One woman's ale journey

A beery boozy journey with delightful snacks along the way and a book in my hand.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Ringwood Red Boar


Just look at this beauty!  Red Boar is Ringwood's first red ale, it is a delicious mahogany red with a loose beige head that disappeared to a thin foam.  There isn't much of an aroma, nothing I could really identify except perhaps faintly malty and nutty.

First taste was a bit disappointing; it feels very thin without much flavour and it's quite watery with medium carbonation.  After a couple more sips I found it had a very nutty taste and it leaves a surprising bitter aftertaste.  I was disappointed that I didn't really get any hint of the 'subtle roasted malt undertones'; I like my reds more malty than this, but it's only 3.9% ABV so it's more of a light 'day beer'.

It's interesting that Red Boar isn't listed on Ringwood's website but I have had some brilliant ales from them in the past including Boon Doggle and my favourite, Old Thumper.  Red Boar isn't bad for a first red ale, but I'm hoping that version 2.0 is more to my liking.

Brewed by Ringwood Brewery, Hampshire
3.9% ABV

My rating:





Sunday, 24 December 2017

Beer Advent Calendar - Door 24


Well that's all folks!  I've really enjoyed the Morrisons beer advent calendar this year - I've got new beers to try as well as getting reacquainted with some old favourites and, although I think it is a little overpriced at £30 for such small bottles, I would definitely get one again (especially if it's reduced to half price).  

Opening the final door sees a bottle of Williams Joker IPA being revealed.  It is 5% ABV in a 330ml bottle and is described as:

Created from a complex later of malts and blended hops, this well balanced IPA delivers satisfaction every time.  Golden in the glass, fruity on the nose with hints of cedar, Joker IPA is bittersweet, full of flavour and is sure to put a smile on your face.


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Beer Advent Calendar - Door 23


The penultimate door has a bottle of St Edmund's Golden Beer hiding behind it.  This beer by Greene King is 4.2% ABV in a 330ml bottle and is described as:

St Edmund, the first Patron Saint of England, lends his name to this fresh golden beer with a citrus finish.  Brewed using pale malt and Cascade and First Gold hops, it's a refreshingly crisp ale.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Beer Advent Calendar - Door 22


I was delighted to find another one of my old favourites behind door number 22.  Cameron's Strongarm is a fabulous ruby red ale at 4.3% ABV in a 330ml bottle and is described as:

The brewery's flagship beer.  Well rounded, ruby red ale with a distinctive, tight creamy head.  A good balance of malt, hops and bitterness.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Beer Advent Calendar - Door 21


Wow, the last 3 weeks have whizzed by and there's only 3 more doors on my Advent Calendar to open.  Today's beer is a Courage Light Ale that is 3.2% ABV in a 275ml bottle and is described as:

With over 200 years of brewing heritage, Courage Light Ale continues the tradition of quality brewed beer from the Courage stable.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Beer Advent Calendar - Door 20


Behind door number 20 we have a bit of a marmite beer - Wells Banana Bread Beer; there's no marmite in it, but you'll ever love it or hate it.  I tried this many years ago and really liked it but I know others who thought it was awful.  I'll be interested to see how my taste has changed when I try this again.  It's a surprising 5.2% ABV in a 330ml bottle and is described as:

Tempting banoffee aromas tempered by a grassy, lemony nose all leading to a finely balanced, fresh, delicate flavour of peppery hops with a lingering dry finish.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Beer Advent Calendar - Door 19


I was so excited when I saw what was behind door number 19; it's a ruby ale, my favourite style of beer!  Fantastically named Ruddy Darter, what it lacks in size it makes up in alcohol content.  It's only a 275ml bottle but 4.6% ABV and described as:

Intense malt sweetness leads to refreshing fruity palate led by tart blackcurrant from the Bramling Cross late hop.  A more easy drinking balance that belies its abv and reveals a smiling communication between malt and hops.  Satisfyingly luscious yet moreishly thirst quenching.