Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Ratings: 2,835 |  Reviews: 1,136
Photo of pmcadamis
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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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