Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)
Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)
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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #90
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #40,280
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.01%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
171
From:
Ringwood Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  23
SCORE
82
Good
Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)
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Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Bronze; effervescent; big, lasting head

Aroma: Malty; peppery; hoppy; slight apple aroma

Taste: Juicy malt; tangy fruit; bitter hop start; finishes dry and hoppy, but extremely well balanced; delicious

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden honey body, 2 fingers of white head, thin lace remains.

S- Sweet bready malt and fruits on the nose. Grassy and spicy hops in the background.

T- More sweet malts in the taste, it's quite fruity as well, bready malt and a good dose of hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty good bite for an English Pale Ale.

M- Medium bodied ale, plenty of carbonation.

D- This is a decent beer. Nothing that would make me seek it out, but I wouldn't refuse another.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

SOO nice and fresh. You must try it at "The Furlong" if you're ever in Ringwood, Hants, England. It's a pub close enough to the brewery that they just roll the kegs over there. Beautifully round taste with a hint of a sweet aftertaste. Robust smell with a dark, nutty color. Great taste, aroma, and experience!!

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Radome
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle bought in England.

A - Beer is a medium copper color with lots of orange. Crystal clear. Head is off white; moderately thick on initial pour. It faded to the thinnest of sheets and a strong lacing around the edges.

S - The aroma is a balance of bready malt and earthy hops. The hops give a somewhat aged (not fesh) impression. There is also a sweet brown sugar aroma and perhaps a bit of raisin.

T - Taste is balanced toward hops, but the hop flavor is a bit muddled and indistinct. The malt is mostly hidden. Midpalate I get an astringent hop flavor that reminds me of unsweetened tea. Dry finish fades very quickly.

M - Body is thinner than I expected. Low, slightly tingly carbonation. Low to moderate hop bitterness. Just a hint of alcohol.

O - This beer has some nice characteristics, but overall I find it lacking a malt backbone to tie it together. The hops are earthy and don't give a fesh clean aroma or taste, which would not matter so much if there was more malt for them to blend with. I remember this beer being bigger, maltier and just plain better only a few years back. It seems to have lost something.

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Photo of mrfreakybig
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought one bottle of this at a local grocery store. It’s not a bad beer, but i found it to be a bit underwhelming. Flavor was a bit thin, and while it looked nice in the glass, with plenty of foam sticking to the sides as I drank it, it wasn’t a very exciting beer all in all. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of DerBayer
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing special albeit nothig bad about this beer. It is a monoduimensional English pale ale and just that.

The colour is amber but not as dark/intensive as I would have liked and the smell is just of some fruity esters and bitter hops.

Fairly inoffensive in every way but i wont buy it again

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Photo of STEG
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into sam smiths pint glass. It has a wonderful translucent appearance dark orange with red tints with a nice 1 finger off white head that has fairly good retention. A hoppy aroma with vanilla and caramel is the prominent smell at the nose. It has a hoppy start with vanilla with a little bit of raisins and cherries as the aftertaste. Has a creamy mouthfeel that is slightly carbonated. Very drinkable, a great session beer.

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Photo of zbloom
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from my Scottish beerbuddy Craig (Zimbo). Thanks Craig!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks nice but after that all magic is gone. Best before march 2012.

No real smell and no carbonation in this beer, lightbrown fluid with one finger bubble foam.

This is a standard beer with no specialty, yet reasonable drinkable.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow-orange with a thin white head that remains.
Smell is buttery, rich malts with a little bit of hops. Some faint, light fruits as well.
Taste is buttery malts, with a sublte hop wave following. The malts carry to the finish, become more bready and slightly toasted towards the finish. More light fruits on the finish--banana in particular.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a fairly low level of carbonation. Nice, smooth finish.
Drinkability is very good. Very well-rounded.

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Photo of joshstevens87
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice copper color eith a minimal white head that quickly dissappears
S-a molasses and fruit with notes of vanilla
T-a very sweet malt taste of the smells above a very complex taste with little hop presence
M-medium body with a rather light carbonation make this a very full tasting and refreshing english ale with an almost buttery mouthfeel
D-a rather decent drinkable beer one that can certanly be enjoyed throughout the night but one that isnt absolutely rememberable taste

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden to light brown color with about 2 fingers if white head with and average lacing good carbinationgood full body good aroma of malts good full mouthfeel overall I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it especially if you like english style beer

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Good-looking brew; iced tea hue with a big head and soapy bubbles.

S - It is buttery, biscuity, and barley malt. Stereotypical, but well-done in this case.

T - I think this is a bit pedestrian for the genre, except for the hop element, which is fairly sublime for the style. The brew, as a result, is better than average. But the underlying creaminess and rich buttery flavor that is part of this heritage is not fully developed.

M - Not rich or creamy enough for the flavor.

D - I would do it again, if I knew then what I know now. Or something like that...

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Photo of Dentist666
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into english pint.
Hazy reddish amber beer with 2-finger off-white head, retention is good. Smell of fruit cake, nuts, oily. Taste is well-balanced, good and long staying hop finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of zephyr707
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of AEK
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poures into a Young's pint pot

A. Red with an orange tint. A hazy beer with a tan coloured head that soon disappeared.

N. Biscuity malt, toffee/caramel noted dominate with some fruity notes bouncing around.

T. Sweet malt is quickly balanced out by the citrus hop bitterness. I am getting a very slight taste of raisins and possibly some plumminess towards the finish. The bitter finish is quite long.

M. Lightly carbonated, medium body.

D. A very nice beer that conceals its ABV very well. A good session beer and, if you haven't tried this one before it is worth seeking out.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a creamy light tan head and ample lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of fruits with a bit of sweetness and malt.

T: Has an initial sweetness with some fruit. There is a nice bit of bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and no hint of alcohol. Very well balanced.

O: First time I have had this in a bottle. My old pub in Southampton does not serve it any more. I guess I'm off to the New Forest this weekend in search of the cask version. Very true to the style. Easy drinker, well worth a try.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of evlu1441
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy coppery orange colour with a thin foamy head.

the smell is lightly malty, with some faint fruity aromas coming through in the background.

The flavor is bittersweet and malty. There are some darkish fruity elements that come through in the end alongside the biting hops. Carbonation is relatively high for my taste.

Overall, it's decent, but something about this beer just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been about 20years or so I've last had this. And that was on cask. Didn't really understand it at the time and then never saw it again. Thanks to the 2007 Marston buy out its easier to find. About time I gave it another go.

Has a hazy orange glow with some light fluffy head which slowly grows in the glass. To the taster it begins slightly spritzy and crisp before being hit by a rough spicy straw like bitterness. Such is the bitterness that it virtually prevents your palate from detecting anything else. Despite some descriptions I've read I detected no fruit whatsoever. Very uncompromisingly dry and unique giving your tongue lovely lashings of bitterness which leaves a wonderfully austere coating in your mouth for quite some times. A very English bitterness too. Real intensity without being heavy. Really fine.

Really enjoyed that. Another tasty bottled British beer. Am I seeing the beginning of a trend here?

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with medium carbonation. A head of off-white foam that disappears after a few minutes. Aroma of malt with caramel notes and hints of fruit esters and solvent.

A warm, malty flavour with a dry bitterness. Hints of sweet fruit esters and a distinctive solvent bite. Notes of alcohol. An overcooked hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of sweet malt and dry bitter hops.

OK, but I'm not loving it. The flavour was uninteresting, with a stewed, dry bitterness as if the hops were boiled for too long. Notes of solvent/alcohol weren't great either. This is the second beer I've tried from this brewery that failed to impress. Don't rush out to buy it.

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 171 ratings