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

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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of drewbage
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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Photo of shutupdoodah
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Somewhere between a golden hue to a copper color. White head reduces to less than a finger within a minute or two. Fine bubbles edge the glass, with a few making their way through the brew.

S - Not much on the nose. A bit grassy.

T - Not too much there, similar to the taste. A bit bitter, with a touch of citrus or banana in there. Finishes with something biscuity.

M - Thin, minimal carbonation.

D - I could have a few of these in the sense that there's nothing to write home about. Easy enough to get down.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with creamy off white head that it retains very well. Aroma is malty and grainy. Some fruitiness is there. Malty flavor with noticeable but not prominant hop bitterness in the finish. Medium light mouthfeel. This beer is clearly well made, but its not very interesting.

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Photo of Geoffq
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad ale, it just isn't that great. I prefer Abbot Ale to this hands down. It still beats the macro crap out in restaurants or local bars.

A - Nothing to write home about, although I do like the color scheme on the can.

S - Not bad

T - Is better than average, but not the best English ale I've had.

M - Decent. Not too heavy or sticky

D - I could easily drink this.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice, caramel-colored, nitro-can, so after a while a fluffy dense white head settles at about one finger, great retention.
Smells of sweet malts, banana, grains, pretty toned down.
Taste of bread dough, lots of grain, banana, some faint apple and lemon, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Faint floral notes, grass, but the finish gets really metallic.
Smooth and creamy, low (to none at all) carbonation, light and easy to drink. Some lingering grains in the aftertaste, but again, coins..
A nice cream ale, some off notes in its taste.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A> Beautiful creamy surge. Lively. Golden with a dense creamy head... after all it IS the Cream of Manchester... a nickname I've never felt comfortable with.
S> Not alot to smell at first. bitter hoppy, slightly metallic, improves as you drink off the smell-stifling cream head. Then you can pick up notes of honey.
T>Slightly metallic, but not offensive. Really tastes like your standard English pale, but with a less pleasing finish. Not overly tasty or overly offensive.
Mouthfeel>it really does feel nice. I'm not gonna lie
Drinkability> Sometimes I'm in a mood where I feel like Guinness but want something that is more refreshing (read: less tasty) and I'll order it at the pub. Its a safe bet generally, and a whole hell of a lot better on tap than in a can.

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Photo of nortmand
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On a nitro tap at Claddagh in Lansing.
Poured a light amber with a centimeter of creamy white foam, looks like a "white Guiness."
Little smell at first, partially due to the ice cold serving temperature. As it warms, it gains a metallic apple character.
Tastes slightly malty with a medium bitterness on the back of the tongue. Not aot going on here.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel typical of a nitro pour.
The best thing about this beer is that, like Guiness, This can easily be consumed in more than mass quantities. Unfortunately for $5 a pop, my pocketbook tells me otherwise.

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Photo of Stooven
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
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 meechum
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last night at a new tavern I'm going to get in Beerfly as soon as I can remember the damn name.

A - Poured into a pint tumbler and brought to the table with a copper color and a nice finger and half of thick white foamy head that never completely fell but shrank to be a constant foamy skim over the top of the brew

S - Not really much to the smell..a little bit of malts and hops..nothing impressive

T/M - The taste was pretty good...a nice malty/biscuity taste up front with a hopped finish (not overly hopped)..leaving a bit of a bitter after taste..not bad overall though. The carbonation level was just about right but it still was a little thin...

D - It's a good session beer and I'm glad I had a chance to try it and if it were available on a limited beer menu I'd surely pick it out again..not offensive..just not very adventerous either..but then again not every beer should be I is what it is..and it does what the brewer intended..overall not bad

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Photo of tab021
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A darker golden color with a sweet rolling foamy poor that settles to a thick and creamy head

S- Smells fine.

T- This is a good tasting beer at first... after the next few sips it starts tasting a little skunky.

M- Creamy with no carbonation at all. extremely flat, but has a unique feel to it.

D- Besides the strange aftertaste, these are pretty decent. I wouldn't run out and buy a bunch, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I've had a beer from a nitro can. Pretty interesting.

Ended up with a half inch thick head on top of a glass of pale yellow beer. Looked just like it came out of the tap.

Not much aroma to speak of.

Taste was very mild with a bitter finish. Really not a lot of flavor, but nothing bad.

Creamy mouthfeel with some slight carbonation. Easy to drink.

Not a lot to this beer. The pour was the best part. But there isn't a lot to say about this beer. Good to have when you're having more than one, I guess.

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Photo of emericanchaos
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very light colored golden ale. it pours like guinness with an immediate haze starting at the bottom and slowly rising into a dense, tight, firm head. head lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass, lacing a thick slowly falling film on the way down.

very light smelling brew with only hint of any type of beer scent.

tastes very soft and creamy. flavor is very unpronounced. mild flavor but not quite bland, just understated.

feels dense but soft. almost no carbonation at all.

very drinkable. only complaint is it's a bit heavy on the stomach. at least it was when i had it. i drank with food so it could be just my experience

when i first asked about this drink a lady patron said "it's like a beer milkshake". i was highly confused with this remark until i drank it. it really is like a beer flavored milk-shake. hard to explain but definetly worth a shot.

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Photo of
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fionn MacCools in Jacksonville Beach. Straw yellow, hazed from streaming bubbles. Huge head. Aroma was very mild and almost all malt. Taste was similar, mild malt with a soft hop balance. Mouthfeel was creamy and medium body, although this probably was due to the high carbonation. Overall, quite pleasant and refreshing, but nothing to excite you from a taste standpoint.

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Photo of changeup45
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a very thick, creamy head. Almost out of control. Fairly smooth and creamy with sweet malts and leaves somewhat of a bitter taste. Good beer, for a while it was a regular of mine. At $5 for 4 pint size cans, it comes at a decent price too.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, an old favorite, this is one of the first beers that really showed me what beer could be. Has it lived up to my memories as my tastes have matured? Not quite . . .but I still feel like this is a quality mass-produced brew. A decent looking pour with an attractive head, a nice creamy, frothy, taste, I sense banana, am I crazy or is it there. A beer milkshake type of feel to it. Really the taste is a bit empty compared to what I'm used to, it comes and goes so quickly. Not offensive, just a bit weak. It doesn't live up to the better brews I have graduated too, but it does live up to the memories.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Annoying nitro widget! Opening it resulted in beer spilling out all over my pants and shirt. I forgot these cans do that.

Well, into a plastic cup (I'm at work--friday beer cart) it's a nice clear amber color with a smooth nitro head, dense and lasting. Very grainy nose, sweet with only a hint of hops. Flavor follows the nose: quite grainy, though not as sweet, and hops but a distant impression, lightly felt. Not an interesting beer, not tasty... but it's better than the Bud Light and MGD 64 that they also bought for the beer cart.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Dave1999
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is nice rich amber color with a solid creamy looking head. The head retention is exception stays big a foamy the whole time.

The smell is very faint although from what I could get it was malty and a little bitter and hoppy.

The taste is bitter and a little bit sweet, feels kind of watered down.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and thick with very little carbonation.

Overall this is the thickest creamiest beer I've had but the taste is just ok kind of boring. I did enjoy it though all the same.

Not as good as Bass and no way near as good as Sam Smith's.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

After all these years and all these beers, this one still surprises. Rich and buttery.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber color, big fluffy 2 finger head,
wonderful lacing

S: grain, malt, mild butter

T: sweet grain, light butter, earthy malt, hops

M: Med body, creamy/smooth semi-crisp mouth

O: One of my favorite English Pale Ale's.
Love the look and texture, sure it is very weak
on the nose and flavor, but nice English session


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Photo of clemtig76
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce nitro can. Pours a beautiful light, golden amber color with a thin off white head that lingers gracefully in the glass. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass after every sip. Aroma is of mild sweet malt. Taste is mild and slightly sweet with just touch of hop bitterness. I think I will have another.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sine' Irish Pub.

Cloudy orange in color with a very thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was slightly malty, but nothing to rave about. Taste was not too earth-shattering as well. Rather bland and unimpressive. Mouthfeel was creamy, and I think this covered up some of the flavor. Not really reaching for the glass for another pull with this one. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: nice pale golden hue. pours like a guiness in terms of head cascade.

smell: booze and sweets. not giving away the obvious ingredients of hops and malts.

taste: malts and hops become a bit more apparent. nice sweet clean finish.

mouthfeel: medium/light in body. light in carbonation. dry and refreshing.

drinkability: well i must say i have found a new session beer. this could be drank by the case.

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Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
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