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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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1,083 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,083
Hads: 2,599
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 31.66%
Wants: 43
Gots: 313 | 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 tar
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The nitro can results in an attractive "active" pour as there is a nice cascade of bubbles. Once all the action has died down, a very light golden beer is left with the standard sharp white "collar" of a nitro beer. A very mild, grassy aroma comes forth. Creamy, mild taste with a virtually non-existent finish, and an almost absence of hops. Not terrible tasting, but it certainly lacks most of the flavors present in the beers I really like. Very smooth and creamy (mostly from the nitro can) and as a result its easy to drink one of these. Overall, rather unimpressive, not a bad beer, but certainly far from spectacular, and one I'm unlikely to try again.

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Photo of dauss
4.01/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on nitro-tap in England at this fine pub. It was served mildly chilled so it wasn't very cold. The head was very creamy and
thick, just like guinness. It also had just a tiny bit of carbonation just like guinness. I think of it as a light guinness. It's not quite as thick and pours a hazy golden color with a white head. It definitely had some bitterness to it. Just so similar to guinness I have nothing else to compare it too.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One pint nitro can purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Popped the tab and foam orgasmically erupted. I found my glass right away and dumped it in. Solid gold body with a water-fall-in-reverse of bright white foam. The head is utterly dense, barely a bubble spotted, bright white.

The nose is honey drizzled freshly cut grass, light and reserved.

Can't help but notice the mouthfeel first, creamy as can be and with that firm pillow of a head sinking across my upper-lip, ah! The taste is one extended undertone, it's that restrained -- begins with a quick nudge of bitterness, levels out into a watery honey sweetness, and closes on a softly blunt bitter tone like a shred or two of boiled lemon zest. Dry.

No carbonation to speak of.

Hey, it's a gorgeous beer. I wish it tasted as good as it looks, very drinkable nevertheless.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer really looks like it was poured from a bar tap...great body. Boddingtons is so unique for being a light-looking golden beer that pours like an Irish stout; those widget things work well. Moving past the appearence, this is a very mild tasting brew. Not much smell to speak of, but while swallowing it feels like a Beamish or Murphys thanks once again to the nitrogen blast. Slightly sweet, this a good smooth drinking session brew that pairs great with spicey food.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cracked the top of this nitro-can and it sprayed everywhere. Pours brilliantly clear to a light copper color with a creamy white head. It leaves nice lace-work when sipped down. The aroma is of caramel malts, fruits..like apples, and a bit buttery. The flavor has a light caramel, diacetyl taste, with a bit of fruit. It is very light in body and smooth drinking. A definite session brew.

Sampled 12/30/03

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Photo of fdrich29
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint widget can.

What a beautiful pour. Golden orange on the bottom, carbination bubbling up to the $5 milk shake head ("I dont know if it was worth $5, but it was f'ing good"). Head kept its thickness and presence for a week and a half. Thick, rich full taste that doesn't overstay its welcome. Weak smell of hops and smooth creamy flow over the lips and past the gums. An old favorite, I've often heard of it as "Guinness Lite" and "White Guinness". This is extremely easy to drink, suitable for marathon nights of putting back the wet stuff or just enjoying with dinner. Not a bad run of the mill brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can – Poured a golden brew with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet with some malts coming through. Taste is very light but similar to Kilkenney or Guiness in a nitro can. This is not a bad beer just a good session beer. Probably won’t try that again since there is a lot more interesting session beer out there.

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Photo of Foxman
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a rather clear gold, with a tight and creamy single finger of white head that settles but retains nicely. The cascading effect is fetching. There's a fair amount of delicate lacing on the glass.

The aroma delivers a thin, light malt sweetness, along with undercurrents of toffee and butterscotch. A slight hops bitterness rounds out the finish.

The flavor brings the same thin, light malt sweetness to bear, along with the caramel and butterscoth I expect. There's also a biscuity presence shortly after the first wave. A creamy mild fruit character slides into the middle, mitigated by a burgeoning rounded hops presence. The finish is dominated by a slow fading bitter hops memory.

It's light bodied, but the distinct creamy feel fills the mouth warmly. There's a genuine lingering hops glow at the finish.

If only it tasted and smelled as good as it looks, or even as good as it feels in the mouth, it would be more well-rounded. As it is, it's all over the board, with the assets lessened by the almost-liabilities. I enjoyed it overall, but it's just so inconsistent in its various components. One has to love that creamy mouthfeel, but it doesn't overcome the thin aroma and flavor. It is indeed drinkable, because the basic consituents and mild ABV lend themselves to easy consumption. But I just can't get past the ups and downs to justify drinking this over something I know I'd enjoy more, or at least something new I want to try. Oh well, so it goes.

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Photo of shirfan
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The nitro can imparts a beautiful pour and a fine-bubbled one-finger head which sticks around. This tops a clear, dark golden fluid devoid of any but the mildest leafy aroma.

Chilled, this is very bland. As it warms, a bit of flavor comes through; mild leafy hops and a sharply metallic finish...similar to licking an anodized watering pail. There are a few earthy malt tones to be had as well, but overall, too thin.

They have some canoes in Britain too, apparently.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a nice thick head. Cool cascading effect (I love that).

Smells sweet, slightly crisp, a bit of a metallic scent.

Very full body, very smooth, touch of sweetness but not excessive. Slight buttery elements, weak bitterness. No other flavor really jumps out.

Not a particularly flavorful brew, but I could definitely drink several of these. Worth a try.

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Photo of mschofield
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber, the nitro produces rings of khaki and white as it settles down, a creamy white three finger head tops it off. Once the nitro ends, the body stays crystal clear with small streams of carbonation rising. Nitro may be a gimic but the appearance is nice.
Fruity, butterscotch, biscuity malt, and lighty toasted malt aroma.
Biscuity taste, butter, toffee, grassy, and mild citrus rind bitterness.
Light bodied and smooth, a mild session beer, seemed even lower in ABV than 4.7. Nothing too special, but a quality beer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 16oz nitro can.

Pours a pale clear copper with the familiar nitro cascade. Has an off-white and creamy head. Smell is lightly bitter.

Taste is a bit thin but creamy. A nice hoppy finish as it warms. But overall pretty plain. Very drinkable and smooth but nothing special.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The can popped with a gargle, and poured to a lovely golden color. It's got the Guinness-like bubble waterfall going on. Once that clears, it leaves a nice head that lasts for the duration of the pint. This is definitely one of the best-looking beers I've had recently.

Unfortunately, the smell and taste don't quite live up to the precedent set by the beer's appearance. It smells potent, but it isn't. The flavor is decent but nothing exciting.

A decent beer overall, but that look was just too much to live up to.

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Photo of palma
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense golden/copper color body with a rich and creamy looking head. Light malt aroma with bready notes. A very mellow tasting brew with a sweet malty taste throughout and just enough bitterness in the end. Bready/biscuity aftertaste. Though this beer is light tasting, the mouthfeel is creamy and thick and has a low carbonation. This pairing of a light taste with a heavy mouthfeel adds to the beers complexity and makes it very enjoyable. Also surprisingly refreshing despite the thick and creamy mouthfeel. You can really pound these either on a hot summer day or during a cold night at the pub. A great session beer anytime.

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Photo of KingSlender
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boddingtons Pub Ale pours rich and creamy. You would think you're drinking milk. I love how the nitro capsule releases millions of bubbles which creates an authentic taste as though you're drinking it straight from the tap. A sweet and creamy nose gives way to a somewhat bitter and dry taste. The thick consistancy stands put throughout the glass and and a nice crispy clean aftertaste rounds off this beer. Boddingtons is a good dessert beer and is a nice change from the super hoppy beers that I usually drink.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a double chocolate fudge brownie

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Photo of Zorro
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours good-looking darkish gold ale with a really thick head on it.

Smells really fruity and malty.

Taste is mild and full. This has a fruity taste and a mild maltiness and slight hops finish. Really might be better classified as a Mild Ale.

Mouthfeel is ok

Very drinkable if you want some thing light.

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Photo of emericanchaos
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very light colored golden ale. it pours like guinness with an immediate haze starting at the bottom and slowly rising into a dense, tight, firm head. head lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass, lacing a thick slowly falling film on the way down.

very light smelling brew with only hint of any type of beer scent.

tastes very soft and creamy. flavor is very unpronounced. mild flavor but not quite bland, just understated.

feels dense but soft. almost no carbonation at all.

very drinkable. only complaint is it's a bit heavy on the stomach. at least it was when i had it. i drank with food so it could be just my experience

when i first asked about this drink a lady patron said "it's like a beer milkshake". i was highly confused with this remark until i drank it. it really is like a beer flavored milk-shake. hard to explain but definetly worth a shot.

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Photo of Lupe
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a creamy white head that leaves wispy lace along the glass. Not much of an aroma, some flowery hops with a little malt in the backround. Medium bodied, creamy and very smooth. A fruity-floral flavor dominates with some bready-malt sweetness in the backround. Hops balance the beer out but are not assertive. Smooth and highly drinkable.

Served at a slightly warmer temperature then normal at a bar, which helped the flavor.

After having this on tap and enjoying it, I picked up a 4-pack of the nitro cans. Not the same at all. Tasted like a run-of-the mill pale ale that was creamier. Stick to this on tap.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a pale golden yellow with a frothy white head that reminds me of a cafe frappe with milk that I've had in Greece. There isn't too much presence of anything in the aroma, slight floral hop, but no malt. The taste however is an interesting mix of fruitiness and vanilla, with a good balance of slight sweetness and bitterness. I'm partial to the nitrogenated beers, and this one is no exception, as it makes the beer velvety-smooth. It's a fairly average alcohol content that you can't taste or feel, yielding a very high drinkability.

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

Appearance – This is one of the clearest ales that I have ever seen. It’s light orange and sheer as glass. The nice white foamy head never did go down all the way. This one looks terrific.

Smell – This has a rather light floral and citrus aroma without much of a malt balance. It smells like a session beer.

Taste – The taste doesn’t quite measure up to the aroma. There’s a bit of grass that invades the citrus and floral hopping, and the weak malt base doesn’t help. It’s not that it tastes bad, just a little too single-minded.

Mouthfeel – This ale is thin and extremely smooth, verifying my earlier assumption that it would make a great session ale. The feel on the mouth is light and puffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this one, although I’ve never had the opportunity to knock back a few Pale Ales in England proper. Maybe it doesn’t compare – but for the time being and keeping this one on my list of “buy again.”

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.16/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looks nice, I'll give it that. Pours a creamy tan with a white head that is partial to seperating itself from the beer when tilted. The head will never die. Smells weakly malty/hoppy.

Tastes weakly malty/hoppy with no real character. Thin in body and mouthfeel, low in alcohol. Guess it makes for something you can drink all night with your friends.

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Photo of Ilacquin
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking beer. Pours a golden yellow after the nitro cascade dies down. Thick white head leaving lace down to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is undistinguished, a bit malty, but nothing really noteworthy.
Taste is a letdown after the initial appearance. A bit of hop, a bit of malt, nothing special. Mouthfeel is definitely thin.

Drinkability is very good, but why would you want to? I found no qualities in this beer that aren't better executed elsewhere.

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Photo of WallyBoag
4.56/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite ale. Served from a can, this beer poured an extremely thick, creamy head that dissipated quickly. The color was a lightish yellow. Smelled rich and creamy. This was the first time I had experienced such a sweet dairy-like smell. Could have sworn there was milk in it. Tasted incredibly sweet and creamy, but felt a little harsh in the mouth for some reason, however this harshness was countered by the incredible taste. Easy to drink since the flavor was so incredible!

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boddington's is another English pale ale that would probably benefit from not being served in a nitro can. The nitro heavily softened the flavor of this beer, and it ended up being a bit more watery than another "nitro-ale", Tetley's.

This beer pours a blondish color out of the can. The cascading effect occurs, and we are left with a blondish-gold colored beer with a cream colored, 1-finger foam floating on top. This foam head lasts throughout the beer and leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is pretty average, with just some light malts and some fruity smell detectable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy to an extent, but has less body than Tetley's. The flavor is a bit dissapointing, as it is on the watery side. What is there is some light malt flavors, some slight notes of caramel, and a generic fruitiness. There is a low-moderate hop bitterness in the finish. This beer finishes out with a lower amount of dryness and some light grain and fruitiness in the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found here either.

I didn't take points off for appearance, even though I was tempted to when the contents of my can proceded to explode all over me upon opening it (and the same thing happened to my brother as well). Seeing as how these weren't even shook up, I would advise opening these in the sink. As for the beer, it is quite average in all respects and it doesn't pull any punches. Tetley's is in a similar vein to this beer but I found that one to be a bit more enjoyable than this.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can opens extremely violently, every one opens with beer spraying. Pours with a huge thick, creamy head that hangs around, and leaves residue on your upper lip. I have heard that the US version can't compare to the UK version, which I hope is right. The head is delcious. The rest of the beer isn't very interesting. Malt and cereal grains, with nothing that special. I wouldn't get this again.

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