RATINGS: 595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Ringwoods 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 Shipyards 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
341 ml bottle. Pours a subtly veiled orangeish pale ambe with a short lived white head. Aroma is malty, veggies, some hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, biscuit, veggies. Finish is somewhat herbal and earthy. Hints of fruits, also. Thin body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, average carbonation. Rather generic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
12oz bottle old notes (Trader Joes)-Pours a golden amber with a small white head. Aroma of rubbing alcohol. Taste of malt, alcohol, and hops. Im not sure if I had an old bottle but this light to medium bodied brew was a bit overpowering in the alcohol. At only 5.6% I was surprised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThreeCats (888) - ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2013
Somewhat hazy coppery color with a sticky off-white head. Aroma of caramel and nuts, quite "English". Taste of some caramel, toasted hazelnuts, cardboard, toast. Finish a little bitter and toasted. Decent ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (3125) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2013
12oz bottle (best by of sept 2012 like it matters) - caramel and dough nose. Sip went in a different direction that I expected: cardboard and floral hops. A tad spicy (black pepper but faint). Mildly sweet with a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
firemarshal (206) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle into English pint glass. Aroma of cane syrup and provolone cheese. Thick head and lingering lace. Lightly cloudy amber color. Toffee caramel malt flavor. Light body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter finish. Im not used to this kind of beer but I am pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Bready caramel barley malt aroma. Slightly hazed amber with a small ivory head. Sweet toasty barley malt and light hay flavor with a light spicy hop finish. Body on the light side of medium, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4829) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle that I bought yesterday, but a few months past the 2013 BB date notched on the label. Served in a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with modest bone-colored head that soon reduces to a partial, thin coat and a ring but leqves very good lacing. . S: Light toast and roasted grains with browned butter. T: Also a bit buttery but not objectionable. Solid malt base with clear presence of some spicy hops. Mildly bitter. M: Light carbonation; medium+ body; light tongue bite. O: Decent ESB that improves with warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (3098) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2013
A nice amber body with a light tan head. Aroma had a strong bread note, some grass and mild hop notes of citrus. Flavor had a good malt base, slightly sweet malts balanced with a bread overtone. Hops were decent, bitter at times but also seemed astringent at times. Still a decent beer. Finish was smooth

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (1068) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
From notes: Poured clear golden amber with a tinge of orange, and a 1-finger bone-colored head. Aroma of caramel malt, with a touch of a burnt note beneath. Medium body, finish is lightly dry. Caramel and nutty malt flavor, with a mild note of orange underneath.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cousin_Larry (893) - - AUG 31, 2013
Cool bottle - the boar with tusks looks awesome. Bur thats definitely the best part of this beer. Metallic skunky flavor and smells awful.

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