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 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 scriabin
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little leery based on the aroma, but was pleasantly surprised by this smooth ale. Old thumper has a nice amber color and a decent head. I found the taste to be well balanced for a bitter beer, with a bit of sweetness and hops. It has a nice refreshing quality to it that I'm sure will be a great complement to some grilled food come summertime.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite all-time beers. It pours a tarnished copper in color, like the color of antique, stained furniture. Like that furniture, the smell makes me think of old and history. It pours clean with little head and the lace consistently clings to the side of the glass. The flaovr is slightly buttery with hints of apples; almost apple cider but no where near the taste of hard cider. It's best served at room temperature and at first feels odd on the tongue because it is gnerally flat, but that is the appeal of the beer.

Photo of jsolack
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors thick and clear... color is like natural honey, dark orange/yellow. Head is very thick with lots of lacing.

Smells clean and slightly sweet. Kind of a mild smell, but that could just be because of all the head!

Taste is strong in mouth. Has a bittern initial taste which then gives way to a grainy finish. Ovearll it's nice.

Feels really nice in mouth. Has thick bubbly texture.

Overall a really solid beer. Tastes good and goes down fairly smooth. Has some bitterness that may it difficult to have a bunch.

Photo of mschofield
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper-amber with a three finger rocky off white head.
Fruity, sweet aroma. Banana, the yeast is very prevalent in the aroma.
Slightly tough (rough edged) toffee taste, fruity, buttery, toasted malt, butterscotch.
Light side of medium bodied. Not terribly pleasing to me, I'd pass on having it again.

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber hue with a smallish creamy head that adheres to the glass long after its gone. A sweet, malty aroma with a light hint of orange. More sweet malt on the palate, followed by some slight tartness. Not unlike Rogue Dead Guy, actually. I have to say, I think this is a bit misclassified as an old ale by BA, esp. since it calls itself an ESA. Regardless, I'm a fan. A great session beer, I'm glad I found it.

Photo of AragornUnplugged
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shiny deep amber on the pour here folks, fluffy white head likes to stay on for awhile. Good clarity. Starts off with a nice malt smell, vague oak in there. Light body, very easy to drink, flavors never really peak, they seem content to mingle with the crowd mostly. Nice beer, good stuff, would drink more if I could.

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is of pale and sweet crystal malts along with fruity yeast scent. The taste is good. It's smooth and creamy with a bitter aftertaste. It has a sweet malty flavor that tastes awesome. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It drinks well; a good beer from the Shipyard.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle

Poured a dark amber with a small head that didn't last long.
Smelled of strong hops and dark malts.
Tastes pretty good. Bitter, but not overwhelming. Hops comes along somewhere in mid-sip which is a nice change from the somewhat overwhelming sweet taste of the beer. Easy to drink and if you can find it not too expensive either.

Overall an okay beer

Photo of BeefyMee
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good one. The taste is multi-layered and seemed to shift from bitter to a buttery flavor as I descended the glass. Aftertaste is bold and aromatic. There is a muted hops flavor somewhere toward the end of the sip. Good straight through to the last sip. A solid brew that would likely make a nice session beer.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite versions of this style. Copper colored with a fair bit of head that drops off quickly to little more than a ring around the edge of the glas. Buttery diaceytl and caramel aroma. Crisply bitter with caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We were sampling this at our homebrew club meeting, so I barely got more than a sip. But heck, that's enough for a certified beer judge, so I guess I can make do. Caramelly malt flavor. A little cidery. Taste is more like an English bitter, with hops coming up later in the sip. Nice, though.

Photo of scottum
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a nice deep almost slightly hazy amber with a full lacey head. A nice full munching malt backbone is what this brew is about. English style almost all the way. Mild hops. Certainly one of the better examples of how to brew with Ringwood yeast. Worth a sample.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold, like the color of cider with a quickly dissipating ivory head. Smells a bit hoppy, yeasty with hints of peach (?).

Taste is spicy. Nice apple malt flavors then big taste of hops (Goldings?) to finish. Nice body and great hoppy finish that lingers all over the palette. Well balanced. Very smooth and drinkable.

I had this on cask at the Great Lost Bear and was so impressed I had to pick up a sixer. I am not a big fan of Shipyard but this is a very good beer. Not as good as it was on cask mind you but definitely their best offering.

Photo of Mark
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color was topped by a off white head that lasted nicely, however lacing was poor. Noce freah aroma of malt, with some sweetness, hop aroma was mild. Typically smooth finish as befits English beer. Good malt and hop balance with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and this is a very drinkable ale. Not bad.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat light brown copper in color with a good sized topping of off-white foam on top. Aroma of some pale malts as well as a delicate hoppiness.

Medium in body and a little thin, but still a pretty good brew. The flavor is a bit toned down, but it has a pretty good amount of bitterness that is well-balanced. It is a relatively simple beer, and I think that may make it a good drinker if you are just taking it easy.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clean ESB that impressed of a fine heritage. The look is a bright mid-amber with a fine cream-colored head and nice lacing. The nose is malty and fruity, with hints of caramel. A very fine smooth body that is very creamy and drinkable. The flavors are mostly of the sweet malt bas, but light hopping keeps the sweetness in check and finishes with a nice dryness.

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

served in 12 oz. brown bottle.
a very distinctive english-style ale. this one poured a bright, clear copper color. nice fluffy head. moderate to light carbonation. smell is distinctly carmelly. very butterscotch and bready taste in this one. must be the ringwood yeast. flavor is very 3-dimensional and complete. mild hops balance out a really nice malt profile.
drinkable and flavorful at the same time.
i highly recommend this one.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Thumper has a thin beige head and appeared a glowing shade of red-amber in my faceted Hoegaarden glass (it was the only one I had that was clean). Anyway, it had a strong, sweet smell with notes of soft malt and maybe caramel. The taste had the same maltiness and sweetness, with a heavy aftertaste. This beer started a touch heavy, but got lighter as I drank, and the expected warmness was also present. Thumper is average, but better than I remember from the last time I had it. Still, I won't run back to this one.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a low and sinking off-white head. Aroma is low, but sweet and malty. Flavor is reminscent of a typical English style ale, with emphasis on sweet malts and light hop presence. Very smooth mouthfeel, with mild flavors of caramel and light brown sugar in the finish and aftertaste. Very smooth and clean flavor.

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

The beer is a deep golden amber, the color of wet straw, topped with a thick ring of head. Very clear, with some carbonation bubbles floating to the top.
Aroma is malty and toasty, with mild fruitiness. Excellent apple and pear, with some of that signature ringwood diacetyl buttery aroma. Hops are very mild, definitely riding in the child seat. Distinctly english hopping, mild and herbal, allowing the malts to really bloom.
Flavor is malty sweet, with some toasted malt, and a touch of caramel. Some cidery apple and pear esters come through, providing a sweetly estery flavor that rides over the malt. Light buttercotch diacetyl poking through the middle. Mild hops come through the end, with an herbal bitterness finishing the flavor. A trace of graininess lingers on your tongue, with a little toasty caramel in the aftertaste.
Very tasty. Definitely a session beer if there ever was one. Certainly worth a try if you're a fan of english ale.

Photo of UncleFrank
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was odd to see the Ringwood Brewery website description vs. the Shipyard description. I understand the relationship between the beers, but didn’t think the descriptions would vary. But, I have never had the original. As for this version, it is love in a bottle. One of my first introductions to craft beer and I should revisit it more often. I went away from it because I thought the flavor had changed, but the flavor I once loved is back in this six-pack, inspiring me to finally do a review on it. This one of the few styles where a high level of diacetyl is acceptable and I feel adds complexity and a unique touch.

The color is orange with a thin quickly fading head. The aroma is of fruit and butterscotch. The taste is a bready/toasty malt mix with a touch of chocolate and grassy hops. A slick residue lingers on the tongue with slight apple taste. Medium body, but it is not filling, allowing you to enjoy more of it. In the words of Homer J. Simpson, "MMM, Beeeerr." Cheers!

Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top-notch ESB. Even though my bottle was several months beyond the "best-by" date, the beer held up quite well. Can't imagine what it would be like on cask. Tawny amber with a dense, rocky head and firm mouthfeel. Toffee-ish malt and vague, slightly overripe fruit flavors from the yeast. Very smooth and pleasant.

Photo of pezoids
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not tell if the notch on the label said good through September 03 or 04. Some unclear markings there. Regardless of that, the beer poured a handsomely bright and clear copper color. The head was huge which simmered down into a small film and left a nice lacing behind. There’s a sweet malt aroma with some fruitiness, maybe green apples or sour cherries. The taste is sweet and fruity with a nice tang. This is a very nice ale, but for an Extra Special Ale, which this beer claims to be – The benchmark for me is Yard’s ESA. Although this ale is very drinkable.

Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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