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Nasty Habit IPA - Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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Nasty Habit IPANasty Habit IPA

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
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: 115 | Reviews: 63
Reviews by chugalug06:
Photo of chugalug06
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BashOnABike
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually I keep pretty good tabs on the LCBOs release schedule, but this one snuck through the cracks, so it was a pleasant find. Consumed at a pumpkin carving party on a grey fall day - fairly appropriate!

Poured into your basic curved ale glass. A brilliant copper amber hue, with scads of frothy off-white head. Good, long-lasting lacing patches, excellent retention. Looks terrific.

The nose is a fine blend of West Coast and English hops, citrussy and earthy, although the former has a bit more stage presence. Malts provide background attention.

The hop presence in the taste didn't quite live up to what the nose led me to anticipate, (late-hopping, perhaps?) but it's still a flavorful brew. Malty, but with a solid earth and citrus hop backing. A certain mineral character as well, something I'm quite used to, living near the Grand River. Finish is slightly dry, encourages repeat sampling.

Mouthfeel is a touch flat, but creamy and satisfying.

Not a bad pickup at all, a bit pricey, but I'll happily pay a little extra to finally get some BC micros out this way. An enjoyable sipper, hops are used as flavor, but aren't THE flavor, which I appreciate now and then. Worth a go (now if only someone could explain what the hell is going in on the label?)

Photo of chickenm
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a fairly thin off-white head. Citrus hops, pine, and caramel in the aroma. Bitter flavor with grapefruit and a little sweet malt. Medium-light body, finishes bitter and quite dry. Drinkability is good, this is an enjoyable IPA.

Photo of BGDrock
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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 biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. I like the Hades influenced imagery on the label - and the name inspired me to put on the old Offspring song "Bad Habit", for that drinking/music congruence so desirable on a Saturday night.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, and tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a near-perfect honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass - this is one fine-looking beer, Stella Artois can kiss this girl's ass.

It smells of white grapefruit and bitter orange rind, dank pine, bready caramel malt, and further herbaceous, floral hop notes. The taste is biscuity, grainy bready malt, strong (heh) herbal tea, mild savoury black pepper spice, and a reduced grapefruit/pine essence from the original olfactory promise, one slowly being replaced by an earthy, musty, and vegetal bitterness.

The carbonation is average, just a wavering frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and perhaps a bit airy in its plain smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the wan biscuit malt, spice and nearly ethereal by now hops at least crisp in their cooperation, if in nothing else.

Another generally, and stereotypically nice Canadian version of the American IPA, with more emphasis on the biscuity malt and sedate bitterness, than the bracing West Coast hop way of things, sigh. On the whole, though, quite easy to drink, seeing as my tooth enamel has nothing to worry about. I just wanted a fix for this nasty (IPA) habit of mine, is all, and I didn't find it here.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer. It pours a medium yellow with a minimal white head. There is a good C-hop aroma. Middling mouthfeel. A little lace in the glass. It is not over the hop bitterness, but very tasty.Very smooth drinker, a transition beer for ESB fans.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
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 joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my BA in crime andrenaline for the B.C. haul
A - poured a clear copper golden with a solid thumb of head that retained well, strong lacing
S - nice mix of piney and floral hop aromas, some sweet caramels malt notes, and hints of tart citrus
T - pleasing floral and more subtle pine up front, balanced subtly but well with caramel and smoky malts, some grapefruit flavours with a peppery finish
M - medium carbonation, full flavours giving way to pleasant bitter and slightly dry feel
D - very well balanced feels and flavours, good hop flavours but so biting as some IPA's get, impressed all around

Photo of heebes
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle
Part of the LCBO's Halloween release.

Pours a deep semi-clear amber with little head. Smells of hops and citrus dominate the nose. The taste is a rather nice smooth IPA, slight bitterness at the sip and a rather subdued finish. Lingering citrus aftertaste. Perhaps a little undercarbonated in the mouth, moderate feel.
Overall, not a bad little IPA from the west coast of Canada. Goes down real smooth. If this was in 355 ml bottles I coould see picking this up regularly. As is it, being in Ontario, one bomber is plenty for now. Quality job and a great pick for a seasonal here.

Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Filtered-looking red-tinged amber body with a thin layer of off-white head and some lacing.

Smells of light citrus, pine, bread, some earthiness and a little sweet malt.

Decently hopped but not necessarily hop-focused. Bready with grainy malt. A bit roasty for an IPA. Some drying grapefruit on the finish. Maybe fuller malt through the middle would be a nice improvement.

Good medium-full body and medium-light carbonation.

Drinkable enough but pretty unmemorable. I guess I might drink it sometimes if I lived around Revelstoke.

Photo of souvenirs
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Nice clear copper with a finger of sticky head leaving some chunky lacing.

Smell. Piney hops, caramel malts and a little lemon and orange peel.

Taste. Floral hops, caramel malt, a hint of citrus fruit and a little metalic in the middle. Crisp, medium bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and just a little thin.

Drinkability. A pretty good drinker. I'd have another for sure.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice medium amber colour and is definitely a filtered IPA. Had a nice citrus and earth bitter aroma from the hops with some grapefruit and tangerine notes and a nice sweet malt backbone.

The palate was weak compared to the nose. Some hop bitterness up front with light citrus and earthy notes and a subtle malt sweetness rounding it out. Overall the hops were not as bitter as expected for the style and the beer was very light and watery at times.

Overall a good IPA but almost seemed like a "light" IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed yet bright copper hue, tall chunky white merrengue-like head with excellent retention.

Beatiful blend of hops on the nose, with citrusy ruby grapefruit and mandarin, light grassy and spicy notes, and even some candied gummy peach sweetness. Dry grainy malt in the background.

A hoppy punch with citrus, herbal, and spicy character up front in the flavour, clean grains in the background, yet things tend to thin out towards the finish. As if things just peter out.... Clean aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, smooth texture, moderate texture.

If only the flavour lived up to what was promised in the aroma I would be in paradise now. As it stands this is an okay IPA with a bit of depth to it, yet too toned down and muted for most of the flavour.

Photo of mrnobody
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650ml bomber poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with one finger of pocked off-white head which disappears but leaves some lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and pine. Very nice.

T: The taste is very clean and lacks the bitterness often associated with the style. On reflection, it's a bit bland, a little sweet malt, a little grapefruity bitterness.

M: Lively carbonation but not overdone, refreshing. The body is average for the style.

D: I'd say it's fairly high other than the lack of flavour. I guess it would depend what you were in the mood for.

For some reason, it took 2 months for this beer to make its way from the brewery to the lcbo. Although that's within the acceptable range for an IPA, depending on the hopping, I can imagine this tasted better a month ago. Then again, maybe not.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber of Mt. Begbie's newest offering sent to me courtesy of EskimoDave - cheers mate!

Pours a crystal clear burnished orange, almost a reddish autumn hue to it. Finger and a half of creamy tan head builds up and has some staying power, maintaining a thin sweater on top and leaving spots of lacing down the glass.

Nose is very West Coast hop-ish - bold pineapple and mango, grapefruit and candied orange rind. Not overly thick, a light sweetness though.

Pretty sweet for an IPA. Pineapple juice, light grapefruit, hint of oranges, mango - nice hop profile. Little to no hop bite though, quite mild for an IPA. With the combined sweetness, lack of much bitterness and the thin-ish mouthfeel thjis could almost pass as "hop juice", not that that's entirely bad.

I love the West Coast hop profile so the hopping in here is great, I'm just left wishing for more of a bite in the finish to counter the sweetness. Still, pretty damn drinkable and would love to have something like this around these parts. Thanks Dave!

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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 FondueVoodoo
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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 spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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 StarshipPoopers
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A rich amber with a creamy white head. About a finger's worth of head formed while pouring with little retention. Good lacing.
S - Pine hops and definite fruits in the nose, the grapefruit is quite pronounced in there. Malts and an earthy smell are also present.
T - Quite different from the smell. The pine and grapefruit hop flavours are certainly there, but they are masked by a stronger taste of biscuity malts and earth tones. Not really what I have come to expect from an American IPA. That being said, the hops do present a subdued bitterness that compliments the flavour. It isn't sweet nor bitter, rather a neutral flavour of biscuits and earthiness with just a hint of both extremes.
M/D - Good carbonation with a light/medium body. Drinkability is also quite good.

Nothing really stands out about this beer in my opinion. It is good to drink, but I don't think that the price ($5.50) was really justified. It's not really what I look for in an IPA but it's a good drink nevertheless.

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of IllNate, poured into a tulip on a warm, yet brisk evening after a long day at work. Dated 10510, so I'm guessing May 10/2010?

Beer is a light copper/amber with an off-white head, settling to a thin cap. Solid lacing, even within the tulip. Cool bottle artwork too, but I wouldn't count that towards the appearance. Smell of grapefruit, slight pineiness, and citrus. Toffee/caramel malt to boot. Typical. Flavour lacks alot of bitterness but still presents some nice citrus notes, and an overall flavour fairly similar to the aroma. Slight dryness on the tongue after each sip, with a slight note of alcohol as well. Light body, medium carbonation and all in all a nice drinker, and fairly typical in almost every respect for the style. Enjoyable. Recommended for a warm summer day.

Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle samples from Cratez via the Lick Bo'. Thanks Mike. Deep cloudy copper with a tight bubbled off white foamy cap. Aromas here were caramel malty but also quite hoppy, with C-hop pine,citrus, and fruity malts adding mango , LYKEE, straaaawwwwberry. This beer tasted not quite as hoppy as the nose would have had me believe. Still good though. Solid toffee malt profile with subtle citric hops and pithy bitterness, add a bit of pine and mango for good measure. Almost seemingly an EPA of sorts, but with American style hopping, WELL DONE! Thanks for sharing Mike.

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Nasty Habit IPA from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.