Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) | Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)
BA SCORE
45.5%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 165 ratings
Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ringwood Brewery
England, United Kingdom
ringwoodbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by PorterPounder on 08-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,148
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
165
Liked:
75
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
14.4%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
23
Trade:
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of beerme626
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark amber, redder than a typical pale ale.
S: A little nutty for a pale ale. I find it a little malty too.
T: A well-rounded pale ale taste because of the additional malts. The taste is smoother and less bitter than the other pale ales I've had. Some caramel, some maple.
M: Smooth, easy. A little bubbly on the lips but not much hop tinglyness afterwards.
O: A pleasant alternative to the pale ales I'm used to. If I see this again and think about it, I'll pick it up.

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Photo of AJD1201
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of zephyr707
1/5  rDev -72.3%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sim0n17
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
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 Brabander
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with loose taupe head that fades to clumps of bubbles that trail. Mulchy autumn leaf and sour raspberry on the nose.
Toasted granola and apricot jam with a bit of toffee and peppery and wood oil hops. Big flash of strawberry to end and bitter honey linger. Medium, chewy, round.

Big chunky ale with fruit, toast and Goldings bite. Substantial in both body and flavor. This is how to do an Premium Bitter, it would take a 7% ABV for an American brewer to match this.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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 soju6
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half-litre bottle, 'A Beast of a Beer' - relativity is also an unforgiving beast...

This beer pours a hazy medium orange-amber colour, with one finger of dense foamy ecru head, which leaves some attractive Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly abates. It smells of fruity pale malt, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready malt, with a muddled caramel nature, and Old World zingy, 'spicy', herbal hops, a subtle sweet alcohol essence more pervasive as it warms. The carbonation is moderate, a general soft effervescence pervading all, and informing an expected, agreeable smoothness. It finishes on a definite sweet binge, the British malt not to be denied, any hops pushed back to secondary status.

A decent malt-forward pale ale, easy enough to put away, given the under-delivering hops, an artifact of geography well acknowledged.

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Photo of scootny
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I got this one I had no idea that there was an English version. As soon as I tasted it I knew it was not the same as the last bottle I had of Old Thumper (That one was Shipyard) . Huge white head that stays had me thinking hop fest. Not quite. Beautiful clear coppery honey fluid with gentle carbonation as it sits. Nose tells me this is not a USA brew. Sweet malt and toffee. A touch of butterscotch and floral hops. Taste is quintessential English pale ale. Big sweet toffee malt and toasted bread. Butterscotch again that flows into an mild dry earthy finish. A touch of mineral metal mixed with earth dryness and toasted grains lingering nicely, along with light sweetness and dark bread. Perfect carbonation is gentle and all over your mouth in a wonderful way.medium light weight makes this a great beer for sessioning in spite of the abv being higher than is typical. A grea,t easy drinking pale ale that is a cut above most. Proudly English in taste so many will miss just how good this is. it is not big and hoppy. If you want real English pale ale you'd do well here.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of Dawkfan
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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 IronDjinn
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a bright clear copper hue, two fingers of creamy off-white head with okay retention.

Mild toasted and caramel malt on the nose, light spicy hops.

Toasted malt with hints of caramel in the flavour, some sweet esters in the middle, finishing with dry spicy, herbal hops. Spicy hops linger long into the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, low carbonation, thin, watery texture much of the time.

Okay for a session English Bitter if you're not too concerned about character or complexity, would be far more enjoyable with food.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Zimbo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml new bottle and label (to the one shown at 22nd Aug 2010), best before 30 Jun 2011, reviewed 22 Aug 2010.

Poured twice into my 'La Chouffe' stemmed tulip (because it is my current favourite tasting glass): Deep brown, dark amber (who decided this was a Pale Ale?) in colour with an off-white, dirty cream coloured foaming head. Good, thick lacing was produced on each pour as the beer level sank down the glass.

The aroma was of warm semi-sweet brown bread malts, Christmas spices and plenty of hops. In short it had the smell of a good Winter Warmer.

The taste carried on with the Winter Warmer trends, spicey, warming and rich in malts, the hop content hiding behind the alcoho,l which came through as the beer warmed in the glass.

The body was full and wholesome, the beer far too easy to drink, the 5.6%ABV isn't full in your face, but as mentioned, it does appear as the beer warms, making this a lovely 'fireside' beer.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : coppery color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : cereal and hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity and caramel notes, well balanced with hops.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Strong Bitter.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold, caramel, lots of near white head. Slow to leave to disk. Lots of cling.

S - Sharp, a bit astringent, hoppy for sure.

T - Malty with a slab of butter, not offensively so. Nice bitter end and a touch of banana.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Easy enough to drink!

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Photo of benclimbs
2.2/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

looks fine, pours a golden brown in the glass with a slight head and a little lacing

smell is very strange , a bit foody, but with some interesting malt notes...ok i guess.

taste is downright weird and not that good - very vegetal, and almost salty, tastes like soy sauce, kind of weird woody smoky vegetable notes with very strange harsh malt character.

drinkability is awful, definitely would never order again.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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 fullsweep
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: reddish-brown and beautiful in colour, pours with a nice 1 to 2-finger head of beige foam, leaves plenty of lacing

S: slightly spicy and dark/dried fruits--definitely interesting

T: bitter but not in an enjoyable way as there's not much in the way of contrasting or balancing flavours. Not horrible, but not enjoyable either. Also picking up a bit of alcohol.

M: decent carbonation and body, nothing surprising here.

D: too much bitterness and a higher ABV make this less appealing for me personally

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Photo of AEK
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Ringwood Old Thumper (UK Version) from Ringwood Brewery
Beer rating: 45.5% out of 100 with 165 ratings
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