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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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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
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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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

craiggoode, Sep 16, 2012
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.

ckollias, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.25/5  rDev -10%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +10.8%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 22, 2012
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.

mrfreakybig, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of flasker
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

flasker, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of jnjander
3/5  rDev -16.9%

jnjander, Jul 14, 2012
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.

PorterLambic, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of MEP
4/5  rDev +10.8%

MEP, Jun 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

HungarianCount, May 15, 2012
Photo of djtomain
3/5  rDev -16.9%

djtomain, May 12, 2012
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.

cervezango, Apr 14, 2012
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.

beerme626, Mar 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

AJD1201, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

bluesplit63, Feb 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.3%

zephyr707, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
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!!

sim0n17, Nov 08, 2011
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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.

Brabander, Nov 06, 2011
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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.

StJamesGate, Sep 29, 2011
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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.

evlu1441, Sep 28, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

soju6, Aug 02, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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
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4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I got this one I had no idea that there was an English version. As soon as I tasted it I knew it was not the same as the last bottle I had of Old Thumper (That one was Shipyard) . Huge white head that stays had me thinking hop fest. Not quite. Beautiful clear coppery honey fluid with gentle carbonation as it sits. Nose tells me this is not a USA brew. Sweet malt and toffee. A touch of butterscotch and floral hops. Taste is quintessential English pale ale. Big sweet toffee malt and toasted bread. Butterscotch again that flows into an mild dry earthy finish. A touch of mineral metal mixed with earth dryness and toasted grains lingering nicely, along with light sweetness and dark bread. Perfect carbonation is gentle and all over your mouth in a wonderful way.medium light weight makes this a great beer for sessioning in spite of the abv being higher than is typical. A grea,t easy drinking pale ale that is a cut above most. Proudly English in taste so many will miss just how good this is. it is not big and hoppy. If you want real English pale ale you'd do well here.

scootny, Jun 16, 2011
Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.