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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 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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Photo of montageman
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Just an easy drinking ale. Creamy, sweet, well balanced. Yes, it's a touch watery and not terribly complex, but nonetheless it is worth a drink every once in a while. The nitro can gives the perfect amount of head if poured properly. Would be an ideal session brew - I only drink it once in a while, though. Recommended.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Quite typical for these nitro-can bitters. Clear golden, with very little visible bubbles and a rich creamy white head. Very good lacing and head retention, courtesy of the nitrogen widget.

S - A toned-down English pale ale smell, again, quite typical for these beers. Grainy, with some biscuity maltiness and some floral hoppiness. Very little fruitiness in the nose, if any at all. Also smelled a little metalic this time around.

T - Nothing too interesting about it, although it's slightly above average in its category, I'd say. Some bitterness, some biscuit-type maltiness, breadiness and a little sweetness. The finish is quite bland, with some graininess and dryness.

M - Very smooth and creamy. This is the best part about these beers. Light-bodied but not too watery.

D - Very high. This is one of the few reasons I keep coming back to this beer every once in a while. You can drink this loads and it will still taste about the same. Definitely a session ale. Also a good introduction for people who have never tried an ale.

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Photo of GRPunk
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nitro-can poured into an imperial pint glass

A- It had the classic nitro pour with the head cascading from the bottom up to create about 2 fingers of eggshell colored foam that stuck around for the entirety of the drink. The body was a clean, yellow-gold with light carbonation. There were great sticky spots left on the glass.

S- Overall, the aroma was a little lacking. What was there, was faintly on the sweet malt side, maybe cereal-like? Hopping was pretty light.

T- It also had a lightish flavor. Again on the sweeter, malt side of the spectrum.

M- Initially, it had that light, creamy feel that's a trademark of the nitro pour. Carbonation was pretty light. As I drank it became a little thin and ended up downright watery.

D- It ended up being a bit nondescript, leaving me with a thin review. I could drink a bunch in a sitting, but it doesn't do much for me. It would be a good "gateway" beer, especially to introduce a nitro-pour.

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

pours a clear golden /tan color with a HUGE head that settles to an almost blanket 11/2 inch crusty head the smell was thin hops and malt and spice its ok..the taste was to bitter for me it was on the metallic side with subdued malts spices and hop just not alot going on in this ale to keep my interest in drinking very often,,maybe with some fish and chips on a summer afternoon would be better

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Photo of prosper
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

overall, very similar to the canned version. Very clear, very dense head, and a bit of a cascade effect as the bubbles rise. Persistant head, lots of lace.

Smells are all very subdued, what there is consists mostly of very lightly toasty malts, and some faint fruity esters.

Taste is predominantly nutty english malt, with a healthy dose of apple-banana-pear fruity ester, and a very mild earthy pinch of hops. The nitro hides some of the bittering, I think. You don't really notice it as you're drinking, but afterwards you notice the herbal bittering in your throat for quite some time.

Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect from a nitro beer.

Drinkability is good, but it's a little low on character, and I think I'd lose interest after a few.

If I were to attempt to clone this, I think I'd go 100% maris otter, mashed medium - maybe 152 to 154, bittered to about 25 or 30 IBU's and no flavour, aroma or dry hops. I'd use Irish ale yeast fermented warm to produce a similar ester profile.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured almost all head initially, but eventually settled to between 1 and 2 fingers of creamy, smooth head. It has that same cool rippling effect that Guinness has due to the nitro. Poured a clear amber color with a medium amount of sticky lacing.

S: Not a lot going on here. Some basic hops and malt smells and maybe just a hint of something sweet. Sadly, the smell reminds me a bit of a crumby macro light beer.

T: Malt and grains mostly, not a lot of hops. Maybe some hints of baked bread and caramel (this is a stretch).

M: Medium body, no carbonation to speak of. It's creamy and smooth - the can does not lie!

D: Some good basic flavors and a great mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable brew. You could definitely throw back more than one of these in a sitting. Some may be thrown by the lack of carbonation.

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Photo of TheBishop
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this a great beer that you sit and admire it? No it is not. But this is one drinkable brew with a good creamy taste and poundable drinkability. For the price this is a very good session beer that I have no problem picking up for a night of beer drinking. It is my favorite English Pale Ale, although I admit the Nitro can has a different taste then off the tap. Still worth a go though.

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