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RATINGS: 595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Red amber colored, small white head totally drops except a thin white ring round the edge of the glass. Mild caramel malt aroma. Malt front, mild, that marges into a mild hop finish with increasing bitterness. Coffee-ground aftertaste. Perfect carbonation balance throughout. Very Bock like.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6325) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.


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