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Nasty Habit IPA - Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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Nasty Habit IPANasty Habit IPA

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ritzkiss on 02-05-2010

A generously hopped IPA, balanced by a diabolical blend of rich specialty malts and pure mountain water. A wicked ale that leaves you lusting for more.
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 64
Photo of Sathanas
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange colour. Very fruity, piney, dank and citrusy from the hops. Slightly caramelly sweet malt background. Crisp carbonated medium to light mouth feel. Definitely a good, sessionable IPA from both beginners and seasoned hop heads.

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mt. Begbie Brewing 'Nasty Habit IPA' @ 6.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.40
A-pour is gold from the the bottle to clear dark amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hoppy , more pine
T-crisp & clean , decent malt , not an overly dry finish
MF-ok/decent carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok/good beer , possible good PNW IPA
prost LampertLand

Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is interesting to taste this IPA, now that I have enjoyed many others in this style. Mt. Begbie was (and remains) one of my favourite BC breweries, largely because I love Revelstoke. I had my first Nasty Habit in Revy and remember thinking how hoppy and strong it was. Overall, its a pretty tame IPA. It pours with minimal head and a mild hop/yeast/biscuit aroma. The taste is quite nice - malt, bittering hops, with a touch of citrus. It finishes quite inoffensively and definitely fits the bill as an accompanying beverage.

Photo of Kenmac19
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

A - Dark amber with not much of a head and minimal lacing
S - Very mild citrus, slightly bready
T - Mild grapefruit, lacking in the piney bitterness to offset the sweet caramel taste that I would expect from an IPA
F - Medium carbonation and slight bite to the tongue
O - A little weak for an IPA, but would be a nice refreshing beer to drink after a long hot day of yard work. Would probably be a good introductory IPA for someone who is apprehensive about trying one. I wouldn't buy this again but would also not turn one down if offered it by a friend.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber liquid with minimal white head.

S: Non existent hops, only clean yeast.

T: Lemon, buttery, caramel and toffee.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: With the heavy amount of C-120 malt, this would make a good ESB, but as an IPA its lacking. Mt. Begbie should just rebrand this recipe as their ESB.

Photo of chugalug06
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber colored brew with nice lasting foamy ice colored head. Lacing is grim. Good clarity.

Mild aroma. Fairly medicinal. Chamomile, floral, buttery.

Kinda uninspired flavors. Easy drinker, smooth, very mild flavors, next to zero bitterness or sweetness. Missing bitterness. Carbonation is medium prickly and nice. Flavors are kinda weak, bland pine, sugary, heavy caramel.

Much more of an ESB or amber than IPA. Step 'yo game up Canada!! Can't recommend.

Photo of souvenirs
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper with a good amount of head and good retention.
S: Citrus, tropical fruit
T: This beer doesn’t quite have the bitter bite I would expect of an IPA, but it does have a decent hop profile - I'm mainly picking up pine and citrus.
F: A bit weak.
O: A good beer, but not the best West Coast IPA I’ve had.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : clean dark copper pour, 1/2 finger of milky white head which dissipated quickly leaving decent blotchy lace

S : moderately hoppy, somewhat dank pine, some citrus, toasted bread, overall pretty mild aroma

T : follows the nose but much more pronounced taste, strong hops to start followed by moderate malt, oatmeal, small hint of chocolate, somewhat sweet near the end into a mild bitter finish

M : medium bodied, high carbonation, pretty oily and lubricating, goes back easy

O : The aroma was a bit weak on this one but the flavors, the appearance and mouth feel are all very good and well balanced. This is really easy to drink and enjoyable, i will be having this again

Photo of Kremlock
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper colour, no head and no lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, sweetness on the nose. Bread with maple syrup. Hint of pine and a bit of citrus.

T: Caramel and toffee on bread, has a low pine flavour coming in. Once the sip is done and over with you get a risidual sweetness.

M: A bit thin, a bit under carb for my taste. However I do find that the IBU are low on this IPA and so is the flavour/aroma of the hops. So in a way the undercarbing is ok as there is nothing to clean up. A bit dry on the finish.

O: This is a safe IPA. Good, great to enjoy in large quantity without resulting in being "hop-ed out".

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a relatively large foamy head with average retention and some alight lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with light citrus notes is not as powerful as I would have expected. Taste is a solid mix between some citrus notes with caramel malt and some floral hops with a bitter finish. Body is light with good carbonation. Not bad but nothing really exciting here.

Photo of BGDrock
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gorgeous deep amber; clear; solid, tan head with great length

Aroma: citrus and tropical hops - orange, pineapple, mango golden raisin - and a hint of pine too

Taste & Mouthfeel: those hope aromas are coming through in the taste, but with a stronger resinous pine flavour, predominantly in the finish when it all but takes over; floral notes too, pollen; like a walk through a garden; properly balanced with malt and tree sap sweetness; spot on carbonation and medium body makes for an easy-drinking brew

Overall: from the first taste I knew this was one of my new favourite IPAs; the hop flavours have flow, being gentle but not weak, and very interesting; very well crafted

Photo of CanuckRover
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tempting deep amber. Nice white head settles to a good film. Spotty lacings.

I'm getting a rather unpleasant aroma off this one. Sort of rotten vegetal deal. That seems out of line with most reviews, but hops still seem pretty fresh, so not sure what the deal is. After it warms up the unpleasantness fades away a bit, but it's still there.

Big hop hit up front. Resinous pine and grapefruit. That weird vegetal note is there, but not nearly as bad as the aroma might lead you to believe. Malt verges on toasty. Very dark caramel flavours. The heavy malt backbone is partly in the Canadian IPA tradition, with striking similarities to an English ESB. Pretty interesting.

This is worth trying. The aroma put me off, but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Nice complex beer straddling a couple takes on the style.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Clear copper with a hazelnut shade. A finger of head that disappears quickly but leaves a clinging foam to the glass as this goes down.

(4.0) S: Damp woody pine, citrus, rich nutty elements, and a wonderful bread-like malt aroma. Nice and earthy with a solid dose of spices. A real robust and full aroma. Very nice stuff.

(3.5) T: A restrained caramel and bready malt backbone with characteristics of generous pine, nuts, spices, and soft grapefruit. Flavours compliment each other well and provide easy drinkability. Bittering pine and floral elements contrasted with just enough sweet caramel and bread.

(3.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slightly resiny and chewy with a bit of syrup-like stickyness.

(3.5) D: Was happy to see another BC brewery available at the local liquor store. Would like to try their other offerings as I found this to be pretty tasty.

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber from the LCBO for 6$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit and pineapple. There is also some pine/resin mixed with a bit of a apricot sweetness.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It has some flavours found in a DIPA but in a lower ABV format. It could use a touch more hop bitterness but it has a perfect amount of sweetness. I'll buy more.

Photo of rappmann
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottled July 26th. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Deep copper colour, when poured one finger of tight white head that dissipates quickly leaving a bit of a film on the glass, and minimal lacing.

S - I get a lot of pine and resin out of this beer, it's got a bite, which is pleasing.

T - Unfortunately the taste doesn't really transfer over. It tastes watery and not really what it smells like at all. A bit of pine on the finish.

M - This beer goes down really well, nice carbonation, light to medium body on it. As a result of the hops not really converting here, it goes down like water.

O - Not a terrible IPA, it's not as fresh as I'd like it to be, but in Ontario, it's as fresh as it gets. If I could find a fresher bottle I'd give it another try, otherwise I doubt it.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A real nice orange amber body, quite clear and some minimal rising carbonation. Head is light tan and always manages about a centimeter of a collar while drinking. Good lacing, and some minimal retention.

Nose hits with tea like hops. Herbal grass. Slight sweet malts hide in the backbone, with a subtle touch. Overall not bad.

Taste hits with a good hop blast. Flavor feels very tea like and herbal. Slight grass and a lingering sense of mellow orange and bitterness. Chewy hop oils coat the palate quite nicely, body is very solid and rich, with a decent malt backbone, often pops out with a bit of sugar sweetness.

This tastes more English than American to me, but no complaints. A decent IPA worth drinking either way.

Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale reddish-copper colour, about a finger of off white head, some lace as well. Smell is of juicy citrus hop, pink grapefruit and orange mostly, underlying presence of lightly toasted malts, but nice and hoppy at the forefront. Tate is all citrus and tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange and lemon, bits of caramel and toasted malt, lightly sweet and bitter throughout. Med carb and body, oily at points. Good but not a world beater, very solid and worth a revisit.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear deep copper amber with delicate slow bubbles forming a cream laced cap.

S: Top notes of sweet malts followed by grapefruit, a caramelized grapefruit rind. Some hints of minerals at the end.

T: This brew strikes first with mild malts followed with fruity bitter hops. On parting there's a mild bitter after taste, nothing too pronounced and definitely balanced off by the malts.

M: Light to medium with a mild carbonation. my drinking partner and I agree it's a little on the light side.

O: For an IPA there seems to be a fair share of malts, it's a decent brew with a reasonable mix of malts and hops. Great art work on the bottle, the brew feels a little low on hops or too thin on mouth feel, on a hot day that might well be enjoyable.

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear bright copper; head dissipates quickly
S: little; some slight grapefruit rind;
T:soft, rich, mellow; bitterness is there but not very noticeable except in the finish; wish there was more hop character; very well balanced to the point that malt and hops seem to cancel each other; pleasant as a session IPA but I think it would get lost with food which is when my favourite IPAs really shine I think.
M: very rich and full bodied
O: a very nice beer that I would buy again but not particularly memorable.

Photo of kjyost
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber acquired at the MLCC within 2 weeks of its touchdown in Manitoba. Poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: Clear copper with a nice head and pretty darn good lacing.
S: Soapy. Lack of hops on the nose. A hint of earth and bit of sweetness. Completely off for what I consider an IPA to be.
T: Sweetness with a bit of bitterness. Caramel, burnt sugar, a touch of spicy hop. Not much else.
M: Well carbonated, finishes drier than it looks. No building biting bitterness of an IPA.
O: IPA? This is a barely serviceable English Pale Ale. Honestly, bought two bombers with one to send out on the CanBIF. I am pretty sure I will be returning the bottle. I cannot send this out and feel good about it...

Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear dark amber hue with a 1/4 finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Pine and floral hops, citrus, tropical fruit.

Taste - The hops shine through in a moderate fashion, along with hints of citrus fruit. Touch of breadiness and maltiness. Slight bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A good American IPA by Mt. Begbie. The aromas are a little restrained, but the flavours come through nicely. Worth a try for those interested in the style.

Photo of Noxious26
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 650ml bomber with a friend last night at Beer Bros in Regina. Poured in a tulip glass.

Dark amber to reddish brown and a little hazy. Cream to light beige coloured head is 3/4 inch and full of big bubbles and frothy.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Grapefruit, citrus and caramel sweetness.

Malty with hints of caramel of the start are pretty muted. Citrus hops come into the middle and finish again on a bit of a muted note.

Medium bodied and a little oily from the hops. Moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty average IPA. Nothing outstanding but nothing offensive either. Worth a try but there are lots of other better offerings out there.

Photo of BashOnABike
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a 16oz pint glass

A: Light amber, dark for an IPA, but still fairly transluscent and clear. Small, fine bubbles, on the base. Thick white head, dissipating fase to a neat white ring of lacing.

S: Faint hop, but more floral than astringent. A little candy-like suger, and some citrus after. Overall, a little underwhelming.

T: Much better than the scent, hop and citrus give way to a nicely burnished malt. A little floral phenols, with a bit of nut and a hoppy aftertaste. A little thin, but refreshing.

M: Bubbly carb nicely compliments the taste. Rolls fizzy on the tongue, but could be a bit thicker. Overall, about what I'd expect.

O: A good all-round IPA, nicely palatable. Much better than their Brown Ale, but not the best IPA I've had. Just a bit too thin..

Photo of TerryW
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah. I'm liking this.

Pours a moderate head that settles to a thin film, leaves fine lace. Muddy, hazy orange colour. Great nose, smells fresh and inviting. Oranges, pine laid over a sweet malt. Very appetizing.

Hoppy and citrus to taste. Lots of orangey goodness. Noticeable carbonation, but not overwhelming. This is a very, very tasty brew.

Well done. Recommended.

Photo of Ratman197
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness, floral notes and light pine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, orange zest, lighty grapefruit, light mint and a hint of pine with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering citrus finish.

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Nasty Habit IPA from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
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