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Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Old Thumper

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | 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 pavandal:
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Poured a deep golden color with no head. Slight oily layer on the top of the glass, but not really.

Raisin and caramel scents, with a rusty quality as well. Not awful, but certainly not stand out.

Flavors are similar to the scents, with more caramel than raisin.

Overall, this isn't too bad of a brew, and is a fairly accurate representation of the style. It just doesn't "stand out" enough to be a "wow" beer!

04-16-2011 00:10:30 | More by pavandal
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

06-02-2004 13:26:11 | More by oberon
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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

08-08-2009 21:13:10 | More by wesbrownyeah
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

06-15-2008 19:44:04 | More by SIRIUS2
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

04-21-2006 11:43:06 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

03-26-2004 00:35:23 | More by grynder33
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2.58/5  rDev -28.5%

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.

03-09-2005 05:01:00 | More by shapudding
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-25-2011 20:08:05 | More by generallee
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3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

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

12-14-2010 22:13:27 | More by bishopdc0
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-25-2011 08:13:59 | More by TimoP
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-30-2014 21:24:53 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Jason


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

09-09-2001 23:23:04 | More by Jason
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

04-04-2004 06:08:47 | More by merlin48
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -44.6%

05-26-2013 14:58:15 | More by tmoreau713
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-24-2012 22:32:14 | More by locckdown
Photo of Corey1978

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

01-19-2013 12:36:08 | More by Corey1978
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

11-19-2012 18:37:07 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-26-2013 21:53:54 | More by chudson1992
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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

04-26-2012 23:07:09 | More by Cavanaghty
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

12-16-2008 17:35:49 | More by magictrokini
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-02-2012 05:25:28 | More by standardcherry
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-17-2012 22:43:16 | More by NilocRellim
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3.9/5  rDev +8%

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.

03-08-2004 20:41:04 | More by jsolack
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-18-2013 21:12:42 | More by Sinnian
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-27-2014 20:25:32 | More by PressFastF0rward
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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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