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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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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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dbalsock

Vermont

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: light amber with a sizeable white creamy head.

smell: i got a sense of fruit and flowers along with a slight malty aroma. Nothing spectacular.

taste: a little malty, a little lagery too it seemed, and a little fruity/hoppy... ok, and kinda nice, but nothing i'd go out of the way for.

mouthfeel: bitter and light bodied, this didn't do much for me.

drinkability: a little to bitter without the sweetness or taste to balance it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2006 08:02:48 | More by dbalsock
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh the Cream of Manchester...

The cascading effect from the nitro-can is fantastic, and it leave behind a perfect, two-finger thick white head which leaves lacing all down the side of the glass. The body itself is an amber gold color with perfect clarity. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

The aroma is quite faint. It comes off as a bit metallic up front, which is not a good thing, but then it is followed up with a unique sweet aroma, like fresh bread baking. I think that an English Pale Ale should carry a bit more fruitiness in the aroma.

The taste is nice though, and really comes through with a sweet malt character. It is funny...the first time I drank this beer and saw the honey bees on the label, I thought that there was some honey in the beer. With this sweetness, it almost seems plausible. I know now that the bees are actually a symbol on the Manchester Coat of Arms and has nothing to do with the beer itself. Nonetheless, I cannot help but get a light floral, honeysuckle sweetness out of this taste. I love it!

As the can explains, the traditional way to serve Boddingtons is not from a can, but through cask. The nitro-can just imitates the same texture as a hand-pumped beer. It is smooth and velvety, with a medium body and very fine carbonation.

I believe that if I had this beer on cask, I might be in love. I find this to be a very appealing English Pale Ale, one that I could drink all night. I know that it could use a bit more complexity, and if the cask could deliver that, I think this would be the benchmark for these so-called "cream ales."

Serving type: nitro-can

08-30-2011 02:31:45 | More by MusicaleMike
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edwardkersh

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

01-18-2012 00:21:31 | More by edwardkersh
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MikalMick

California

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-07-2012 02:31:18 | More by MikalMick
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out thick and hearty with that fat nitro head. loods pretty good. the aroma is faint, very light hops and a somewhat boring "beer smell". in the mouth it is creamy and smooth, the head is frothy and it goes down easily. flavor wise it is weak, not terribly so, but pretty blah. faint malt here, very light hops there and all with an odd/off metallic taste. not bad but not good either. it is drinkable though, if there isnt anything better around.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-05-2004 07:30:12 | More by DESTRO
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Boddingtons you get in America is different than the Boddingtons in the UK. The American version (this one) was the first one I tried, before moving to the UK last September. Ironically, the UK version is a "draught bitter," and yet is smoother, creamier and less bitter than the "pub ale" version.

Truth be told, I like both. Boddingtons was a sort of crossover beer for me and it has a special place in my heart, haha. But I do enjoy and would definitely get it again.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-08-2009 21:36:04 | More by fullsweep
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Klebe

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-20-2014 16:09:18 | More by Klebe
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WiserBud

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-08-2014 01:42:48 | More by WiserBud
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

3/5  rDev -6%

02-12-2014 14:01:54 | More by GratefulEdd
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humulusphile

California

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

12-17-2013 05:58:43 | More by humulusphile
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AaronRed

New York

4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my fall back beers. I cannot believe I have not reviewed this yet; I guess it got lost. Having this beer on tap, it's almost like a light Guiness. I do love the Nitro, even though it does not add anything to the actual taste of the beer, it does make it creamy, and it does look terrific. It is so smooth with some buttery/ nut flavor that invites you to drink more of it. This is a great beer to drink at all times, all year round. It is also a good beer to give to someone who is just beginning their venture into the world of real beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-09-2002 18:05:04 | More by AaronRed
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Doyle

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -6%

08-05-2012 03:55:23 | More by Doyle
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mfigueroa713

New York

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

10-24-2012 11:02:13 | More by mfigueroa713
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Tafyob41

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

03-24-2014 05:25:57 | More by Tafyob41
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25.4%

02-17-2013 21:59:00 | More by Syraquse
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Southernbrew

Georgia

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-06-2004 21:05:40 | More by Southernbrew
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Antnyd82

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6%

12-29-2011 23:47:53 | More by Antnyd82
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, dark straw, just slight amber color with the classic nitro thick, white head. Aroma is very mild with the a watery, thin malt note. A bit of grassy, floral hop character. On the palate, a caramel, lightly toasted malt flavor comes through, very clean. It finishes with a firm, and floral bitterness, medium dry. The low carbonation from the nitro makes it very easy drinking. Overall, I could certainly see myself drinking several, but there's a strange stale hop flavor that limits over consumption.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-10-2008 21:28:15 | More by dreadnatty08
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daron7

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

07-03-2014 16:48:37 | More by daron7
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6%

03-11-2013 01:13:36 | More by zillo043068
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billbeers

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6%

07-02-2013 17:26:02 | More by billbeers
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output01x

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro-can (no date) into an imperial pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger snow-white head that slowly settles to a light, uneven dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear copper amber with a small amount of fast moving carbonation bubbles. Thin lacing attaches itself to the sides of the glass as the liquid disappears.

Grainy malt is the dominant aroma with notes of orange citrus, yeast, and honey. The nose is not very strong and pulling it apart is quite a chore.

Smooth is the first thing that comes to mind with the first sip. Of course, this is to be expected with the nitrogen widget. Mild flavors of grainy malts and light flowery hops are present but not striking. A dryness settles in between sips.

Light to medium bodied with very little carbonation, this beer goes down like heavy water. It is slick and watery. A little more carbonation would go a long way here.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-03-2011 04:11:47 | More by output01x
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -6%

03-12-2012 12:51:29 | More by TubbyDullard
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olbubba

Florida

1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

04-27-2012 03:18:28 | More by olbubba
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DerBayer

Germany

2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy and cloudy yellow - living up to the bees on front. Creamy white head pleasant enough.

Smell is slightly grassy with faint honey notes and a slightly unpleasant sour undercurrent.

Taste is much the same - drinkable but slightly unpleasant. In all the beer went down ok with creamy mouthfeel and served at refreshing temperature but wont go there again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 13:25:48 | More by DerBayer
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