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 MNJR
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours foamy like a Guinness, and comes in the same "nitro" can. After the foam settles, there's not much carbonation left. The first sip is kind of a disappointment, and it doesn't improve too much as the glass empties. "Bitter" is definitely here, but it's really a bit tart or sour. The foamy/flat, thick/creamy quality stays on your mind while you're downing this one. If you like that, great, but it didn't score any major points with me. Overall an average tasting English "bitter" beer with a mediocre flavor.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz nitro can into Philadelphia Flyers/Bud Light pint glass. I've never had this before.

A loud blow from the nitro can, Pub Ale pours semi thick looking with a orange amber glaze. After the cascade action a nice ivory/white head stood above the liquid leaving window covering lace. Small clear bubbles sticking to the glass within the beer, quite odd.

The nose ain't the nicest. Besides the pale malt and faint caramel, there is this musty odor that reminds me of, well how do I put this lightly, old people. Other than that there is a small nuttiness.

The taste fares better with a nice blast of English malts including pale and a mix of caramel and a miniscule amount of dark fruit. There is some nuts and a small amount of butter, but nothing extreme.

Feel is good coming from the nitro can, I'll have to try this on tap one day and see any differences. Smooth and creamy with a medium build and light/subtle carb. While I liked this, I won't be going out of my way for it, I'll hit it up at my local pub/dive. good beer.

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Photo of rarbring
3.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber beer with an off-white compact foam that leaves nothing on the glass.

A rather faint smell of oatmeal biscuits and a hint of oranges.

The taste is well-balanced, mostly dominated by acid (lemon) and bitterness (bergamott), some cookie sweetness as well.

The fluid is smooth and creamy, the bitterness leaving a good dry feeling at the end.

In all a really good english pale ale.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/28/2020- from notes.

Havent had one of these in years. I remember it being pretty decent but I see by some of the reviews that its not brewed the same any more so we shall see.

Pint nitro can poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours out as a roiling white froth that starts to settle into a pale gold. Similar cascade to a Guinness but calms much quicker. Topped off by the soapiest, two finger white head I've seen. Very good retention, some lacing.

S- Pretty faint. Kind of like a sweet, metallic biscuit.

T- Pretty similar to the nose with a little banana note in there as well.

M- Medium bodied but only because of the creaminess. Super smooth.

D- I could see having a few of these if there wasnt any better choices. Not as good as I remember though. Probably wont pick this one up again.

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Photo of Edella
4.34/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I know, I know. Bought out by the big guys, no longer brewed in Manchester and watery. But humor me if you will:

The ale pours in a lovely golden nitro-fied cascade like so many other nitro-cans with a mouthfeel people seem to like or hate.

The smell is of light malty banana bread with wisps of nutmeg (no one else I know smells nutmeg, though). The taste is oh so very mild and un-challenging that some may find it boring. I find it comforting and lovely, like a slightly slow old friend who lacks depth, yet is agreeable with good aesthetics. The drinkability is off the charts...certainly no challenge whatsoever. I love this beer.

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Photo of callmescraps
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another mix-pack offering. Haven't had one of these in years. Glad to try it again.

Appearance- Well, the nitro can ensures that it's going to look pretty nice. Starts off as a foamer. It's got a very light copper, sort of dirty hay color. The head builds as the nitrous bubbles foam toward the top. It settles into an incredibly rich, creamy 1/4 inch head. Sweet looking. The lack of lacing takes some points off.

Smell- Biscuity malt. Yeasty, like un-baked bread. A little bit of hop citrus bite. Grainy, with a strange metallic tang. Almost has a scotch-like hint.

Taste- Sweet biscuit malt. That strange metallic wang is back. Unfortunately it all put off again by a real grassy hop bitterness. Sort of a tea-like note. It's fine, and then an off note will hit. Either metallic or herbal hop. Unfortunate.

Mouthfeel- Really, really thin. That nitro can is just a body-killer. Even the lady friend, not one to analyze beers in this way, noted that the body is really disappointing.

Drinkability- If it would just be bland it'd be better.

This is a real disappointment. Not sure what went wrong here, but it seemingly all did. Really surprised how disappointed I was in this one.

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Photo of randyw41
1.75/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Paid out way too much for this stuff. Bland, almost flat tasting. Came in a four pack, was charged Bud Beer case prices. Would not purchase again, even if on sale.

Pale in appearance.
Not much carbonation too speak of.
Very flat tasting, not pleasant on the palate.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I personally love the look of this beer, both can and poured.

mine was a little shaken up from a car ride. so the head took a minute to settle.

but it eventually reached a frothy brownish color on top of an amber beauty of a beer.

smell, wasn't very exciting, a lil toasty hops, mostly just clean.

taste isn't very exciting either, but still tasty, smooth and of course creamy. After a sip, I taste notes of bitterness to offset the plain smoothness.

mouthfeel is of course amazing, clean, full, and goes down easily.

drinkability is great as well. I love to have a few of these after dinner to cap off a meal. Nothing to heavy and very complementary due to its non-obective flavor.

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

Nov 13, 2009
Nitro can. Pours amber with a one-finger white head that lasts the duration. Having a hard time thinking of what to say about this one. A very average beer...sweet with a little bitterness on the finish. Fairly refreshing, but I wouldn't pay too much for it (this can was a freebie).

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

Pint-sized Draughtflow can.

A: Pours with the expected frothy, creamy, white head with loads of cascading bubbles. The head is retained indefinitely and coats the sides of the glass. The color is a clear copper with lots of carbonation.

S: Mostly grain, with a small hint of floral character there. Not much going on here.

T: Pretty much all grain/bread. Finishes with a metallic flavor, with the slightest hints of nut and caramel.

M: At first the frothy foam gives this beer a smooth, creamy texture. However, this quickly turns into a thin, watery feel going down.

D: It goes down fairly easy, but there's not much to really like about this one.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

boddington's Pub ale

P= pours like a guinness into a tulip

A= has a super thick milky head that is opaque .

S= smells sweet like honey or pound cake.

T= wartery and lacked flavor

super disappointed might as well had a domestic beer nothing special at all will pass next time

cheers... i guess.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

People pay that much for this stuff? Pours nowhere near as impressive as Guinness, a poopy brown looking early homebrew type of beer. Smell, notes of harsh tea and toffee. Taste, more of the same, thin, anti hop beer.

Leaves nothing for mouthfeel, but is drinkable in an unintentional way, as a good tea substitute if you let it warm up a bit.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.92/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. Beer is dark yellow almost amber and the aeration falls down cascading from the outside to prop up a thin head of tiny microscopic foam bubbles that completely cover the top of the beer and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is oddly bitter, but not hop bitter. Its almost grain bitter. Very odd.

Beer is smooth, medium to full bodied, odd back of the mouth bitterness and a strong aftertaste. Abbreviates my pleasure with this beer. Hopefully my bad Christmas weekend of terrible beers is nearly over.

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

500ml nitro poured into a pint glass
A: typical nitro-induced head, thick and creamy, color settles to amber gold.
S: rather light, with a hint of sourdough.
T: lightly hopped, caramel notes.
M: smooth, light on the way down.
D: a drinkable beer. Nothing special, but worth having as a stand-by.

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

The beer starts out as all foam. The foam slowly rolls upward into a thick white pancake a leaves a deep golden beer body. The smell is big on the familiar floral, yeasty scents of a pale ale. The taste is unique to my American taste-buds. A short taste of spicy, floral malts hit the tongue and ends in an oily, metallic taste I'm not too big on. (I'd like to think that the metallic taste might have more to do with the can.) The mouthfeel is really smooth and is missing that carbonation bite I've learn to associate with beer. It's also not too thin and not too thick. The drinkability is manageable if you can get over the metallic aftertaste. I think this must be a mainstream beer for our former colonial oppressors. Probably dynamite on tap.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with typical beautiful nitro-cascade, settles out to crisp clear pale gold with 1 1/2 finger lasting fluffy, creamy head, decent lacing.

S - Very light--clean and slightly metallic with just a trace of sourdough.

T - Fairly lager-like, though a bit more full. Very mild floral hops, biscuit malts, paper pulp, faint sour green apple, and a bit of metallic flavor. Grains make a stronger presence in the finish. Perhaps not as complex as it sounds.

M - Light, too thin, with lots of tiny effervescent carbonation. Sometimes I have experienced a lasting and unpleasant bitter metallic aftertaste, but it wasn't so prevalent in this tasting for whatever reason.

D - Very mild and easy to drink though the aftertaste can be a bit of a turn off. Nothing special really, but not bad by any means. Kind of like a dumbed down English Pale... I suspect it has gone this direction intentionally over the last couple of decades.

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Photo of Long813
2.57/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear golden body with two inches of creamy white head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

S: Very faint caramel, some light hops. Aroma is very weak

T: Caramel, apple, light hops. Again the flavour is very weak and bland.

M: Light bodied and light carbonation. Feels watery and leaves a slight bitter finish.

D: It's easy to drink b/c it's so bland, but I would not seek this out an buy it again. All around it is a weak beer.

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Photo of TheStoutAholic
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Due to the nitro-can it had that long lasting head.

S: The aroma really threw me I wasn't sure what to expect so this is all I will comment about the smell.

T: I actually liked the taste of this it was my first "pub ale" so I do not know what to compare it to.

M: This beer is a very smooth beer some may find it to have similarities to the smoothness of Guinness or Murphy's Irish Stout from a nitro-can

D: It is a very easy drink.

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Photo of slickmick22
1.09/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance is honey colored with a thick and creamy white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: None.

Taste: Not much. Water and pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Way too light. Buttery??.

Drinkability: Terrible. I can finish almost any beer but not this one. Even tried a second to see if I had a bad can. No carbonation.

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

On tap at Pogue Mahone's in downtown Toronto. The bartender didn't let it settle in the slightest on the pour, which considerably irked this particular sudslinger...

Pours a light amber, the nitro tap creating that typical thick creamy head that lasts throughout the tasting.

The smell is nice, but hardly detectable: light malts, a bit of apple and bread.

The taste is of malts, bitterness, a bit of apple sourness to the finish. Not complex, but very very smooth.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, watery.

Although this beer isn't the best English pale (by a long shot), it's very drinkable and certainly one of the better imported options available in the standard 'Irish Pub' chain establishment. An old friend, and a good go-to in a pinch. Not terrible in a can either, but certainly preferable on draught.

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Photo of argock
3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from nitro-can into a clear pint glass.

A: Crisp bright amber with cascading 2-finger creamy nitro head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: The aroma is chemical-like with astringency. Malts are short in supply and hops are lightly herbal but light.

T: Flavor is surprisingly not too bad with crisp herbal, grassy hoppiness balanced pretty well with newspaper, cereal grains, and lightly caramel biscuit maltiness. Not complex but not bad like the aroma.

M: Feel is light with heavy carbonation that borders on assaultive. Aftertaste is light grain and grassy hops.

D: Easy to drink but it doesn't really do the little things (aroma, feel) to make this more than an average brew.

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

This is a lot of fun to watch settle. It's like a curtain rising on liquid gold. The head doesn't have the rubbery, artificial, look that I get from some nitro cans. (I'm looking at you, slightly expired Young's Double Chocolate!) Great lacing to boot.

Smell is a little like caramel apples when first poured, but mostly resembles a can with a little hint of the caramel apples and beer.

The taste is still pretty good. I still get hints of apples, caramel, little hoppy bites, and a little metal. When I'm not tasting the can the beer is pretty damn nice.

Unfortunately the beer comes off as a little too watery. Light is fine, watery not so much.

This beer is only drinkable considering I haven't seen this beer on tap anywhere within a 9 hour drive. I haven't done an exhaustive search of the area, but I'm sure one is forthcoming.

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

Appearance: Definitely the strong point of this beer. I had to pour this puppy out quickly because it started to foam as soon as I cracked open that nitro-can. Needless to say, the head is suberb, so is the lacing. Color is a variety of goldenrod.

Smell: Not a lot going on here. Just a hint of pale malt, maybe a stray hop here or there.

Taste: Rather bland. Somewhat bitter, but in an odd way, as in not from hops or malt. I get a slight touch of honey and maybe buttery flavor. The minimal flavor that is present doesn't mingle well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied but rich creamy, which can be attributed to the nitro-can.

Drinkability: The unpleasant flavor doesn't make me eager to revisit this anytime soon.

Notes: This beer isn't great, and positive characteristics it does have seem to come from the nitro-can. Pity the few beers in nitro cans that are easily accessible to me aren't that great of beers.

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Photo of thedindaniel
2.44/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My goodness...

Like I'm sure many other people have... I once used to think I was drinking good beer when having this. Ah, the early years of my ventures into the beer-world. The only reason I have this now is because a friend of mine left a can behind in my fridge and it is a bit too late to crack into a better bottle that I wouldn't fully appreciate at this time.

Pouring this into a classic pub-type glass, I have to admit that it is picturesque. Very creamy-foamy white head perfectly sitting atop a crystal clear light yellow body. Even a child could pour this and get a perfect-looking pint. After that however, there is hardly anything going on in this beer. I can taste a small amount of very light malts and hardly any hops, nothing to sit around and take in, but you could definitely drink a lot of this in one night.

It's interesting to go back every once in a while and re-drink the old beers that your palate stopped by at some point in its development. I hate to say that Boddingtons is kind of like that old friend that you rarely see and you realize, it's because you outgrew it/him.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.36/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Has a golden color that is crystal clear. Had a fair head to it.

Smell: Kind of bland. Nothing too impressive. There was a little bit of malt aroma, but not much.

Taste: Has a bit of malt, but had no bitter kick. It almost seemed a bit watered down. Not much flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery.

Drinkability: It's not horrible. But this is not something I think I would get again.

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