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Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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

I really like the way this one looks as its poured fron the nitro can. Big head that dissipates slowly to finally settle to a half inch head that stays to the end. You do get a creamy mouthfeel with this one that is nice bet there is no visible carbonation. There was, for me, no detectable hop bitterness. There is a different taste to this that some seem to not enjoy but that I just found to be unusual. A mild low abv choice that pairs well with a lot of food styles.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Format: a tall, yellow can that is half-way decent. Okay I guess, just very macro. A bit cheap-looking.

Appearance: a clear yellow colour with limited visible carbonation. A half-finger of creamy white sits on top and lasts the distance. Decent.

Aroma: a fairly light aroma of fruit, florals and some sweet malts.

Taste: some more of those buttery sweet malts with floral and fruits. A nice flavour profile but very flat.

Aftertaste: the malts and some florals on the aftertaste, but still quite flat.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a lower carbonation. Needs more carbonation, as many British beers seem to do.

Overall: an okay English Bitter, but certainly too flat in feel for my liking. I'd really enjoy trying this one on tap instead of from the bottle. Nonetheless, decent for AU$83 for a 24 x 440mL case.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
4.51/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I seem to keep coming back to this one. Definitely better draft than in the can. Smooth taste and very creamy head. Easy to knock lots of these back at the pub.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.56/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth style and very light. Easy on the taste and easy to drink. Cool and refreshing for a quick "light and easy" party beer or summer refresher on the pond!

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Photo of Jayjangle
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, fairly easy to find and satisfying. Has a nice smoothness to it with almost no carbonation, and a mellow flavor. Not very hoppy; however it has strong citrus tones to it. Nice pale, yellow head, with a moderate alcohol content. Pairs well with light fish (tilapia, trout, catfish, halibut, etc.) and cold sandwiches.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Boddingtons is unique because of its mouth-feel. Especially out of the pub can with widget (think Guinness). The best way I can describe the feel is velvety, definitely nitro-ish. The taste is very much like what you'd expect. Not too impressive, standard pub fare. Easy to drink. I would recommend trying it based purely on the unique combination of mouth-feel and taste. Cheers!

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Photo of wejohnsn
2/5  rDev -37.3%

Pours a nice burnt orange and gold color with a little cloudiness and a nice off-white head. Smell is exactly as noted above. Very intense citrus and pine hops. Tastes of citrus and fairly hoppy, but not overbearing, perfect for all night drinking. Light mouthfeel that goes down smooth and almost creamy. A very yummy brew!

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Photo of The_Murph
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Boddingtons is an excellent ale. Mellow hops and a creamy body make it light, yet with plenty of flavor. One can detect a little bit of toffee, a slight sour note, and slightly bitter finish (somewhat like the skunky flavor of Heineken). This flurry of flavor combined with low carbonation makes them go down fast. My only complaint is that they only come in 4 packs!

For more on this beer and others check out http://joyofconsumption.com/

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A: on nitro so the initial pour looks beautiful but when it clears it's pretty straight forward clear straw colored laced the glass nicely as a nitro beer should

S: very mild smells up front crackery and bready

T: this hits your tongue and the taste is very muted then you swallow and you pick up some toasted breads and maybe a touch of Carmel

M: I do not like nitro beers much if gives them a flat feel to me but this was creamy, like most beers of this style tend to be

O: while I wouldn't drive to the bar to get this one, I was surprised by the nice finish on the beer other than that the beer is fairly forgettable.

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Photo of FLima
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber color with a thick thin head that keeps a constant plate.
Tangy fruity aroma with notes of papaya.
Similarly, sweet fruity flavor with notes of papaya, cinnamon, maybe nuts, some corn and a floral hint.
Rather creamy body with mild carbonation. A bit watery when carbonation runs down.
Not sure I would call it the fair Guinness. It is a bit overly sweet and lacks complexity.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev -6%

Nitro can. Bread with faint herbal, woody hops and mild fruit with a hint of caramel.
Creamy white 1" foam cap floats atop a brilliant amber column.
Light malt flavors suggest nuttiness, a hint of fruit with a slight tartness and dryness on the finish.
Creamy smooth with a medium light body, medium low carbonation with a slight astringency on the finish.
Not exceptional but pleasant and drinkable without much that stands out.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro can poured into glass. Thick, cascading carbonation. Settled to an almost 2 finger head. Smelled dry and malty. Malty, dry, not much hop if any noticeable. Creamy, but medium feel not heavy but not watery, no carbonation. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Appropriately poured into a pint glass. Beautiful cascading. Super thick and creamy head. Beer is between golden and amber. Very subtle malt characters and sweet caramel aromas. Very smooth and creamy, not too much taste but I actually really like this. It's extremely drinkable. The start with the creamy head is nicely complimented with a watery/smooth finish.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

16oz Nitro can with no date poured into an imperial pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear honey yellow with 1 finger of nitro head

Smell: Some grainy aroma when first poured but once the nitrogen settles, theres little smell with a slight metallic aroma

Taste: Slight malt sweetness but overall really bland with a macro feel

Mouthfeel: Creaminess from the nitro

Overall: Other than the nitro which is a nice gimmick, this is a very bland ale with not much going on.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

English Pale Ale. I wanted to try because I always had the American Pale Ale.

The smell of this is great. It's powerful, not too offensive. A little bit of sweetness.

The carbonation is good. I had about 1 finger of head that stays until you finish the glass. So I find it really nice.
About the taste it's really creamy. But on the finish I was really disappointed. When the texture of the creaminess is gone you have like that bang of corny taste.

Would I recommend it ? No, for my part I won't buy again. It's really special. But if you are in England you can still give it a try and see.

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Photo of Hovellord
3/5  rDev -6%

Pours from nitro can a golden brew. Creamy head, lots of lacing. Hints of banana. A very smooth and refreshing beer. I almost always have one in my fridge. I sometimes use it to cleanse the mouth after a more complex beer.

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Photo of Freddie_Ray
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

The blonde Guiness. Not big on flavor or aroma, but a highly drinkable, smooth character. Possibly a hint of honey hiding in there. Multiple beers easily shared among friends.

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Photo of HeatherSnowman
4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

I really like this, great flavor, very well rounded. It's not your everyday beer, and you need to pour it and let it settle, or you aren't giving it a fair shake, but I highly recommend it!

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Photo of TaylorIPA19
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Yikes... Is this really considered good beer in England? If so than I am REALLY proud to be an American! Smells like astringent mixed with rubbing alcohol... The taste is awful... Not sure what piss tastes like but I imagine this is pretty close... If I was in a desert and this was the only liquid I had to drink I would rather die of dehydration... Awful... Just plain awful...

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Photo of BillyX
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not horrible, just one-dimensional with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. Thin, as if a more flavorful ale was watered-down some. That said, Boddy was one of the beers that helped move me away from American macros many years ago, so some credit for that. Unfortunately, there are so many other more flavorful products on the market today. What was interesting 20+ years ago is unremarkable today. I read the review by kerouac from California and I think he nailed it; an easy beer to session.

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Photo of nofunyons
4.36/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Boddingtons is a refreshing, smooth beer renowned for its golden colour, full-bodied flavour and malty, moreish taste with smooth, tight creamy head.

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Photo of kerouac
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a fairly nice, fairly flat, ale that is perfect on a warm/hot day (when served cold).

The flavor is mild, the taste is also mild, but, maybe it's just me, it's a great beer for a "session."

This is one beer that, while not up to certain people's hoppy standards, I keep coming back to again and again. It's like an affair with that plain looking mistress who satisfies, at a certain price point, like nobody else can.

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Photo of FreddDread
4.14/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

20 pints of Boddingtons every Friday night...

I've been helplessly in love with this brew since working in Warrington for a summer back in the early 90s. Always my first choice if an establishment carries it. The golden color is amazing and the low carbonation sweet taste is just wonderful to me. Man I wish I had a pint or 10 right now!

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Photo of DaveBar
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $2.85 for a 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a tulip glass

A- Nitro can so you get that POP and FIZZ upon opening. Pours with the cascading dissolving of foam is interesting to watch.

S- Pretty good. Nothing special but the sweetness comes through

M- Creamy good. As expected with Nitro cans

O- Very good. Enjoy it better on draught but that is true with almost all the English style ales

Food Pairing.

This nice ale goes well with... potato salad with green onions and radishes


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Photo of trebbates
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I know this beer tends to get really negative reviews, and out of the can I agree it's not great. However, there is something about this beer on tap that I just absolutely love. There is almost a honey like quality to the taste and it is very drinkable. When I go somewhere and they have this on tap, I will almost always have a couple of pints. I just can't help myself.

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