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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of Halcyondays
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can, poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow/amber, with thick white head.

S: Smell of sweet malts and English Fuggle/Goldings hops.

T: English maltiness and slight hop character, but a metallic twist that was off-putting.

M: Thin, too watery, smooth, but not too creamy.

D: Average in the can, but much better on draft.

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Photo of Zorro
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours good-looking darkish gold ale with a really thick head on it.

Smells really fruity and malty.

Taste is mild and full. This has a fruity taste and a mild maltiness and slight hops finish. Really might be better classified as a Mild Ale.

Mouthfeel is ok

Very drinkable if you want some thing light.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden color with a one-finger, super creamy head due to the nitro widget.

Smell: malt is slightly grainy, slightly sweet. Not bad; not fantastic.

Taste: grainy with a very light hint of floral hops toward the end. It's got a bit more of a lager character to it than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: super creamy due to the widget. This beer actually has a pretty good body to it as well.

Drinkability: I think this beer is pretty drinkable. Its taste is pretty good and the overall experience is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This looks great: At first it's all foam, then the white large creamy head starts to set and reveals a golden to amber beverage. The head stays longer than it takes me to finish the beer and it stays creamy the whole time.

S: A smell that doesn't correlates to the appearance: plain-smelling. It's hard to sence anything. But there is roasted malt (a bit sweet?), and some fruit.

T: Plain, this doesn't taste much at all, but there is some fruit (citrus and green apples), and some very light roasted malt. Where are the hops???

M: Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body, very moderate carbonic acids. The aftertaste is the best part of this beer (if you don't consider how great it looks), dry and bitter, but it doesn't stay quite as long as I'd like it to.

D: This was a strange experience: One of the best looking beers I had in a long time (the best looking English Pale Ale I've ever had), with nice aftertaste and mouthfeel falls flat when it comes to smell and taste - far to week. I had no expectations when I popped the can open, but I got dissapointed when I first smelled it and then tasted it after looking at something that looked really great. At the pub watching a game it would go down (but then again what wouldn't go down in that condition?)

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From can no. L8-305MK-17:55. Sampled on May 7, 2009. The nitro can fizzes open with an engulfing widget-driven creamy foamy head. The color is a clear amber-copper. The aroma smacks of sweet malts and light hops, mild and not overwhelming. The mouthfeel gets skewed to the foamy side with the fluffy nitro head skittering across my tongue but overall I would call it a medium body. The taste is mildly bitter and vaguely hopped. I like this one and drink it often.

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Photo of Derek
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The widget produces a milky pour; Golden-bronze; creamy white head, great retention & lace.

S: Bready with a modest amount (by British standards) of fruity esters.

T: Bready malt, slight earthy & citrus hop flavour, modest bitter balance, slight caramel sweetness.

M: Very creamy, substantial body for its strength; Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.50 for a pint of this at some English Pub-esque coffee house in Cape May, NJ...
Appears a transparent, light yellow with a cascading body that leads up to the frothy, off white head. Pretty typical of a nitro. Tiny bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of very mild grain that is reminiscent of Special K with a touch of honey. Nothing special jumping out at all.
Taste is about the same as the mild aromas being just that...mild, very much so. Maybe a tiny bit of a tea-like taste buried in there somewhere.
Mouthfeel is creamy but there is a lack of any flavors that make me want to continue drinking this. There is also a vague graininess that doesn't seem like it should be there. It should be a bit more clean. Tiny bitter finish is barely enough for an enjoyment. This is a palate cleanser for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely nitro-can pour, a slippery, silky, creamy effusion of miniscule bubbles that seem to transform from gas to solid as the construct the egg-white-whip head. Lacing is, as you would expect, excellent, colour is a clear copper gold. All in all, an excellent looking English ale very well presented.

Unfortunately, the most pleasure I got from the beer was watching it settle out. The smell is a rather timid metallic note, with some musty grain thrown in, and a very brief whiff of overripe-turning-to-rotten fruit. Not the greatest nose ever, and it's weak to boot.

Some light, manky organic characters on the palate. Again some musty grain, burlap sack, something unpleasantly organic. Some gritty English bitterness part way through, and a reasonable, if not exciting dry finish that cleans up the unpleasantness at least. It's better in the mouth than on the nose, and the feel is quite smooth and creamy.

OK, so it hasn't astonished me. Hell, it hasn't even particularly impressed me, but it has just enough character to be pleasant and a subtle insinuating drinkability that's hard to ignore.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow with a cascading carbonation that seems to fall down to the bottom of the glass, similar to Guiness. Creamy, frothy white head leaves a slight lacing around the glass. Nose is almost non-existent. Taste is corn and a slight malt presence. No hops detected.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a vividly clear honey-orange with a compact, creamy eggshell white head that hung around for the entire drink.

S: very light flowery hopping and not much else. Clean , neutral per style.

T: light with some sour malting and floral hopping. Really clean and basic overall with very light and subtle sour fruit coming through in the finish.

M: smooth, light, with a soft carbonation. Rather unexciting and didn't miss it on the swallow.

D: While it is easy to consume it comes off rather to basic and I would probably tire easily of this one in session. Good I guess for slugging them back at the local pub and turning your brain off while you drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't lie - drank some of this before pouring my pint glass. What poured out was a reddish brown hue that gave off a foamy, one-finger head and quickly died. Maybe because of the can there is a metallic/medicinal smell, but I picked up some light, airy hops and some faint heavy malts.
Went down smooth and medium-bodied, but there wasn't much of a discernable taste. Some bread and sweet malts and a little rough backbite from either roasted/coffee malt and some hop prickness, but still a tad bland. This isn't a bad beer, but I'd much rather have it on draft than out of the can.

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Photo of akorsak
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is a clear, yellow color, with a finger's worth of head.

S: The aroma is primarily the a creamy lactose-like aroma that comes from the head. There are a bit of malts, but not a lot.

T: The ale is an inoffensive brew. providing a bit of malty nuttiness and some earthy hops. Neither come in significant quanitities and neither over- nor underwhelm the tastebuds.

M: The creaminess of the head makes for a decent first impression but there isn't a lot of depth after that.

D: I'd have a few as the lower abv and the decent taste make it a good one to have when you are having a few.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 1 pint can a dull, slightly hazy gold with a solid 2 finger head of foam with lots of lacing. It *is* a nitro can after all. ;^)

The smell has a nose of bitter hops and a touch of honey sweetness.

The taste matches the smell...good hop bitterness(no citrus really, just bitter) with some honey sweetness and some metallic taste. Silky smooth mouthfeel here and it finishes slightly bitter; the finish is actually the only part that I don't fancy too much but over all, this is a pretty good taster and so darn easy to drink. I don't know why I like Boddingtons, I just do and I buy it every so often.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro Tap

Appearance – Mostly clear amber/copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is an amazing amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and and it feels very creamy on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel, and some light hops. There are also notes of tea and a pear/apple sweetness. It finishes with a malty/fruity aftertaste.

Overall – A pretty enjoyable beer that has enough taste to keep it interesting throughout the glass and also make it very sessionable. Also the appearance once poured is really something to see. I'd drink this again anytime.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev -6%

Nitro can. Bread with faint herbal, woody hops and mild fruit with a hint of caramel.
Creamy white 1" foam cap floats atop a brilliant amber column.
Light malt flavors suggest nuttiness, a hint of fruit with a slight tartness and dryness on the finish.
Creamy smooth with a medium light body, medium low carbonation with a slight astringency on the finish.
Not exceptional but pleasant and drinkable without much that stands out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pretty amber color with a bright, lively head. It retains perfectly but doesn't leave much lacing, if any. Ample carbonation.

S-Lightly aromatic. Pale malts are subtle. Even more subtle hops perhaps? Smells creamy.

T-Light taste as well but not too bad. Creaminess, light maltiness, tiny tiny tiny hops. Metallic. Very, very light.

M-Creamy, yet thin-bodied. A bit strange.

O/D-Easy to drink, light and creamy.

Was surprised by the light flavors, but not bad overall.

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Photo of barczar
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is buttery and toffee-like, with soft floral notes. Flavor reveals fruity undertones that I don't recall being there in the past. Seems oxidized. There's a bit of cardboard. Body is thin. Moderately bitter finish. Metallic notes surface late, and this is draft...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Bottom of can says 11OCT2016.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a cascading head that settles at about ½ inch thick and stays for the duration of the drink.

S- Biscuity, doughy malt aroma that’s a bit sweet.

T- Flavor follows the aroma with more bready malt, a touch of hop bitterness and a sweet grainy finish. A bit of honey as well.

M- Very creamy and smooth, as expected. Body leans toward the lighter side.

O- A good beer for when you just want to knock back a few without focusing on the complexities and nuances of what’s in your glass. Satisfying in a liquid bread sort of way. Full disclosure: I'm a sucker for nitro pour beers.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I've always wanted to try this beer since i see it at my local meijer grocery store as well as the high class liqour store i got to. The head was awesome, to put it in very un-eloquent terms, but the flavor did not back up the apperance of the beer. The smell reminded me of cream soda. But the flavor of the beer didn't back up the smell. The beer tasted as if it were flat but the head proved otherwise. My rocomendation, do not try this beer unless you like flat tasting beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to have one of these for the first time in about eight or nine years last night. It was an odd combination with the Heavy Seas Uber Pils.

Had a rich golden color with a big head when poured into a pint glass. Naturally, the head lasted a while, as did the lacing.

There was a very hop-heavy smell, along some malt.

The taste was very tart. It seemed to be heavy on hops and something unidentifiable. It simply went down too harsh.

This had a high amount of carbonation a relatively smooth finish in regard to the mouthfeel.

Boddington's is a mixed bag of a beer. While the technical aspects - appearance, mouthfeel - were solid, the taste was a little to harsh. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't want to make it a regular thing. Also, buying it in a bar around here is pretty expensive.

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Photo of bark
2.39/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is amber (18 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is very smooth and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The mild smell is semi-sweet with somewhat stale malty notes. Light bitter metallic notes. Hints of biscuits.

The taste is light with some passing malt sweetness. Lightly roasted caramel flavours, some minerals and wet cardboard. Light bitter flavours with hints of flowers. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing notes of paper pulp and wet cardboard. Some anonymous bitter hints. The finish got more pulp and an unpleasant touch of butyric acid.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles very mild/smooth. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

Too light, almost watery with some off-flavours. Naah.

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

Pale amber and perfectly clear, topped by a dense, fluffy white head common to nitro beers. Retention was superb and large chunks of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. Very mild aroma, with a bit of grainy sweetness and light floral hops. Mild floral hop flavour with some hop bitterness balancing grain and caramel flavours. Light fruity esters. Bitterness is more pronounced and the sweetness comes out a little more at the finish, which is of medium length. Just a hint of a metallic flavour creeps in after about the first half pint. Light body and very low carbonation.

I can see this being a good session, with the low carbonation and mild flavour. Overall, the flavour and aroma feel a little muted. 440 mL can.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber, big creamy nitro head settles in too quickly. Scent is very pale caramel malts, light nuttyness and some stale earthy and grassy hop notes. Taste has notable slightly stale earthy hop presence with mildly sweet and nutty caramel malts, faint fruityness. Medium bodied, nitro seems to settle out quickly. Solid, highly drinkable ale.

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

Clear light gold (after the cascading nitro effect wears off) with a nice lasting creamy nitro head, light carbonation, and decent lace. Light sweet light malt aroma and flavor. Definitely leans malty for a "bitter" ... little to no hops noticeable. Medium bodied and smooth from the nitro ...

An easy drinking simple ale; unfortunately with little character though.

'L6 293' lasered on the bottom
Tasted: 12/25/06

(16 oz. tall nitro/widget can)

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

On tap at a pub in Riga. From notes.

A - Poured a gold or copper colour with a thick creamy eggshell head that came out at 2 fingers. No visible carbonation with insane retention at a solid half finger.

S - Buttery, some light malt-hop balance. Seems very British.

T - Mild with sweet malt and a little hop then back to that creamy malt note.

M - Creamy with light carbonation. Sweetness lingers.

O/D - It was OK. Didn't taste much like anything but it kept me entertained while Russian football was on. The creaminess is a little over the top and it lacks flavour.

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