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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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Dawkfan
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden honey body, 2 fingers of white head, thin lace remains.

S- Sweet bready malt and fruits on the nose. Grassy and spicy hops in the background.

T- More sweet malts in the taste, it's quite fruity as well, bready malt and a good dose of hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty good bite for an English Pale Ale.

M- Medium bodied ale, plenty of carbonation.

D- This is a decent beer. Nothing that would make me seek it out, but I wouldn't refuse another.

Dawkfan, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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
Photo of huxcrunner
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden to light brown color with about 2 fingers if white head with and average lacing good carbinationgood full body good aroma of malts good full mouthfeel overall I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it especially if you like english style beer

huxcrunner, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been about 20years or so I've last had this. And that was on cask. Didn't really understand it at the time and then never saw it again. Thanks to the 2007 Marston buy out its easier to find. About time I gave it another go.

Has a hazy orange glow with some light fluffy head which slowly grows in the glass. To the taster it begins slightly spritzy and crisp before being hit by a rough spicy straw like bitterness. Such is the bitterness that it virtually prevents your palate from detecting anything else. Despite some descriptions I've read I detected no fruit whatsoever. Very uncompromisingly dry and unique giving your tongue lovely lashings of bitterness which leaves a wonderfully austere coating in your mouth for quite some times. A very English bitterness too. Real intensity without being heavy. Really fine.

Really enjoyed that. Another tasty bottled British beer. Am I seeing the beginning of a trend here?

Zimbo, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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 thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

thierrynantes, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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 benclimbs
2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

looks fine, pours a golden brown in the glass with a slight head and a little lacing

smell is very strange , a bit foody, but with some interesting malt notes...ok i guess.

taste is downright weird and not that good - very vegetal, and almost salty, tastes like soy sauce, kind of weird woody smoky vegetable notes with very strange harsh malt character.

drinkability is awful, definitely would never order again.

benclimbs, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow-orange with a thin white head that remains.
Smell is buttery, rich malts with a little bit of hops. Some faint, light fruits as well.
Taste is buttery malts, with a sublte hop wave following. The malts carry to the finish, become more bready and slightly toasted towards the finish. More light fruits on the finish--banana in particular.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a fairly low level of carbonation. Nice, smooth finish.
Drinkability is very good. Very well-rounded.

Parrotbeak, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of fullsweep
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: reddish-brown and beautiful in colour, pours with a nice 1 to 2-finger head of beige foam, leaves plenty of lacing

S: slightly spicy and dark/dried fruits--definitely interesting

T: bitter but not in an enjoyable way as there's not much in the way of contrasting or balancing flavours. Not horrible, but not enjoyable either. Also picking up a bit of alcohol.

M: decent carbonation and body, nothing surprising here.

D: too much bitterness and a higher ABV make this less appealing for me personally

fullsweep, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of AEK
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poures into a Young's pint pot

A. Red with an orange tint. A hazy beer with a tan coloured head that soon disappeared.

N. Biscuity malt, toffee/caramel noted dominate with some fruity notes bouncing around.

T. Sweet malt is quickly balanced out by the citrus hop bitterness. I am getting a very slight taste of raisins and possibly some plumminess towards the finish. The bitter finish is quite long.

M. Lightly carbonated, medium body.

D. A very nice beer that conceals its ABV very well. A good session beer and, if you haven't tried this one before it is worth seeking out.

AEK, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

ktrillionaire, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of basica
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Brewerkz Pint glass from the bottle

A - Brown color with an orange hue; fairly cloudy. Nice milky coffee-like head forms quickly and finally settles to a half finger height

S - Light on the nose; slight apple or peach smell backed with malts and a dash of caramel

T - Caramel and malts come in upfront blending into lightly sweet fruitiness mainly Apples and perhaps grapes, Hop bitterness comes in towards the citrusy finish, pretty enjoyable despite the lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, slightly watery, light carbonation and slightly dry on the finish

D - Very refreshing and drinkable, goes down unbelievably smoothly

Not bad at all for an English Ale! :)

basica, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange brown... about a fingers worth of head that fades pretty quickly to a nice ring of foam. Very nice lacing to boot.

S: Lots of good things here.... I'm catching is citrus hops lite hints of orange, followed by sweet malt, toffee and maybe brown sugar. Very nice...

T: Funny the citrus hops come at the finish. The maltiness is right up front. Sweet and biscuit like. It finishes with a good balance of hops, notes of orange and sugar. Alcohol is well hidden, pretty nice.

M: A little on the sharp side, not what I was expecting. Little to no carbonation.

D: Not a bad little session beer... ABV is good and the mix of smells and flavors make this a beer you could drink a few of.... worth a shot.

mralphabet, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice copper color eith a minimal white head that quickly dissappears
S-a molasses and fruit with notes of vanilla
T-a very sweet malt taste of the smells above a very complex taste with little hop presence
M-medium body with a rather light carbonation make this a very full tasting and refreshing english ale with an almost buttery mouthfeel
D-a rather decent drinkable beer one that can certanly be enjoyed throughout the night but one that isnt absolutely rememberable taste

joshstevens87, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear apple juice color with plenty of carbonation running up the inside of the glass. Surprisingly not a lot of head presented, I had to work kind of hard to get a finger of it. Decent lacing hangs around on the side of the glass, though.

The nose isn't incredibly aromatic, but I can still pick out a decent amount of fruits. Apples are present, as well as bananas and maybe pear; the fruits are accompanied by a malty aroma as well.

This has a nice flavor, not really intense, but it's pleasurable. The fruits that presented themselves in the nose show up again on the tongue, primarily apples and pears and a new citrus flavor. The fruits only show up after a nice prelude of pale and caramel malts up front. A small amount of spicy hop flavor stops by on the tail end of the beer, but doesn't stay long.

Has a nice light, crisp mouthfeel that is accompanied by a high amount of carbonation. Smooth on the tongue and has a little zip of alcohol too. Good stuff.

Overall, a flavorful, easy drinker that is very sessionable. The nose could've been a little better and it could've given me a little more head (teehee) but overall the taste and mouthfeel were enjoyable. A nice English Pale.

feelmefoam, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing special albeit nothig bad about this beer. It is a monoduimensional English pale ale and just that.

The colour is amber but not as dark/intensive as I would have liked and the smell is just of some fruity esters and bitter hops.

Fairly inoffensive in every way but i wont buy it again

DerBayer, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of MM3
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apearance: A red/brown ale with a little head, that stays till the pint is empty.

Smell: A hoppy smell with a little malt sweetness.

Taste: Bitter, with a little malt sweetness and bitter aftertaste, when the beer gets warmer the bitterness is increasing.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is smooth, maybe a bit thin.

Drinkability: This beer is very easy to drink.

MM3, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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 STEG
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into sam smiths pint glass. It has a wonderful translucent appearance dark orange with red tints with a nice 1 finger off white head that has fairly good retention. A hoppy aroma with vanilla and caramel is the prominent smell at the nose. It has a hoppy start with vanilla with a little bit of raisins and cherries as the aftertaste. Has a creamy mouthfeel that is slightly carbonated. Very drinkable, a great session beer.

STEG, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of Bigfatbino
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A = nice translucency to the beer. not much head, which quickly faded, not much lacing in the glass

S = Very bright smell. I've not smelled a beer like this before. It smells like fermenting apples if I had to venture a guess.

T = Good. Strange but good. It's very complex. A moderate bitterness, and roasted coffee undertones. Not very much hoppiness to speak of, but at the same time there are some nice flowery tastes in the background.. It does taste rather good and refreshing..

M = Even though the taste (to me) is foreign, the mouthfeel is wonderful. Tingly, bright, lingering on the palate and still bubbly going down the throat.

D = A great dinner beer, best served I think with lamb or curries. I would also order this one up with a good cut of beef like NY strip

Bigfatbino, Jul 25, 2009
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.

clayrock81, Feb 06, 2009
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

BWH3, Jan 19, 2009
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.

jasonjlewis, Jan 18, 2009
Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.