beer...ohh what a sweet pour! One of the creamiest beers I have tasted. It's very similar to Caffrey's, especially in appearance, but I think it has much more flavor. Very smooth, and the mouthfeel is excellent. Quite enjoyable!

Serving type: nitro-can

07-17-2002 16:20:04 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Reverand


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

I love this beer. The cascading effects is amazing. Great session beer. I bet its even better on tap. It's taste is smooth and pure, with a nice amber color with a bueatiful head.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-14-2002 07:08:08 | More by Reverand
Photo of BeerBob


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took in four pints of this along with some Cheddar cheese and sliced sausage, it mingled well. Now that I think of it, I should have tried the Boddingtons with some bubble and squeak, maybe next time.

The nitrogen infusion makes a real change in the way this bittered ale tasted. The hop bitter is really there, but it is masked by the nitrogen foam. Pour a small amount to the side and let the ale settle out, and you will see what I mean.

Raincoats are optional, I don’t think Boddingtons has that widget perfected yet, and I’m not into ale sports...

Serving type: nitro-can

06-19-2002 11:37:24 | More by BeerBob
Photo of mickeymac


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

This is a very nice looking beer that doesn't quite live up to its appearance. It's not bad and definitely better than its canned brother, but it's lacking a bit in flavor.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-14-2002 22:18:17 | More by mickeymac
Photo of ADR


2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clearish darker gold, 3/8 inch head after settling in glass. Head is milky but not impressve in size. Very little aroma. Literally no flavor other than a sense of malt denseness and a tad of hops at the close. Mouthfeel is average other than lack of carbonation. Its almost like drinking a glass of slightly sweetened whole milk. One of the poorer nitro cans I've tasted, nothing tastes bad, nothing tastes good.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-10-2002 08:08:23 | More by ADR
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my fall back beers. I cannot believe I have not reviewed this yet; I guess it got lost. Having this beer on tap, it's almost like a light Guiness. I do love the Nitro, even though it does not add anything to the actual taste of the beer, it does make it creamy, and it does look terrific. It is so smooth with some buttery/ nut flavor that invites you to drink more of it. This is a great beer to drink at all times, all year round. It is also a good beer to give to someone who is just beginning their venture into the world of real beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-09-2002 18:05:04 | More by AaronRed
Photo of StevieW


3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

20 oz. nitro can. Has the potential to be a much better beer. Pours a thick creamy yellow, with a big fluffy head, the nitro really foams this beer up. Cascades nicely. Smell wasn't especially bitter or noticable. Taste was really average, not much that jumps on your taste buds. Some hoppy bitterness, but overwhelmed by the creamy head and bubbles. The creamy feel and then watery finish is what really takes over. I also tried it on tap at my local bar, and nothing changed. No real big flavors to note. I expected so much more.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-03-2002 15:45:01 | More by StevieW
Photo of Pegasus


2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish gold color with a huge, creamy nitro-induced head, spectacular to behold, the beer briefly roils in the glass after being poured. A thick full curtain of lace coats the walls of the glass. That being said, the spectacular visual effects are the best thing about this beer, alas.

Aroma: The aroma is promising, with floral and sweet fruit notes.

Taste: The taste is quite lacking, a little pleasant toasted maltiness, then alcohol and hops. The middle of the taste has an earthy and ashy characteristic, and a quite dry and bitter finish.

Mouth feel: The mouth-feel is excellent, the head is incredibly smooth and creamy.

Drinkability/notes: Too bad about the flavor, this could have been a really fine beer. In my opinion, the nitro device is not necessarily the problem, it seems fine with Young's Oatmeal Stout, for example. I would like to try this on tap without nitro enhancement.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce aluminum can with a nitro device, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-02-2002 07:07:20 | More by Pegasus
Photo of usualpulp


3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very creamy brew. Pours an excellent golden color with a large creamy white head on top. Taste is very smooth, with a slight bitterness, but nothing overwhealming. The smell of the beer is about average, nothing really stands out about it in this area. Overall I like this beer, light, smooth and creamy, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-30-2002 08:47:44 | More by usualpulp
Photo of jackndan


4.22/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boddintons: English pub ale. Very creamy beer. Thick amber color, thick dense head. Incredibly smooth and sweet. Very easy to drink, highly recommended.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-29-2002 20:13:04 | More by jackndan
Photo of psugrad98


2.35/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is inferior to the draught. I bought this can because of my draught experience. Looks somewhat similar to its brethern, but head is thinner and smaller. Taste is more metallic, and the sweet biscut flavor is lighter. It is also more bitter.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-29-2002 15:26:10 | More by psugrad98
Photo of Wildman


3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a friend that kept trying to hook me on this stuff. While it's not a bad beer, I tend to agree that it suffers being in the crazy can it is in. Would be intersted in seeing a bottle version of it. I like the taste, but it suffers from the influence of the can and the contraption they put in it.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-23-2002 15:39:28 | More by Wildman
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

it was just to creamy and buttery for me, i'm not really a fan of the whole nitro thing really, this wasn't good, cloyingly creamy.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-13-2002 16:16:31 | More by rastaman
Photo of packetknife


3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just not as good from the can. A big differential IMO. Still has the creamy feel and decent taste. On tap I still feel this is my favorit ~anytime~ beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-23-2002 20:25:10 | More by packetknife
Photo of bmills1608


3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a restaurant the other night. It could have been my allergies, not sure, but I was surprised at how lacking in taste the beer was. Smooth and slightly creamy, but very unflavorful. I thought I detected a slight pine taste. It might have been too cold. For the sytle, it actually fits the bill pretty will, ordinary bitter.

Finished quite dry.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-19-2002 07:21:25 | More by bmills1608
Photo of aracauna


3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just average. I went to Fado's in Atlanta and it was the only thing on tap that I hadn't tried before. Pretty much run of the mill.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-26-2002 11:05:18 | More by aracauna
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