Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Old Thumper

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 54 | 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: 713 | Reviews: 385
Reviews by beyah:
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of grynder33
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of shapudding
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of jsolack
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a low and sinking off-white head. Aroma is low, but sweet and malty. Flavor is reminscent of a typical English style ale, with emphasis on sweet malts and light hop presence. Very smooth mouthfeel, with mild flavors of caramel and light brown sugar in the finish and aftertaste. Very smooth and clean flavor.

Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as a cask conditioned ale at the infamous Great Lost Bear. An orange/coppery brew with a big white head. Good lacing as it dissapeared.

The smell is of sweet malt and breads, with some light citrus in the background. The taste is superb. When I think of balanced ale this fits my defenition. Malty up front, with a slight hop/bitter taste in back. Moderate carbonation carries it through from end to end.

Very drinkable, especially the cask conditioned variety. Another Shipyard wnner.

Photo of BadBadger
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I had this as a cask conditioned ale at the Jolly Drayman in Bethel Maine. This was my first cask conditioned ale so I can't compare it to other CC ales. But this was truely an outstanding ale. It arrived in the pint glass with a small and receeding head. The color is a slightyly hazy amber. It is very smooth and tasty, with a nice malty flavor and very pleasant mouthfeel. A great brew: I can't speak for the bottled version, but if the cask conditioned is available, do not hesitate to give this a try. You will enjoy!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A mix of gold, orange, copper, light brown and amber colors, decent 1" head on it, off white. Aroma was a little nutty, toffee, lacking hops for a good esb aroma.

Taste, mild, slightly bitter, not much though. Caramel and toffeee here, slightly thin mouthfeel. For what the nice head looked like, the beer felt a little flat, like one of those homebrews from the tap that is all foam at first, then when it settles, the liquid is all flat. A smidge of English yeast sweetness and musty-esque at the same time.

A decent beer, but not going out of my way to score this beer anytime soon.

Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright amber appearance, head settles to a skim within 40 seconds and leaves scant lace on the pint glass. Brown sugar and maple malty aromas with cinnamon notes. Quite a bit of smooth caramel and more maple in the taste, a little diacetyl mid mouth, and an astringent and well-balanced hoppy close. Finish is slightly lemony with elements of baking spices. Impressively balanced and drinkable, perhaps slightly more body and mouthfeel is in order. Overall, this is a pretty nice Extra Special Bitter...

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 FleeVT
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned and hand drawn into a pint glass at the Blue Anchor Pub in Delray Beach, Fl.

A: A beautiful golden and copper with a slight haze. This brew presented a nice 1 finger head which is better than I expected from a cask drawn ale. It eventually settles down to a thin layer, eventually.

S: The nose was a combination of toasted bread malts, mild yeast, and a sweetness that hinted at dark berries. This beer also hinted at some indistinguishable spices on the nose. Really approachable and inviting.

T: A subdued beginning which slowly opens up with the toasted bread malts and hints of the spice and yeast. The palate transitions nicely from tart to bitter as the hops build up and continue gaining steam to the bitter end. The finish provides a hint of the 5.9% ABV which is a great surprise.

M: A creamy texture that is no doubt provided by the lack of carbonation.

D: I haven't had a drawn beer in years and this was the perfect compliment to a rainy south Florida afternoon. The cask conditioning seems to add a complexity to the beer in the depth of flavors, the intermingling of the different palate components are layered nicely. I'd like to find a bottle of this stuff to compare apples to apples.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz longneck purchased in the "Captains Collection" 12 pack offering.

A-Good looking medium amber with moderate clarity. Tan white head that settles rapidly to a lacy disk.

S-Malty, somwhat of an orange citrus with a hint of lemon, and a bit of yeast.

T-Malty opener with a bit back end hop balance and a mild biter finish. A bit of alcohol present throughout. Well balanced and tasty.

M-Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Again, well balanced.

D-Very...this is one of my favorite Shipyard offerings and could toss these back all night. This one is equally at home on the dinner table, as it pairs very well with most any meal.

Photo of Ryanm1
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was poured factory direct from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. A moderate amount of head was found after poured.

The beer was light copper in color when poured.

This is a non-traditional English bitter which really tasted the part. This beer was incredibly bitter, and a bit lighter than I would expect in color akin to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

The smell was fruity, with a dry finish. The ABV on this beer was 5.8% which was slightly higher than a normal domestic beer. It also comes in cask condition. Mouthfeel is nothing better than average and taste is a hair below average. Drinkability is moderate as the alcohol content is slightly above average and the beer has a lighter feel, but the bitterness cuts down on the need for several.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Matchez from Vermont rated this beer as:

"Crystal clear copper amber in the glass this ale has a bitter citrus (lemony) hop aroma with hints of butterscotch. The first drink starts with a slight sweet bread taste followed by a strong bitter hop bite. The bitterness lasts through to the finish leaving a dry crisp mouth feel. "

I can't add to is EXACTLY my impression of this brew. Matchez was the only one who noted the citrus (lemony) hop aroma with butterscotch that I found so pronounced immediately on opening the bottle...even before I poured it into a glass.
I enjoyed this bitter emmensly...the dry hop finish that seems to last in your mouth may be an American version of the original, but I liked it.

"Here - Here"

Update...over two years later and I have to say this is still one of my favorite beers of all time. Definitely the best session beer I've had and I enjoy it as often as I can when I can find it fresh.

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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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