Review: Mt Begbie Nasty Habit IPA

Review: Mt Begbie Nasty Habit IPA by Cody La Bière
Nasty Habit is the very first beer I've ever tried by Mount Begbie Brewing. Actually, I never heard of Mt Begbie until a week ago.

After quickly mentioning the beer on Twitter the other day, I quickly got several responses, all positive stating that Nasty Habit is a very stellar IPA, and that I would enjoy it. I effing love IPAs so let's see how it goes down!

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a LOT of head. Add a little beer to the glass, it foams up! Lots of bubbling action going on in the beer. The head is a slightly beige/yellow appearance.

Aroma: Fresh cut alfalfa hay, hops, and a bit of a citrus zest - slightly lemon, slightly grapefruit.

Taste: It's a smooth and bitter IPA at the very same time. The second you sip on it, it's quite a bit smooth and creamy on the palate, then the bitterness of the hops hits immediately. There's a good amount of hops in this IPA, so if you like a hoppy IPA, this will be a great buy for you. A bit of a citrus zing at the back, but not as much as a standard IPA in my opinion.

Overall Thoughts: A very well done India Pale Ale. Rich in colour, great aroma and a nice combination of hops and a smoothness that caresses the tongue. Not as sweet or citrusy as most standard IPAs but if you like a more bitter India Pale Ale, you will not be disappointed. Heck, if you just like IPAs, you'll enjoy it! I hope to see more Mt Begbie in stores sometime. The beer costs approximately $6.50 for a 650mL bottle, with an ABV of 6%, a bit pricey but worth every cent.

Lastly, if you want a more grapefruity beer, Central City's Red Racer Extra Strong Bitter has returned to the Manitoba market. It has an ABV of 5.5%, and a rich hoppy and grapefruit taste, costs approximately $2.50 for a 355ml can.

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