Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Boon Doggle from Ringwood Brewery Beer Review. I'm back on the Ringwood beers again. I think I picked up this bottle of Boon Doggle up from B&M so it must have been pretty cheap, and who could resist the El Porcellino from Florence like Ringwood boar logo? Just for the record Ringwood brewery is not surprisingly in Ringwood, which is fairly close to Bournemouth. And also just for the record the Oxford dictionary defines Boon Doggle as 'an unnecessary, wasteful, or fraudulent project.' I'm not really sure that's a name I'd choose for my beer if I ever got around to brewing one. Anyway enough learning lets crack this beer open.
Boon Doggle comes in a very plain 500ml bottle with an off white label featuring little more than the Ringwood boar fast asleep in the grass. This may sound boring, but I quite like it, it's got an nice old rustic feel to it. The beer comes in at 4.2% alcohol making it a relatively mild choice and is described as a 'deliciously fruity craft beer' on the front of the label. The reverse of the bottle goes into a little more detail, but basically says the same thing and adds that Boon Doggle is 'best enjoyed with a spicy burrito.' Sadly I don't have one to hand.
The beer pours an amber red with a tiny head which quickly turns to nothing more than a thin lacing. Personally I like my beers to maintain a bit of a head but I'll just have to live without in this case. The aroma is primarily fruity and floral as the label promised. There's also some malt smells coming through and you can tell there's quite a few hops involved. Boon Doggle smells nice enough to make up for the slightly disappointing looks.
The texture is full bodied, which I like, but it was slightly surprising for a beer as light as this. The taste matches the aroma quite nicely. There's a good level of fruity flavours and leafy hops which blend together quite effectively. There's also a good level of bitterness to finish off the drink nicely.
There's really nothing to put you off Boon Doggle, but then none of the flavours are strong enough to really make it stand out as anything special either. I'm going to give Boon Doggle from Richwood Brewery a good 7 out of 10. If your tipple of choice is a British blonde ale you wont go far wrong with this.