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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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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 08-20-2003)
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Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of BWH3
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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 jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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 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 Chinon01
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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 MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes, circa 02/08.

Smells delightful - malty richness and fruit hop splash. Some malt toastiness too.

Golden straw, good clarity, nice little head.

Crisp malt toast and light caramel sweetness. Plenty of hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol on a well carbonated medium-thick body. Superb balance with all that great tasting hop bitterness. Winds with more intense English-like biscuit malt.

A paradigm example of an ESB I say (based on my very limited experiences and tastings, mind you). Very tasty. I'll definitely seek this one out again soon.

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Great head on this beer. Did not instantly disappear which is always a plus. The color is almost orange.

S- A great smell to this beer. I got a good sense of toffee/caramel.

T- Great taste, I was impressed with my first drink.

M- Very balanced beer, this is perfect.

D- Very drinkable. I can drink these beers all day long.

I highly recommend this beer. It is one of the best ales I have ever had.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.68/5  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 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 BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber-orange color. Thick creamy off-white head lingers and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: A rather unusual smell that takes a few moments to adjust to. Oranges and berries are most prominent, with some indistinct spices.

Taste: Malty with some hop undertones. Plenty of fruit blended into the flavor, like oranges, apples, and berries. The aftertaste is an odd sweetly-bitter taste ("bitter-sweet" doesn't seem appropriate here).

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and fairly smooth. A bit too zesty -- different than most carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably not a good session beer, as it's unusual in a few respects, but it's nice for having one or two.

Certainly an interesting beer, with a unique smell and taste. I enjoy it a lot, but it's not the type of thing I'd want to have too often. A good "novelty" to have on occasion.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

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 Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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 jmz62565
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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 buckiflyer
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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 oelergud
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper body with an off-white to light tan head, decent carbonation but low retention and little lace.
Incredible smell, strong and spiced molasses and caramel with faint undertones of hop bitterness.
Taste is almost as strong as the scent. Caramel and sweet molasses of the malt with a well balanced hop counter that really comes through in the moderately long aftertaste.
Medium body with some good coating.
This is a brew that demands attention from the first sip which makes it an enjoyable beer but not something you can have all night, very interesting brew.

-Oelergud

Photo of mortarit
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.