RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Golden amber hue. Nice lacing on beige head. Roasted aromas. Excellant maltiness, kinda woody at first, alcohol, then hop bitterness. A wonderfully balanced brew, definately worth trying. This is my favorite brew from those guys at shipyard. Cant beat the thump.

Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Mostly bland, but nothing too offsetting. This is teh characteristic beer that uses only ringwood yeast. Gives it a very distinctive but not the best flavor. It is easy to drink and the price isnt bad so I will have to try again.

HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 (BB 1/03) Ringwood yeast. Here we go again. This taste like all of the other Shipyard beers that I have tried. The house character is over the top. Very one dimensional.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Litlle earthy hop cones…Dried apple cookies…Otherwise boring…

Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Sweet with a hop finish, It certainly does not remind me of a ESB but more of those mainstream ales. I would drink it again but still struggle with classification.

muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Best thing I've had yet from Shipyard; nice golden color with a fair though diminishing head (nice lacing) and a very fruity aroma (pears?) leads to a really wonderful full-flavored yeasty, white-wine-like, apple infused flavor. I don't know if I'd call it a bitter; more like a really fine American amber ale or something. Could have a stronger nose and a bit more kick on the end, but this is a winner.

austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 28, 2002
This appears to be an American-brewed version of a british beer. It's sharp alright, and it's got its fair share of hops, like many British brews do. Is it 'one of the best brewers in North America', well, not IMHO, but it's decent and drinkable. Cool wild boar picture on the label, which reminds me of Boar's Head salami (same company? Probably not). Anyway, salami aside, this has a hint of bitterness which complements the malt. I recommend you check this 'thumper' out.

ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 14, 2002
Wow it's been a while since I had this, but this brewery has inspired me to brew my own beer. Maybe one of the best brewers in North America.

michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2002

Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 On cask NERAX ’02: It tasted stale and had a sharp taste to it. Hardly any aroma, light bitterness. Not too much better on tap. Tap: A decent yet unremarkable beer. Lacked a real defining taste.

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