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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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United Kingdom (England)

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 JustinBathurst
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a thick head of cream that outlasts the beer itself. Mild malty notes, touch of honey, gummi bears in the aroma, but not much else. A smell that reminds me of paint thinner does hit me as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is hardly noticeable, as expected. Just a slight tingle on the tongue.

I taste a metallic bitterness, a bit of roasted malt. Not overly powerful in any area, just an all-around subtle ale. A pleasing and delicate sweetness begins to emerge as I make my way through the pint.

While I wouldn't say it's well-rounded, it's certainly pleasant enough. For me, it just doesn't declare itself enough.

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Photo of Luigi
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a clear golden color with a creamy bubbly head that never goes away.

There is not much aroma there, just a grainy metallic smell.

Taste weak, not terrible but weak. not much to the flavor but a metallic water and soft grain.

Makes for a good session beer if you if this is your type of beer.
Looks great but has really no taste to it.

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

Served in a British pint glass on tap at Walt Disney World - Epcot Rose and Crown Pub (United Kingdom).

Presentation: This beer poured a cloudy golden color, translucent to nearly opaque. There was about a three-quarter-inch thick head with very good retention. There wasn't much of a scent to this beer at all, so it's about average - not good, and not awful.

Tasting: A very well-balanced flavor hit the tongue. It wasn't sweet, but it wasn't really bitter either. There was more malt character than hop flavoring. This was a medium-bodied beer that was very easy to drink. I would consider this a potential "session beer."

Overall, a decent brew. I would recommend this possibly as a crossover beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with that wonderful "waterfall" effect (a la Guinness). A 2" tall, creamy,fluffy, almost edible off-white head forms. The brew is a nice golden color. Smell is light, with hops, amlt and just a slight hint of spice. Taste is hops, a little spice, and some malt. Not much in the way of complexity here. A smooth drinking beer with light effervescence and not much aftertaste. Overall, considering it came from a can, a pretty good beer, but doesn't hold up like, say, Young's Double Chocolate stout. Get this on tap, it is much better there.

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

Pale amber and perfectly clear, topped by a dense, fluffy white head common to nitro beers. Retention was superb and large chunks of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. Very mild aroma, with a bit of grainy sweetness and light floral hops. Mild floral hop flavour with some hop bitterness balancing grain and caramel flavours. Light fruity esters. Bitterness is more pronounced and the sweetness comes out a little more at the finish, which is of medium length. Just a hint of a metallic flavour creeps in after about the first half pint. Light body and very low carbonation.

I can see this being a good session, with the low carbonation and mild flavour. Overall, the flavour and aroma feel a little muted. 440 mL can.

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

More beers should be carbonated with nitrogen. It gives the beer such a full-bodied, satisfying feel. It poured with a thick, thick creamy head and on top there is a darker thicker head on top of an off-head that disappears as the beer settles. The aroma does not stand out as anything original or complicated, just simple hops and sweet malts—but strangely pleasing. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy for an ale, but if served cold enough, is nicely crisp and satisfying. This is a favorite beer of mine and I find it incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of crookedhalo
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a consistent off-white, creamy nitrogenated head. White bready malt aroma with a touch of clover honey and faint hopping. Predominant taste is iron-laden Manchester water with a light toasty malt profile, diacetyl, and a faint hop bitterness. I'm not really sure why people swear by this beer, it must be a process of socialization. Just as bland and unsatisfying as it is on nitro-draught except with a further metallic, minerally taste. Creamy mouthfeel, but that's nothing new with a nitro can; that's about all it has going for it. I've been told from one Englishman, "It's the best thing to come from Manchester". Obviously, that bloke doesn't care for football, the Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, New Order, the Smiths or the Charlatans UK. I'm wondering whether he was faking an accent... Nah, just pride, gotta defend the hometown.

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

The draught can leaves you with a thick, tan head and lots of lacing on the glass. The beer is an amber color with a good amount of bubbles visible in the glass. The smell is very sweet with strong suggestions of caramel. Hops are not very aromatic and seem to be hard to detect in the nose. The taste is very mild, with caramel coming through here as well. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkablility is great...would make a nice session.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favourites from a nitro can; apart from all the others, it has a decent taste out of the can. Pours a gold colour with a nice white head, but this is obviously from the widget.

Smell is faintly of malt, but really not much of a smell to it. Tastes of malts with a bit of hop. Quite good: nothing spectacular, but a straight up "beer" taste.

Smooth mouthfeel, again in part because of the nitro. But it is drinkable, and I've no problem putting away a four pack.



Since production was taken over by InBev/InterBrew/whatever they call themselves now and has been moved to Luton, I no longer find Boddingtons as enjoyable. The cream has been robbed from Manchester and has suffered greatly. Luton brewed Boddingtons has lost its creaminess and now has a harsh "aluminum can" edge to it, Formerly drinkable, this is now just unbearable. My review, however, is based upon Manchester brewed Boddingtons and shall thus not be altered.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one comes out of the nitro tap and takes a few minutes for the head to finsih forming. Light golden in color, this beer seems a little light to be a pale ale.

Smell - This beer has hardly any aroma at all. There is some malt, and maybe just a little dose of hops as a balance. If this is indeed a pale ale, the smell is disappointing.

Taste - The best way to describe this beer is "light flavored." Hops and malt balance pretty well, but put this up against any other English pale ale and I think one would notice quite a difference. The taste is not unpleasant, but it is somewhat plain.

Mouthfeel - This beer is not as hearty as most pale ales I've tasted. The body is just a little light.

Drinkability - Due to its light flavor and smooth character, this beer is highly drinkable.

Comments - Although not particularly exciting, this beer would probably be a good session beer. Call me crazy, but there is something refreshing about occasionally drinking a beer that is simple and smooth without an American "adjunct" flavor to it.

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

A good clean bright yellow beer. Has a big spoonable creamy white head and leaves lace effect. There was a light sweet grassy aroma with a hint of lemon to it. The flavor was light and had a little sweetness with that same hint of lemon just before the quick hop bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of ggroller
1.81/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

You better be standing outside or near a sink when you crack this one. The un-tapped can is an explosion waiting to happen. I drank this beer several times over the course of a couple of years because I am trying to see what my buddy sees in this crap. In my opinion, it's no different than any of the light beers I have ever tasted. Miller, Keystone, Coors, etc.,etc. This stuff is awful. The only enjoyment I get out of this beer is watching the cascade after I pour it into a glass. The color is clear straw, the smell is faintly fruity, the taste and mouthfeel are lacking, and the finish is clear and clean to the point of it being water.

Boddingtons. I just don't get it.

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

Pours a nice light amber with a frothy white, nitro head. It smells really sweet... like caramel.The flavor is equally sweet with a very bitter, metallic aftertaste that is not too pleasant, but is by no means repulsive. The body is very thin and watery overall...not the best EPA, but definitely not the worst.

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

Pours a gloden slightly pale with a big creamy white head that is nice to look at nice coating of foam on my glass, nitro good for something.
Aroma is slightly grainy malt, some light caramel thrown in but not much elsecan escape this head.
Taste is smooth creamy touches of caramel mixed with malt that tastes like it semlls slightly grainy, light hop flavors and a wee touch of bitterness in the finish. Nothing to be offended about but not much going on either.
Mouthfeel is nice creamy feeling, not lots of body but the nitro makes it feel that way.
Drinkability is ok not something I would buy normally but the boss at work mentioned he enjoyed it and I hadn't tried it so here we are. Would by in a restaurant or pub with limited options but not something to keep around.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe that I have not reviewed this beer yet. It poured from the can a slightly golden yellow color with a finger and a half of thick creamy head. The nose was slightly creamy, caramely, with some fruity esters as well. The flavor had good caramel sweetness and a creamy flavor with some strawberry-like fruity esters finishing slightly hoppy. The feel was velvety smooth, creamy and thick. I do enjoy this beer. I find this to be highly drinkable and enjoyable. Its a nice beer to fall back on.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first nitro-can expirience. Boddingtons Pub Ale is light copper in color with a super-creamy nitro induced head. The head never disappates and leaves thick lacings around the inside of my glass. The aroma is very light. Smell is fairly similar to American macros, just a little more clean. The taste is very bland, no real malt or hop character. Also this is a little too dry, especially since there isn't enough flavor to go around. The mouthfeel is creamy which adds some drinkability. This isn't something I'll pick up again and I wasn't impressed with the nitro can.

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Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great head, perfectly milky and dense like snow. Lasting, on a pale yellow color body. The smell is quite pleasing, although I have a bit of a cold and can't really describe it adequately. Still, not bad, quite fruity and sweet. The taste is nothing amazing, but it's a nice beer to sip on. The hoppiness gets a bit oily but it isn't annoying. A bit dry in the end. The maltiness is round but not very expressive. Maybe some wooden notes. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy, decent. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No aroma, yellow appearance with such foam, not much taste, just a slight bitterness. Some creaminess, probably owing to gas tap. Passable drink at seasonal party. Bit of sweetness and grassiness. Moderately dry aftertaste. Medium but still watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of Stosh
4.07/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I liked this beer more than most of the reviewers here. But I had the unusual opportunity, out of pure chance, to try this beer twice in two days - once on tap, once in the nitro can. I liked the beer much, much better on tap. The nitro can is good, but I feel these nitro cans are more of a gimmick than a way to provide a better beer experience. The beer from the nitro can is pretty to watch, as the head goes through it's progression. The beer from the tap isn't as pretty, but for me tasted much better. How a beer looks is far, far less important to me than how it tastes.

I like hoppy beers, and while the tap version of the Boddingtons wasn't quite as bitter and hoppy as my favorites, it had enough of a bite to make it interesting. It went well with the food I had, also. The nitro can version seemed far less tasty. Very drinkable, but not as much flavor and hop bite as the tap version.

Bottom line - don't give up on this beer if you only try it in the nitro cans. The tap version is like a whole different beer, and you are likely to enjoy it much more, if you like this style of beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beerookie below does amuch better job of describing the appearnce of a Boddington's Pub Ale poured out of a Nitro can, especially the effects of the widget for the twofold foaming. Good carbonation and lacing as well. No bitterness at all, almost too creamy and mild. This makes it an exceptionally easy pint to drink. Wouldn't mind a bit more hoppiness but no problems overall here.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From the can this beer poured a golden honey color. It produced a about a finger thick lasting head. There was no other evidence of carbonation. The smell was good and malty. The taste had a honey character. It was slightly bitter from the hops, but not too strong. This ale was nice and smooth and light in the mouth, maybe a bit too light...A good ale, not the best I've had, but I sure wouldn't mind downing a few of these!

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Photo of rocketmotor
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bought a widget can, upon opening the can overflowed so it was quickly poured into my awaiting glass. This beer has a very nice amber color to it. The head of the beer completely covers the beer and is very nice looking, it also holds onto the walls of the glass very, very well.

The aroma of the beer is not very strong, but a nice floral smell backed by yeast. The taste is good, very mild though. A very light malt flavor, with a weak hop dominating the flavor. There is a lingering flavor of hops too. As my can blew its top upon opening, the beer is very flat in this sample, so the mouthfeel is rather poor and thin.

Not a bad beer, but not ourstanding either, guess I should resample to get the true measure of it.

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Photo of Citadel82
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance, pale hazy gold color with a thick creamy head that left my glass sheathed in a thick coating of creamy lace. Head lasted till the last sip. The smell was very faint floral hops but mostly a doughy yeasty smell, not bad at all. Very mild taste, no high or low points, just no real substance in any category. It was good to try again, will keep some around next summer as a good quencher.

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Photo of bronxlord
4.56/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A champion beer in every sense of the word. I am surprised at the low ratings for this. It has a wonderful appearance (and I am not a big amber guy) and a perfect head. The taste is toasty and comforting. Probably the best of the more "popular" beers.

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Photo of walleye
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured a orange copper color with a nice size white head that left some lacing. aroma, malts, caramel, some fruits. flavor not much of anything did get hints of toffee and some bitterness. a little to light on the mouth feel for me.I am just glad I didn't buy this somebody gave a can of this to try.

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