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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Reviews: 69
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PorterPounder on 08-20-2003

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.07/5  rDev -44.1%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of praufs01
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of fullsweep
2.85/5  rDev -23%
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 (553 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
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 (303 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of BarleyMine
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of mortarit
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Thumper thump me alright frrom it's taste. It says extra special ale. Went I swiged it, it did have a different taste than I am used to from ales.
The ale is much lighter than normal too.

Hardly any head at all.

Drinking it out of a tall beer glass.

Bottled

I think it would be a good converisation beer. (323 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of mrfreakybig
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought one bottle of this at a local grocery store. It’s not a bad beer, but i found it to be a bit underwhelming. Flavor was a bit thin, and while it looked nice in the glass, with plenty of foam sticking to the sides as I drank it, it wasn’t a very exciting beer all in all. Not bad, but not great either. (313 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey color. Thin head, with some retention, and lacing. Smell is sweet and malty. The body is on the thin side with carbionation. Taste is sweet all the way through. Maybe a bit of hops in the finish. Nice honey after taste. Not "extra special", but not bad. (272 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 500ml bottle: a very dark amber colour with a decent head which sticks around for a while. Dried fruit and a bit of lemon in the nose. There's nutty flavour here, a little creaminess and a herbal hoppy edge which dominates the aftertaste and lingers in the mouth. This eminently drinkable but not as interesting as similar beers like Old Speckled Hen. (356 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange brown... about a fingers worth of head that fades pretty quickly to a nice ring of foam. Very nice lacing to boot.

S: Lots of good things here.... I'm catching is citrus hops lite hints of orange, followed by sweet malt, toffee and maybe brown sugar. Very nice...

T: Funny the citrus hops come at the finish. The maltiness is right up front. Sweet and biscuit like. It finishes with a good balance of hops, notes of orange and sugar. Alcohol is well hidden, pretty nice.

M: A little on the sharp side, not what I was expecting. Little to no carbonation.

D: Not a bad little session beer... ABV is good and the mix of smells and flavors make this a beer you could drink a few of.... worth a shot. (716 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/11/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Oakland, CA

Presentation- 22 oz bomber with no dates, poured into my 24 oz glass mug.

Appearance- Nice golden amber pour with a gi-mungous white foamy head. Excellent lacing as well.

Smell- Mostly heavy caramel malt notes with a tad of fruityness.

Taste- Major caramel malt action with a touch of bitter fruity hops in the background.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, but a bit watery in the finish.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a watery poor man's SNPA. Nothing special, but not bad. Probably won't need to try again though. (585 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 1997

Pours a clear, reddish-hued amber, with an off-white head that barely rises above the surface, and quickly fizzles out.
Zero lacework remains above the placid surface.
Aromatics are fruity and malty, accented with notes of butterscotch and toffee.
Ripe apples drizzled with caramel.
Mouthfeel is light and meagerly carbonated. Slightly juicy and chewy.
The pallet has a nice "english" malt flavor. Juicy, meaty, and quite smooth. Light caramel notes and fruity undertones, with some mild oxidation.
Finishes quickly and without much fanfare, a minimal bitterness takes the edge off a light sweet note.
One thing that is missing from the UK version vs the Shipyard one..The big butter component. Much more subdued in the original version and allows the beer to be much more drinkable.
The beer seems to have a "softer" quality to it as well. Perhaps the water is lacking some of the hardness of the Portland, Maine sister beer. (952 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold, caramel, lots of near white head. Slow to leave to disk. Lots of cling.

S - Sharp, a bit astringent, hoppy for sure.

T - Malty with a slab of butter, not offensively so. Nice bitter end and a touch of banana.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Easy enough to drink! (290 characters)

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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
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