Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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74
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1,075 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,075
Hads: 2,556
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.63%
Wants: 38
Gots: 283 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of budgood1
3.99/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the cascading effect was amazing...but that's where the amazement ends. the head does coat the glass the whole way down.....but i found this ale sort of boring. i wouldn't assasinate it like some reviews i read, but it's nothing special. it's full bodied and creamy smooth but i do detect the slight metallic hoppy aftertaste which i didn't find too offensive. i'd drink it again. (386 characters)

Photo of skibumdc
3.99/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap. Eat Bar @ Talula's in Arlington, VA
Nitro cascade is a great presentation in a regular pint glass.
Taste of cream ale, smooth with hint of bitter in finish.
Thicker mouth feel due to it tasting like a cream ale
Drinkable but not a session beer to me. (264 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.99/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. nitro-can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The usual cascading appearance that a nitro gives; the glass becomes completely enveloped in the foamy head that quickly dissipates into a clear dark golden hue, with a solid bone white one finger head that doesn't let up. Moderate amount of lacing left as I drink. Really spectacular looking.

Smell: Nothing too special, metallic yeast, light barley and hops, kind of flowery smelling.

Taste: Tastes pretty much what it smells like, albeit a bit more assertive. Metallic yeast, mildly bitter citrus hops, slight tinge of booze.

Mouthfeel: Pretty damn nice. A very creamy offering, full bodied and with very little carbonation. This will make you have a foam-stache.

Overall: An excellent beer, and a surprisingly easy drinker for the full bodied mouthfeel. Definitely recommended. (855 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a can at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)
pours a brilliant copper with a thick white head, the cascading nitro bubbles are also a butiful sight.
the aroma is malty, grassy, hint of spice, hint of sweet honey.
the flavor is malty, carmelized malt, grassy, hopsack, hint of spice, lingering hopflavor.
great beer, goes down easy, great example of english ale. (379 characters)

Photo of StephenNorman
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear yellow, with a gorgeous 1 1/2 - 2 finger head. Copious lacing throughout.This is what I think of when I think of the the perfect looking beer.

Smell: Unfortunately there is barely any aroma, except maybe some light fruit/honey. This is my main beef with this beer.

Taste: This is easily one of the best tasting beer I've ever had, my favorite for sure. A slight banana/fruity flavor, with honey and slight hop bitterness. Glorious.

Mouthfeel: More watery then I would like, but still not too thin.

Drinkability: This is the easiest drinking brew I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. A great session beer no doubt. Do not hesitate to try this beer. (677 characters)

Photo of SisuPride
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as creamy as any beer I've enjoyed. It is a medium brown color and has a solid head - not too big, not too small - the kind where you don't have to wait for the head to settle but will still decorate the upper lip with a beautiful beer 'stache. The creamy mouthfeel of this beer is it's best feature and it's weakest is taste, I'd like it to have a little more flavor. I'd recommend this beer to anyone without reserve simply due to the fact you can rip off the top of the can and pull out the carbonation device and bring it home to your child as a marvelous spin top toy - it like a box of cracker jacks, a prize in every can! (641 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Utterly still golden amber with a thick and dense milk-white nitro-induced head. The head is going nowhere fast, and there is a considerable amount of splotchy lacing left on the glass. Nose is melon, green apple, floral hops, and a light presence of caramel malts. Pleasant flavors of fresh plum juice, honeydew, and a hint of banana mix with barely-there biscuity malt and a nicely contrasting bitter bergamot-infused hop finish. A little bit of mineral character comes through in the finish as well. Hop bitterness lingers. As it warms, this hop flavor begins to resemble the spiciness of Saaz. It's surprising how much this tastes like an English attempt at a Belgian pale. Thin mouthfeel really makes this a close-but-no-cigar semblance of a cask ale. Actually, it's nowhere near the flavor or consistency of a cask ale, but the nitro widget is put to what is likely its maximum performance here. A quality beer in my book. (928 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer that I’ve tried out of a nitro can and I’ll have to say that I’m impressed. Initial pour is a hazy orange/golden color with a thick creamy white froth. Once the foam settles from the pour, the color is a clear gold topped off with a rich 1-inch head that retains itself through the entire duration. Aromas are malty and sweet. The taste is so mild that I had to ask myself, “This is a Bitter?” It was so smooth and easy to drink. I could definitely see myself drinking several of these in one setting. (529 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from nitro-tap into Boddington's Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Honey gold with firm, stark white head. Has the too perfect look of a nitro beer, but it sure is pretty.

Smell: Not too much, but to be expected for the style. Light grainy malts, some light spiciness. Mostly smells dry.

Taste: Dried malts with toast, bread and tea. Hops are nicely balanced and integrated and are spicy, floral and slightly metallic.

Feel:Light bodied but exceedingly smooth and creamy. Very dry finish, as expected since the beer is pretty dry throughout.

Overall: I know many like to blast this beer for being bland, but I find it to be very refreshing and balanced, despite being quite mild. From what I remember, the nitro cans are also good, but not as good as having it on nitro-tap. Happy to finally review this, as I used to have it often in my pre-review days. (874 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.01/5  rDev +24.9%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of SindriMar
4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a very nice ale. One of the best 'smooth' pale ales I've ever had. I ordered a pint at the pub and I was really glad to see the thick head that would last 'till the very last sip. It has a very smooth mouthfeel and it's really easy to drink. There wasn't much hop presence or bitterness at all, although I could sense a slight bitterness after a few sec. The sweet malt was very inviting, but probably not strong enough for experienced drinkers. A very good pub ale, though. (493 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusty golden in color; awesome tight bubbled head (two fingers thick) leaving very fine lace.

Mostly malty, frothy aroma. I detect almost a "freezer" smell. The flavor starts with hop, contrary to the aroma. Although this is a subtler hop bite than some English bitters, it is still there as a soft spoken statement. The malt richness comes forth while hold the liquid in my mouth. After swallowing, the hop bitterness returns but softly. The mouthfeel is similar to whole milk; the carbonation is low, but appropriate.

A nice mild bitter, or is this a hoppy mild? Either way it is a very pleasant beer to have. (618 characters)

Photo of vancurly
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love opening & pouring these nitro-cans... big psssht, and the impatient pleasure of watching the head settle...
I used to love this beer, long before I knew my Saaz from my Fuggles... so what's it like now ?
Pours a nice flat, white heavy nitro head, which persists throughout.... colour is a clear amber.
Initial aromas of banana bread, opening up to caramel malts
Fruity flavours of pear... almost, almost like Coopers' Ales without the PoR metallic-ness... Nutty hint, ever-so-slight sweet note...
No carbonation, which helps demonstrate a good mouthfeel... nice body, with a decent bitterness
Very much a session pint...and a good drink. (642 characters)

Photo of wages
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-can poured into 16 oz English pub glass

appearance - 5/5 - Pours with a cascade of bubbles but doesn't overflow. The bubbles settle over the next minute to a stark while creamy head. The color is golden transparent pale.

smell - 4.5/5 - Light hop aroma on top of bready or tea. Maybe slightly grassy.

taste - 3.5/5 - Clean light hop flavor. Mild bitter aftertaste with a lingering earthiness.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - A wonderfully smooth and creamy texture fills the mouth and leaves the idea of creaminess behind long after the beer is gone.

overall - 4/5 - Not my favorite tasting beer, but I respect it in it's style, and what it lacks in taste is well made up for with all other categories. (701 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe that I have not reviewed this beer yet. It poured from the can a slightly golden yellow color with a finger and a half of thick creamy head. The nose was slightly creamy, caramely, with some fruity esters as well. The flavor had good caramel sweetness and a creamy flavor with some strawberry-like fruity esters finishing slightly hoppy. The feel was velvety smooth, creamy and thick. I do enjoy this beer. I find this to be highly drinkable and enjoyable. Its a nice beer to fall back on. (505 characters)

Photo of zuggy9
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent readily available pale ale. Pop the top and pour quickly for a good head, with an full-bodied hearty taste. Pours clear and a deep dark amber with a pleasant crisp smell. Very easy to drink several of these, with the 4.7% ABV, and it's a pleasant everyday ale, great with a meal. (289 characters)

Photo of monkeybeer
4.04/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a rich creamy golden cloudy yellow with a foamy white head. Clears to a clear golden yellow wile maintain the white head and lacing.
S- Sweet, Clean hoppy smell
T/M- Okay so the Taste is not much extremely light some what watered down with a creamy mouth feel and a slightly hoppy after taste. Mouth feel is very nice and smooth.
D- Not quick sure why I like this so much it is almost like drinking air, it goes down very smooth and I find myself always ready for another. The 4 pack just seems to disappear over the course of the night. The price is right for it when it is on sale. It is a nice beer to have around and goes with everything. (652 characters)

Photo of indysamra
4.04/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons Bitter

The Cream of Manchester....

No matter how poor you pour this one, it always manages to settle with a perfect head.

Boddingtons has been enjoyed by beer drinkers in England for more than 200 years, and is well known for its creamy head and smooth body. It is now sold in over 30 countries worldwide, and can be drunk on tap in places as far afield as New Zealand and Hong Kong. Boddingtons is positioned as a premium import in its overseas markets, and this sector has seen rapid growth in the last ten years, as drinkers are keen to experiment with different beer styles and tastes, and often drink beers they remember from places they have traveled to. (681 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.04/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in awhile. I don't often enjoy beer from cans, but this was a good experience. I love the pour of this beer. Ultra-creamy with a massive and dense white head which lasted throughout the pint. The color was a pleasing and clear pale gold. There was a nice hop bite that was more noticable than the body of this beer. Despite that, a decent session beer for me with a unique appearance.

10.26.09

Another 4 pack that I couldn't resist. I just crave these nitros once in a blue moon. The can system works for me and i've upgraded a few things on these samples - taste and smell. Tha Appearance is always perfect. Love the slight sour-lemony finish and the light buttery body.

Always a special treat! (722 characters)

Photo of JamesHenjum
4.05/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Most nitro-beers look great, but this is the best. Great cascade, but average golden look. What really makes this beer amazing is the head and lacing. Best of any beer I have ever seen. Your entire glass will be covered in a foam.

S: Smells like malty caramel. Not much on the nose but malt.

T: Great taste. All malt. Some toffee, some caramel, and a drop are coffee. Almost desert like, but not sweet. Sooo good.

M: Very creamy, but not over creamy. A nice balance. Nice warm head on top of a cold beer hits the spot.

O: If you love malt, then this beer is for you. Creamy caramel toffee. No bitterness at all. (619 characters)

Photo of portajon
4.05/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

behold...Boddingtons Ale, the finest drink. our band, The Ill Mayhem, loves this beer for post session sessions. this beer is a great pub ale, you can pour it as fast and hard as you like, and the beer cascades out to a foamy half inch head which maintains for the duration. the frothy head also has a creamy or marshmellowy swseetness, if you decided to down it as well. the ill mayhem loves this beer, we endorse it, and would like to be sponsored by it. Our bass player, Rootin Tootin Rasputin has been quoted as saying " Boddingtons Pub Ale is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" from his treetop perch. The first time i bought Boddingtons, the old man at the liquor store declared "that is the SMOOTHEST beer ive EVER had." cheers bro (753 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4.06/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice and smooth pub ale that goes down wonderfuly after a long day at work. It Pours into a glass somewhat resembling a pint of Caffereys or Kilkenny but slightly lighter in color, certainly nice to look at. Smell is nothing special, but it does taste quite good, slightly bitter with a delicate caramel-esque aftertaste. Mouthfeel is interesting, the foam is very thick and creamy and that makes for an interesting feeling in the mouth. This beer is very very drinkable, nothing offensive in this beer at all and i would definitely reccomend this one. (567 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Despite the foaming out of the can after you crack it, this is a good beer. The sweet hoppy smell gets to you quickly. It pours a nice amber color with that great thick foam that seems to cascade down the inside of the glass as the head dissipates. However, a moderate head lasted all the way to the end.
Light on the carbonation, tastes sweet with a bitter ale finish. Overall a very smooth mouthfell. The bitterness is the only drawback - decreases it's drinkability.

I truly enjoyed this one. What a surprise, who'd have thought this funky yellow can had such a good ale inside!

High recommendation. (624 characters)

Photo of Stosh
4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I liked this beer more than most of the reviewers here. But I had the unusual opportunity, out of pure chance, to try this beer twice in two days - once on tap, once in the nitro can. I liked the beer much, much better on tap. The nitro can is good, but I feel these nitro cans are more of a gimmick than a way to provide a better beer experience. The beer from the nitro can is pretty to watch, as the head goes through it's progression. The beer from the tap isn't as pretty, but for me tasted much better. How a beer looks is far, far less important to me than how it tastes.

I like hoppy beers, and while the tap version of the Boddingtons wasn't quite as bitter and hoppy as my favorites, it had enough of a bite to make it interesting. It went well with the food I had, also. The nitro can version seemed far less tasty. Very drinkable, but not as much flavor and hop bite as the tap version.

Bottom line - don't give up on this beer if you only try it in the nitro cans. The tap version is like a whole different beer, and you are likely to enjoy it much more, if you like this style of beer. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Mumps
4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over all a good beer. When poured into the glass, has a Guinness like cascade, turning into a very nice golden hue with a think creamy head. A beautiful sweet smell. Both smell and taste have hints of honey. Very smooth.

Makes a fantastic Black and Tan when used with a Guinness nitro can. (293 characters)

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