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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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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: chrisgn on 02-02-2011

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of BostonHops
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a deep amber tone with a touch of haze; fairly aggressive pour yields a 2" creamy/frothy head. great retention and significant lacing on display. great looking beer. nose is interesting. malt-forward and sweet with dark fruits and candied sugar. reminiscent of a sweet BSDA.

flavor is good, better than i was expecting having perused a few other reviews. malt-forward with significant sweetness - though not cloyingly so - with some balancing bitterness and notes of fruit, spice, butterscotch, and booze. mouthfeel is on the full size; adequate carbonation.

overall this is not a bad brew at all; i can see where it wouldn't appeal to some but IMO it's certainly worth a try.

(originally reviewed: 07-12-2011)

Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange pour with 2 fingers of lighter cream head. Head doesn't last long and lacing is faint.

Nose is malt, grain, hot spice, alcohol, and a hint of burnt caramel.
Also a stale smell to it.

Taste is potent. Lots of grain. Very earthy. Medium dry finish, with just a bit of sticky sweetness creeping back in. Slightly oily. Spicy, with a bit of hot pepper. Alcohol is also very obvious.

Feel is quite thick and rich. Heavy.

This probably should come in a smaller bottle. I know 22's are meant to share, but why can't we get a 7oz of this instead?

Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creeiply bright and vibrant red colour, don't see a lot of beers quite reach that pre-school red paint colour but here it is. Head is whispy, slightly off-white-to-beige. Lace is decent; not all that sticky. Pretty good though.

Smells reasonably sweet, but very subdued, with subtle stone fruit notes, a touch of metallic aroma, maybe some smoke and some rubber. FAirly fresh, with a hint of tartness. Ultimately, though, a bit weak, especially for the strength.

Taste is wow, quite a lot more potent. Starts off in typical bitter territory with a touch of American hoppiness to it, but gets a big boozey-fruit character midway that flaunts its stuff right to the end. Quite big, with an almost cognac whiff and some sour cherry notes. Oh, it's really quite odd. Like there's not much malt but a great deal of booze on there. Really gets more intense at the back, building to a slight rubbery flavour. Weird and quite intense. Not without its likeable points but I think it's a bit overcooked.

Decent fullness, not a lot of texture. Present most prominent on the boozey back; not bad.

Bit weird, a bit odd but there's plenty of salvageable material here, and I wish I just warmed to this more readily.

Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley CA. Brought to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeeroronotobe.

Pours a hazed reddish amber colour, with a fine, slightly bubbly head of off-white. Minimal lacing. Body is goopy and gelatinous, and hold carbonation as though it has lost the will to rise to the surface. Looks decent overall.

Nose is, unfortunate, for want of a better word. Really pronounced vegetative, almost weedy aroma, giving hints of earth, bark and mulch. Some malty sweetness to offset it, but it really doesn't help the aroma overall.

Taste is similar, but here it starts to make a little more sense. Big, prickly English hop bitterness through the centre, giving herbal and woody flavours before punctuating the finish with a brisk punchy dot. Some rounded English malt characters give a slightly husky note which roughens the palate, but adds some basis.

Feel is slightly too chewy and thick for what it is: in fact, the flavours seem to struggle to hold on for as long as the feel wants them to.

Overall, this is a beer of contrasts. There are some really interesting things to it, and some things that just don't work at all. I like the really strong English bitterness, but I feel as though that would have been better utilised in a beer half its strength.

Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of scotthatch123
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Massbmx
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a light chestnut color with a thin white head. It's a glassy-clear liquid, essentially still, a malt and hop aroma. Dark grain, ethanol, toasted wood, and spicy hops. The spiciness carries over to the flavor, which is unfortunately disjointed. It's a jumble of sweetness, nearly independent of the malt, and alcoholic hotness. Fresh and sharp bitterness is a fleeting sensation. The finish is lingering, sweet, and warm. It's full in body and very intense.

Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark red/medium brown in color, maybe a little hazy, with about a finger and a half’s worth of frothy khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – dark and roasted, malty, almost with a whisky-like edge to it.

Taste – dark and strong. There’s a heavy mix of hop and malt at first, but then you’re blown away by abv, and that’s just in the beginning. It melds next into a whisky-like quality and finishes bittersweet, with a tinsy bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning too heavily toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – interesting brew. Tastes a bit like a strong beer mixed with scotch or whisky. It’s a good mix though. Good-tasting and interesting to think about.

Photo of TPONY51
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been in the cellar for about 8 months and I wish I had tried it sooner because I love it. Beautiful orange and amber color. The smell is sweet and boozey with some biscuit and sweet fruit. The taste is by no way balanced yet flows pretty well and is interesting. It goes from quick biscuit to fruit with a (in my opinion) smooth hop and a nice boozey finish. The mouth feel is slick and comforting and the finish lingers long enough but doesn't over stay its welcome. Over all if i saw it on a menu or in a store I would make the purchase without hesitation.

Photo of nicholas527
3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of JmBrkr
2.44/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's been a while since I've had this brew, but I felt I should warn others. Unless you are a big fan of Old Thumper and want to meet his older meaner bi-polar brother, don't touch this stuff. I found it to be poorly balanced. I love strong hops and strong bodied beers, but from start to finish this beer comes across as ambitious yet, unkempt and not well thought out.
As a friend out it, "It's just too...double, and not enough thumper."

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1/5  rDev -71.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.