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 Lupe
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a creamy white head that leaves wispy lace along the glass. Not much of an aroma, some flowery hops with a little malt in the backround. Medium bodied, creamy and very smooth. A fruity-floral flavor dominates with some bready-malt sweetness in the backround. Hops balance the beer out but are not assertive. Smooth and highly drinkable.

Served at a slightly warmer temperature then normal at a bar, which helped the flavor.

After having this on tap and enjoying it, I picked up a 4-pack of the nitro cans. Not the same at all. Tasted like a run-of-the mill pale ale that was creamier. Stick to this on tap.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a pale golden yellow with a frothy white head that reminds me of a cafe frappe with milk that I've had in Greece. There isn't too much presence of anything in the aroma, slight floral hop, but no malt. The taste however is an interesting mix of fruitiness and vanilla, with a good balance of slight sweetness and bitterness. I'm partial to the nitrogenated beers, and this one is no exception, as it makes the beer velvety-smooth. It's a fairly average alcohol content that you can't taste or feel, yielding a very high drinkability.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is one of the clearest ales that I have ever seen. It’s light orange and sheer as glass. The nice white foamy head never did go down all the way. This one looks terrific.

Smell – This has a rather light floral and citrus aroma without much of a malt balance. It smells like a session beer.

Taste – The taste doesn’t quite measure up to the aroma. There’s a bit of grass that invades the citrus and floral hopping, and the weak malt base doesn’t help. It’s not that it tastes bad, just a little too single-minded.

Mouthfeel – This ale is thin and extremely smooth, verifying my earlier assumption that it would make a great session ale. The feel on the mouth is light and puffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this one, although I’ve never had the opportunity to knock back a few Pale Ales in England proper. Maybe it doesn’t compare – but for the time being and keeping this one on my list of “buy again.”

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.16/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looks nice, I'll give it that. Pours a creamy tan with a white head that is partial to seperating itself from the beer when tilted. The head will never die. Smells weakly malty/hoppy.

Tastes weakly malty/hoppy with no real character. Thin in body and mouthfeel, low in alcohol. Guess it makes for something you can drink all night with your friends.

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Photo of Ilacquin
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking beer. Pours a golden yellow after the nitro cascade dies down. Thick white head leaving lace down to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is undistinguished, a bit malty, but nothing really noteworthy.
Taste is a letdown after the initial appearance. A bit of hop, a bit of malt, nothing special. Mouthfeel is definitely thin.

Drinkability is very good, but why would you want to? I found no qualities in this beer that aren't better executed elsewhere.

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Photo of WallyBoag
4.56/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite ale. Served from a can, this beer poured an extremely thick, creamy head that dissipated quickly. The color was a lightish yellow. Smelled rich and creamy. This was the first time I had experienced such a sweet dairy-like smell. Could have sworn there was milk in it. Tasted incredibly sweet and creamy, but felt a little harsh in the mouth for some reason, however this harshness was countered by the incredible taste. Easy to drink since the flavor was so incredible!

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boddington's is another English pale ale that would probably benefit from not being served in a nitro can. The nitro heavily softened the flavor of this beer, and it ended up being a bit more watery than another "nitro-ale", Tetley's.

This beer pours a blondish color out of the can. The cascading effect occurs, and we are left with a blondish-gold colored beer with a cream colored, 1-finger foam floating on top. This foam head lasts throughout the beer and leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is pretty average, with just some light malts and some fruity smell detectable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy to an extent, but has less body than Tetley's. The flavor is a bit dissapointing, as it is on the watery side. What is there is some light malt flavors, some slight notes of caramel, and a generic fruitiness. There is a low-moderate hop bitterness in the finish. This beer finishes out with a lower amount of dryness and some light grain and fruitiness in the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found here either.

I didn't take points off for appearance, even though I was tempted to when the contents of my can proceded to explode all over me upon opening it (and the same thing happened to my brother as well). Seeing as how these weren't even shook up, I would advise opening these in the sink. As for the beer, it is quite average in all respects and it doesn't pull any punches. Tetley's is in a similar vein to this beer but I found that one to be a bit more enjoyable than this.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can opens extremely violently, every one opens with beer spraying. Pours with a huge thick, creamy head that hangs around, and leaves residue on your upper lip. I have heard that the US version can't compare to the UK version, which I hope is right. The head is delcious. The rest of the beer isn't very interesting. Malt and cereal grains, with nothing that special. I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of Garin
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

During a period that I spent working at a British-run astronomical facility in Hawaii, the British crew discovered that the local pub (with *nothing* on tap) had cans of Boddington's available. They did the only sensible thing they thought they could do: between the few of them, they drank every can of the stuff in the place. I was around, and so I was introduced to Boddington's. I always found it better than the alternatives at this pub anyhow (which was, of course, Bud and Coor's Light).

The usual nitro-can cascade eventually revealed a clear, pale, straw-yellow beer underneath a long-lasting super-dense marshmallow head. Underneath the beer was quiet. *Too* quiet.

A lightly hoppy, "beery" nose with some sweet and metallic notes started things off reasonably well. Some slightly fruity and tart aromas were present as well.

A clean light malt and somewhat hoppy flavour dominated. I imagine an estery quality that I generally associate with Belgians. Interesting... Unfortunately this alone isn't enough to distinguish this beer. It's fairly uninteresting.

The mouthfeel is quite thin and light, and the carbonation is nonexistant. It's not so great. However, it's light and inoffensive, so it's fairly drinkable.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a fairly boring brew here. it has the standard nitro tap look...awesome cascading effect which leaves a nice creamy head on top of a creamy golden body. the head of course lasts and lasts throughout the brew. in terms of smell an taste, i was hard pressed to come up with something definitive. there was a bit of floral sweetness in the smell, less so in the taste, which was watery overall with a slight bitterness, but certainly not as watery as a macro. this is a very smooth, very creamy brew that's easy to drink, and even though it's a 'different' choice while being fairly easy to find on tap, i'd prefer another commonly tapped brew, such as a sam adams or SNPA just about any time over this one.

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Photo of SigEp
1.84/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nice to look at, I guess, pours a very see-through gold color with the nitro-head. Smooth mouthfeel due to the nitro and no real carbonation, which works for guiness because of the richness of the brew, but here just points out the places where this one truly lacks. Slightly sweet flavor, very little hops, in the nose or on the palate. The after-feel in the mouth is slightly chalky, like drinking dust. Tastes like a flat, bad, near-macro. Not impressed.

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Photo of francisweizen
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a bad pint of this at the Goose in Brixton. The lines were obviously not cared for at that establishment and you can tell as this murky beer with no head arrived. The aroma was sour and bad, as was the taste. The mouthfeel was still creamy, but that did not save the drinkability at all on this one!

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Photo of diablo14
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

like so many things out of manchester- david beckham, oasis, man city, boddingtons is fairly overrated. not a terrible beer for sure, but i can think of several others ahead of it in the priorities.

very fluffly looking beer. cloudy but light yellow color with a thick creamy draught style head, it looks like it could blow away if a strong gust of wind went near it. nothing to report in the smell department (it 'smelled liked a beer' to quote my g/f) the flavor is also amiss, with no real malt sensations tho some honey style sweetness could be detected. no power in the AV either (3.8 here).
thin bodied, but easy to drink but thoroughly lacking in character overall. however, theres enuff there to be able to drink it and enjoy without feeling like youre compromising the standards.

its a shame that this is one of the most readily available english ales available over here, because there are just so many better. but then a suppose for the beer drinking appreciation levels of most aussies, im almost certain theyd think this was one of the most tasty and complex beers theyd ever tried. i suppose in the end it shows how good english brewers are. even their dud beers are drinkable.

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Photo of PiratePete
2.74/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow with its traditional very dense and creamy white head. A lot of lace - solid in places. Not much of a nose - a mild malt at best. Very thin mouthfeel and, really, not much aftertaste which I seek in my beer - some hops - but not flavourful enough for me. Its OK. If you bought it as your round I would be happy to drink it! Interbrew calls this a session beer which should explain it in a nutshell. As an aside: Interbrew lists this as 3.8 abv and my Canadian import says 4.7% abv.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
1.6/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served on nitro in a imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Burnished golden honey color with a thick and creamy white head. Craploads of lacing, but this is to be expected from nitro.

Smell: There is one? Über faint pale malts and herby hoppiness.
Taste: Again, there is one? Am I drinking water here? If you're patient, you can catch some glimpses of pale malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light.. oh so light bodied. This is carbonated water. Excuse me.. nitrogenated water.

Drinkability: Well.. this is one sorry ass replacement for Caffrey's. Curse you to hell, Coors! Still, this swill can be slammed home with ease. Stick with Guinness, you at least give off the appearance of looking manly.

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

I guess this is supposed to be an example of an English “session beer,” but it doesn't really rock my American palate. The widget-type bubbler gave a good tall, cascading head (and this from a can that sat in my fridge for two years) that stayed with the beer and left a nice lace on the sides. Could not detect much aroma, which is better than smelling skunky, I guess. English pub style watery mouthfeel was uninspiring, and I couldn't pick up much taste, just a little residual sweetness. Nothing lingers much after the swallow. Nothing terrible, just not great.

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

Call me silly, but I've always liked this beer, especially from the tap. Pours a crystal clear gold color, the head large, creamy, bright white and the lace a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose fresh and clean, mostly malt and somewhat sweet, just like the start, top skinny in feel. Finish is lightly hopped, dry and a fine "Session" beer in my humble opinion.

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Photo of PZuke
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my effort to learn about English beer I decided to try Boddingtons. This beer pours a golden color with cascading and ending in a thick white head that has staying power. The hop and malt smells are present but they are very slight. This beer is classic to the style being extremely easy to drink and light and having a creamy mouthfeel. It could be considered mellow and maybe even a little watery. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting but this is a beer that you would have to start with. It would not be good to have after a in your face beer because it would be hard to appreciate its subtle tastes.

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Photo of UncleAl
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhhh Boddingtons. I like to call it "Guiness Extremely Light." After exploding the nitro can on opening, the beer pours to a golden color, if not somewhat hazy, with excellent cascading. A thick, creamy head then forms and stays with the beer the rest of the way.

There are some hop and malt aromas here, but they are very light and somewhat metallic. Some citrous and fruity overtones. The beer is easy to drink, very light and creamy mouthfeel, although it can be considered somewhat flat and devoid of any punch.

Still, if you offer me one I will not turn it down. After the initial excitement, it's a mellow ale best suited for a mellow drinking session.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a rich golden color with spiraling lines of carbonation bubbles going up the sides of the glass. Head retains at about 1/4 inch for the entire length, and displayed a cascading effect while it was settling. The smell had some hoppiness, but mostly a light, mead-like crispness to it, with lemony citrus and grass. Taste was nice and smooth, very light with a hoppy crispness at the finish. Mouthfeel was also smooth, very creamy from the nitro. I was satisfied at the end.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours slowly from the nitro faucet, forming a rich yellow gold liquid that cascades and ripples, settling into a golden amber, topped with a pure white creamy nitro head. The head lasts forever, of course, with tons of ladder-like lacing.
Very little aroma, probably due to the nitro and the smoky bar. A light estery maltiness, with a good deal of apple and pear fruitiness. Light hopping, providing an excellent balance.
Flavor is much better, with a serious estery fruitiness. I love this flavor. Pronounced apple and pear mingling with a sweet pale maltiness. Light hops come in the middle, finishing the beer with a very light bitterness. A touch of peach towards the end, finishing with a slightly tinny nitro flavor. Smooth carbonation, light bodied, with some phenols and more hops coming out as it warms up.
Definitely a smooth drinkin' ale that you can down two at a time. Simple, yet effective. I wish this was available without the nitro, I think it hurts the flavor, with that deadening nitro pour.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.41/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this can for a buck. Not bad a deal for a not bad a brew. Poured a frothy head upon an amber pond. Surely the nitro widget now banging around in the empty can effected the appearance immensely. Too bad it doesn't improve taste and smell. This was a very metallic brew. Is their no protective lining in the can? Or is this intentional? Some floral hops and odd smelling malt comes through the steel factory aroma. Taste. Hmm, not bad. If I was the tinman. Again, very metallic taste. But it's cold. After a while to warm, some bitterness comes through, so as not too disappoint. Creamy mouthfeel. Almost like an Irish creme. Though the taste is bad, the mouthfeel is good, allowing for a drinkable brew.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the local pub. Pours a yellow color with a surprisingly thick white head that sticks around. Loved the head on this one. The aroma is a little bread-like, but there's really not much aroma here. The flavor is very smooth and a little malty. There is a little sweetness and a little hops to keep things fun, but the drinkability of this beer is amazing. It is a little bitter, but just a little. Great beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Fitz's ale house in Elmhurst IL.

Beer served a proper 20z Imperial Pint. Beer is a light gold with nice head that sticks for the duration. Decent lacing.

Beer smells of malt, grass and a little bit of bread. Hard to pick-up much pure hop aroma. Beer is a little to clean smelling.

Taste is nice. Some malt sweetness and a bit of hops to keep things interesting. Beer is very soft in the mouth. I'm not sure if this is due to the water or the ingredients, either way it is an easy beer to drink. Great carbonation completes the package.

While not overwhelming in the taste department, I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of leeenglewood
2.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a weird looking beer and nitro cans should be reserved for stouts was my opinion after drinking it. First off the beer shot out of the can apon breaking the cans seal so make sure you have a glass within a seconds reaching after cracking the seal. Back to why pale beers shouldn’t be nitrogen induced was the appearance it looked like really weird whipped egg whites on top of a flat looking yellowish beer. Smells like bread dough not bad but not good either. Tasted decent but would do much better if it actually had some body to it with no carbonation it just tasted like flat beer with almost no flavor and became a task to finish. This beer would be much better having been bottle conditioned, force carbonated in the bottle or have been served from a tap that is non-nitrogen.

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