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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Fruity, malty aroma, yes, some apple and pear, with some light, toffeeish sweetness, faint buttery notes and noble hop character. Medium amber color with a light, creamy head. Pervasively fruity and cidery, with caramel and light brown sugar sweetness, lightly spicy, herbal hop flavors and with a faintly woody, bitter close. As it warms, gains a bit too much in the way of sweetness, so this seems best at a rather cool temperature. Other than that, enjoyable.

3.4
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Copper color with medium white head.Malty aroma. Taste is of sweet caramel and roasted malts.A nice balanced ale with solid bitterness coming towards the end. Finishes a little hoppier then expected.

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smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Draft: copper to bronze in color with a minimal white head. I much prefer American Pales to British and this is a very British style Pale. Nicely malty with the classic British "tang". Not bad, but I do prefer the American style.

3.5
Suttree (6479) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Orange with a white head. mildly smoky, toasty aroma. Some smoke in the flavor, as well, and dirty, earthy flavor. Seems to be some vegetable (green pepper) towards the finish. Resiny, piney hop finish.

3.6
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Draft. Medium chestnut brown, pretty white head, left a good ring. Faintly malty aroma, distant but pleasantly beery. A nicely balanced bitter, good session brew, focused on malts over hops.

3.3
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Mild hop apple caramel aroma.Tan appearance.Sweetish mellow caramel,vanilla malt flavors with a medium hoppy finish.

3.3
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2003
(American version brewed in Maine) medium amber/light copper with good white head. Hops/spice aromas. Complex flavors--spice, slightly sweet malt, hints of banana. Mild hops finish. Nice lace on glass as noted.

3.2
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2003
9/5/03: bottle
orange-brown body with a quickly dissipating almond colored head. some lacing. some floral and hop notes to the nose. caramel and hops to taste with a hint of tea towards the back. also noted was a slight dirt or earth flavor.

3.4
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Very strong woody aroma and texture, somehow. Not quite grainy like a fine piece of oak but I imagined it to be. The ringwood yeast gave it a ciderish and musty bent. Tasted a bit of white wine and blue cheese (creamy and moldy aspects anyway, not necessarily sour flavors). Almost unbalanced acidity.

3.4
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2003
This beer tried to Thump me, Old Thumper Style, but I don’t feel violated. What does that mean? I don’t know either? This seems to be a solid EPA, although it is not pale in appearance, rather a copper / amber. This beer has buttery, caramel suggestions in the aroma and flavor, and finishes dry and slightly hoppy. I however don’t find many fruity notes in Old Thumper’s flavor & taste, yet I find a relatively nutty presence. Overall, a Respectable Beer; a great deal better than it’s lesser counterpart Shipyard Export Ale.


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