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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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United Kingdom (England)

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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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt. In the taste, watery and a hint of gingerbread like malt. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small malt in the aftertaste. Watery and not much flavor. Maybe a in between beer, but nothing exciting here.

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Photo of TaylorIPA19
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Yikes... Is this really considered good beer in England? If so than I am REALLY proud to be an American! Smells like astringent mixed with rubbing alcohol... The taste is awful... Not sure what piss tastes like but I imagine this is pretty close... If I was in a desert and this was the only liquid I had to drink I would rather die of dehydration... Awful... Just plain awful...

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Photo of andrewbarrows
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The best thing about this beer is the look. It has a cool falling head. It is also very creamy. Unfortunately the taste gets old by the end of the pint

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Photo of bark
2.39/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is amber (18 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is very smooth and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The mild smell is semi-sweet with somewhat stale malty notes. Light bitter metallic notes. Hints of biscuits.

The taste is light with some passing malt sweetness. Lightly roasted caramel flavours, some minerals and wet cardboard. Light bitter flavours with hints of flowers. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing notes of paper pulp and wet cardboard. Some anonymous bitter hints. The finish got more pulp and an unpleasant touch of butyric acid.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles very mild/smooth. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

Too light, almost watery with some off-flavours. Naah.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.39/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - weird, this poured with nearly 100% head, must've popped it a little too chilly, it formed two heads. One was on top and bright, creamy white, the other a darker tan color and the two rushed towards each other as the beer condensed

S - has a grassy aroma, kind of a musty aroma like a bottle of cold pure sprinf water

T - thinner than i expected, very flavorful and tasty with a light pleasant with a hoppy slightly bitter aftertaste

M - a bit watery, but smooth, not dry at all

D - easily downed, and very light

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Photo of weller1js
2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: pours a clear, light golden yellow with rapid effervescence that dissipates quickly; finger-thick foamy head.

smell: scent of caramel with malty undertone yielding a faintly sweet smell with a faint trace of hops.

taste: beginning provides no discernable taste, progressing into a caramel bittersweet sensation, finishing with a very slightly hoppy, but more bitter finish.

drinkability: not unpleasant, but nothing to keep you coming back for more, may be bitter enough to deter some expecting a more hearty or hoppy ale.

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Photo of MufflnMan
2.37/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a mug. Gorgeous creamy head ended up being about 1 finger thick and never went away. Body is a very clear golden/amber color.

Smell is pretty neutral, slightly flowery.

Taste is very one-noted. Sadly, almost reminded of seltzer water. If I try very hard I get a little bit of malt and hops (more hops than malt), maybe even a hint of banana?

Mouthfeel is quite flat. Seltzer water comes to mind again, but it's not even that carbonated.

The fact that I compared this to seltzer water pretty much sums it up...

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Photo of psugrad98
2.37/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is inferior to the draught. I bought this can because of my draught experience. Looks somewhat similar to its brethern, but head is thinner and smaller. Taste is more metallic, and the sweet biscut flavor is lighter. It is also more bitter.

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Photo of Kwak
2.37/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Boddingtons Pub Ale
Head : Verry nice texture and color ,no taste.
Body : Smooth silky brownish almost tann color, thick and rich.
Taste : Very faint malt flavor with a hints of leather .

Not my can of tea it looks a lot better taste!

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Photo of letsgopens
2.37/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a nitro-can this English Pale Ale pours a thick creamy nearly all head that settles quickly to a 3/4 inch that holds very well. Orange gold with amber highlights visible.

The aroma is not well pronounced. A bit of wheat and faint malt, little else. Even though I wasn't sure what to expect from this selection, I was disappointed.

Flavor wise, it is initially bland. A little wheat and a curious hint of unripe banana in the finish. Faint hints of citrus and cream.

The mouthfeel is this beer's only saving grace (if I had to come up with one). Very creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. Certainly does not merit another can in the near future.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.36/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Has a golden color that is crystal clear. Had a fair head to it.

Smell: Kind of bland. Nothing too impressive. There was a little bit of malt aroma, but not much.

Taste: Has a bit of malt, but had no bitter kick. It almost seemed a bit watered down. Not much flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery.

Drinkability: It's not horrible. But this is not something I think I would get again.

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Photo of nicdub
2.34/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured into a regular pint glass from a 1 pint nitro-can, this beer was quite impressive from the start, with nice cascading effect as the beer readies itself, stabilizing with i nice thumb think frothy, foamy head. The beer itself is about the color of iced tea or bourban whiskey, and has no haze.

Smell : What smell? As much as I tried not much aroma came from this baby. There was a slight malt smell but even that was very faint. IMHO it smelled a bit like natural light...

Taste: Nothing to write home about here. No hops, no crispness, not much of anything. That is, unless you count the aftertaste...
Mouthfeel: Well, this beer feels like water. The can says "Smooth and creamy," I say "Not so much."

Drinkabillity: I'm not sure if I'll finish this 4pack, what does that tell you.

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Photo of Rocko
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was told this was one of the better selling beers in England, curious on how it was I bought two 500ml nitro cans with an abv of 4.7%. It says 'Do not shake' on the can, and you better don't.

Unlike what all others have said the beer didn't cascade out of the can for me, however the head is growing insanely quick when you pour it up. The color of the head is light brown and it's very fluffy, it takes a little time for it to sink so you can pour more up. What I first noticed when I tasted this was how little carbonated it was, not my thing at all. The taste isn't that great either, it's whimpy, a bit malty with a roasted touch.

This is not a bitter I can recommend at all, neither of my friends liked it either but my mom said she did, that's always something. ;)

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Photo of B0bth31oon
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

The initial pour is excellent, probably due to the widget inside; after about 10 seconds, the cascade of bubbles ceases (not a negative quality in and of itself, simply a noticeable lack of sustainable bubble fall).

The color is "at or slightly below par" when compared to the ideal Pale-Golden Ale.

The smell is pleasant. Creamy, soft, and sweet in aroma, but somehow missing that special something.

The taste is somewhat disappointing after the pleasant aroma. Not a "bad" taste per-say, but it is definitely water-esque. (To elaborate again, watery is not necessarily a bad quality. If "easy going down" is what you're looking for, this may be the beer for you! Just not my cup of alcoholic tea.)

Feel: For me, the feel is one the most important qualities of a brew, and this just didn't do it for me. Boddingtons was uncannily smooth. To put it in a different way: it felt so much like water, my first sip was unpleasant.

I don't want to discourage anyone from trying this beer, because I think that this beer *could* be a good match for someone whom is looking for something extremely smooth, soft, and easy.

(Every beer is worth a try. Like I always recommend, try it one time! If you don't like it, so what? You will have experienced something new! :D )

Cheers Mate!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank "Boddies" in England by the Gallon - back when it was Independent, and I was young. Since being in the US, I have drunk this three times from the tap (at Heroes in Claremont) for comparitive purposes - hoping it would get better. How can I say this - It didn't !!
Nice head, looks good and its "smooth"...... and thats about it really. Disappointing mouthfeel, lowish carbonation - this beer is both filtered and pasteurised and suffers as a consequence - as well as just being simply too bland for me. Low on malt and bitterness, some fruitiness, but I had to concentrate hard to get this.
As an Englishmen, for me this is a very sad pathetic pale imitation and a shadow of its former exceptionalism in its "independent" glory days. Another great beer ruined by the Macros. That said, as a stand-alone beer, it just barely passes the threshold of acceptability with me.
I prefer to drink American Psuedo-Craft Beers (e.g. Sam Adams) long before this - anyday, and I'm English.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I've always wanted to try this beer since i see it at my local meijer grocery store as well as the high class liqour store i got to. The head was awesome, to put it in very un-eloquent terms, but the flavor did not back up the apperance of the beer. The smell reminded me of cream soda. But the flavor of the beer didn't back up the smell. The beer tasted as if it were flat but the head proved otherwise. My rocomendation, do not try this beer unless you like flat tasting beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.31/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber orange with a thick, tight head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Smells a little malty and a little floral.

Taste is weak. A small amount of toasty malt and some floral hops, but the entire brew is watery.

The mouthfeel is okay, the nitro-can adds that carbonation that gives it a creamy feel.

This is drinkable because of the non-offensive tastes, but I'm not going to buy this brew in the future.

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Photo of DerBayer
2.31/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy and cloudy yellow - living up to the bees on front. Creamy white head pleasant enough.

Smell is slightly grassy with faint honey notes and a slightly unpleasant sour undercurrent.

Taste is much the same - drinkable but slightly unpleasant. In all the beer went down ok with creamy mouthfeel and served at refreshing temperature but wont go there again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden amber colour with fair nitro froth. The meniscus raises quite quickly and sits with a good two fingers of dense white foam. Body is absolutely still and clear. Not bad but fairly average.

Smells quite sweet, fair amount of malt with a cream edge. Hops are mostly absent, not much else to add to the smell. Fairly pleasant, slightly caramelly aroma. Certainly inoffensive, at least.

Taste is alright, mild and creamy for the most part, sweet malt with a milky edge, brush of tomato and a hint of tea. Hops come in midway through - unpleasantly, really, with a nasty bitter edge and an unfamiliar gaseous quality, yeasty and sinking, they instantly give you the feeling of a bad hangover. They taste slightly medicinal, and not clean or fresh.

Mouthfeel is smooth of course but very wet, almost squelchy because its watery muddiness.

This is not great beer. I like English ales - particularly nitro-pressurised ones because they're smooth and clean and a good way to finish the night, but this one has a real mean streak to it, quite aseptic and unpleasant.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

People pay that much for this stuff? Pours nowhere near as impressive as Guinness, a poopy brown looking early homebrew type of beer. Smell, notes of harsh tea and toffee. Taste, more of the same, thin, anti hop beer.

Leaves nothing for mouthfeel, but is drinkable in an unintentional way, as a good tea substitute if you let it warm up a bit.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Unlike other nitro cans, the head on this one began forming as soon as I popped the tab. Good thing I was paying attention because the foam shot out the top and very nearly made a mess of my desktop. Standard nitro pub ale appearance with a cascading 'inverse head'. The beer is bright gold with a healthy dose of orange and the head is a densely creamy disk of dark cream.

The nose is shy to the point of anthropophobia. It's a little pale malty with grainy undertones, but I don't have much to go on. The beer has a strange, almost chemical-like flavor. It starts off grainy with a modest amount of hop bitterness, but then quickly morphs into an unpleasantness that resembles dandelions sprayed with weed killer (although I've never tasted either, alone or in combination).

Really though, it isn't quite as bad as all that. I am able to drink it without wincing, spitting or regurgitating. The mouthfeel is watery in the extreme. The nitro attempts to salvage some degree of smooth creaminess--and does to a certain extent--but the thin, watery makeup is just too much to overcome.

I've had good nitro pub ales and I've had bad nitro pub ales. Count Boddingtons Pub Ale as one of the latter. Thumbs down.

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Photo of plfahey
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 pint nitro can poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance-Nice cascading effect from the nitro pour. Medium gold in color with good clarity and a large, tight, creamy beige head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Grainy, slightly corny aroma. Cereal grains and extremely light floral hop aroma. Perhaps a touch of fruity esters (apple or pear) here, but not much going on at all.

Flavor-A bit more fruit in the flavor, with light pear esters showing up front. Corny cereal grains carry throughout, and is eventually overshadowed by moderately low hop bitterness, and a suggestion of floral hop flavor. Finishes a bit minerally/almost metallic with just a touch of astringency.

Mouthfeel-Carbonation is low and body is medium light-actually quite thin at times. Add in the slight astringent buzz on the back end and the product is an insipid, lifeless experience.

Smells and tastes like an American lager with just a touch of fruitiness. Uninspired, and piss poor for an English Pale Ale-totally lacking in any malt, hop, or yeast based points of complexity.

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Photo of champ103
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice dark copper color with that perfect nitro head and lace.
S: Not much here. Some sweet malt and a chemical aroma.
T: A malty graininess with a metallic/chemical flavor.
M/D: A very light body that is thin and watery. It is not hard to drink, but I don't see much reason to.

I am not impressed at all. I don't think I will get this again, and there is no reason to recommend this.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I purchased this beer at Jungle Jims. I got it out of there reduce bin for 1.75.The beer was served from the can into pub glass.

Appearance: The beer really looked good in the glass. The beer has a nice clear golden coloration. The head was huge and very creamy off white colored. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer smelled a bit malty with a grainy sort of smell. Very subdued hops present in the beer.

Taste: The beer is nearly one dimensional. There is a underwhelming maltyness to the beer. This combines with a minimal hop prescence. Very small bitterness is present in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very creamy texture. The taste is just to dam thin. The beer has a medium body.

Drinkability: This was frankly almost unbearable to drink as I had better choices in the fridge. Hopefully you have better choices than this beer. I will not purchase this again.

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Photo of JDV
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Draught house. White rich creamy lasting head like a squirt of shaving cream. Lightly sweet floral, honey and alcohol aroma. Extremely smooth creamy mouthfeel, very lightly carbonated. Slighty sweet aftertaste with a twinge of bitterness and alcohol. Decent, but it could use just a tad more carbonation, but I understand this is the style of the beer. Not bad, but not something I crave.

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