Beer ReviewsGolden & Amber Ales

Boondoggle – Ringwood

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Beer ReviewsGolden & Amber Ales

Boondoggle – Ringwood

1 Mins read

Ringwood’s whimsically named Boondoggle (which, according to their website, is an American term for “work of little value” – hmm) is a blonde beer whose label promises me a “punchy citrus aroma, and a well balanced moreish fruity taste”. It sounds fun, if a little unorthodox, but as always – I will approach with an open, boondoggled mind.

Had this cheeky blonde been poured out of eyesight (and if it weren’t for the thick silky head) I may have thought this was apple juice, slightly fizzy apple juice, but there’s no cloud and it has that distinct yellow brown tinge. Smells good too – not of apples – of sweet bitterness, a classic hoppy citrus mix. The balance, as declared, seems to be pretty spot on.

That smell is deceptive, and that balance may have wobbled according to my first sip. I was expecting a taste of Kate Upton over my tongue, that wholesome, cheeky, sweet blonde. Instead I think I’ve got Lindsay Lohan in her most recent years. It’s sharp and bitter, almost ashy, a bit rough. I’m worried I’m going to start spiraling out of control, waking up in the Priory. Second sip, it’s a full mouthful, this is now Lohan in Mean Girls – before she turns into megabitch. It’s much rounder now and on the fringe of moreish indeed. I guess I should pursue. That – I think I’m taking Lindsay’s lead now – was a big gulp, a few, in quick succession.

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