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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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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kjyost
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Edgerrin32
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear dark amber hue with a 1/4 finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Pine and floral hops, citrus, tropical fruit.

Taste - The hops shine through in a moderate fashion, along with hints of citrus fruit. Touch of breadiness and maltiness. Slight bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A good American IPA by Mt. Begbie. The aromas are a little restrained, but the flavours come through nicely. Worth a try for those interested in the style.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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 BashOnABike
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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 TerryW
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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 Ratman197
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness, floral notes and light pine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, orange zest, lighty grapefruit, light mint and a hint of pine with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering citrus finish.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bryehn
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
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 +5.3%
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 +6.7%
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 -5.3%
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 -1.9%
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 +9.1%
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 -6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +1.3%
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 +3.5%
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 -1.9%
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 +6.1%
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 +2.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +1.3%
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 -6.7%
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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Nasty Habit IPA from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 123 ratings
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