Velvet ESB | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by msubulldog25 on 05-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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2
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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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4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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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3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Velvet ESB from Hopworks Urban Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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