Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of JamesP123
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Nitro-Tap at The Mayflower in San Rafael.

A. After the pour begins to clear, it is a clear amber/yellow color with a 1-2 finger head with good lacing.

S. Not picking too much up on this smell, nothing distinctive. A little malty sweetness coming through.

T. Balance comes to mind, has a medium toasted malt backbone with a medium-low hop profile. Not very bitter.

M. Super creamy/silky mouthfeel, comes from the nitro-tap. Quite enjoyed the mouthfeel.

D. Very drinkable session beer - Not something I crave, probably wouldn't by a nitro-can. But could definately see buying at the pub again.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a weizen glass. Has a beautiful amber color with a 1 inch head. Pleasent, mild malty aroma. Good, smooth flavor with a slight aftertaste. Feels a little creamy in the mouth. A little dry but overall drinkable. This is a quality beer worth checking out.

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Photo of Ottertude
3.86/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured my nitro-can into my pint glass. Looks like the pour is the star of the show. Lots of creamy bubbles forming a fluffy white head atop golden liquid. Very nice to watch.

This is a very creamy ale. Some bisquity malt with a touch of bitter hops. Too bad there is a metallic aftertaste or I would love this more.

This goes down pretty doggone easy. I can see talking my macro loving buddies into trying this and liking it. This is pretty creamy, mild and inoffensive. Good for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Brenden
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one's on tap at The Claddagh in Franklin Park. Notes are from 6/02/09.

The color is a nice clear, bright amber. I don't get the nice head and lacing I got from the nitro can. An uncomplicated blend of mild bitter hops and light malt are on the nose. The taste is light herbal citrus hops with a light bitterness and grains. Malt is somewhat shy but does make an appearance. There's a slight metallic / astringent tint to this as well. These end up marring an otherwise pleasant finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin and light-bodied, and this one loses the extreme smoothness and creaminess the nitro can gave it. This is one to try, but It's nothing spectacular.

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Photo of berserker256
3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks pretty neat as all of the micro bubbles cascade down the inside of the glass. It acts much like a nitro can of Guinness but the show doesn't last as long. When it's over I'm left with a clear copper-colored beer with a dense creamy head. Almost looks like off-white Cool Whip sitting atop the beer. Not much to boast about in the smell category. The most abundant smell I detect is metal. Followed by light sweet malt and an extremely faint bit of hops. While the metal taste is present in the flavor, the carmel malt is more evident and there's a very slight bitter hop note. And I don't necessarily hate the metal characteristic. It tastes like clean metal at least... Like a dental pick during a cleaning. I like the creamy texture. Light, low carbonation, and creamy body make the mouthfeel by far the best characteristic of this beer. Low alcohol, nice body, and mild taste make this beer pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nitro can poured into a Guinness Imperial Pint. Temperature and pouring directions on the can.

A - Amazing 3 color cascading head that left an insanely dense white head that's so flawless it looks like a marshmallow. Orange clear amber color. Very incredible. Amazing retention with some lacing too.

S - Good malty sweet backbone balanced well with a nice floral hop aroma.

T - Very nice malty backbone with a creamy butter-like flavor that finishes very balanced with a hop flavor including some citrus and floral notes. Not very defined at all but good none-the-less.

M - Smooth and creamy as hell. Wow, that's fantastic going down. Light to medium in body.

D - Wow. I could go through a 4 pack of these so quickly. So drinkable with a fantastic mouthfeel and good taste. Damn.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the typical nitro-pour with a perfect white head and solid gold body.

Smells sweet, kind of creamy, grainy, and I can pick up some honey also.

Tastes pretty light, sweet with a slight hop taste in the aftertaste, possibly some honey in there, hence the bees?

Nice nitro creamy mouthfeel, a bit too thin though, but very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of ChuckR343
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured nitro-can into pint glass. Creamy, decently persistent head, amber color after it settles down. Not a very distinctive smell, but had a more going on in the taste category. I like the fact that it is light on the carbonation. A very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of Rayek
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice pale copper color. Very active initial head from nitrogen injection. Very nice head retention. Leaves almost no lace.

S: A nice balance. Very woodsy, with some buttery overtones.

T: Well balanced. Hops provide mild bitterness, but not much flavor. The buttery theme from the beer's aroma carries through into the taste. Slightly dry finish. Not particularly complex.

M: Little carbonation. Light body feels watery. A little slick on the tongue.

D: Quite drinkable. I didn't sense anything particularly special in this, but it was still nice.

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Photo of Amalak
3.86/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer always reminds me of a lighter version of Guinness. It's a very mild beer, extremely smooth with a bitter, sometimes sour, aftertaste. Amber in color with a nice cascade, it a good looking beer.

You have to be in the mood for a thick smooth beer, but when you get a good batch it's quite good.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From can no. L8-305MK-17:55. Sampled on May 7, 2009. The nitro can fizzes open with an engulfing widget-driven creamy foamy head. The color is a clear amber-copper. The aroma smacks of sweet malts and light hops, mild and not overwhelming. The mouthfeel gets skewed to the foamy side with the fluffy nitro head skittering across my tongue but overall I would call it a medium body. The taste is mildly bitter and vaguely hopped. I like this one and drink it often.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a clear straw-yellow with a godd size foamy white head. No lacing.

The smell is bitter with some slight hop flavor and a bit tea leaf, and a buttery mix as well.

The taste is a earthy, a bit smooth and has abuttery malt feel as well as a slight bitterness to it as well.

This beer was light bodies but crisp and a creamy smooth. A pretty easy drinking english bitter.

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Photo of originalsin
2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this interesting looking bottle in a local supermarket. A 1 pint draught-flow system...nitro-can. As soon as i cracked this can it spewed forth foam a fat geyser of foam that was almost perfectly white. Odd.

The beer itself initially was completely white almost but then the head rose to the top and the haze cleared to reveal an amber beer with a very creamy/fluffy white head. Head retention seems to be absolute--this foam isn't going anywhere. The pour was honestly awesome.

The smell is...I don't know. nothing. Very very subdued floral notes with a metallic tinge.

It's a light to medium bodied brew that's alll kinds of smooth going down. A product of the nitro-can I suppose. One thing though- It almost seems as though the nitro here really just kills...absolutely kills any flavor this beer has. It's so one dimensional and boring. I've had other beers that I feel had greatly benefited from nitro---Old Rasputin through a nitro-tap for instance is just superb, as far as I'm concerned. But then again that's an incredible beer however you pour it. The beer starts of so smooth and as it dries out you're sort of left wondering what you just drank. Why it tasted that way. What went wrong? Who knows.

When it comes to drinkability...this is a nitro can. What else did you expect. I just don't like it though.

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Photo of kshankar
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold with a thick white head.

Aroma: Some malts, I guess, but this is really mild. I don't get much from it

Taste: Fairly simple. It follows the aroma..its somewhat malty, if anything. Its got a little bitterness from hops going down, but again, not that much. Its very basic (not that theres anything wrong with that)

Mouthfeel: Creamy and goes down well

Drinkability: Taste is ok with a decent mouthfeel..but its nothing to rave about

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Photo of philipquarles
2.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint can. Pours a perfectly clear gold with the typical cascading white nitrogenous head. Smells very faintly of sweet, slightly grassy malt; kind of reminiscent of an adjunct lager in its non-description. The taste is quite muted as well, coming across as lightly malty, a bit peppery, and with a somewhat bitter finish. Body is light and smooth. As bland and uninspiring as this is, it's unoffensive and drinkable.

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Photo of goblet
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured this particular beer from a 440 ml nitro can into a pint glass ,the beer can has a short history,explanation of this brew on the back of the can,nice .

Appearance:this got extremely foamy after the pour a 3 finger plus monster of a white head that leaves sheets of lace all the way down the glass .the colour is a pale golden and clear.

Smell: not much of an aroma, the thick frothy head releases little to nothing ,some lite malt and fresh oily hops.

Taste:lite and sudsy,a bit watery as if this was served on tap at the pub, bitter and hoppy slight malt and grains ,it`s fresh clean taste is a little better then average.

Mouthfeel.lite ,watery body sudsy and on the palate ,bitter ,hoppy and dry after taste.

Drinkability:this is a desent pub ale .very fitting to the style it`s going for although a find this to be almost average.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off the nitro tap.

Appearance is a light honey gold, not quite pristine clear. Thin filmy head dissipates slowly. Lacing hangs around for a while.

Smells malty with a bit of hops and mild fruity sweetness.

The taste is basically what the smell suggests, a bit of fruitiness accompanies the malt. The hops are present but subtle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sudsy. Fits the style well.

Decent beer. Would have it again.

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Photo of dpsychoholic69
2.56/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a nitro can into a pint

A Poured a golden color with a cascade of bubbles that cleared quickly. Medium white head. Okay lacing

S Sweet smell, hint of honey, fruity, not much smell of hops or malts

T Sweet and bitter, a little hoppiness, I can taste some metallic twang from the can

M Head is creamy, thin and dry mouthfeel

D Goes down very quick, not a smooth beer though, kind of harsh in my opinion

I was not very impressed with this beer, if this is a good pub ale then I'll stick to lagers and stouts

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Photo of DanielClouser
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can into hefe glass

Appearance (4.5): Looks beautiful, with a creamy white head and complex lacing. Typical though this may be of nitro beers, it's still cool to watch the head settle out. Color is a light orange-y gold; it could be a light deeper and richer.

Smell (3.0): A little sweetness, some malt. Mostly fruity ester.

Taste (3.5): Much like the smell, but the esters really come through. Hops not dominant, though there is reasonable bitterness here. This is something of a one-note beer, relying most on the esters, but that can be good. Not everything one tastes should be a monument to complexity.

Mouthfeel (2.5): The beer is really too thin. I won't go so far as to call it water, as some reviewers have, but it's certainly watery. It's overly bitter for such a light body (even though it's not terribly bitter in and of itself).

Drinkability (3.5): The positive to the thin body is that estery English ales tend to be heavy, and this one gives the light-bodied beer drinker a chance to appreciate their deliciousness. Still, even at 4.7% ABV, one does not find oneself going back for more with the enthusiasm that should be present with a session beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.31/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber orange with a thick, tight head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Smells a little malty and a little floral.

Taste is weak. A small amount of toasty malt and some floral hops, but the entire brew is watery.

The mouthfeel is okay, the nitro-can adds that carbonation that gives it a creamy feel.

This is drinkable because of the non-offensive tastes, but I'm not going to buy this brew in the future.

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Photo of mjurney
2.27/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Appearance]: Nice amber golden color with a thick and creamy head.
[Smell]: Faint bitteriness, maybe some hint of sweet malts.
[Taste]: Very dull flavor of bitter hops and sweet malts, nothing really special.
[Mouthfeel]: Creamy mouthfeel, also has a weird metallic aftertaste that lingers in my mouth.
[Drinkability]: Nope! Not this one.

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Photo of epicness
2.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's great when you pour this beer and watch the cascading, but after that it's pretty downhill.

It's not a bad beer, but definitely not a good one.
It's pretty forgettable.

A - The cascading rocks.The beer pours a pale golden color with a beautiful creamy (cool whip almost) white head.

S - Nothing to grabby on the smell. Has a very pale dull smell to it.

T - The taste is very dull and uneventful. Almost watery. Infact I probably would have rather had just drank a bottle of water.. I wouldn't have spilled it all over when I opened it... and I'm convinced due to it being in the can, that's where you get this metallic aftertaste. UGH!

M - I was a little disappointed when I felt in my mouth. I thought it would be a lot creamier and heavier after I got a look at the head.

D - It's actually pretty drinkable because of the watered down taste.

I'd really like to drink this on tap though. I'm sure it'd be a much better way to taste it.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.14/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A neat little nitro cascade leaves a dense-looking bright white cap atop a light bronze body - completely transparent. Aromas of toasted malty grain and faint corn husk. Suggestions of honey and slight twist of esters and earthy hops. Pleasant toasted grain malt sweetness at first. Nice earthy hop bitterness kicks in mid-palate to offer a nice balance...from here it goes to hell. Drying finish with a sharp bitter acrid edge accompanied by a strong metallic taste that follows you into the aftertaste. Man that started off alright and finished pretty bad. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel from the nitro to start but then everything is overtaken by that acrid metallic bitterness kickes in...almost a sharp acidic aftertaste. Bleh. I can imagine this would be 100 times better out of a cask.

Edit: 2 out of 4 of the cans did not have the acrid metallic taste. Adding 0.5 point to taste and 0.5 point to drinkability.

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Photo of Galathil
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish, pale golden color with a 1/2" head that lasted. Smelled of some spice and fruitiness, but overall not too much aroma at all. Taste was very smooth; a light fruitiness with a slight floral, hoppy bitterness at the finish. Definitely light-bodied. Subtle creaminess for mouthfeel but wish there was more. It's just kind of uneventful, and kind of watery. Thinner than I would have expected. Certainly drinkable though - nothing offensive but nothing too memorable either.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a four pack of pub cans from the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT about $7.

A: I love the look of a nitro-beer...cascading is cool. Ok. Down to business. Pale copper color with a dense cream nitro head, about two inches thick. Excellent retention. A few clumps of lacing, but nothing really to speak of. Tons of tiny bubbles cling to the inside of the glass.

S: I can't say I'm a big fan of the smells of this beer, a few pale malts, a little earthy hoppiness, and well, thats it. Almost nothing in the nose.

T: Honey, earthy flavors, and sadly...metal. I'm a huge proponent of cans in the beer industry, but this one is poorly done. Definite bitter bite to it, but its all just displaced by the metallic taste. This is rather sad, as I used to really enjoy this beer in my younger days.

M: Thick and creamy, not much else going on, nitro does that to beers, pretty dry. Kinda meh.

D: Not doin it for me anymore. The metallic taste is just a tad too much. I hate to say it but this beer has fallen out of good graces with me. Something is just not quite how I remember it. Sad. Day.

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