Shipyard Old Thumper | Shipyard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
good
746 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:
746
Reviews:
389
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
81
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aknalley
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of digitalflood
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite ESB, pours bright, clear copper with thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel, bread dough, and a slight metallic note that in no was is displeasing. In fact, the smell entices well into the flavor, which translates most of the nose directly. Caramel and toast on the tongue. Finishes fairly dry with a semi-sweet lingering aftertaste. Much tasty. So session!

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an amber color and permanent off-white head. aroma is slightly butterscotch, honey, fruit esters and lots of toasted malts and a bit of earthy hops. Flavor is a balanced blend of sweet caramel malts and earthy hops. Very much an old school micro. Mouthfeel is sticky and medium light. I like this beer. It reminds me of the low-attenuated micro brew and homebrew ales I enjoyed in the mid-nineties. Glad to get a break from the pine and citrus hop war.

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Photo of mmellow12
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of s35keith
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Another shipyard offer that I immensely enjoyed. Out of the bottle it has a gorgeous amber hue, with "liquid caramel" hint in the light. Its head has great staying power and plenty of lacing down the glass. The smell is what knocks my socks off - sweet and tangy with a distant scent of champagne - it all mixed well for me. The mouthfeel, however, left me wanting - to much carbonation for my taste, but it didn't ruin the overall experience. Taste-wise it was a strong bitter that wasn't too bitter - for me it was just at the right level. Overall, I was impressed, and I'm glad I still have a few to enjoy in the fridge.

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Photo of founddrama
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
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 mattycasey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper. Sweet malt smell with some fruit.
Taste is like it smells....sweet malt and milld fruits.
More of a scotch ale flavor really.

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Photo of Cheld
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jebrew
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fscottkey
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: [3.25] Golden to copper color. Forms very little head - just a wisp of white over the beer. Has best by notches of 02/15. Lists the ABV at 5.6%. It is very pedestrian looking.

S: [2.50] It almost has a copper scent. Something metallic in the smell. That is mostly what I am getting (this is a bottle pour to a glass - just to be sure to rule out any actual metal involved)

T: [3.50] Tastes like a scotch ale. Notes of sweet and caramel up front. Midpalate has breadiness. And the finish is sweet again with the distinct Scotch Ale flavor of caramel and candy.

M: [3.00] The carbonation is right. The mouthfeel is watery - but the beer is only 5.6% so it is not like it is a huge beer.

O: [3.00] I am excited to have a beer from Maine! This beer is okay. I wouldn't get it again - there are others in this category that are much more enjoyable. This one was lacking on the nose and a little on the mouthfeel. The taste worked ok - but still wasn't out of the park.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZEB89
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dangriff
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Shipyard Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 746 ratings.
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