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Velvet ESB | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,960
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
71
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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2
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3
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrMindbender
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Donkster46
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcghost
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of axman
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Docer
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Whiteweasel
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdamSkylar
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 71 ratings