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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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Reviews: 1,084
Hads: 2,600
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 31.66%
Wants: 43
Gots: 315 | 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 drabmuh
2.92/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. Beer is dark yellow almost amber and the aeration falls down cascading from the outside to prop up a thin head of tiny microscopic foam bubbles that completely cover the top of the beer and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is oddly bitter, but not hop bitter. Its almost grain bitter. Very odd.

Beer is smooth, medium to full bodied, odd back of the mouth bitterness and a strong aftertaste. Abbreviates my pleasure with this beer. Hopefully my bad Christmas weekend of terrible beers is nearly over.

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

The beer pours a pale golden color with a beautiful frothy white head. A perfect appearance! The nose is fruity. Their are smells of pale malts and yeast. The taste is very plain and dull. There is no complexity here. The mouthfeel is nice; not to carbonated. It is a light bodied ale. The drinkability is rough. The mouthfeel is right, but the head is too thick and the taste just isn't that good. This is not a favorite of mine.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nostalgic beer, as it has served as breakfast food for a few memorable camping trips with my wife.

A: The appearance is really fabulous. The beer is transparent and pale yellow, with pockets of carbonation bubbles throughout. The head is a gorgeous, white froth that lingers indefinitely.

S: Aromas are of fruits, pale malts. Overall, the beer doesn't emit a big scent, but what's there is ok.

T: The flavor of the beer is straightforward and simple. There isn't a lot going on, but I don't find the beer to be offensive either. It's malty with a sweet flavor that lingers on the tongue for several seconds after each sip.

M: The feel is definitely set up for success by the nitro-can. Smooth and creamy. The beer is thin to medium bodied.

D: Overall, an ok beer. While I wouldn't necessarily seek it out, I often select it when at a pub offering little to no craft beer options.

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Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - light copper with a half of an inch of pure white, soft, dense, creamy, head that has great retention

S - grainy, faintly musty, a bit sweet

T - sweet, corn, grains, metallic, apples

M - light bodied, thin, little carbonation

Everything about this beer is pretty solid...except how it tastes and smells! It's metallic and off putting, sweet and grainy, thin and watery. This a very poor example of the style. Ignore!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chance for sharing this. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is bubblegum and grass. The flavor is grass and biscuit malt. Some light fruit. Thin mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Pour mouthfeel. A little bit disappointing overall.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 at The Prince of Wales Pub in San Mateo, CA. Spilled about an ounce of it all over the counter after I "thought" I opened it slow enough. Pour was beautiful as most nitro cans do. A huge creamy head the slowly faded but still had a bit left at the end of the glass. Didn't smell much. Maybe a bit like Guinness. Some roasted malts. Not a real strong scent. A bit more carbonation than expected. Tastes of malt, maybe a hop or two and maybe a very very slight fruit taste (lemon?). Still went down very nicely. Kind of an odd taste. A hard to describe taste. Not bad, but just strange. Decent enough brew though.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Woody does the can-can, cont.

It is increasingly easy to amuse my small mind. Watching the pour cascade from a milky liquid into a nice amber-colored beer brought a smile to my face. The finger's worth of thick, creamy, ecru head sat like a blanket of fresh snow atop the beer. The nose was faint and slightly sweet, almost in a lager-like way. The color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was full and creamy, even kind of silky on the swallow. This was a very mild beer, both on the tongue and on the finish. These factors, coupled with its low ABV make it a session candidate, especially when you include its fairly common availability.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a creamy two finger head that builds beautifully like a cascading waterfall. A great beer to look at. Nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: no real discernable aroma here.

Taste: a grainy malt profile here. Caramel candy sweetness, mild bitterness, and a hint of fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Creamy from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste, almost a clean one.

Drinkability: as it’s called – pub ale - means a nice session beer to have while talking it up at the pub. Just wish there was some aroma here.

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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 Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well 48°F / °C is definitely too warm as the beer spits up and spills a bit as I pop the tab on the can. The beer settles out with an almost three finger thick, tightly beaded, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, full copper color. The spilled beer smells lightly of butterscotch and a slight metallic note. The aroma smells a touch grassy and has a faint herbal hop note to it.

This is completely devoid of carbonation and this feels creamy and soft textured despite being so light bodied. Soft grassy malt flavors a touch of herbal & metallic hops. Tastes beery, with a faint sweetness, really not to much more to say about it. Not flawed, just not very flavorful. I wasn't expecting much here, but was expecting a bit more flavor.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors; Tucson AZ

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this common brew on tap (nitro). As expected it arrived with a huge super creamy head which dissolved into a smaller creamy head. This brew is all about the mouthfeel. velvet in a glass. Malty nose, sweet malt center. Notes of honey, vanilla, flowers. tasty stuff. Mildly hoppped. Super pleasant summer quaffer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz nitro can into Philadelphia Flyers/Bud Light pint glass. I've never had this before.

A loud blow from the nitro can, Pub Ale pours semi thick looking with a orange amber glaze. After the cascade action a nice ivory/white head stood above the liquid leaving window covering lace. Small clear bubbles sticking to the glass within the beer, quite odd.

The nose ain't the nicest. Besides the pale malt and faint caramel, there is this musty odor that reminds me of, well how do I put this lightly, old people. Other than that there is a small nuttiness.

The taste fares better with a nice blast of English malts including pale and a mix of caramel and a miniscule amount of dark fruit. There is some nuts and a small amount of butter, but nothing extreme.

Feel is good coming from the nitro can, I'll have to try this on tap one day and see any differences. Smooth and creamy with a medium build and light/subtle carb. While I liked this, I won't be going out of my way for it, I'll hit it up at my local pub/dive. good beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.67/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz can from Bradley's Fine Spirits in Tustin, on to the beer:

You can expect to get a thick, creamy head, the cascading effect, and darker yellowish body. Smell is a little weird; metallic, grainy, and a light esters. To my surprise, this was not very tasty. It fact, it reminded me of a creamy, nitro-infused Budweiser. I think the creamy head had more taste than the beer itself. The very smooth mouthfeel is forgiving and keeps my interest. Although the beer is a bit boring, I could actually see myself having one of these from time to time; it's quite sessionable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Golden hue with a nice thick white head. Smells of citrus, hops and perhaps a bit of malt.

Tastes creamy, citrus, some spice. A bit too creamy for my taste, however, Felt like it coated my tongue, throat and stomach. If the taste had less citrus I would drink more.
worth a try.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can, poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow/amber, with thick white head.

S: Smell of sweet malts and English Fuggle/Goldings hops.

T: English maltiness and slight hop character, but a metallic twist that was off-putting.

M: Thin, too watery, smooth, but not too creamy.

D: Average in the can, but much better on draft.

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Photo of tempest
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Coles in Syracuse

It was happy hour and I figured this would be a better way to try this beer than buying a 4 pack. Golden color with a nice white head and retention. Almost no smell, and what there was just reminded me of stale bread. Taste was very light with a hint of earthy hops. Couldn't make out any grain, but at least it was inoffensive and washed down my food.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice, caramel-colored, nitro-can, so after a while a fluffy dense white head settles at about one finger, great retention.
Smells of sweet malts, banana, grains, pretty toned down.
Taste of bread dough, lots of grain, banana, some faint apple and lemon, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Faint floral notes, grass, but the finish gets really metallic.
Smooth and creamy, low (to none at all) carbonation, light and easy to drink. Some lingering grains in the aftertaste, but again, coins..
A nice cream ale, some off notes in its taste.

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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 weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.50 for a pint of this at some English Pub-esque coffee house in Cape May, NJ...
Appears a transparent, light yellow with a cascading body that leads up to the frothy, off white head. Pretty typical of a nitro. Tiny bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of very mild grain that is reminiscent of Special K with a touch of honey. Nothing special jumping out at all.
Taste is about the same as the mild aromas being just that...mild, very much so. Maybe a tiny bit of a tea-like taste buried in there somewhere.
Mouthfeel is creamy but there is a lack of any flavors that make me want to continue drinking this. There is also a vague graininess that doesn't seem like it should be there. It should be a bit more clean. Tiny bitter finish is barely enough for an enjoyment. This is a palate cleanser for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely nitro-can pour, a slippery, silky, creamy effusion of miniscule bubbles that seem to transform from gas to solid as the construct the egg-white-whip head. Lacing is, as you would expect, excellent, colour is a clear copper gold. All in all, an excellent looking English ale very well presented.

Unfortunately, the most pleasure I got from the beer was watching it settle out. The smell is a rather timid metallic note, with some musty grain thrown in, and a very brief whiff of overripe-turning-to-rotten fruit. Not the greatest nose ever, and it's weak to boot.

Some light, manky organic characters on the palate. Again some musty grain, burlap sack, something unpleasantly organic. Some gritty English bitterness part way through, and a reasonable, if not exciting dry finish that cleans up the unpleasantness at least. It's better in the mouth than on the nose, and the feel is quite smooth and creamy.

OK, so it hasn't astonished me. Hell, it hasn't even particularly impressed me, but it has just enough character to be pleasant and a subtle insinuating drinkability that's hard to ignore.

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Photo of biegaman
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nitro-cans have a flair for the dramatic and even this otherwise conventional looking beer has a terribly grandiose unfolding. After that, however, the clear, toasty golden liquid reveals a pedestrian appearance, despite that its head is big and flamboyant enough for old ladies in Atlanta to wear to church.

The aroma features soft, honeyed malts and a light floral tint, but smells unmistakably like spilled, stale beer. Its only saving grace are the minor traces of sweetness and earthy, English hops. I prefer the smell to the taste but have not made a habit of keeping my nose in the glass.

Only in a world where tastebuds are dead could this be considered worth drinking. The ale becomes borderline off-putting as that impression of stale beer washes over the palate. It tastes somewhat grainy and has a strong note of corn bread. It wouldn't be fair to call it 'foul' but the urge is there.

The texture is starchy in the mouth but turns remarkably watery on the finish. In hindsight it resembles a cloying, light swill lager (and even has the lingering shot of corn syrup to boot). In fact, I think the widget helps hide the fact that this is ostensibly just that: a pedestrian beer made from poor quality ingredients.

Boddingtons is part of my effort to review the least interesting beer ever, and I may have succeeded. It's something that even a turn of the century librarian would find too bland. I can't imagine a situation in which I'd willingly want to drink this beer; unless you're the type to be distracted by cat toys, you'll likely feel the same.

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

Poured a golden yellow with a cascading carbonation that seems to fall down to the bottom of the glass, similar to Guiness. Creamy, frothy white head leaves a slight lacing around the glass. Nose is almost non-existent. Taste is corn and a slight malt presence. No hops detected.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger creamy head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light malt and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt and a grassy hop. Very pilsner like.

The mouthfeel was full due to the nitro.

Overall a tasty ale. Not great but easily drinkable.

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

A: The ale is a clear, yellow color, with a finger's worth of head.

S: The aroma is primarily the a creamy lactose-like aroma that comes from the head. There are a bit of malts, but not a lot.

T: The ale is an inoffensive brew. providing a bit of malty nuttiness and some earthy hops. Neither come in significant quanitities and neither over- nor underwhelm the tastebuds.

M: The creaminess of the head makes for a decent first impression but there isn't a lot of depth after that.

D: I'd have a few as the lower abv and the decent taste make it a good one to have when you are having a few.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev +6%
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.


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