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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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
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 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 LazyL
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright orange, very clear with nice carbonation and 3 fingers of an off white creamy thick head. Good rentention on the glass.
Very refreshing hoppy nose. Pine and grapefruit jump to the fore front. A bit of creamy malt in the background.
The hops fade a bit on the taste. Slightly sweet that changes to a nice bitterness on the finish.
Carbonation level is good and the mouthfeel is a little dry.
Not as great as the nose, but a good local beer.

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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 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.

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

There's a nice color on this beer. Sort of hazy orangish brown. Unfortunately very little head and only a small amount of lacing.

The smell is a nice piney aromatic and somewhat citrus nose.

Tastewise there is more bitterness and some sweet caramel malts with a burst of citrus fruit flavour. Its pretty good.

Mouthfeel is decent with light carbonation. Drinkability is good.

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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 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.

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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 BBP
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber with good carbonation and a good amount of head as well.

S- Definite pine aroma from the hops. A bit of citrus and some grapefruit. Some earthy notes as well.

T- It's share of bitterness which was almost perfectly countered by sweetness. Not what I was expecting from the smell. The aftertaste is a bit more bitter. All in all it seemed hoppy but at the same time it didn't have the same bite that most hoppy beers do. It had more initial sweetness than anything. There's a lot of caramel and almost candy taste that balanced the hops out a lot.

M- Medium body. Smooth. Carbonation was right as well. Not really aggressive feeling, but more light for it's style.

D- Easy to drink, and seems a good drink to aim at people who need a halfway point to most IPAs. Had some fresh flavor which was nice, but the drink just seemed like more of an intro IPA.

Not a bad choice, but not one I would make again.

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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 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 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?)

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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 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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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 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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Nasty Habit IPA from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
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