Shipyard Old Thumper | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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82
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743 Ratings
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Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Old Thumper
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 03-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
743
Reviews:
389
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
80
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewnme
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SweetChicken
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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 jschwamb
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Icemann383
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very nice caramel amber color into a pint glass with plenty of head but dissipates quickly. Very little carbonation and lacing. The smell is quite boozy and overwhelming. The initial taste is bold, boozy that leaves quickly and turns malty, nutty and slightly caramel with a bitter dry finish. This is a bold, but sometimes a little harsh brew. It mellows out a little as it warms too.

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Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsh420
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light auburn appearance, solid 1" of head. Toffee, old wood, nuttiness, but dearth of hops.

This is very mild, not really bitter. Old Burton school. Stale toffee. Like a pumped up Newcastle with a different yeast.

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Photo of Zylod
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pured a brilliantly clear yellow, light amber, orange highlights. One finger loose head lasted but a minute. The beer still appears lively with the short lived head, having an ever present cap of foam that kept the brew lively looking. The brew left a little bitty lacing, but still a step up from some other shipyard products that I've had where lacing is non existent.

S - Very malt forward in aroma, some light almost pilsner malt notes with tones of biscuity overtones, just and overall sweet and very british nose, hints of caramel maybe even slight toffee. Hops are present in a subdued fashion with a spike of fuggel-ish spicey pine rounding it out.

T - This is one of the most balanced beers I've had from shipyard yet. It has the british malt flavors that dominates with a biscuity sweetness, the hops are still prevalent with earthy and spicey flavor also providing ample bitter rounding it out. The finish is where the signature shipyard yeast and its love or hate diacetyl character creeps up, but is kept well in check. I think its a much more balanced then lighter offerings such as export and chamberlain pale.

M - Mouthfeel is nondescript, just average in body and carbonation, goes down easy.

O - This is a great example of a traditional British ESB, brewed with british malt, british yeast, in traditional open fermentation, all in my home town. I've been keeping this beer in my fridge lately, and plan on continuing, this is definitely a staple for me.

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Photo of Etoh
4.76/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GFD400
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stanley23
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Crystal clear copper body, tons of fine dispersed bubbles, blankets of lace, cool old-fashioned label.

S & T: Fruity muscat, toasted biscuit, not much hops. Flavor adds a touch of pine bitterness, just a touch. Otherwise the warm malty biscuit/slight fruitiness prevails. Well balanced. If it weren't for that bit of hops I would guess this was a well-made Belgian dubbel.

M: So. Damn. Creamy. The carbonation is so fine, it gives it a healthy zest and life but no coarseness on the tongue. Otherwise, its just that wonderful silky almost-sticky malt goodness.

O: The hop character is almost certainly diminished here (see below), but it still follows ESB guidelines to a T, and what's more, it's delicious. Deep, flavorful malts provide some sweetness while there is a bit of balancing hop bitterness. I don't understand all the low scores here, this is spot-on.

Disclaimer: This bottle is old. OLD. Review written 8/27/2015, 'best before' date is marked 9/2009. I am posting this because it is still a positive review, and if nothing else shows that this beer can age. Hop notes will probably be more apparent in a fresher bottle, take into consideration if you care (or buy a fresh one and wait til 2021 to get my experience).

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flashback #91 - A nice surprise with this one.

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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 743 ratings.
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