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RATINGS: 589   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

ericmoss3799's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 14, 2002
Wow it’s been a while since I had this, but this brewery has inspired me to brew my own beer. Maybe one of the best brewers in North America.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Te beer is a clear copper color with a white head of foam. Fair retention. The aroma is grassy and has a bit of cotton candy going on. The taste is mildly bitter and a touch resinous toward the finish. Lighter to medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quick3Beers (525) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Pours an amber from a bottle, caramel and vanilla notes in the nose, a little skunkiness in the mouth. Okay beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tekstr1der (224) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2015
My favorite ESB, pours bright, clear copper with thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel, bread dough, and a slight metallic note that in no was is displeasing. In fact, the smell entices well into the flavor, which translates most of the nose directly. Caramel and toast on the tongue. Finishes fairly dry with a semi-sweet lingering aftertaste. Much tasty. So session!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcartamdg (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pours an amber gold with a thick offwhite head. Aroma of banana esters, caramel malt and spicy yeast. Taste follows, bananas and funky yeast. I wouldn’t drink this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (3224) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Clear copper pour with sweet malt aroma. Toffee and biscuit flavor with fruit. Decent beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Light sweet hop aroma.darker golden in color with short lived of white head. Pretty flat malt taste with light hoops. Bitter after taste. Good consistency. Not that great overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1079) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Copper pour, beige head. Nose is roasted malt Bitter. Middle is malty and woody. Finish is pine bitter. Seems like it needed something a little more, but I do not know where. Still, pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (5193) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Tap. Pours clear pale amber, medium creamy of white head, long lasting, great lacing. Aroma is honey and biscuit, grass, floral notes, orange. Flavor follows, a bit sweet, lightly bitter, floral and citrus, touch of banana. Medium body, creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from trader joe’s. Pours ruby Amber, small off white head. Light cherry, plum, generally sweet. Finish is flowery hops. Medium body that feels syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2091) - - OCT 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-18-14- Poured from bottle into a ping glass Appearance – The beer pours deep amber, nearly copper color, with a billowy tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smell mixed with some lightly toasted bready and malty smells. Along with these aromas are some others of an earthy and grainy nature. Rounding out the aroma profile is a little bit of oak which leads to a nice sweet and malty aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet and bready flavor with tons of toffee and caramel and a somewhat doughy taste. The doughiness transitions more to a roasted bready flavor as the flavors advance with the sweeter tastes gaining even more butteriness with much of the caramel taking on a more toffee like flavor. Some lightly burnt flavors as well as a bit of a nutty taste come to the tongue more toward the end. These are accompanied by some herbal and earthy hop flavors, which combined with the rest, as well as a little bit of an apple and stone fruit flavor, to leave a somewhat sweet and lightly roasted and hopped, but rather strong malty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and creamy for a brew of only 5.6 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are great for the big, sweet, and malty flavors of the brew creating a very mouth coating feel. Overall – Quite sweet and robust in flavor for only 5.6 % abv. A rather enjoyable ESB.

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