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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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hopheadfed (6) - crown point, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2010 does not count
Do any beer geeks out there know what a gift we have in Alan Pugsley? Extra Special Indeed! If you ever want great English Ale in the states drink some Shipyard people. Mmm, mmm, good!

4.8
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.

4.8
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
I was fortunate enough to order this casked, so I’m going to rate it based on that. A perfect bitter, period. Creamy white head, copper color, fruity and hoppy, with a touch of malt for the kill. I must have put a dent in the cask with how many of these I ordered. I know I sure as hell put a dent in my wallet. My only complaint is that you lose so much in the bottled version. Probably my favorite from Shipyard. The hog on the label looks so tough!

4.4
littlebibs (11) - Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2004
This ones a nice find, interesting flavors just a touch of slight smoke back there and it has a dry(not to bitter end). Great mix of flavors well balance beer that I will go back to now and then. I give this a high rating as each time I drink one I find more to like about it.

4.4
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
This is a tasty English-style ale. I have not had the one actually brewed in England, but Shipyard’s license-made version is one of the best US-made versions of a real English-style ESB I have had. It’s copper with a medium, dense, off-white head slowly shrinking. The aroma is nutty, fruity with hints of caramel and pine, bread crust, leaves, earth, and overall very English. The taste is very English, earthy and leafy with fruit, a faint hint of a yeasty tang, nutty with bread crust, hint of caramel and licorice, pepper. It is bready and nicely lightly sweet with a lightly dominant earthy bitterness.

4.4
tekstr1der (490) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2015
My favorite ESB, pours bright, clear copper with thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel, bread dough, and a slight metallic note that in no was is displeasing. In fact, the smell entices well into the flavor, which translates most of the nose directly. Caramel and toast on the tongue. Finishes fairly dry with a semi-sweet lingering aftertaste. Much tasty. So session!

4.3
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
Wow, very impressed with this brew. Perfectly balanced, just enough hoppiness to go along with the brown sugar sweetness. My favorite Shipyard brew.

4.3
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
easy drinker with a lot of sweet malty flavor. thin on the pour but packed with fresh crisp flavor. great session drink.

4.2
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2005
As you can tell I love ESB. Pours a beautiful brown color but with little or no head. Aromas of caramel and just a hint of citrus. Stays with the palate with a sweet finish.

4.2
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Hand Drawn Draft at the Blue Anchor. Cask Conditioned I’m a bit suprised at the low rating on this one, but perhaps its because of the hand drawn and the fact that this was cask conditioned. Either way pours a nice head with prominent lacing thats mostly pure white. Incredible copper color in the glass. Flavor is quite remarkable. Not bitter in the least but incredible dense with flavors of malt, hop, caramel, and citrus. Slight hop bite at the end but no lingering bitterness at all. I’ll definitely be getting this again.


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