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