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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of farlieonfootie
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boddington's Pub Ale was poured on nitro draft into a Guinness pint glass, with an inch-thick head that only gradually receded. It's a clear copper color, like a very weak cup of tea. Boddington's has a bready smell that's mild, and maybe slightly sour. On tasting, it has a thin mouthfeel, and is only very lightly carbonated.

Boddington's has a mild, creamy flavor, followed by a smoky, creamy, and maybe slightly metallic finish. It's an easy drinker; not my favorite, but if you find yourself in an Irish pub watching some soccer or even just hanging out, it's tried, true, and highly sessionable.

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Photo of malibujohnny
3.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As i pour this nitro can i know what i will get...a great creamy head. About 5/8 iches thick that lasts the whole pint. It gives a light golden amber color. In the mouth it leaves a beautifull smooth malt that lingers ever so slowly into a residual hoppy dryness(but not too dry) ,which is fantastic for an english beer. Some northern english beers are kind of watered down,but not this one. I enjoy this brew on warm summer days and cool fall nights.

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Photo of BlankFrank
2.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Great foamy waterfall effect when poured into a pint glass. As the head settles, a clear golden color remains. I would say that this coats the glass rather than call it lacing.

S: Not really much there. Nothing stands out, just some vague almost sweet smell.

T: Very mild. Light hops with lots of creaminess. Nothing too direct.

M: Smooth as silk, but lacking in carbonation. The smoothness is good, but I don't like that there's almost no carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very high, so it's easy to drink plenty. This isn't really a drink that's going to make you think and contemplate its nature, but you don't have to prepare yourself for each sip.

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Photo of rocketmotor
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bought a widget can, upon opening the can overflowed so it was quickly poured into my awaiting glass. This beer has a very nice amber color to it. The head of the beer completely covers the beer and is very nice looking, it also holds onto the walls of the glass very, very well.

The aroma of the beer is not very strong, but a nice floral smell backed by yeast. The taste is good, very mild though. A very light malt flavor, with a weak hop dominating the flavor. There is a lingering flavor of hops too. As my can blew its top upon opening, the beer is very flat in this sample, so the mouthfeel is rather poor and thin.

Not a bad beer, but not ourstanding either, guess I should resample to get the true measure of it.

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

Appearance: Nitro can poured almost all foam at first, which settled into 2 heads after a few seconds. The top head was creamy and smooth (typical nitro head), with a secondary head which seemed to contain most of the carbonation directly under the primary head. Body was a light amber with little carbonation. Left some residual lacing.

Smell: Grassy, with a weak smell of honey.

Taste: Caramel, honey, and some malt with very little hops (most of which is in the head). Pretty typical of an English Ale, with slight hops bitterness finishing.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery, but gets flatter as the beer warms. Could've used a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a fairly well-balanced brew. It is sweet, creamy, and unoffensive, especially when consumed around the lower temp. range (I found it best around 40°F). Sessionable if you like English Ales.

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Photo of jake87
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L. amber with a thick creamy white head that lasts all the way down and leaves a heavy lacing
S. floral hoppiness and a very light toasted malt
T. opens up well with a bitter flowery hop taste but then fades to a malty coppery bubblegum aftertaste which is none too pleasing
F. very creamy with a high carbonation that leaves its mark on the back of the toungue

if you are drinking this inside at a house open it over a sink because it froths heavily out of the can, and now my carpet smells slightly hoppy.
an alright beer aftertaste is definately its downfall but the mouthfeel makes it better

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Photo of wertperch
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Boddy's is one of the top best-selling beers in the UK, if my sources are correct. Not that I ever drank much of it when I lived there, but when I did it was on tap in some anonymous pub where there was little other choice. So when I was offered one recently, I gave it a whirl.

"The Cream of Manchester" wasn't all bad. The little nitrogen-filled widget reproduces the nature of a pub keg pour, so it was quite fun to watch as I poured it into a pint glass, and was pleased with the creamy head and the pale amber colour. There's a slightly acidic nose to it, along with a faint floral scent that's not unpleasant.

I can only describe the rest of the experience as "thin". The flavour is of insipid malts, there's a skinny hoppiness, and the beer body equivalent of the "seven-stone weakling" (98 pounds). This is not a substantial brew, by any means. That said, it did improve a little as it warmed up, releasing up some sweetness and character, and it became a little more refreshing. For the downside, there's a distinct metallic tang to it that spoiled any of its better qualities, few as they are.
or better, but there you go.

With an alcohol content of 4.7% it might be a decent session beer - lose that tin-taste, and after the first couple of quickly-drunk pints, it would probably be quite palatable. I have to say that I'm not that impressed, although I'm prepared to admit that on a warm summer day that might just be enough, if there was nothing else within reach. Find it on tap in an English pub and that would drag it up a little. Add a bag of crisps, and you're laughing, provided you can find a warm summer's day in England.

(Taken, in part from my beer blog.)

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Photo of bravejoejoe
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured creamy white due to the little ball inside the can. The head is a very thinck creamy white. a nice head stays around for a while. The color is a dark straw yellow. No carbonation to note here.
S - Maybe metallic, hops. not much in the way of smell.
T - a light flavor, hops are dominatei get a tiny but of malt in the background.

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Photo of Lemreway16
1.97/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I am old enough to remember when Boddingtons made a proper beer this is not an example of proper English Beer. Back in the 60s and 70s we had the vile Keg Beers replaced by action by groups like Camera with a return to Real Ale. English Beer is better now than it has ever been yet too many brewers offer awful bland beers like this presumably to encourage younger drinkers to beer or away from lager. Bland and tasteless (other than the metallic aftertaste) this is simply an awful representation of beer.

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Photo of bossmanjg
4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my wife’s review--- From pour to finish, this is a great beer.

Appearance: The cascading brew was a delight to watch from the lip of the can, to the bottom of the glass, and back up again… It was like a show. Great head, retention, and lacing… Lasted to the end of the glass. Nice golden honey color.

Smell: Sweet, honey like aroma, but not overpowering, just right.

Taste: Phenomenal, loved it. Smooth flavor, a little strong at the finish, but not bad.

Mouth feel: Creeeaaaammmyyyy and ssmmmmoootttthhhh. Low on carbonation makes for better (or more) intake without feeling bloated. The nitro cans have it going on.

Drinkability: I would consider this a session beer. As a true Irish Lass, is pains me too say that have to drink, and like, an English Pub Ale. However, my Grand-pappy will have to roll over, because this is to damn creamy and smooth.

Follow the suggestions, drink cool, not cold.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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Photo of flatblack80
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know a lot of people who love this one.
I would like to try it on tap, because like Guiness in a can, i really can't get friendly with this one.
Nice, huge white head that rises from the bottom forever. light gold, honey colored brew.
Very malty aroma with light floral hops.
very heavy, thick and thick. so heavily carbonated with fine little bubbles that it almost, to me, feels uncarbonated in the mouth.
drinkability? ... one and thats enough for me. I just cant enjoy more than a pint of it. I think that being out of a can has a lot to do with it.

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Photo of Clamwacker
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I saw this last night and thought, "hmm.. ale in a can?". It wasn't until I got home that I realized it was a nitro can, and that was when I started to get excited.

After it exploded all over my kitchen, I performed the engineering project necessary to get it into a big 16 ounce pilsner glass. Pouring a foamy beer from a can whose sides are wet into a curvy glass is not easy!

I was very impressed with the head and the lace, the microbubbles in the head are always fun, but unfortunately it doesn't get much better from there. The color is alright, a sort of pale gold.

The smell at first reminded me of Guinness, but perhaps what I was smelling is nitrogen. After I took a few sips, the smell almost completely disappeared, which brings me to...

Taste? The only way I was able to get much flavor out of this beer was to also be breathing deeply through my nose. Then and only then did I detect faint malts, just a very small note of hops, and perhaps a stale smell.

The mouthfeel wasn't very impressive either, which was disappointing for a nitro beer. Only large sips really give any sort of feeling other than that of liquid flowing over the tongue. The nitrogen makes the experience a bit more interesting, though.

I do not think I would buy this again, at least not in can form. I am sad to say I could not even finish the glass, because I knew I had Full Sail's Barleywine waiting for me.

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Photo of Callaghan
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an English pub glass. As soon as the can was cracked open, it started to rush out of the top.

A: I poured it fairly quickly, due to the note above, and it looked marvelous as the cascading effect allowed a thick, creamy head to form. After about a minute, a one finger layer of cream sat on top of a honey colored brew. I really enjoyed watching this.

S: Faint smells, a little alcohol, floral, and something earthy, maybe grassy. Not the best.

T: Kinda like the nose, but with a hint of alcohol, and then a metallic taste. Finishes a little bitter, but with a sweetness that lingers a little.

M: The only thing this one has going for it is that it has a wonderful creamy head. Taking a sip where a little of the cream hits the tongue with the beer makes it enjoyable, but the beer itself is watery, thin, and has very light carbonation.

O: I do like the looks, and the color of the beer is very nice. For the price, it's decent, but there are better offers for around the same price point. I wouldn't refuse, but also wouldn't go out of my way to find one either.

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Photo of jonworth
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really two in one. If you ask me, the head is the raison d'etre of this beer. Crack open a can, pour it straight down into a pint glass (no tilt necessary) and enjoy the creamy, heavenly head!

Once the head has settled, you will realize that Boddingtons Pub Ale is really a simple and unremarkable beer. Not that that's bad, but just keep it in perspective. The first 60 seconds is where it's at.

Some have said tap is preferable over can; other have held the opposite opinion. I've had both and actually prefer the can for the simple fact that I can dump it in a nonic and get it to my mouth in one motion! Of course, if the barman is right in front of you then perhaps the tap is better.

So, to summarize: Great head, great mouthfeel, highly sessionable == gargantuan burps that may or may not annoy others, depending on the company you keep. Otherwise average taste.

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Photo of ericmunley
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boddingtons is one of the few beers than I prefer out of a can instead of on tap. Poured from a can into a pint glass, Boddingtons reveals its beautiful golden color and surprisingly creamy head. Not much of a scent to it, but a very clean tasting bear with very subtle citrus notes. The mouth feel is full and smooth, and the second pint goes down as easy as the first. I'd definitely recommend Boddingtons to any beer connoisseur regardless of taste.

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Photo of Hovellord
3/5  rDev -6%

Pours from nitro can a golden brew. Creamy head, lots of lacing. Hints of banana. A very smooth and refreshing beer. I almost always have one in my fridge. I sometimes use it to cleanse the mouth after a more complex beer.

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Photo of fstorey
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from nitro can into a pint mug.
A - Nice amber copper color
S - Very faint smell slightly fruity, dominated by piny hops aroma.
T - dry, with a moderately strong hop finish. Not surprisingly the word bitter comes to mind.
M - light mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
O - The taste is lighter than the color. Its OK but not a standout. I'm trying different styles to decide what to brew for the summer and this is the first bitter I've tasted. Easy to drink, but not my favorite style.

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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 binkman
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden and very clear. No bubbles to speak of but a nice fluffy persistent head. Laces all over the glass and stays at the bottom of the glass after drinking.

Smell: Smells like beer. Faintly.

Taste: Mild palate with sweet creamy head. I realize it's a bitter but a kind of acrid after-taste. Not quite a hop bitterness, that takes it from average to below.

Drinkability: Except for that acridity, it would be very drinkable. The creaminess makes me want more, but that after taste keeps me from getting another.

It's not a bad beer, very drinkable. It's not very malty, not too hoppy, and could use a little more flavor in general. I realize that's the idea, but still, my palate was searching for a flavor to latch on to.

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Photo of Fnerk
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, another nitro-can that contains a mediocre swill.

Appearance - a nice dark gold, with a creamy head that's to be expected from the widget action.

Aroma - almost none, just an average malty sweetness.

Taste - ugh...watery. The malt would have been nice if there were a bit more of it. The hop bitterness overpowers the weakness of the malt to make for a less-than-satisfying drinking experience.

Mouthfeel - pretty uncarbonated, I guess I just don't like flat beer. :

Drinkability - I guess it's OK, if you're willing to put up with blandness all night.

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Photo of JGargano
4.4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons is a classic!

I would say this "cream ale" defines the style with a wonderful mouth-feel well-complimented by the use of nitrogenation of the beer.

Boddingtons is a terrifically easy and refreshing beer to drink for almost any occasion(though it is particularly well-suited for colder weather)

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Photo of Nathan-McFadden
4.31/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I am not a fan of dark beer. I typically drink IPA, or witbier and lager. This however, provides a good full beer style with a satisfying taste. It is sweet but not at all overpowering. It mixes the strength with the smoothness very well. I would say the balance alone is what keeps me ordering it at pubs and bars. Introduced to it in college I still drink it today, typically with pub-type food. For those looking to venture into something more cultural than the typical Budweiser without going full blown Hobgoblin, go for this great tasting refreshing beer.

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Photo of Beermanic
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Semi copper color, Thick heavy but fluffy white head

S:Some malt aroma, some honey sweetness, no hops really, a little ?muddy? Nitro cap???

T: More bitter than smells, stone fruit esters of English yeast. Malty sweet, honey malt flavor, kind of biscuit.

M: Full bodied ( Nitro)

O: Somewhat balance between malty sweetness and hop profile. Not quite a Bass Pale ale, but none the less very English. Taste like my trips to Europe, in tiny, barely light, wet carpet smelling pubs of London.

The bros a 55 that's low.. that is like giving a t bone a 3 and a ribeye a 10. A tbone can only be SO good and that is what this is, im not saying its spectacular but a ESB or English Pale will never blow you away.

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Photo of DanielClouser
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can into hefe glass

Appearance (4.5): Looks beautiful, with a creamy white head and complex lacing. Typical though this may be of nitro beers, it's still cool to watch the head settle out. Color is a light orange-y gold; it could be a light deeper and richer.

Smell (3.0): A little sweetness, some malt. Mostly fruity ester.

Taste (3.5): Much like the smell, but the esters really come through. Hops not dominant, though there is reasonable bitterness here. This is something of a one-note beer, relying most on the esters, but that can be good. Not everything one tastes should be a monument to complexity.

Mouthfeel (2.5): The beer is really too thin. I won't go so far as to call it water, as some reviewers have, but it's certainly watery. It's overly bitter for such a light body (even though it's not terribly bitter in and of itself).

Drinkability (3.5): The positive to the thin body is that estery English ales tend to be heavy, and this one gives the light-bodied beer drinker a chance to appreciate their deliciousness. Still, even at 4.7% ABV, one does not find oneself going back for more with the enthusiasm that should be present with a session beer.

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
2.61/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll be honest. I bought this beer because I thought the can looked cool, and I collect all my bottles and cans. It looks good on my shelf but did not sit well on my palate.

A- Typical yellow beer color with a rather large head that took some time to settle down. Looks almost like a cartoon beer.

S- Smells like beer. I didn't really smell anything beyond that.

T- I wasn't impressed at all. Almost tastes like PBR or some other very cheap beer. The can might have been slightly old since it was almost skunky, but the place I bought it is typically very good about not putting out old product.

M- Very carbonated and slightly metallic. Like a light beer

D- I was able to keep drinking it, but I think only because I didn't want to waste the money I spent on it. Eventually I kind of got used to it so I'll just say it was an average drinkability

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