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Velvet ESB - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Velvet ESB
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 27.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with a small head.

Very good good aromas of toffee, caramel and some malts. Nice depth and has all the classic esb aromas that I want.

Very good balance with a nice and smooth medium feel. Lacking some depth but with good flavors of malts, toffee and some bitter notes.

An enjoyable ESB. Has the right amount of bitterness and malt flavors that I want. Very drinkable and good ESB.

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Had lunch today at Hopworks... had a glass of the imperial ipa.. sampled the cask ipa.. and filled a growler of Velvet ESB...

- Nice clear and dark.. butterscotch, dark bourbon colored... red.. fluffy white head down to some nice sticky lacing...

- Wonderful roasted malt character in the scent along side a great bitter hop flare... can clear your nose! Slight pepperishness... complex grain.. slight sweet notes..

- Sugary sweet grain, oats.. honey, and bitterness from a pine-like hop with some killer dryness.. a very flavorful session brew.

- Bitter dry.. leaves the mouth feeling the same as after chugging that diet mtn. dew you bought by mistake. Grainy aftertaste..

- Great robust flavor, with just the right balance of bitterness.. recommended if you like the style.

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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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First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

One of the more standout beers I sampled at HUB. Poured a mahogany color, clear, with a white ringlet on top. Mild aroma of toasted grains, sweet malts, caramel. Taste was bready, sweet caramel, mild floral hoppage, and a touch of earthiness; lightly bitter in the finish. Smooth, mild, and easily drinkable.

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64oz growler

Pours a clear, dark brown with amber highlights and a thin foamy, off white head.

Lightly roasty, nutty and cocoa notes.

Tasty, interesting take on the ESB style.

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Velvet ESB from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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