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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,109 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

05-08-2014 02:16:27 | More by XmnwildX12
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-29-2008 15:48:04 | More by woodychandler
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Zorro

California

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-12-2004 02:18:38 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-11-2014 18:51:32 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-02-2007 23:07:13 | More by DoubleJ
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -6%

06-16-2013 16:39:34 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

2/5  rDev -37.3%

04-06-2012 02:09:31 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6%

12-25-2012 18:20:02 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-10-2010 21:56:08 | More by BARFLYB
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2012 16:55:51 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-13-2010 21:46:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-25-2011 04:13:53 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-13-2009 18:26:50 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a vividly clear honey-orange with a compact, creamy eggshell white head that hung around for the entire drink.

S: very light flowery hopping and not much else. Clean , neutral per style.

T: light with some sour malting and floral hopping. Really clean and basic overall with very light and subtle sour fruit coming through in the finish.

M: smooth, light, with a soft carbonation. Rather unexciting and didn't miss it on the swallow.

D: While it is easy to consume it comes off rather to basic and I would probably tire easily of this one in session. Good I guess for slugging them back at the local pub and turning your brain off while you drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-06-2008 23:13:32 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow, thick big creamy white head forms, laces well and sticks around. Smell is honey, vanilla, citrus and dirty socks. Taste is honey and vanilla, little bit of citrus and floral. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with low carbonation. Not too bad, better fresh.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-15-2005 18:09:31 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

3/5  rDev -6%

02-10-2013 23:16:50 | More by mdaschaf
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-03-2013 22:17:53 | More by smakawhat
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

People pay that much for this stuff? Pours nowhere near as impressive as Guinness, a poopy brown looking early homebrew type of beer. Smell, notes of harsh tea and toffee. Taste, more of the same, thin, anti hop beer.

Leaves nothing for mouthfeel, but is drinkable in an unintentional way, as a good tea substitute if you let it warm up a bit.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-26-2009 00:48:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale amber and perfectly clear, topped by a dense, fluffy white head common to nitro beers. Retention was superb and large chunks of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. Very mild aroma, with a bit of grainy sweetness and light floral hops. Mild floral hop flavour with some hop bitterness balancing grain and caramel flavours. Light fruity esters. Bitterness is more pronounced and the sweetness comes out a little more at the finish, which is of medium length. Just a hint of a metallic flavour creeps in after about the first half pint. Light body and very low carbonation.

I can see this being a good session, with the low carbonation and mild flavour. Overall, the flavour and aroma feel a little muted. 440 mL can.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-01-2005 02:07:38 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.08/5  rDev -34.8%
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!

Serving type: nitro-can

06-23-2012 00:45:29 | More by tdm168
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-06-2006 00:42:53 | More by Mebuzzard
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: nitro-can

01-28-2013 05:12:09 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at J's in Thomasville, GA.

Pours a clear light straw color with a cascade that finally settles into a one-finger foamy white head. The head eventually recedes into a pancake on top. Lacing is decent.

Smells of mild caramel malt with small amounts of light fruit and floral aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by just a hint of light fruits. There's a flavor at the end that I can describe only as musty. Not totally disagreeable, but not the best in the world.

Mouthfeel is good. It's creamy, but the carbonation is just a tad above making the beer taste flat.

Drinkability is good. I finished one without much a problem, but I wasn't exactly excited about the prospect of finishing the 4-pack.

Overall this was a decent beer. I can't say that I'm terribly familiar with the style, but I feel like it should have more flavor.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2008 01:53:18 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-23-2012 21:00:23 | More by sendbeer
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Gusler

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Call me silly, but I've always liked this beer, especially from the tap. Pours a crystal clear gold color, the head large, creamy, bright white and the lace a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose fresh and clean, mostly malt and somewhat sweet, just like the start, top skinny in feel. Finish is lightly hopped, dry and a fine "Session" beer in my humble opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2003 02:51:46 | More by Gusler
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