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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boddingtons
England, United Kingdom
inbev.com

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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Ratings: 2,865 |  Reviews: 1,142
Reviews by LumpyGuitar:
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought this over for last weeks board game night.

Poured a golden yellow with a bubbly finger of white head. Lacing is weak, as is the retention.

Smells of light hop and malt, mild back spice.

Taste is very buttery and weak, not as much hop as I expected.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry, overly carbonated.

Drinkability is average. This isn't much better than your average grocery store beer selection, I'd drink it again but it depends.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AfricanPete14
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
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 RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is one of the clearest ales that I have ever seen. It’s light orange and sheer as glass. The nice white foamy head never did go down all the way. This one looks terrific.

Smell – This has a rather light floral and citrus aroma without much of a malt balance. It smells like a session beer.

Taste – The taste doesn’t quite measure up to the aroma. There’s a bit of grass that invades the citrus and floral hopping, and the weak malt base doesn’t help. It’s not that it tastes bad, just a little too single-minded.

Mouthfeel – This ale is thin and extremely smooth, verifying my earlier assumption that it would make a great session ale. The feel on the mouth is light and puffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this one, although I’ve never had the opportunity to knock back a few Pale Ales in England proper. Maybe it doesn’t compare – but for the time being and keeping this one on my list of “buy again.”

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Photo of dacrza1
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE: March 5, 2017... OCCASION: first Sunday feast during the season of Lent... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... quite a spectacle straight from the can, with a cascading effervescence that roils up the glass that piles a thick, steady snow pack of white... body is honey amber, with the slightest traces of bubbles around... soft buttery notes begin the aroma... some malty traces, but tough to notice more... a dank, bar rag aroma lingers, which doesn't endear it... sips a creamy, understated body--almost light-bodied--that lingers on the teeth moderately... a thin maltiness finishes... some citrus hints--lemon grass, mostly--with apple, butter, and basement... maybe a bit better than the sum of its parts, as it encourages the next sip as a "pub" ale should, with mild bitterness and crushability, but not among the pub ales I would suggest or serve to others....

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Photo of PENISBEER
1.24/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My friend brought a 4 pack over to a very drunken game of pool, and really talked this stuff up.The can looked so inviting with its bright yellow color, and the name made me think it was going to taste something like that beer stuff in Harry Potter. It poured with a beautiful bubbly head and from across the room looked very appetizing. As I went over to claim my pint, I thought someone might have shit themselves, when suddenly I realized THE BEER SMELLED LIKE F**KING PUKE!!!! poured it down the drain and then poured wet cement down the drain to make sure it wouldn't come back up. Not sure if maybe they were just ancient stock from Publix or what, but oh god it was terrible...

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Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Know that rattle when you shake up a can of Boddingtons? That's a kid's tooth.

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Photo of Stephancaputa
3.99/5  rDev +25.1%
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 superspak
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Mindcrime1000
2.16/5  rDev -32.3%
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 Lobina
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Watching this settle in the glass never gets old. A little on the sweet doughy side. Not quite chewy. Nothing real impressive but nothing offensive. Easy to drink and watch. Nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
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 Victory_Sabre1973
3.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear golden color. The head is white, frothy, and quite thick when poured from the tap.
The nose is minimal.
The taste is a nice, crisp, bitter flavor, but it is also mellow. I know that sounds strange, but it's the best way I can describe it.
Moderate body.
A very well put together beer overall.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i like boddingtons, and i dont care what anyone says about it. pours a nice nitro powered cream color from the can, but it does its thing much faster than a guinness, with the whole cascade process lasting just a few seconds. it settles into a nice honey colored liquid with an inch or so of foamy white head. the nose is pretty basic, and frankly quite bland. some english pale malts and thats about it. flavor is light and balanced, low alcohol, and perfect for sessioning. kind of tastes like a pancake. love the mouthfeel on this the most, it foesnt have much carbonation, almost like a cask pour, except that its cold. its real smooth and milky in texture. i could drink these all day. i know its nothing too exciting in terms of flavor, but its a classic beer in my world.

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Photo of Erik271
5/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is explosive when opened . Poured into a pint glass pretty fast and didn't overflow . Fun to watch the beer settle and form a rich and thick creamy head . Beer Has a light blonde color. Appearance looks delicious. I noticed a citrus lemon smell. Beer is malty and not much flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste . Bland. I usually get this beer once a year. Not a bad beer and not a good beer . Might be delicious to drop a shot in with its overall bland taste. Price is pretty cheap.

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Photo of briandschorr
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is one of my go to beers at the local pub. I actually enjoy the creamy feel that this beer offers. If you have not tried this you will notice a good head and some fairly decent lacing. You will most likely notice that the aroma is hops, butter and honey while the taste, at least for me, has strong toffee notes with a light caramel.

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Photo of BeckHardy
2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
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. I noticed The Bros said this beer was awful. Well they can go FUCK OFF. This is a good beer.

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Photo of srwhite1977
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint cam into a Weizen glass. I've done this pour many times and I'm always amazed at the head on this beer. Retains a solid 1" head for 5 minutes. For the first time, I've pinpointed that aroma I couldn't quite put my finger on. Banana bread, with slight notes of hops. Color is not too different from domestic (American) lagers; maybe a tad darker. Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Slightly bitter. Nice lacing. Still a quarter inch of head halfway through the pint. Overall, as you might've guessed, I think it's a pretty good beer if you're in the mood for something lighter than Guinness.

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this many times either in the nitro can or nitro tap I had a few days ago at the Spring House Drafting Room.Pours a deep yellow with a very nice looking creamy head,not much smell to it somewhat metallic and a little biscuit malt but not much.The flavor is pretty bland and dry with some slight maltiness.It does not taste as good as it looks for sure.

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Photo of Marty
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer. This guy was very smooth, creamy, and really easy to drink. My school's pub serves this on tap, and I really wish I'd gotten around to tasting it earlier. Easily a session beer. It would be nice if it had a bit more malt flavor, and some kind (ANY) kind of smell.

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Photo of davemarc87
2/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Turbo
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ExtraStout
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can, it had a nice golden color, almost amber. Love the creamy nitrous head. A slight sweet and malty scent, but very faint. Taste smooth and very mild. No bitterness at all. Others have mentioned a honey taste (and there is a bee on the label), but I just didn't taste it. It was more of a slightly sweet ale flavor, but no honey that I could taste.

Creamy like a Guinness, due to the nitrous widget in the can. The ale itself is rather thin and not very carbonated, but get a sip of that creamy nitrous head with every gulp. I could have a couple of these easily. Like a better, less watery version of Guinness.

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Photo of ericstites
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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