Shipyard Old Thumper ESA

Today was a great day. I spent the day with my girlfriend, running errands in the morning and then we headed to Philly for the night. We went to Dave and Buster’s. Despite the fact that a) it was insanely crowded and b) the cover band for the outside bar was atrocious (they did this cover of Kings of Leon “Use Somebody” that was worse than a karaoke version), we had a blast playing video games and watching the ships go out. We got back around 1 and now I can’t sleep. So, I figured I’d do a quick beer review and hopefully be able to hit the hay afterwards.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, this beer was created in 1979 by Peter Austin of Ringwood Brewery. It’s considered to be a non-tradition English bitter.

Random: They made an arcade version of Fruit Ninja. It was even more fun than the app on my iphone.

This brew poured with a two finger pure white had that dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with lots of active, visible carbonation on the brew. The nose had a bit of sweetness on it and a hint of peat to it. On the taste, the first thing that hit me was the very active carbonation. The next thing that I got was a bit of maltiness that followed up with a hint of orange and bread. The body of the brew was pretty thin, which actually worked for the beer. There was also a hint of mild bitterness on the body. This bitterness lasted to the finish, which was pretty mild and didn’t last for that long. Not a bad brew, but I think that my qualms are more with the style than anything. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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