Velvet ESB - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Velvet ESB
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-05-2009)
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass at the Underground during their Hopworks tap takeover on a quiet Monday night.

This beer appears a clear, dark ruby amber colour, with one finger of frothy and bubbly beige head, which leaves some island landfall lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of fruity, semi-sweet caramel malt, biscuity brown bread, and earthy, leafy, and slightly floral hops. The taste is grainy, bready, and crackery caramel malt, a bit of watery toffee, muddled apple and citrus fruit, and more leafy, weedy, and softly grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its support role, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and generally smooth, without any particular velvety character. It finishes on the sweet side, the hops lacking the chutzpah to balance out the pushy, lingering fruity malt.

Not a bad rendition of an ESB, however, the eventual imbalance convinces me that I would still call for a pull of Fullers, given the option.

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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark amber. Very low white head. Medium carb and very clear.

S: Biscuit. Wheat crackers and saltines. Slight caramel and saltiness.

T: Starts off of wheat grain and rye bread. Rye and caraway spice builds a little spice mid way through. Also a bit of walnut. Finishes crisp and bright with a carbonation and steel/nickel/mineral note along with a long lingering caramel malt in the background.

M: Medium body. Wheat bread and grain lingers a while. Slightly dry, but a good balance.

O: Nothing amazing, but a good refreshing example of the style. It has a good amount of flavor without being overpowering

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask service into a mug at HUB pub in Portland.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Weak graininess; too clean, with no yeast influence to speak of.

T: Begins dry, with rich toasted maris otter malt that is deep and dynamic with the aid of lively acidity. Bitterness begins to develop during the middle that is otherwise still dominated by bready and diacetyl-like English malt. Flavors are stale and mildly spicy and nutty in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic but fairly balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Yeast is not influential enough in this ESB that, save for the undeniable English malt presence, is as much American amber ale as it is ESB.

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Velvet ESB from Hopworks Urban Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.