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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) - Ringwood Brewery

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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PorterPounder on 08-20-2003

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 72
Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been about 20years or so I've last had this. And that was on cask. Didn't really understand it at the time and then never saw it again. Thanks to the 2007 Marston buy out its easier to find. About time I gave it another go.

Has a hazy orange glow with some light fluffy head which slowly grows in the glass. To the taster it begins slightly spritzy and crisp before being hit by a rough spicy straw like bitterness. Such is the bitterness that it virtually prevents your palate from detecting anything else. Despite some descriptions I've read I detected no fruit whatsoever. Very uncompromisingly dry and unique giving your tongue lovely lashings of bitterness which leaves a wonderfully austere coating in your mouth for quite some times. A very English bitterness too. Real intensity without being heavy. Really fine.

Really enjoyed that. Another tasty bottled British beer. Am I seeing the beginning of a trend here?

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The head came up nicely, covering a clear orangish brown body.

Smell - The aroma here was quite nice. It reminded me a bit of Old Stock. The fruits especially came on strong. The summertime melons mixed well with the darker raisins and plums. The oranges and cherries were lighter, and all this was soaked in several types of sugars (brown being my favorite) and alcohol. The lightly-toasted malt base brought up the rear.

Taste - The fruits really came out at the taste. This is not a heavy-hitter but more of an easy-drinker. It is very sweet and sugary with lots of fruits competing for the drinker's attention. This is like a malty fruit juice and, again, a nice alcohol compliment (especially considering that the ABV is kind of light for the style).

Mouthfeel - Incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel was my favorite part of this ale. It was medium-bodied but very sweet with a nice alcohol twinge. This had my saliva glands working overtime.

Drinkability - If there's such a thing as a session Strong/Old Ale this is it.

Comments - This was a very unique take on the style. I can see how some might consider it to "lightweight," but I enjoyed the interpretation that resulted in the nice, easy-drinking ale. A big, appreciative BA thanks to xlperro for sending this my way. With only ten reviews to date on the site, this one was a real find.

Update - I logged the 11th review of this beer on March 2004 and at that time it was listed as a Strong/Old Ale and sure enough it has since been reclassified properly as an EPA. I didn't find as much fruit here as I did 6 years ago and the yeast is much more pronounced, but in any event this is a nice, easy drinker.

Photo of Earthling28
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Non fancy lightly bitter English Pale Ale. Smells good, tastes fine enough.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with medium carbonation. A head of off-white foam that disappears after a few minutes. Aroma of malt with caramel notes and hints of fruit esters and solvent.

A warm, malty flavour with a dry bitterness. Hints of sweet fruit esters and a distinctive solvent bite. Notes of alcohol. An overcooked hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of sweet malt and dry bitter hops.

OK, but I'm not loving it. The flavour was uninteresting, with a stewed, dry bitterness as if the hops were boiled for too long. Notes of solvent/alcohol weren't great either. This is the second beer I've tried from this brewery that failed to impress. Don't rush out to buy it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half-litre bottle, 'A Beast of a Beer' - relativity is also an unforgiving beast...

This beer pours a hazy medium orange-amber colour, with one finger of dense foamy ecru head, which leaves some attractive Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly abates. It smells of fruity pale malt, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready malt, with a muddled caramel nature, and Old World zingy, 'spicy', herbal hops, a subtle sweet alcohol essence more pervasive as it warms. The carbonation is moderate, a general soft effervescence pervading all, and informing an expected, agreeable smoothness. It finishes on a definite sweet binge, the British malt not to be denied, any hops pushed back to secondary status.

A decent malt-forward pale ale, easy enough to put away, given the under-delivering hops, an artifact of geography well acknowledged.

Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great dark coppery color and a full two finger head that lasts.A real nutty hop filled smell.The taste is a creamy nutty,carmel like flavor,very good.This has a nice medium feel thats very drinkable and one of the better ales around.
I bought this at Tully's in Wells ME and was recommended to try it.Nice call !!!

Photo of pmcadamis
4.69/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A fluffy two finger head rises above a really deep and dark clear copper brew. Buttloads of super sticky lace is left on the glass. The khaki head shows really nice retention. This looks exactly how a pale ale should!

S - Deep toasty caramel malt with big toffee notes. Smells super malty and roasty like a big crusty cinnamon and raisin scone. Molasses, maple syrup, toffee, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Lots of really nice toasty toffee candy notes with a brilliantly autumnal hop character. What an outstanding aroma!

T - Again, lots of toffee and caramel with some autumn leaf hops. Toasty, malty, sweet, and very complex. Just like the nose, this taste reminds me of a big cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisin scone with a little bit of butter on it. The balance and complexity of the flavors presented here is astounding. I love the combination of toast, toffee, hay, butter (diacetyl), and raisins. This is so tasty that it's actually making me hungry.

M - Medium bodied with an aggressive level of carbonation for a British pale ale. I sort of like the tingly sensation, and the finish is sweet and very malty. I can feel residual sugars after swallowing, but 30-40 seconds later I feel a drying sensation. It's almost like it has two finishes....first sweet and coating, then of dry and gritty/hoppy. Nicely done.

D - I picked this up when making a few mix-a-sixes at the lesser of the two "good beer" stores in my town, and I wasn't really expecting all that much. This floored me. What a well made and expertly balanced brew! I could drink this all the time.

Note: I just noticed two things. First, my review is the highest so far and second, my bottle has notches indicating that it's best before December of '06, and it's now November of '07. Apparently, age does wonderful things for this brew despite the lower ABV. Maybe those toasty, earthy, butter notes are a result of a year of aging. Anyway, disregard the "best before" date on the bottle. Mine was a year past it's date and I found this beer to be quite outstanding.

Photo of Chinon01
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Head like a chocolate shake. Sustained which coats with some lacing. Color more at coca cola.

Smell - Milky sweet malt.

Taste - Mineral, woody and cocoa sweet malt. Pleasant hop finish.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Near perfect but there is a bit too much sweetness, almost cloying.

Photo of scootny
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I got this one I had no idea that there was an English version. As soon as I tasted it I knew it was not the same as the last bottle I had of Old Thumper (That one was Shipyard) . Huge white head that stays had me thinking hop fest. Not quite. Beautiful clear coppery honey fluid with gentle carbonation as it sits. Nose tells me this is not a USA brew. Sweet malt and toffee. A touch of butterscotch and floral hops. Taste is quintessential English pale ale. Big sweet toffee malt and toasted bread. Butterscotch again that flows into an mild dry earthy finish. A touch of mineral metal mixed with earth dryness and toasted grains lingering nicely, along with light sweetness and dark bread. Perfect carbonation is gentle and all over your mouth in a wonderful way.medium light weight makes this a great beer for sessioning in spite of the abv being higher than is typical. A grea,t easy drinking pale ale that is a cut above most. Proudly English in taste so many will miss just how good this is. it is not big and hoppy. If you want real English pale ale you'd do well here.

Photo of hotstuff
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a mostly diminishing medium sized cremy ivory head with fine-large bubbles.The body was clear with lively carbonation.The hue was amber and the nose was that of fruits and spices.The flavor was bitter, hoppy and it had a slight aftertaste to it.The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue, smooth and medium bodied.This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.

Photo of basica
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Brewerkz Pint glass from the bottle

A - Brown color with an orange hue; fairly cloudy. Nice milky coffee-like head forms quickly and finally settles to a half finger height

S - Light on the nose; slight apple or peach smell backed with malts and a dash of caramel

T - Caramel and malts come in upfront blending into lightly sweet fruitiness mainly Apples and perhaps grapes, Hop bitterness comes in towards the citrusy finish, pretty enjoyable despite the lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, slightly watery, light carbonation and slightly dry on the finish

D - Very refreshing and drinkable, goes down unbelievably smoothly

Not bad at all for an English Ale! :)

Photo of Bigfatbino
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A = nice translucency to the beer. not much head, which quickly faded, not much lacing in the glass

S = Very bright smell. I've not smelled a beer like this before. It smells like fermenting apples if I had to venture a guess.

T = Good. Strange but good. It's very complex. A moderate bitterness, and roasted coffee undertones. Not very much hoppiness to speak of, but at the same time there are some nice flowery tastes in the background.. It does taste rather good and refreshing..

M = Even though the taste (to me) is foreign, the mouthfeel is wonderful. Tingly, bright, lingering on the palate and still bubbly going down the throat.

D = A great dinner beer, best served I think with lamb or curries. I would also order this one up with a good cut of beef like NY strip

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bronze-orange with a slight white capping that settled soon after the pour.

S: a touch of fruitiness (apples, pears), caramel and light bread.

T: a light breadiness, honey toast, with a light yeastiness of sour dough. On the finish was a clean, dry nuttiness and floral hopping. Not really a lot of bitterness per style.

M: smooth with a light-medium fullness and moderate carbonation. Nothing really spectacular.

D: one is enough to satisfy curiosity, not six pack worthy.

Photo of AEK
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poures into a Young's pint pot

A. Red with an orange tint. A hazy beer with a tan coloured head that soon disappeared.

N. Biscuity malt, toffee/caramel noted dominate with some fruity notes bouncing around.

T. Sweet malt is quickly balanced out by the citrus hop bitterness. I am getting a very slight taste of raisins and possibly some plumminess towards the finish. The bitter finish is quite long.

M. Lightly carbonated, medium body.

D. A very nice beer that conceals its ABV very well. A good session beer and, if you haven't tried this one before it is worth seeking out.

Photo of evlu1441
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy coppery orange colour with a thin foamy head.

the smell is lightly malty, with some faint fruity aromas coming through in the background.

The flavor is bittersweet and malty. There are some darkish fruity elements that come through in the end alongside the biting hops. Carbonation is relatively high for my taste.

Overall, it's decent, but something about this beer just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a bright clear copper hue, two fingers of creamy off-white head with okay retention.

Mild toasted and caramel malt on the nose, light spicy hops.

Toasted malt with hints of caramel in the flavour, some sweet esters in the middle, finishing with dry spicy, herbal hops. Spicy hops linger long into the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, low carbonation, thin, watery texture much of the time.

Okay for a session English Bitter if you're not too concerned about character or complexity, would be far more enjoyable with food.

Photo of buckiflyer
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a single bottle I picked up, normally stick to US micros but liked the bottle art so I thought why not. Poured a light amber clear color. Thick head with lacing. Sweet malty smell. Buttery taste with a smooth malty finish, a well balanced beer. Good stuff.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml new bottle and label (to the one shown at 22nd Aug 2010), best before 30 Jun 2011, reviewed 22 Aug 2010.

Poured twice into my 'La Chouffe' stemmed tulip (because it is my current favourite tasting glass): Deep brown, dark amber (who decided this was a Pale Ale?) in colour with an off-white, dirty cream coloured foaming head. Good, thick lacing was produced on each pour as the beer level sank down the glass.

The aroma was of warm semi-sweet brown bread malts, Christmas spices and plenty of hops. In short it had the smell of a good Winter Warmer.

The taste carried on with the Winter Warmer trends, spicey, warming and rich in malts, the hop content hiding behind the alcoho,l which came through as the beer warmed in the glass.

The body was full and wholesome, the beer far too easy to drink, the 5.6%ABV isn't full in your face, but as mentioned, it does appear as the beer warms, making this a lovely 'fireside' beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1/2 finger head with decent retention and a coudy orange/ruby color.

Smell is very fruity and unique. Tangerines, grapefruit, a little bit of cloves and some plum. I've heard about this yeast strain, very many byproducts in this one.

Taste is fruity with some bitter citrus notes. These notes take over the pale malts balanced with a bit of crystal malts. There is an earthy hop flavor as well.

Good body and nice carbonation.

The byproducts of the yeast make this one a little bit unique. It's not highly drinkable because of this, but it's mildly interesting to say the least.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden to light brown color with about 2 fingers if white head with and average lacing good carbinationgood full body good aroma of malts good full mouthfeel overall I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it especially if you like english style beer

Photo of BWH3
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold ale with 2 finger white head. The beer is largely still and clear. Retention is fantastic.

S/T: Toasted, slightly buttery and a hint of nuts (like a fresh buttered biscuit) combine with the fruity/orange peel and peppery notes of this yeast strain. The hops are hearty earth like bitterness that slightly tips the balance in favor of the bitters in the aftertaste. Crisp, dry, slightly fruity finish.

M: Still light medium bodied beer with great retention.

D: A must for all lovers of English bitters. Not as fantastic as Fullers ESB but certainly in a class above many of the elder staesman in this category including Bass and Old Speckled Hen

Photo of BarleyMine
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a nice golden carmel color resembling home made carmel sauce. It pours a thick head that reduces to a 1/4" or so with porus, semi-sticky lacing. The smell is of sweet carmel and toffee with slight hop notes. The tasete is pretty much the same as the smell, carmel sauce, sweet and a slight hoppy bitterness with a lingering carmel finish. The mouthfeel is bright with active, tingly carbonation. Too sweet for my tase but not a bad brew anyway.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear apple juice color with plenty of carbonation running up the inside of the glass. Surprisingly not a lot of head presented, I had to work kind of hard to get a finger of it. Decent lacing hangs around on the side of the glass, though.

The nose isn't incredibly aromatic, but I can still pick out a decent amount of fruits. Apples are present, as well as bananas and maybe pear; the fruits are accompanied by a malty aroma as well.

This has a nice flavor, not really intense, but it's pleasurable. The fruits that presented themselves in the nose show up again on the tongue, primarily apples and pears and a new citrus flavor. The fruits only show up after a nice prelude of pale and caramel malts up front. A small amount of spicy hop flavor stops by on the tail end of the beer, but doesn't stay long.

Has a nice light, crisp mouthfeel that is accompanied by a high amount of carbonation. Smooth on the tongue and has a little zip of alcohol too. Good stuff.

Overall, a flavorful, easy drinker that is very sessionable. The nose could've been a little better and it could've given me a little more head (teehee) but overall the taste and mouthfeel were enjoyable. A nice English Pale.

Photo of GreenCard
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light copper, great clarity, thick layer of bubbly off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: malt, strawberries, sweet apples, Ringwood yeast, herbally hops, roasted hazelnuts

Flavor: mellow toasty malt sweetness, slight acidity; a pleasantly fruity combo of zesty pear-skin hop flavor, unripe green plums, and prunes; finishes dryish with a scrumptious lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, minerally texture

Other comments: I tried this beer many years ago when I was at university in Boston (Mass.). Really liked the name and label, that's what drew me in. Turned out to be a pretty good beer, too. Still a good beer, a great beer even. Perhaps one of my favorite all-purpose British ales. When I visited Ringwood Brewery, I found out that the one you get in the US is actually brewed by Shipyard.

Update Dec. 2008: I have just done a side-by-side comparison of UK Old Thumper and US Old Thumper. The UK version is definitely the best. It is smoother, more aromatic, a bit fruitier (pineapple?), more caramelly and biscuity, but it is a bit cloudy in comparison to the US version (I presume they filter it). The US version has less head, is drier tasting, a bit more hoppy/bitter, less balanced, and not as lively or complex.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden honey body, 2 fingers of white head, thin lace remains.

S- Sweet bready malt and fruits on the nose. Grassy and spicy hops in the background.

T- More sweet malts in the taste, it's quite fruity as well, bready malt and a good dose of hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty good bite for an English Pale Ale.

M- Medium bodied ale, plenty of carbonation.

D- This is a decent beer. Nothing that would make me seek it out, but I wouldn't refuse another.

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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.