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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
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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

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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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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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Photo of kflorence
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imported from - JUL 20, 2008

On tap at the Elephant & Castle in San Diego.

Pours a beautiful golden color with thick, frothy Guinness-like white head. Smells malty, perhaps some honey in there... not much smell. Tastes surprisingly creamy, even though it is a bit watered down. Lots of malts, slight metallic tinge, not much else going on. Not bad, not really a fan of bitters.

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Photo of shand
2.74/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz nitro can into a nonic.

This one pours a clear copper with a huge nitro head that slowly settles into a finger's of dense, creamy head. Aroma is primarily malty, with just a hint of sharp hops. The taste is mostly caramel malts, with some bitter leafy hops and a metallic taste. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but almost too dense for how light the brew is. The drinkability is alright. Overall, this is an OK beer, and an entertaining novelty for the pour, but really nothing special beyond that. The best part was cutting open the can and using the widget as a top.

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Photo of jkrich
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I remember trying this in cans years ago, so I thought I would try it on-tap. Poured a clear, light golden color with a sustained creamy head that turned out to be the most impressive part of this ale.

Ony the faintest aromas of malt and hops, and this is on-tap and presumably fresh.

The taste follows the aroma - bland. The flavor of malt and hops is barely perceptible. There is a slightly sweet, fruity taste that gives the ale some interest.

The body was rather thin, but the mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. The aftertaste on the palate was faintly butterscotch.

I was looking forward to a light, refreshing ale with low ABV to enjoy on a very warm and muggy July day. I should have chosen a lager. This ale could be a "macro" style ale.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy white head. Light copper color. Not much carbonation going on by the looks of it. Nice looking beer from the Draughtflow System that gives it, its nice creamy head.

Mostly grain in the aroma with some grass. Nothing really amazing about the smell.

Grain, some grass, bread, biscuits, the slightest toasted flavor, and mellow hops. Also I taste a faint metal flavor.

Mouth feel is nice and creamy, yet light enough on the belly to make this a session beer. It leaves the mouth feeling moist. Carbonation is almost nonexistent.

I haven't had this beer in a long time, maybe about two years ago when I thought this was a quality beer. Now that I know they're so many choices of great beer, this one kind of falls short since my palate has changed so much. The highlight to this ale is the look and feel. Taste is average, it's not horrible. The flavors are not as in your face as I like them to be. This is a good BBQ beer to have with friends. Alcohol content is on the lower side so you can definitely session it.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color from a 1 pint "draughtflow" can.
Nice cascading effect which settles into a 2 finger foamy head.
Very good head retention, but being a nitro-can I wasn't expecting any less.
Malty with hints of sweet, fruity aroma and honey.
Watery mouthfeel to be honest, was disappointed.
However, it would make for a good refreshing ale on a very, very hot day. A simple, uncomplicated beverage that is borderline refreshing with respect to my palate.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Pours a crystal clear golden copper colour, finger of creamy white head, solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S – Quite light and metallic with a touch of leafy hops and caramel coming through.

T – Again, quite light with a touch of caramel and honey, some leafy hops, though slightly metallic and not much of an aftertaste.

M – A tad thin and watery, though it does have a touch of dryness on the finish.

O – A tasty English pale ale, but a bit bland for my liking. Certainly not a bold drink, but easily drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of gatorguy
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow color with a on and a half finger creamy white head. Smell is faint, but is of bready malts. Taste is mostly like the head, very bready, some earthy hops in the mix, and a slightly sweet character. Goes down easy and is highly sessionable. On the whole, it's a decent EPA that does what is expected. Nothing outstanding, but not bad either.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's been a year since I've even been to BA. I feel ashamed of saying that, but I promise I am back with a vengeance. Damn You, Grad School!

All that aside. Went out and got me a four pack of nitro-cans. Poured two, refrigerator cold, into my Dortmunder Boot glass (see picture).

P - Amber yellow with hints of red and orange. A beautiful slow pour that blows up in the boot. Head is whipped cream and smooth as fresh snow. Took about 2 1/2 minutes to get the whole thing in the glass but it looks very perty.

N - subtle smell, perhaps from the thick head. Nothing overwhelming on the nose except for a solid malt-hop combo. Gives an earthy undertone if you push the foam to the side for a second.

T - a solid balanced English-style pale ale. Great texture and earthiness prolong an aftertaste of Kent Goldings and beautiful pale malts. A real treat. Nothing fabulous, but I can definitely see why its so popular. A slight undertone of alcohol, but that just accentuates the malts. Notes of organics, pine, and bitter citrus throughout.

M - a tad heavy, especially for a "pub ale" which is, if I am correct, supposed to be for the working boys to put a few back before going home to misses after sloughing it all day on the docks. Either way, it sits stiff on the tongue, but that could be the nitro too. A good long aftertaste really brings the character out and the freshness is fantastic. A really great beer.

D - I could sit down to a few of these. Its simple, well balanced, calm and has a great profile. I recommend for anyone trying to get a down to earth pale ale.


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Photo of depechemode1983
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a clear medium to dark copper color. The head is thick, frothy and very creamy. Retention is excellent.

S - There is a light hop aroma. Its slightly bitter with some good floral notes. Malts a pretty light as well. There is a little bit or caramel and a sweet candy smell I just can't put my finger on. The notes are there just not strong enough.

T - Very weak flavor. Bits a caramel, floral hops and grains. Taste sort of watered down.

M - Mouth feel is fluffy and soft. Carbonation in minimal which i think added to the smoothness.

O - An ok beer at best. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it but I could see purchasing it again given no better choice. Which I doubt would ever happen.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, white, creamy head.
Nose shows banana, caramel, butterscotch and faint resinous hops. Pretty nice, if a little faint.
Very mellow flavours, some caramel and a little light fruit.
Body feels a little watery. Very drinkable stuff though.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden copper with a dense, white, frothy head of modest size. Dissipates in short order to a healthy cap of foam, and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet toffee malts, candied fruit, and fresh grain dominate, along with floral hop notes.

T: Slightly sweet bready malts with a touch of biscuit and grassy hops towards the finish.

M: Light-bodied with minimal carbonation and creamy smoothness, but ends up rather watery. The mildly bitter roasty-and-hoppy finish keeps it balanced and refreshing.

D: A pretty bland English pale ale, and, partially for that very reason, it's incredibly easy-drinking. Decent for sessioning and socialising, but even then, there are better EPAs.

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

Appearance: Gold, ok head after the foamy nitro action, coats the glass well.

Smell: A little tea, a little toffee.

Taste: Smooth toffee, buttery and creamy, a little tea bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Beer #5 from my China trip. I've seen this in the US but never tried it until now. I was pleasantly surprised with it as I normally don't care for English pale ales. This one had a nice creamy toffee taste without too much tea bitterness which usually turns me off on EPAs.

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Photo of GeoJ
1.27/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Don't know what I could add to the other "F" reviews other than to say they are all true.

Poured nicely, foamy head. First red flag was the total lack of carbonation rising from the bottom of my glass.

Second red flag was the first sip. A truly awful experience ... totally flat, foul tasting swill that could only be described as a cross between low-grade malt liquor that was left open all night, and paint remover.

Set my personal record for a drain-pour: 3 sips, then down the drain it went.

I'm now totally convinced that any kind of "nitro-can" beer is a total joke.

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

A - A smooth thick head sits atop a topaz body

S - Pretty lacking here, slightly floral

T - Again, a bit light on here. Getting hints of banana and honey though.

M - Smooth, milky. Love a creamy beer.

O - I feel like drinking this straight out of the fridge was a bad call. Should've kept it in the cupboard. I'm sure it would have had more impact and complexity.

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Photo of drowninginhops
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a Nitro can into a tulip glass.
A: Orange/copper in color. Light tan head of about 1 finger that left good lacing.

S: Really no smell. Really I am not kidding there is nothing here.

T: Bland. No describable hop or malt taste.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: Pass.

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Photo of TheBear11D
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Upon popping the can open foam overflows the can forcing a quick pour. The beer pours a clear golden orange hue with a large off-white foamy head that lasts throughout the consumption of the beer and leaves spotty lacing.

The nose is fairly empty with a little piney hop and perhaps a little grainy flavor.

The flavor is also not terribly exciting. Slightly metallic, but is nearly unnoticeable. Has a bit of a honey flavor with the smallest amount of hops.

Love the nitro can for this. The body is still a little on the lighter side, but it is a smooth beer and this is somewhat of a compensation for lack of flavor.

Overall this is decent...nothing to call home about, but quite tolerable.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitrocan poured into a tulip stout glass. No date that I could interpret on the can.

Appearance: Everything one would expect in an English Pale Ale. Clear dark amber that is a nice and bright orange-copper when held up to the light. Very persistent light tan 1/4" dense head the whole way down until the very bottom of the glass. Strands of lacing that slowly slid back down into the main foam. Great looking beer.

Smell: When this beer is cold there is no smell, so despite the 41F serving temp I let this one warm up a bit where the smell was almost solely leafy and musty. Not bad, just odd. I have had better pale ales though.

Taste: When cold...well like the smell there is practically no taste at all. Letting it warm up yields some faint English bitter taste with some buttery malt thrown in. It's a very mild English bitter - a little too simple in profile.

Mouthfeel: As expected, very smooth and creamy, but as it warms up that mouthfeel also takes on a watery finish.

Overall / Drinkability: This is a beer that is all appearance and mouthfeel. Smell and taste are lacking. That being said, it is very drinkable - I could easily have another one if this was all there was but if there was other choices I think I would reach for a different pale ale.

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

on nitro tap at shays 6/1/2011

A - a nice straw yellow body with a two finger thick creamy white head. looks good but nitro always looks good.

S - not much going on here. some grain malts and a creaminess and thats about it. its not bad its just nothing remarkable or worth remembering.

T - again there is the grain malt and cream taste again. there is also a discernible metallic note to the taste which i feel greatly detracts from this brew.

M - good light bodied beer with low levels of carbonation.

O - its a great session beer but outside of that its just another average beer.

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Photo of Illtryit
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

nitro'd creamy white head tops a light copper colored beer. Clean and clear looking. No lacing.

Not much to smell here...wet grains.

Taste isn't too bad. Not much complexity to it. Kind of like Budweiser. Grainy and water. A little sweetness to it. VERY slight hop after taste.

Besides the creamy head, this beer feels watery and thin.

$2 per pint is what I paid....I got what I paid.

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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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