Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boddingtons
England, United Kingdom
inbev.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,122
Ratings:
2,790
Avg:
3.2
pDev:
20.31%
 
 
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Photo of AChamberlain
3.96/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is on tap at Dove in Greenwich Village. Served in a pint glass

A: Yellow with a gorgeous fluffy white head that sticks around.
S: Not much of a smell. It's all about the flavor.
T: Buttery and bitter taste.
MF: Smooth...and maybe even a bit creamy. Light carbonation.
D: This stuff is drinkable beyond belief. There are nights when this is all I drink.

This is one of my favorite beers to session.

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Photo of maccroz
3.96/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh what an intoxicating ale Boddingtons is, and by so much more than the alcohol that it delivers.

I consider drinking a pint of Boddingtons to be a noteworthy experience satisfying all of the senses. It's the only beer I've found that is more entertaining to watch settle than Guinness. It has the same nitrogen bubble rush, but rather than be a black-hole devoid of any light as Guinness is, while settling you can watch a boddington's ale change not only color, but pattern & texture as well.

After settling, its like a light golden version of Guinness. The same thick white creamy head. It looks as if someone took the head off of a Guinness and placed it on top of a JW Dundee Honey Brown.

As far as smell goes, it's nothing hugely exciting with a clean grainy aroma.

The taste is very smooth and drinkable leaving a sweet caramel/pecan taste on your tongue.

The mouthfeel is what gets me. Like a good friend of mine says "It's like drinkin' butta!" The nitrogen bubbles make this light ale feel like sucking down whipped cream or butter. It's truly a sensory experience.

This is quite possibly the only beer that I'll give rave reviews about because of mouthfeel and apperance instead of taste & smell. Everyone should try Boddingtons at least a few times in their life, it's a treat.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.96/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've sampled both draught and nitro cans and quite frankly, not a great deal different. Initially, pale gold in color transforming to dull amber with a billowing, multi-layered head, which begins 3/4 of the way from the bottom of the glass and rapidly rises to create a creamy, frothy white head. Tea and light hop aroma gives way to a mild herbal malt then disappears. If looks are deceiving, the malt body is thinner than it looks. The Light to medium tea with a twist of lemon peel hops remains constant throughout the glass. A smooth and frothy, lick your lips sort of ale. You can’t help gulping.

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Photo of cruland
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours wonderfully and has a slow-developing head (very similar to Guinness). Once it settles it has a nice, rich look.

Smell: Simply isn't there. Honestly, Miller Lite has a more potent aroma.

Taste: Very smooth, very pleasant to drink. The after-taste is mild with a hint of bitterness/hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: About as close to perfect as you can come without quite being there.

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Photo of KoG
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super cascading effect is better out of hte can than on tap. Deep yellow color adorned by a giant off-white head that laces the entice length of the glass.

Smell is still rather clean. Light hop backed by a light grain nose. not much, but not unpleasant either.

Taste is mild hops with a dominate light malt backbone. Not strong in any aspect, but still nicely balanced with no strange aftertaste.

Goes down smooth as silk making you want to drink more and more. A very drinkable lighter beer to give yourself a break in a long session.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint widget can.

What a beautiful pour. Golden orange on the bottom, carbination bubbling up to the $5 milk shake head ("I dont know if it was worth $5, but it was f'ing good"). Head kept its thickness and presence for a week and a half. Thick, rich full taste that doesn't overstay its welcome. Weak smell of hops and smooth creamy flow over the lips and past the gums. An old favorite, I've often heard of it as "Guinness Lite" and "White Guinness". This is extremely easy to drink, suitable for marathon nights of putting back the wet stuff or just enjoying with dinner. Not a bad run of the mill brew.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
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 Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying some light beers ( for a diet) luckilly i found out from Bewer Advocate that Bitters such as this have just as little carbs and calories as the Light beers.
Well this is a beautiful beer to behold when poured from the nitro-can..large luscious thick head nice bright copper colour.
Nice scent balanced.
this is a very easy to drink mild bitter..very creamy and smooth..a little kick on the back of the tongue.
good in the mouth
Excellent drinkability..goodbye Lights hello bitters !!

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with remarkable 2 finger head. The head can definately hold it's own. Very sweet smelling, with little to no hop nose. Taste is almost honey sweet with a pleasant but not exceptional aftertaste. Mouth feel is very smooth and creamy. (cream ale) Drinkablilty is very good since this is a very mild brew. Not a regular by any stretch of the imagination, but a passive cream ale for occasional consumption.

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Photo of Daytripper42
3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my all-time favorite beers.

This beer is a dark golden color and leaves a perfect head when poured into a glass. Has a fruity aroma that lingers in the taste.

Mouthfeel, in my opinion, is exceptional. It has that creamy feel to it that helps it go down better. The flavor is of honey and light fruit. It's very hard to find a flavorful, thick beer around here and this is definitely that. I don't understand why the rating on this site isn't a little bit higher.

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Photo of Stephancaputa
3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is poured out of it's can into a clear glass it is mesmerizing. The thick, fading head is fantastic! The head is sweet and ultra-creamy. Can't help but tp drink half of the beer in it's foam form. Once settled you can an enjoy a more typical pale ale. It has a slight bitterness, long lasting finish.

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Photo of budgood1
3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the cascading effect was amazing...but that's where the amazement ends. the head does coat the glass the whole way down.....but i found this ale sort of boring. i wouldn't assasinate it like some reviews i read, but it's nothing special. it's full bodied and creamy smooth but i do detect the slight metallic hoppy aftertaste which i didn't find too offensive. i'd drink it again.

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Photo of skibumdc
3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap. Eat Bar @ Talula's in Arlington, VA
Nitro cascade is a great presentation in a regular pint glass.
Taste of cream ale, smooth with hint of bitter in finish.
Thicker mouth feel due to it tasting like a cream ale
Drinkable but not a session beer to me.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. nitro-can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The usual cascading appearance that a nitro gives; the glass becomes completely enveloped in the foamy head that quickly dissipates into a clear dark golden hue, with a solid bone white one finger head that doesn't let up. Moderate amount of lacing left as I drink. Really spectacular looking.

Smell: Nothing too special, metallic yeast, light barley and hops, kind of flowery smelling.

Taste: Tastes pretty much what it smells like, albeit a bit more assertive. Metallic yeast, mildly bitter citrus hops, slight tinge of booze.

Mouthfeel: Pretty damn nice. A very creamy offering, full bodied and with very little carbonation. This will make you have a foam-stache.

Overall: An excellent beer, and a surprisingly easy drinker for the full bodied mouthfeel. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a can at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)
pours a brilliant copper with a thick white head, the cascading nitro bubbles are also a butiful sight.
the aroma is malty, grassy, hint of spice, hint of sweet honey.
the flavor is malty, carmelized malt, grassy, hopsack, hint of spice, lingering hopflavor.
great beer, goes down easy, great example of english ale.

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Photo of StephenNorman
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear yellow, with a gorgeous 1 1/2 - 2 finger head. Copious lacing throughout.This is what I think of when I think of the the perfect looking beer.

Smell: Unfortunately there is barely any aroma, except maybe some light fruit/honey. This is my main beef with this beer.

Taste: This is easily one of the best tasting beer I've ever had, my favorite for sure. A slight banana/fruity flavor, with honey and slight hop bitterness. Glorious.

Mouthfeel: More watery then I would like, but still not too thin.

Drinkability: This is the easiest drinking brew I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. A great session beer no doubt. Do not hesitate to try this beer.

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Photo of SisuPride
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as creamy as any beer I've enjoyed. It is a medium brown color and has a solid head - not too big, not too small - the kind where you don't have to wait for the head to settle but will still decorate the upper lip with a beautiful beer 'stache. The creamy mouthfeel of this beer is it's best feature and it's weakest is taste, I'd like it to have a little more flavor. I'd recommend this beer to anyone without reserve simply due to the fact you can rip off the top of the can and pull out the carbonation device and bring it home to your child as a marvelous spin top toy - it like a box of cracker jacks, a prize in every can!

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Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Utterly still golden amber with a thick and dense milk-white nitro-induced head. The head is going nowhere fast, and there is a considerable amount of splotchy lacing left on the glass. Nose is melon, green apple, floral hops, and a light presence of caramel malts. Pleasant flavors of fresh plum juice, honeydew, and a hint of banana mix with barely-there biscuity malt and a nicely contrasting bitter bergamot-infused hop finish. A little bit of mineral character comes through in the finish as well. Hop bitterness lingers. As it warms, this hop flavor begins to resemble the spiciness of Saaz. It's surprising how much this tastes like an English attempt at a Belgian pale. Thin mouthfeel really makes this a close-but-no-cigar semblance of a cask ale. Actually, it's nowhere near the flavor or consistency of a cask ale, but the nitro widget is put to what is likely its maximum performance here. A quality beer in my book.

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer that I’ve tried out of a nitro can and I’ll have to say that I’m impressed. Initial pour is a hazy orange/golden color with a thick creamy white froth. Once the foam settles from the pour, the color is a clear gold topped off with a rich 1-inch head that retains itself through the entire duration. Aromas are malty and sweet. The taste is so mild that I had to ask myself, “This is a Bitter?” It was so smooth and easy to drink. I could definitely see myself drinking several of these in one setting.

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Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from nitro-tap into Boddington's Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Honey gold with firm, stark white head. Has the too perfect look of a nitro beer, but it sure is pretty.

Smell: Not too much, but to be expected for the style. Light grainy malts, some light spiciness. Mostly smells dry.

Taste: Dried malts with toast, bread and tea. Hops are nicely balanced and integrated and are spicy, floral and slightly metallic.

Feel:Light bodied but exceedingly smooth and creamy. Very dry finish, as expected since the beer is pretty dry throughout.

Overall: I know many like to blast this beer for being bland, but I find it to be very refreshing and balanced, despite being quite mild. From what I remember, the nitro cans are also good, but not as good as having it on nitro-tap. Happy to finally review this, as I used to have it often in my pre-review days.

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Photo of dauss
4.01/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on nitro-tap in England at this fine pub. It was served mildly chilled so it wasn't very cold. The head was very creamy and
thick, just like guinness. It also had just a tiny bit of carbonation just like guinness. I think of it as a light guinness. It's not quite as thick and pours a hazy golden color with a white head. It definitely had some bitterness to it. Just so similar to guinness I have nothing else to compare it too.

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Photo of SindriMar
4.02/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a very nice ale. One of the best 'smooth' pale ales I've ever had. I ordered a pint at the pub and I was really glad to see the thick head that would last 'till the very last sip. It has a very smooth mouthfeel and it's really easy to drink. There wasn't much hop presence or bitterness at all, although I could sense a slight bitterness after a few sec. The sweet malt was very inviting, but probably not strong enough for experienced drinkers. A very good pub ale, though.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
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 vancurly
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love opening & pouring these nitro-cans... big psssht, and the impatient pleasure of watching the head settle...
I used to love this beer, long before I knew my Saaz from my Fuggles... so what's it like now ?
Pours a nice flat, white heavy nitro head, which persists throughout.... colour is a clear amber.
Initial aromas of banana bread, opening up to caramel malts
Fruity flavours of pear... almost, almost like Coopers' Ales without the PoR metallic-ness... Nutty hint, ever-so-slight sweet note...
No carbonation, which helps demonstrate a good mouthfeel... nice body, with a decent bitterness
Very much a session pint...and a good drink.

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Photo of wages
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-can poured into 16 oz English pub glass

appearance - 5/5 - Pours with a cascade of bubbles but doesn't overflow. The bubbles settle over the next minute to a stark while creamy head. The color is golden transparent pale.

smell - 4.5/5 - Light hop aroma on top of bready or tea. Maybe slightly grassy.

taste - 3.5/5 - Clean light hop flavor. Mild bitter aftertaste with a lingering earthiness.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - A wonderfully smooth and creamy texture fills the mouth and leaves the idea of creaminess behind long after the beer is gone.

overall - 4/5 - Not my favorite tasting beer, but I respect it in it's style, and what it lacks in taste is well made up for with all other categories.

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