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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
74
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1,081 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,081
Hads: 2,582
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.63%
Wants: 41
Gots: 296 | 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 rallyr32
2.14/5  rDev -33.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of chuckwagonrocks
4.33/5  rDev +34.9%
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! (462 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
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 (1,257 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.07/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
2.51/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of GaetanoBresci
4.64/5  rDev +44.5%
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! (260 characters)

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. (603 characters)

Photo of atr2605
2.12/5  rDev -34%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
1.41/5  rDev -56.1%
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 (414 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of ScottyS
3.94/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I like Boddingtons... I really do, but I will say that it is MUCH better on tap than out of those cans. My review is for the draft Boddingtons.

I had Boddingtons the other day at my local English Pub. It pours golden with a large foamy head that sticks around.. the smell is not so great, but it looks impressive. The taste, like the smell is not overwhelmingly impressive due to its simplicity, but is still quite good. But the mouthfeel of this beer makes it one of my favorites... It slides down your throat thickly, like a milkshake, but doesn't leave any lingering bitterness or nasty mouthfeel.

All in all I enjoy Boddingtons, as it is one of the few decent English beers I can get on tap in Southern California. (720 characters)

Photo of newcastlefreak
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is my first one

Be careful with this one. The draughtflow system will overfow the can if you do not pour it immediately after cracking the top. There is a small plastic thing in the can to allow a nice head.

This is a very smooth ale. I like it.

The head was creamy and long lasting. It has a near white sheen. Like it

The smell is light and hoppy. I am a porter, english brown ale and stout lover.

The mouthfeel is watery and light with little bite. It has a mild after tast with no clear cut off.

The appearance is light brown or tan.

This is a very creamy and smooth ale that will stay on my list of great beers. (629 characters)

Photo of tonton
4.21/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I agree with the below comment. Boddingtons is totally underrated.

This was the beer that got me into English ales, being generally available, even at our local convenience stores and supermarkets here in Hong Kong. Definitely better than Tetley's Smooth Flow, Boddingtons is beautiful to behold, wonderful mouth feel and decent though not spectacular pale ale flavor.

Four times out of five, this is my beer of choice when there aren't any specialty beers available. (469 characters)

Photo of bdoggboston
4.41/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is totally underrated and true classic. Maybe it doesn't have the overwhelming taste that a lot of beers have today, which I love by the way, but it's about as good as you're going to get in an English Pub Ale. It's good drinking!

While we're on the subject, they need to bring Caffreys back to the US. (314 characters)

Photo of JGargano
4.4/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons is a classic!

I would say this "cream ale" defines the style with a wonderful mouth-feel well-complimented by the use of nitrogenation of the beer.

Boddingtons is a terrifically easy and refreshing beer to drink for almost any occasion(though it is particularly well-suited for colder weather) (307 characters)

Photo of ChugMan
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Food Pairing - (1) Grilled cheese with sharp cheddar. Not so great, but the nose of the two combined produced a surprisingly clean, almost appley sensation. (2) Sliced pepperjack cheese was pretty good with this, the spice of the cheese worked better with the beer than I expected. Aftertaste seemed confused though.

A - Desaturated orange. Lovely head as a result of the nitro, ~1 cm. of which remained throughout.
S - Some banana with modeling glue, leather and motor oil. Like a work shop or sporting goods store- environment of the workin' man! Strange for a beer though.
T - Smoooth. Creamy head leads into a light, even, buttery malt flavor. Certainly doesn't overwhelm the senses in any respect which is good, then again, hard to discern any particular flavors since it's all pretty uniform.
M - Bit of a rough, unpleasant metallic tinge remaining in the back of the mouth. Oily throughout. Not refreshing, but it doesn't overwhelm you.
O - Goes down extremely easy. Though it could serve as one, I don't see it as a session beer for me, not quite enough to hold my interest. Probably best paired with a meal rather than drank on its own. (1,147 characters)

Photo of pmorey
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My review scores are based on a pull from Champions Pub in Sarasota, FL.

Nice two finger head and deep golden appearance. Good clean taste and creamy mouthfeel with nIce lacing on the glass. Very enjoyable pub beer.

However, I did NOT have the same impression when I have had Boddies from the nitro can. I thought it hat a somewhat bitter and chemical after taste. Not pleasant at all. (387 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The cascading is just like that of Guinness. This beer has a lot going for it in looks!

This beer I poured from a 40-ish degree can into an imperial pint. You gotta pour it quick as it will overflow. It poured a golden straw color that is very clear below the cascading bubbles and worked its way up as the cascading tapers off and the head decreases. The head was a huge super creamy 3 finger head. Boddingtons says that this effect from the nitro can is supposed to mimic the natural aeration of the classic English pub hand pump. The head dies down to a 1 finger creamy head for the rest of the drink.

The first aroma that I got was banana. Presumable from the hops, but half way through the beer that died away. Now just the underlying aroma of light malt and some grassy or piney hops remain very light. Not overly aromatic. Almost like a lager.

The taste. Hmmmm. Retracing my steps, I get the banana somewhere at the end and before that some metallic or plain old dirt flavors of hops and mild malts. Some people were describing it as metallic, but to me it tastes more like sliding into 3rd base on a dry hot day. It's apparent, but not overly so. If you can look past that its a good beer for having with Indian food. Strong strong indian food.

The mouthfeel is light and watery and not overly pleasant. There is carbonation that you can see visually, but it's not noticeable on the tongue at all. The finish is dry from the hops, but not floral or citrus like in any way, just dry with some peppery notes. Very Flat Mouthfeel.

In fact, I think the flavor and the mouthfeel are both flat. There really aren't many redeeming qualities that I like about this beer. I can session it and it's not horrible. But I most likely given a choice would drink something else. If someone gave them to me for free, I'd do a handstand and sing Gilligan's Island like I would for any free beer! (1,891 characters)

Photo of alexipa
3.62/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: I haven't found a better looking beer. It had the signature nitro cascade after pouring, into a nice amber color with a very thick white dense head. The head never goes away.

S: Not much to report on. Slightly bready, maybe some slight citrus hops.

T: Very mild yet expertly balanced. Lots of bready english malts backed up by mostly flavorless bitter hops. Almost tastes slightly watered down, which is a shame.

M: Creamy smooth and perfectly carbonated. Pretty thin despite it's creaminess, very sessionable.

O: If the taste wasn't watered down and subdued, this would be fantastic. As it stands it's a good session ale that has a great mouthfeel and looks nearly perfect. Sometimes that's all I need. (710 characters)

Photo of fstorey
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from nitro can into a pint mug.
A - Nice amber copper color
S - Very faint smell slightly fruity, dominated by piny hops aroma.
T - dry, with a moderately strong hop finish. Not surprisingly the word bitter comes to mind.
M - light mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
O - The taste is lighter than the color. Its OK but not a standout. I'm trying different styles to decide what to brew for the summer and this is the first bitter I've tasted. Easy to drink, but not my favorite style. (486 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white smooth nitro head. The smell is slightly sweet with some fruit and very mild toffee. The flavor is malty and quite fruity. Just a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish. The bosy could be a bit thocker. Nothing super special. (272 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nitro can picked up tonight at the COOP... poured into a big ole English Pint glass.. beautiful long lasting off white head atop a polished golden brew.

Aromas are mild English pale malts and some lesser earthy hops.. a little yeasty fruitiness.

Very balanced flavor... low bitterness/definitely balanced toward the pale malts and some background caramel.... middle of the road yeasty fruitiness but more than the nose.. grassy hoppiness is there, but just enough to balance.

Body is light with the expected creaminess ... I don't like nitro beers too much, and I don't personally believe the nitrogen does anything to help the flavor or aromas.

3.75/3.25/3.5/3.25/3.25 (674 characters)

Photo of NovoAleMan
3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap, Jake's Cigars and Spirits, Lincoln, NE:

Appearance: Milky pour, very thick head of foam. Solid golden, classic appearance. Big fan of the appearance. 5/5

Smell is light, hoppy, sweet. What Budweiser should be. 4/5

Taste: Slightly bitter and hoppy. A little watery at first for my tastes. Lacks complexity. But not bad. 3/5

Sits well in mouth. 4/5 (358 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.47/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured out of the can after a massive hiss into a pint glass. Dark-golden, clear body with a massive cascade of silky nitrogen bubbles which ends up being a head of about one finger with great retention. Nice thick lace spots here and there.

S- Not a ton going on. Light malts, honey sugars, light fruits remind me of white grape/apple and some floral hints. A tiny bit buttery. Strength dies with each minute.

T- Pretty much just like the nose but not as hard to pick up. A good deal of light cracker malts, honey sweetness, caramel, buttery popcorn kernel hints, light fruits like apple/white grape. There is a bit of a floral and herbal thing going on, I guess they added some hops.

MF- Pretty much just feels watery to me. There is a light bit of bubbles but overall it reminds me of almost flat soda. Slight bitterness in the finish.

I don't think the nitro aspect of this beer enhances it in any way. It just feels watery to me and that doesn't help the buttery, popcorn kernel flavor going on. Potential is there but it just doesn't work out for me. (1,063 characters)

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