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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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BA SCORE
82
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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 08-20-2003)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

GClarkage, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

BlackHaddock, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

wl0307, May 01, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +10.5%

LXIXME, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

rolltide8425, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Tone, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

TurdFurgison, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -17.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

RoyalT, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

clayrock81, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Vancer, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

srandycarter, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

StJamesGate, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of beerguy101
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

beerguy101, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

IronDjinn, Feb 04, 2011
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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.