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Shipyard Old Thumper - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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 mzwolinski
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, light copper in color, with a thin, off-white head. Aroma of caramely malt, sweet and toffee-like, with a bit of a fruity boquet. Somewhat toasty malt flavor, with an apple-like fruitiness mid-palate, followed by a nice earthy bitter finish. Ringwood yeast really lends an interesting character to the finish/aftertaste. A good beer -- rather like a slightly beefed-up English pale.

mzwolinski, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third and final cask ale that I had at the Coat of Arms. Copper orange in color, a bit cloudy, with a nice 1/2 inch head. The smell is pure hops. The taste is citrus and hops all the way but not out of balance due to the slightly sweet malt flavor. I love this style and it was a great pleasure to have this on cask. This ale just takes over your mouth. I could have sat there all night and enjoyed many more.

CharlesRiver, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a massive off-white 3-finger head. The aroma consists of a very pleasant fruity ester and mellow malts and light alcohol. The taste has fruity flavors blended with sweet bread notes and light caramel. The hops are a little light, but not far off for an ESB. This is a light to medium bodied brew and finishes just slightly dry. Very enjoyable brew! Thanks again to budgood1 for sending this my way. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting and tasty....the nose is slightly alcoholic....fruity, floral and spicy at the same time..a real unique smell...I want to say almost like dried leather, fresh carnations and overripe apples.. ...great flavor...malty breadiness....a light hop spiciness is prevelant too....body is medium....high drinkability....very tasty and drinkable...a very good beer...

ZAP, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of purplehops
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Thumper poured a deep golden orange with a thin white head. The head slowly dissipated to a thin ring around the edge of the glass; leaving little or no lace. The aroma was nice and malty with carmel and spicy hop notes. The taste starts with a rich creamy maltiness upfront and finishes with a slightly drier malt flavor with hints of citrus and floral yeast notes. The aftertaste comes back with a little of the malt sweetness balanced well with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very creamy and soft. This ale makes for a very nice everyday ale.

purplehops, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of budgood1
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a copper color with a creamy off-white head that laces the glass. very nice appearance. big toasty malts in the aroma, with an english hop presence in there as well. smooth toasted malts provide ample flavor. a smooth and slightly buttery finish. exceedingly buttery and smooth in profile. hop balance makes this brew a great and easy drinking, great tasting bitter. many pints of this would be awesome!

budgood1, Dec 11, 2002
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer at Federal Jack's that was cask conditioned. Nice copper color, with a good thick head to accompany it. Tasted supurb, good blend with the hops and the malts. Easy drinking, a nice sweet mellow taste.

bewareOFpenguin, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is sandy and slightly yellowish tint. Body is a pale copper. The aroma is lemon, butter and malt with the occasional wisp of butterscotch. The first sip is big toasty malt and caramel. Next sip is lemon with an earthy flavor. The third sip is water. The flavor is a bit thin after that, but not bad. Definite sting from the carbonation.

aracauna, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of jackndan
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard Old Thumper, cask conditioned at the Map Room. Huge head, thick, thick lace all the way to the bottom. Looks like Scotch (according to my note). Why, was this ever a fantastic beer, well balanced malts and very assertive hops. The most notable part of this beer, however, was how easy it was to drink. It was exceptionally smooth, with a slight alcohol warmth at the end. Very nice!

jackndan, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking bright copper color with a creamy off-white head of tiny bubbles that lace the glass and make the beer look absolutely delicious. Nice toasty malts in the aroma but there is also a fairly generous hop presence in there as well, not over the top, but nicely balancing. Smooth toasty malts with an almost roasty flavor. Bitterness jumps in about half way through with some nice goldings and others. Smooth and slightly buttery finish that is fine for the style IMHO. Definitely exceedingly smooth and nicely medium bodied that just makes this beer an almost perfect session brew. I would love to find this on cask some day, a joy to drink.

Cheers to my friend JohnnyP in his Maine Beer Month

Murph, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of Lupe
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with an off white head that leaves minimal lace. Malty aroma with some carmel and hops in the backround. Light-medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel. Starts malt sweet with citrus (lemon) and floral notes, these flavors fade as the hop presence makes itself known. Finishes with a nice bite but not too bitter. Pretty good brew.

Lupe, Nov 13, 2002
Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
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.

MaineBeerMan, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of beerboy21
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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!!

beerboy21, Aug 17, 2002
Photo of StevieW
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

StevieW, Aug 01, 2002
Photo of psugrad98
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

psugrad98, Jul 02, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

frank4sail, Jun 14, 2002
Photo of packetknife
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

packetknife, May 31, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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).


Bierman9, May 22, 2002
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

cokes, Mar 22, 2002
Photo of hbis2gut
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

hbis2gut, Mar 05, 2002
Photo of John
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

John, Sep 24, 2001
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Jason, Sep 10, 2001
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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.