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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,473
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 223 | 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 BeccaH
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of MrDanno96
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured almost all head initially, but eventually settled to between 1 and 2 fingers of creamy, smooth head. It has that same cool rippling effect that Guinness has due to the nitro. Poured a clear amber color with a medium amount of sticky lacing.

S: Not a lot going on here. Some basic hops and malt smells and maybe just a hint of something sweet. Sadly, the smell reminds me a bit of a crumby macro light beer.

T: Malt and grains mostly, not a lot of hops. Maybe some hints of baked bread and caramel (this is a stretch).

M: Medium body, no carbonation to speak of. It's creamy and smooth - the can does not lie!

D: Some good basic flavors and a great mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable brew. You could definitely throw back more than one of these in a sitting. Some may be thrown by the lack of carbonation.

Photo of TheAdventurella
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Boddingtons pours a deep gold color. The beer has a very clean feel in your mouth that is refreshing, but this ale promises a taste that it cannot deliver. There is a very good taste hiding in the beer, but it is very subtle. Honestly, it tastes like a light beer in that it tastes like a watered down version of a beer, which is disappointing because there is a good, refreshing taste hiding there.

Photo of Wildman
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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 Boto
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a London Pub. The beer pours a just barely hazy golden color. As you would expect with a nitro beer, it has a thick, dense head of small bubbles. The head does linger awhile. The aroma is a little light, with some hops and malts coming through. Very smooth taste. It is somewhat sweet, with a lightly bitter finish.

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

This brew poured a long lasting creamy large white head of fine to medium sized bubbles. It has a light transparent golden brown body. It also has a mild malty/ hoppy aroma. It had a smooth full bodied hoppy taste with no bit and a slight tartness in its finish. There was nothing special about this brew, but it was just nice none-the-less.

Photo of NefariousR
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on nitro-tap at the Hard Rock Cafe in London, UK.

A - Pours a lightish amber with a creamy white head, thanks to the nitro-tap.

S - Malt with just a touch of bitter hops.

T - Some sweet maltiness with a nutty aftertaste. Bready.

M - Somewhat thin, but smooth and creamy -- again, thanks to the nitro.

D - Very drinkable and crisp, but a little low on flavor.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Draft pours beautifully. Has that middle section that forms into foam on top and beer on the bottom. The aroma is weak and the taste begins the same but finishes with a very pleasant bitter bite. Not an outstanding beer. It won’t impress your beer-geek buddies but it is a nice little brew to drink in a pub with some food.

Photo of Mplsbrew
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheKtulu7
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: To be fair, I'd like to mention that this is one of the few beers I'm reviewing from notes I made shortly after trying it. I tried this beer just a few weeks ago.

A - I give the highest score for this beer to the appearance, simply because it was fun to watch the head settle from the three layers (the bottom clear gold layer, the top foamy head layer, and the middle grainy mixture that eventually resettled to the head and body of the beer). The beer was a pale gold color and very clear.

S - A standard bitter beer smell, with a bitter herb scent.

T - The can boasted of Boddington's great heads, and I couldn't agree more. This beer provided one of the creamiest, sweetest heads I have ever tasted. The can's device did a good job, but I suspect that at a pub the flavor is even better (after all, Guinness bottles have a widget and still taste almost nothing like the beer on-tap!). Unfortunately, the rest of the beer left me unimpressed. I wrote on my notes that great beers follow a Gestalt principle, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Great beers are more than just water that has passed through some grains and hops. Boddington's Pub Ale, to me, was just the sum of its parts. Still, the head was awesome. If I ever see this beer on-tap, I will try it to see if it's better than the canned version.

M - Kind of watery and thin, which fits in with my assessment of the body's flavor.

D - Bitter without much flavor means I only finished this beer because I paid for it.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint nitro-can into a tall pilsner/weizen style glass

A: Dense bready head. Clear, nice amber-light orange.

S: Caramel sweetness. Medium maltiness.

T: Creamy, pretzel-like flavors. A little ripe fruit. Small toffee or butterscotch notes.

M: Very creamy, low carbonation.

D: Not a great brew, but drinkable by any standard.

Photo of tmcelvain
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear-light amber after the nitro-ed fizz dies off, leaving a thick frothy one-finger head. Light, earthy, yet slightly metallic smell reveals a smooth, well-balanced flavor that suffers mightily from a metallic canned taste. This is true-to style in terms of very faint hop bitterness balanced by overly smooth and buttery malts. Feels much heavier than you would expect from the beer's other aspects. All in all, I think this one is a very sessionable pub ale - satisfies, without demanding much from you or your taste buds.

Photo of Bf_89
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kshankar
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold with a thick white head.

Aroma: Some malts, I guess, but this is really mild. I don't get much from it

Taste: Fairly simple. It follows the aroma..its somewhat malty, if anything. Its got a little bitterness from hops going down, but again, not that much. Its very basic (not that theres anything wrong with that)

Mouthfeel: Creamy and goes down well

Drinkability: Taste is ok with a decent mouthfeel..but its nothing to rave about

Photo of JoeyBathory
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of macesq
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ALC82
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it looked real good in the glass with the creamy white head sitting on the enticing amber brew. But other than that this beer is nothing special. There is no great smell to grab your attention, maybe just a hint of malt and floral hops. The taste is creamy and smooth with just a hint of hops, but I wouldn't say it's very bitter at all. Overall this is a very smooth and creamy beer that has no spectacular taste. At the same time it's enjoyable enough and it's easy to put back a few. Not usually my first choice at my local pub, but I also would never complain is someone bought me one.

Photo of DESTRO
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out thick and hearty with that fat nitro head. loods pretty good. the aroma is faint, very light hops and a somewhat boring "beer smell". in the mouth it is creamy and smooth, the head is frothy and it goes down easily. flavor wise it is weak, not terribly so, but pretty blah. faint malt here, very light hops there and all with an odd/off metallic taste. not bad but not good either. it is drinkable though, if there isnt anything better around.

Photo of BKotch
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jsh420
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours clear bright gold with a 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells like a watery pils

taste much of the same watery pils - grassy and pale malt

mouthfeel is very thin with almost no carbonation

drinkability is good - this beer drinks like water low abv - i could drink these all day long but the price tag is a little steep for what flavors you get

Photo of mntlover
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gloden slightly pale with a big creamy white head that is nice to look at nice coating of foam on my glass, nitro good for something.
Aroma is slightly grainy malt, some light caramel thrown in but not much elsecan escape this head.
Taste is smooth creamy touches of caramel mixed with malt that tastes like it semlls slightly grainy, light hop flavors and a wee touch of bitterness in the finish. Nothing to be offended about but not much going on either.
Mouthfeel is nice creamy feeling, not lots of body but the nitro makes it feel that way.
Drinkability is ok not something I would buy normally but the boss at work mentioned he enjoyed it and I hadn't tried it so here we are. Would by in a restaurant or pub with limited options but not something to keep around.

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