ronaldtheriot (1936) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Shipyard Old Thumper Extra Special Ale has a medium-to-thick, off-white head, a hazy, orange-golden appearance, which hazes even more, once the bottom of the bottle is swished and poured in. After that, one can see a descending grey cloud and little brown specks floating about. There is some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, sugary, and toffee-like barley malt, and the flavor is of the same with a nice hop bitterness, some caramel, sugar, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Shiyard Old Thumper Extra Special Ale finishes wet, mild, and delicious. Overall, this is wonderful, and I strongly recommend it. RJT
seuinoz (257) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2002
very hoppy towards the end of the glass.
nice head that faded very quickly to an awesome display of lacing.
the aroma had a hint of pears? (unless my nose is falling apart on me)
this was not the best beer out there, but i will try it again to see if i need to re-rate it.
Albert (39) - Miramar, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Beautiful to look at, copper color. Very British while made in the U.S. Similar to Old Speckled Hen or New Castle with a bit more bitterness and spice. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2004
I have seen many descriptions of this beer, but I believe it is sort of a pale ESB, and a good one at that. Ringwood fruitiness with a nice hop flavor make this a good quality ale. burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2004
The aroma had a subtle nuttiness. The body was a light brown with a medium creme-colored head. I thoroughly enjoyed the smoothness on my palate.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 4, 2004
(22-ounce bottle) An American brewed version of an English recipe has produced unexpectedly good results; This is, in fact, a very delicious beer, very malty and fruity in the English tradition, quite sweet (but not cloying), and lightly bitter in the finish; The sweetness, while enjoyable and not cloying in the least, is perhaps a bit too sweet and out of balance with the rest of the beer, but I'm being picky here; Seems higher in alcohol that it actually is; Wonderful smoky finish really wraps up this beer nicely; Drink while chilled because as it warms up and the carbonation diminishes, the beer does become somewhat sugary; The long-lasting palate is full bodied, but not heavy, and is soft, smooth, buttery, and velvety, with light carbonation; The nose is very English, with fruity and lightly malty aromas; Copper in color with a very slight haziness; Good size tan head has average retention and leaves very little lacing since the head's bubbles that catch the glass evaporate almost immediately; I would not hesitate to buy this by the case, it's extremely enjoyable and definitely something I would recommend stephen louis (165) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
Pours a wonderful amber orange with a strong tan head.
The nose is amazing,smells like old wet forests,wine and fruit.
Great blend of malt and fruitiness that drys out into a candy and hops finish.
Very good body and lots of carbonation making for a excellent drinking experience.
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - AUG 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Complex flavors, malt, fruit, sugar, and then a hoppy finish. Nice copper color with a big head. Not much of an aroma. Best when found on tap. tillmac62 (736) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Clear amber pour with a dark ruby highlights and a massive head. Lacing and retention are exceptional. The nose is primarily biscuit with hints of sweetness and spice. Light bodied and well carbonated. The flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with a nice biscuit that flows into the toffee and caramel notes. With a touch of sweetness, it transitions into the bitterness, which is an excellent example of an ESB. The finish is crisp and effervesces with a burst of caramel and well flavored bitterness. tfontana (976) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass from Downtown Discount Beverage. Aroma is caramel and dark fruit with noble hops. Appearance is clear, beautiful copper amber with finger width off-white fluffy head with attractive sudsy lacing. Taste is strong caramel with fruit, noble hops light bitter. Palate is medium bodied with thin but creamy texture, lively carbonation and pleasant sweet finish. Overall, much better than I was expecting based on ratings. Not much nuance here but good at what it does with exceptional appearance.