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Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
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636 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | 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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AMCPhD

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-11-2014 23:46:10 | More by AMCPhD
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cambabeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-10-2014 05:06:47 | More by cambabeer
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a plastic cup.

a: Clear amber with a finger tall white head which disspiated quickly to nada.

s: Caramel malt with slight fruit tones.

t: Caramel malt with a curious fruit undertone. Bitter ripe fruit aftertaste smoothed out later.

m: Moderate, good body.

o: A pleasant tasting brew with malt dominating but also some fruitish bitterness which early on detracts somewhat in the aftertaste. No dating info on the bottle to suggest its age. Consumed while at a hotel where drinking vessels were at a minimum and a lack of ice required the beer to be drunk rather warm, so another tasting would seem in order for a totally fair review.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 03:47:52 | More by scotorum
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

01-25-2014 20:41:08 | More by RevCraig
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-25-2014 17:32:25 | More by Denzo
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FLima

Brazil

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice copper color with a thin head that keeps a constant plate and leaves some laces.
Aroma of English hops, caramel, toasted malt, tangerines and a muffled pine.
Malty flavor with bold but also balanced notes of earthy English hops, plums, toffee, nutty and toasted malts, burnt wood, caramels, perfume and some citrusy. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with perfect carbonation.
Excellent ESB, flavorful, bold, bitter, fruity and well balanced. I am curious to try the UK version, and see if it is as bold as this one. But again, don’t try to compare its bitterness to ultra-hopped American beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:39:06 | More by FLima
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-23-2014 04:51:55 | More by Pensfan0782
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-05-2014 01:27:08 | More by rderedin
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 15:48:02 | More by thecheapies
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dicookie

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-29-2013 03:59:16 | More by dicookie
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2013 03:12:02 | More by rorjets
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Crumpetsnbeer

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-07-2013 20:53:04 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-04-2013 04:31:26 | More by JAHMUR
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-04-2013 02:27:16 | More by BeerForMuscle
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 00:04:55 | More by TastyAdventure
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Kerne

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

11-10-2013 16:05:35 | More by Kerne
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Johnny_Duck

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-22-2013 12:24:03 | More by Johnny_Duck
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

10-05-2013 20:13:48 | More by ejimhof
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jimmyjazzercise

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-01-2013 05:05:48 | More by jimmyjazzercise
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Hanselpb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-17-2013 00:42:41 | More by Hanselpb
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 23:08:24 | More by chinchill
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rtrasr

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

09-10-2013 01:18:24 | More by rtrasr
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Wedcat

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-10-2013 01:11:58 | More by Wedcat
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meehandennis

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-08-2013 01:19:29 | More by meehandennis
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a red/copper color with an off white one finger head which lasts for a while. Almost no lacing and low carbonation.

The smell is sweet and roasted malts, nuts and apples and pears. Very malty.

The taste largely follows the nose with sweet malts dominating. There is also a burnt/roasted malt taste. There is also a fruit, apple/pear taste. Slightly nutty with just enough hops on the back end to keep this brew from becoming too sweet.

The mouthfeel is slightly chewy, mostly smooth. No bite or aftertaste.

Overall this is a good mix of malts, fruits and hops. With just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet I would not call it "Strong Bitter" but I would recommend it just the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 20:56:00 | More by microbrewlover
Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.