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RATINGS: 591   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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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.

4.2
ronaldtheriot (2020) - 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

4.1
seuinoz (260) - 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.

4.1
Albert (40) - 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.

4.1
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.

4.1
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.

4.1
stephen louis (166) - 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.

4.1
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.


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