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Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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636 Ratings

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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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4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber brown color with a big head of foam that left rings on the glass with each sip. Aroma of malty sweetness with some hops in the background and a bit of caramel.
Nice creamy mouthfeel with a big malty sweetness up front, well balanced by just enough hop bitterness. Malt flavors tend toward caramel with a bit of sweet hazelnut in the back. Finish is just a twinge of hoppy citrus that balances well with the malt character of the beer.
This is yet another of my favorite local beers, I don't know how far the Shipyard distribution is, but it is worth looking for.
As a side note, this is sometimes available cask conditioned, and if you ever have the chance to try it this way it is truly spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 22:06:19 | More by MaineBeerMan
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This deep copper colored beauty is a N.E. classic. The Ringwood is loud and clear, and I'm loving it! The sweetness from the malt is prefectly balanced out by the hops, which on the finish, gently wrap around the tongue and linger. Shear bliss. I'm dying for some homemade chicken pot pie.. double the leeks please!!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 17:02:58 | More by beerboy21
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4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coasters Pub in Melbourne...Rich deep copper to tan color. Thick white foamy head. Nice bitter hop bite to the smell...Your mind starts racing with anticipation, this is going to be good. Subtle malty sweetness, then a super strong bitter hop taste makes a great combination. Bitterness stays strong to the finish. Slightly grainy toward the end, but incredibly creamy and smooth on tap. Can't help but smile, as this one goes down. I have also had the bottled version recently, and thought the flavors were slightly less noticable, but not enough to do another review. Still a very good beer bottled, and magic on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2002 11:39:54 | More by StevieW
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with off white head. Full aroma with more malt character than hops. Taste is rich and floral with a flower-like taste with smooth malt following. Rich mouthfeel, somewhat creamy. Taste. Finishes nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2002 06:37:05 | More by psugrad98
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with a pale creamy white head. Slight sweet malt nose but lacks hops. Upon first taste there is much malt sweetness followed by slight bitterness, but not even close enough to balence the "bitter" brew. Quite smooth and a good look to the lace. This brew lacks true crisp bitterness. There is a good smooth malt base but nothing wows the tongue. I had this in the Orlando Airport Brew Pub.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2002 08:39:22 | More by frank4sail
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange, off-white head that didn't hold but was full. Hay and citrus on the nose. The hops stand out nicely, sharp finish. Slight bitterness sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2002 16:54:40 | More by packetknife
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle (22MAY02), a bit darker golden in color, still with a small head; no lace. Grainy, bready malt nose with undertones of citrus like hops. Medium body/tongue. Malty to start, with grapefruit-hops as the closer. After drinking a few more of these, I think I'm beginning to get the Ringwood yeast flavor. Pretty good!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

Had this on tap (20JAN02)... Nice golden color, with a small head. Had a mild nose with some hop spiciness coming through. Medium bodied and feel on the tongue. Malty sweetness to start fading to a nice hop sharpness. Pretty nice bier! (Original scores not noted).


Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 17:06:25 | More by Bierman9
Photo of cokes


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those all-around good beers. This one is quite unique with the dominant ringwood yeast profile. It adds a nice buttery and smooth profile atypical to many other ESB's.
It pours a solid amber with a nice white head that slowly diminishes to just a faint trace. Smells of the yeast as well as the bitter hop blast that manifests in the tastebuds. This is quite lovely on the palate. The subtle carmel malt balances this dynamic brew quite nicely. This is a special treat that could also be a session without any problem. A unique brew that does the fundamentals well.
Overall, this comes recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2002 04:02:20 | More by cokes
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New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say? Ringwood yeast is well...um....unique.
It makes this beer unique as well. It's a nice attempt at a different beer considering all of the similar schwag that gets thrown at us. With that said though, it's hard for me to ignore the faintly soapy character of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2002 17:19:12 | More by hbis2gut
Photo of John

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my first out of the ordinary beers. Solid English style special bitter. Good malty backbone. Some semi-buttery notes are present. Hops are reserved, but adequate enough to balance. Good quaffability. Thumper originates from the Ringwood Brewery in England and is now Shipyard's flagship brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2001 13:15:14 | More by John
Photo of Jason


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2001 23:23:04 | More by Jason
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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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