Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-02-2001)
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Photo of bignick
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle part of Captain's Collection. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark golden color with a supple head. While I would say it is one of the better Shipyard brews, it is extremely imperfect. I like the nice caramel malt flavor. However, it has a metallic, shallow taste and mouthfeel. I could drink several of these, but I would not be inclined.

Photo of illpass78
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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 twelvsies
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good name for a beer. Appears an orangry amber color with a good finger and a half of head which sticks around a bit. Also appears very carbonated, lots of rising bubbles. Smell is very yeasty, fruity, and loaded with some nose-hair-burning something-or-other. Taste as expected is very yeasty and tastes almost like a strong sparkling cider or something. I'm definately tasting apple juice. Don't know if I've really tasted anything like this in a beer before but for some reason it kind of remids me of Ancor Steam. Slight alchohol is present but except for that it's not really all that bitter for an ESB. Pretty smooth in the mouth but maybe a bit too carbonated. Fairly drinkable beverage, but not really what I expect in general from a solid beer. Very interesting though to say the least, I'll have to seek out some more of this style.

Photo of Neehan
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bronze with a sizeable head and a small amount of retention in the glass. A very fruity aroma is noted: a combination of citrusy, tangy, and sweet. A unique taste with strong herbal flavoring coming through with sweetness, but lacking bite. Undertones of bubble gum flavors. A mild mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and slight complexity. Drinkability is limited by the sweetness and the amount of herbal flavoring.

Photo of stephendr
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color – white frothy medium head – nose of yeast , malt , bread , and cloves – taste of malts , yeast , cereals , grains , bitter chocolates , and sour red fruit – cream raw body , dry style – aftertaste slightly bitter , malts , and yeast

Photo of speter
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper with two-finger tight-bubble head that quickly fades to a thin layer, leaving moderate lacing.

S: There's Ringwood in them there beer! It heavily dominates the nose, to the point of blocking anything other than some light biscuit from the malt.

T: Nicely bitter overall, but there is a metallic twang just past the center that hits the front of your tongue in a rather unpleasant way. The finish, however, has a nice hop bitterness that draws you in for more, in spite of the metal.

M: Nice and creamy. The initial carbonation is too heavy, but some swirling takes care of that.

D: Not a bad bitter, but the Ringwood yeast is distinctive to the point where you love or hate it.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On my first encounter with this ale, my judgements were rather harsh. As the word "Old" This or That is most often used in the names of barleywines and imperial stouts, and with such a menacing boar fiercely glaring on the label, I'd been geared for something exciting. I was let down to say the least. But bottle #2 was taken in more judiciously.
Amber color, small off-white head. Aroma: nutty and malty, caramelly, traces of vegetal notes, and sweet, overall. Taste is nice, body light/medium, and residual sweetness rides through the finish. Good malt taste, but I couldn't pick up on any hop activity at all. It's called "Extra Special Ale", is it meant as a slightly tastier ESB?
Quite drinkable, and an easy candidate for a session brew, but lacking in any zip or zing that would make it a choice for me.

Photo of thecheapies
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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 lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Mandrake
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, deep copper with a one-finger cream coloured head that lasts well and leaves solid lacing. Smell is off though. A touch of maltiness and caramel is almost completely obliterated by hot alcohol and a touch of metal. Taste gets back on track though, and has some chocolate and toffee alongside an interesting fruitiness and a touch of hops and butter. Finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but well carbonated and satisfying, and drinkability is good. Not bad overall, but I prefer their IPA to this.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear light amber with minor white head formed and leaves chunks of clingy lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of toffe, hazelnut, tea leaves and some resiny hop notes.
Flavor of caramel, burnt brown sugar and phenol alcohol hit with some floral hop tastes.
Mouthfeel is sweet malt upfront that quikcly turns to a biscuity middle and finishes with a hard water metallic bitterness.
Drinkability is very average, this is one that should have stayed on cask locally.

Photo of weller1js
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear, deep amber, moderately carbonated, bubbly white foam that dissolves with a more-creamy ring of lacing.

smell: only faint aroma of hops, no other discernible scents, it takes a pretty deep whiff just to pick up on the hops.

taste: begins buttery and toasty, yields very quickly into the bitter attributes of the hops, very bitter, but is somewhat evened-out but the malt notes; as to be expected, bitterness lingers on the palate long after the finish.

overall: the scent is misleading, but when the emphasis is bitters in the taste, scent is irrelevant; well balanced with character and bitters.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Fuck that New Thumper noise! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises earthy greens, light banana, toffee, and a touch of buttery biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a kiss of Connecticut tobacco and light grapefruit peel. The buttery character is toned down a decent bit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice ESB, nothing close to special, but something fairly drinkable and generally enjoyable.

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Goldorak
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A twist off bomber...I don't recall ever seeing that before...
Reddish orange body, With small but tough off-white head.
Has an alcohol (diacetyl), malty smell, I'd say almost barleywine-esque. Green apple aromas came through later on.

Nice smooth malty taste, the diacetyl really starts to shine as the Beer warms up. Dry finish, could use a bit more hops.

Not too bad, it's worth a try, especially if you dig the style, which I usually do, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Clear copper with a creamy white head. Nice retention, no real lacing.
S - Sweet, buttery malts and earthy hops.
T - More buttery biscuit malts and some toffee, with a bitter, earthy hop finish. Much better as it warms up.
M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The butter really coats the palate.
D - Pretty drinkable, I got this in a mixed 12-pack. I'd be happy to get this is a mix again, but wouldn't seek out a sixer of just this.

Photo of sethmeister
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with a half inch yellowish cream colored head which disappears rapidly but leaves a small amount of spotty lace.

Scent is yeasty and malty with a hint of floral and citrus.

Taste is strongly caramel and butter. I don't really get much else. A hint of hop bittering. As with the export ale there's an aftertaste that I can't identify.

Mouth is a prickly medium.

Drinkability is OK.

To be honest this tastes pretty much like their export ale: caramel and buttery diacetyl. Wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a light copper color with medium off-white head that lingered thru mid-glass and left okay lacing. Not really much here in either the aroma or the flavor, as I was having trouble picking out anything in particular. Mouthfeel was bland, and the finish never was the bitterness I would expect from an ESB. Not a bad drinking beer, just a disappointing ESB.

Photo of Truh
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Laid siege to the Ring of Wood with this one on 6/19/204 at the Coat of Arms in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 16-oz. pour in a shaker glass.

Very thin carbonation with little to no attenuation to speak of. Light copper, edging towards the lighter side of brown, with some haze, though that may have been mostly due to the murky lighting in the place. Chilly, round malt nose with a definite soap character in evidence. Dandelion, chalk, and some phenol notes predominate. Slippery and smooth to the mouth, and more drinkable than some of the others propagated with the same yeast strain. Alcohol is nice, and may be what adds to my generally pleasant overall impression of this one.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: bright golden amber body, one finger white foamy head that dissipates within seconds

S: bready malts with some notes of fruit, yeast, and some caramel

T: bready yet toasty malts, some roasty faint caramel

M: medium, sessionable, very dry aftertaste and finish

O: this was a decent beer, however I'm unsure if I'd have it again

Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a copper-orange with one or two fingers of bubbly white head that receded to almost nothing. Aroma of yeast, grain, and a touch of corn. Grainy, biscuity taste, with some must, and finishes nice and smooth, with a pleasant hop bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable, but not memorable enough that I'd seek it out again.

Photo of Nichols33
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Estarrio
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper with a small white head. Not much retention, save for some small, silky lacings.

The aroma is repugnant and deters from wanting to enjoy this brew. Outside of any malt characters there are no flattering analogies that I can make for this beer and I will refrain from comment.

Sweet malt and with grape flavors up front mingle with a bitter, hoppy finish. Nothing spectacular and nothing offensive.

Decent mouthfeel, well carbonated with a light to medium body. Drinkability suffers from the non-stellar taste coupled with the sub-par aroma.

This is not the ESB that you want to try. There are much better examples of the style available.

Photo of bruachan
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

it's a light copper drink and very sticky when in lacing form

not a bad brew, but a little short on a couple of things. the mouthfeel isn't terrible but slides into a bit of hop tea at the end. the aroma is good, with a significant hop bouquet bringing currant and dried flowers to the party. the caramel pokes through, but i think it could be more assertive

requisite touch of diacetyl and a smidgen of roastiness, but the flavor falls a little short

Photo of Mancer
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle poured out a golden yellow body with a half finger high white head. The head quickly dissipated to a thin halo of lace. The initial aromas were a blend of barley, corn and wheat. The initial flavors were barley, wheat, light fruit sweetness which progressed to a light caramel malt. Not much on the hop front or after taste as this vanishes from the pallet. It had a light body with medium carbonation.

This was an ok beer but was a little dominant on the grain flavors.

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