Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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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 MEsoJD
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Gold copper body with a creamy head.

S: Nothing crazy, just the aroma of light hops, toast and grains.

T: Creamy, sweet grains/honey, very faint/light roasted malt, and faint hops.

M: Light bodied, little carbonation, no alcohol presence, and smooth.

O: There is nothing special about this beer. It's decent and very close to sub par. It doesn't benefit from being poured into a glass. I actually prefer it from the can. To be honest, I haven't seen a beer truly benefit from the whole nitro-can widget hype. My rating may be too generous. I defiantly wouldn't recommend. This is close to being called beer pong beer.

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Photo of NickRivers
2.11/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A&S - Pours a creamy tan color, then settles to a clear gold with a thin creamy white head. Smells very bland and grainy, with some caramel.

T&M - Tastes very watery, bland and grainy, carbonation is very flat. Mouthfeel is super light. The lightest hop presence you could ever imagine in the finish.

O - Overall a terrible beer in my opinion. A few of my buddies liked it, claiming it was "Smooth and Creamy" as the label described. Planning to give it another shot. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of KDawg
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap and it poured how one would expect with a nice foamy and creamy head. I gave it a little bit to fully settle and it had a nice lighter gold color

very good creamy and medium/full feel with a lot of cream tones and some caramel as well. Very smooth to boot

this is always a go to session beer for me. Pretty straightforward with a good creamy style to it. It won't blow you away, but it does provide some good flavor at a low abv

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a generic beer glass at The Lab gastropub in downtown Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. Light bubble show takes place after the pour, which resolves to a solid yellow colour.

Sm: Cream - that's it. Pleasant but moderate.

T: Quite creamy, with lovely fruit esters accompanying. Bright and pleasant in character. Not complex, but effective and good. Well built and balanced. The cream is a bit bland.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Complements the flavour of the body.

Dr: Easy to drink but pricey. That said, I'd have it again.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass. Not quite the same experience as having it on nitro, but the little doodad is still pretty cool. No way to know how long they store had this on display (and I didn’t bother looking up the number stamp) but—in a can! So no skunking.
Pours a clear golden-straw color with a good couple fingers of foam. The head retention is excellent, with a good finger and change of tight cream. Smells pleasant, with a nice hints of biscuits. No hop aroma, but its not a pale ale is it? Or, well, not the way I think of pale ales in the states (hoppy!).
There’s a pleasant body to this as well, a nice easy drinking beer. It retains its head as it warms and each sip gives you a foam mustache. Starts out sweet but with a mild bitterness on the finish. Dry, with something that reminds me (in my limited knowledge of vino) of a white wine. Light, flavorful, and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro Tap

Appearance – Mostly clear amber/copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is an amazing amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and and it feels very creamy on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel, and some light hops. There are also notes of tea and a pear/apple sweetness. It finishes with a malty/fruity aftertaste.

Overall – A pretty enjoyable beer that has enough taste to keep it interesting throughout the glass and also make it very sessionable. Also the appearance once poured is really something to see. I'd drink this again anytime.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange-amber colour - at least, that is the colour once the layers of foam have finally settled. The head is a light tan colour, a little more than a finger thick. Like most canned nitro beers, it has a silky-smooth texture and retains cohesion for most of the session. Unfortunately, also like most canned nitro beers, the smell is rather faint and a bit bland - light honey-like malt sweetness and some subdued floral notes.

The flavour mostly follows the aroma: light grainy malts, and honey sweetness. Notes of apple, apricot, and other light fruits, with some leafy hop to provide a bit of bitterness at the end of the sip. It has a ridiculously smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with very light carbonation (which makes sense if they're trying to emulate a cask ale). Easy to throw back, and not a chore to do so.

Not the least complex nitro ale I've ever had; it's plenty drinkable and moderately tasty but nothing to write home about. I don't regret trying it, and I might get it again but it definitely won't be a priority. Worth a try if you love nitro beer, but otherwise it's probably something to pass on.

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Photo of jisom123
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delightfully smooth, nitro pale ale. Poured from a tallboy into a Sammy Smith pint glass. It has a Guinness-like "waterfall" effect when you look through the side of the glass.

This is a great go-to beer when there are no other craft beers offered.

Imagine a golden light copper colored beer that is creamy like Guinness, but no black coffee taste/smell/appearance.

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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 bamadog
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying to branch out and hit up some of the more accessible beers that I just haven't gotten around to yet. Review is from notes taken on 9/5/2011 and poured from the nitro-can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a honey/coppery color and it starts with a thick and creamy half-finger head that is created by the nitro; body is pretty clear and shows just a touch of chill haze; beer has minimal carbonation moving, and it seems that there is more sticking to the sides of the glass than moving throughout the beverage;

Smell: Bit of a grassy/hoppy presence and a touch of sweet, honey-like maltiness. Not overly potent or anything, but it isn't bad for what it is.

Taste: Not bad, but it seems that a bulk of the reviews are spot on based upon my experience with this one -- bit of a grassy hop flavor to it, and sweet, slightly corny and honey-like malt. Not robust, and kind of weak, actually.

Mouthfeel: Body feels kind of flat in terms of carbonation, but it starts out pretty smooth and creamy, so I feel the nitro does its part. Finish is a little water and thin and doesn't leave much to be desired.

Overall: It's not awful, and if someone offered it to me, I would take it over a lot of other beers, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to have it again. I do think the can looks pretty cool, though, and has a classic look to it.

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Photo of ChanChan
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Nitro can into an elglish style pub glass.

Appearance: At first there is of course the fireworks provided by the draught nitro widget. When the beer settles it shows a nice golden ale color with a one finger solid creamy head. There are buvbles that stick to the glass from beginning to end. Lacing is a bit low for a nitro can

Aroma: Honey, malt, and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Taste: Not much there, this beer lacks aroma as well as taste.

Overall: Not really impressed with this beer. The only reason why I woudl buy it again is the cheap price.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this last night at Redcoats Pub in Pleasanton.

Appearance- amber color, quarter inch head

Smell- malt, hops

Taste- malt, hops, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again. Definitely good pub beer

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh the Cream of Manchester...

The cascading effect from the nitro-can is fantastic, and it leave behind a perfect, two-finger thick white head which leaves lacing all down the side of the glass. The body itself is an amber gold color with perfect clarity. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

The aroma is quite faint. It comes off as a bit metallic up front, which is not a good thing, but then it is followed up with a unique sweet aroma, like fresh bread baking. I think that an English Pale Ale should carry a bit more fruitiness in the aroma.

The taste is nice though, and really comes through with a sweet malt character. It is funny...the first time I drank this beer and saw the honey bees on the label, I thought that there was some honey in the beer. With this sweetness, it almost seems plausible. I know now that the bees are actually a symbol on the Manchester Coat of Arms and has nothing to do with the beer itself. Nonetheless, I cannot help but get a light floral, honeysuckle sweetness out of this taste. I love it!

As the can explains, the traditional way to serve Boddingtons is not from a can, but through cask. The nitro-can just imitates the same texture as a hand-pumped beer. It is smooth and velvety, with a medium body and very fine carbonation.

I believe that if I had this beer on cask, I might be in love. I find this to be a very appealing English Pale Ale, one that I could drink all night. I know that it could use a bit more complexity, and if the cask could deliver that, I think this would be the benchmark for these so-called "cream ales."

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Photo of bylerteck
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a pub in Riga. From notes.

A - Poured a gold or copper colour with a thick creamy eggshell head that came out at 2 fingers. No visible carbonation with insane retention at a solid half finger.

S - Buttery, some light malt-hop balance. Seems very British.

T - Mild with sweet malt and a little hop then back to that creamy malt note.

M - Creamy with light carbonation. Sweetness lingers.

O/D - It was OK. Didn't taste much like anything but it kept me entertained while Russian football was on. The creaminess is a little over the top and it lacks flavour.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dirty yellow/golden color but with a thick two finger head that is extremely creamy. Light grainy aroma along with some caramel sweetness and a faint sourness. Thick creamy body but a light flavor. Honey and caramel malt flavors come through but finishes dry and with some earthy sourness. The most impressive thing about the beer is the creamy body made from the nitro. Not a bad beer but not worth the $8 for a four pack.

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Photo of McWoods
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a good choice for a 96 degree day. It was brought to me rippling and swirling from the nitro tap, and had a creamy light head, a finger or two thick. The ale itself, a nice golden color.

It had a soft aroma of florals and fruit, very light. Like its flavor.

The taste was extremely light, not impressive, and not really packing much of anything. Just light, little bits of floral and fruit. It was refreshing given the heat.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This "draughtflow system" pint can pours with a huge head of quickly-dissipating bubbles and no lace.

The nose is sweet and even a bit toast-like.

Flavor is mild all the way, and even watery. I'll give it points for being "creamy" and "smooth", yes, but this beer has little character or body. Thin and uninteresting, this is one to avoid.

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Photo of Paincane
3.86/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Poured from nitro-can into Imperial Pint glass. Amber colored with honey like appearance and a creamy beautiful head and good retention with moderate lacing. Stunning in appearance.
S: Aroma of malt, grain and honey
T: Honey, creamy, smooth with malt
M: Light bodied which is surprising given its appearance. Smooth and sweet.
D: Enjoyable, but I expected more complexity from this otherwise very drinkable brew.

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Photo of bpw28
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Opened it and got it all over myself.

Look: Beautiful solid two finger cream white head (looks like a solid thick layer of whipped cream), beautiful retention, light amber (about a 14 SRM), beautiful lacing.

Smell: Malt, apple. Maybe floral. Nothing really here.

Taste: Apple. Tons of apple. Malt. Floral. Thats all. Body is way light. If they want to bottle the water they use to make this I'll buy that.

Final Thoughts: Not to be rude, but this one can be sumed up in three words: apple flavored water. Just like that sexy brunette you know, she's got the looks but nothing much going on inside.

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Photo of output01x
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro-can (no date) into an imperial pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger snow-white head that slowly settles to a light, uneven dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear copper amber with a small amount of fast moving carbonation bubbles. Thin lacing attaches itself to the sides of the glass as the liquid disappears.

Grainy malt is the dominant aroma with notes of orange citrus, yeast, and honey. The nose is not very strong and pulling it apart is quite a chore.

Smooth is the first thing that comes to mind with the first sip. Of course, this is to be expected with the nitrogen widget. Mild flavors of grainy malts and light flowery hops are present but not striking. A dryness settles in between sips.

Light to medium bodied with very little carbonation, this beer goes down like heavy water. It is slick and watery. A little more carbonation would go a long way here.

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Photo of soju6
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the infamous "Widget" can.

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with a good creamy head and lots of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain and some malt. Not a lot going on here.

T: Flavor is also quite mild. Some grain with some sweetness and a bit of biscuit. Has a dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth and creamy.

O: Beer is quite tame even for an English Pale Ale. Nice for a change.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 1.2" white head that dissipated slowly and left a nice lacing over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Citrus and yeast.

T: Peppery, citrus, and malt. However, a distinctive metallic aftertaste finishes off the beer which isn't very pleasing.

M: Medium viscosity and medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: This beer goes down easy, but I couldn't see myself going out of my way to try this one again.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a golden yellow beer with a large creamy head which I blame on the nitro can device.
It smelled pretty malty, grainy, a tad of honey, and yeast.
It tasted simular to the smell except a bit more honey and bread.
The mouthfeel was medium body, this beer was a decent beer ,not something fantastic, but definetely a go to beer if the bar selection sucks.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on draft several times, and in a can countless times.

A - Beautiful, as any creamy ale should be. Just watch that thick creamy head settle on top of the golden pale ale.

S - Nothing too impressive. Just the typical faint smell of hops and grains.

T - Slightly bready, malts, and a slight honey aftertaste. Like biscuits and honey.

M - Creamy. Silky smooth. Very slight carbonation. So damn drinkable.

O - A really good beer. Nothing mindblowing, but one of the best cream ales I've had. This is basically my default beer, since it's fairly easy to find and is so damn drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was probably one of my first nitro English ales. I gotta say I will always love the surge effect that the nitro had on these. This ale poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a creamy thick white looking head. The lacing sticks like a Guinness does, very nice. The smell of the beer had some light grainy malts on the nose and not a whole lot else. The flavor was a little too light also, but had just enough bitterness to keep me interested. The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth, goes down super fast. Overall it could probably be better all around but for a simple brew it's pretty good.

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