Boddingtons Pub Ale

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English Pale Ale
3.22 | pDev: 20.19%
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.01/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boddingtons Pub Ale pours an amber color, with a massive, long lasting, lacing head. Very picturesque. Aroma is rich, sweet with hints of vanilla. Flavor is dry, sweet, but not too sweet. Creamy, and a little watery. Overall, its a very nice beer, not overpowering, a bit of the sweet side.

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vette2006c5r from Minnesota, May 23, 2020
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3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pub nitro can poured into imperial pint glass. BB 5/2020.

L - Pours a clear amber color with cascading layers that leave a thick, creamy white head and generous lacing. Hate to compare but it looks like an amber/blonde Guinness.

S - Bready malt, graham cracker, banana, cereal grain, honey

T - Follows the nose with malty sweetness throughout, very little hop presence, biscuit/cracker/savory

F - Smooth, creamy, light-to-medium bodied with virtually no carbonation. Soft, thin, and watery.

O - The creamy smoothness sells this beer. There isn’t one characteristic that’s overpowering, and the malty sweetness and low carbonation make this very drinkable. English Ales aren’t my top choice but this is a nice, on-occasion beer.

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Photo of monkist
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not going to be my favorite beer for sure (actually I’m kind of surprised why it got an “okay” rating in the first place...) Maybe because I don’t really fancy English Bitters or the like? I promised myself I won’t drink another Bitter again, but here we go...
Well, let’s see. The beer smells quite hoppy and nice, but that’s kind of it. It does live up to what the can says about being creamy and smooth - thanks to the “widget,” that little plastic ball inside, that helps you get rid of all carbonation, which eventually makes the beer feel “dead,” lacking almost all carbonation. It has an ever so slight fuzz but it is very weak and I don’t like my beer feel like still water.
Speaking of water, the beer tastes like water too, more or less. It tastes like beer diluted with water. It is very thin, and all you have left is some very watery bitterness. Well, where I come from, they sell such beer dirt cheap, for the above-mentioned reason.
I like bitterness but I need taste to the beer. And I delinitely don’t mind if the beer has some body to it too. The only beer I can accept being slightly on the thin side is a Czech lezák of 10 or so degrees - but because those beers are hoppy to an extent you can enjoy even when it’s watery. I also like English beers, but proper ones, not this one. This one is just mediocre, sorry.

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monkist from Hungary, May 03, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mild bread, yeast, malt, pear, earthy
Taste follows the aroma for the most part with it being just a bit sour and bitter. Bitterness lingers long after
Light carbonation and there is an odd creamy feel but overall it came off thing

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Apr 22, 2020
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2.21/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

creaminess - 5! but below that creaminess lies a dead, wet fish... pub ale indeed! i remember having this on draught years ago at the dart pub and thought it tasted better than this, but what did i know back then in my infancy? so beautiful on top though! so UNremarkable otherwise and i think i prefer american crap over this any day.... why the honeybees on the can, though? i guess it's easy to drink. back in the day when i was smoking Camel Filters might just be why it tasted so good? and, of course, the crystal? all night dart-a-thons!!!!!

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pkalix from California, Apr 06, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance—goldenish/amber, mostly clear; frothy, mostly white head with wonderful lacing.

Aroma—light malt, some yeast, banana, cream.

Taste—Creamy. Wet grain or something, almost like hay—I’m not crazy about that aspect. A little banana. Something similar to what Elephant Peanuts marshmallow candies taste like. A little earthiness. Fairly mild flavor. I’d like the flavor more if it weren’t for the wet dankness in the background.

Medium-thick creamy mouthfeel and finish.

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Photo of defunksta
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden, medium-brown (clear) color with a massive nitro white head. Looks like a cream soda. SRM of 11-12. (4.00

Aroma: Vague aromas of cherry, redfruit, bread and cream. Touch of caramel. (3.75)

Flavor: Creamy & soft. Lots of cherry cola flavor. Yet, clean and dry. (3.50)

Feel: Soft, creamy, and light. Smooth and not crisp due to the nitro, but creamy. Dry. Feel is similar to a Guinness. (4.00)

Compared to Smithwick's Irish Red 3/11/20: Pours a much lighter color with a larger head. More red fruit and cherry aromas flavor. Strong aroma. Less root beer. Overall, smoother and more clean.

Overall: Like a Guinness, the mouthfeel is what delicately completes this beer. The flavor is just nice and tame vague cherry, cream, cola. The feel, fresh out of the can is watery, but the nitro makes it soft and settle smoothly. Don't let it settle too long though. Settled too long and it becomes flat and flavorless cola. (Final Rating: 3.57)

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defunksta from Illinois, Mar 11, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lush finger's firth of cloud-like froth... Color is a light to medium copper with loads of carbonation bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass... The is a mix of buttered biscuit and noble hops... The palate is of cereal grains and noble hops... Feel is light to medium bodied... Exceedingly smooth and quaffable... Simple, straight forward a pleasant to drink...

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philbe311 from Pennsylvania, Mar 07, 2020
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3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very, very creamy looking light creamy amber color, with a big white fluffy head, and lots of lacing. Despite how it tastes, it certainly looks fantastic.

This doesn't really smell like anything, maybe some breadiness and tea, but not much.

This is similarly purely texture-based, and doesn't taste like much of anything. It mainly just tastes creamy, with some pale and light maltiness.

This is exceptionally creamy, but that nitro-ing hides how actually thin and watery it really is. It's very drinkable.

This is a certified classic, but it's also not very good.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Mar 02, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Boddington's Pub Ale is a beer steeped in rich history as one of the more well-known distributed bitters on the market today. Not entirely sure where the BA website comes up with Boddington's not being produced or sold anymore, as I am always able to buy it and it has been misinforming people for a while now - regardless, this is a classic English bitter style nitro-infused canned beer. Now a product of AB-InBev this brews web presence has diminished outside UnTapped and BA and other rating sites, but the product is still being freshly produced, but not too sure for how long.

Pouring an off white rich dark golden color with a solid settling, at least after a heavy-handed aggressive pour, leaves a drinker with fingers size retaining the laced head once everything has settled.

The smell for me was a bit, creamed carbonation.

As for the taste, you are hit with a few good and bad flavors, the first pint I did not experience a tin taste but I got a lot of it from the second can. Regardless of that, you are hit with sweet barely notes upfront, an unreal smoothness from the nitrogen, and a very very light tingle of hops. There is a rich sweetness that settles in the end but mainly Fuggle (?) hop variety, white bread, cream are the notes I get in addition to the barely.

To be honest, I think this may be one of the smoothest things you can buy in a can that is not a stout. I see a lot of crafted beer here and in many cases, this is one of the best, affordable, sessionable ales you can drink.

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Photo of jwp777
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can best by 8/11/2020, purchased 2/15/2020, tasted 2/16/2020.

Dark gold color with a thick, creamy white head. Laces like any other nitro can beer.

Aroma is very grainy, but there is something sweet in there (maybe caramel?).

Taste follows the nose - grainy, a bit sweet, but with a bit of added bitter and floral notes. There is a creamy characteristic as well.

Feel - very light bodied and smooth. Finish is creamy and dry.

Overall, not magnificent but still quite enjoyable.

I read below that the brewery is closed now. I wish I could have had the opportunity to try it on draught in the UK, but I am still glad I got to taste it before the last batches went bad. Give it a go if you get the chance.

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jwp777 from Oklahoma, Feb 17, 2020
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3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BB date 29 Oct 2020

Translucent deep gold initially, eventually becoming clear, with moderate fine white head that leaves 1" of spotty lacing .

Smell is biscuity grain, with a little sweet apple , and some caramel notes after the head starts to settle.

Taste is lightly toasted bread crust , with very slight caramel flavor , and some apple candy and floral notes on the finish. Slight bitterness throughout.

Feel is light ,smooth, just on the edge of watery, with very,very fine, soft carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Didn't realize when I bought it that the brewery is closed. Glad I got to try it. Seems as though whatever remains out there should be good for awhile yet.

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mikeinportc from New York, Feb 06, 2020
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I like this beer, despite it having the character of a nitro PBR. Not a huge fan , but good mouthfeel, slight citrus on the finish. Overall a good beer!

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BrucehQ0983 from Massachusetts, Jan 22, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good creamy beer that can be enjoyed on a cool rainy day or a warm summer afternoon. You enjoy it for its smooth creamy taste but what it has for mouth feel it is a tad lackluster in flavor. Have enjoyed in the UK from the pub and here in the states in can and tap.

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Photo of DW78715816
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Has a nice creamy feel but very mild. It's a nice beer but nothing exceptional and I question why it's so readily available considering all the options available. Having said that for some reason every few years I buy a 4 pack.

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Photo of Blaylockr
2.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Love the creamy texture and strong banana esters. I prefer full bodied beers, though.

My daughter gave the following review (she's not a beer drinker LOL)

Smell: Smells like a Smencil (smelly pencil)

Taste: Like a fruity foamy hospital wipey with notes of earwax in the background.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and then watery.

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Photo of Nass
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dig the classic looking can artwork, great use of color. The nitro can poured a copper colored beer with a thick white head of foam. The taste is easy going along with some grains, cracker, faint honey, citrus, & banana, slight bitter sting on the finish. It's a tad watery & this beer also has a little bit of a metallic taste probably coming from how long it was in the can for. All in all, this beer exceeded my expectations because I've had worst British Pale Ales in the past. The can artwork lead me to believe that I would be tasting some honey which I didn't but oh well. Cheers! B-

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Nass from Florida, Nov 24, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Braced for mediocrity, this beer turned out pleasantly surprising... Smooth and mild, soft and pillowy, with fresh grain and chewy bread, maybe a suggestion of nuts, barley, and cracker... The feel is really incredible - a creamy wet grain mash, with a bit of bitterness and grain chew on the finish...

Best by canning date of May 2020...

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Greywulfken from New York, Nov 10, 2019
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3.34/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the recommendation of a friend. Poured from a pint can to a standard pint glass.

Look: This is one of this beer's strong points. It is a gorgeous golden straw color in the glass with a big bleached white head. Looks like the beer you see in commercials. Gets a 5.

Smell: Smell is fine. Slightly sweet with hints of malt. Not much more, though this alone is pretty pleasant. 3.5 overall.

Taste: In one word, fine. Very mild with hints of malt similar to the nose of the beer. Very inoffensive and pleasant, but lands somewhere between watery and somewhat bland. This may be a good stepping stone for macro lager drinkers. For those more experienced it leaves a lot to be desired. 2.5

Feel: This is another strong point to this beer. The mouth feel is great, albeit missing carbonation nearly entirely. Exceptionally creamy, that "pressurized insert" works wonders. The only reason this doesn't get a 5 is because for me, it was almost too creamy. 4.5.

Overall: Sits at around a 3.5. Definitely worth a try, but I don't see myself stocking the fridge with boddingtons. The neutral taste is a turn off for me. That being said, the remainder of the experience was pleasant and I would recommend this to anyone either just getting in to beer drinking or those trying to transition from the big brands to something slightly different.

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2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've heard it's much better on draught. Unfortunately, living in the midwestern US, I bought a 4-pack of pint cans, and boy it was a mistake. I like the creaminess of the beer's head, like a pale Guinness, but there is not much taste or feel to speak of. Very watery, hardly a hint of maltiness even. I mostly taste the aluminum of the can, which reviewers below have picked up on. It's surprising how Boddington's is able to make a beer that looks so full, but tastes so empty.

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marcablanc96 from Missouri, Sep 25, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Used to Buy it underage in College, 'The Gent' reviewed it best, see his below.
"Overall: This beer is so mild. Someone once described it as a blonde Guinness and I think that’s a fair description. At 4.6% it makes for a fine session ale, but there are other options with much more flavor."
-The Gent-
So SO True and honestly it's like a blonde Guinness nad the carbonation is lacking but it reminds me of the ale that would come out of a wooden cask in Birmingham and slide over to coal dust-covered workin man, one of may to come. There's a romantic tradition in the pub ales that are low on carbonation, and don't exactly pop no matter how cold, but it's the classic pint the mother country employed to keep the industrial revolution, revolutioning!

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Photo of TheGent
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Boddingtons Pub Ale

Look: Tanslucent, deep gold color. A densely packed and thick looking off white color head. A wonderful Cascade after an aggressive pour. No visible carbonation. I wouldn’t call it lacing so much as a solid film of foam coating the inside of my glass.

Smell: Sweet grainy aroma. Bready. Not much else to it. Some earthy and grassy hops, perhaps.

Taste: There’s not much taste to this beer. Some faint corn-like sweetness and grainy, crackers flavor.

Feel: It drinks like Guiness Nitro from the can. No CO2 carbonation. A smooth and creamy nitro feel.

Overall: This beer is so mild. Someone once described it as a blonde Guiness and I think that’s a fair description. At 4.6% it makes for a fine session ale, but there are other options with much more flavor.

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TheGent from New Jersey, Sep 02, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On a nitro tap.

Look: Mostly clear dark gold. Two fingers of creamy white head.

Smell: Malt, bananas, toffee.

Taste: Malty with a hint of banana, balanced by earthy hops that slightly overdo it.

Mouthfeel: Full body with mile balancing carbonation.

Overall: A very specific beer for specific people. The bitter banana flavor may turn some off.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Aug 23, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

440ml can, poured into a straight pint glass.
Look: Pours a dark amber, with about 2 cm of fluffy foamy head that just sticks around for ages. Looks good.
Smell: A little bit of sweet malt, a touch of generic hop, a little metallic. Not much going on.
Taste: light on the flavour profile, again there is a sweet maltiness, a touch of toffee, little bit of hop to finish, a touch grassy.
Feel: smooth and creamy, a slight touch of bitterness at the back end, not a whole lot of length.
Overall: Its pleasant, but not a whole lot going on.

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shambeano from Australia, Aug 18, 2019
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3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful amber pour with an uber creamy white head that really hangs in there through the last sip. Personally, I do prefer a carbonation bite, so mouthfeel is a little low if I only consider preference. Taste is a nice, interesting rebound. Sweet malts and a lurking earthy hop surprise and soft bitter in the finish. Silky smooth and consistent to the end. Will never turn down a Boddington's.

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