Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
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Brewed by:
Boddingtons
England, United Kingdom
inbev.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of dpsychoholic69
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a nitro can into a pint

A Poured a golden color with a cascade of bubbles that cleared quickly. Medium white head. Okay lacing

S Sweet smell, hint of honey, fruity, not much smell of hops or malts

T Sweet and bitter, a little hoppiness, I can taste some metallic twang from the can

M Head is creamy, thin and dry mouthfeel

D Goes down very quick, not a smooth beer though, kind of harsh in my opinion

I was not very impressed with this beer, if this is a good pub ale then I'll stick to lagers and stouts

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Boddington's Pub Ale from their nitro-can pours with a gushing head into a pint glass. The head takes only a minute to settle and produces an amber ale with a thick, small bubble head. The smell presented very little to the nose; a slight hop aroma but dominated by the malts. The downside of can transportation and storage is that the metallic odor of the can becomes imparted tot he beer's aroma.
The taste is very mild and well balanced. Nothing jumps out from this beer as a dominating flavor; a standard amber ale. The creamy head and malty body give this beer a good mouth feel for those who enjoy a beer with body. The thickness of the beer does limit its drinkability to one or two in a night.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Single can purchased from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken...
A hefty pour yielded a giany, foamy and frothy head along with a dark-copper hue that left a minimal amount of lacing...
Faint, malty aroma with a slight hint of hops thrown into the mix...
Taste was a bit awkward and seemingly unbalanced, heavy on the malts, light on the hops, with a minor hint of vanilla, caramel and honey...
Loose, light, watered-down mouthfeel with a fair level of drinkability at best...
Really wasn't too crazy about this one...
Wouldn't recommend it...

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Photo of walleye
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured a orange copper color with a nice size white head that left some lacing. aroma, malts, caramel, some fruits. flavor not much of anything did get hints of toffee and some bitterness. a little to light on the mouth feel for me.I am just glad I didn't buy this somebody gave a can of this to try.

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Photo of Stigs
2.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16oz nitro can, served in a standard pint glass

A - cloudy gold colored with a quarter inch or so of thick and rich foam, very minimal lacing. has that cool cascading bubbling from the nitro.

S - hmmm...not much here at all. grainy and slightly metallic, with some lightly toasted malt and stale hops.

T - earthy with some flowery hops (still a touch stale), pale malts (again, a little stale). just lightly bitter near the end again with some subtle metallic grain to it.

M - creamy and carbonated as expected from something with nitro, but it doesnt work well here. weird texture from this and the thin body.

D - eh...a lady at work keeps giving these to me as thank-you's so I usually pass them off to guests. not awful, I think I might prefer it non nitro'ed though

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Photo of karst
2.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

You will need to practice with the nitro can or learn to lap beer off the table (alcohol abuse?). Brought over for a evening of tasting by a fellow brewclub member as we plan our next tour for local brews. Very showy clear amber with tall nitrogen head that puts on a great reverse cascade that ultimatedy builds a foamy white head in the "Bruewtus" weitbier glass. The whipped cream lace and 1 finger head persist for the duration of the glass.

Clean floral dextrinous aroma.

Thin single dimensional malt flavor.

Initially smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Body is light. Starts with some malt sweetness, but thins as the nitrogen pulls down the carbonation causing the mouthfeel to resemble flat beer.

Hops very understated and for my palate too weak. Never found any bitterness- I prefer a little "goodbye" in the aftertase.

I would not reccomend it from the nitro can unless you just like watching reverse cascades ;>)

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: My glass arrives with a clear golden orange beer with a little bit of cascading nitrogen bubbles still waiting to settle. A dollup of tan cream rests on top, lasting the whole glass without leaving any lace.

Smell: The aroma is pretty faint. Toasted grains and some general bitterness are there, with a hint of a chemical process.

Taste: The flavor is not so much unpleasant as non existent. Light cereal grains start the flavor and linger until a chemical bitterness closes out the flavor. That is not a flattering description, and I am not impressed by the lack of flavor.

Mouthfeel: The nitro feel is definitely a gimmick, but I think it works every once in a while. Other than that, there is a light watery feel.

Overall: Once upon a time I thought this was a good beer. I must have fallen for the nitro mouthfeel as a substitute for taste, because this beer is really not that good. One problem with nitro is that it seems to leave a gaping whole in the flavor, and this beer is no exception.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE: March 5, 2017... OCCASION: first Sunday feast during the season of Lent... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... quite a spectacle straight from the can, with a cascading effervescence that roils up the glass that piles a thick, steady snow pack of white... body is honey amber, with the slightest traces of bubbles around... soft buttery notes begin the aroma... some malty traces, but tough to notice more... a dank, bar rag aroma lingers, which doesn't endear it... sips a creamy, understated body--almost light-bodied--that lingers on the teeth moderately... a thin maltiness finishes... some citrus hints--lemon grass, mostly--with apple, butter, and basement... maybe a bit better than the sum of its parts, as it encourages the next sip as a "pub" ale should, with mild bitterness and crushability, but not among the pub ales I would suggest or serve to others....

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Photo of TagoMago
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 1 pint nitro can poured into an English pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a beautiful cascading effect which initially produces a creamy, pale yellow turbulance within the glass, which after a mimute or two settles to a clean, clear, golden color. The head is decent and lasting.

Aroma: Very clean, with some faint malts and a slight esthery aroma. Not much to speak of at all.

Taste: Just after the initial pour, the beer is smooth and exceptionally creamy. But as the beer sits for a while, it loses this characteristic and becomes flat and watery tasting. To begin with, the carbonation in this beer is minimal to the point of not even being detected. The beer features a crisp hop bitterness that combines with some grainy, malty characteristics. A metallic taste becomes almost cloying in the finish.

Overall: A very subpar English pale ale. Little body and flavor make for a flat, boring, uninspiring beer. Skip this one at all costs.

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Photo of Phocion
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the nitro can with a somewhat pale golden color and a huge head which sinks down to about one finger, but stays until you finish the beer. This stuff really looks like it came from a tap.

The smell here is very faint. Butter and a little bit of citrusy hops, with maybe a little malt trying to poke through. Weak and simple, not too impressive.

While the taste is not particularly offensive, it's incredibly bland. Very light malt flavors finished off by weak stale-smelling hops.

Boddingtons advertises itself as "Smooth and Creamy." This is definitely true, and the one redeeming characteristic of this beer. This stuff actually seems like the British equivalent of our BMC, though they do a much, much better job than A-B, Coors, and the like (though that's not saying much). Good session beer, but for the same price I'd much rather grab a Tetley's.

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Photo of drowninginhops
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a Nitro can into a tulip glass.
A: Orange/copper in color. Light tan head of about 1 finger that left good lacing.

S: Really no smell. Really I am not kidding there is nothing here.

T: Bland. No describable hop or malt taste.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: Pass.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber, with a dense-but-thin white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is a little weak and all I’m detecting is malt and honey.

T: The taste is creamy, malty and has a honey flavor, but not much else except a slight bit of metallicness to it.

M: Smooth and crisp, but a bit watery especially as the beer warms, medium body, light carbonation, clean finish.

D: This is good session beer if you’re into the taste. It goes down easy and isn’t too filling, but I found the taste and kick lacking pretty significantly.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a shiny orange hue that's completely transparent. The nitro-can causes slow settling, which eventually results in one finger of dense head forming on top. The head dissipates incredibly slow, painstakingly even, as it remains nearly static.

S: A hint of caramel amidst a malty and lightly hopped bouquet. Smells of relaxed English hops, but also much like a Fosters or similar mass-produced beer. Perhaps partially from the nitro?

T: A weak malt flavor crosses the lips and leads into a very flat taste; not flat in the sense of carbonation, but more in the sense of the flavor not going much of anywhere. A smattering of hops adds a slight bitterness that's enjoyable, but the good aspects are washed away in a torrent of watery bubbles.

M: Herein lies the problem. The nitro-can adds a deceiving body to this beer, one that would taste a lot better were it not having the bad taste of the artificial carbonation. Seems like nitro-can beers continually have this problem; half is too watery, while the other half is too carbonated with that strange aftertaste. Unfortunate.

D: Its mildness makes for easy sipping, but it just doesn't have the characteristics I look for in a beer worth trying again. Oddly enough, the cream of Manchester was one of the earliest beers that brought me into the specialty import/craft beer fold. Now, it doesn't seem to stack up against other similar beers, or even the way I used to remember it.

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Photo of Roman5150
2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

draught can into pint glass

appearance: light amber golden orange, foamy 2 finger thick white head

smell: bready, creamy sweetness, milk, some minor fruit

taste: Tastes like a banana bread flavored pilsner, with some bready notes mixed in. Real lack of carbonation and other flavors though, not much aftertaste, tastes very watered down.

mouthfeel: basically zero carbonation, creamy thin feel

overall: AI've lived in England and I guess I just don't like english beer. This however isn't even available in the UK, as it's their export version. Very watered down and the mouthfeel is horrendously absent, but the subtle Banana and cream flavors creep through to make something about this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of TeddyBrew
2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

This one is fairly easy locate and it is too bad it isn't better. Nice appearance with a large foamy head and a pleasant yellow hue. Taste is simply mediocre to poor. Tastes like some macro concoction with off-putting flavours. Nothing really in common with a real English bitter. Nice marketing though.

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Photo of simskl
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer came out of the nitro can into a pint glass right out of the refrigerator.

The color was pale yellow with a nitro induced head that stuck around nicely.

The smell and taste were the same, virtually nothing there. The carbonation was weak and the flavor simply did not exist. This beer ranks right up there with the typical macro style beers available unfortunately with an import premium price.

I wish there was more to say about it but this beer just did not do it for me.

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Photo of potownbill
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Carney's in New York City (Near Carnegie Hall).
Appearance: Amber yellow with a 1/2" foamy white head. Head stuk around for a while
Smell: At first some graininess, but then the metallic smell took over.
Taste: I wasn't sure what I was tasting. Some malt, but not very strong. Same with the hops. Strange chemical taste lingering in the background.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. Best part of this beer.
Drinkability: Not too far from a drainpour. It was in front of me, so I drank it.

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Photo of jimdkc
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale gold with a large cascading head, really a wonderful sight to see and more commonly seen on dark stouts. When the cascading settles, you end up with 2 fingers of the creamiest, white head of foam you'd ever hope to see! The head lasts through the entire beer, too.

Unfortunately, this is a case of a truly marvelous head capping a truly mediocre beer!

Smell is weakly malty. Taste, slightly sweet, mildly malty flavor with just a little hint of some hop bitterness. Has a little frutiness to the flavor. Also has a plastic-metallic off flavor that is not pleasant. What mouthfeel there is is provided by the rich foam... the beer itself is flat (virtually no carbonation at all) and watery.

An interesting experience, but when I finished, I did not want another! Try it once for the show!

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Photo of rangerred
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is typical of nitro beers. Cascading carbonation leading to a puffy white head. The beer is a clear amber.

Smell is sweet and grainy and slightly lemony. There is definitely an adjunct-like smell that is not very appealing.

The taste is a lemony sourness with a sharp bitter finish. As the beer warms closer to cellar temperature the flavor improves dramatically with much more grain becoming apparent.

Overall this beer is ok but is far from being a good example of an english ale. Make sure this beer isn't drank ice cold as it is much more enjoyable at a warmer temperature.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quite forgettable ale. Very light copper color with a dense white head. Faint aroma of fuggles in the background. Very thin body and mouthfeel. The front end and middle was oily with little to no malt character. Weak bitterness can be detected in the finish. Not worth the 7 bucks a 4-pack they ask for.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: the head is a full two finger affair that subsides after a moment into some gentle lacing, nothing out of the ordinary, particularly for the belgium strong style. Strangely calm color, inbetween brass and copper, nothing too menacing here, a step above a pale ale in its appearance.

S: grapes (white), pear, a bit of honey dryness, clove, nothing musky or out of the ordinary. very sweet bouquet.

T: very sweet on the palate, no hoppy finish, almost sweet through and through, the finish is a mild crisp ginger almost, reminscient of a saison, not in the style of a belgium strong. the sweet fruit notes come through and linger shortly.

M: the straw appearance gives an upfront note as to what you will be expecting, a quick burn that doesnt coat especially well, but the yeast is present and allows the spiciness to gently pass. Upon tasting a creaminess develops to enhance the fruit notes, but again, passes rather quickly.

D: A solid blend between a saison style and belgium table ale, I feel the "STRONG" is a bit misplaced, but maybe my american palate is too jaded for extremes, however, this is made in Chicago, where are the meat packing houses and the spirit of the Jungle, the bitter cold, the inclement people? This is a solid Nissan Altima of belgium ales, very drinkable but not quite notable in any respect. In light of the pircetag, probably will not purchase again, pound for pound. The 7 percent is nice, but with the hops and ABV arms race out there, you can get pilsners in 7 percent so its particularly not a heavy hitter for its style.

Narrative: You said this would be the last time, you curse yourself, breath swilling cold in circlets from your lips, "you ARE A BLGIUM ALE" you told yourself that when you looked in the bezzled mirror, you told yourself when you fill up your handbag, dont sell yourself short, you can do this. A john approaches in a Mitsubishi Mirage, not exactly your market but hey, "Belgium strong, what's your pleasure" he looks displased...is it...my color? No...I look almost how I should.." YOU? You're a belgium strong? I had you pegged more for a French farmhouse girl...whats youre into?" He's judgmental, and I am nervous, he knows, he knows I am mediocre and he's smelling it as well "I am into whatever can foot the bill sweetie" He gestures knowingly that this baleful ale will be costly but ultimately fulfilling. The mighty 4 cylinder revvs towards consumption.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber orange color with the perfect long lasting head. Scent is sweet with malts with some hints of grain. Taste is light almost like it lighter than water. Has this cheap grain taste while having a bitter crispness to it. It finishes with a chalky malt after taste. Not my kind of beer by any means.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Cascading head that dissolved into a finger and a half thick white head. Thick and creamy looking. Clear amber body, and fading carbonation. Soapy lacing.

S- Slight smells. Noble hops, golden malts. Nothing leaps out. Not impressive smelling beer.

T- Creamy, easy drinking but nothing stands out. Just...nothing here really.

M- Creamy and smooth. Just what was intended.

O- Not special. I like nitro-cans though.

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Photo of cbutova
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured out of the can after a massive hiss into a pint glass. Dark-golden, clear body with a massive cascade of silky nitrogen bubbles which ends up being a head of about one finger with great retention. Nice thick lace spots here and there.

S- Not a ton going on. Light malts, honey sugars, light fruits remind me of white grape/apple and some floral hints. A tiny bit buttery. Strength dies with each minute.

T- Pretty much just like the nose but not as hard to pick up. A good deal of light cracker malts, honey sweetness, caramel, buttery popcorn kernel hints, light fruits like apple/white grape. There is a bit of a floral and herbal thing going on, I guess they added some hops.

MF- Pretty much just feels watery to me. There is a light bit of bubbles but overall it reminds me of almost flat soda. Slight bitterness in the finish.

I don't think the nitro aspect of this beer enhances it in any way. It just feels watery to me and that doesn't help the buttery, popcorn kernel flavor going on. Potential is there but it just doesn't work out for me.

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Photo of harrymel
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned: unk
Pours golden with fleeting inverted foam infusion which rises to a half finger of fine foam. Smells sweet with some floral character and wheat tones. Taste follows through with a subtle profile of grain and artificial sweetener and a little bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with fine, low carb. Overall, this is a drinkable beer when I simply want something to quench my thirst, but that's about it. Nothing worth seeking.

From notes verbatim on 10/7/10
A: Draught can pours as typical. Raining, fine foam which hangs out for quite some time. Brilliant clarity.
S: Not much to be said here. Sweet and grainy.
T: Grain. Sweet, okay ale. Not great, but drinkable.
M: Smooth, cask feel with little impact. Medium body, low carb.
D: I could pound this. It doesn't carry the profile for appreciating at a sit down.

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