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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not an absolutely outstanding beer from Mt. Begbie, but its nice to see them doing something new after so many years. Being in the Lower Mainland, I think I miss out on their brews quite about.

Average for the apperance as I'm drinking this from a leather tankard.

Nice hoppy smell, mild malts and suggestions of citrus and cut grass. The taste is siilar, though a bit sour but not something that sets me off. Citrus, floral hints and mild, bready malts.

Good mouthfeel and even in a bomber a nice beer to sit back and enjoy.

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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 EskimoDave
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I pop the top the room is filled with a sweet, sticky, spicy, herbacious aroma. My glass is greeted by that familiar light copper and clingy head that so many IPAs are guilty of. Upon supping my mouth is filled with an explosion of tropical fruit flavours. Mango, pineapples, guava, grapefruit, orange, they're all there. A round, but very sweet, caramel backs them up. Overall I think this beer would benefit from more hops to balanced the sweetness and give it a bit more punch.

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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 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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Nasty Habit IPA from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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