Velvet Hammer
Peticolas Brewing Company

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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #29
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,022
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 13.08%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
355
From:
Peticolas Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 355
Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Flying Saucer.
Arrives clear dark amber color with a very high and tight head, off-white foam has excellent retention and a nice lace pattern.
Smell has lots of caramel sweetness, and pine hops.
Taste starts with the caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, maple syrup, lots of piney, herbal and floral hops.
Mouth feel is medium to full, nice body with moderate carbonation, just enough alcohol to warm your tongue without being to harsh or burn.
Overall, very good with no complaints.

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Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Pours a medium, white, foamy head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a ring of foam around the rim and a blanket of foam on the surface.

S: Light cinnamon-y bread. Earthy and woody.

T: Lightly bitter, licorice and cinnamon toast, pecan shells.

M: Chalky, and lightly syrupy. Bitter, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color with a very impressive head; excellent retention and a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: The caramel comes on strong, up front, and while there is a piney herbal character that develops in the middle, the finish overall is herbal and sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent offering that slants a bit too much on the sweet side for my palate, though I recognize that is a characteristic of the style

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Photo of jkanavel
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Live Oak, and at Caves.

The appearance is very dark red, plum in the middle, with crimson around the edges. Its a little murky because of the deep color.

It smells amazing, leather, mild esters. Not too much hop presence here.

Its pretty complex on the palate. Very malt forward, alcohol, red stone fruits, and plenty of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is rich, thick, creamy head. I wanna try it on nitro.

Overall, this is one of my favorite local brews these days. Big ups.

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Photo of Danobold
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely echo one of the previous posts, this is a new favorite for me. Had it on draft at Common Table in the Uptown/Downtown-ish area, and it was greatness.

Interesting imperial red ale, with a mellow mouth feel and a nice balance - it starts out hoppy but it is well balanced with the malt in the beer, and it leads to a surprisingly smooth experience. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol aftertaste, although not unpleasant by any means. I'd definitely get another one next time I'm there, and would highly recommend.

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Photo of tang214
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my new favorite beer (until the next one). Had it a few times at various places around town. Color is reddish-orange with a slight haze. Aroma is a pungent piney-ness with a twist. I am very curious about the types of hops they have used in this brew. Good body and mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer despite its "size" (abv and OG). Good rich malty carmaelly flavor but not at the expense of the hops. I will be drinking this whenever I can. I'd love to see more of it from Peticolas. I can't wait to try their Scottish Ale.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano. The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of sweet caramel notes with some cherries and dark fruit, as well as a little bit of pine. The flavor is more of the same. I get some pine and orange notes from the hops, as well as some caramel and cherries. The alcohol is definitely present, but doesn’t hinder the drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Velvet Hammer from Peticolas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 355 ratings