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 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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Photo of mikeinportc
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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Photo of BrucehQ0983
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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Photo of zoowatcher
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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Photo of Greywulfken
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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Photo of BT98
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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Photo of marcablanc96
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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Photo of BoydOnKildare
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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Photo of chitoryu12
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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Photo of shambeano
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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Photo of Humanusfermentum
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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Photo of Buckeye55
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a letdown, used to drink this on draught at an Irish pub in Greensboro and really liked it. Clear orange pour not much head. Taste is far more bitter and metallic than I remember. Mouthfeel is watery and aftertaste is ok. Would probably be rated lower if I did not have such good memories of it

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Photo of jrc1093
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Canned 1/9/19 (Best by 1/2020)

Pours a clear golden copper with a slight but creamy white head; top-notch retention with minimal splotches of lacing left behind.

Aromas of fresh white bread, toasted malt, and a tinge of vanilla husk creaminess play well from the start until a slight herbal hoppiness strikes on the back end; straightforward but pleasing, and with a breadiness that maintains a slightly sweet character.

Taste shows some dense cracker along with white bread crust and a fine maltiness; light earthy/herbal hop tones begin to come through along the palate over time.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a mild carbonation that can come off as flat at times but is bolstered by a silky creaminess leaving its mark throughout; vague bitterness flashes around the mid-palate and swallow, and proves a nice, rounding touch.

Inoffensive, dare I say decent English pale here; the bready notes mixed with the mild hop bite make for a nice quaffability, even if the flatter carbonation makes things somewhat dull.

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Photo of gvickery
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

So disappointing, looks really nice. Dark gold, light copper. Not much head but what there is is white. I’ve tried this stuff several times over the years and every one I get is completely flat. There is literally no carbonation. There’s some light caramel, toasted bread flavor. A nice bittering hop. (EKG?). The taste, look and smell is fine, but Americans like carbonation and this just doesn’t have any. Oh well

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Photo of beersampler6
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing - was expecting extra creamy head based on the can’s description of the widget inside. I had been wondering what that metallic rattling sound was. Alas, it was all just a tease. Pours a slightly darker golden color with some light foaming head and minimal spotty lingering lacing. The nitro-style creamy head that I was expecting just didn’t materialize. Smells lightly of toasted malts, vague hops, grain and nuttiness. Taste follows the nose, but there was definitely a more bitter feel to the beer - characteristic of these English ales. Not bad at all, though. Smooth, clean, slightly thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. I was expecting more, unfortunately, based on this beer's reputation. It was fine for easy drinking and went down quickly and smoothly, but in the future I likely wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours bright yellow with lots tinny floating carbonated bubbles and thick white head. Light caramel notes and smooth silky mild no. Flavorful British ale taste. Easy drinking ale version of Geenius.

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Photo of kitsgrad84
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very commercial P ale easy drinkable watery pale ale with not much character a beverage that has been available in Canada forever. Skip it.... really Beer is too expensive to waste cash on this shit

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Photo of TheBadger88
4.34/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drink this beer for what it is. A smooth, ale that has a clean finish and desirable taste. It's right in between a Guinness and a Coors. Personally, I love this beer. Good for almost any event. Don't believe me? Let's fight.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.66/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a British-style pub restaurant as it seemed fitting. Probably not a bad option with a meal as it is very bland and lacks strong flavors, but yeah as a beer it is pretty meh. Have with some fish & chips or something but otherwise not worth seeking out

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Photo of ILeftNJ
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had ths for the first time at a Triumph Motorcyle trade show. I did not think the beer was bitter and taste was underwhelming. That said it comes off as light which is good when away from home and having to drive. Bought some for home and hate to say may favor over Guinness.

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Photo of EMV
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a tallboy can with the nitro thinger into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden amber pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Lasts forever... great lacing. Looks outstanding.

S: Toasted malts and grains.

T/F: Toasted malts and grains... just like it smells. Bready... earthy floral hops for bitterness. Not much sweetness which is a good thing. Smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel. Light and easy drinking. More earth and grains at the finish.

O: A super looking beer with great mouthfeel. The flavor is kind of 'meh' and unexciting but it's a classic for a reason. Very drinkable and clean... sessionable.

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