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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11810) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Decent ale. Amber, almost orange pour. Nose and taste of light bitters, citrus and spruce. Rated 1/14/03

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (11784) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Bottle poured a clear copper with a large off white head. Aromas of carmel and toffee with a hint of fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee and sweet malt with a bit of fruitiness and a smooth moderatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12 oz bottle-pours a foamy offwhite head with copper color. Aroma is slightly sweet medium malt, pine. Taste is slightly sweet medium malt, pine, hops with a flatness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown Location, Charlottesville, VA. This is a Shipyard beer? WTF???? Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel, floral hops notes and faint anise. Taste is caramel, spicy, minty and peppery hops, graham crackers, green apple and fruit loops. Thin-medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madsberg (11069) - Sřborg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Off white medium head. Sweet and light hoppy aroma with fruitnotes. Flavour is grassy and somewhat artificial. Ends up in a medium bitterness. Is dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours copper with a tiny patchy white film. Aroma is malt (medium roast, nutty, biscuit), yeast (dough), caramel, and some sour fruits (peach, grapes). Noble hoppy that is drying, medium bitterness and acidity, no sweetness, metal finish and lasting hop flavor. Light bodied and crisp, refreshing palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Name: Old Thumper
Date: September 01, 1994
Mode: Draft
Source: The Coat of Arms,
Appearance: redish amber, thin head with nice thick lace
Aroma: pleasent hop aroma
Flavor: nice bitter hop flavor with a slight underlying malt character, bitter finish 9/94: smooth, slight bitter, comes on strong, smooth finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: ** /4

The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2008
I dont really like this beer. Watery flavor, boring aroma. Almost as if a US macrobrewer got their mitts into this one. Skip it if you can.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Poured a light amber color with a large off white head. Aromas and tastes of malts (caramel) and light hops. Not bitter at all - no real hops in the taste. Watery body. An OK beer but but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle... Clear, light amber ale with orange highlights. Small, creamy, almost white head. Everlasting retention. Delicate aroma of caramel and the buttery esters provided by the ringwood yeast. Perfectly balanced flavor. Sweet, caramel malt and more-than-slightly bitter earthy hops. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Finishes buttery, caramely and faintly dry.

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