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

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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beerookie below does amuch better job of describing the appearnce of a Boddington's Pub Ale poured out of a Nitro can, especially the effects of the widget for the twofold foaming. Good carbonation and lacing as well. No bitterness at all, almost too creamy and mild. This makes it an exceptionally easy pint to drink. Wouldn't mind a bit more hoppiness but no problems overall here.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured straight out of the nitro-can into the glass and right off the bat, there was a thick, foamy head. The lacing and frothiness stuck to the sides of the glass very well and even after most of it dissipated, some of the head froth still lingered on top of the ale. Definitely one of these beers that prepares itself for a treat!

The smell was fairly strong, very breadlike in many ways. Overall, the aroma was very pleasing and certainly carried a thick connotation.

Taste was very quaffable and thick. For a pale ale, it's much thicker than its contemporaries and the nitrogen widget certainly made itself present in the brew. Overall, it's a great tasting ale straight from the can.

Mouthfeel was very thick with a nice, smooth watery feeling. The nitrogen certaionly smoothed over the glossiness of this ale and went down easy. This is very flavorable and enjoyable too.

Drinkability is very good here. Straight from the can, this stuff goes down easy and quickly. There's no doubt many of these can be consumed in one sitting. Cheers mate!

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Photo of tang214
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this stuff right here. It pours a creamy brown color with an excellent head. Once the foam settle it is a nice evenly brown color. It smells delicious and tastes even better. The malts are rich and smooth and the hops are just the right amount of pale flavor. It is very smooth and drinks easy. Like I said, I love this stuff. I can't get enough.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a little while ago on 4/26/14. Comes is a 1 Pint (16 ounce) nitro-can, Had this one in the past but it has been many years. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a English Pint glass.

Pours darker golden-amber in color with a large head that cascades down to a 1-finger white creamy head due from the 'widget' inside the can. Spotty lacing is seen which each sip. The aroma is of grains but not much else really. The taste starts out VERY smooth with the mild creamy head from the 'widget' followed by grains and yeast. Actually goes down easy and smooth with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Perfect carbonation of this one. Overall, it's a good brew.

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Photo of palliko
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy golden color, with great foam and lacing. Aroma is crisp with sweet flowers and banana. Initial taste is a smoot experience that is like a good latte. Medium body and a sweet roasted coffee malt flavor predominates and overcome the flowery yet bitter hops. Adry finish that ends in astringent tannins and barley. So so.

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Photo of Nichol
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is appetizing - nice amber color reminiscent of the sap that preserved the mosquito that made the cloning of dinosaurs a reality on Jurassic Park...The head is one of the longest enduring I've seen, with a higher than average amount of lacing. Smell is malty, and, of course, so is the taste. I prefer hoppier ales, so I'm not in love with it, but for a malty ale this one is decent. The feel is temporariy slick, but it soon disappates and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The slick feel can be expected with the amount of malt; again I prefer a dry taste and feel but others with maltier inclinations would like. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I'm not opposed to having again.

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Photo of Winter
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a hazy bright amber in appearance with a creamy off-white head similar to Guinness. Aroma seemed pretty light. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finish has a citrus-like quality to it with a mild bitterness. Nothing mind-blowing, but just a good, drinkable English pub ale.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a clear dark gold with a fine head that lingers. It pours a milky tan, and it's usually entertaining to watch it settle.

Smell is pleasant, but not complex. It's mostly honey, then there's banana and grain.

Taste is like a bitter banana bread, walnuts and all. There's not a whole lot else in substantial quantity, but it's plenty easy as a session beer. There's not a whole lot of depth, and the initial taste quickly fades to the grain component.

The feel is pretty mellow, probably due to the carbonation means.

A plenty adequate brew available seemingly everywhere.

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Photo of Vancer
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fiddler’s Green in Orlando. Awesome!! Perfect cascading in a clear, amber yellow with a tan head that laced the pint glass all the way down. Lite aromas of malt and citrus that matched the creamy smooth taste, a lemon was in the background. Thin, of course, cream ale that you could drink all night, easily. Nice lite hoppy finish.

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Photo of jreitman
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy thick white head and golden orange in color. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Fruit (grapefruit) and a slight biscuit aroma come across in the nose. Moderate bitterness on the side of the tongue with a grapefruit character. Smooth with pretty subdued flavors overall. The more I drank the more I percieved a biscuity, bready flavor. Quite easily downable as a session beer.

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Photo of bacabuck
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep rich brown with oatmeal creamy head.

S- Yeasty and rich

T- Bananas and toffee. Rich with the right amount of bitter finish

M- So much better than any over carbonated barley soda

D- All night long

This is a really pretty good ale that is mellow in flavor, smooth, and well balanced. I've only seen it in nitro-cans or on tap at a couple places. Worth a taste for yourself.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can, which provided a very nice milky cascade, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Upon finishing the pour, it had a very nice white head that seemed to linger, but not for too long. It had a nice golden yellow haze to it that I could not see through. Not much nose to it at all. The mouthful was very creamy, a bit watery, but yet full and heavy. I find the beer very easy to drink, as it is very smooth. Great beer with any type of pub grub and one that I try to enjoy often.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a Gold honey colour, with an two fingered Ivory coloured thick creamy head that outlasts the beer. The appearance is impressive.

S - A nice homey sweet caramel aroma.

T - Delicious flavour of honey and malt with a classic Northern bitter finish. Nicely balanced

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation and oh so smooth.

D - How anyone can rate this beer below a 4 for appearance or mouth feel is beyond me. I think sometimes we get a little precious about mass produced beer. This is a great example of a mass produced ale of quality.

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Photo of Hollister
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To me, Boddingtons is the "caramel" version of the "chocolate" Guinness if that makes sense. From the cascade to the head consistency, the feel in the mouth to the fairly intense lacing - they're very similar. It's a smooth and very drinkable beer that you can just put down without even realizing. The appearance is simple but pleasant with a light honey color. The head is thick and marshmallow like, and it just won't go away. Not much of a nose, which would probably be its biggest problem. This is a classic though, and because of that, it’s not the most complex. It's a staple, not something that pushes the boundaries, and it should be appreciated as such. It's best on draught and pairs well with many deserts.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--Came in the nitro can in a St. Pat's day promo pack that included 2 Boddingtons, 2 Guiness, 2 Kilkenny and 2 Harp.
--Poured a nice copper in color with some awesome cascading (thanks to the nitro can). A great white thick head that lasted throughout.
--slight citrus smell, nothing outstanding.

This beer has sentimental value for me as it reminds me of my time living in England. It is not the best beer out there but still one that I would have no worries about ordering in a pub or even a can. Thx

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Photo of adammills
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Boddingtons. I have had it in a pint sized nitro can, that one must take care when opening. I learned the hard way, beer on the poker table...anyhow. A fine gold in color with a one to two fingered head. Very creamy in both taste and smell. Very easy drinking. It goes down easy.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from nitro-can into standard pub glass

A- Medium golden color with the anticipated high bubble activity from the nitro widget. Developed the characteristic smooth creamy white head that hangs around throughout the session

S- I don't know exactly what it is with nitro cans and bottles, but I don't get much variety on the nose with nitro can/bottled products.

T- Slightly bitter, very faint sweetness (honey?)

M- Very smooth and creamy on the palate

D- With a relatively low ABV, it is easy to kill the 4 pack at a hurried pace.

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Photo of kaboose72
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was at an irish bar and wanted something other then my usual Guinness. Waitress suggested This wonderful beer. it is like a creamy Bass Ale, only better. Just a great drinking experience. Not too hoppy but right. Almost as wonderul as Guinness but nothing comes close to the original

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Draughtflow system...'releases millions of tiny bubbles'. Well maybe that was the original plan, but this, my final can of the four-pack, has been in my fridge for about a year. The temp is a frosty 35 or so, but I still wondered if this would be drinkable. It was. However, upon opening, I didn't get millions of bubbles, maybe just a few hundred thousand. A very small head, showing its age I reckon.

Smells a little grainy, fruitcake like, at least the candied fruit part. Pale copper color, attractive.

Smooth and creamy, but not heavy or oily. The nitro bubbles have enough effect to make the mouthfeel soft. Light grain taste with a lightly bitter finish. No overpowering flavor components, but I like it just the same. This is the first and only beer I've ever had with the widget setup.

Very drinkable, even after all this time. I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with some amber darkness. The head is an ivory pancake like most nitro beers. Lacing consists of dense ridges. The aroma has lots of aromatic Goldings hops as well as a sufficient bready malt. The taste is dominated by a dry yeast flavor, somewhat buttery, maybe more butterscotch. Malt is bready and the hops are well represented and very herbal whith some tea-like qualities. Theres a sweetness in the middle and the finish is quite dry. The mouthfeel is full of nitrogen creamyness which is OK but kind of artificial to me.

This is one of my old favorites. Apparently its a very weak version if the original but its still tastey, among the best of nitro can beers.

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Photo of rrob311
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 4 pack o cans of this beer a couple years back.

A- This beer is a little darker, not so clear, and the foamy head stays there for awhile it reminds me of guiness.

S- Smells great.

T- This is a great tasting beer, kind of creamy.

M- This is one of the flattest tasting beers I have tried but it is very good.

D- I can drink several of these no problem its definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Nitro Can

Appearance: A crystal clear, golden amber beer. The widget produced a super dense and creamy head. The beautiful cascading action settled down into a two-finger head that just sat there. It showed no signs of dissipating at all before I took a drink. Even as I polished off the last drop of liquid, a good finger of head was still present. It left solid sheets of foam stuck to the sides of the glass in its wake.

Smell: The aroma was clean and extremely mild. Too mild, really. There was just a hint of malt and the slightest perception of hops. Occasionally, if I really sniffed, I could detect a mild fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: This beer was creamy smooth and medium-bodied.

Taste. The flavor was almost as mild as the aroma. There was a light malt taste with a bit of citrus bite on the sides of the tongue. A hops bitterness was just barely detectable late in the finish, along with a light sweetness.

Not a powerhouse by any means, but still a pleasant and highly drinkable brew. I sucked this pint down in no time. My rating is based totally on this beers own merits. If I were to look at it compared to other pales/bitters, it would not hold up at all.

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Photo of erosier
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap down in New Haven at Bar. I liked it out of the tap. At first it poured an all white beer that stayed for about 10 minutes until it settled into a golden yellow color with a very thick and creamy white head. The head stuck around the length of the beer but since it was so thick and creamy, it was a nice touch. It had a light malty aroma with a sweet smell at the end. The taste was pretty good. It was really smooth with light malty/hoppiness and then a sweet almost creamy taste afterwards. The mouthfeel is excellent and it is a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of SarahLynne
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the mouthfeel and the head. Flavor is smooth and easy to drink. Like to drink it when I want something a bit lighter. Even my best friend likes it and she does not typically like beer. She said it is a better alternative to Bud/Bud Light. Basically it's my go-to for something smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of montageman
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Just an easy drinking ale. Creamy, sweet, well balanced. Yes, it's a touch watery and not terribly complex, but nonetheless it is worth a drink every once in a while. The nitro can gives the perfect amount of head if poured properly. Would be an ideal session brew - I only drink it once in a while, though. Recommended.

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