Velvet Hammer
Peticolas Brewing Company

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Peticolas Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #63
Ranked #6,254
4.1 | pDev: 12.93%
Sep 21, 2021
Mar 03, 2012
Notes: A tribute to our favorite Brewmaster, Greg Matthews, the Velvet Hammer appears as a dark, ruby reddish-brown ale beneath a sheath of protective off-white foam. It is malt-forward with elements of caramel and the sweetness of light brown sugar, balanced nicely by a combination of floral hops and a noticeable alcohol bite. It's a sturdy brew with a smooth character which belies both an inner strength and a slightly full body, along with a moderate bitterness to round out the taste.
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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mushroomcloud from Texas

16oz canned 5-14-21, opened 9-20-21.
2 finger sand colored head slowly fades and leaves some peaks of lacing.
Glowing amber with nice clarity. Full lacing.
Rye-like spiciness, light caramel, and leafy/herbal hops.
Big rich flavor, spicy as all get out - malt and hops (?).
Leafy hops - I like that characteristic a lot, don't get it much these days.
Medium body with prickly carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Long, hoppy, and bitter finish.

Sep 21, 2021
4.26 by NeoClassicist from New York on Sep 07, 2021
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Thanks to Heather for picking this up on her last layover in Dallas.

Red ale pours a dark reddish brown color. Oh wait, they call it a 'strong' ale here. Look, its an imperial red ale ok? 1/2" off white head. Aroma of reddish maltiness, bittering Nugget like hop influence.

Had a bit of everything a decent red ale should have, a light brown malt influence, light brown sugar like sweetness, respectable amount of hops and bitterness, but not something you would say was made to be a massive hop red ipa like end result. Requisite amounts of caramel, toffee kind of stuff that manages to not get heavy or sticky without resorting to lactose or heavy carbonation. I didn't think it had much if any of an alcohol bite.

So check this out, I really didn't like any of the ipas I had from Peticolas. Strangely enough, the styles I am not the biggest fan of, I dug, like this beer, the kolsch and their "light" beer. If you're a red ale fan, I definitely think you should check this one out, but even if you aren't, this one is pretty good still.

Sep 19, 2020
4.25 by gboley from California on Jun 11, 2020
4.16 by NodakEric from Minnesota on Mar 02, 2020
3.74 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Feb 22, 2020
4.01 by cgrunin from Texas on Dec 22, 2019
4 by MJSFS from Florida on Dec 07, 2019
3.94 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Oct 06, 2019
3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Sep 30, 2019
4.06 by MikiMo from Texas on Jan 25, 2019
4.43 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jan 18, 2019
3.78 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jan 13, 2019
4.03 by Dr_Fox from Utah on Dec 29, 2018
4.95 by Kanekillen from Texas on Oct 20, 2018
4.18 by rsuarez1982 from Texas on Aug 29, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ADawg from Georgia

Great flavor packing a high % punch!

Aug 17, 2018
4.45 by MDrollette from Texas on Aug 12, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TBoneJones from Texas

Pours with a mahogany body and retains a firm & fluffy off-white head. Moderate lacing, and the liquid appears medium-light with very little visible carbonation.
Smells very bready, but in the best possible way. Not sweet, but full-on malty (caramel and toffee notes are deep within) yet nothing deeply roasted hits my nose.
The taste brings full flavor of those malts but they’re paired with a big earthy hop presence, paired and balanced superbly. The bitter bite it ends with keeps the palate wet and wanting more to sip.
The first part of the brew’s name is accurate. Feels that way, and medium-full, WITH stickiness & low carbonation feel. Hearty.
This is one I heard of once but never tried because it’s only on tap apparently, and I rarely try that route since I’m usually trying bottled stuff. The neighborhood acquaintance who tipped me off on this, the few times I’ve hung out he drank canned macro, yet as he knew I was about all the “other” beers said to me “Velvet Hammer is the best beer out there period.”...or something to that extravagant effect. A couple months later I recalled that statement and tracked a growler fill about 15 minutes away from me. Now this guy might not care what he USUALLY drinks, but I fully believe him that it's the best beer he ever had. In my opinion it embodies a strong ale, and seems to be a benchmark example of a smoooth version that comes off stronger than the 9% abv. that it is. It’s all there, and it’s nothing complex, but what’s there is done like an artisan. The commercial description on BA here above is spot-on, and the latter part of the beer’s name is what could happen if you keep enjoying it.

Jul 15, 2018
4.18 by LizT from Texas on Jul 05, 2018
4.48 by Navin-Johnson from Texas on Jul 02, 2018
4.15 by BennyProfane from California on Jun 08, 2018
4.01 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jun 01, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Very pleasant red appearance with white head. Aroma is a slightly sweet aroma. Taste is a slightly sweet with a little bitterness without any alcohol taste. Very pleasant

May 10, 2018
3.1 by Jaker07 from Texas on Apr 27, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this beer at 54th street restaurant and drafthouse outside of Frisco. It poured a dark amber with off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of floral hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Feb 18, 2018
4.29 by monorailred from Texas on Feb 16, 2018
3.89 by Jaxlion82 from Florida on Jan 26, 2018
3.64 by I3eer from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by puck1225 from Texas

I did not realize I have never reviewed this beer! It is my favorite from a Dallas based brewery. Since it does not make it to my part of Texas, I always indulge when in Big D (had three pints today!).

Beautiful color, head and lacing. Rich smell and taste. Beautifully malty. Great with food. Looking forward to my next pint!

Nov 05, 2017
3.69 by Kuges from Texas on Sep 12, 2017
4.01 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Sep 06, 2017
4.68 by DALIII from Texas on Aug 29, 2017
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4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by breardon1776 from New York

5 on taste...that's rare for freaking good this beer

Aug 01, 2017
3.44 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Jul 05, 2017
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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by TannerRobinson from Texas

FAVORITE beer. Period. A beer-lover's beer. Big. Bold. In your face with hops. In your mouth with smooth, not sickening, maltiness. In your nose with crispy butter-bitter-sweetness. INCREDIBLY WELL BALANCED.

Jun 29, 2017
3.69 by Darkmagus82 from Texas on May 29, 2017
4.11 by Trevor_martin from Texas on May 13, 2017
3.98 by Luckydog91 from Texas on May 04, 2017
3.87 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Feb 21, 2017
Velvet Hammer from Peticolas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 363 ratings