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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 24, 2000
Had a nice malty aroma, hints of hops, well balanced yet somewhat malty flavor with a notable hop finish. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2001
Incredible toasted aroma and malt flavor with a nice dry fruity yeast balance and sharp mouthfeel. A sheer joy to sip and savor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Sweet floral hops play with caramel malt in the nose. Pale amber colour with two finger white head that diminishes to a thick cover. Caramel very noticeable in the flavour, balanced by a good, strong bitterness. Fruitiness appears in the finish. Lively carbonation and medium body. An excellent pale ale. Very enjoyable. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeygjr (8) - Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2005 does not count
smooth drinking session bitter. floral yeasty aroma. caramel malt and mild hop flavour. not very full bodied -- light enough to keep on drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Pours a clear, coppery color from the bottle with a thick white head. Smells like beer. A little grassy and earthy. Nice flavor. Buttery and silky flavors and mouthfeel. Some nutty and caramel malt flavors. Smooth finish. This is a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ampman (1) - USA - MAR 1, 2006 does not count
This is a very good applewood ale with a very pleasing scent once allowed to open up in the pint. This beer is very good for quaffing and tastes especially good in the brisk fall out by a campfire with a good cigar. Sometimes it is served cask-conditioned pumped from downstairs , where it is brewed in the original Shipyard brewery underneath Federal Jacks in Kennebunport, Maine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1324) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2007
Good stuff! Similar to Pigs Ear by Woodstock Brewery. I wasn’t sure what to expect with a beer whose name reminded me of a cartoon character from Bambi. But has a nice little hoppy flavor with a good after taste. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 24, 2011
I had this at the Lobster Shack. man it was delicious. I wanted one more but we had to go. I wouldn’t go back for the food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2012
12oz bottle pours a lively copper with a pleasant off white head. Aromas of cereal malts bread and dough some carmel malts and some sour banana. Flavor is bitter with a bit of sour which actually balances nice. Body is meduim and mouth feel is very good. Finish is a bit dry and leaves a bit of sourness behind

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (694) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass from Downtown Discount Beverage. Aroma is caramel and dark fruit with noble hops. Appearance is clear, beautiful copper amber with finger width off-white fluffy head with attractive sudsy lacing. Taste is strong caramel with fruit, noble hops light bitter. Palate is medium bodied with thin but creamy texture, lively carbonation and pleasant sweet finish. Overall, much better than I was expecting based on ratings. Not much nuance here but good at what it does with exceptional appearance.

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