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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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Ratings: 2,884 |  Reviews: 1,146
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a Nonic pint glass.

It's certainly a beaut to look at. The nitro effect is very suggestive of a cask and lots of foam surges from the bottom of the glass to the head. The head settles four fingers thick and is creamy in appearance. It looks edible almost. The liquid is copper-brown, clean and transparent.

The nose is a mash-up of mild bitter and earthy hops and some seemingly sour malt. Some sweetness is present. These same notes extend to the taste. There's a slight sourness, sweet malt that lingers and some bitter, earthy hops. The flavors seem a bit restrained, although one could argue the better word would be subtle.

The mouthfeel offers plenty of creaminess, but peculiarly, also feels somewhat thin and diluted. There's some bitterness and sweetness to make things interesting, as well as lingering hoppiness, but I'm not blown away by the way this feels. Okay, but not great.

Overall, certainly a respectable beer and one I'd choose over most domestic macros in the states, but not at the level of an artisan beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of utopiajane
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel honey brown with a flourish of dirty, milky looking bubbles that meet a slight but creamy head of long lasting foam. Bubbles stick to the side of the glass and almost obscure a tiny bit of sediment in the beer. Nose is earthy and smells a bit like dirt at first. Then it becomes grassy and very herbal. It has a bit of sour form the mixture of grains. A flaked corn sweetness emerges as it warms and it becomes more pleasant as you drink it.

Taste follows the nose. Husky, herbal, earthy and with a bit of bitter in the finish. I looked hard for any metallic quality and could not find any. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy from the nitro and it is a surprise if you are not expecting it. I did feel that the beer was a bit thin but not really bland and the grass and herbal , although not fruity offered plenty of flavor and texture. Just a touch of diacetyl in this to remind you of popcorn. Goes to the finish dry and with more grass and a moderate bitter. Husky earthy, grainy, grassy, pungent and herbal.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of bricology
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to laugh at some of the negative reviews that Boddingtons has here. They mostly seem to treat it as if it somehow didn't measure up to their preferences or expectations to vastly *different types* of beers. That's as absurd as say, criticizing pinot noir for not being enough like sauternes (or Coke for not being enough like Sprite).

Folks, Boddingtons is a CREAM ALE. If you are criticizing it for not being hoppy enough, or not having enough carbonation, or being too sweet, or having a slightly funky farmyard aroma -- that can only be because you don't know jack shit about cream ales. That accounts for nearly every reviewer here that gave it less than 3 points.

Like I said: Boddingtons is a cream ale -- a type of ale that was favored by working men who wanted to nip down to the pub during lunch for something satisfying but not too alcoholic. It's supposed to be caramelly sweet, to have a creamy mouthfeel and a solid head, to have low discernible hops and low carbonation; that's the effect brewers were trying to achieve. The nitro capsule pretty well replicates the effect of a skilled publican aerating the ale into the glass.

Some criticism is deserved: the nitro capsule imparts a metallic tang that's unpleasant and overpowers the faint flavors and aromas of overripe banana, pecans, sourdough bread and perhaps a little chicory. And the nitro makes opening a can and decanting it a dangerous operation. But that's the price that must be paid for the mouthfeel the nitro imparts. Once it settles down, it's as pretty of a glass of ale as you could imagine. No, Boddy's is not as good as Narragansett's cream ale, but it's a hell of a lot easier to obtain, and much cheaper.

In short, on a cool autumn afternoon, I doubt very much that one could find a more drinkable and enjoyable cream ale available in any store in America for such a low price. Put aside your prejudices that every "good beer" must have the exact characteristics of Pliny the Elder and try to enjoy a distinctly British style of traditional workingman's ale on its own merits. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Easy to knock back. Smooth and refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of davidvaz
1.24/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I tried this beer from a nitro-can poured into a mug It had a good head about a 1/2 inch thick. Looked great but was all smoke and mirrors. Its like someone got a can and scooped some lake water into a can. This was an awful beer and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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2/5  rDev -37.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Bernoulli
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

3/8 inch head... very light brown layer on bottom with a bubbly-ish layer above the tan-line that's white mixed with something a bit darker than the lowest level, and then the very long lasting head. Head mostly stays and the two layers merge to an even prettier transparent brown (that's a bit darker than it started). A beautiful beer to watch settle.

Smells like it tastes.

An interesting choice if your only other nitro was a Guinness because, except for the nitro, they are of course nothing alike.

Innocuous in the way that we thought Newcastle was. Definitely nothing at all of the extra bite/kick of something like Hobgoblin.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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