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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 03-02-2001

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Photo of founddrama
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Less bitter than I expected. Very malty; a little syrupy? Almost no body.

Tasting note: cask pour into a 6 oz. short-stem flute.

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Photo of tjdrewry
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of elchingen
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of oggg
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ppoitras for one of these infamous Ringwood ales.

This beer comes crystal clear tan, with a a fast fading white head. There is a welcoming British style bready aroma, with lots of caramel. Excessive carbonation. On the tongue, there's a ton of biscuit and butter. Butter sign, Usul, the likes of which not even the earth mother has seen (Stilgart I think). There is a warm soft maltiness behind it all. Very enlightening and educational. Finish is cloying.

Overall: Surprisingly complex and tasty malt profile in spite of the heavy butter.. Definitely worth trying to learn what diacetyl is all about.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured bomber into pint glass, color is amber in appearance with a fluffy white head that leaves some good lacing on glass. Smell is very malty with hints of citrus hops in the background. Taste is of malt with a strong bitter flavor, I can really taste the malt in it has a strong taste to this ole thumper.
This is a beer I can drink maybe one of at a time the bomber took along time to finish because of the strong taste of malt, which Im not a big fan of.

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Photo of shapudding
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Warm and dark honey colored with a thick and creamy egg-shell head that laid in a nice heavy layer across the top of the pint glass after the pour. Not much of an aroma through the entire pint, only a bit of malt, maybe a tiny touch of light orange rind. Carbination is noticable, but not too much for this one. Very crisp tasting, astringent. Getting alot of diacetyl -buttery and nutty. Deep scotch whiskey flavor more as it warms. Bit of peppery bite in the back of the tongue that just hangs on. The bitterness is not extreme, and I do like bitters. I cannot place what exactly is turning me off on this one, I cannot place what it is that I do not agree with, and just cannot enjoy this fully for some reason. Definately better as it warms and the buttery flavors come out. I am thinking that the Erie beers may need to be brought out in another season, I think they may be more of a summer brew for me.

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Photo of scottg
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing, highly carbonated. Sweet malty, fruity, floral smell. Crisp fruit taste up front, very smooth malt with a dry finish and a nice hoppy aftertaste. The Ringwood yeast is great. Smooth mouthfeel with excellent drinkability. This is what an English Bitter should taste like.

I would be very interested in finding the Ringwood Brewery version of this beer.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with off white head. Full aroma with more malt character than hops. Taste is rich and floral with a flower-like taste with smooth malt following. Rich mouthfeel, somewhat creamy. Taste. Finishes nicely.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite versions of this style. Copper colored with a fair bit of head that drops off quickly to little more than a ring around the edge of the glas. Buttery diaceytl and caramel aroma. Crisply bitter with caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear amber with decent head retention.

Smells mostly of sweet malts, not too complex.

Taste is of bready malt and some sweet sugary notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Overall, a very drinkable, smooth beer. Good session potential.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - A good level of sweetness

Appearance - From the cask this beer looked amazing. A orange amber color and a half inch white head that wasn't going anywhere.

Taste - A fruit like sweet maltiness with not too much hops. A delicious beer I really enjoyed.

Notes - As this thing warmed from cellar temperature it didn't improve.

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Photo of CSeavey64
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of TheBirdSanc
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BeefyMee
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good one. The taste is multi-layered and seemed to shift from bitter to a buttery flavor as I descended the glass. Aftertaste is bold and aromatic. There is a muted hops flavor somewhere toward the end of the sip. Good straight through to the last sip. A solid brew that would likely make a nice session beer.

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Photo of Gator_Nation
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a rather uninspiring cloudy golden with a thin white head - even with a vigorous pour the one finger of foam barely forms before it breaks down.

The nose is pretty inviting with a good amount of fruity esters and a grassy Noble hop as well.

Flavor is good - some rich caramel malts and lots of English Ale fruity notes. Strongest are Peaches and Apricots but there are also hints of apple and plum. Just the teeniest bit of diacetyl is in the flavor - if I hadn't specifically been looking for it I would have just assumed it was a musty Golding. Speaking of Goldings - there's a nice bitter finish courtesy of some variety of Goldings. The hop flavors are quite herbal, grassy and a little bit peppery.

The beer is medium bodied and carbonation is a bit on the light side. Mouthfeel is a little bit oily and there isn't enough hops to finish on a dry note. For an ESB I'd have expected a dryer finish.

This is a pretty good ESB and if it were on the beer list in a pub or restaurant I'd certainly consider drinking it again. Not something I'll be pining for but if one were put down in front of me I'd certainly drink it.

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Photo of ububru
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of eberkman
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a rocky, 2-finger cream-colored head that has beautiful retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Very inviting looking. The nose is far from overwhelming, but presents inviting notes of toasted malts and some hops. Taste is dominated by toasty malts with some caramel and a nice buttery diacetyl presence -- something I love in an English-style ale. A modest hop presence at the end providing a little bit of balance and punch to it, with some faint fruitiness in the middle. Medium bodied and fairly snappy in the mouth -- decent drinkability too. Interesting enough to hold my attention and pairs well with a lot of casual meals.

Not quite Fullers ESB, but great for the price. I will certainly get this again.

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Photo of maxk
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Skwalk47
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of lost_sailor
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of speter
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper with two-finger tight-bubble head that quickly fades to a thin layer, leaving moderate lacing.

S: There's Ringwood in them there beer! It heavily dominates the nose, to the point of blocking anything other than some light biscuit from the malt.

T: Nicely bitter overall, but there is a metallic twang just past the center that hits the front of your tongue in a rather unpleasant way. The finish, however, has a nice hop bitterness that draws you in for more, in spite of the metal.

M: Nice and creamy. The initial carbonation is too heavy, but some swirling takes care of that.

D: Not a bad bitter, but the Ringwood yeast is distinctive to the point where you love or hate it.

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Photo of Wedcat
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Newenglandcraftbrew
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BadBadger
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I had this as a cask conditioned ale at the Jolly Drayman in Bethel Maine. This was my first cask conditioned ale so I can't compare it to other CC ales. But this was truely an outstanding ale. It arrived in the pint glass with a small and receeding head. The color is a slightyly hazy amber. It is very smooth and tasty, with a nice malty flavor and very pleasant mouthfeel. A great brew: I can't speak for the bottled version, but if the cask conditioned is available, do not hesitate to give this a try. You will enjoy!

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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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