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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 hero27
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gorgeous out of the nitro-can. Apart from the initial explosion upon cracking the beer open, (which always happens regardless of how long you let it sit still) the beer pours entirely of head...a thick, creamy head with the consistency of melted ice cream. Starting slowly, the head dissapates in stunning fashion..as the carbonation creates a virtual explosion in the glass itself..and creates quite the visual effect.

Smell: eh, smell is weak and I can't pick up much. Obvious malt smell but nothing that'll blow you away.

Taste: I'll be honest, the first time I tried this beer, I really didn't like the taste. Maybe it was the can, maybe I just hadn't acquired the taste...I don't know. I thought it tasted metallic and cheap. But after trying it again, I appreciate it a lot more and it tastes better than I remember. Still kind of a weak, flat taste to it..

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth finish, but the mouthfeel is rather light. The carbonation is non-existant after the inital pour and it tastes flat after that.

Drinkability: This is a hard beer to categorize here. People have mixed reviews on this..some love it, some hate it...and some are like me. I think it's an interesting and unique beer, but I really can't see myself drinking this very often. Maybe above average drinkability due to the creamy, smooth mouthfeel and light body. I recommend people to at least try it, and I'd love to try it on-tap if I ever got the opportunity.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 at The Prince of Wales Pub in San Mateo, CA. Spilled about an ounce of it all over the counter after I "thought" I opened it slow enough. Pour was beautiful as most nitro cans do. A huge creamy head the slowly faded but still had a bit left at the end of the glass. Didn't smell much. Maybe a bit like Guinness. Some roasted malts. Not a real strong scent. A bit more carbonation than expected. Tastes of malt, maybe a hop or two and maybe a very very slight fruit taste (lemon?). Still went down very nicely. Kind of an odd taste. A hard to describe taste. Not bad, but just strange. Decent enough brew though.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled can with widget

The widget did its job, the beer pouring a crystal clear pale gold with a super creamy head with bubbles cascading downward, always an interesting sight. The head more than laces the glass, it coats it.

A slight floral aroma along with a just detectable level of maltiness.

This beer is best characterized as smoooth. Not a real exciting beer...medium bitterness. The nitro seems to cover some of the underlying character.

A very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out golden colored with a nice, creamy head. Great lacing on the glass as it goes down. Not a huge aroma here at all. Could barely detect anything. Very creamy mouthfeel that coats the palate nicely. A drinkable beer, but not many exciting or interesting characteristics about it.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is as bad as beer should ever be. That was a compliment.

Though there's something quite cheap in the taste -- something like a sweeter PBR -- there's also a richness in both malt and hops that is distinctly British. Though a little disjointed, Boddington's is precisely pale -- with a taste of fresh malted grain and appropriate bitterness at the beginning and end. The midpalate is bare, however, and unsure of itself. I'm surprised there's such a nice herbal lemon cream presence at the start, such a perfect drying bitterness on the finish, and yet this beer manages to lack any substantial flavor.

In the end, this is truth in advertising -- a pub ale -- and I would be delighted to have it served (hold the nitrogen, please) by any barman. It is among the simplest pleasures I would expect at a British pub. Authenticity is not the question. Boddington's, unlike American macroproduced beer, is not an abomination of beer nor some cheap, just-passing beer style. It is an English pale ale.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy amber with nice frothy head. Smells skunky with alcohol and malt. Tastes rather bitter with a lot of alcohol. Mouthfeel was smooth, surprisingly compared to the taste. Although I didn't enjoy this beer much at all, I do suppose it was a decent example of the type.

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Photo of ken3c
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap an Conor O'neils in Ann Arbor.

Copper in color, this beer has a fine textured head that lasts all beer long. Lacing is rampant.

Smells faintly of malt.

Tastes a little sweet and then turns a little bitter. Next taste: sweet...bitter. Next: sweet...bitter. It's like a beer teeter-totter.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. It's like a Guiness but light.

This seems to be a very unique beer. I liked it but I wouldn't search it out.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer has a kick. Nice flavor and for what it is it is smooth. the plastic thingy inside is interesting, similar to the guiness tap in bottle. i dont know if it reallt enhances the flavor a lot or if it has a psycological affect more than a real effect. but in any event, it doesent taste bad at all.

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

Sometimes it seems like all the nitro can products have a similar taste.

These cans blow up every time, so I try to open them over a sink or out of doors with a glass in my other hand.

I don't know if it's the nitrogen or the amount of time it takes Boddingtons to make it across the pond, but the consistency in the product is lacking from 4 pack to 4 pack.

This is a pretty beer to look at, golden yellow with a whacky nitro head.

Smells of apples, malt, with a bit floral.

Taste depends on luck, I've had some that was very smooth and malty, some that tasted rusty- oxidized, metallic. The good batches make me forget about the times I've been burned.


The last 4 times I've had Boddington's it was terrible. I've lowered my scores accordingly. It will be a while before I try again.

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Photo of jimdkc
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale gold with a large cascading head, really a wonderful sight to see and more commonly seen on dark stouts. When the cascading settles, you end up with 2 fingers of the creamiest, white head of foam you'd ever hope to see! The head lasts through the entire beer, too.

Unfortunately, this is a case of a truly marvelous head capping a truly mediocre beer!

Smell is weakly malty. Taste, slightly sweet, mildly malty flavor with just a little hint of some hop bitterness. Has a little frutiness to the flavor. Also has a plastic-metallic off flavor that is not pleasant. What mouthfeel there is is provided by the rich foam... the beer itself is flat (virtually no carbonation at all) and watery.

An interesting experience, but when I finished, I did not want another! Try it once for the show!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Unlike other nitro cans, the head on this one began forming as soon as I popped the tab. Good thing I was paying attention because the foam shot out the top and very nearly made a mess of my desktop. Standard nitro pub ale appearance with a cascading 'inverse head'. The beer is bright gold with a healthy dose of orange and the head is a densely creamy disk of dark cream.

The nose is shy to the point of anthropophobia. It's a little pale malty with grainy undertones, but I don't have much to go on. The beer has a strange, almost chemical-like flavor. It starts off grainy with a modest amount of hop bitterness, but then quickly morphs into an unpleasantness that resembles dandelions sprayed with weed killer (although I've never tasted either, alone or in combination).

Really though, it isn't quite as bad as all that. I am able to drink it without wincing, spitting or regurgitating. The mouthfeel is watery in the extreme. The nitro attempts to salvage some degree of smooth creaminess--and does to a certain extent--but the thin, watery makeup is just too much to overcome.

I've had good nitro pub ales and I've had bad nitro pub ales. Count Boddingtons Pub Ale as one of the latter. Thumbs down.

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

Air poured so very nice rolling affect and great head on this deep brown ale.
Smelled small amounts of coffee and burnt wheat. Rather average and bland.
The taste was mild coffee, small hints of baking chocolate and oatmeal. This is a rather below average attempt at a Beamish.
Smooth mouthfeel, average drinkabilty, I could have it again but I'd rather a Beamish please!

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Photo of claytri
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured with lots of bubbles forming a light gold cascade the finished in a fairly clear light gold with a decent white head. The smell was pretty well straight up malt. The taste was a nice combination of sweet and bitter. It started out with a blast of sweet creamy beer and finished with a bit of a hoppy edge. It was medium and creamy a real pleasure in the mouth. Definately a possible decision, but not a primary.

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Photo of rousee
1.82/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer has a cascading settle to it very similar to that of Guinness or Caffreys but the color here is very very gold-yellow. Crayola used to have a crayon color called maize which might describe the color better. There was a time when I used to like a Boddingtons-Guinness black and tan and I am sure glad those days are over.
I tried this beer yesterday (8/21/04) in some taste tournaments of the various beers that were available on tap at a downtown Boston pub. The others we compared and tested (there were 3 of us) were Pilsner Urquel, Harpoon IPA, Smithwicks, Sam Adams blue label, Sam Adams Summer Ale, and Bass. I really thought this was the worst beer of all. Each other beer had something going for it except this one. My friends felt the same way. Bitter and a woody finish but woody in a dirty piece of wood way. Nothing to like about the mouthfeel or drinkability either.

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Photo of TagoMago
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 1 pint nitro can poured into an English pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a beautiful cascading effect which initially produces a creamy, pale yellow turbulance within the glass, which after a mimute or two settles to a clean, clear, golden color. The head is decent and lasting.

Aroma: Very clean, with some faint malts and a slight esthery aroma. Not much to speak of at all.

Taste: Just after the initial pour, the beer is smooth and exceptionally creamy. But as the beer sits for a while, it loses this characteristic and becomes flat and watery tasting. To begin with, the carbonation in this beer is minimal to the point of not even being detected. The beer features a crisp hop bitterness that combines with some grainy, malty characteristics. A metallic taste becomes almost cloying in the finish.

Overall: A very subpar English pale ale. Little body and flavor make for a flat, boring, uninspiring beer. Skip this one at all costs.

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

Dusty golden in color; awesome tight bubbled head (two fingers thick) leaving very fine lace.

Mostly malty, frothy aroma. I detect almost a "freezer" smell. The flavor starts with hop, contrary to the aroma. Although this is a subtler hop bite than some English bitters, it is still there as a soft spoken statement. The malt richness comes forth while hold the liquid in my mouth. After swallowing, the hop bitterness returns but softly. The mouthfeel is similar to whole milk; the carbonation is low, but appropriate.

A nice mild bitter, or is this a hoppy mild? Either way it is a very pleasant beer to have.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this common brew on tap (nitro). As expected it arrived with a huge super creamy head which dissolved into a smaller creamy head. This brew is all about the mouthfeel. velvet in a glass. Malty nose, sweet malt center. Notes of honey, vanilla, flowers. tasty stuff. Mildly hoppped. Super pleasant summer quaffer.

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Photo of joecast
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

clear honey-gold color with a nicely shaped, finger-sized, white, foamy head.
soft, sweet floral hop aroma.
take a sip, and it just slides right down your throat. hardly makes an impression.
slightly rough bitterness with not much malt to back it up. would make a great session beer as you would hardly know you were drinking it.
very light body.
overall, not bad, but just lacking a bit on flavor.

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Photo of cokes
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro has to be commended for the wonders it bestows on the presentation and appearance of a beer. And then it should be condemned for just about everything else.
Yellow-tan body, forming, shifting, and cascading in all directions. It eventually settles on a humid golden. The head is cream colored, large, and lasting.
Nose is all soggy dough, mineral, stale weak herbs, and cardboard.
Begins with floured crusty breads. Tiny trickles of toffee sweetness filter in. Stays pretty doughy throughout. Dries in the the later half with traces of minerality, a few peppered phenols, and touches of hay and skim milk. Everything seems flat. Not much in the way of hopping, beside a muddied tea sense around the swallow.
The general nitro-creaminess belies a fairly shallow and thin brew.
There are oodles of bitters that I prefer. I like it to a small degree for its visuals and availability at those same places where Guinness is considered exotic.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light golden yellow with a whole hand of head that very slowly dissapated and left a thick white foam on top of the beer, this held on throughout the drink.

The smell was a light malt with a slight amount of skunk, mixed with some hop spice.

The drink started a creamy malty taste followed by a light hop kick in the middle. The finish was very clean and crisp.

This was a very clean and drinkable beer. I think it would go well with steak, or just with friends.

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Photo of bignick
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is one beautiful beer. While yellow in color, the head is very impressive. The smell is almost nonexistant however, as this beer proves to be very mellow. What the beer lacks malty and hoppy goodness, it makes up in creaminess. There is not a lot of flavor, and the beer goes down quickly and seems light. This is a beer that is nice for very occasional drinking, but it certainly does have its place in the world of beer.

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Photo of jayb
3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just as everyone else had said, the nitro can is a hassle, the beer tends to go everywhere. poured a goldish/reddish color with a wonderful cascading effect. a white frothy head that stays the same all the way to the bottom of the glass. Not much of a smell to speak of honestly. Had a rather sweet taste to it that becomes more prevalent as the glass warmed up. not a very strong taste. a very mellow beer, that never had a bite to it. mouthfeel was well... creamy. a smooth beer that went down nicely. However, the after taste was like i was eating the can. every time i finished a swallow thats all i got. Could be a very nice beer if it weren't for that. i would like to try it on tap sometime. a good beer but probably not something id keep my fridge stocked with.

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Photo of nortmand
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On a nitro tap at Claddagh in Lansing.
Poured a light amber with a centimeter of creamy white foam, looks like a "white Guiness."
Little smell at first, partially due to the ice cold serving temperature. As it warms, it gains a metallic apple character.
Tastes slightly malty with a medium bitterness on the back of the tongue. Not aot going on here.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel typical of a nitro pour.
The best thing about this beer is that, like Guiness, This can easily be consumed in more than mass quantities. Unfortunately for $5 a pop, my pocketbook tells me otherwise.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my local store had 4 pint packs for 7 dollers, so i figured i'd give this a whirl, and first off, i had to change my shirt after opening it *thank you nitro can ;)* Now pouring it into a pint glass, wow, perfect ale color, nice creamy head, took a long bit to settle, and a pleasant, yet slightly skunky smell to it. however the taste was anything but. it tasted sort of like an average run of the mill ale, but the mouthfeel was what set this beer apart. it was quite creamy, and in fact reminded me of a ale form of murphy's stout. all in all, this was a very drinkable beer. now excuse me, i still have half a pint to finish with lunch :)

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

Well, at perhaps one of the only english pubs in Zug, Switzerland (Mr. Pickwick's), I decided to go for a pint of boddington's, with a very unbiased point of view as, my experiences with brit ales lately have been both very good (newcastle) and very bad.

the pour was a clean, headless bright straw with just some bubbles floating up irregularly. served cold as well. The smell, quite bitter as I've seen in the english, is also a bit sour at the nose. The taste isn't all that good but passes my test. it is not abundant in its bitterness, which i liked, but really is moderate in every sense. It's an alright company for the euro2004 at the pub.

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