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Boddingtons Cask

InBev UK
Formerly brewed at Hydes

Style: Bitter
Luton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Cask: Regular.
Recipe change in late 2003: abv up from 3.8% to 4.1% and wheat no longer used.
Contract brewed by Hydes since February, 2005 when the Strangeways brewery was closed.
Production was suspended in Spring 2012. The future of cask Boddingtons looks uncertain.
Ingredients: Pale Malt; Fuggles and Goldings hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - APR 26, 2005
[Cask conditioned (obviously!)] Better than the more common draught version, but still very thin and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2005
Cask @ Camra National Winter Ale Festival, Manchester, UK 27 Jan 2005
Most likely the last batch from Strangeways in Manchester, thanks to the "beloved" InBev. This sample was very malty. Almost no hops at all. Like a wort boil aroma.7/4/6/4/14 (3.5)
RERATE: Cask @ Railway Buffet Bar, Stalybridge, UK 30 Jan 2005
Sweet, but not as malty as at the festival. Fullbodied grainy aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2004
JDW, Stansted Airport. My first ever Boddington cask and I’m very impressed. I fully expected it to be as bland and low quality as the keg, but the "new" cask version is really quite excellent. Delicate floral hops - very fresh with a scintillating tingle of dust. O my!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CamdenD (1056) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 On cask: I guess you drink this before a john smith’s. Very average ale with a highly empty, vacuous, taste of nothing. Reminds me of a Tetley’s... maybe a bit more dull.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Cask Conditioned at The Buck & Bell, Banbury. Pale yellow with forced head. Poor imitation of the wonderful chalky earthy bitter this used to be, this is flavourless pap with no impact. Some Burtonisation apparant but 'oh dear' as a good friend would say.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quaffmeister (50) - Henlow, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2003
(Hand Pump) This is the first time I had seen this beer in cask conditioned form, instead of the ubiqutous nitro keg version that is everywhere. A sunshine yellow beer with a well defined white head. Sweet to the nose and palate, although hops are in there which are revealed in an underlying bitterness in the finish. A beautifully smooth beer to drink although somewhat uninspiring. All in all, quite a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
CapFlu (4358) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2002
I got his pulled while at a pub under some bridge in Manchester and the thing was FLAT! We asked to be served another and were informed that its not carbonated. Well, aren’t the limey’s silly with their flat, warm bitter beers. I would rather drink from the toilet!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2002

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
Definitely get this from the cask. Otherwise, it’s not worth drinking. From the cask, it’s a very good hoppy bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2002
On cask this isn’t bad, but that nitro-keg rubbish is awful.

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