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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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82
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of charlatan
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of craiggoode
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mrfreakybig
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of flasker
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jnjander
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of cervezango
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a beast of a beer indeed.

maple syrup colored little or no head, like an ale. lacey.

smells very yeasty and salty, also a little bit of dark fruits and buttered popcorn.

HOPS. this beer is super hoppy and its got great hops and alcohol balance, give you a nice clean burn. also very yeasty and a bit salty.

strong yeast and salt in after taste.

this is a no nonsense beer, you could probably put this in your tractor and it would would run on it. this beer is not for sissy boys, this beer will kick your ass.

try it at a little under room temperature.

Photo of beerme626
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark amber, redder than a typical pale ale.
S: A little nutty for a pale ale. I find it a little malty too.
T: A well-rounded pale ale taste because of the additional malts. The taste is smoother and less bitter than the other pale ales I've had. Some caramel, some maple.
M: Smooth, easy. A little bubbly on the lips but not much hop tinglyness afterwards.
O: A pleasant alternative to the pale ales I'm used to. If I see this again and think about it, I'll pick it up.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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1/5  rDev -72.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sim0n17
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

SOO nice and fresh. You must try it at "The Furlong" if you're ever in Ringwood, Hants, England. It's a pub close enough to the brewery that they just roll the kegs over there. Beautifully round taste with a hint of a sweet aftertaste. Robust smell with a dark, nutty color. Great taste, aroma, and experience!!

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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of evlu1441
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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