Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)
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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)
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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #88
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #40,787
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.01%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
171
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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 jnjander:
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jnjander from Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

Jul 14, 2012
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Dawkfan from Canada

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.

Feb 22, 2011
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sim0n17 from Germany

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!!

Nov 08, 2011
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TheNightwatchman from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Aug 30, 2014
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Radome from Florida

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.

Apr 05, 2013
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mrfreakybig from New York

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.

Jul 25, 2012
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DerBayer from Germany

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

Oct 29, 2009
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STEG from New York

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.

Oct 03, 2009
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zbloom from New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Dec 17, 2012
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Brabander from Netherlands

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.

Nov 06, 2011
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Parrotbeak from Minnesota

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.

Apr 23, 2010
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joshstevens87 from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 07, 2010
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huxcrunner from New York

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

Jan 22, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

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...

Feb 25, 2010
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

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.

Aug 22, 2014
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zephyr707 from California

1/5  rDev -72.5%

Feb 06, 2012
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AEK from Wales

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.

Apr 04, 2010
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soju6 from Missouri

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.

Aug 02, 2011
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iemailjack from Florida

3/5  rDev -17.6%

Jan 09, 2013
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evlu1441 from Canada

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.

Sep 28, 2011
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Zimbo from Scotland

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?

Oct 11, 2010
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jazzyjeff13 from England

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.

Mar 13, 2011
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cutout from South Carolina

2/5  rDev -45.1%

Nov 12, 2012
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bluesplit63 from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Feb 06, 2012
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windypete from England

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 30, 2013
Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 171 ratings