Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.
Boddington’s Pub Ale
If you ever wanted to get a beer mustache to rival those in the “got milk?” ads, then pour yourself a Boddington’s and dive right in. I don’t know what the carbonation causes all the foam that rises from this beauty when you pour it, either from the tap or the can (with its nitrogen ball inside), but expect a generous head, white, frothy and creamy on top.
The beer itself, a British brew that has been around for more than 200 years, displays a polished light golden glow. It is perfectly clear, luminous and enticing.
Subtle aromas of yeast and malt with a mild sweetness and a faint sense of hops emerge. The flavors enlarge the aromas. Suddenly, in your mouth, the yeast has become all bread-like, the malt more intense, the hops more pleasantly bitter and citrusy.
But it’s the mouthfeel that really grabs you. It’s full bodied and creamy, coating your tongue in a richness you didn’t quite expect. This is the real lure of Boddington’s, and it will stay with you, calling you back for another and another.
The finish is hoppy and bitter and altogether welcome.
A good acid level that manages to assert itself in all that unctuousness makes this a perfect beer to pair with something spicy. At the Lion and Rose, that would be the spicy Hackney Hot Wings, hands down, though Scotch eggs would also be a good match. Grilled Jerk Chicken would work well, too, for the contrast, while a side order of Bubble and Squeak or Guinness Mac and Cheese would offer succulent proof that rich food and rich drink can make for a great meal.
Just make sure you remember to wipe the foam off your upper lip every once in a while.