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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Ringwood’s beer brewed under licence in USA by Shipyard.

“A Beast of a Beer”

Old Thumper Extra Special Ale was created by veteran British brewer, Peter Austin, founder of Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England and mentor to Shipyard’s master brewer is a non-traditional English bitter, brewed in the US solely by Shipyard.

First Brewed: June 1992
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Challenger, Progress, Goldings
Color: Light Copper
IBUs: 35
OG: 1.060

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3407) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a bright golden amber body, one finger white foamy head that dissipates within seconds. The smell had bready malts with some notes of fruit, yeast, and some caramel. The taste had a bready yet toasty maltiness with some roasty faint caramel. On the palate, it sat about a medium, sessionable, very dry aftertaste and finish. Overall, this was a decent beer, however I’m unsure if I’d have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ContemplateBeer (1925) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Aroma: Somewhat sweet caramel malts with a touch of cider and lemon; maybe a little nutty. Appearance: Slightly hazy, well carbonated, light copper body with an off white skin of head. Flavor: Caramel and moderately spicy hop up front with some cidery esters; caramel eases up toward the finish leaving a spicy, slightly lemony impression with a touch of nuts. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation, lightly bitter finish. Overall: Fine overall, but feels too American on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (5737) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
12oz bottle from a Hannaford supermarket, Kennebunk, ME. As the top rater for Ringwood in the UK, it’s odd to see that this beer has over twice as many ratings as the UK original! So this rating is an attempt to compare the two.

Amber in colour, slightly lighter than the real thing, with a thin white head; slightly musty malt aroma; the taste is much as expected, but again the malts seem to have lost their freshness, adding a muddiness to the body; but the finish is as expected with a good balance between the sweet malts and the spice from the hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
There is something about this beer that doesn’t feel right. It’s not quite balanced and has a very bitter aftertaste. In theory it has all the malt and hops that you would expect from an ESB, but it is lacking the balance of a properly made ESB that has the heart and soul of British ale. This is like someone just making something because it is strong and bitter, not for the artistry of the product. Too grapefruity, the flavor is not authentic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Amber body under a minimal and diminishing brownish head. Very thin body. Grapefruit flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sdaniel90 (775) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Pours a semi-murky amber colour with a velvet offwhite head with proper lacing. Aroma is quite musky, with some citric and caramel hints. More watery than I’d hoped, with a strong malt character, but disappointing in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
341 ml bottle. Pours a subtly veiled orangeish pale ambe with a short lived white head. Aroma is malty, veggies, some hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, biscuit, veggies. Finish is somewhat herbal and earthy. Hints of fruits, also. Thin body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, average carbonation. Rather generic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
12oz bottle old notes (Trader Joe’s)-Pours a golden amber with a small white head. Aroma of rubbing alcohol. Taste of malt, alcohol, and hops. I’m not sure if I had an old bottle but this light to medium bodied brew was a bit overpowering in the alcohol. At only 5.6% I was surprised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThreeCats (763) - ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2013
Somewhat hazy coppery color with a sticky off-white head. Aroma of caramel and nuts, quite "English". Taste of some caramel, toasted hazelnuts, cardboard, toast. Finish a little bitter and toasted. Decent ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2704) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2013
12oz bottle (best by of sept 2012 like it matters) - caramel and dough nose. Sip went in a different direction that I expected: cardboard and floral hops. A tad spicy (black pepper but faint). Mildly sweet with a slight bitter finish.

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