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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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Litlle earthy hop cones…Dried apple cookies…Otherwise boring…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. Amber beer, thin white head. Light caramel wiht a heavy dose of cherry fruitiness in the nose. Sweet UK-types of molts. Flavour is good, sweet combination of malts and cherry esters. A bit of lingering herbal bitterness. Decent enough, if a bit simple. Somewhat too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9221) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
This golden ale poured with a bubbly off-white head that dissipated right away. The aroma is sour caramel. The flavor starts off malty sweet, but quickly turns to a bitter finish - a bit thin, but refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Bottle. Orange/brown amber with a big whitish head. Fruit malt aroma. Caramel malt flavoe with some hop fruitiness. Low bitterness. It’s a pretty good rendition of a Brittish style strong bitter without going to thick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a white head. Bittersweet nose with some fruit and caramel... maybe even honey. Medium body. Flavor is very well balanced with caramel and some nutty malt, but a metallic finish really throws it off. Not awful but really unimpressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2009
The twist off cap bomber pours out deep copper with some haze and nice tan head. The aroma seems like spicy hops mixing with brown sugar, crystal malts and spiced red apple wedges. Hey, lots more flavor than I was expecting and virtually none of the classic Shipyard diacetyl. I get a bowl full of spiced ripe red apple wedges along with spice and earthy hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
not sure what to expect, got a bottle from a friend for a buck.. . pours a deep marmalade amber .. great foam, tons and tons of lacing .. . lots fuggles and old fuggles, caramel too with an underlying shipyard dead yeast feel .. . decent enough for shipyard, would love a super fresh sample direct from the brewery because i suspect this is either old or perfect condition- who knows .. . .
stop using drain cleaning products, what are you, a pirate?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Methinks I got a bottle of this while visiting Chicago because I had never tried it but didn’t bother to take down good notes except the numbers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
czar (7876) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
bottle at festibiere quebec, qc. clear amber with a small white head, little retention, no lacing. nose is plain caramel with light spicyness. some nuttiness, pepper. average carbonation, light body - thin, short herbal-citrusy finish. meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2004
competent english style ale. some pleasant hardness and light saltiness give a little class to what is otherwise a straightforward, lightly nutty, slightly floral ale

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