Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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England, United Kingdom

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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Reviews: 1,123 | Ratings: 2,791
Photo of BeckHardy
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I bought a four pack from a local bottle shop. They were fairly cheap. There was a code on the bottom of the can but no date. I'm guessing the date was in Julian. After chilling the cans for about three hours I carefully cracked one open and then using the 45 degree angle technique poured the contents into a nonic pint glass. Once settled the color was amber and a nice two finger thick head. The beer smelled of white bread crust but it was faint. Upon sipping it tasted smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet. A decent amount of lacing. The mouth feel was creamy, a little slick, but refreshing. Over all not a bad beer even if it is mass produced. I think they did a nice job with the can and widget. Normally I would have deducted for it being owned by Inbev but unlike Bass they did a nice job.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Slight copperish orange color, with a thick, creamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.
S: Slight sugary aroma.
T: Fairly sweet, little hop flavor, mostly biscuity malt.
M: Medium bodied, surprisingly thicker than you'd expect given the tastes.
O: An okay beer, that I would try. But, I'd never make a habit of ordering this one.

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Photo of awjess
3.79/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a frosted pint glass.
Nice Head
Noticed Initial separation and activity - like a Guinness.
Tart aftertaste.
A little too mello for my taste, but overall a decent beer with very low ABV.

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Photo of Stooven
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprising all the negative reviews.I suppose I will! never be able to unlike this given -- for years -- the only nitro can beers you could find were Bod , Guinness, and a couple others. Snob is as snob does.

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Photo of KEH
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite session beers. It's just harder to find where I live. As many others point out, it pours copper in color with a fun cascading effect that you get from nitrogenated beers. The head is a dense, creamy foam that does leave some nice lacing on the glass. It smells and tastes a little sweeter than a lager, and has a creamier feel. Over all, it's a nice smooth, crisp beer that's really easy to drink. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
2.16/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from "draughtflow" (nitro) can into English pub glass

Look--Spectacular head and lacing--but "thin" looking--kind of like iced tea.

Aroma--Not offensive, but there isn't much. Fruity and floral, but lacking any balance from anything.

Taste--Creamy and smooth, and fairly sweet. Generally lacking in anything to offset it. No real malt, hop, or other notes to speak of. Again, not offensive, but not a winner either.

Feel--Creamy rather than carbonated. Rather thin. Sticky and cloying rather than crisp. Lacks a good finish, and as a result, isn't terribly refreshing or drinkable.

Overall--Not a drain pour, but not a repeat. Look elsewhere.

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Photo of rocketcat
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks thick and dark. Smell is mild. Feel is smooth and creamy just as like promised. This feels like a real pub-beer right out from a can =) Easily drinkable beer. Not good for great amounts thought, because after 1 liter taste begins accumulate and feel awful, so it's not so drinkable anymore.
Näyttää paksulta ja tummalta. Mieto haju. Smooth and creamy, lunastaa lupauksensa. Tulee mieleen oikea pubiolut. Pehmeä, helposti juotava ja jälkikäteen vähän kihelmöivä. Helposti juotava, melko laimea. Pubimaisia mielikuvia nostattava. Hyvä perus olut. Kuitenkin litran jälkeen maku kerääntyy ja olut alkaa maistua pahemmalta, joten suurien määrien juontiin tämä ei ole soveltuva.

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 4/2017. Pours clear orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and creamy off white head with incredible, retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense creamy lacing clings down the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, honey, light pear/apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, honey, light pear/apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SoundRules
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks great, smells ok. Taste is average but below my expectations.

Has good mouth feel and finishes very smooth.

I wouldn't buy this beer again, it was sub par.

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Photo of Stephancaputa
3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is poured out of it's can into a clear glass it is mesmerizing. The thick, fading head is fantastic! The head is sweet and ultra-creamy. Can't help but tp drink half of the beer in it's foam form. Once settled you can an enjoy a more typical pale ale. It has a slight bitterness, long lasting finish.

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Photo of Tone
2.61/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, adjunct, hint of hop, slight sugar, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of adjunct, slight sugar, hint of caramel malt, hint of tea, and a hint of hops. Overall, adjunct flavors are detrimental and the feel is too sharp.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours like cement- creamy light tan head that would be appealing if the orange-copper body instead offered some contrast, á la porter or stout. Smells like sawdust and raw grain. Tastes like sawdust and raw grain, with some cream of corn and a very unpleasant metallic, nearly tangy, finish. Bubblegum come up on the burps. As bad as this is, the feel is worse- again, the nitrogen creaminess doesn't work well with this flavor profile. It's like drinking dusty half and half.
The core flavors are fine, right alongside the usual macrobrew beers, but the flawed aftertaste and horrible decision to make it nitro turn this a pretty unpleasant experience.

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Photo of beansbobby
4.12/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was pretty much all I drank while studying abroad in the UK as an American. Great body, unique flavor, and smooth going down. A bit like Guinness, but on far less steroids. Not amazing, but decent, and certainly worth trying a pint at your nearest pub/hole in the wall with an English dish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I believe this is more of an English Blonde Ale, not a Pale Ale, so let's just keep that in mind guys, okay?

The pour on this is incredible. Foam gushing straight from the crack of the can, and as you pour it, the head oxygenates and stays steady at 1 finger. The color is a charming goldish blonde, with just a hint of opaque glassiness to it.

The aromas linger around bright fruits - apple and pear mainly, and a golden baked malt body, with a hint of wort and rye bread.

The flavor brings more of those apple notes out, with a surprisingly bright and crisp flavor profile. Floral, starchy malts marry with a pinch of hop to create balance, and it ends on what I imagine a humid British brewery's air would taste like. Some slight sour bitterness accompanies the profile...otherwise, nothing wrong here.

Feel is creamy thanks to the widget in the can, and mildly carbonated to keep it from getting stuck from its thickness. Semi dry parch at the end.

Overall I don't understand the complaining. This is a fabulous sessionable pub ale with all the right points. It's not the best beer in the world, but I'll gladly have another. Very decent.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer lives up to its description and pours one of the finest heads and colors I have ever seen. A nice thick head with a darkish red/brown color. It has a strong caramel malt smell with grains. The taste is very malty with and a bitter aftertaste with a bread taste as well. The mouthfeel isn't that great however with it's weak carbonation.

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Photo of joecaputi
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

not like an ale that comes to mind when reflecting on my days in yorkshire but, hey, good to wash down greasy food because it goes down like iced tea.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a clear dark gold with a fine head that lingers. It pours a milky tan, and it's usually entertaining to watch it settle.

Smell is pleasant, but not complex. It's mostly honey, then there's banana and grain.

Taste is like a bitter banana bread, walnuts and all. There's not a whole lot else in substantial quantity, but it's plenty easy as a session beer. There's not a whole lot of depth, and the initial taste quickly fades to the grain component.

The feel is pretty mellow, probably due to the carbonation means.

A plenty adequate brew available seemingly everywhere.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was one of the better beers that I drank when I discovered that beers could have a taste to them. While I still like its taste, I realize that there are a number of better beers out there.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Like most nitro beers, this is a beauty. Really nice cascade effect from the widget, and ends up with a perfect (right up to the brim of the glass) head that's creamy and luscious. It looks damn near perfect. Unfortunately, the nitro makes everything else about this beer worse, imo. Smell is weak, but what is there is slightly lemony and bready. Taste was at first okay, very weak grassy hops and a hint of honey sweetness, some faint the beer warms even the slightest bit, it takes on an unpleasant metallic taste. I couldn't finish it because it got worse the longer it sat out. This beer feels like those times where I foolishly threw a half drank beer in the fridge thinking "I'll finish it tomorrow." It's super flat and just completely lacking in any kind of texture. Like drinking water with foam on top. Maybe the "real thing" at an English pub is better, but this can just was not up to snuff for me.

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.11/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely lovely. Very smooth beer with a bitter taste. Beautiful froth on the top with a lovely golden brown color. I highly recommend this beer for anyone.

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Photo of MusaJames
4.37/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Creamy with a low carbonation. A beer that needs to be enjoyed in a glass. Pours with a dark amber color and develops a nice head. Only complaint I have is when opening the cans the nitrogen ball can cause the beer to spill, so be careful and open it over the sink.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.29/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: rich super creamy, semi sweet with some honey grassy notes.
Bready sweet nose.
amber/gold, mostly clear, with large cascading head. Medium body.

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Photo of Ferb
3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This ale has a wide array of good and not-so-good features. The color is lovely and the carbonation (thanks to the widget) gives it a creamy texture. It smells like bread an newly mowed grass. The taste is of hard water, light malt, more grass/green grain, but the experience is a bit watery. Unfortunately, the finish to the taste is a lingering metallic twang. It isn't particularly a good finish.

With that being said, I tend to prefer English ales to German lagers, so if I have a mediocre beer, I would rather it be mediocre in this way. Maybe it is because this week has been like a slow motion train wreck that I am so forgiving, but it is also on of my earliest forays into unique beers too, and has a sentimental appeal as well that doesn't need to make sense!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic looking brew like all drought ales. This has a beautiful golden body with a perfect white head. The cascade is something out of a Guinness commericial. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

Aroma is actually pretty good. Light breaded malts with hints of a light roast. Some apple peel from whatever mild hops they use and a touch of sweet honey.

The flavor is where things turn a bit. Same character as the aroma with light malts, faint fruitiness with the smallest of honey sweetness. Nitro ales seem to mellow everything out and time n time again these breweries are sacrificing flavor for appearance and the weird overly smooth texture. Whatever floats your boat. Some weird grassy notes very reminding of a skunked out Budweiser in the finish.

Texture is that of a nitro infused ale. Soft and smooth with a fairly thick texture. Nice feel to it, but the sacrifice of flavor quality won't see me buying it again.

Very few Nitro brews work for me. On the rare occasion I'll buy one and even rarer occasion I'll find one I actually like in terms of taste. Boddingtons is a nice little brew, but definitely seems to have taken on a Budweiser note or 2 which is both odd and sad considering how well InBev handle their other brands like Goose Island. Way more InBev influence on the Boddingtons stuff from when I had it years ago in Manchester. Worth the try but that's about it.

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Photo of gonger
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Note: Boddingtons is now an AB-InBeb product mass-produced in Samlesbury, no longer brewed in Manchester.
Note: Best at 45 F - 50 F. Not ice cold.
Pored from 16 oz nitro can into pint pub glass (several times.)
L: Impressive. Looks like pub bitter or pale ale in any Yorkshire area pub.
S: At warmer temp nitro dissipates and character develops a bit. Muted malt, indiscernible hops, slight cidery aroma as beer warms.
T: Again with the temp. Not ice cold. Again muted. Pale malt, some hops (goldings?), freshly cut wood, something fruity (not apple, maybe apple peel?), Pleasant but mild aftertaste and,of course, as with all nitros, water.
F: Good. Smooth, creamy. Like a good draft ale.
O: Better than I expected but not a great beer. Nothing like the Boddingtons I used to drink in Sheffield years ago. Would probably be best drank as 'hair of the dog' on the morning after. Or maybe with some bangers and mash. As with all notros, it's certainly drinkable, but not and will never be a Great beer.

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