Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 696
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 bmoraymond
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Clear, effervescent bright yellow-orange color. Two fingers of tan head with average retention and some streaks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of citrus/lemon, pale malt, and some butterscotch.

Taste: A bit of lemon kicks things off up front which then fades into a sweet pale and caramel malt taste. Slightly yeasty middle which then fades into a light piney hop bitterness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with medium to high carbonation. Very clean.

Drinkability/Overall: Very sessionable and easy to drink. Has a refreshing quality to it.

Final Notes: A solid choice for a session or summertime beer. Not too filling, you could easily have a few of these in a setting. Not the best ESB I've ever had, but it really hits the spot after working up a sweat doing the Lindy Hop!

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - light copper, 1/2 finger head, a little hazy

S- sweet toffee? Candy. undertone of sweet fruit. Non-tart berries.

T- sweet but light malt. Bready. Is that a touch of blueberries and blackberries??

Overall, I'm surprised by the strong fruitiness in this one. Too much for an ESB. But still good.

Photo of Reds76
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TongoRad
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before May '05

Pours a crystal clear medium amber color with a two finger dense head.

Aroma takes a bit of swirling to come out. Fruity esters (fig, strawberry), biscuity malt, caramel and a touch of butter all combine on the bouquet. A mineral characteristic hovers in the background.

This beer is much better on the palate than on the nose. Great smooth, full (for style) mouthfeel, and a good helping of fruit and caramel. Bitterness is evident but not out of place. The butter (diacetyl) lingers in the finish. It is complex enough to stay interesting after a few- it's a pretty solid session brew.

Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of aLenwell
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of outdoor7or24
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

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 Mustard
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "best enjoyed before" warning -- in this case Feb 04 -- notched on the bottom label's left edge; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Winter Brews" sampler pack from Cost Plus for $14.99.

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich, carrot hue; voluminous, batter-like head; a healthy c-cup's worth of lace; excellent head retention.

Aroma: Potently of caramel and green apples.

Taste: Much like its nose; sweet malts predominate, though a firm, earthy bitterness does much to balance things out in the finish; spicy and tart with a fruity twang; slight metallic note; hints of plum in there too; medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: Not bad; sizeable flavor profile for 5.6% ABV; would drink this again.

Photo of jslot38
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Best Before Date clearly scored on the side of the bottle.

Appearance: Faint small off white head forms over a deep amber body and sticks around.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, earth tones, slight notes of orange rind.

Taste: Slick oiled hops upfront - a note of pine quickly overwhelmed by a biscuity backing. Roasted nuts, grains and oats with a touch of caramel. Some diacetyl rounds out the beer. Contains some nice but subtle complexeties.

Mouthfeel: Very nice on the tongue, hop oils and carbonation combine to create a great mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Notes: So far, my favorite offering from the Shipyard Brewery. This is a very drinkable ESA and stays true to its English Bitter roots. A great session beer with some interesting flavours. A great chill beer that I'll always look forward to on my way to Maine.

Photo of chefdave37
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Stargazer2892
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JJChrist
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Tnkemist
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of Budlum
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with 0.75 inches of foamy white head shrinking to a thin miniscus after 45 seconds. Deep yellow, amber body with orange and reds on the edges when held to light.

Sweet hops immediately on the nose. Very floral and sweet. Notes of wheat malts and a toasted malt in the end. Notable scents of molasses and honey balancing the smooth hop aroma.

Tangy hops are the first noticeable flavor which is quickly mellowed by a malty sweetness. After the malty sweetness, hops re-appear for an IPA-like long finish. Notable honey on entry before the rush of hops. Earthy, charcoal senses mingling with the hoppy finish. Pretty complex for the style and price-point.

Excellent effervesence initally and a nice amount of body for an ESB. Unfortunately, it is a little oily.

Drinkability is good. The beer is sensibly priced, tasty and complex enough to entertain. A good session brew.

Photo of johnsilk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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 Ryanm1
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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 Stoutmeister
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of patreely12
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear copperish golden. half an inch of white sudsy head. minimal lacing. a good bit of visible carbonation.

S - good whiff of sweet pale malts, very bready. some hints of caramel, light citrus and a bit of spice. there's a faint hint of hop presence but the majority of the aroma is based on those bready malts.

T/M - the center stage of this beer's flavor goes to the sweet breadiness of the pale malts. hints of caramel, orange rind-like citrus and a very light peppery spice give the beer some added flavor and personality. the hops are more pronounced than in the nose. they add some bitterness, but they really take the backseat. light bodied and moderately high carbonation.

Overall this is an average beer, but I liked it a lot. really easy to drink, sessionable even. sometimes you don't want a beer with big abrasive hop flavor, old thumper provides simple, refreshing malt all the way.

Photo of stevecooks
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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

Old Thumper
Well it is better than the Shipyard Export anyways. I found this to be a fairly clean beer with substantiation in taste and body. The yeast in the nose and the yeasty “bite” on the tongue are a little rough and take away from the overall pleasure.
Overall this beer reminds me of a classic British Pale Ale.

Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.