Instant Beer Review: Velveteen Habit

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BEEN A WHILE. It has indeed. I’ve been busy.

I THOUGHT YOU DRANK MORE WHEN YOU’RE BUSY. I do, but it tends to be more in the Old Milwaukee/PBR range. But I can relax again.

AND DRINK AT LUNCH. Shhh.

YOU’RE NOT FOOLING ANYONE. Probably not, no.

SO WHAT IS IT? It’s the Velveteen Habit from Ale Asylum, brewers of fine beer with wacky names since 2006.

MIGHT THIS BE ANOTHER HOPPED-UP NUMBER? Why yes, it is. This is an IPA brewed with Citra hops. It’s rolling in at 7.5% ABV.

IS THAT A LOT? It’ll smack you around a little bit. For comparison’s sake, Hopalicious is 5.7%, Bedlam is 7.4%, and Satisfaction Jacksin is 9%.

HOW’S THE TASTE? Excellent, particularly if you like the citrusy aspects of hopped-up beers. This has a really nice, clean taste with fruity aroma. For all of the hop presence, it’s not overwhelmingly bitter and there’s a dry finish. It’s almost tropical… I think. (My experience with such flavors starts and ends with Tropical Skittles, truth be told.)

DEEP THOUGHTS: I’ve heard a few people compare this beer to Ale Asylum’s Bedlam, but it’s really a different animal. With its Belgian influence, Bedlam has more of a complex and aggressive thing going on. I find Velveteen Habit to be much more drinkable. With Bedlam I’m usually one and done. With this, I could easily have another, and another. And possibly another.

DON’T YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO WORK? Quiet, dammit.