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Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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707 Ratings

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 48 | 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: 707 | Reviews: 382
Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good cask ale, courtesy of Abbey Brewing and Raymond in Miami Beach. Good easy drink in a place where beer does not freeze. Bitterness,clean, a bit of fruit, grass a session ale. And of course, the ringwood yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Nicely hopped. Better than its imitators.

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a 2 inch slightly orange-white head that fades to a foamy cap. Small spots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of honey and some fruit notes. Taste is of grain, corn flakes, slight honey, and a subdued herbal hop flavor on the finish. Mild astringent bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good ESB and my first beer from Shipyard. Pretty enjoyable for what it is.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear amber body with a luscious and creamy head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Butterscotch diacetyl with a very subtle touch of fruity hops; a touch of apple, perhaps

Taste: Nice malty, but woodsy diacetyl base that sticks around while the hops come and go

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The sweet diacetyl limits the drinkability for me; not bad, but not something I want to drink in any quantity

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid yet clear brown with copper and golden highlights. Highly carbonated and retention is fading. Smells malty, toasty, caramelly, and bitter. Tastes quite malty and caramelly. Toasty, bready, and slightly fruity and nutty. Hopped to allow slight flavor and bitter for balance. Light notes of butter pop-corn follow in the body. Finishes sweet and simple. Better than I thought.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with an average size head with average retention. Aroma of light caramel malt with a weird yeasty flavour which kind of clash with the malt. Taste is mostly dominated by semi-weak malt with some weird yeast finish which doesn’t really fits well. I wasn’t too fond of this one but it seems to be a recurring theme with my taste buds and Shipyard yeast.

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

Sparkling orange-copper with a few dozen citrus pulp-like floaters swirling within and being buoyed by the effervescent carbonation. The head is lightly toasted marshmallow in color, hangs around a while and is a better than average lace maker.

The nose is evenly balanced between significantly toasted pale malt and earthy, English hops (my guess would be Goldings). There's also a sweet, buttered bread aroma that works well in the grand scheme of things since it stays to the shadows. The aroma sheds its initial shyness with warming and develops wonderfully nutty, buttered toffee notes.

Old Thumper is bold, almost chaotic, in the mouth. My fear was that it would be another average, under-malted, under-hopped, under-interesting American take on the English ESB style. I was wrong. The brash nature of the flavor profile won't be everyone's cup of tea since it pushes the boundaries of the style. It's hard to say, however, exactly where that pushing is taking place.

Toasted, woody, tea-like, fruity, bitter, herbal, spicy... all the bases are covered, as well as the pitcher's mound and both coach's boxes. Hops are more prominent than malt, but I have a feeling the yeast strain is the wildcard, the mysterious secret ingredient that gives this beer its wacky (but delicious) personality. Although I can still appreciate diacetyl, it's a non-factor due to the generous hop load. The finish is pleasantly bitter with a piquant, herbal spiciness.

The mouthfeel is up to the task at hand, keeping the beer in proximity to the taste buds long enough for it to deliver the payload and not a moment longer. I can't decide if a bigger, firmer mouthfeel would be a boon or not. Nah, it's fine as is.

I believed Old Thumper ESA to be an English beer until I glanced at the label just before popping the cap and saw Shipyard Brewing Company. Turns out it's something of a U.S.-U.K. hybrid (check out the website for details); which is, I guess, why it's called an ESA rather than an ESB or an APA. Whatever you call it, call it good beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in a mixed sixer primarily for the name. I figured something called old thumper could not possibly be that bad, it just sounded good. Cool looking bottle, lets see where this goes...

A - Very clear, reddish amber with a touch of golden color. Decent one inch head faded quick, left no lace, little carbonation

S - Musty bready grains with a touch of corn, maybe some bitterness inside but rather average.

T - More of the same, musty grain and a wet bread kinda taste, somewhat bitter at the finish, but a euro hop bitter. Not very complex. Very long aftertaste that was actually quite bitter,.

M - Kinda slick, decent enough carbonation, but fdid not have any real pop to it.

D - Decent enough, would not be the first beer I turned to in a pinch, but was not terrible at all. Overall pretty decent drinkability and totally sessionable.

Not bad, average down the line. Lagers and ales are a dime a doezen, just did not stand out to me.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Enjoyed Before: July 09. Wait, that's tomorrow! We haven't a moment to waste.

Appearance: Fairly clear, mahogany-hued body with a small-sized, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Toasty, biscuity nose with fair notes of light caramel, nuts, fruit, and spicy-scented English hops.

Taste: Well-toasted pale maltiness with some biscuity leanings, a faint touch of nuttiness, and a caramel sweetness to it. Light fruitiness. A modest, appropriate amount of clean bitterness from the earthy, spicy English-minded hops. Splash of Darjeeling tea. I must say, the buttery Ringwood yeast is fairly restrained, well-behaved even. Finishes lightly crisp, semi-dry, and with a lingering hint of zesty spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Gee whiz, that was a pleasant surprise! Well-rounded, well-balanced, and with just the right amount of flavor and ease of drinkability. Now, generally, I find the Shipyard brews to be rather lackluster and somewhat cheerless, but this one really hit the spot.

Photo of zeff80
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, orange-ish/copper body displays dozens of streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily towards its creamy off-white head. The retention is great, and it maintains a short creamy cap throughout the entire pint; as well as leaving some nice lace. The nose displays the typical Ringwood yeast signature of gentle buttery diacetyl amidst a caramelish malt and some earthy hops. It's quite pleasant and welcomes you back to the pint with each ensuing sip. It's lightly crisp but also mildly creamy in the mouth due to it's fine and moderate carbonation and light/medium body. The flavor delivers a mildly buttery, nutty, and caramel/toffee-ish malt upfront; followed by a quick flash of fruit and then some more nuttiness. Earthy hops emerge (must be Fuggles!) towards the swallow as the bitterness rises. It finishes dry with some ligering earthy hop amidst a wide but low-key bitterness and some residual buttery biscuit-like malt. It's very well-balanced with a firm bitterness that keeps it from becoming cloying, yet allows the malt character to come through clearly.Well done! For those who find a touch of buttery diacetyl pleasing, this is a great session ale (with the exception of it's slightly high alcohol at 5.7%).

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off white head settles quickly and leaves nice lace. The body is dark copper colored with good clarity.

S - Mildly fruity yeast along with medium malt and a hint of caramel.

T - Malt and yeast fruit, followed quickly by spicy hops and moderate bitterness. The finish is a bit rough with some harsh hop bitterness and charcoal malt notes.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Fairly drinkable, though the astringency and harsh finish kind of hurt the sessionability.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, hops and a little citrus.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of caramel and nuts. Then a good hops presence comes in and provides some balance. There's also a mild background flavor of citrus. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, decent kick, not too filling, good representation of style, this is nice mild beer with enough substance to make it worth drinking for a long time.

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 RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at sea dog brew pub northborough.

Light fizzy bubble head fades semi quickly, decent lacing, over hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose light herbal almost earthy hops, more UK style bittering hops, typical brewery house hops, light toasty pale malts, light musty fruit I think from the yeast, hint of copper malts.

Taste starts similar, herbal almost vegetative hops, hint earthy, decent bitterness, bit grassy. Malts are softer thanks to the cask, light toasty copper malts, bit pale malt flavor. Then light fruits, just a touch of a fruity herbal flavor from combined yeast and hops. I also get a hint of oxidation again from cask I think, and a very slight possible diacetyl with a hint of butter and slight slimy feel. Finish has decent bitterness, soft malts, dry semi clean, hint of that bitter and bit of herbal hops.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, litte carb but typical for cask.

Overall not bad, typical house hops which are not my fav but i can't blame them if thats what they like, decent malts, nice long bitter finish, just a bit of oxidation and hint of possible diacetyl throws it off a bit.

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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.