Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Double Old Thumper AleShipyard Double Old Thumper Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chrisgn on 02-02-2011

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Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a light chestnut color with a thin white head. It's a glassy-clear liquid, essentially still, a malt and hop aroma. Dark grain, ethanol, toasted wood, and spicy hops. The spiciness carries over to the flavor, which is unfortunately disjointed. It's a jumble of sweetness, nearly independent of the malt, and alcoholic hotness. Fresh and sharp bitterness is a fleeting sensation. The finish is lingering, sweet, and warm. It's full in body and very intense.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark red/medium brown in color, maybe a little hazy, with about a finger and a half’s worth of frothy khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – dark and roasted, malty, almost with a whisky-like edge to it.

Taste – dark and strong. There’s a heavy mix of hop and malt at first, but then you’re blown away by abv, and that’s just in the beginning. It melds next into a whisky-like quality and finishes bittersweet, with a tinsy bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning too heavily toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – interesting brew. Tastes a bit like a strong beer mixed with scotch or whisky. It’s a good mix though. Good-tasting and interesting to think about.

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Photo of TPONY51
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been in the cellar for about 8 months and I wish I had tried it sooner because I love it. Beautiful orange and amber color. The smell is sweet and boozey with some biscuit and sweet fruit. The taste is by no way balanced yet flows pretty well and is interesting. It goes from quick biscuit to fruit with a (in my opinion) smooth hop and a nice boozey finish. The mouth feel is slick and comforting and the finish lingers long enough but doesn't over stay its welcome. Over all if i saw it on a menu or in a store I would make the purchase without hesitation.

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Photo of nicholas527
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of valdieuer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of McLaughlin5350
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of 11millsown113
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of JmBrkr
2.44/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's been a while since I've had this brew, but I felt I should warn others. Unless you are a big fan of Old Thumper and want to meet his older meaner bi-polar brother, don't touch this stuff. I found it to be poorly balanced. I love strong hops and strong bodied beers, but from start to finish this beer comes across as ambitious yet, unkempt and not well thought out.
As a friend out it, "It's just too...double, and not enough thumper."

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Photo of johnhenryconway
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of phishinNYC
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Schlais
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of sjverla
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose: Very sweet. Dark fruit. Jam-like with a little yeast and hot alcohol.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep ruby. A thin head skims the top and sticks to the sides.

Taste: Plenty of booze in this. Very tart and really yeasty. A little musty and bitter on the back end. Assertive burnt malt notes.

Overall: Less "thump" than I was hoping for. Unless they're referring to the sound you make when you hit the ground.

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Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of danmcg62
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangey brown color with a smallish white head. Good looking brew.

S-Very biscuity. There's also figs, raisins. Mild spice hop aroma, mild malt as well. I like this.

T-Very spicy hops, finishes rather malty like the label says. Like the smell there is figs and raisins.

M-Thick and chewy. Spicy and malty.

O-Overall this a very good brew. I dig the smell and taste of the beer. I know this is an amped up version of the Old Thumper Ale, but I thought this was more close to the Export Ale. I think this would pair well with some BBQ.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 236 ratings.
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