Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.68/5 rDev +4%
Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, screw-top cap with foil, nice label, with some nice info about the beer on the back. Shipyard's website says this beer has been brewed since 2010, and I'm pretty sure I picked this brew up in Rock Island, IL when we were there for my wife's school's homecoming back in 2010, so I'm thinking this is between 2-3 years old. Poured into my Black Sheep half-pint stemmed goblet.
Appearance: Just slightly hazed sienna beer, which shows a warm burnt orange hue when held up to the light. Capped by a light tan cap with pretty nice retention, especially considering this beer's strenth and its age.
Smell: This is brewed with British pale m alt, crystal, and a bit of chocolate as well, with three English hop varieties, some Simcoe for finishing, and the classic Ringwood yeast; on the nose, this is sweet, with a bit of caramel, sweet toasty malt, estery yeast, and pleasant (golden) fruity alcohol notes in the back. Balances malt, fruit, and alcohol nicely; just what I look for in a non barrel-aged English-style barleywine.
Taste: Fruit and alcohol lead here, with some lingering hop bitterness and perhaps even a bit of flavor. There are light notes of caramel, as well as a ghostly hint of toast, but more in terms of golden fruit (slightly underripe peach stands out) and a sort of candy sweetness. The remaining hop presence, along with the 11.2% abv keep this from becoming cloying on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, smooth.
Overall: I'm actually really surprised this beer is as bitter as it still is; it isn't over-the-top by any means, but if the bitterness has lingered this well, I bet it was truly a beast when fresh. I, for one, have absolutely no problem with the Ringwood yeast, when used properly, and definitely enjoy a few of Shipyard's offerings (Barleywine, Fuggles IPA). This beer is a decent English-style strong ale/barleywine, for sure, though I'd really like the bigger caramel and malty notes present in the aromas to trasnfer onto the palate a bit better. A bit more malt emerges as this nears room temperature, but the fruity, yeasty, and alcohol notes are still firmly in charge here, backed by a firm, substantial hop presence. I don't remember the exact price, but I do believe this was under $10 for a bomber. At that price, it's not a bad beer, though I have to say I'd likely pick Shipyard's Barleywine over this if given the choice between the two.
Overall: B = 84
03-16-2013 02:12:31 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Old Thumper is a beer that I really enjoy,having it on cask in Kennebunkport was a thrill,I just wonder why this beer was made,but I actually kinda liked it.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich copper color with a thinner but well retained head.The ringwood yeast brings the big buttery notes along with gummy fruit esters and sweet alcohol,flavors are buttery caramel and big sweet alcohol,the hops are really subdued.To me this is a ringwood yeast dominated English Barleywine with its big sweetness and alcohol.I like this beer as a sipper but its not overly complex in nature,Iam glad I tried it.
07-10-2011 04:10:47 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that left lacing down the sides of the glass.
There are moderate aromas of sweetness in the nose along with some hints of butter and caramel.
Like the smell, the initial taste has a lot of malty sweetness, but this is slowly balanced off by a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
IT feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly viscous on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Considering its strength (which I love) the beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
06-24-2012 23:22:13 | More by ExtraStout
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
I'm not a big fan of Shipyard, but I do like Old Thumper. I figured this was worth a try.
In a snifter the beer was a clear amber color. It had a thick tan head and a good deal of lace.
Sweet, caramel aroma. Herbal, peppery hops.
Caramel taste to begin, then a hit of sweet butter. Piney hops late.
Reminds me of a barleywine. A little on the hot side.
The bomber at one sitting was more than enough. Still, would drink it again.
02-26-2011 21:45:34 | More by lordofthewiens
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
Appearance: tan in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: toasted English malt
Taste: toasted English malt, caramel, light fruit
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness
Overall: I like this style and this one is about average as to what I have had. Very malty, but nothing really jumps out like others I have had in the style. I will pass on this in the future.
05-20-2014 13:01:41 | More by tigg924
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured from a bomber into a tulip.
A- Poured a copper/amber clear body, one finger tight white head, little retention that settled into a thin cap. very little carbonation with some uniform can be seen on the sides of the glass just under the head. Not much lacing.
S- Aggressive. Lots of caramel, candied sugar/toffee, sweet roasted malt and lots of ethanol. The beer screams alcohol content right off the back... Not very complex, and again seemingly overwhelming with the alcohol content. This could have been balanced a bit more in all honesty.
T- The taste was also aggressive from the get go, but as this beer opens up so does the flavor. Caramalts, candied sugar, figs, very light on the spiced hop finish... Just a bit too subtle, but it is detectable. Lots of alcohol, and again when the beer opens up, so does the booziness.
MF- Full body, sticky and creamy. Lots of warming on the finish.
O- Taking the style into consideration not bad at all, but this is a very aggressive ESB that could use some more balance to it. Worth a try I suppose.
10-16-2012 10:35:26 | More by Blackwolf
4.25/5 rDev +20.1%
"Old thumper goes back to the roots and genesis of my beer geekdom back in the mid-late 90's. So the DT is pretty interesting to me.
A clear, dark-brown amber and a heady off-white foam that goes down slow.
A nice, spicey herbal hop aroma that is very nice along with a slight tang, butery caramel malt and buzzy heat tingle in the nose.
Earthy, spicey and dry hop flavor comes on first. complex slightly bitter effect and a dry bite and then medium-bodied maltiness takes over with leather and tobacco flavor's, only slightly sweet with a layer of smoke and caramel as the bold, earthy hop flavor's come and go. The complexity is very high with multi layers of malt and hop flavor's all in good balance. The flavor's morph and mutate and then an assertive heat rides in but it falls into the mix as the taste slowly changes.
This one is a beastie beer that is WAY to easy to drink !
04-26-2011 23:05:15 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.
Appearance: Light peach-colored and fairly clear. Nice lacing.
Smell: A lot of booze is there. Some peach-esue fruit aromas. But highly, highly booze.
Taste: Again: never had the original, but this is booze city, so much so that I can't pick out anything distinctly. That said, it's enjoyable, and not a mishmash.
Mouthfeel: Thick and drenched, but this is the way, I think, that it's supposed to be.
Drinkability: This, to me, doesn't feel like a brew with this power. I've never had the original, so maybe that makes me not as much of an expert as I should be? I think balance is the key, and as much as I'm enjoying this, this isn't the case. Still, check it out.
08-25-2011 20:32:08 | More by asabreed
1.85/5 rDev -47.7%
A- Pours a nice brownish copper color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.
S- The aroma is surprisingly faint considering the high ABV. The aroma is sweet bready malt and caramel but not much else.
T- The taste is sweet and malty up front with some bitterness from the hops and a lot of boozy alcohol in the finish. The finish is harsh and overpowers any flavors that may be present in this beer. Not a fan at all of the taste.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this beer. It will be difficult to drink this entire bottle without dumping some down the drain.
03-14-2011 03:36:53 | More by cjgator3
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a golden peach/orange in color. You can almsot see through it. The head doesn't linger at all. It begins an off yellow color but has little retention.
Has a fruity, malty scent. Not citrusy like some ales, but red or dark fruit notes. Kind of like candy apple from the festivals.
The taste is similar to the smell in that you can pick up the dark fruits, but there is also some alcohol that comes through.
It's slightly rough on the palate. There is plenty of bitter and heat from the alcohol. It starts off sweet from the fruits, but then immediately the bitter and heat takes over.
I'm glad to have tried this beer. It's not really my style of beer, but it's something I'd drink again.
05-19-2011 01:34:36 | More by RickS95
2.68/5 rDev -24.3%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice copper color, that when held to a light, looks almost like a sunset. There is a nice aggressive head here, that leaves some pretty good lacing. Looking at this beer, I was ready to be wowed.
The smell at first seems very much like an adjunct lager, and really turned me away. As it warmed, there was some decent scents that came out, and a little hops, but this was definitely too sweet smelling. The taste at first was absolutely awful. As my palate adjusted, things became better, but still wasn't impressed. This started out overly sweet, and continued that way throughout each sip, but right at the end, the beer slowly became overly bitter, without any real, good qualities behind it.
The mouthfeel was decent, but honestly seemed a little light bodied for the style. This was one of the better characteristics however. Overall, this is not something I enjoyed drinking, and I considered pouring it for a while. I was very disappointed in the brew, and most certainly will not purchase another...
04-20-2011 04:20:58 | More by zimm421
4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
Pours slightly hazy, dark amber color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.
Lovely aroma of herbal/floral hops complimented by rich malt aromas of caramel, toffee, brown bread, and butterscotch. No sign of alcohol. Smells very British.
The hops and malt hold their own against the alcohol for the most part. Nice hop flavors that are herbal, floral, and earthy. Plenty of malt sweetness with caramel and bready notes. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol makes its appearance in the finish with flavor and warmth as it is a little boozy at the end.
Rich and smooth body. Nice carbonation that lends a smooth texture. Good big beer feel.
This beer excels at maintaning its British roots while taking on American boldness. A very good strong ale.
10-30-2012 22:09:25 | More by morimech
Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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