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 MaltsOfGlory
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer ours a nice creamy one finger head, but that’s to be expected from a nitro beer. The head is completely white, and the body is a pretty standard ale look, dark orangey, reddish color, with hints of gold. The body is slightly see through, but for the most part it’s hard to see much on the other side. I dunno, I mean it looks good, but the color and the transparency makes me feel like the taste will be a little light on this (and that’s considering it’s a nitro beer). This beer does not smell too good though, it smells like a mix between a Blue Moon honey moon and a Guinness, it has that faint honey smell, but also that sour, english malt smell, not much in the way of hops. I mean a part of me wants to say that this smells good because it does smell creamy and honey-y, but another part of me thinks it will just be a lame nitro beer with not much flavor, oh well. I’m reluctant to give this a 3.5 on smell, but I suppose it barely qualifies. Well this beer tastes like it smells, but the tastes are better than I thought they would be. The honey is very nice and subtle, not overpowering at all, and the malts are pretty well balanced in with everything. In the end you get a nice sour taste, I usually wouldn’t like this, but it adds some character, and that’s good in these nitro beers. All the way through you get a nice creamy feeling, which I know is common in nitro beers as well, but I feel like this one is really good. The mouthfeel is very good for an english ale, like I said, it’s creamy. This beer is also very easy to drink, it goes to really fast, without any problems. Overall there are a few bad areas in this beer, but it’s yummy, smooth and pretty tasty!

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Photo of Tearik
4.76/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A very dense amber color.

S- Almost not there, "almost" bready.

T- Excellent, it is exactly what it is supposed to be. Creamy. Perfect Pub Ale

M- Again very creamy, full feeling almost thick.

O- This is definitely one of if not my favorite Ale. Hands down.

Serving Type: Nitro Can

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Photo of cyrock1
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale gold with a super creamy nitro head.

Smell: Bready, grainy, buscuity.

Taste: Follows the aroma to a T. Nothing to get excited about.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with out mush hop bite.

Overall: Straight forward ale, no flaws, but no highlights.

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Photo of wingman14
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a frothy white head due to the nitro can. The foam rises neatly to the top. There is a faint smell, not much to speak of, but grainy and very subtle. The taste starts sweet with an earthy flavor that kicks in. No real aftertaste to speak of, but extremely smooth and enjoyable feel. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer because of how creamy it is. This is an overall average beer, the flavor isn't great, but the beer is nice.

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Photo of SchmoTerp
1.74/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass creating a dense foam from bottom to top. Once settle, a nice thick head of foam that lingered for a few minutes. Looks really interesting.

S - ??? Can you review something that isn't there? I gave it a 2.0 simply because the beer did cause one to gag.

T - Bland. Flat. I can't even pretend to pick a flavor out.

M - Horrible. I'm not gagging, but my mouth is much closer to a frown than a smile.

O - I suppose this is what you get when you hear a beer name on a rerun of Friends. This beer will not be permitted in my fridge, even for temporary storage. Rarely does a beer get poured out....but this one isn't even worth finishing.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint nitro-can into a tall pilsner/weizen style glass

A: Dense bready head. Clear, nice amber-light orange.

S: Caramel sweetness. Medium maltiness.

T: Creamy, pretzel-like flavors. A little ripe fruit. Small toffee or butterscotch notes.

M: Very creamy, low carbonation.

D: Not a great brew, but drinkable by any standard.

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Photo of MufflnMan
2.37/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a mug. Gorgeous creamy head ended up being about 1 finger thick and never went away. Body is a very clear golden/amber color.

Smell is pretty neutral, slightly flowery.

Taste is very one-noted. Sadly, almost reminded of seltzer water. If I try very hard I get a little bit of malt and hops (more hops than malt), maybe even a hint of banana?

Mouthfeel is quite flat. Seltzer water comes to mind again, but it's not even that carbonated.

The fact that I compared this to seltzer water pretty much sums it up...

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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 kjyost
1.88/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pilsner glass

Pours clear and a little darker than straw yellow with the thick foam head you have come to expect from a widget, and therefore laces heavily. I know some people hate nitro, but the cascade is beautiful...

Aroma is hard to detect at first (I always find nitro head does that), but comes through as much more vegetal than I expect, disgustingly so.

Taste is cooked vegetal and canned corn along with a hint of honey, apple and a bit of earthy bitterness.

Finishes clean and smooth, but is almost bland as there isn't enough carbonation left in the beer.

Overall: Why did I go and try this beer again? Why? I thought that I had enjoyed it before, but now that I have tried so many that are so good I know better... Sigh. Why must I no longer like a crap beer?

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Photo of SisuPride
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as creamy as any beer I've enjoyed. It is a medium brown color and has a solid head - not too big, not too small - the kind where you don't have to wait for the head to settle but will still decorate the upper lip with a beautiful beer 'stache. The creamy mouthfeel of this beer is it's best feature and it's weakest is taste, I'd like it to have a little more flavor. I'd recommend this beer to anyone without reserve simply due to the fact you can rip off the top of the can and pull out the carbonation device and bring it home to your child as a marvelous spin top toy - it like a box of cracker jacks, a prize in every can!

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Photo of alkemy
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the pint can...

A - Brilliant. I absolutely love that nitro can look with this beer. Uber creamy light tan head sits atop a clear golden honey.

S - A touch of adjunct graininess with a bit of bread dough and faint caramel and some honey. Really not much scent to speak of.

T - Years ago when I had this, I remember it tasting better. That is not a slight to this beer, just that it now seems a bit bland. It's a bit yeasty and bready. Caramel and honey are more noticeable than on the nose. There's also a slight metallic thing.

M - Quite creamy and satisfying initially, but seems to finish a bit watery.

D - Extremely drinkable. Goes down really easy and doesn't weigh you down.

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Photo of Intrinsic
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hmmm. I`m on the fence with this one. It pours almost as beautifully as a Guiness, with waterfalls of carbonation running smoothly down the sides of the glass. Its a pale gold colour, and has a very dense head that really impresses.

But... The smell reminds me more of day old empty bottles than a good beer. The alcohol is too easy to smell. I try to find something else to note but to no avail.

The taste, well, its better but not by much. Its quite bitter the whole way through which makes this somewhat bearable. There really isn`t much to this though. Its just ok.

The complete lack of carbonation in the mouth is very unexpected considering what this looks like during the pour. The only reason I`m not giving this a 1.0 is that its pretty smooth and the finish is nice and dry.

Overall, this`ll do in a pinch. Its still better than the other garbage you find in Québec dépanneurs.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pretty amber color with a bright, lively head. It retains perfectly but doesn't leave much lacing, if any. Ample carbonation.

S-Lightly aromatic. Pale malts are subtle. Even more subtle hops perhaps? Smells creamy.

T-Light taste as well but not too bad. Creaminess, light maltiness, tiny tiny tiny hops. Metallic. Very, very light.

M-Creamy, yet thin-bodied. A bit strange.

O/D-Easy to drink, light and creamy.

Was surprised by the light flavors, but not bad overall.

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Photo of marty21
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear deep golden with 2 fingers worth of white creamy head. Settles to a finger thick head the entire time and leaves thick walls of lace all over the glass.

S: Grainy and some bready malt. Not much there.

T: Grainy with a metallic finish.

M: Light carbonation with a light watery body.

D: I'm just not a fan of nitro-can beers. I find them way too watery and hate the feel to them. About the only good thing about them is the appearance of the beer which is perfect.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pales a definite golden. Thick creamy white head (nitro tap working). Decent retention. A couple threads of lace.
S- The smell is just not there. A bit of malt and a touch metallic.
T- There is a more pleasant flavor than the aroma would suggest. Grainy with a nice fruit character to it. There is a bit of metallic presence to it that just does not sit right.
M- Pretty creamy throughout. A bit light perhaps.
D- An easy drinking beer. Not the best English Pale ale out there, but its easy to kick a few of these back at the bar.

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Photo of KajII
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

[Best served in a English pint]

Poured a clear medium amber with a medium sized creamy head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was very light with notes of sweet bread malts, grainy hops and a and a mild doughy yeast. It tasted mild an slightly bitter from start to finish with the flavor lasting quite a long time. Mouthfeel was watery yet very creamy in texture and light to medium in body. Overall I would have to say the CO-2 disc made all the difference (it rolled up the glass like a Guiness). Although it was very creamy it was a bit to light.

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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 THECPJ
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: opaque golden yellow with 1 finger white creamy head

Smell: sweet malts

Taste: sweet malts, biscuity

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, creamy texture on the tongue

Drinkability: similar to a Guinness, but lighter in color, very drinkable. My go to when eating fish and chips at the local pub!


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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 OWSLEY069
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt. In the taste, watery and a hint of gingerbread like malt. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small malt in the aftertaste. Watery and not much flavor. Maybe a in between beer, but nothing exciting here.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light copper body with a creamy white head that laces and stays to the last drop.

S- A light malted aroma with a hint of mild hops. The aroma is not really pronounced.

T- Creamy light malty sweetness with a hint of hops at the finish.

M- Newcastle like mouth feel. Light and slightly flat.

D- Highly drinkable.

Reminds me of a pale malt version of Guinness. I guess this has to do with the widget.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost all clear, but slightly foggy coppy body. White one finger super fine head that sits forever.

Cherry smell, almost exclusively.

Cherry with a bit of metallic copper aftertaste.

Watery mouthfeel, unfortunately. A little creamier, and this beer would have really nailed it.

The aftertaste really dampens this beer's drinkability. I want to get to a lambic to compliment the sweetness or a hefeweisen to make up for the lack of mouthfeel. Almost there, but not quite.

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Photo of nickthetick
2.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: got to love the creamy cascade of nitro bubbles. Pours a clear gold into an American pint and after it settles it has a finger of creamy, thick dirty white head that hangs around for the experience and leaves a beautiful lacing.

S: not a lot from the smell, light malt sweetness.

T: toffee, crisp malt and small citrus hops linger a bit. Not much on the flavor front.

MF: creamy heavy and chewy. Nice effervescence and a little sweet.

D: I don't like this beer, if the only positive notes are in the mouthfeel and appearance it one I'll avoid from now on.

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Photo of Taera
1.36/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Good average looking beer

Smell - Nothing special. Very light smell.

T - Just like water

M - Yh, they talk about how smooth it is and i won't disagagree. It is really smooth. Like a glass of plain water

D - Who the hell will drink this again. It is a glass of water with alcohol and yellow colour.

Note: I really hate this beer and I wouldn't advise anyone to drink it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a golden-copper color with a pretty big white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing, though not what I would expect from a hoppy style with nitro. Nose brings a bit of diacetyl along with some mild hops and a bit of bread crust. The taste is a bit of light bread and butter. Mouthfeel is low in carbonation on a low to medium body. Drinks fairly well. Goes down smooth though there's nothing too memorable about it.

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