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Boddingtons Cask

Formerly brewed at Hydes

Style: Bitter
Luton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUL 31, 2006
Aroma of sulphur, some hoppiness. Slightly hazy light amber with a white nitro-style head. Taste is not huge, but malty, some hops, malts carry through, bitter at the end. Pretty stable brew if there’s nothing better.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
scotty (1151) - SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2006
Have not had this in cask form for many years, this is a VERY pale shadow of its former self. This is thin and lacks on all counts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the Ramsden Arms Hotel, Blackpool 01/08/2001 Golden coloured with some sour fruit flavour. Hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 29/04/2002 Amber golden colour. Slightly bitter hop finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 06/02/2004 Golden smooth and hoppy. Slightly bitter lasting malt finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Old Broken Cross, Rudheath 20/03/2004 Golden hoppy and slightly fruity. Some dryness in a lasting malt finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Horse & Jockey, Chorlton Green 03/07/2004 Golden and slightly fruity. Some bitterness in a lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (4110) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 A nice suprise from a BItter for me in the U.K., very honney flavor and refreshing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - 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 (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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 (1181) - 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 (13233) - 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.

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