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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

1,095 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,095
Hads: 2,657
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 31.97%
Wants: 47
Gots: 349 | FT: 0
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Boddingtons
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 ONovoMexicano
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a Nonic pint glass.

It's certainly a beaut to look at. The nitro effect is very suggestive of a cask and lots of foam surges from the bottom of the glass to the head. The head settles four fingers thick and is creamy in appearance. It looks edible almost. The liquid is copper-brown, clean and transparent.

The nose is a mash-up of mild bitter and earthy hops and some seemingly sour malt. Some sweetness is present. These same notes extend to the taste. There's a slight sourness, sweet malt that lingers and some bitter, earthy hops. The flavors seem a bit restrained, although one could argue the better word would be subtle.

The mouthfeel offers plenty of creaminess, but peculiarly, also feels somewhat thin and diluted. There's some bitterness and sweetness to make things interesting, as well as lingering hoppiness, but I'm not blown away by the way this feels. Okay, but not great.

Overall, certainly a respectable beer and one I'd choose over most domestic macros in the states, but not at the level of an artisan beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel honey brown with a flourish of dirty, milky looking bubbles that meet a slight but creamy head of long lasting foam. Bubbles stick to the side of the glass and almost obscure a tiny bit of sediment in the beer. Nose is earthy and smells a bit like dirt at first. Then it becomes grassy and very herbal. It has a bit of sour form the mixture of grains. A flaked corn sweetness emerges as it warms and it becomes more pleasant as you drink it.

Taste follows the nose. Husky, herbal, earthy and with a bit of bitter in the finish. I looked hard for any metallic quality and could not find any. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy from the nitro and it is a surprise if you are not expecting it. I did feel that the beer was a bit thin but not really bland and the grass and herbal , although not fruity offered plenty of flavor and texture. Just a touch of diacetyl in this to remind you of popcorn. Goes to the finish dry and with more grass and a moderate bitter. Husky earthy, grainy, grassy, pungent and herbal.

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Photo of bricology
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to laugh at some of the negative reviews that Boddingtons has here. They mostly seem to treat it as if it somehow didn't measure up to their preferences or expectations to vastly *different types* of beers. That's as absurd as say, criticizing pinot noir for not being enough like sauternes (or Coke for not being enough like Sprite).

Folks, Boddingtons is a CREAM ALE. If you are criticizing it for not being hoppy enough, or not having enough carbonation, or being too sweet, or having a slightly funky farmyard aroma -- that can only be because you don't know jack shit about cream ales. That accounts for nearly every reviewer here that gave it less than 3 points.

Like I said: Boddingtons is a cream ale -- a type of ale that was favored by working men who wanted to nip down to the pub during lunch for something satisfying but not too alcoholic. It's supposed to be caramelly sweet, to have a creamy mouthfeel and a solid head, to have low discernible hops and low carbonation; that's the effect brewers were trying to achieve. The nitro capsule pretty well replicates the effect of a skilled publican aerating the ale into the glass.

Some criticism is deserved: the nitro capsule imparts a metallic tang that's unpleasant and overpowers the faint flavors and aromas of overripe banana, pecans, sourdough bread and perhaps a little chicory. And the nitro makes opening a can and decanting it a dangerous operation. But that's the price that must be paid for the mouthfeel the nitro imparts. Once it settles down, it's as pretty of a glass of ale as you could imagine. No, Boddy's is not as good as Narragansett's cream ale, but it's a hell of a lot easier to obtain, and much cheaper.

In short, on a cool autumn afternoon, I doubt very much that one could find a more drinkable and enjoyable cream ale available in any store in America for such a low price. Put aside your prejudices that every "good beer" must have the exact characteristics of Pliny the Elder and try to enjoy a distinctly British style of traditional workingman's ale on its own merits. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of davidvaz
1.24/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I tried this beer from a nitro-can poured into a mug It had a good head about a 1/2 inch thick. Looked great but was all smoke and mirrors. Its like someone got a can and scooped some lake water into a can. This was an awful beer and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Bernoulli
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

3/8 inch head... very light brown layer on bottom with a bubbly-ish layer above the tan-line that's white mixed with something a bit darker than the lowest level, and then the very long lasting head. Head mostly stays and the two layers merge to an even prettier transparent brown (that's a bit darker than it started). A beautiful beer to watch settle.

Smells like it tastes.

An interesting choice if your only other nitro was a Guinness because, except for the nitro, they are of course nothing alike.

Innocuous in the way that we thought Newcastle was. Definitely nothing at all of the extra bite/kick of something like Hobgoblin.

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Photo of mwilbur
2.04/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from can into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear gold with 1 inch creamy/foamy head. Good retention.
S: Mild malt and even milder hops. A bit off here.
T: Wow...horrible. Like water, but only worse. Absolutely bad.
M: Light body. Watery. Creamy feel from the nitro is the only saving grace here.
D: Very, very bad. Don't waste your time. So many better beers to enjoy...

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Chilling out with the hipsters at the Observatory in SanTana, CA and just doin' in right well.

As far as an English beverage goes, Leslie Howard this is not. No, Raul would not fly over the Bay of Biscay, disguising himself as Winston Churchill, sipping on one of these thangs as the plane goes down in flames. At the end of the day, though, it is palatable and tasty enough to have another. It's not Kate Beckinsale "tasty and palatable," but I think you feel me, my children.

Yep!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap into a 500 ml pint glass at the local pub.

Appearance - light copper colored beer with a nice 1 finger thick creamy head, with enough density that it seemingly has gravitational pull of all objects towards it. Beer is hazy just after pouring but after resting becomes transparent. While the head lasted for an eternity, the head itself was less than 1 whole finger.

Smell - Not a lot, some sweet grain smells, barely detectable malts and completely invisible hops. Not bad just not a whole lot there either.

Taste - Well given the nose there's definitely some flavor in comparison, light corn flavors and tastes a bit watery for my liking especially given how thick and rich this looks.

Mouthfeel - Fairly rich and creamy but almost too much given the absence of big flavors, it's almost a sense of being creamy and heavy just because. Mild carbonation, but isn't too noticeable given the heavier nature of this beer.

Overall - Enjoyable, just not as good as I remembered, and definitely not as good as it looks. Still wouldn't turn it down if offered one.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The most unique aspects of this brew are its aroma and flavor. The nose is extremely minerally; lots of metallic overtones that look over the biscuity malt aromas. Slightly perfumey; floral with a strong herbal scent near the end. Taste is very sharp, musty, maybe some corn adjuncts, biscuity, minerally and very chewy. Almost lightly skunky like a bottle thats been light struck, except that this was poured from a can. Extremely creamy mouthfeel; almost feels like a nitro poured draft beer. Very different from the American ales I am used to, and one that I would drink again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper hue with a tight nitro head. Settled to less than a finger. Rocking the glass, the beer looks soppy.

Sweet grain, corn, light husky aroma. A little watery. Not entirely absent of hops, but they're barely there.

Picking up the corn again, but there's a light tea element. Slightly watered down taste. Grain notes have staleness. Hops are hard to find. Lightly bitter, at first, but picks up a phenolic astringency toward the end.

Okay feel with some milkiness, thanks to the widget. Carbonation does well, while the body seems a little too light.

Boddingtons is not as good as some of the others in its class, but it's a classic pub ale, nonetheless.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would buy it again. Not my favorite, but given a limited selection and being in the mood I would drink it. It's strange, it is hoppy, but it does by linger at all. Not bitter but not sweet. Darker gold color for such a light flavor. Really nice packaging and advertising. The can likes to say "import" on it.

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Photo of TeddyBrew
2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

This one is fairly easy locate and it is too bad it isn't better. Nice appearance with a large foamy head and a pleasant yellow hue. Taste is simply mediocre to poor. Tastes like some macro concoction with off-putting flavours. Nothing really in common with a real English bitter. Nice marketing though.

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Photo of TheBrewWhisperer
1.67/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

This is one of the worst beers i have ever tasted.

Appearence: pale gold with a nice creamy cascading head.

Smell: Old grain and caramel malts with metal

Taste: god awful, the malts flavor but the metal can taste overlaps the beer is what i call a 'peasant beer' a beer that is only for looks and shine to the inbev fans everywhere.

i give this beer a 2.25 for it's originality and if you want a true English style 'pub ale' try out Newcastle founders ale or Fullers London Pride

thank you :)

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 16-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. The color is a nice, clear gold that has a hint of a chill haze. A finger and a half of thick, creamy, white head created a lasting cap.

Smell: Somewhat fittingly, it actually smells a little like Guinness. Perhaps that has a lot to do with the nitrogen widget. Lots of cereal-like pale malts, a little grassiness, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: My first sip was surprisingly smooth and creamy, though that probably had more to do with the thick foam sitting on the beer. Nonetheless, it does have a decent mouthfeel and is partly dry. The flavor is crisp, clean, and mostly mirrors the smell: pale malts, maybe some light caramel, light grassiness, a hint of lemon, and a minor, beer-like bite at the end.

Drinkability: Though nothing spectacular, I like it. It is unpretentious, the packaging is attractive, its appearance is inviting, and it makes for light and easy drinking on a beautiful and cool July evening.

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Photo of rallyr32
2.14/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I was unpleasantly surprised by how much this tasted like a less-carbonated Bud Light. The "darughtology" is a definite gimmick, and although the beer pours with a medium head and has a gold look and creamy feel, it definitely lacks real substance and is a forgettable experience. I suppose you could cut open the can and you would have a pretty decent dreidel to play with, but that's where the interesting characteristics of this beer end.

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Photo of chuckwagonrocks
4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Over all I would say it is smooth. A little light on taste for a dark beer but very drinkable. Leaves you wanting a little more bite. Pours easy with a classic head that remains there until the last sip. My friend from the CZ really liked that (something the Europeans like i guess.) Without going into a lot of colorful words, it is the kind of beer you sit around at a Pub with friends and drink all night. Goes good with pizza, fish & chips and nachos. Enjoy!

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Photo of ColdWaffles
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Boddington Pub Ale

Reviewed from notes from the Spring. Nitro can. Appearance: looks like a beauty. The widget actually worked to produce a nice creamy looking head. Almost looks fake, but they went for an effect and it worked. Golden ale, can't see much carbonation. 4.5/5

Smell: Not picking much up initially. Some light malts and sweetness. 3/5

Taste: Lots of head initially, but unfortunately it doesn't have a great flavor. Very fluffy though. Taste of the ale is very bready, or actually, (English) biscuity and somewhat sweet in a honey and apples way. It's not bad, but it's not wonderful. I think I'd like this a lot with a little more carbonation. It'd be a great session ale. A nice hop flavor sticks around afterward. The best part of this is the aftertaste. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Beer itself is rather light, but the head helps it. Once the head is gone/going, it's not particularly enjoyable. Like most of these widget beers I've ever had, I feel like the carbonation is seriously lacking, even compared to draft. 1.75/5

This was an import that sung out to me from the racks of Wegmans. Sadly, my instinct failed me. This isn't bad... And I like it more than standard American adjunct lager beer, but I wouldn't buy this in most instances. 2.5/5

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Photo of smakawhat
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the nitro can into a nonic pint glass.

Nitro pour, brings a cascading giant crowd of bubbles, eventually rising and slowing to a 2 inch super creamy nitrous light tan head with maybe some orange hues picked up from the body. Body color is a real nice crystal clear copper orange, but no visible rising carbonation.

Nose is grainy. Clean. A sense of dried barley and a kind of bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops. Not really that impressive or intriguing, not off putting though.

Palate fills with a large creamy mouthfeel. Unfortunately there isn't any flavor, it just feels and tastes like thick plain styrofoam. Aftertaste is where all the flavor is strangely. Some grainy qualities matching the nose, but a real metallic lingering bitterness and finish. Some very faint caramel hides in the back with some sweetness, but there's an off putting dry bitter and metal grainy character that I can't get away from. Slightly tinny.

Overall it's drinkable but really not that enjoyable, and it tastes cheap. Much better ones out there than this.

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Photo of Tonmeister
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Can Poured in a pint Mug

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a thin solid white head. The lacing leaves a ring around the glass when tilting the mug.

Smell: Corn, Banana, sweet malt, smells kinds like a pilsner.

Taste: Banana, Corn, Malt, bready. The taste follows the aroma.

Mouthfeel: pretty thin with very little to no carbonation.

Overall, I am not to crazy about English Pale Ale's. It's pretty sweet. I prefer the american counterpart.

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Photo of Roman5150
2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

draught can into pint glass

appearance: light amber golden orange, foamy 2 finger thick white head

smell: bready, creamy sweetness, milk, some minor fruit

taste: Tastes like a banana bread flavored pilsner, with some bready notes mixed in. Real lack of carbonation and other flavors though, not much aftertaste, tastes very watered down.

mouthfeel: basically zero carbonation, creamy thin feel

overall: AI've lived in England and I guess I just don't like english beer. This however isn't even available in the UK, as it's their export version. Very watered down and the mouthfeel is horrendously absent, but the subtle Banana and cream flavors creep through to make something about this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of GaetanoBresci
4.64/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer, is a really creamy beer. The appearance is perfect, I ve never see a beer from can appear like just poured from a pub tap. Taste is a bit weak for the tipe of beer, but terrific if consedered that is in can. Really good, I will fdefinetly buy again!

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - arrived with a thin, creamy head that persisted leaving not so much lacing as much as a sheet of off white foam on the glass. The beer is a clear light golden color. Not bad looking, but the creamy head looks a little odd on a golden colored beer.

S - Not much to speak of.

T - Not much to speak of here either, but it's not bad. Slightly bitter, but no real flavor to go with the bitterness.

M - Creamy. Some say it feels watery, but I didn't get that impression.

O - If you're looking for a sessionable ale with decent presentation and a non-offensive taste you could do a lot worse than this.

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Photo of atr2605
2.12/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours a clear golden straw color with a creamy white head that persists
S-Very faint hop aroma with some sweet malt presence. Overall pretty low hop aroma
T-very muddled, consisting of hop bitterness that lacks distinct flavors with some malt sweetness, metallic cloying after taste
M-pretty thin and watery, which is surprising since its a nitro can
O-I haven't had a ton of english pale ales but I can tell this falls a bit short.

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Photo of MistahBeah
1.41/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

All this gets in my book is points for appearance. You should probably open this over a sink. Good clear honey brown with a permanent dense foamy head.
From there it becomes an extremely one dimensional beer. Not much aroma. Pale malts and a little honey sweetness. The taste is virtually nonexistent and leaves a metallic aftertaste. Other than the thick creamy head this feels flat and watery. Wouldn't get again

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- pale (pale ale duh!) love the way this beer looks 16oz can with the nitro widget. 2 finger head that clings to one side when drinking.

A- pale malts, butter, mineral water.

T- a smooth flat taste, metal bitter pale malt flavor, with a biscuit butter dash in the end.

M- smooth creamy flavor. best part of the beer is the nirto can that give it great mouthfeel.

O- this beer would problay fall flat if not for the nirto can. its pretty basic with a strange metal malt flavor most of ur bmc,ers would problay get turned off by. but i see what flavor this is here and for the style is pretty good.

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Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
73 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.