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Little Thumper Ale - The Defiant Brewing Company

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Little Thumper Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maddogruss on 11-10-2006)
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served directly from the tank at the brewery.
Served as a hazy medium amber beer with modest white puffy head.
Smel is lightly malty with a nice citrus background.
Taste is of light sweet caramel blended with a firm grapefruit texture.
Light and refreshing in the mouth with pleasant taste retention.
Great drinkabililty. Perfect session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2006 01:41:58 | More by tgbljb
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TongoRad

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nicely carbonated- especially for a growler fill- the color is a hazy apricot amber with a tall three finger finely bubbled head that lasts quite a while.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of biscuity malt and grassy/floral hops. There are hints of fresh figs and citrus peel in the background. Strangely enough, a vigorous swirl releases an altogether different facet of the aroma of berries and cream...that eventually gives way to the initial impression.

The palate is slanted towards the bitter end, but still nicely balanced. The biscuity malt dominates but some of the fruity and floral elements are there as well. The finish just goes on forever with the bitterness, citrus peel, and toasty malt.

This just rules as a session beer, it has enough going for it to keep your interest after quite a few.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2006 01:31:56 | More by TongoRad
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cbl2

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/16/2006 $7.50 Growler 5.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Poured fresh from the tap. A hard pour yields a slightly hazy yellow/brown topped by 2 inches of soapy looking white head that settles slowly and leaves an intense lacing.

Aroma:

A nice biscuity malt coupled with sweet, yet bitter grapefruit aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This super smooth and creamy ale has session beer written all over it. Biscuity malts that are just slightly sweet are coupled with a mild grapefruit bitterness, that just hints at a touch of faint hops.

Serving type: growler

11-17-2006 01:08:34 | More by cbl2
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dherling

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Neil, the brewer, says this is a single malt, single hop beer. It's not malty enough to be an APA, not bitter enough to be an IPA, sort of a hybrid and just short of both. Looks lovely, golden with a big head and even bigger lacing. The beer is aged below freezing for a month for a tighter carbonation and smoother head. The nose is like smearing the pith of a white grapefruit up your nostrils. When I tasted it I swore I was drinking white grapefruit juice, not the shitty concentrate kind, the good fresh squeezed kind. The lovely thing about it is that there's some good malt to back it up, so the balance is spot on making this immensely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2006 04:34:01 | More by dherling
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maddogruss

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Second of Neil Acer's Horsemen of the Apocalypse, this pale ale is awesome. Brewed with Kent Goldings hops and grapefruit, this single malt brings you the none too overpowering balance of hops and grapefruit. The grapefruit aftertaste is unbelievable: both pungent and sweet.

Beatifully golden color with a thick white head that allows the grapefruit aroma to rise up to the top of the beer. Smoothe taste with a delectable grapefruit aftertaste. Pleasant mouthfeel; not too think, not too thin. A very drinkable beer as all are at Defiant.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2006 05:29:01 | More by maddogruss
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Little Thumper Ale from The Defiant Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.