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Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-02-2001)
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Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking bright copper color with a creamy off-white head of tiny bubbles that lace the glass and make the beer look absolutely delicious. Nice toasty malts in the aroma but there is also a fairly generous hop presence in there as well, not over the top, but nicely balancing. Smooth toasty malts with an almost roasty flavor. Bitterness jumps in about half way through with some nice goldings and others. Smooth and slightly buttery finish that is fine for the style IMHO. Definitely exceedingly smooth and nicely medium bodied that just makes this beer an almost perfect session brew. I would love to find this on cask some day, a joy to drink.

Cheers to my friend JohnnyP in his Maine Beer Month

Murph, Nov 22, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is on tap at Mc'Couls Public House here in G-boro,pours a deep copper with a light soapy looking head.Aroma is much more fruity on tap than in the bottle with a little biscuit in there as well,taste is very buttery with a big lingering fruitiness,alot more umph on tap.I like this beer alot more on tap thats for sure alot more flavorful.

oberon, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Thumper ESA...

Appearance is a nice smooth pour of mild amber color fluid with a quarter inch think head that falls to a froth leaving sticky lacing.

Smell is smokey malts, ringwood yeast, carmel and brown suger upfront...maybe a mild scent of sweetness.

Taste is of very prononced yeast with a thick malt backbone. Second wave is a toasted carmel flavor that sticks to the tongue.
Medium body that leaves the palete dry and amused.

Good every once and a while but not something i'd look for again.

wesbrownyeah, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear perfect amber color with a white soapy head of about 1/2". Head retention is fair, but does recede to a few bubbles and a fat white ring. No real lacing to note.

S: Interesting aromas of both malt and hops are predominant on the nose.

T&M: The first rush is that of caramel malts, somewhat dry, with hop bittering following immediately. Weight and texture are moderate to light with carbonation to match. The flavors on the other hand are rather full and robust - rather enjoyable and a little unexpected. The finish is a bit dry with a bitter linger.

D: Flavorful and enjoyable, with rich bold flavors of malt clashing with precise bitter hops. They do indeed clash, as they are not matched. This is a good thing for this brew and it works, and although there is good balance, it is not necessarily smooth. Nice. I would definitely look for this one again.

SIRIUS2, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had this beer in a while. However, this was the only decent beer on tap at the restaurant, so I went with it. Not bad. It was an amber color with a medium head. Smell and taste were both rather nondescript. A sweet caramel odor, and a sweet, mildly hoppy taste. A decent beer.

lordofthewiens, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of grynder33
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amberish color, no head, sweetish malt aroma, carmelly sweet taste, this dominates, not much hop to speak of, its a little thin on the palate, seems like a very good thirst quencher, sweetness stay on the tongue almost till the end. Flavorful summer beer.

grynder33, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of shapudding
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Warm and dark honey colored with a thick and creamy egg-shell head that laid in a nice heavy layer across the top of the pint glass after the pour. Not much of an aroma through the entire pint, only a bit of malt, maybe a tiny touch of light orange rind. Carbination is noticable, but not too much for this one. Very crisp tasting, astringent. Getting alot of diacetyl -buttery and nutty. Deep scotch whiskey flavor more as it warms. Bit of peppery bite in the back of the tongue that just hangs on. The bitterness is not extreme, and I do like bitters. I cannot place what exactly is turning me off on this one, I cannot place what it is that I do not agree with, and just cannot enjoy this fully for some reason. Definately better as it warms and the buttery flavors come out. I am thinking that the Erie beers may need to be brought out in another season, I think they may be more of a summer brew for me.

shapudding, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +11.1%

generallee, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This appears a nice golden amber with a pretty nice lace especially for a cask.

The aroma is full of butty toasted sugar cookies

The taste is like a normal thumper but with a slight almost brandy characteristic with loads of malt flavor. very nice

bishopdc0, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.1%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Doomcifer, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a twist off cap. Midnight blue label with a red banner of "OLD THUMPER" running across the emblem of a boar, Extra Special Ale is also on the emblem. "Best Before Date" clearly scored.

Appearance: Barely hazy tawny amber in colour with a cake of a head that sticks quite well.

Smell: Sweet malt, earth, fruity esters, light hop and diacetyl up the nose.

Taste: Medium bodied, crisp malt with a creamy malt palate. Alcohol is faintly prevalent with some fruity ester involved. Powerful malt flavours of toasted biscuit, sweetness, husk, grain, fruitiness and some diacetyl try to match a brash layered hop bitterness and flavour that goes somewhat even with the chewy malt mouth feel. Finally, a somewhat balanced aftertaste lingers with hop flavour, dry grain and residual fruit esters.

Notes: WOW! You have to love what the ringwood yeast does to this beer! If not you'll hate it.

Jason, Sep 10, 2001
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based on the label, I thought I had some kind of obscure, English, off-brand ale. I now see, thanks to site reviews, that I have before me an ESB, a favorite style, from one of my favorite states.
This pours a garnet toned, caramel amber body, with a minimal head and no lace.
Aroma is caramel malt, with a pleasing, fruity hop note of fried apples in butter. Obviously, this has a solid, malt profile. It's clean and medium bodied in the mouth, but I'm missing the nut flavors that I consider necessary to be a topnotch ESB. This is still a compelling brew, with ideal caramel malt sweetness playing off against a floral/herbal hops bitterness that is, surprisingly, smooth.
This is a very tasty brew, and is very well balanced. Put some walnut flavor in this, and it would be a world class ESB. Very drinkable.

merlin48, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of tmoreau713
2/5  rDev -44.4%

tmoreau713, May 26, 2013
Photo of locckdown
3/5  rDev -16.7%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Corey1978
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Corey1978, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

olradetbalder, Friday at 11:53 AM
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle brought back for me from the brewery. Shipyard has been given permission to brew this under the Ringwood name. Best before January, 2013.

Poured into a nonic. Great fluffy crown of foam here, that looks like it will last until the end. Great streaks of fluffy lace. Amber-copper, slightly hazy.

Nose is classic bitter: caramel malt, grain, tea-citrus hops, and a metallic twinge.

Similar taste as in the nose. Not a bad bitter by any stretch, it's just a hard style to be that objective with. Good malt sweetness, some fruit, tea, and that same metallic taste to the finish. Not bad - I wouldn't seek it out, but it works.

Creamy, average to higher than normal carbonation, lighter bodied.

It works - would love to try this on cask - or better yet, from the original brewery in Hampshire.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

chudson1992, May 26, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rough medium bodied. Taste of malts, caramel, and bitter hops.

Overall: This one is ok. Not my first choice but I will drink it.

Cavanaghty, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay beer. Clear light brown pour with a little head. Aroma is bland and bready, sourdough? Taste is very bitter, with toasted malt in the front. End is slightly sweeter with some metallic finish. While this was good, I am not very enthusiastic about getting it again.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of standardcherry
3/5  rDev -16.7%

standardcherry, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of jsolack
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors thick and clear... color is like natural honey, dark orange/yellow. Head is very thick with lots of lacing.

Smells clean and slightly sweet. Kind of a mild smell, but that could just be because of all the head!

Taste is strong in mouth. Has a bittern initial taste which then gives way to a grainy finish. Ovearll it's nice.

Feels really nice in mouth. Has thick bubbly texture.

Overall a really solid beer. Tastes good and goes down fairly smooth. Has some bitterness that may it difficult to have a bunch.

jsolack, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of Sinnian
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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