Shipyard Old Thumper | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Old Thumper

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 03-02-2001

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Chadbrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Thumper
Well it is better than the Shipyard Export anyways. I found this to be a fairly clean beer with substantiation in taste and body. The yeast in the nose and the yeasty “bite” on the tongue are a little rough and take away from the overall pleasure.
Overall this beer reminds me of a classic British Pale Ale.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mattycasey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkinniePost
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Johnny_Duck
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kinger
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Special Ale here. This is the third offering I've had from Shipyard and they all have a similar underlying flavor, but it seems to work best for this ESB. Slightly bitter-sweet aroma buttery and malty, rather calm. Good amber color with a decent off white head and very nice lacing. Creamy and full mouthfeel, finishes nice. Flavor is also bitter-sweet malty and minimally hopped. There are hints of toffee and caramel with that distinguishable Shipyard butterness. Not great but a very good brew for a generally low key style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid yet clear brown with copper and golden highlights. Highly carbonated and retention is fading. Smells malty, toasty, caramelly, and bitter. Tastes quite malty and caramelly. Toasty, bready, and slightly fruity and nutty. Hopped to allow slight flavor and bitter for balance. Light notes of butter pop-corn follow in the body. Finishes sweet and simple. Better than I thought.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber brown color. Little carbonation, with a one inch head that disapated to a thin head.

Smells malty with hints of hops and bitters. Very aromatic.

Malty is the only flavor right off, with a slow mix of hops and bitters. Good session brew, especially if you like a malty beverage.

A little thick on the mouthfeel, not overly chewy however.

Good brew, enjoy with a nice steak.

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Photo of bashiba
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clean amber color with an inch of head.

Smell was a nice mix of toasted grains and buttery yeast.

A nice mix in flavor of light toasted malts and buttery diacetyl before being quickly overtaken by a nice slighlty bitter floral hop.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and slighty oily.

Overall not to bad, the diacetyl isn't as overwhelming as some of the other Shipyards I have had.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours copper with fluffy white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and red berries. Body is medium and smooth. Earthy hops, honey, caramel malt and red fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and semi-dry. Average brew.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first ESB, so I am feeling my way in the dark a little here.

A - A bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Color is like golden honey.

S - Had to really dig for the aroma. It's fruity like a warm cider.

T - Taste is balanced among sweet malts, fruit and hops. Pairings with heavier foods tends to bring out the sourness. But by itself the beer is quite tasty.

M - Very light on the palate and dry. Finishes quickly with just a hint of tinniness.

D - Very drinkable.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: pint

a: Dark orange color, almost completely clear. Frothy 2-finger head. Light splashy lacing.

s: Cherry juice, slightly herbal and citric, dry.

t: Balanced. Cherry, citric hops, somewhat sour, bitter snap at the end.

m: smooth, light, low-ish carbonation. Dry on the finish.

d: It's ok, very general and plain. Wouldn't buy this again but would take it over any macro at a bar.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: dark copper in color; off white head that dissipated quickly; almost no lacing;

S: toasted malt and yeast;

T: toasted malt up front; adds some sweet fruit in the med-palate along with a light bitterness in the background that builds through the finish (but never overwhelms); finish is relatively short and somewhat dry;

M: a little thin; prickly carbonation that flattens quickly when it hits your mouth;

O: well balanced; complex; enjoyable; easy to drink; would pair well with a wide variety of foods;

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Photo of nebula1999
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from cask into standard pint glass at The Wharf Pub, 37 Bowens Wharf, Newport RI.

I make a point to visit The Wharf Pub each time I go to Newport just to have this beer. Last tasted on Columbus Day Weekend 2008.

Rocky head fading to nearly flat. Slightly cloudy appearance. Aromas of caramel, light fruit, grass, wood and even the slightest hint of peat which I found unusual. Smooth maltiness and subtle hop presence. Chewy mouthfeel that coats the mouth, but not offensively. Not a lot of cask offerings out there, and it is always nice to stop by for a pint of this one.

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Photo of mschofield
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper-amber with a three finger rocky off white head.
Fruity, sweet aroma. Banana, the yeast is very prevalent in the aroma.
Slightly tough (rough edged) toffee taste, fruity, buttery, toasted malt, butterscotch.
Light side of medium bodied. Not terribly pleasing to me, I'd pass on having it again.

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Photo of jmalex
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I heard about Shipyard on the Brewing Network podcast and figured I'd pick up something from them. For my last beer of 2007, I'll be drinking this.

APPEARANCE: Pours a somewhat hazy golden amber into a shaker pint glass. The head is just darker than white and modest in size. What it lacks in height, it has in retention though. It lasts pretty well and eventually drops to a hearty collar with patchwork bubbly patches.

SMELL: Some mild aromas come out of this, and they're nicely balanced between malt and hops. It's bready and toasty with a slight noble hop aroma. Another smell comes out that is foreign to me. A product of the ringwood yeast, perhaps?

TASTE: The flavor is much more slanted toward the malty side with a large toasted malt aroma dominating. That weird flavor is there too, and I figure it HAS to be from the yeast. So I have to trust that the yeast did it's job. Hops come out more in the finish, and they're spicy and pungent.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light bodied and a lower level of carbonation. This seems appropriate for style.

DRINKABILITY: Eh, it's alright, I suppose. It could be sessioned but the ABV is on the higher side for that. I probably would switch to something else, but at least this one goes down very easy.

This beer wasn't exactly my thing. It's certainly not bad, and I'd get this again if my other options were limited. At least I got to see what Shipyard's beers were like, and I won't even rule out getting another one again.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shipyard Old Thumper is sweet, acidic, and thin.

It poured light amber with a two-finger white head that dissipated quickly and left a moderate amount of lace. The smell was acidic and the favor was extremely sweet with an acidic finish. The feel was super thin and fleeting.

Old Thumper reminded me of a good Lager. It has caramel sweetness, a passive feel, and not much point, except maybe as a hot weather thirst quencher.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Easy to find beer here in these parts but I haven't had this in a while. Made by Shipyard. Pours a nice copper-orange color. Smell is a weak sweet smell. Taste is a bit malty, slight butter taste and a little bit citrusy, not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is ok. A nice session beer, most of Shipyard's beer are good session beers and this is one of the better ones.

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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 746 ratings
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