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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 afinepilsner
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint nitro-can

Boddingtons Pub Ale was a clear golden color with a perfect white head. The head had great retention and left some lacing. The nose was lightly malty. The taste was light malt, a little fruity, with a little hops and dry finish. The mouthfeel was light and creamy with low carbontion.
When I opened this beer it gushed out all over the counter. I guess thats why it says "carefully open" on the back of the can.

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Photo of IckyT2012
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of StaveHooks
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3 fingers of a creamy tight foam on top of a clear amber body.

S - Grain, leather, hints of lemon, metallic.

T - Grassy grain with a touch of honey-like sweetness. Finishes clean.

M - Creamy but light bodied.

Very thin flavors all around. Pretty watery tasting. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a thick head of cream that outlasts the beer itself. Mild malty notes, touch of honey, gummi bears in the aroma, but not much else. A smell that reminds me of paint thinner does hit me as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is hardly noticeable, as expected. Just a slight tingle on the tongue.

I taste a metallic bitterness, a bit of roasted malt. Not overly powerful in any area, just an all-around subtle ale. A pleasing and delicate sweetness begins to emerge as I make my way through the pint.

While I wouldn't say it's well-rounded, it's certainly pleasant enough. For me, it just doesn't declare itself enough.

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Photo of Trichter2408
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Squelch
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light british ale with a smooth mouthfeel due to the nitro head produced from the widget. Hops bitterness was very present in this beer, with a light, thin mouthfeel. Low ABV makes this a very drinkable thirst quencher. The last can I had had a slight metallic twinge to it that didn't play well with the hops. I feel they could have gone a little lighter on the hops to balance out the beer.

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Photo of Ahhdball
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Air poured so very nice rolling affect and great head on this deep brown ale.
Smelled small amounts of coffee and burnt wheat. Rather average and bland.
The taste was mild coffee, small hints of baking chocolate and oatmeal. This is a rather below average attempt at a Beamish.
Smooth mouthfeel, average drinkabilty, I could have it again but I'd rather a Beamish please!

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can opens extremely violently, every one opens with beer spraying. Pours with a huge thick, creamy head that hangs around, and leaves residue on your upper lip. I have heard that the US version can't compare to the UK version, which I hope is right. The head is delcious. The rest of the beer isn't very interesting. Malt and cereal grains, with nothing that special. I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have had this several times: initially, when I didn't know any better, I was a bit taken by it. The color is a pale pale translucent yellow. This has a massive head (due to the nitro); it just comes pouring out. While this is pleasing to watch, I can't help but feel that using the nitro is cheating. This had a weak smell: faint hops and esters. The taste was fairly bland: creamy and buttery. Not very complex at all. The nitro again helped out with the mouthfeel; it is a pleasure to drink something with this much carbonation. However, there are better beers to go to then this.

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Photo of shererjt
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper color with a frothy, well-retained, off-white head. Nose was hops and fruit with some caramel. Flavor was light on malt with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness. Had a touch of acidity and hop flavor up-front. Not bad, but not particularly good, either. Seemed to be lacking the traditional British character you'd expect in a pub ale--too clean. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy, and the drinkability is okay. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but I suppose you could.

Overall, I'd say it's an average beer. With all the outstanding British ales available, there's not much to particularly recommend this one.

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Photo of JohnathanColeman
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Naniamania
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of otoolman221
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Globetrotter
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the initial fruit of my labor in attempting to improve the beer selection available at the U.S. Embassy commissary in Moscow. Still looking for a U.S. craft brew. This is the best we can do so far. Comes in a tall yellow half-liter can with black print surrounding a keg with what looks like frontal and top depictions of a bee. While most of the writing on the can is in English, the ingredients list is in four languages I don't speak. Just four elements listed though, so I suspect it is purity law compliant. Best before February 2006, I opened it on 8/13/05.

One can criticism the nitro system, but it sure produces a good looking beer: clear copper under a one finger white head of very thick cream that lasts forever. Oddly, the lacing is a bit thin. There is remarkably little nose - basically none. The mouth is heavy and sticky, with mild carbonation. The taste is neither grainy nor sweet, with tinny hops emerging quite early, accompanied by a touch of grassiness. The finish is more metallic than bitter, whith shisps of sweetness (grape?) mixed in. Nice lip-smacking aftertaste invites another swig. It will do.

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Photo of Stacey-Rae
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Overall mild, easy drinking, but rather bland.

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Photo of Ellbert
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very clear, alsmost watery looking golden with no carbonation bubbles floating at all. The head is beautifully thick with very tiny bubbles. Very creamy.

Smell: There are hints of sweetness, corn like sweetness that is found in a budweiser. Other than that the nose is very clean. This is bad though, I really cannot get any other aromas out.

Taste: At first the taste is not there, the nitrogen kinda kills any flavor but finally some hops come through. They sneak up. After a few hops come up you can taste some sweetness. There is an annoying aftertaste. The taste isn't bad but it isn't great.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. There is not harsh carbonation. I don't think nitrogen is what a pale ale needs.

Overall not a bad brew but there are many better ones out there.

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Photo of IronLover
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the nitro-can, started as a full glass of thick, creamy foam. Slowly the foam turned over from bottom to top revealing a deep yellow beer with a steady half-inch foamy white cap. After that, everything went down hill. Grassy aromas with stale biscuit. Despite the dramatic pour, there was no carbonation to speak of. Light, stale malty flavors with a very light hint of pear and a stale bread aftertaste.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Boddington Pub Ale

Reviewed from notes from the Spring. Nitro can. Appearance: looks like a beauty. The widget actually worked to produce a nice creamy looking head. Almost looks fake, but they went for an effect and it worked. Golden ale, can't see much carbonation. 4.5/5

Smell: Not picking much up initially. Some light malts and sweetness. 3/5

Taste: Lots of head initially, but unfortunately it doesn't have a great flavor. Very fluffy though. Taste of the ale is very bready, or actually, (English) biscuity and somewhat sweet in a honey and apples way. It's not bad, but it's not wonderful. I think I'd like this a lot with a little more carbonation. It'd be a great session ale. A nice hop flavor sticks around afterward. The best part of this is the aftertaste. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Beer itself is rather light, but the head helps it. Once the head is gone/going, it's not particularly enjoyable. Like most of these widget beers I've ever had, I feel like the carbonation is seriously lacking, even compared to draft. 1.75/5

This was an import that sung out to me from the racks of Wegmans. Sadly, my instinct failed me. This isn't bad... And I like it more than standard American adjunct lager beer, but I wouldn't buy this in most instances. 2.5/5

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Photo of Shaw
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours about the best-looking pint I've had out of a bottle or can. That widget makes a great, thick head. The beer itself is copper colored.

Its smell is very faint. It's a little sour, with a hint of cream? The taste is a little sour, too. There's hardly any flavor at all. I know this is supposed to be a session beer, but it needs just a bit more substance.

The mouthfeel is good. It's creamy and smooth and glides over my palate.

Overall this is just an average beer. It's good for when you want something light to quench your thirst. The best thing about it by far is its appearance.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as a cloudy mesh that takes forever to rise to the surface form,ing a nearly perfect one finger whipped cream like head atop this pale copper brew. Decent lacing coats the glass. Must be the nitro . . .

S - A clean, faintly floral, lager yeast aroma - smells a bit like the champagne of beers to me. A bit of pine and a touch of light bodied malt. This whole odor is pretty mild.

T - A very, very, very mild beer. There is a touch of light bodied malt. Honestly this has almost no flavor. Often times I will fill my glass with water after finishing my beers. The strength of flavor here is on par with the glass of water that at one point had a drop or two of beer in the glass. There is an extremely faint floral bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Very smooth, flat, thin, only a little refreshing.

D -This is pretty much as quaffable as a beer can be, unfortunately, it isn't a bit more refreshing and it has virtually no flavor. It is easy for something to be drinkable with no flavor.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can, pilsener, no comprehensible dating.

Gorgeous flowering nitro flow of beer simmers down to deep yellow, verging on amber with a half inch creamy nitro head. Awesome lacing is anticipated.

A little cream and toffee and vanilla in the nose which is very subdued. Leafy hops and diacetyl.

Milk mixed with water, grain and hop tannins, sourness, and leafy hops. Heavy tannic finish.

Slightly heavier than water with no real carbonation.

Because of the passivity this is one to drink mugs of. Water might be a better choice, it's better for you. Choose a beer with some flavor.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This rating is certainly higher than I would afford this beer because of the awesome cascade that accompanies it. It reminded me of some sort of science experiment when I poured it. The beer was a pretty basic light copper ale color, but the cascade was this interesting yellow cloud that sank and then rose in my glass. The smell was overly metallic without much in the way of flavors. Taste was like guiness light, if it existed. Probably the major problem with nitro cans. It had a creamy mouthfeel which masked my preoccupation with the lack of taste. Ohk brew.

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Photo of lic217
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of depechemode1983
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a clear medium to dark copper color. The head is thick, frothy and very creamy. Retention is excellent.

S - There is a light hop aroma. Its slightly bitter with some good floral notes. Malts a pretty light as well. There is a little bit or caramel and a sweet candy smell I just can't put my finger on. The notes are there just not strong enough.

T - Very weak flavor. Bits a caramel, floral hops and grains. Taste sort of watered down.

M - Mouth feel is fluffy and soft. Carbonation in minimal which i think added to the smoothness.

O - An ok beer at best. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it but I could see purchasing it again given no better choice. Which I doubt would ever happen.

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Photo of T-34-85
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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