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Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

709 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-02-2001

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Ratings: 709 | Reviews: 383
Photo of jjamadorphd
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Another shipyard offer that I immensely enjoyed. Out of the bottle it has a gorgeous amber hue, with "liquid caramel" hint in the light. Its head has great staying power and plenty of lacing down the glass. The smell is what knocks my socks off - sweet and tangy with a distant scent of champagne - it all mixed well for me. The mouthfeel, however, left me wanting - to much carbonation for my taste, but it didn't ruin the overall experience. Taste-wise it was a strong bitter that wasn't too bitter - for me it was just at the right level. Overall, I was impressed, and I'm glad I still have a few to enjoy in the fridge.

Photo of founddrama
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Less bitter than I expected. Very malty; a little syrupy? Almost no body.

Tasting note: cask pour into a 6 oz. short-stem flute.

Photo of fscottkey
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: [3.25] Golden to copper color. Forms very little head - just a wisp of white over the beer. Has best by notches of 02/15. Lists the ABV at 5.6%. It is very pedestrian looking.

S: [2.50] It almost has a copper scent. Something metallic in the smell. That is mostly what I am getting (this is a bottle pour to a glass - just to be sure to rule out any actual metal involved)

T: [3.50] Tastes like a scotch ale. Notes of sweet and caramel up front. Midpalate has breadiness. And the finish is sweet again with the distinct Scotch Ale flavor of caramel and candy.

M: [3.00] The carbonation is right. The mouthfeel is watery - but the beer is only 5.6% so it is not like it is a huge beer.

O: [3.00] I am excited to have a beer from Maine! This beer is okay. I wouldn't get it again - there are others in this category that are much more enjoyable. This one was lacking on the nose and a little on the mouthfeel. The taste worked ok - but still wasn't out of the park.

Photo of bierluvre
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Beautiful color. The smell of a bitter with sweet malty undertones. Interesting choice of hops, not quite floral enough. Malt balance is perfect. Not a clean hoppy finish but a tad too bitter. Head and lacing perfect. Overall a beer its own. Very good.

Photo of illpass78
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a finger-width head. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Smells of alcohol, malts, earth, grassy hops, and a little touch of pine.

Taste: The taste is a mix of alcohol burn and some somewhat bitter hops. Decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than I expected. Medium to less-than-medium.

Overall: Pretty average beer. Not much of a "beast," like the label says, but not unpleasant.

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Too malty for me, wish it were hoppier

Photo of HamdenHector
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: dark copper in color; off white head that dissipated quickly; almost no lacing;

S: toasted malt and yeast;

T: toasted malt up front; adds some sweet fruit in the med-palate along with a light bitterness in the background that builds through the finish (but never overwhelms); finish is relatively short and somewhat dry;

M: a little thin; prickly carbonation that flattens quickly when it hits your mouth;

O: well balanced; complex; enjoyable; easy to drink; would pair well with a wide variety of foods;

Photo of tillmac62
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a dark ruby highlight 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.

Photo of Foyle
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: ½” off white head that recedes quickly, leaving some lacing. Color is copper with moderate carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: floral and spicy hop nose. Smell of biscuits or bread dough
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, somewhat sticky and chewy with a semi-dry finish.
Flavor: combination of breadiness, a little toffee sweetness, and earthy hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Bread in a glass for sure.
Overall: a classic example of an English Session Pale Ale. Well done Shipyard!

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a ping glass

Appearance – The beer pours deep amber, nearly copper color, with a billowy tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smell mixed with some lightly toasted bready and malty smells. Along with these aromas are some others of an earthy and grainy nature. Rounding out the aroma profile is a little bit of oak which leads to a nice sweet and malty aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet and bready flavor with tons of toffee and caramel and a somewhat doughy taste. The doughiness transitions more to a roasted bready flavor as the flavors advance with the sweeter tastes gaining even more butteriness with much of the caramel taking on a more toffee like flavor. Some lightly burnt flavors as well as a bit of a nutty taste come to the tongue more toward the end. These are accompanied by some herbal and earthy hop flavors, which combined with the rest, as well as a little bit of an apple and stone fruit flavor, to leave a somewhat sweet and lightly roasted and hopped, but rather strong malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and creamy for a brew of only 5.6 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are great for the big, sweet, and malty flavors of the brew creating a very mouth coating feel.

Overall – Quite sweet and robust in flavor for only 5.6 % abv. A rather enjoyable ESB.

Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a plastic cup.

a: Clear amber with a finger tall white head which disspiated quickly to nada.

s: Caramel malt with slight fruit tones.

t: Caramel malt with a curious fruit undertone. Bitter ripe fruit aftertaste smoothed out later.

m: Moderate, good body.

o: A pleasant tasting brew with malt dominating but also some fruitish bitterness which early on detracts somewhat in the aftertaste. No dating info on the bottle to suggest its age. Consumed while at a hotel where drinking vessels were at a minimum and a lack of ice required the beer to be drunk rather warm, so another tasting would seem in order for a totally fair review.

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice copper color with a thin head that keeps a constant plate and leaves some laces.
Aroma of English hops, caramel, toasted malt, tangerines and a muffled pine.
Malty flavor with bold but also balanced notes of earthy English hops, plums, toffee, nutty and toasted malts, burnt wood, caramels, perfume and some citrusy. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with perfect carbonation.
Excellent ESB, flavorful, bold, bitter, fruity and well balanced. I am curious to try the UK version, and see if it is as bold as this one. But again, don’t try to compare its bitterness to ultra-hopped American beers.

Photo of thecheapies
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Empties out a rather hazy, amber-colored beer with no more than a half-inch of unsettled off-white head.

Tea-like malts with musty grain aromas and a muddled citrus hop presence. Has an estery fruitiness of apple and plum.

Toasty and a bit perfumey. Citrus and floral hops take a backseat to a musty bitterness and partially-oxidized cereal grain. Some dry toffee, honey, apple, and treacle and a pleasant herbal character. Less delicate than I would deem appropriate for an English Pale.

Wet body with a slippery feel. Burps out dissolved carbonation that is trapped in the liquid.

Gets a little better as you start to get through it. A little better than average.

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - light copper, 1/2 finger head, a little hazy

S- sweet toffee? Candy. undertone of sweet fruit. Non-tart berries.

T- sweet but light malt. Bready. Is that a touch of blueberries and blackberries??

Overall, I'm surprised by the strong fruitiness in this one. Too much for an ESB. But still good.

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle that I bought yesterday, but a few months past the 2013 BB date notched on the label. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with modest bone-colored head that soon reduces to a partial, thin coat and a ring but leqves very good lacing. .

S: Light toast and roasted grains with browned butter.

T: Also a bit buttery but not objectionable. Solid malt base with clear presence of some spicy hops. Mildly bitter.

M: Light carbonation; medium+ body; light tongue bite.

O: Decent ESB. Flavor intensified and improved with warming.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a red/copper color with an off white one finger head which lasts for a while. Almost no lacing and low carbonation.

The smell is sweet and roasted malts, nuts and apples and pears. Very malty.

The taste largely follows the nose with sweet malts dominating. There is also a burnt/roasted malt taste. There is also a fruit, apple/pear taste. Slightly nutty with just enough hops on the back end to keep this brew from becoming too sweet.

The mouthfeel is slightly chewy, mostly smooth. No bite or aftertaste.

Overall this is a good mix of malts, fruits and hops. With just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet I would not call it "Strong Bitter" but I would recommend it just the same.

Photo of pcguitarwzrd
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Fishale Taphouse.

A: Dark brown, fairly clear, not much head.

S: Dark fruit, toffee, almost Belgian-y.

T: up front, sweet raisins and plums, molasses...could pass for a Belgian dubbel, until the hops kick in and leave a nice long bitter finish gently laced with booze.

M: fairly heavy and rich, but with a pleasant amount of carbonation that keeps it from being syrupy.

O: a very interesting beer, almost like a Belgian barleywine. Nice, would order again.

Photo of Philousa
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold with metallic sheen and a billowy white head that settles to a very small, but evenly distributed, creamy layer settling on top. Aroma is mainly tart yeast with wheat bread/white bread crust with a good dose of earthiness. A swirl reveals some nut aroma to boot. Tartness extends to flavor as well with burnt toast/bread crust and nuttiness, which fades to grassy bitterness and earth, which lingers for a short while. The feel is slightly astringent but mostly watery in viscosity with a slightly sweet finish.

This is like drinking a doughy bread that hasn't risen with some serious earthy bitterness. It's strange, but not wholly unenjoyable. I'm not sure, but I think that's sort of a compliment.

Photo of beyah
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - 1 figer of foam, dies down in a few minutes and leaves decent lacing. Color is amber with a little chill haze.

Smell - Malty Earthy Hops and the distictive Ringwood yeast.

Taste - Malty with a distictive earthy English Hops and the sweetness from the yeast. Well ballanced beer.

Mouth Feel - Great on mouthfeel, smooth and slick slightly too much carbonation. Leaves the hop flavor in the back of the tounge.

Overall - This is my favorite offering from Shipyard

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has balanced flavors of toasted and fruity malts along with some notes of butter and caramel plus faint hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. I really liked the mix between the fruity yeast and biscuit malts.

Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a very nice amber color, less than one finger head, thin lacing, doesnt cling at all.
S - Hops come to the nose, followed by a sweet malt, along with some drier floral and pine notes.
T - Pine, malts, good hop bitterness, and some interesting spices, much more complex than your average Pale Ale.
M - Good carbonization, but dry bitterness and a little bit of malt hangs on to your palate, not the interesting complexity of the smell or taste.
O - A really different, and good EPA, It has almost a saison quality to it with the spices and malt, but there's a great bitterness of the hops. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of MAbeerNE1
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle that I bought from the brewery.

A: A clear and clean light amber color with a sparse but steady stream of bubbles feeding a very modest half centimeter head.

S: You can smell the diacetyl on this one right away. Browned butter and moist earth.

T: Buttery smell of the nose in the mix, but mixes well with the strawberry sweetness of the esters, the alcohol, and a nice hop spice that lingers long after the beer is gone. Great balance; nice mix of flavors.

M: Very light carbonation, slightly syrupy, full bodied. Smooth.

O: A nice beer. True to style and easy to drink. I like how the butter notes mix well with the sweetness of the malt and the spice of hops and alcohol. I would buy again.

Photo of tdm168
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - orange with a soft, bubbly head that leaves a little lacing

S - apple, fruity

T - apple, bread, caramel

M - light to medium bodied, crisp

This is a very disappointing beer. It's all esters and simple fruity flavors. I guess it showcases the Ringwood yeast, but there is absolutely no depth nor balance. The fruit is so intense it's cloying which slows the drinkability and bored me. I definitely won't be having this beer again.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Corey1978
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer from Shipyard Brewing Company in a bottle, draft and cask. All 3 are great. Cask was my favorite, but bottle is most common. Poured into a 16oz glass. Hits of hops, malts and barley. Very drinkable beer. Not overpowering at all in any aspect.

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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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