RATINGS: 593   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
canary dog (748) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Dry, but malty. Tastes a lot like Bass Ale. Bass isn't a bad beer, but you expect a little more from a New England micro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
Cask conditionned at the Florida Tap Room in Ft. Lauderdale. Has great balance, some low esters and a tremendously rich personality. It is a very good pale ale/bitter. It has a slightly thin body but a rich malty hoppy flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Crisp/dry hops aroma. White cream colored head that stays around for a few minutes. Bottle. orange-red and a bit fizzy appearance. Taste is dry but has a bitter malt taste accompanying the hops. Finishes with a chewy/biscuity malt flavor. Medium bodied. Has a bitter/dry shot initially that is a bit uneven at the start, but combines well with a more subtle malt to produce a nice finish. As it warms more hops apparent in the body, producing a piney taste. Too uneven up front and carbonation is a bit too high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Much heavier in body than what I was looking for in hot weather in Portland. Much maltier than expected, with a very full body. Some hoppiness toward the middle. Nice white head that diminished very quickly. I'll bet that this is favorite around Portland in the autumn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2003
This beer pours an amber color with a creamy white head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. The taste is very full of caramel and pretty smooth. There is a slight hint of alcohol in the flavor and also a little fruit is also evident. The taste has a very warm feel even when the beer is cold. I would recommend trying this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Nice amber brown color,small white head that diminished quickly.Mild malty aroma with a nice hoppines to it.the flavor was pretty decent mild malt,slight sweetness to it,but mostly it was hoppy,nicely done to.the after taste was mildly bitter with the hops coming through very clearly,and some faint hints of sweetness.Very nice brew IMO and well worth having a few more of these on hand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Orange color with a small head. Malt and bread aroma and flavor. Finish is dry, bitter and metalic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (4047) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2003
Tidy appearance. Nice reddish brown. Diminishing, white, foamy head with just the tiniest bit of lace. Mild aroma with a hint of apples and toffee. Not much malt depth. A bit sweet and fruity. Slightly watery. Bitter finish is a bit unbalanced and metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5820) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Dark copper in colour with a orange tint. Nice microfoam head atop with very small bubbles. The aroma was pretty hoppy but with adequate malt. The taste was great, definately hoppy, definately malty, and most definately an english pale. The aftertaste was great, some sweeter tones came out as well. A great English style pale from a pretty good brewery, and if you can find it and like the style, definately try it! I tasted this on tap at MacGregor's in Rochester, New York.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
english strong? if this is strong, i'm a fuckin' cape buffalo with lou ferrigno as a personal trainer, 'cause i whuped-ass on this dainty little beer. questionable categorization aside, the thump pours a deep vibrant orange-- the color of most traffic lights i race through. dusty burro light tan head is big and fluffy. peach pit aroma, a bit of cardboard, and grass not quite autumn dry. creamy across the palatte, elegantly so; lightly sour moderate bitterness is what stays with you, quickly overcoming a brief short bread cookie sweetness. if it's cheap, it oughta be a player among the early evening beers.

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