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

Pint glass served from the tap.

A: Light amber color. One finger white and creamy bubbled head. Medium retention and few lacings

S: Mild smell of caramel malts. Bit grassy hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malts followed by a light taste of hops. Mild bitter end. Traditional British ale

M: Very light and watery body. Low carbonation. A little bit molasses. High drinkability

O: Good British ale specimen. To enjoy in the pub

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Photo of DCon
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed @ Fox n Hound in Chesterfield, MO. Poured from the nitro-tap into a Pint Glass (for $2.50) and enjoyed only one.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger of foamy head and has a body and color of a Cider. The head had great retention and has light lacing.

Smell- Has a malty smell with apples in the background. I can also smell a "Stout-like" attribute but can't put my finger on it. –

Taste- Very strange taste. Starts off foamy and creamy like a stout and then an apple/citrus taste comes on strong, almost cider-like. Very sweet and WAY too much sugar used for it to be a English Pale Ale. Have had many of these while in England/Scotland and this doesn't resemble the style at all! –

Mouthfeel- –Medium but Thin Bodied, Creamy, Smooth, but then leaves apple on the palate. This was such a strange characteristic!

Overall- –I have had Boddington's Pub Ale out of a can before but having it on-nitro-tap was a very different experience. This apple aroma and taste was very shocking but didn't offend me. What I didn't like that it wasn't like many English Pale Ales I've had in the past and so I can't give it the marks it deserves. Would be easily enjoyed by anyone out there but after this one went straight for a Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber to copper color, pours that beautiful nitro pour with cascading levels of carbonation in your glass of the pour, i mean just really beautiful and all cascades up into a beautiful thick white foamy head,

Smell- not very strong on the nose faint grain malt and hop

Taste- this beer is just a fair light ale almost bordering to being almost more like a lager, its certainly not overally complex in flavor yet in offense, finish with slight hop finish keeping in check malts up front,

Mouthfeel- this like appearance is where this beer really does tend to excel, its very creamy and thick and soft and luscious, i mean these nitro beers to me are great treats in this department and so unique

Overall/drinkability- This is one of those fun beers to get again every so often simply for me because of the nitro characteristics, its not certainly one I go to all the time as its overall a little simple and bland, but its a beer I will probably see in my life every so often especially when seen at a bar on tap,

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Photo of djura
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is more lager then ale when you taste it,but when you pour it in the glass,wow!

Appearance: Bright amber orange with nice white head,very creamy when you pour it,but after minute it looks more like lager,but with standing foam.
Smell: It smells on some fruits, biscuit aromas,nice.
Taste:It has some bitterness,with some less aroma then it is used in ales.
Very nice to drink it.

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Photo of cooch69
4.4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons caught me by surprise. I was'nt sure whether I'd like it so I never had it until a relative of mine came in, and I had to get some of my own after that.

It pours a deep yellow orange. There is a nice creamy one inch head on top and the texture comes across similar to Guiness. Nose is mainly sweet pale biscuity malts.

Taste is only mildly fruity. This resembles more of a lager character than an ale. It has that slightly sulfuric character in it. Nice mild hop bouqet in the finish balances things out.

This beer is definetly a nice summer sessioner. Very thirst quenching and mighty tasty too!

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: the head is a full two finger affair that subsides after a moment into some gentle lacing, nothing out of the ordinary, particularly for the belgium strong style. Strangely calm color, inbetween brass and copper, nothing too menacing here, a step above a pale ale in its appearance.

S: grapes (white), pear, a bit of honey dryness, clove, nothing musky or out of the ordinary. very sweet bouquet.

T: very sweet on the palate, no hoppy finish, almost sweet through and through, the finish is a mild crisp ginger almost, reminscient of a saison, not in the style of a belgium strong. the sweet fruit notes come through and linger shortly.

M: the straw appearance gives an upfront note as to what you will be expecting, a quick burn that doesnt coat especially well, but the yeast is present and allows the spiciness to gently pass. Upon tasting a creaminess develops to enhance the fruit notes, but again, passes rather quickly.

D: A solid blend between a saison style and belgium table ale, I feel the "STRONG" is a bit misplaced, but maybe my american palate is too jaded for extremes, however, this is made in Chicago, where are the meat packing houses and the spirit of the Jungle, the bitter cold, the inclement people? This is a solid Nissan Altima of belgium ales, very drinkable but not quite notable in any respect. In light of the pircetag, probably will not purchase again, pound for pound. The 7 percent is nice, but with the hops and ABV arms race out there, you can get pilsners in 7 percent so its particularly not a heavy hitter for its style.

Narrative: You said this would be the last time, you curse yourself, breath swilling cold in circlets from your lips, "you ARE A BLGIUM ALE" you told yourself that when you looked in the bezzled mirror, you told yourself when you fill up your handbag, dont sell yourself short, you can do this. A john approaches in a Mitsubishi Mirage, not exactly your market but hey, "Belgium strong, what's your pleasure" he looks color? No...I look almost how I should.." YOU? You're a belgium strong? I had you pegged more for a French farmhouse girl...whats youre into?" He's judgmental, and I am nervous, he knows, he knows I am mediocre and he's smelling it as well "I am into whatever can foot the bill sweetie" He gestures knowingly that this baleful ale will be costly but ultimately fulfilling. The mighty 4 cylinder revvs towards consumption.

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Photo of MikieV
4.7/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From draft at Nick's Pub in St. Louis

This is my favorite ale. I always get this when it is available on draft. From a can it is remarkably similar to draft.

It arrives at the table still rolling with carbonation. It typically settles with a finger or so if thick, rich cream colored head. Medium to dark amber color. Very pleasant aroma.

The taste is very smooth and mellow. Very well balanced. Slight hop flavor, but not strong or intense. This is an excellent beer to start the night with, or for session drinking.

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