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Nasty Habit IPA - Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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Nasty Habit IPANasty Habit IPA

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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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 olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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 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 mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

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 biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What appears a hazed, besmeared and dull shade of tawny becomes a sharp, crisp and resplendent auburn when up against the dreary autumn sky (a scene which, it must be mentioned, the beer's colour instantly lends itself to). The head, unfortunately, had about as much life left in it as the withering trees and, like them, it too was soon bare.

The smell of rank citrus comes over you like a tidal wave - it's like a giant, mutated monster of a Florida orange grove, one that is more bitter, more resiny and far more stinky. A zombie-grove, if you like; one that has deserted the sugar in place of a torrid alcohol and ramped up the acidity until the knob broke off the meter. Sure, I'd buy that for a dollar!

The beer is thin but considerably rich in flavourful resins. Its mouthfeel is left impressively unperturbed by bitterness, acidity or sweetness; I'm unsure whether that's a pro or con. The beer's hoppy resins and malty syrup hit the tongue with little help from the carbonation and, as result, tend to linger there indefinitely, like clueless (but affable) house-guests.

Your taste-buds really don't have much to complain about. A refreshingly acidic, briefly minty, generously citrusy hoppiness offers up flavours of pink grapefruit, orange pith and jasmine tea, while a sufficiently toasty maltiness parcels out a trickle of pecan-like nuttiness and nibbles of nougat and caramel. It tastes like a citrus-accented praline (mmmm!)

There's certainly nothing nasty about this beer and, indeed, it's one that I could easily get in the habit of drinking. I don't care that my IPAs are innovative or insightful - I care only about character, quality and drinkability; this offering is nothing if not serviceable and, while not a world-beater, makes a welcome and warranted addition to the beer fridge.

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 Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from BC liquor stores.

Pours a clear amber, some orange highlights, nice and bright, medium sized big bubbled head forms and settles down to a medium layer and ring around the glass, lace chunks stick, looks nice.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, some caramel and biscuit, lightly hoppy, touch of floral, nice citrus notes, oranges peel and grapefruit, lightly grainy, nice.

Taste is similar, malty, sweet and grainy, biscuit and caramel, grapefruit, sweet orange peel, a bit of floral, lightly fruity, apricot, herbal bitterness and balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A solid IPA, nothing special but pretty drinkable.

Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-bronze with a light-tan head, light retention, good lace.

S: Grapefruit rind, nectarine, grass, candied pineapple, toffee.

T: Grapefruit rind, nectarine, biscuit, candied pineapple, toffee, modest bitterness for the style.

M: Fairly light body, carbonation is a little high, light hop acidity.

D: A decent drinker, but it didn't leave me 'lusting for more'.

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 wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber poured into bomber 15/6/11

A clear copper with a fast falling thumbs width of cream colored foam that fall quickly and leaves a few random patches of lace

S guava, tangerine, grapefruit rind and some pine, pretty solid nose for a IPA, just a little caramel but mostly tropical fruits

T a little toned down compared to the smell but very similar with more caramel, some pineapple and slightly more pine then the nose

M medium bodied and creams up from the bubbles and leaves a little behind on your gums

O decent IPA for sure with a great nose and solid in all other areas

5$ for a bomber is a deal in my books, I could smell this one the second the cap hissed and can't think of a reason for you to not try this brew.

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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see the Mt Begbie crew shake things up a little since they seemed to be brewing the same few beers for many years. The great Kolsch is now in cans and here is their first IPA.

Cool new artwork on the label which is a nice change from the historic photo theme they have been using for years. The beer is pretty darn hoppy with a big nose and a dark tan colour with decent head. This is a very good IPA that pre- Central City would rank among the best in BC. Lots of citrusy hops and a lovely fresh taste make this one for the hopheads and not a concession for the average drinker such as Granville Islands IPA. What makes Central City's Red Racer better is the balance with the malt and the rounder mouthfeel. That being said this is a great addition to the Begbie lineup

Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden copper colour with big bubbled head with a nice amount of lacing.

S - Definitely a floral bouquet of hop scents with citrus, pine and cedar all coming through. Delicious scent to it.

T - The floral hops come through nicely, yet are balanced on the finish with some light caramel malts rounding it out. A bit of cinnamon spice seems to linger on the palette as well, which was unexpected yet interesting.

M - This one finished a little dry, too much so for my liking, but the carbonation was nicely balanced, making it very smooth.

D - Deelicious! Wonderfully impressed by this offering, and would totally buy this if we had this in Alberta. My favourite of the Mt. Begbie offerings I've tried to date. Hopefully they will start offering this locally, as Mt. Begbie typically offers competitively priced beers, and I'd love to make this a regular.

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

Pours a copper colour that starts off with fairly thick white head. Dissipates quick enough with some pots of lacing. Smells of pine and pineapple hops with some sweet caramel. Flavour doesn't have the same hoppiness the smell may indicated, but it is bitter still. Carbonation level is good. I would buy a more of this if the Garrison IIPA and Corne du Diable didn't just come, and I prefer them both.

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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 bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

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Nasty Habit IPA from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.