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 DaftCaskBC
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.02/5  rDev -19%
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...

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Photo of rappmann
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with an off-white head. Laces nicely.

The aroma is grapefruit pith, pine and caramel.

The taste isn't nearly as bitter as the aroma led on. Some nice biscuit, caramel and grapefruit zest.

Carbonation level was a tad low.

And yeah. This was merely okay for me. Much more of a pale ale than an India Pale Ale. And I don't find myself with much to say about it one way or the other.

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Photo of bryehn
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never heard of this beer until I saw it blindly on the shelf. Great name and art. No freshness dating. Using an oversized wine goblet.

Pours a hazy, grapefruit tinged copper color in the center, with a light golden amber making up the outer half. Not much head except a bubbly tan colar. Spotty lacing.

Smells like caramel, fruit punch and chocolate. A bit too sweet for me but it's definitely a full aroma.

Tastes like caramel or toffee, sugar, then has a bit of chocolate and coffee taste. Bitter finish with a thin diacetyl buttery flavour.

Syrupy mouthfeel. Has a sour cherry tone to the aftertaste.

This was definitely and old IPA, but retained a lot of bitterness when it became a dark caramel bomb. Reminded me of Dead Guy Ale quite a bit.

I definitely need to try a fresher iteration of this one.

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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.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Mit
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice amber colour with a respectable head.

s-grapefruit hops....nice malty backbone.

t-Seems like the malt and hops retreat to the back ground. I assumed the flavour would mirror the smell.

m-solid for the abv.

d-despite the fact that the flavor was a little lacking I would drink this alot.

I was pretty happy with this offering from BC. Really nice to see Canuck brewers making a nice AIPA.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Was surprised to see this at the LCBO here in Windsor as they don’t often carry much BC beer. 
Appearance - This one poured deep amber with a small creamy head. 
Aroma - Sweet and hoppy aroma and flavour reminiscent of oranges, not the usual hoppy grapefruit. 
Flavour - Nice hop bite against a mild malty backdrop.
Overall: not bad.  I would gladly drink this beer again.  I hope the LCBO gets more BC beer.  It would be nice to see Phillips down here.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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".

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Photo of Kenmac19
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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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..

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Nasty Habit IPA from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
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