Shipyard Old Thumper | Shipyard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
good
745 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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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:
745
Reviews:
389
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
80
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.65/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale orange-golden colour, with a bright and frothy white-yellow head that foams quite a bit, but stays solid enough, and forms some spectacular lacing. Light bodied, and to be honest, it looks a pretty generic English-style ale, but as generic English-style ales go, it's a good one.

Ooh, nose is full of overblown honeyed English malts. Sickly and sweet and potent, and making me turn my head away to gulp down some fresh air. It's all floral honey, and too much. Nothing to balance or pull it back. I just can't stand it, sorry.

Taste is no better, in fact, here, along with the honeyed cloying character is a buzzing chemical bitterness that almost reminds me of Pride of Ringwood, that most hated of Australian hops. Finish is dry and yeasty, giving no flavour at all to counteract the sickly aftertaste. I could go on further, but to be honest, I don't want to drink any more.

A pretty horrible beer. Cloying and sweet, and offensive where it's not purely cloying and sweet. Actively unpleasant. I don't get it.

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I should have known better than to try this again, but in a moment of desperation I picked up a couple 22 oz's at the brewery.

Although it's highly praised here, at least one reviewer remarked on the sweet "watered down Scotch Ale" taste and I couldn't agree more. This beer pours thick, slogs around in the glass like motor oil, smells acrid, is highly overcarbonated as are all Shipyard products (except what they produce for Gritty's distribution, which are better products--go figure), tastes like concentrated sour malt, with an overpowering bitter aftertaste, and not of the kind associated with a floral IPA.

I hope they'll credit my second unopened 22 oz. because this one's going down the drain. Might be good to cook bratwurst in.

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2.08/5  rDev -42.9%

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2.08/5  rDev -42.9%

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2.09/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer poured a nice deep amber color with a medium white head but then things took a turn for the worse. Smell was really strong on the diacetyl and sour as hell. The body was quite watery imo and the flavors seemed out of place. Malts were overlysweet and the hops seemed really faded. Once again that strong sour taste came about again. I think it was from the yeast. I don't know if this is a result of improper storage or b/c it was past it's best by date (only by a month though) or that is just the way that yeast strain is supposed to taste. But this beer was really sour and untolerable.

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2.21/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The bottle says best if enjoyed by March '05. Cheers for having a freshness date!

Pours a light gold with an off-white, 2 finger thick head that seems to hang around for quite a while. The aroma is very subdued, I can't pick out any individual smells, just beer. The taste begins with a nice bit of hop bitterness. Unfortunately, this quickly fades to the dreaded diacetyl butteryness. The first few sips aren't bad, but it builds up and becomes oppressive. The aftertase is overrun by this. On a positive note, the carbonation level is perfect. Overall, I wasn't impresssed, there are many better ESBs around.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

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2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased at Happy Harry's Grand Forks, South from a mixed 12, undated. Poured into a perfect pint at ~4C

A: Light copper. White tea that laces.
S: Soapy, a bit of earthy hops, corn, butter.
T: Awful, muddled mess. Aren't ESBs supposed to be bitter? Movie popcorn butter, metallic, a hint of sweetness underneath this.
M: Biting carbonation and an awful lingering metallic nature...
O: Drainpour. Need I say more?

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2.4/5  rDev -34.1%

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2.44/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

Best before July 2011 notched on the label.

A- Pours a clear copper color with a nice off-white head.
 
S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toffee and butterscotch with some fruity esters.

T- The taste has a high level of sweetness up front with malt, butterscotch, caramel and some hops in the finish. The taste is a bit too sweet and "syrupy" for my liking.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a fan of this beer. It is too sweet for my taste.  

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2.47/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with a decent head and lace and an overall nice appearance. Strong caramel malty flavor with a spiced nutty taste. It's actually not that great. It has a slight bitter finish, which actually makes it better. I'm not really a Shipyard fan.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an amber gold hue, with a touch of haze. Dense and creamy three finger head, excellent retention, and spotty lacing. Malty nose, toasted malt, nuts, and rose-like alcohol. Tart sherry flavor is stronger than the toasty malt and makes any hops present difficult to detect. Aftertaste is dry and corky like cheap blush. Slow and tiny flow of carbonation, and a medium body. The freshness date is unclear, or it may have been oxidized, but if this is the way the brewer's intended it to taste, then its a bad attempt at the style. The vinous bite throws the flavor out of balance and harshens the mouthfeel, then becomes astringent in the finish. But I'd love to get a sample I can be sure is fresh!

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 745 ratings.
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