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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
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3.19
pDev:
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Unlike other nitro cans, the head on this one began forming as soon as I popped the tab. Good thing I was paying attention because the foam shot out the top and very nearly made a mess of my desktop. Standard nitro pub ale appearance with a cascading 'inverse head'. The beer is bright gold with a healthy dose of orange and the head is a densely creamy disk of dark cream.

The nose is shy to the point of anthropophobia. It's a little pale malty with grainy undertones, but I don't have much to go on. The beer has a strange, almost chemical-like flavor. It starts off grainy with a modest amount of hop bitterness, but then quickly morphs into an unpleasantness that resembles dandelions sprayed with weed killer (although I've never tasted either, alone or in combination).

Really though, it isn't quite as bad as all that. I am able to drink it without wincing, spitting or regurgitating. The mouthfeel is watery in the extreme. The nitro attempts to salvage some degree of smooth creaminess--and does to a certain extent--but the thin, watery makeup is just too much to overcome.

I've had good nitro pub ales and I've had bad nitro pub ales. Count Boddingtons Pub Ale as one of the latter. Thumbs down.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Jason
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat of a gusher of a can when first opened, clarity and head is great. Clean floral and mildly estery aroma and flavour. Thin malt with one simple flavour throughout. Flavours are flat and seem not to meld together well in an odd processed way. This is not my can of beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Guinness 250th Anniversary tulip pint glass.

I originally had this during my Boilermaker days for the beer passport deal over at Chumley's. I figured I'd give it another go, now that I've gotten further into the world of beer. It pours a clear light orange-copper (bronze, maybe?) topped by a half-finger of white froth that stoically hangs around for quite some time. The nose is nearly objectionable, with notes of funky wheat and corn coupled with bland puffed rice. Hmm. The taste comprises a very blunt bitterness (kinda like hard water), some very light wheat, and flowers (I think they're daisies). The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickish, milky feel. Man, I think I remember something quite different, definitely less objectionable.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusty golden in color; awesome tight bubbled head (two fingers thick) leaving very fine lace.

Mostly malty, frothy aroma. I detect almost a "freezer" smell. The flavor starts with hop, contrary to the aroma. Although this is a subtler hop bite than some English bitters, it is still there as a soft spoken statement. The malt richness comes forth while hold the liquid in my mouth. After swallowing, the hop bitterness returns but softly. The mouthfeel is similar to whole milk; the carbonation is low, but appropriate.

A nice mild bitter, or is this a hoppy mild? Either way it is a very pleasant beer to have.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nostalgic beer, as it has served as breakfast food for a few memorable camping trips with my wife.

A: The appearance is really fabulous. The beer is transparent and pale yellow, with pockets of carbonation bubbles throughout. The head is a gorgeous, white froth that lingers indefinitely.

S: Aromas are of fruits, pale malts. Overall, the beer doesn't emit a big scent, but what's there is ok.

T: The flavor of the beer is straightforward and simple. There isn't a lot going on, but I don't find the beer to be offensive either. It's malty with a sweet flavor that lingers on the tongue for several seconds after each sip.

M: The feel is definitely set up for success by the nitro-can. Smooth and creamy. The beer is thin to medium bodied.

D: Overall, an ok beer. While I wouldn't necessarily seek it out, I often select it when at a pub offering little to no craft beer options.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Woody does the can-can, cont.

It is increasingly easy to amuse my small mind. Watching the pour cascade from a milky liquid into a nice amber-colored beer brought a smile to my face. The finger's worth of thick, creamy, ecru head sat like a blanket of fresh snow atop the beer. The nose was faint and slightly sweet, almost in a lager-like way. The color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was full and creamy, even kind of silky on the swallow. This was a very mild beer, both on the tongue and on the finish. These factors, coupled with its low ABV make it a session candidate, especially when you include its fairly common availability.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first nitro-can expirience. Boddingtons Pub Ale is light copper in color with a super-creamy nitro induced head. The head never disappates and leaves thick lacings around the inside of my glass. The aroma is very light. Smell is fairly similar to American macros, just a little more clean. The taste is very bland, no real malt or hop character. Also this is a little too dry, especially since there isn't enough flavor to go around. The mouthfeel is creamy which adds some drinkability. This isn't something I'll pick up again and I wasn't impressed with the nitro can.

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Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - light copper with a half of an inch of pure white, soft, dense, creamy, head that has great retention

S - grainy, faintly musty, a bit sweet

T - sweet, corn, grains, metallic, apples

M - light bodied, thin, little carbonation

Everything about this beer is pretty solid...except how it tastes and smells! It's metallic and off putting, sweet and grainy, thin and watery. This a very poor example of the style. Ignore!

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden cream-colored with a substantial head that lasted the entire drink. Like the other nitro-can ales, the beauty of the drink was in its appearance above all. It has a beautiful cascading effect.
There was not much of an aroma. Nothing bad, just hardly present. Maybe some very subtle malty hints.
The taste was not great, but not bad. Felt very smooth going down. Overall, the taste and mouthfeel were like a slightly fruity creaminess.
Despite its lack of substantial taste, it is really quite drinkable. Nothing offensive in either, just a creamy taste and feeling.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the nitro can into a nonic pint glass.

Nitro pour, brings a cascading giant crowd of bubbles, eventually rising and slowing to a 2 inch super creamy nitrous light tan head with maybe some orange hues picked up from the body. Body color is a real nice crystal clear copper orange, but no visible rising carbonation.

Nose is grainy. Clean. A sense of dried barley and a kind of bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops. Not really that impressive or intriguing, not off putting though.

Palate fills with a large creamy mouthfeel. Unfortunately there isn't any flavor, it just feels and tastes like thick plain styrofoam. Aftertaste is where all the flavor is strangely. Some grainy qualities matching the nose, but a real metallic lingering bitterness and finish. Some very faint caramel hides in the back with some sweetness, but there's an off putting dry bitter and metal grainy character that I can't get away from. Slightly tinny.

Overall it's drinkable but really not that enjoyable, and it tastes cheap. Much better ones out there than this.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Confession: I'm bad at reading directions. Just went off and recklessly opened this can, not realizing I was supposed to do so "carefully", and "Sppssshhh", it went out the can, on my leg, all over the chair. Well, now the foam seems to have been settled, time to drink it...
Clear amber color, solid 1", tight cap of creamy white foam above, in for the long haul. Looks nice.
Aroma is light citrus, small hops,soft and creamy, but pleasant.
Taste: it's there, lightly fruity, touch of hops, a touch sour (?, but altogether smooth. Slim body, neglible finish, this ale quits the mouth with a quickness. I understand the appeal of pub ales, but it just doesn't apply in my case. Generally, I like ales with bigger flavor than this, but you can't knock it's popularity, and it delivers to those who subscribe. Not for me, though.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this common brew on tap (nitro). As expected it arrived with a huge super creamy head which dissolved into a smaller creamy head. This brew is all about the mouthfeel. velvet in a glass. Malty nose, sweet malt center. Notes of honey, vanilla, flowers. tasty stuff. Mildly hoppped. Super pleasant summer quaffer.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.92/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. Beer is dark yellow almost amber and the aeration falls down cascading from the outside to prop up a thin head of tiny microscopic foam bubbles that completely cover the top of the beer and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is oddly bitter, but not hop bitter. Its almost grain bitter. Very odd.

Beer is smooth, medium to full bodied, odd back of the mouth bitterness and a strong aftertaste. Abbreviates my pleasure with this beer. Hopefully my bad Christmas weekend of terrible beers is nearly over.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 at The Prince of Wales Pub in San Mateo, CA. Spilled about an ounce of it all over the counter after I "thought" I opened it slow enough. Pour was beautiful as most nitro cans do. A huge creamy head the slowly faded but still had a bit left at the end of the glass. Didn't smell much. Maybe a bit like Guinness. Some roasted malts. Not a real strong scent. A bit more carbonation than expected. Tastes of malt, maybe a hop or two and maybe a very very slight fruit taste (lemon?). Still went down very nicely. Kind of an odd taste. A hard to describe taste. Not bad, but just strange. Decent enough brew though.

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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 Tone
2.61/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, adjunct, hint of hop, slight sugar, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of adjunct, slight sugar, hint of caramel malt, hint of tea, and a hint of hops. Overall, adjunct flavors are detrimental and the feel is too sharp.

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Photo of tempest
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Coles in Syracuse

It was happy hour and I figured this would be a better way to try this beer than buying a 4 pack. Golden color with a nice white head and retention. Almost no smell, and what there was just reminded me of stale bread. Taste was very light with a hint of earthy hops. Couldn't make out any grain, but at least it was inoffensive and washed down my food.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Golden hue with a nice thick white head. Smells of citrus, hops and perhaps a bit of malt.

Tastes creamy, citrus, some spice. A bit too creamy for my taste, however, Felt like it coated my tongue, throat and stomach. If the taste had less citrus I would drink more.
worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a creamy two finger head that builds beautifully like a cascading waterfall. A great beer to look at. Nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: no real discernable aroma here.

Taste: a grainy malt profile here. Caramel candy sweetness, mild bitterness, and a hint of fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Creamy from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste, almost a clean one.

Drinkability: as it’s called – pub ale - means a nice session beer to have while talking it up at the pub. Just wish there was some aroma here.

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Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale golden color with a beautiful frothy white head. A perfect appearance! The nose is fruity. Their are smells of pale malts and yeast. The taste is very plain and dull. There is no complexity here. The mouthfeel is nice; not to carbonated. It is a light bodied ale. The drinkability is rough. The mouthfeel is right, but the head is too thick and the taste just isn't that good. This is not a favorite of mine.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.67/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz can from Bradley's Fine Spirits in Tustin, on to the beer:

You can expect to get a thick, creamy head, the cascading effect, and darker yellowish body. Smell is a little weird; metallic, grainy, and a light esters. To my surprise, this was not very tasty. It fact, it reminded me of a creamy, nitro-infused Budweiser. I think the creamy head had more taste than the beer itself. The very smooth mouthfeel is forgiving and keeps my interest. Although the beer is a bit boring, I could actually see myself having one of these from time to time; it's quite sessionable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chance for sharing this. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is bubblegum and grass. The flavor is grass and biscuit malt. Some light fruit. Thin mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Pour mouthfeel. A little bit disappointing overall.

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Photo of aasher
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can this has Guinness esque activity, meaning it's very foamy and smooth and keeps moving while you're waiting for it. It is a light gold in color and has a two finger off white head. It even looks creamy. The smell is similar to that of a Belgian pale. It has a nice honey sweetness. It smells great. The flavors too are similar to a Belgian pale with honey. I had this after a Poppaskull and the honey kept resonating. Again, it's very creamy making the mouthfeel outstanding, especially for the style. It's nitro tap smooth and drinks light. This beer is delicious. I can't believe I'd never tried it before. As another BA put it, this is "white" Guinness.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a weizen glass. Has a beautiful amber color with a 1 inch head. Pleasent, mild malty aroma. Good, smooth flavor with a slight aftertaste. Feels a little creamy in the mouth. A little dry but overall drinkable. This is a quality beer worth checking out.

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