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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Double Old Thumper AleShipyard Double Old Thumper Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chrisgn on 02-02-2011)
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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 99 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear sharp orange amber, nice tight tan head with great retention. Floral lager aroma. Toasted malt with peppery hop with lightly sweet finish and hop linger. Notes of toffee and biscuit. Slick feel with light stickiness.

Hops and toastiness start to dominate after awhile and may benefit from some aging. It is an amazingly drinkable beer for 10%, not too heavy feel and little alcohol in taste and warming. I really don’t think it’s worth the expense at this point but possibly in a year or 2.

Bfarr, Jul 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ExtraStout, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Schlais
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Schlais, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

SunDevilBeer, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

tigg924, May 20, 2014
Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +13.3%

reitzbrewing, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -43.3%

olradetbalder, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Sinnian
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of j_hollings13
4/5  rDev +13.3%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Blackwolf
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Blackwolf, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

richkrull, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Trashcat, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

JMS1512, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"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 !

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

asabreed, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

DruC4, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
1.85/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

22oz bottle

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.

cjgator3, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RickS95, May 19, 2011
Photo of blknikon
4/5  rDev +13.3%

blknikon, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of zimm421
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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...

zimm421, Apr 20, 2011
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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.