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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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Reviews: 69
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 6
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 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 RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange brown with a little bit of light tan head that leaves a good lacing on the way down. Nose is metallic and almost like mild orange peels. Flavor is strong with a tangy citrus edge that pinches the sides of your mouth. There does seem to be a smooth and slight caramel flavor to it as well. I wish I could give this one a 3.75 for flavor. After a while, there seems to be a bit of a nutty aftertaste to it. Feel has a nice bubble to it. It is drinkable yes. A good beer. Just not a stellar one. Worth trying I think. (535 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 BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time to try this beer in its bottled version - don't know what to expect... BB 04/12/08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: light copper in colour, topped with a tight, thick, creamy light beige froth with superb retention; moderate+ level of carbonation.
S: besides being slighlty dusty due to the thick froth, the aroma is richly fruity (papaya, ripe apples, tangerine, plum-jam, with a touch of banana... almost tropically-fruity in a sense!), toffee-ish, and slightly sticky... Lots of malts with accompanied sweetness on the nose, but not w/o a healthy dose of fruit sourness overall.
T: a mouthful of toffee-ish malts, caramel, nuts, and a touch of coconut-shaving comes on top of a little oily-estery taste typical of most strong Premium Bitter, then gradually leading towards more mixed ripe fruits, spicy hops, roast tea (with sugar)... An Oloroso-sherry-like dry-ish sweet aftertaste lingers with a flat texture of moderate-level bitterness that is however very chewy and dry in the end. M&D: the texture is not too fizzy at all but quite refreshing to keep this strong ale light enough to quaff, while the little trace of alc. on the palate certainly helps. What's more, the overall aftertaste gets more and more bitter as the drinking goes, making it really enjoyable and quaffable. (1,320 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale hops, yeast, slight spice, and grain. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale hops, grain, and slight yeast. Overall, a good English p.a. with a nice body, mouth feel, and blend. (385 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 TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the Abbey Brewing pub in Miami Beach. Copper colored and clear, thinnest of heads. The aroma is somewhat toasty, a nice bready smell. The flavor hits the nail on the head, it has the fresh baked bread in it with just a touch of fruity esters, honest to God this tastes like I'm having it at a pub in London. A velvetty smooth mouthfeel provided by the cask conditioning and beer engine, near perfect mouthfeel. I could drink this for hours, until I puked, passed out, or almost impossibly lost interest. (525 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cider-like colored gold with two finger head that died quickly and left minor lacings. A thin smell that still permuates both toasted and sweet malts like caramel along with some bread. Hints of heavy fruits as well with the hop aroma. A lighter pale ale than others I've had, still maintains moderate dryness with the hops and is mixed with some heavier fruits like orange (maybe apple) and some sweet malts for a combined taste that is distinct and delicious. I am glad I tried this. (494 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,681 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with loose taupe head that fades to clumps of bubbles that trail. Mulchy autumn leaf and sour raspberry on the nose.
Toasted granola and apricot jam with a bit of toffee and peppery and wood oil hops. Big flash of strawberry to end and bitter honey linger. Medium, chewy, round.

Big chunky ale with fruit, toast and Goldings bite. Substantial in both body and flavor. This is how to do an Premium Bitter, it would take a 7% ABV for an American brewer to match this. (479 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great British session bitter, just a tad high on the abv at 5.6% - but that’s the only nick picking issue.

Starts superb; chill hazed pumpkin yellow, topped by a massive ivory head. Great lacing all the way down.

Aromas of malted barley, however on the meager side. Proper taste of toasted malts, hints of an earthly leather balanced with a light hop accent. Flows down well for the entire mni-bomber, I could drink several easily. (445 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper orange poured into a pilsner glass. A finger of cream-colored head creates a solid film of lace on the glass. Mad bubble action keeps a thin blanket on top of the beer.

Aroma - sweet malts, slightly crackery, slight metallic-like aroma as well but more like it's part of the beer, not tainted.

Taste - sweet and buttery malt, mmm mmm good. A shot of hops on the swallow do more than just balance. They settle in for several moments with a subdued but controlling bitterness. The finish is warm and slightly bitter with a touch of alcohol peeking through at times, giving it an almost whiskey-like aftertaste. Very good!

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, feels right for the style.

Drinkability - ESBs aren't on my short list of stock beers, but I did enjoy this one. I'd have it again. (808 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)

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 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 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 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 thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : coppery color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : cereal and hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity and caramel notes, well balanced with hops.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Strong Bitter. (274 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown brew with lighter highlights, lots of streamers from bottom to top. Average head, maybe one finger, retention is okay. Lacing is spotty.

Served warm, there's a notable beery aroma, very archetypal for fermented barley with hop. There's some tangy citric punch in there, along with some sweet malt.

Flavor is very smooth, but a bit odd. There is still some citrus, and the caramel malt is evident. A darker fruity flavor pops in a lot, like a bigger bitter. Slightly nutty.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, just fine for a pale ale. Everything works out nicely here, very respectable and drinkable beer. (621 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Good-looking brew; iced tea hue with a big head and soapy bubbles.

S - It is buttery, biscuity, and barley malt. Stereotypical, but well-done in this case.

T - I think this is a bit pedestrian for the genre, except for the hop element, which is fairly sublime for the style. The brew, as a result, is better than average. But the underlying creaminess and rich buttery flavor that is part of this heritage is not fully developed.

M - Not rich or creamy enough for the flavor.

D - I would do it again, if I knew then what I know now. Or something like that... (566 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 soju6
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a creamy light tan head and ample lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of fruits with a bit of sweetness and malt.

T: Has an initial sweetness with some fruit. There is a nice bit of bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and no hint of alcohol. Very well balanced.

O: First time I have had this in a bottle. My old pub in Southampton does not serve it any more. I guess I'm off to the New Forest this weekend in search of the cask version. Very true to the style. Easy drinker, well worth a try. (535 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 pmcadamis
4.69/5  rDev +26.8%
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. (2,048 characters)

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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.