Little Thumper Ale | The Defiant Brewing Company

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The Defiant Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by maddogruss on 11-10-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of EPseja
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm calling this review for a growler even though it was bottled in a 22ozer straight from the tank last night.

Served in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Honey golden in color with a light haze and soapy bubbled white head. Retention isn't very good, but then again, given it's serving type, that's normal. Lacing, however, is spot on and surrounds the entire glass.

S - Sweet, crisp English hops - straight Goldings if I'm remembering what Neill told me. Nice, fresh bready Maris Otter malt backbone with tremendous presence. Wonderfully enjoyable!

T - Biscuity malts right up front - just sweet enough to work with the hops that come straight afterwards. The hop profile is simple, and provides just the right amount of bitterness to balance the malts. Finish is very tasty, with a pleasant, almost citrusy aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is a bit low, but that's just a byproduct of a too-slow bottle fill and capping. From what I remember last time I had it straight from the tank, it was smooth a silk and super creamy. The swallow is so so easy and leaves you wanting more!

D - This beer is ridiculously drinkable. Simple, but so well balanced that the synergy between the single malt and single hop combines to produce a much more complex product. A supreme session beer, and a Neill Acer signature offering.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served directly from the tank at the brewery.
Served as a hazy medium amber beer with modest white puffy head.
Smel is lightly malty with a nice citrus background.
Taste is of light sweet caramel blended with a firm grapefruit texture.
Light and refreshing in the mouth with pleasant taste retention.
Great drinkabililty. Perfect session beer.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nicely carbonated- especially for a growler fill- the color is a hazy apricot amber with a tall three finger finely bubbled head that lasts quite a while.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of biscuity malt and grassy/floral hops. There are hints of fresh figs and citrus peel in the background. Strangely enough, a vigorous swirl releases an altogether different facet of the aroma of berries and cream...that eventually gives way to the initial impression.

The palate is slanted towards the bitter end, but still nicely balanced. The biscuity malt dominates but some of the fruity and floral elements are there as well. The finish just goes on forever with the bitterness, citrus peel, and toasty malt.

This just rules as a session beer, it has enough going for it to keep your interest after quite a few.

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Photo of cbl2
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/16/2006 $7.50 Growler 5.00% No best by date.


Poured fresh from the tap. A hard pour yields a slightly hazy yellow/brown topped by 2 inches of soapy looking white head that settles slowly and leaves an intense lacing.


A nice biscuity malt coupled with sweet, yet bitter grapefruit aroma.


This super smooth and creamy ale has session beer written all over it. Biscuity malts that are just slightly sweet are coupled with a mild grapefruit bitterness, that just hints at a touch of faint hops.

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Photo of dherling
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Neil, the brewer, says this is a single malt, single hop beer. It's not malty enough to be an APA, not bitter enough to be an IPA, sort of a hybrid and just short of both. Looks lovely, golden with a big head and even bigger lacing. The beer is aged below freezing for a month for a tighter carbonation and smoother head. The nose is like smearing the pith of a white grapefruit up your nostrils. When I tasted it I swore I was drinking white grapefruit juice, not the shitty concentrate kind, the good fresh squeezed kind. The lovely thing about it is that there's some good malt to back it up, so the balance is spot on making this immensely drinkable.

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Photo of maddogruss
4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Second of Neil Acer's Horsemen of the Apocalypse, this pale ale is awesome. Brewed with Kent Goldings hops and grapefruit, this single malt brings you the none too overpowering balance of hops and grapefruit. The grapefruit aftertaste is unbelievable: both pungent and sweet.

Beatifully golden color with a thick white head that allows the grapefruit aroma to rise up to the top of the beer. Smoothe taste with a delectable grapefruit aftertaste. Pleasant mouthfeel; not too think, not too thin. A very drinkable beer as all are at Defiant.

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Little Thumper Ale from The Defiant Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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