RATINGS: 590   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

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HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
355ml bottle. Pretty standard ESB, bready malt, some earthy bitterness. I like ESBs better than standard bitters so I enjoyed this fine.

Mep3222 (1560) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Malty almost barnyard aroma, or just cheap malt aroma. Nothing special in the aroma or flavor. Drinkable but seems to be in that shipyard category of beers that are borderline drinkable. Would drink if given but would not buy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tillmac62 (734) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Clear amber pour with a dark ruby highlights and a massive head. Lacing and retention are exceptional. The nose is primarily biscuit with hints of sweetness and spice. Light bodied and well carbonated. The flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with a nice biscuit that flows into the toffee and caramel notes. With a touch of sweetness, it transitions into the bitterness, which is an excellent example of an ESB. The finish is crisp and effervesces with a burst of caramel and well flavored bitterness.

MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
May 20, 2014. 12 ounce bottle from Shipyard sampler pack. Surprisingly decent bitter with lovely coloring and a fruity essence.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a bright golden amber body, one finger white foamy head that dissipates within seconds. The smell had bready malts with some notes of fruit, yeast, and some caramel. The taste had a bready yet toasty maltiness with some roasty faint caramel. On the palate, it sat about a medium, sessionable, very dry aftertaste and finish. Overall, this was a decent beer, however I’m unsure if I’d have it again.

ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Aroma: Somewhat sweet caramel malts with a touch of cider and lemon; maybe a little nutty. Appearance: Slightly hazy, well carbonated, light copper body with an off white skin of head. Flavor: Caramel and moderately spicy hop up front with some cidery esters; caramel eases up toward the finish leaving a spicy, slightly lemony impression with a touch of nuts. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation, lightly bitter finish. Overall: Fine overall, but feels too American on the palate.

berkshirejohn (6491) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
12oz bottle from a Hannaford supermarket, Kennebunk, ME. As the top rater for Ringwood in the UK, it’s odd to see that this beer has over twice as many ratings as the UK original! So this rating is an attempt to compare the two.

Amber in colour, slightly lighter than the real thing, with a thin white head; slightly musty malt aroma; the taste is much as expected, but again the malts seem to have lost their freshness, adding a muddiness to the body; but the finish is as expected with a good balance between the sweet malts and the spice from the hops.

Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
There is something about this beer that doesn’t feel right. It’s not quite balanced and has a very bitter aftertaste. In theory it has all the malt and hops that you would expect from an ESB, but it is lacking the balance of a properly made ESB that has the heart and soul of British ale. This is like someone just making something because it is strong and bitter, not for the artistry of the product. Too grapefruity, the flavor is not authentic.

craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Amber body under a minimal and diminishing brownish head. Very thin body. Grapefruit flavor.

Sdaniel90 (1080) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Pours a semi-murky amber colour with a velvet offwhite head with proper lacing. Aroma is quite musky, with some citric and caramel hints. More watery than I’d hoped, with a strong malt character, but disappointing in the finish.

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