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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 Sconnie25
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased an individual can of this from a Pick n Save grocery store in Weston, WI. Boddington's Pub Ale pours a golden hue with a very thick head and a fantastic lacing. The aroma is a mild malt resembling bread in a way. The flavor is very creamy with a light caramel malt coming out. There is just a touch of bitterness at the finish. Overall this was a good beer but not something I would seek out more often.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Like most nitro beers, this is a beauty. Really nice cascade effect from the widget, and ends up with a perfect (right up to the brim of the glass) head that's creamy and luscious. It looks damn near perfect. Unfortunately, the nitro makes everything else about this beer worse, imo. Smell is weak, but what is there is slightly lemony and bready. Taste was at first okay, very weak grassy hops and a hint of honey sweetness, some faint citrus...as the beer warms even the slightest bit, it takes on an unpleasant metallic taste. I couldn't finish it because it got worse the longer it sat out. This beer feels like those times where I foolishly threw a half drank beer in the fridge thinking "I'll finish it tomorrow." It's super flat and just completely lacking in any kind of texture. Like drinking water with foam on top. Maybe the "real thing" at an English pub is better, but this can just was not up to snuff for me.

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.11/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely lovely. Very smooth beer with a bitter taste. Beautiful froth on the top with a lovely golden brown color. I highly recommend this beer for anyone.

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Photo of MusaJames
4.37/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Creamy with a low carbonation. A beer that needs to be enjoyed in a glass. Pours with a dark amber color and develops a nice head. Only complaint I have is when opening the cans the nitrogen ball can cause the beer to spill, so be careful and open it over the sink.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.29/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: rich super creamy, semi sweet with some honey grassy notes.
Bready sweet nose.
amber/gold, mostly clear, with large cascading head. Medium body.

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Photo of Ferb
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This ale has a wide array of good and not-so-good features. The color is lovely and the carbonation (thanks to the widget) gives it a creamy texture. It smells like bread an newly mowed grass. The taste is of hard water, light malt, more grass/green grain, but the experience is a bit watery. Unfortunately, the finish to the taste is a lingering metallic twang. It isn't particularly a good finish.

With that being said, I tend to prefer English ales to German lagers, so if I have a mediocre beer, I would rather it be mediocre in this way. Maybe it is because this week has been like a slow motion train wreck that I am so forgiving, but it is also on of my earliest forays into unique beers too, and has a sentimental appeal as well that doesn't need to make sense!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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 gonger
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Note: Boddingtons is now an AB-InBeb product mass-produced in Samlesbury, no longer brewed in Manchester.
Note: Best at 45 F - 50 F. Not ice cold.
Pored from 16 oz nitro can into pint pub glass (several times.)
L: Impressive. Looks like pub bitter or pale ale in any Yorkshire area pub.
S: At warmer temp nitro dissipates and character develops a bit. Muted malt, indiscernible hops, slight cidery aroma as beer warms.
T: Again with the temp. Not ice cold. Again muted. Pale malt, some hops (goldings?), freshly cut wood, something fruity (not apple, maybe apple peel?), Pleasant but mild aftertaste and,of course, as with all nitros, water.
F: Good. Smooth, creamy. Like a good draft ale.
O: Better than I expected but not a great beer. Nothing like the Boddingtons I used to drink in Sheffield years ago. Would probably be best drank as 'hair of the dog' on the morning after. Or maybe with some bangers and mash. As with all notros, it's certainly drinkable, but not and will never be a Great beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.04/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks like a brown ale. Weak. Aroma was tea, toffee & Skors bar.

Taste, more super thin, bland, unhopped liquid. Some tea. Lack of carbonation really hurts the already lacking mouthfeel.

Can't really think of a situation where I'd ever like to have this again. Its like, even less enjoyable than Newcastle.

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Photo of A20sp
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from pint glass, poured from a 1 pint can w/ widget. 41F at 4.7%ABV

L:- Starts off from the pour, mixing itself with air until settled (like other widget cans). A gold, almost amber color when settled, with a creamy head that remains through the entire drinking experience. Translucent, with few to no bubbles when settled, until swigged, producing a wash of cream along the glass.
S:- Has little smell at all. A hint of metallic at first, which morphs into a touch of malt. Not discouraging, but not jumping at me either.
T:- Mainly yeasty with a sweet maltiness. Very neutral and appealing with no hoppiness.
F:- Creamy and smooth, but leaves a dry/metallic taste once swallowed. Light carbonation feel, which is extremely easy to down.

:- Overall, a decent beer in many ways. Me not being a big fan of hops, enjoy the taste; yet it leaves a slight dryness on the palette to makeup for bitterness. If acquiring from a can; be careful upon popping top, as it can "bubble" up if not settled or poured into a glass quickly. Seems to be unenjoyable for those used to carbonation. Would drink again.

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Photo of Nichol
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is appetizing - nice amber color reminiscent of the sap that preserved the mosquito that made the cloning of dinosaurs a reality on Jurassic Park...The head is one of the longest enduring I've seen, with a higher than average amount of lacing. Smell is malty, and, of course, so is the taste. I prefer hoppier ales, so I'm not in love with it, but for a malty ale this one is decent. The feel is temporariy slick, but it soon disappates and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The slick feel can be expected with the amount of malt; again I prefer a dry taste and feel but others with maltier inclinations would like. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I'm not opposed to having again.

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Photo of Erik271
5/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is explosive when opened . Poured into a pint glass pretty fast and didn't overflow . Fun to watch the beer settle and form a rich and thick creamy head . Beer Has a light blonde color. Appearance looks delicious. I noticed a citrus lemon smell. Beer is malty and not much flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste . Bland. I usually get this beer once a year. Not a bad beer and not a good beer . Might be delicious to drop a shot in with its overall bland taste. Price is pretty cheap.

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Photo of tlema1
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: golden color, with a thick, rich head, poured from a can
S: has that typical metallic British smell
T: very little bitterness, some caramel sweetness
F: creamy, very little aftertaste
O: not sure how close it meets style guidelines, but very drinkable

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Photo of stevoj
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An explosion of foam erupted when opening the can, and a thick creamy head covered the beer and the sides of the glass. A very mellow and mild bitterness, typical of English ales. Only thing better would be drinking this in a real Emglish pub....

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Photo of mnrider
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Nitro-Can. Pours a clear caramel color. Two fingers of white creamy head.
Excellent retention.

S: Grains. Malts. Metallic. Yeast. Some hints of fruit.

T/M: Very clean and watery. Malts. Bread and grains. Sweet. Light fruity taste.
Nuts. Light bitter taste near the end. Creamy and light bodied.

O: Not too good. Watery with a weird and weak taste. A classic English Ale to
many people, but I'm less than impressed.

Cheers!

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Photo of Lobina
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Watching this settle in the glass never gets old. A little on the sweet doughy side. Not quite chewy. Nothing real impressive but nothing offensive. Easy to drink and watch. Nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Bottom of can says 11OCT2016.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a cascading head that settles at about ½ inch thick and stays for the duration of the drink.

S- Biscuity, doughy malt aroma that’s a bit sweet.

T- Flavor follows the aroma with more bready malt, a touch of hop bitterness and a sweet grainy finish. A bit of honey as well.

M- Very creamy and smooth, as expected. Body leans toward the lighter side.

O- A good beer for when you just want to knock back a few without focusing on the complexities and nuances of what’s in your glass. Satisfying in a liquid bread sort of way. Full disclosure: I'm a sucker for nitro pour beers.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The appearance of this beer upon pouring from the pint can is crazy. It has an upside down head that dissipates into a normal head which is a thick white head. You really have to try it to see it!

The smell is a very bready yeasty smell almost like a fresh baked loaf of white bread. Very pleasing nose presence.

The taste followed the nose somewhat with the bread notes. However it tasted kind of like a flat lager to my buds. With some creaminess this was not overall unappealing but was not satisfying at the same time.

Overall I will try this again and see if perhaps I may have gotten some older crap. My wife liked it and the price point gives me something I can work with so I will try it again.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was a so-so beer. It's fairly smooth but lacked the carbonation that I like in a beer. The flavor wasn't spectacular, but not awful. It seemed a bit flat, actually. Overall, I probably won't get this one again, but I'm not upset that I tried it.

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Photo of Savan
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours into a tulip glass with pulsating gold-bronze-gold-bronze giving way to a thinning straw-auburn colour and a reasonable head of paper white!
Smell is LITERALLY non complacent, just a hint of malt of some sort :\
Taste is light, somewhat sweet and a little malty... no recognisable hip character. feel is light watery not all that impressive. Over all... Let down by the appearance to flavour and smell being so muted. but I have had before and was worth revisiting I thought.... all that in mind not a terrible beer by any means, wrapped in lustre and then let down... but worth a try and if available cheep, a good grab.

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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 rickenclacker
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons, is indeed, smooth and creamy as advertised. You will not find the texture this beer has anywhere. The flavor is mild, but is a nice change of pace from the pale ales and IPA's.
As far as the lower alcohol content, if you have to drink 9 of these to get a buzz, you are an alcoholic, and need help.
My only complaint is there is some inconsistency between 4 packs and even cans....some tend to be flat.
Whether this is a canning flaw, or due to shelf life, (this beer does not fly off the shelves), not sure about, but when things are good...it is really good.
One of my favorites.

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Photo of Glengosch
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer today for the first time in several years. I was actually surprised at the negative scores and reviews on this beer.

This is a very neutral tasting beer. The flavor is mild and balanced. The taste doesn't blow me away, but it is good.

It has an amber look and pours perfect with nice head due to the nitro can. I've had this on tap before too, but it's been so long, I can't say whether I like it any better.

The smell is about like the taste. It doesn't punch you in the face with any sort of aroma, it just smells like beer (that might sound generic, but that's the best way I can describe it).

Bottom line: I can't find anything wrong with this beer, but it doesn't blow me away either. It's still really good. And that's kind of nice when I want a break from beer with a barrage of flavors. Kind of like vanilla ice cream. Vanilla ice cream is just plain, but sometimes you get a vanilla ice cream that just tastes damn good. Boddingtons Pub Ale is just an ordinary ale that tastes pretty damn good.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got together with a few of the old college friends from days gone by around the time I initially startes reviewing beers. Grabbed a $10 mix a six of three not so potent new to me beers and three old faithfuls. Not expecting much but who knows.

Look - Poured from the can. Yields a crystal clear honey golden color with a finger and a half of fizzy though fairly well retaining head. Carbonation levels appears to be low to medium depending on the angle you look at it from. Head eventually drops to a thin ring arouns the edges of the glass. Lacing is spotty.

Smell - Initial whiffs bring out a noticable though small amount of lemon pledge like zestyness with some usual adjunct players it seems. Corn in nature, though cleaner than what you would receive in a similar priced American counterpart.

Taste - The slight lemon is not present on the flavor profile, instead being replaced by a moderate level of hop bitterness and slightly dirty. Adjunct levels are highly present and once again of the corn variety though not in the essence of an AAL per say, more pleasant.

Feel - Body is fairly watery with some creamyness and the carbonation is pretty low. Swallows easy as one two three and it's gone.

Overall - Not really a whole lot to say about this one. Perfectly inoffesive and fine for drinking during any timw or any occassion. If the price were lower and it were available in higher quantities it may make a good go to for when you feel like cooking out. Otherwise, nothing special. Move along.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.35/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first beer, and i love it just as much now as I did several years ago when I first tried it. And the poor reviews on here are from people who are comparing this to beers well above its class. It truly is an amazing beer for what it is, so I recommend that you give it a shot.
Look-Pours a splendid honey gold with lots and lots of bubbles at first from the Draughtflow device inside, forming a beautifully thick, creamy, delicious head. A very good looking beer.
Smell-This ales downfall, it smells like nothing, maybe a tad bit of grassiness.
Taste-Its very neutral, just a very average EPA. Bready, biscuity, and slightly bitter malts, with very subtle hop profile, and just a slight honey-like sweetness to balance it out. I think its wonderful, refreshing, light, but not too light, easy to drink, but its way more flavorful than any other middle-priced beer, and it goes well with just about anything. Wings? Check. Pretzels? Check. Nachos? Check. Pizza? Of course. Gorganzola stuffed butterfly'd beef tenderloin? Oh yeah!
Feel-Oh so smooth. I don't know many beers as smooth as this one. Good carbonation, well balanced.
Overall-One of my all time favorites, and a great simple, go too beer that most of your friends will probably find tasty and inoffensive. Its not gonna suprise you and its about as un-complex as you can get, but if you want something refreshing and easy to drink, I highly recommend it.

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