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RATINGS: 593   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10883) - 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 (10883) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle. Berry/apple malt and light pepper hops aroma. Clear amber color with moderate head and very nice lacing. Smooth apple and raspberry malt flavor with moderate hops finish. Has a nice mouthfeel - llike a handpumped ale that is usually absent from US ales. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10644) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (10238) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"fairly standard entry into the esb catergory. sale at scolari’s for a $1 single. had with dinner. grainy malts and a touch of bittering hops, that’s about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Thanks to obeygiant for this one. Pours dark straw/orangish. Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, slight honey. Tastes malty, with a nice caramel, honeyish finish, along with some finishing hops. Solid, firm mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
355mL. Rating #500 for this beer! The pour is a clear golden amber with a healthy, sheen, creamy off-white head. Nice retention and big lace. Nose up front is old toffee and Worcestershire sauce. As it warms the nose is just 100% red apples. Maybe cinnamon baked apples...almost to the point where it smells like cider or mulled apple cider. Taste up front has that Worcestershire oddity plus a little soapy and bitter baked red apple skins. Very bitter apple skins. Finish is wildly soapy and very bitter with metals and iron. Not bad per se but very odd. Much better than I expected given that it is a low abv English beer contracted brewed at Shipyard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
Bottle. Golden amber, small creamy off white head. Toasty malt aroma, yeasty character, light grassy-chlorophyll notes. Flavour has a moderate bitterness to it, and a tangy toasty malt bite. Bit of a yeasty character underneath, light caramel malt and toffee. Lingering bitter finish. Smooth but average palate. Decent but not entirely satisfying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (9667) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Slightly hazy orange pour with a smaller white head. Earthy and caramel malt, somewhat dusty. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2007
Clear amber with an off-white bubbly head. Very nice aroma of bread, toffee, and pear. Sweet toffee flavour with a fruity kiss and a perfectly balanced bitter finish. Excellent!

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