overall
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style
RATINGS: 76   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. Its 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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Hoppy nose with some caramel. Medium amber with a little bit of cloudiness, Taste is spicy with caramel, not overly hoppy at first but the hops build quite a bit with this beer. Its bitter finish is as much alcohol as hops. I think Id like this beer much much more if the abv was less aggressive. Good stuff.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (2149) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24619) - Tyres, 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14012) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1654) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2016
Pours hazy red with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of rye, grapefruit, citrus, light caramel. Taste is medium to rich medicinal bitter with bitter finish. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5133) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. Denver. In the tasting glass a red brown with a beige head. Nose of dark ripe fruit. Full body. Flavor is big on the malts and there are floral hops. Bitter finish but not too bitter. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (675) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Draft at FS Addison. Dark reddish brown with a thin head. Malty backbone with a hoppy aroma and finish, a little citrus and pine. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lownote (581) - Austin, Alabama, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Nice spicy rye aroma. Nice hoppy flavor. On the resiny side. Bitter lingers. Dry. Pours dark red with a lacy head. Thin bodied, which is nice but I dont think particularly stylistically appropriate. This is all right. Deceptively high in abv. Dont like how long the bitter lingers, but do like the spice.


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