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Velvet ESB - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Velvet ESB
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 1
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-05-2009)
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-28-2013 17:15:25 | More by jaydoc
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-25-2014 05:12:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 16:22:13 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-23-2013 04:42:44 | More by SocalKicks
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-20-2013 20:33:31 | More by LXIXME
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-09-2012 18:01:37 | More by dmorgan310
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ccrida

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at HUB, Velvet ESB is mahogany with a small off-white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is a sweet cereals, but there's also a somewhat soapy citrus quality to the hops.

Taste is pretty complex, there's a strong hop presence, sour citrus, firm bitterness, a little herbal. The malt has a touch of coca and light caramel, but mainly a really nice bready taste which is well showcased.

Mouthfeel is soft but there's a dry snap from the hops.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty NW version of the style, with the hops cranked up, but still showcasing a high quality base malt so critical to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 00:30:07 | More by ccrida
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dgilks

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour with a long-lasted creamy white head. Great head retention.

Dull aroma with very little going on here. There's a touch of slightly nutty malt but it lacks the depth of hop and malt of the best ESBs.

Smooth, malt combines with some toffee notes and is balanced by a great earthy hop character. Where was this in the aroma? Good flavours but a little bit dulled.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. A bit over carbonated.

A smooth, ESB which could do with a bit more intensity of flavour. Close but no cigar.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 11:30:25 | More by dgilks
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-10-2011 16:47:24 | More by mhaugo
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-12-2013 23:42:41 | More by jera1350
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-25-2012 07:46:06 | More by shelby415
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-19-2011 04:20:54 | More by CoryR
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-12-2013 23:42:43 | More by Kopfschuss
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beagle75

Iowa

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-26-2013 02:36:30 | More by beagle75
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-18-2012 01:17:43 | More by chickenm
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-27-2012 01:42:03 | More by dunix
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Docer

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2009 23:51:35 | More by Docer
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ricecracker420

California

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-31-2014 03:15:53 | More by ricecracker420
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St. Augustines.

A: 1/4" tan head over deep amber liquid.

S: Floral , citrus hops and clean yeast.

T: lemon, floral hops, caramel malt and a clean yeasty finish

M: Medium mouthful and carbonation

O: a good and drinkable esb, but not a great esb.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 01:28:03 | More by DaftCaskBC
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kbrown

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

09-02-2013 00:25:38 | More by kbrown
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

07-11-2013 15:55:35 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-28-2013 01:51:37 | More by spark3148857
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-13-2013 22:21:00 | More by HarmonMW
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3/5  rDev -18.7%

05-05-2012 07:47:52 | More by bluckbeyes
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Braz

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

01-21-2014 03:22:16 | More by Braz
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Velvet ESB from Hopworks Urban Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.