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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
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Brewed by:
Boddingtons
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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3.19
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Photo of bacabuck
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep rich brown with oatmeal creamy head.

S- Yeasty and rich

T- Bananas and toffee. Rich with the right amount of bitter finish

M- So much better than any over carbonated barley soda

D- All night long

This is a really pretty good ale that is mellow in flavor, smooth, and well balanced. I've only seen it in nitro-cans or on tap at a couple places. Worth a taste for yourself.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can, which provided a very nice milky cascade, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Upon finishing the pour, it had a very nice white head that seemed to linger, but not for too long. It had a nice golden yellow haze to it that I could not see through. Not much nose to it at all. The mouthful was very creamy, a bit watery, but yet full and heavy. I find the beer very easy to drink, as it is very smooth. Great beer with any type of pub grub and one that I try to enjoy often.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a Gold honey colour, with an two fingered Ivory coloured thick creamy head that outlasts the beer. The appearance is impressive.

S - A nice homey sweet caramel aroma.

T - Delicious flavour of honey and malt with a classic Northern bitter finish. Nicely balanced

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation and oh so smooth.

D - How anyone can rate this beer below a 4 for appearance or mouth feel is beyond me. I think sometimes we get a little precious about mass produced beer. This is a great example of a mass produced ale of quality.

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Photo of Hollister
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To me, Boddingtons is the "caramel" version of the "chocolate" Guinness if that makes sense. From the cascade to the head consistency, the feel in the mouth to the fairly intense lacing - they're very similar. It's a smooth and very drinkable beer that you can just put down without even realizing. The appearance is simple but pleasant with a light honey color. The head is thick and marshmallow like, and it just won't go away. Not much of a nose, which would probably be its biggest problem. This is a classic though, and because of that, it’s not the most complex. It's a staple, not something that pushes the boundaries, and it should be appreciated as such. It's best on draught and pairs well with many deserts.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--Came in the nitro can in a St. Pat's day promo pack that included 2 Boddingtons, 2 Guiness, 2 Kilkenny and 2 Harp.
--Poured a nice copper in color with some awesome cascading (thanks to the nitro can). A great white thick head that lasted throughout.
--slight citrus smell, nothing outstanding.

This beer has sentimental value for me as it reminds me of my time living in England. It is not the best beer out there but still one that I would have no worries about ordering in a pub or even a can. Thx

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Photo of adammills
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Boddingtons. I have had it in a pint sized nitro can, that one must take care when opening. I learned the hard way, beer on the poker table...anyhow. A fine gold in color with a one to two fingered head. Very creamy in both taste and smell. Very easy drinking. It goes down easy.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from nitro-can into standard pub glass

A- Medium golden color with the anticipated high bubble activity from the nitro widget. Developed the characteristic smooth creamy white head that hangs around throughout the session

S- I don't know exactly what it is with nitro cans and bottles, but I don't get much variety on the nose with nitro can/bottled products.

T- Slightly bitter, very faint sweetness (honey?)

M- Very smooth and creamy on the palate

D- With a relatively low ABV, it is easy to kill the 4 pack at a hurried pace.

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Photo of kaboose72
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was at an irish bar and wanted something other then my usual Guinness. Waitress suggested This wonderful beer. it is like a creamy Bass Ale, only better. Just a great drinking experience. Not too hoppy but right. Almost as wonderul as Guinness but nothing comes close to the original

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Draughtflow system...'releases millions of tiny bubbles'. Well maybe that was the original plan, but this, my final can of the four-pack, has been in my fridge for about a year. The temp is a frosty 35 or so, but I still wondered if this would be drinkable. It was. However, upon opening, I didn't get millions of bubbles, maybe just a few hundred thousand. A very small head, showing its age I reckon.

Smells a little grainy, fruitcake like, at least the candied fruit part. Pale copper color, attractive.

Smooth and creamy, but not heavy or oily. The nitro bubbles have enough effect to make the mouthfeel soft. Light grain taste with a lightly bitter finish. No overpowering flavor components, but I like it just the same. This is the first and only beer I've ever had with the widget setup.

Very drinkable, even after all this time. I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with some amber darkness. The head is an ivory pancake like most nitro beers. Lacing consists of dense ridges. The aroma has lots of aromatic Goldings hops as well as a sufficient bready malt. The taste is dominated by a dry yeast flavor, somewhat buttery, maybe more butterscotch. Malt is bready and the hops are well represented and very herbal whith some tea-like qualities. Theres a sweetness in the middle and the finish is quite dry. The mouthfeel is full of nitrogen creamyness which is OK but kind of artificial to me.

This is one of my old favorites. Apparently its a very weak version if the original but its still tastey, among the best of nitro can beers.

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Photo of rrob311
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 4 pack o cans of this beer a couple years back.

A- This beer is a little darker, not so clear, and the foamy head stays there for awhile it reminds me of guiness.

S- Smells great.

T- This is a great tasting beer, kind of creamy.

M- This is one of the flattest tasting beers I have tried but it is very good.

D- I can drink several of these no problem its definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Nitro Can

Appearance: A crystal clear, golden amber beer. The widget produced a super dense and creamy head. The beautiful cascading action settled down into a two-finger head that just sat there. It showed no signs of dissipating at all before I took a drink. Even as I polished off the last drop of liquid, a good finger of head was still present. It left solid sheets of foam stuck to the sides of the glass in its wake.

Smell: The aroma was clean and extremely mild. Too mild, really. There was just a hint of malt and the slightest perception of hops. Occasionally, if I really sniffed, I could detect a mild fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: This beer was creamy smooth and medium-bodied.

Taste. The flavor was almost as mild as the aroma. There was a light malt taste with a bit of citrus bite on the sides of the tongue. A hops bitterness was just barely detectable late in the finish, along with a light sweetness.

Not a powerhouse by any means, but still a pleasant and highly drinkable brew. I sucked this pint down in no time. My rating is based totally on this beers own merits. If I were to look at it compared to other pales/bitters, it would not hold up at all.

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Photo of erosier
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap down in New Haven at Bar. I liked it out of the tap. At first it poured an all white beer that stayed for about 10 minutes until it settled into a golden yellow color with a very thick and creamy white head. The head stuck around the length of the beer but since it was so thick and creamy, it was a nice touch. It had a light malty aroma with a sweet smell at the end. The taste was pretty good. It was really smooth with light malty/hoppiness and then a sweet almost creamy taste afterwards. The mouthfeel is excellent and it is a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of SarahLynne
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the mouthfeel and the head. Flavor is smooth and easy to drink. Like to drink it when I want something a bit lighter. Even my best friend likes it and she does not typically like beer. She said it is a better alternative to Bud/Bud Light. Basically it's my go-to for something smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of montageman
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Just an easy drinking ale. Creamy, sweet, well balanced. Yes, it's a touch watery and not terribly complex, but nonetheless it is worth a drink every once in a while. The nitro can gives the perfect amount of head if poured properly. Would be an ideal session brew - I only drink it once in a while, though. Recommended.

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Photo of ScottyS
3.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I like Boddingtons... I really do, but I will say that it is MUCH better on tap than out of those cans. My review is for the draft Boddingtons.

I had Boddingtons the other day at my local English Pub. It pours golden with a large foamy head that sticks around.. the smell is not so great, but it looks impressive. The taste, like the smell is not overwhelmingly impressive due to its simplicity, but is still quite good. But the mouthfeel of this beer makes it one of my favorites... It slides down your throat thickly, like a milkshake, but doesn't leave any lingering bitterness or nasty mouthfeel.

All in all I enjoy Boddingtons, as it is one of the few decent English beers I can get on tap in Southern California.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From can no. L8-305MK-17:55. Sampled on May 7, 2009. The nitro can fizzes open with an engulfing widget-driven creamy foamy head. The color is a clear amber-copper. The aroma smacks of sweet malts and light hops, mild and not overwhelming. The mouthfeel gets skewed to the foamy side with the fluffy nitro head skittering across my tongue but overall I would call it a medium body. The taste is mildly bitter and vaguely hopped. I like this one and drink it often.

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Photo of Bael
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this out of the can. Light colored. Very thick head but it disapates well. Nice creamy, malty, roasted flavor. Like the aftertaste. Maybe even a dry flavor. Very smooth on the carbonation. Not my favorite, but a good casual beer that would go well with food or without.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I believe this is more of an English Blonde Ale, not a Pale Ale, so let's just keep that in mind guys, okay?

The pour on this is incredible. Foam gushing straight from the crack of the can, and as you pour it, the head oxygenates and stays steady at 1 finger. The color is a charming goldish blonde, with just a hint of opaque glassiness to it.

The aromas linger around bright fruits - apple and pear mainly, and a golden baked malt body, with a hint of wort and rye bread.

The flavor brings more of those apple notes out, with a surprisingly bright and crisp flavor profile. Floral, starchy malts marry with a pinch of hop to create balance, and it ends on what I imagine a humid British brewery's air would taste like. Some slight sour bitterness accompanies the profile...otherwise, nothing wrong here.

Feel is creamy thanks to the widget in the can, and mildly carbonated to keep it from getting stuck from its thickness. Semi dry parch at the end.

Overall I don't understand the complaining. This is a fabulous sessionable pub ale with all the right points. It's not the best beer in the world, but I'll gladly have another. Very decent.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is on tap at Dove in Greenwich Village. Served in a pint glass

A: Yellow with a gorgeous fluffy white head that sticks around.
S: Not much of a smell. It's all about the flavor.
T: Buttery and bitter taste.
MF: Smooth...and maybe even a bit creamy. Light carbonation.
D: This stuff is drinkable beyond belief. There are nights when this is all I drink.

This is one of my favorite beers to session.

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Photo of maccroz
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh what an intoxicating ale Boddingtons is, and by so much more than the alcohol that it delivers.

I consider drinking a pint of Boddingtons to be a noteworthy experience satisfying all of the senses. It's the only beer I've found that is more entertaining to watch settle than Guinness. It has the same nitrogen bubble rush, but rather than be a black-hole devoid of any light as Guinness is, while settling you can watch a boddington's ale change not only color, but pattern & texture as well.

After settling, its like a light golden version of Guinness. The same thick white creamy head. It looks as if someone took the head off of a Guinness and placed it on top of a JW Dundee Honey Brown.

As far as smell goes, it's nothing hugely exciting with a clean grainy aroma.

The taste is very smooth and drinkable leaving a sweet caramel/pecan taste on your tongue.

The mouthfeel is what gets me. Like a good friend of mine says "It's like drinkin' butta!" The nitrogen bubbles make this light ale feel like sucking down whipped cream or butter. It's truly a sensory experience.

This is quite possibly the only beer that I'll give rave reviews about because of mouthfeel and apperance instead of taste & smell. Everyone should try Boddingtons at least a few times in their life, it's a treat.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've sampled both draught and nitro cans and quite frankly, not a great deal different. Initially, pale gold in color transforming to dull amber with a billowing, multi-layered head, which begins 3/4 of the way from the bottom of the glass and rapidly rises to create a creamy, frothy white head. Tea and light hop aroma gives way to a mild herbal malt then disappears. If looks are deceiving, the malt body is thinner than it looks. The Light to medium tea with a twist of lemon peel hops remains constant throughout the glass. A smooth and frothy, lick your lips sort of ale. You can’t help gulping.

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Photo of cruland
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours wonderfully and has a slow-developing head (very similar to Guinness). Once it settles it has a nice, rich look.

Smell: Simply isn't there. Honestly, Miller Lite has a more potent aroma.

Taste: Very smooth, very pleasant to drink. The after-taste is mild with a hint of bitterness/hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: About as close to perfect as you can come without quite being there.

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Photo of KoG
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super cascading effect is better out of hte can than on tap. Deep yellow color adorned by a giant off-white head that laces the entice length of the glass.

Smell is still rather clean. Light hop backed by a light grain nose. not much, but not unpleasant either.

Taste is mild hops with a dominate light malt backbone. Not strong in any aspect, but still nicely balanced with no strange aftertaste.

Goes down smooth as silk making you want to drink more and more. A very drinkable lighter beer to give yourself a break in a long session.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint widget can.

What a beautiful pour. Golden orange on the bottom, carbination bubbling up to the $5 milk shake head ("I dont know if it was worth $5, but it was f'ing good"). Head kept its thickness and presence for a week and a half. Thick, rich full taste that doesn't overstay its welcome. Weak smell of hops and smooth creamy flow over the lips and past the gums. An old favorite, I've often heard of it as "Guinness Lite" and "White Guinness". This is extremely easy to drink, suitable for marathon nights of putting back the wet stuff or just enjoying with dinner. Not a bad run of the mill brew.

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