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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Cask, RAF Chicago, 2004: Clear yellow orange. Sour malted aroma with a hint of banana. Wicked, funky bitter flavours that could be spoiled oranges. A mediocre attempt at a cool London ale. . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Thin head of fine bubbles with good carbonation. Malt and hops aroma. Plesant. Color is a dark golden/orange. Flavor is balanced very well between the hops and malt. Also a hint of caramel. Finish is clean and smooth. A good english ale. Not sure if I would call it a strong ale though. Little light on the alcohol and the palate is not thick enough. A good beer none-the-less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (1567) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
I didn't know that Shipyard made this (it's listed twice and the other listing is brewed in England - not sure if something got screwed up on the site, or what). Anyway - good beer either way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Cask version. Clear amber in color with a large dense white head.Distinctive fruity aroma mixed with some subtle hops.Slight touch of diacetyl to go alone with mild hops and a dose of malt.Quite refreshing and an easy drinking ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Carmelly nose with a little spiciness. Small, eggshell head that lasts a while. Healthy carbonation for an English style ale. Good caramel malt flavor with some fruitiness from the yeast and a decent balancing hop bitterness. A little bit of buttery flavor as well. Good hop flavor in the finish. This seems to be more of an ESB. Decent English session beer that is made here, so the price is untouchable. Better and much cheaper than Bass. BTW, this brewery lists ABV at 5.9%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2004
I have seen many descriptions of this beer, but I believe it is sort of a pale ESB, and a good one at that. Ringwood fruitiness with a nice hop flavor make this a good quality ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Caramelly, roasted malt aroma. Slow carbonation with an off-white head and amber body. Caramelly flavor. Good session quality. Rich enough without being overpowering. Very solid. A good go-to beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
creamy nose, with a thick white head and golden colour. Sweet with some creams in the taste. Overall an easy drink that is very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a creamy white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy with floral hops evident as well. Rich caramel malty flavor with a nice bitter and spicy finish. Medium body and mild carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Amber/copper color with a frothy white head. Nothing significant to the aroma but it was pleasant. Good, bitter flavor.

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