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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,413 Ratings
THE BROS
55
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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 1,072
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 27
Gots: 184 | 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 Enola
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy cream color that quicly clears up into a golden color with a creamy head. There is a slight smell of vanilla. The taste is like a watered down ipa. It has a certain degree of bite with it. The mouthfeel is quite bitter. A lasting bitterness in the aftertaste that is less than desireable. The drinkability is average but this is not a beer I will likely purchase again.

Photo of Enderdraught
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first rating so bear with me! I was very impressed when I first poured this into a glass. It has great body added by the nitrogen gas system. The feel going into the mouth is soft and creamy with a good initial taste.

The overall flavor is good, but with a metallic, slightly bitter aftertaste. That is really the only real fault this beer has in my opinion. Great color and appearance add to the overall rating.

Photo of wcudwight
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a solid 3 finger creamy head that retains well. The golden color gets brighter toward the bottom.
The only smell I get is a faint metallic smell.
Taste starts off good with some sweet malts and a mild hint of fruits. Maybe bannana. But the aftertaste is a bad metallic and bitter taste.
Feels good in the mouth. Thick and creamy.
Fairly drinkable. Would be a nice session brew if not for the aftertaste.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold, with a slightly imperfect clarity. An eggshell colored head of whipped cream consistency shows the typical nitro-can retention. Abundant lacing creates a jigsaw pattern of lace. A winey aroma can be detected in the background, accompanied by pale malt and fuggles hops. A very even balance of sweet pale malt and fuggles is the foundation of the taste; but an annoying vinous flavor is apparent from the first sip to the last swig. Simple but pleasent taste, and appropriate to style. A fruity ester appears in the aftertaste only as it warms. The nitro creates a flat carbonation, but is creamy and very smooth in the medium body and boosts the drinkability. However, the finish is slick and the acidic vinous character ruin the overall presentation and knock this out of contention for a good session ale.

Photo of hunteraw
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for Boddington's, but I'll try to be objective. This was only the second time I had a chance to sample it on tap. Absolutely beautiful when poured, quickly settles into three layers: frothy head, a middle layer of creamy tiny bubbles, and a growing layer of just-beer at the bottom.

Not a whole lot going on in the smell department, but nothing bad either. That's probably this beer's weakest point. Tastes of malt, with a little bit of bite to it. Mouthfeel is where Boddingtons really shines. Creamy - I often find myself drinking these faster than I should to get the creaminess out of that middle layer, before it settles out. This time I took my time, and it does lose something if you wait too long and miss that creamyness. I could drink a lot of these - it's a consistent, tasty and reliable beer.

Photo of bighoppymonster
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, golden yellow witha big, foamy white head that settles and laces the glass nicely. Very faint aromas, traces of some sweetness (honey?) and some hoppy/floral aromas as well. Mild in taste. More of the same. A little sweetness, a little bitterness, but overall very clean. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. This is definately the highlight of the beer, and why I regularly return to it. Very drinkable. The mild taste and nice mouthfeel make this this beer. Nothing too special, but it is nice too drink. Not one of my alltime favourites or the best in the world, but I would recommend it.

Photo of bossmanjg
4.6/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my wife’s review--- From pour to finish, this is a great beer.

Appearance: The cascading brew was a delight to watch from the lip of the can, to the bottom of the glass, and back up again… It was like a show. Great head, retention, and lacing… Lasted to the end of the glass. Nice golden honey color.

Smell: Sweet, honey like aroma, but not overpowering, just right.

Taste: Phenomenal, loved it. Smooth flavor, a little strong at the finish, but not bad.

Mouth feel: Creeeaaaammmyyyy and ssmmmmoootttthhhh. Low on carbonation makes for better (or more) intake without feeling bloated. The nitro cans have it going on.

Drinkability: I would consider this a session beer. As a true Irish Lass, is pains me too say that have to drink, and like, an English Pub Ale. However, my Grand-pappy will have to roll over, because this is to damn creamy and smooth.

Follow the suggestions, drink cool, not cold.


And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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

To me, Boddingtons is the "caramel" version of the "chocolate" Guinness if that makes sense. From the cascade to the head consistency, the feel in the mouth to the fairly intense lacing - they're very similar. It's a smooth and very drinkable beer that you can just put down without even realizing. The appearance is simple but pleasant with a light honey color. The head is thick and marshmallow like, and it just won't go away. Not much of a nose, which would probably be its biggest problem. This is a classic though, and because of that, it’s not the most complex. It's a staple, not something that pushes the boundaries, and it should be appreciated as such. It's best on draught and pairs well with many deserts.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a nicely chilled 4 pack. Popped the top and got a great surge that I poured into a goblet. What a cool 2 stage head! Creamy white top, off white center and cloudy golden ale on the bottom. Very creamy head. Ale smells hoppy. The head sticks strongly to the side of the goblet. Taste is smooth and creamy, great carbonation. The sweet flavor shoots right down the center of the mouth and the finish is strong but reserved. This is a very creamy and tasty ale. I have tanked down quite a few of these ales in the past but now I am finally reviewing. I recommend. Need to try it topping a nice thick stout.

Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: nice pale golden hue. pours like a guiness in terms of head cascade.

smell: booze and sweets. not giving away the obvious ingredients of hops and malts.

taste: malts and hops become a bit more apparent. nice sweet clean finish.

mouthfeel: medium/light in body. light in carbonation. dry and refreshing.

drinkability: well i must say i have found a new session beer. this could be drank by the case.

Photo of tweeder263
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours out a foamed up nitro concotion that loses its carbonated look quickly. Turns to a gold\amber clear brew with a 1 finger head. Has a yeast type smell to it not much else.Very neutral tasting,slightly sweet,kinda watery but in reality not too bad,,a summery beer. Mouthfeel ,,there is none drinkability is pretty good i could have a few of these.

Photo of hanco005
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint nitro can “widget” with code 06:03 L5 256MK into a nonic pint glass

A---pours honey colored with thick bubbles that cascade up from the bottom to form a ¾ inch extremely creamy white head. Not much for lacing, but at least ¼ inch of the head was left by the time I finished the beer.

S—mild alcohol scent…smells like bourbon and brown sugar

T—slight malt and hops flavors, finishes dry, alcohol is well hidden.

M—creamy head gives way to a medium bodied ale; very little carbonation (thank you, widget perhaps?) and almost a little flat

D—a nice light ale that I could drink several of. Very smooth, creamy and light.

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

20 oz. nitro can served rather cold.

The nitro can becomes evident immediately after opening since it is hard not to have this spill on the table. The nitro also creates a think, creamy white head. Very nice lacing. Pours a clear golden/honey color.

The smell is quite light with some detectable malt and that may be all.

The taste has light malt with some hints of tart apples in the back.

It has a nice, light mouthfeel. Very low carbonation with a light body. Quite creamy. Overall, this beer is very drinkable. The low carbonation makes it go down smooth. While it is not a particularly interesting or complex beer, it is a good beer if stuck in a bar with a limited selection and hanging around with friends [that's how I ended up with it].

Photo of b33rb3lly
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boddingtons Pub Ale always leaves me confused when I drink it. One day I can love it and the next hate it. My first thought is that Boddingtons should put these in 18-20 oz cans instead of the 16 they give you. You are almost guaranteed to lose 2-4 oz as soon as you open these nitro cans! :)

It does pour nice into a pint glass and settles also very nicely. Taste seems to be greatly affected by temp. more so than other beers and ales. If this is chilled just to much, it seems to lose all its flavor. When at the correct serving temp, it does have a nice taste to it. This is my "Oh why did I drink so much of (INSERT BEER NAME HERE) last night" beer. It is a very silky drink and much easier going down if you had a few to many of a mass produced beer the night before. Nothing amazing here but nothing offending either. At $7.99us for a 4-pack, you can probably do a LOT better...

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

Pours a medium golden yellow, with the classic nitro precipitation that settles into a tight, uniform white head that doesn't dissipate the whole way down and leaves substantial lacing. Smell is a little on the light side, the downside of the nitro injection: Looks fabulous, but tends to impact the smell and taste. Anyway, what there is smells of roasted malts and grains. Taste is along the same lines, malty with a burnt overtone. Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, but kind of thin, but the drinkability is very good. This is a nice looking english pale, although a little light and not at all hoppy. Sort of an americanized english beer with a great deal of the traditional British character taken out in favour of North American aesthetics.

Photo of brewQ
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the can with the widget ...
where do they brew this these days?

Some State side Brits I know used to swear by this brew.
Not sure it has survived changes in its life well.

A nice medium honey color with a thin but silky head. It coats the sides of my dimpled glass thoroughly.

Aroma is of slightly malty sweetness and not much else.

Taste is pleasant, slightly fruit- apple/pear. notes.

Finish is clean though somewhat flat.

That is what makes it a good session beer. Low carbonation and the fact that the body will not fill you up nor will the hops overwhelm (EPA).

Good, not stellar.

Photo of Hibernator
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Boddingtons Pub Ale
16 oz nitro can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a golden bronze yellow with a massive head from the nitro can pour. Fluffy patches of lacing appear on the side of the glass.

The nose is rather faint and boring. Whiffs of dairy and light foral hops.

Taste is super creamy and smooth, as one would expect from a nitro can. The mouthfeel is so drinkable and light that there is a good drinkability level. Decent hop profile on the finish as well.

It's a slightly above average brew and certainly better on draught. I wish there were some more complexity for this style. Mainstream in it's own way, but also an enjoyable beer in the big picture of beers available.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Golden hue with a nice thick white head. Smells of citrus, hops and perhaps a bit of malt.

Tastes creamy, citrus, some spice. A bit too creamy for my taste, however, Felt like it coated my tongue, throat and stomach. If the taste had less citrus I would drink more.
worth a try.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This Pale Ale pours a thick yellow, sort of semi-clear with thick big creamy white head of nitro-foam. Has all the characteristic lacing of a nitro-beer. Smell is citrus and is it my imagination stoked by the bees on the can or is it honey? Nope the taste is honey with citrus flowers and a hint of butter. It's smooth, very smooth with a quick bite at the end. Mouthfeel is light bodied but full with the nitro. A lot of folk don't like the use of nitrogen in beer and it does even the flavor out a bit but I do like the creaminess it imparts to the brew.

Photo of Bael
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this out of the can. Light colored. Very thick head but it disapates well. Nice creamy, malty, roasted flavor. Like the aftertaste. Maybe even a dry flavor. Very smooth on the carbonation. Not my favorite, but a good casual beer that would go well with food or without.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with some amber darkness. The head is an ivory pancake like most nitro beers. Lacing consists of dense ridges. The aroma has lots of aromatic Goldings hops as well as a sufficient bready malt. The taste is dominated by a dry yeast flavor, somewhat buttery, maybe more butterscotch. Malt is bready and the hops are well represented and very herbal whith some tea-like qualities. Theres a sweetness in the middle and the finish is quite dry. The mouthfeel is full of nitrogen creamyness which is OK but kind of artificial to me.

This is one of my old favorites. Apparently its a very weak version if the original but its still tastey, among the best of nitro can beers.

Photo of aforbes10
3.64/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fantastically smooth, creamy pub ale. Pours thick with a nice big head that lasts and lasts. This a lick-foam-off-your-lip-and-grin type of beer. Smell has a hint of honey and steel. mouthfeel is incredibly smooth like melted ice cream. Tastes fine, with hints of malt, milk, nuts. The hops in here are evident and maybe a bit overdone. i want my pub ales to be creamy and smooth, not really hoppy at all. i can take this or leave it from the can, but i hear its better on draft.

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

Pours a clear yellow, thick big creamy white head forms, laces well and sticks around. Smell is honey, vanilla, citrus and dirty socks. Taste is honey and vanilla, little bit of citrus and floral. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with low carbonation. Not too bad, better fresh.

Photo of BassBone
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at Brit's pub in Pasadena, CA, a pub owned by a Liverpudlian ex-pat. This beer poured beautifully with a nice thick head and decent lacing. The color was mainly yellow and there was mild carbonation. The smell was much like an american macro-lager with a bit more malt: somewhat of chemicals. The taste was not as good as some other bitters I've had, but it wasn't awful either. Not too complex. It had a very clean and refreshing mouthfeel but the aftertaste ruined it for me. I used to enjoy this beer greatly, now I find it a nice beer once in a while when I am in the mood for it, but not something I would drink regularly.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I'm not much of a fan of nitro-beer. I think this may be the first one I've ever reviewed. It pours a golden color with a bodacious foamy head. The white foam across the top almost has the consistency of pudding. The smell is pretty faint and boring. The taste is decent, sweet malts, and a fruity hop taste here and there. I just dislike the mouthfeel on these nitros. Too thin and watery. Always seems to remind me of an old beer that was opened, put back in the fridge, and then resorted to several days later. Not a bad beer otherwise, I'd like to try it on-tap, or atleast in a different serving type.

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