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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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ringwood Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 08-20-2003)
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1/5  rDev -72.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of PorterLambic
2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber color with a 1" tan head sitting gently on top. Retention isn't great but a chunky thick film remains quite a while.
Smell is a bit off, I hope. Fairly strong skunky note with lesser notes of malt and hops. Smells like warm Budweiser. Yuck.
Taste is a mix of malt, grape, hops and that skunk note. Balance is good but...
Medium-full body with similar effervescence. The musk fades from the palate fairly quickly but I didn't want any of it to begin with. Take it out of the equation and this is a solid 3.5-4 beer across the board.

Photo of benclimbs
2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

looks fine, pours a golden brown in the glass with a slight head and a little lacing

smell is very strange , a bit foody, but with some interesting malt notes...ok i guess.

taste is downright weird and not that good - very vegetal, and almost salty, tastes like soy sauce, kind of weird woody smoky vegetable notes with very strange harsh malt character.

drinkability is awful, definitely would never order again.

Photo of praufs01
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Clear copper with off-white head.

Aroma – Light hop aroma with hints of molasses and toffee.

Palate – Smooth medium mouth feel.

Flavor – Light brown sugar taste up front that heavier toffee finish.

Final thoughts – There is nothing really special about this brew. It’s not bad its just nothing special.

Photo of
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle with a best before date of 1/07. Poured a clear gold color, with a modest white head. Aroma was faint citrus hops, with just a touch of malt. Taste was bitter, followed by a sweet I can only describe as bubblegum. Maybe a little bit of grapefruit. Bubblegum flavor faded some as the beer warmed, but not enough. Beer was light in body, highly carbonated, and quite drying. Overall, I just didn't like it. I tried three of these over the course of a week, and just couldn't get anywhere with it. If the bubblegum flavor went away, I think I would be singing it's praises, but as it stands, no more for me.

Photo of nheinzie57
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of fullsweep
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: reddish-brown and beautiful in colour, pours with a nice 1 to 2-finger head of beige foam, leaves plenty of lacing

S: slightly spicy and dark/dried fruits--definitely interesting

T: bitter but not in an enjoyable way as there's not much in the way of contrasting or balancing flavours. Not horrible, but not enjoyable either. Also picking up a bit of alcohol.

M: decent carbonation and body, nothing surprising here.

D: too much bitterness and a higher ABV make this less appealing for me personally

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2.88/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of beerguy101
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and caramel. A medium bodied ale, Malts are mild, slightly sweet and fruity. Apples and vanilla. Hops are very dry and somewhat floral. There is a very distinct orange flavor to this beer. Slightly bittering, and there is a strange aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a touch astringent.

Photo of DerBayer
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing special albeit nothig bad about this beer. It is a monoduimensional English pale ale and just that.

The colour is amber but not as dark/intensive as I would have liked and the smell is just of some fruity esters and bitter hops.

Fairly inoffensive in every way but i wont buy it again

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from my Scottish beerbuddy Craig (Zimbo). Thanks Craig!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks nice but after that all magic is gone. Best before march 2012.

No real smell and no carbonation in this beer, lightbrown fluid with one finger bubble foam.

This is a standard beer with no specialty, yet reasonable drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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 BarleyMine
3.05/5  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 ckollias
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Malty caramel aroma with a sweet finish.

T: Similar to the smell a sweet malty caramel flavor. Not very complex.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent English Pale Ale – nothing special or anything I would seek out again.

Photo of Tokyotippler
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Radome
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle bought in England.

A - Beer is a medium copper color with lots of orange. Crystal clear. Head is off white; moderately thick on initial pour. It faded to the thinnest of sheets and a strong lacing around the edges.

S - The aroma is a balance of bready malt and earthy hops. The hops give a somewhat aged (not fesh) impression. There is also a sweet brown sugar aroma and perhaps a bit of raisin.

T - Taste is balanced toward hops, but the hop flavor is a bit muddled and indistinct. The malt is mostly hidden. Midpalate I get an astringent hop flavor that reminds me of unsweetened tea. Dry finish fades very quickly.

M - Body is thinner than I expected. Low, slightly tingly carbonation. Low to moderate hop bitterness. Just a hint of alcohol.

O - This beer has some nice characteristics, but overall I find it lacking a malt backbone to tie it together. The hops are earthy and don't give a fesh clean aroma or taste, which would not matter so much if there was more malt for them to blend with. I remember this beer being bigger, maltier and just plain better only a few years back. It seems to have lost something.

Photo of dlin0sbb
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
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