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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

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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of redsoxjim
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RootedFool
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One pint nitro can purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Popped the tab and foam orgasmically erupted. I found my glass right away and dumped it in. Solid gold body with a water-fall-in-reverse of bright white foam. The head is utterly dense, barely a bubble spotted, bright white.

The nose is honey drizzled freshly cut grass, light and reserved.

Can't help but notice the mouthfeel first, creamy as can be and with that firm pillow of a head sinking across my upper-lip, ah! The taste is one extended undertone, it's that restrained -- begins with a quick nudge of bitterness, levels out into a watery honey sweetness, and closes on a softly blunt bitter tone like a shred or two of boiled lemon zest. Dry.

No carbonation to speak of.

Hey, it's a gorgeous beer. I wish it tasted as good as it looks, very drinkable nevertheless.

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Photo of Platonis
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SetarconeX
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is a startlingly frothy beer. I'm instinctively nervous about anything floating in my drinks, sort of a holdover from campous where bugs fall into your water, but I really didn't mind the little nitro ball too much. The taste is fairly good, if not great, but this beers more about feel than the taste.

All in all, a decent ale that feels wonderful going down.

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Photo of KentuckyBeerCat
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid beer. My brother raved about this beer to me for a long time so I decided to give it a shot. It was pretty good but nothing special at all. I would recommend it but cannot say I would drink it much more. Fairly boring taste and smell but smooth and goes down very easy. If you are just wanting something to new to try give it a shot but don't expect anything out of the ordinary.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good, drinkable ale. It's so creamy and smooth (and perhaps watery) you almost don't notice it going down. Great foamy head. Good golden look. Smell and taste, well, not very strong. It's a great beer to start or finish with, cuz it'll either get you into the flow of things or cleanse your palate. It's kind of like a mouthwash if you will, which probably isn't the kindest description, but apt none the less.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not what I expected.....I liked it.......Nice golden colour with a crowning glory that just does not quit, I found the taste to be very unique, is it me or does this brew taste like grapefruit? I would recomend this brew to anyone.......

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Photo of Boppar
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stoney's. It pours the glorious straw gold with a majestic, fluffy nitro head that is its calling card. This is a pretty beer. Yes, it relies on nitro even more heavily than Guinness does, but I'm ok with that.

Not much going on in the smell department. Faint notes of honey.

Fairly simple and straightforward taste: namely honey.

Gorgeous mouthfeel. Thanks to the nitro, this beer is silky, and creamy.

This is high-class session beer. The only thing that would limit drinkability is that honestly, I might start to want something with a little more chutzpah as the night progresses. But that's just me.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off the nitro tap.

Appearance is a light honey gold, not quite pristine clear. Thin filmy head dissipates slowly. Lacing hangs around for a while.

Smells malty with a bit of hops and mild fruity sweetness.

The taste is basically what the smell suggests, a bit of fruitiness accompanies the malt. The hops are present but subtle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sudsy. Fits the style well.

Decent beer. Would have it again.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Quite typical for these nitro-can bitters. Clear golden, with very little visible bubbles and a rich creamy white head. Very good lacing and head retention, courtesy of the nitrogen widget.

S - A toned-down English pale ale smell, again, quite typical for these beers. Grainy, with some biscuity maltiness and some floral hoppiness. Very little fruitiness in the nose, if any at all. Also smelled a little metalic this time around.

T - Nothing too interesting about it, although it's slightly above average in its category, I'd say. Some bitterness, some biscuit-type maltiness, breadiness and a little sweetness. The finish is quite bland, with some graininess and dryness.

M - Very smooth and creamy. This is the best part about these beers. Light-bodied but not too watery.

D - Very high. This is one of the few reasons I keep coming back to this beer every once in a while. You can drink this loads and it will still taste about the same. Definitely a session ale. Also a good introduction for people who have never tried an ale.

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Photo of chip26
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of magictrokini
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow-gold pour, hazy, with a huge pillow of tiny white bubble for a head. These nitro-cans seem to always give beautiful pours. Bready aroma, butterscotch malt. Creamy, and has a light flavor. More butterscotch, caramel, and a tiny bite of golding hops. Very smooth drinking. Although, I can't imagine what the other version tastes like if this is the "stronger version." Decent.

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Photo of Zylod
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of illidurit
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with a hint of amber. Creamy looking 1 finger white head that sticks around for a while.

Very faint aroma. Not much detectable other than some biscuity sweet malt.

Nothing really stands out in the flavor here, with sweet doughy malt, a touch of sweet fruit and floral hops, and maybe some almond/vanilla sweetness as well. Very understated, but not in a good way. Overly subtle and somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel is, on the contrary, excellent. Extremely creamy and smooth, with good carbonation.

Very very drinkable, but not flavorful enough to really entice me.

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Photo of JJBlanche
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this in the Bahamas about a decade ago, and thought it was the bee's knees (no pun intended). At $0.75 US a can, who could argue?

That said, since the years have gone by and my palate matured, Boddingtons has descended into the realm of the mediocre -- for me that is, nothing in particular about the brew has changed. It's a decent sessioner, and I'd take it over the American equivalent any day of the week, but still not something I'd actively seek out. Well, maybe a few for the sake of nostalgia.

A - Has the cool nitro-effect. No major faults.

S - Not overly complex. Not off putting, but I never found myself getting lost in the aromas.

T - Again, not overly complex, but not off putting. A refreshing beer.

M - Meh. A little watery.

D - Good drinkability. I could probably put down a fair number of these. Indeed, I'm fairly certain I have on more than one occasion.

Ff there was a "value" rating here on beer advocate, I'd give Boddington's a one. For the same price, I'm sure you can get much better stuff. Granted, I haven't priced out a case of it in a long time, but I'm sure it's up in the 40-50 dollar range.

At the end of the day, I'd say its at about the same level as Guinness, all things considered. I'd probably prefer Guinny if given the choice, but I could certainly see myself picking this up again in the future, if only for a wiff of the good ol' days.

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Photo of cd34
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

A - An initially soapy head quickly becomes dense as it is built up from below by a nice cascade effect from the nitro can. The brew is perfectly clear and is the color of dark honey. The head shows some nice retention as it stays around a half-finger for quite a few minutes before reducing to a collar. The head is powdery white, and compliments the color of the brew quite well. Tons of lace arcs are left on the glass in big creamy sheets. i realize that some of these nice features may be artifacts of the nitro gas, but it's still really pretty.

S - Honeycomb cereal, almonds, cream cheese, and sour cream. Lots of diacetyls, which I happen to like but may turn some other off. The hops are really English in that they are not citrusy or piney at all. This reminds me of some sort of almond-honey-infusion girly bath soap that my fiance might use (she uses a lot of that sort of stuff).

T - Again, very British and understated. Sort of under-flavored if you ask me. The honey, almond, and cream flavors that it presents are nice enough, but I wish it was more assertive. Has an almost German pils hop flavor ....noble hops fo' sho'.

M - Very thin and watery, but somehow creamy as a result of the lush nitro-carbonation. Feels very much like Guinness, but with a very dry and grassy hop finish.

D - A very sessionable brew indeed. What it lacks in complexity or assertiveness it makes up for with a pleasantly mild and tasty drinkability.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an insane head and retention with a nice orange color.

Apple phenol comes out with pale and caramel malts.

Taste is incredibly light bodied with a smooth creaminess from the nitro. The hop bitterness is mild. This beer is very light, but smooth and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy from the nitro but otherwise is watery.

A no frills beer really.

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

Pours a clear, orange-amber colour - at least, that is the colour once the layers of foam have finally settled. The head is a light tan colour, a little more than a finger thick. Like most canned nitro beers, it has a silky-smooth texture and retains cohesion for most of the session. Unfortunately, also like most canned nitro beers, the smell is rather faint and a bit bland - light honey-like malt sweetness and some subdued floral notes.

The flavour mostly follows the aroma: light grainy malts, and honey sweetness. Notes of apple, apricot, and other light fruits, with some leafy hop to provide a bit of bitterness at the end of the sip. It has a ridiculously smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with very light carbonation (which makes sense if they're trying to emulate a cask ale). Easy to throw back, and not a chore to do so.

Not the least complex nitro ale I've ever had; it's plenty drinkable and moderately tasty but nothing to write home about. I don't regret trying it, and I might get it again but it definitely won't be a priority. Worth a try if you love nitro beer, but otherwise it's probably something to pass on.

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

Boddingtons ale is a very tasty beer

A-Golden Yellow once it cleared up with a creamy 1" head that sticks around for the whole beer. Love the cascading.
S-Not much of a smell, slight sweetness
T,M-Sweet Malt taste with a citrus. Creamy and smooth.
D- Great session beer, tasty

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Photo of DT7
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours golden white (Caused by the Nitro) after all the bubbles have finished doing their thing the ale is a golden amber, with a nice white creamy head

S-Smells a little sweet, but not really a whole lot going in there, I kinda get a little bit of hops but a very faint smell

T-I get a little of honey, a little bitter after taste but not overly bitter

M-Smooth, clean, its not very carbonated pretty light for a ale

D-Pretty drinkable, I could probably drink of 2 or 3 of these due to the lack of carbonation, but I think the flavor of this beer would get boring to me after a while

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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 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 DrewBeechum
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh from the classic pub can into a nice tulip pint glass.

Aroma is a fruity. Apples, bananas, low subtle, grassy hop characters rising out of a tight thick white head. At least one nice side effect of the nitro can.

Beer is bright clean copper with almost no flaws to it.

Flavor is sweet caramel biscuits wflowing out of a light body. A slightly metallic and mineral enchanced bitterness that strikes and dries out the middle of the tongue.

Overall an eh beer cause there's not much there, there. Realiable and dependably boring.

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