Nasty Habit IPA | Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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Nasty Habit IPANasty Habit IPA

Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ritzkiss on 02-05-2010

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Photo of AB_Brew
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an amber colour. Has a good fat finger width gold tinged head, with large foamy bubbles. Has a nice hoppy taste with slight bitterness as you would expect from a good IPA. Foams in your mouth, and finishes slightly sweet. One of my personal favorites, delicious by any standard, any occasion!

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Photo of Sathanas
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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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

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Photo of MAB
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most excellent IPA, in a province where there are two other heavy-hitters in the market (Hop Head & Paddy-whack from Kelowna & Nelson, respectively) plus another from a bit further afield (Amnesiac, from Victoria).
I have enjoyed many Revelstoke brews over the years but this one is my new favorite of theirs.

Nice hop aroma, caramel malt notes + a pleasant bitterness in the taste. Looks good in a glass too.
Very drinkable. Nice!

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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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Photo of IllNate
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Good finger of head, nice gold copper.

S - Lots of hops, fruity, citrusy, spicy and floral, very fragrant.

T - Bitter. Good citrus notes, with floral and a malty sweetness backing.

M - Bitter, creamy, smooth. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Bold and full bodied.

D - Quite good.

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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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown apperance with bubbly white head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of malt, hops, citrus with a hint of brown sugar and various fruit, impressive so far.

Taste is simar to the smell, consists of citrus, brown sugar, floral hops. Fruit taste consists of orange, mangos and grape fruit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a citrusy, grassy taste.

Overall, this is a clean and tasty beer. The fruit alone is up for interpretation. If you come across a bottle, I recommend you pick it up.

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Photo of ecoastman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall good hopped-up IPA. I'll pick this one up again for my Canadian stock.

I like murky beers and this has a nice deep golden colour. Not as much lacing as I'd expect from a high-hop beer but not bad anyway.

Great aroma with strong citrus, peach and tropical fruits with some sweet malt to balance. The finish is relatively dry and has a good moderate level of bitterness with grapefruit and lemon.

The carbonation is medium and makes this med-high flavoured beer go down quite smooth and easily.

Worth a try.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful light amber colour with orange highlights, one finger beige head, good carbonation and lace. Nice up front hoppy aroma, citrus, grapefruit, pine. Taste to match the smell, grapefruit suggestions with piney resin, sharp bitterness, snappy, a bit tart, cleansing mouthfeel and medium body. Nicely balanced with a malty presence to counter all that bitterness, tasty and refreshing, I like my IPA's like this one. Too bad I can't get more of this, I picked it up in Calgary in August, now I'm at the mercy of the LCBO. Edited to add: My mistake, biegaman just reminded me that he picked this up for me at the LCBO; sorry for the unwarranted slam LCBO, you occasionally do come through!

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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

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper amber color with a wispy shortlived head. The glass is draped with lace. Light caramel and dough malt notes and some piney hops fill the nose. Hop bitterness is the prominent feature of the taste, but its less brash than most America IPA examples. Some melon and grapefruit flavors mingle with the aforementioned pine. Cookie dough malts provide a more than ample counterpart to the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice subtle carbonation. Finish is lightly bitter and doesnt linger long.

This is a decent IPA. I prefer them hoppier, but this is very tastey. Recommended, especially to the unitiated hophead.

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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.

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

Poured from a bomber into a schooner. No obvious bottling or best before date on the bottle.

A - deep amber color, clear with no obvious carbonation. Fluffy white head resolves after a few minutes and leaves some sticky lacing.

S - delightful wet hopped character with lots of pine and grass. Very inviting and can't wait to take a sip.

T - initial moderate bitterness and grassy hops balanced out by a fairly strong, but subtle maltiness. Hop flavor is a bit less than the nose seems to suggest. Enduring bitterness on the front of the tongue. Very nice thirst quenching quality. Not much citrus in this one, but nice and solid pine resin quality.

M - medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, perhaps too much? No booziness or alcohol warming.

D - quite drinkable; the bitterness doesn't overpower and it's got a nice strong malt backbone.

This is a solid IPA; nice to see a relatively good Canadian entry into the world of hop bombs!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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

Poured a hazy orange-amber with a small but creamy white head that lasted quite some time. The nose is citrusy, with notes of grapefruit, tangerine and some pine.
The taste is a bitter mix of resiny pine and citrus with a decent caramel malt backbone. The finish is a nice lingering mix of bitter hops and spice.
Medium-bodied with nice carbonation that lets this one dance across the tongue. A nice balanced IPA...
Ontario's been getting a little spoiled lately, relatively speaking with all of these decent IPA's showing up...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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