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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (2571) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pretty decent brew. Mild malty aroma, a little fruity and grainy. Amber or tea color with a small head. It had a heavy palate and sat pretty heavy in my stomach. Average carbonation. Malty and alcohol presence up front with a bitter hop finish. Not necessarily recommended with food. A little wood essence as well as I reached the end and it warmed a little.


3.9
Fujimo2000 (194) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 15, 2017
Pours dark amber/maroon with very little carbonation. Definitely pine scent and the finish is very dry and a worthy version of the IPA.

3.3
JohananaV2 (278) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2017
I haven't been a fan of reds but the imperial reds are really doing fine for me. It's rich, strong in alcohol and finishes delicious. I got a pint for 4 bucks, who can argue with that ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
coachd (898) - Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Smells malty and not much else. Beautiful dark red with thin off white head. Tastes more hoppy than expected with some malt to balance it out in the end. Dense plate, carbonation also more than expected. This was just ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
idbdoug (3) - - MAY 24, 2017 does not count
One of my favorite beers and the walnut cafe carries it in draft. I wish I could find this beer in a can or bottle to drink at home ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Zymurgeist2 (2327) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 2, 2017
UPDATED: APR 4, 2017 Big alcohol. Rather cloying. Mostly clear garnet with minimal off-white head. A little disjointed.

3.3
omhper (25538) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2017
Keg at Ginger Man, Plano. Cloudy copper colour, mid sized creamy head. Perfumy nose with figs and toast. Mid sweet with full body and dense, packed mouthfeel. Toast and dates, some pine. Resiny very bitter finish. A brutal, straight forward beer. Think Ace of Spades or Jesus Built My Hotrod.

3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Draft. Clear dark amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some cherry, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, light orange, alcohol. Medium body, some stickiness.

3.7
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Sampled at Thirsty Growler. Mild malty nose, a lot of caramel with thin grainy character. Herbal hop notes. Coppery amber clear with thin head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Nice hoppy red ale, moderate bitterness throughout with carbonic fizz/bite at the finish. A little warming. Bitter finish and lingering bitter after.

3.4
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2016
On tap-offwhite head with trailing lace-dk amber. A-roast/some caramel, herbal/pine. T-follows with some bite.

3.8
SG111 (1968) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Tap at Brass Tap, Fort Worth. Pours deep ruby copper, white head. Aroma is lots of caramel, sort of that red ale aroma, with some pine and citrus. Flavor is malty, citrus, kind of a nice caramel malt. Yea, this is a great balance between hops and malt for a hoppy red.


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