Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Game Day Beer Review: Shipyard Brewing Old Thumper Extra Special Ale / Strong Bitter
(5.90%) ABV. Old Thumper pours a light, reddish-tinged yellow, somewhat deeper than a golden color. I drank the beer on draft at the Jetport in Portland, Maine during a recent flight delay. Old Thumper on draft has very little smell: I got very vague, mellow hops, and a slight wihiff of apples on the nose. It was, however, a very easy drinking beer. It's fairly sweet, with a ciderish taste up front that ends up in a dry, smooth finish.
I've had this beer several times before, but I liked it this time better than I remembered -- maybe it's because it was on draft, whereas the majority of times I've had it before were from the bottle. Either way, I could easily drink this one all day long. B+