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Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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665 Ratings

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%

Clear amber pour with a dark ruby highlight and a massive head. Lacing and retention are exceptional. The nose is primarily biscuit with hints of sweetness and spice. Light bodied and well carbonated. The flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with a nice biscuit that flows into the toffee and caramel notes. With a touch of sweetness, it transitions into the bitterness, which is an excellent example of an ESB. The finish is crisp and effervesces with a burst of caramel and well flavored bitterness.

tillmac62, May 23, 2014
Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Durandal_777, May 18, 2014
Photo of Dudon
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Dudon, May 13, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Segelstrom, May 11, 2014
Photo of MikeWard
3.5/5  rDev -3%

MikeWard, May 05, 2014
Photo of theoceantakesme
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

theoceantakesme, May 05, 2014
Photo of Chritter
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Chritter, May 03, 2014
Photo of sneezye
3/5  rDev -16.9%

sneezye, May 03, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Burt, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Foyle
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: ½” off white head that recedes quickly, leaving some lacing. Color is copper with moderate carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: floral and spicy hop nose. Smell of biscuits or bread dough
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, somewhat sticky and chewy with a semi-dry finish.
Flavor: combination of breadiness, a little toffee sweetness, and earthy hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Bread in a glass for sure.
Overall: a classic example of an English Session Pale Ale. Well done Shipyard!

Foyle, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

TheMaineBeerGuy, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Skwalk47
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Skwalk47, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of ramrod666
3.5/5  rDev -3%

ramrod666, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ambruns1979, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +5%

Poured from bottle into a ping glass

Appearance – The beer pours deep amber, nearly copper color, with a billowy tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smell mixed with some lightly toasted bready and malty smells. Along with these aromas are some others of an earthy and grainy nature. Rounding out the aroma profile is a little bit of oak which leads to a nice sweet and malty aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet and bready flavor with tons of toffee and caramel and a somewhat doughy taste. The doughiness transitions more to a roasted bready flavor as the flavors advance with the sweeter tastes gaining even more butteriness with much of the caramel taking on a more toffee like flavor. Some lightly burnt flavors as well as a bit of a nutty taste come to the tongue more toward the end. These are accompanied by some herbal and earthy hop flavors, which combined with the rest, as well as a little bit of an apple and stone fruit flavor, to leave a somewhat sweet and lightly roasted and hopped, but rather strong malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and creamy for a brew of only 5.6 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are great for the big, sweet, and malty flavors of the brew creating a very mouth coating feel.

Overall – Quite sweet and robust in flavor for only 5.6 % abv. A rather enjoyable ESB.

Darkmagus82, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

CSeavey64, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Gator_Nation, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Wando52, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

bckayaalp, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Antonius08, Mar 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

starshockey9, Mar 11, 2014
Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.