RATINGS: 590   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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imdownthepub (14755) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2006
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Copper amber colour with forced head. Firstly, thank you to my local wine merchant for picking this up fo me, it was nice to make the comparison with the originals. The biggest difference is the amount of CO2 forced into the beer, much too lively for our tastes, this gives a tinny, lemonade flavour. There is a sweetish malt with caramel, but very little hop impact. Lighter bodied than the English version. Not to my taste.

Tmoney99 (14617) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle. Poured deep amber with a large frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Medium balance sweet malty and small hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate same balanced flavor with a small bitter finish of average duration.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Big off-white head atop a clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, nutty, some earthy, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, herbal/earthy/spicy, some caramel, apple, light nutty. Medium body with some resin.

Drake (13952) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown Location, Charlottesville, VA. This is a Shipyard beer? WTF???? Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel, floral hops notes and faint anise. Taste is caramel, spicy, minty and peppery hops, graham crackers, green apple and fruit loops. Thin-medium bodied.

BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours copper with a tiny patchy white film. Aroma is malt (medium roast, nutty, biscuit), yeast (dough), caramel, and some sour fruits (peach, grapes). Noble hoppy that is drying, medium bitterness and acidity, no sweetness, metal finish and lasting hop flavor. Light bodied and crisp, refreshing palate.

Dogbrick (13145) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
600 beers with no end in sight. On draught in the terminal of the Orlando airport. One of the more entertaining names for a beer I have seen lately. Pours a light amber color with a thin white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is malty with a nice fruit bouquet. Buttery caramel malt flavor was nicely sweet over a medium body. Very light hops in the finish. Not too complex but solid.

crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
This is my first ESB. Comes in a 12 fluid ounce bottle with a cool looking twist-off cap. Can’t tell about the best by date, I hope it is Aug 7 09 and not Aug 2007. Pours with a nice 2 finger head into my pint glass, with a dark amber body. Smell is a bit peculiar, I have not come across this scent before. Smells bitter, with some malt and paper scent. The taste is a bit watery, with some astringency. This one isn’t very full on flavor, mostly just nothingness. Not sure what to think of this beer, it definitely tastes English and it definitely is unique. I didn’t really enjoy it though.

hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Poured a light amber color with a large off white head. Aromas and tastes of malts (caramel) and light hops. Not bitter at all - no real hops in the taste. Watery body. An OK beer but but nothing special.

jcwattsrugger (12456) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12 oz bottle-pours a foamy offwhite head with copper color. Aroma is slightly sweet medium malt, pine. Taste is slightly sweet medium malt, pine, hops with a flatness in the aftertaste.

slowrunner77 (12147) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"fairly standard entry into the esb catergory. sale at scolari’s for a $1 single. had with dinner. grainy malts and a touch of bittering hops, that’s about it.

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