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

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

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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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Photo of RedDiamond
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Those nitro-cans sure are fun, huh? And I’ve been meaning to mop the kitchen floor for quite some time now.

I have yet to see a definitive stylistic definition for this brew, though I’m inclined to brand it a pale mild ale in contrast to a common pale. This “Pub Ale” has a brilliant, flawlessly clear gold color, and a volatile nitro head that pours as plush as chinchilla. The flavor is dry and restrained, yet clean, even exuberant. This is a simple recipe, with no unwelcome distractions or pretenses.

Brits drink 85% of their beers on draught in pubs and Boddington’s is a fine representation of a simple everyday session beer, though I can see how this “Pub Ale” doesn’t suit American tastes. It's too subtle. It is mild and creamy and goes very well with food. It is framed by a gentle kölsch-like smell of malt/yeast and is very effective as a linoleum floor polish.

Seriously, I could drink this stuff all night long.

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Photo of FormatKid
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The can opens with an assertive crack and all those tiny nitro bubbles start fizzing out. This is followed by gurgling and hissing noises as I pour. The beer really does have a cool appearance, all creamy white at first practically, reverse cascading from a honeyed golden color which transitions upward into the white fluffy head. The head is white and lusciously silky, bubbles are ultra fine. It really is neat to see the nitro-pour effect in something that is more translucent than Guinness. The head remains firm through most of the drink and lacing films lightly at the sides.

The nose is almost 100% soft, sweet malts. Only the absolute faintest bitter twinge is apparent.

The taste is as soft and subtle as you’d expect. The nitro formed head creates a feathery effect that tickles your upper lip as you drink. Mouthfeel is lovely and creamy, unless you manage to miss sucking down some of the head in a gulp, then it feels dead. Sweet, malty and mild, any hops barely squeek out their presence. Not a whole lot to be said here taste wise, for me this beer relies more on appearance and feel than flavor.

I’m on the fence about this one, generally not my ideal of something I’d enjoy, but I could see myself having a craving for this if I wanted something soft, light, and INSANELY quaffable.

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Photo of shapudding
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very light carbination. Pours with that lovely Guinness like nitro pour that you just have to admire the glass. Thick ring of head that was about 1/8 inch when it sat there. Nitro tap so it comes out sooo nice and creamy and smooth tasting.... yum. Very balanced in flavor. Great bitterness, but not overly done. Hoppy, yet not too much. It is just such a great drinking beer. One you know you are safe with anywhere and anytime of the year.

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Photo of Ellbert
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very clear, alsmost watery looking golden with no carbonation bubbles floating at all. The head is beautifully thick with very tiny bubbles. Very creamy.

Smell: There are hints of sweetness, corn like sweetness that is found in a budweiser. Other than that the nose is very clean. This is bad though, I really cannot get any other aromas out.

Taste: At first the taste is not there, the nitrogen kinda kills any flavor but finally some hops come through. They sneak up. After a few hops come up you can taste some sweetness. There is an annoying aftertaste. The taste isn't bad but it isn't great.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. There is not harsh carbonation. I don't think nitrogen is what a pale ale needs.

Overall not a bad brew but there are many better ones out there.

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Photo of granger10
2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I just hate these nitro cans. The only beer that I have tasted that is better/good in the nitro can is youngs dc stout. Enough of my rant i just had to get that off my chest. The pour is nice with a golden hue and a creamy head that settles about an inch thick. I seriously can't smell anything, the creamy head is blocking my sniffing abilities. The taste is also nothing. The nitro can has a way of blocking the actual taste of the beer. The creamy head is sticking to my mouth blocking all other tastes. Maybe a slight dextrin sweet taste at the back of my mouth. This beer also seems flat in my mouth, i dont get any carbonation when tasting it (i have no idea why this is). This is essentially brown water.

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Photo of TerryW
2.14/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A typical nito-can display when poured. Substantial, long-lived and creamy soft head.

Smell is gentle with what strikes me as a whiff of Juicy Fruit gum (?!) in there.

Undistinguished gentle taste. Some bitterness that lingers for a bit, but otherwise quite unremarkable.

Everything about this beer is soft. No. Not soft. Whimpy. Utterly limp. This is a beer that can't be bothered – so neither can I. I pass.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out thick and hearty with that fat nitro head. loods pretty good. the aroma is faint, very light hops and a somewhat boring "beer smell". in the mouth it is creamy and smooth, the head is frothy and it goes down easily. flavor wise it is weak, not terribly so, but pretty blah. faint malt here, very light hops there and all with an odd/off metallic taste. not bad but not good either. it is drinkable though, if there isnt anything better around.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep darker yellow with thick creamy off-white head. Mildly sweet-malty aroma curbed by some neutral hops. Malty and creamy and rounded with some noble hops. Starts with medium body and finishes a bit fuller. I enjoy these as an easy drinking beer, primarily when there is nothing else "hoppy" available.

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Photo of tar
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The nitro can results in an attractive "active" pour as there is a nice cascade of bubbles. Once all the action has died down, a very light golden beer is left with the standard sharp white "collar" of a nitro beer. A very mild, grassy aroma comes forth. Creamy, mild taste with a virtually non-existent finish, and an almost absence of hops. Not terrible tasting, but it certainly lacks most of the flavors present in the beers I really like. Very smooth and creamy (mostly from the nitro can) and as a result its easy to drink one of these. Overall, rather unimpressive, not a bad beer, but certainly far from spectacular, and one I'm unlikely to try again.

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Photo of dauss
4.01/5  rDev +25.7%
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 RootedFool
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One pint nitro can purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Popped the tab and foam orgasmically erupted. I found my glass right away and dumped it in. Solid gold body with a water-fall-in-reverse of bright white foam. The head is utterly dense, barely a bubble spotted, bright white.

The nose is honey drizzled freshly cut grass, light and reserved.

Can't help but notice the mouthfeel first, creamy as can be and with that firm pillow of a head sinking across my upper-lip, ah! The taste is one extended undertone, it's that restrained -- begins with a quick nudge of bitterness, levels out into a watery honey sweetness, and closes on a softly blunt bitter tone like a shred or two of boiled lemon zest. Dry.

No carbonation to speak of.

Hey, it's a gorgeous beer. I wish it tasted as good as it looks, very drinkable nevertheless.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer really looks like it was poured from a bar tap...great body. Boddingtons is so unique for being a light-looking golden beer that pours like an Irish stout; those widget things work well. Moving past the appearence, this is a very mild tasting brew. Not much smell to speak of, but while swallowing it feels like a Beamish or Murphys thanks once again to the nitrogen blast. Slightly sweet, this a good smooth drinking session brew that pairs great with spicey food.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cracked the top of this nitro-can and it sprayed everywhere. Pours brilliantly clear to a light copper color with a creamy white head. It leaves nice lace-work when sipped down. The aroma is of caramel malts, apples, and a bit buttery. The flavor has a light caramel, diacetyl taste, with a bit of fruit. It is very light in body and smooth drinking. A definite session brew.

Sampled 12/30/03

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Photo of fdrich29
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can – Poured a golden brew with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet with some malts coming through. Taste is very light but similar to Kilkenney or Guiness in a nitro can. This is not a bad beer just a good session beer. Probably won’t try that again since there is a lot more interesting session beer out there.

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