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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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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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srandycarter

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 00:08:59 | More by srandycarter
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benclimbs

California

2.15/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 11:42:15 | More by benclimbs
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-23-2010 17:43:56 | More by Parrotbeak
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 21:33:10 | More by fullsweep
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AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 14:48:26 | More by AEK
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 06:18:17 | More by ktrillionaire
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basica

Singapore

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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! :)

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 17:53:18 | More by basica
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:02:29 | More by mralphabet
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joshstevens87

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:14:38 | More by joshstevens87
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 04:36:32 | More by feelmefoam
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DerBayer

Germany

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 23:26:09 | More by DerBayer
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MM3

Netherlands

3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 19:04:55 | More by MM3
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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 02:27:18 | More by Tone
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STEG

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 01:22:19 | More by STEG
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Bigfatbino

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 05:36:07 | More by Bigfatbino
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clayrock81

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2009 18:52:27 | More by clayrock81
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:51:59 | More by BWH3
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:43:17 | More by jasonjlewis
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 22:59:16 | More by beerthulhu
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BarleyMine

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 03:44:53 | More by BarleyMine
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 00:45:58 | More by Chinon01
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 00:27:08 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 20:38:24 | More by wl0307
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rgrholmes168

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 21:57:30 | More by rgrholmes168
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:53:23 | More by RblWthACoz
Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.