Ultra Gnar Gnar | Base Camp Brewing Company

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Ultra Gnar GnarUltra Gnar Gnar

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Base Camp Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 84
Photo of Antg8989
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really did not like this at all. Pours a deep orange/copper with some sediment moving around. Aroma is orange peel and malt. Taste is similar and somewhat bitter. Not a lot going on, especially for Oregon.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fun name, not certain theres much more to it than that. I've had (and reviewed) a couple of Base Camp's offerings and I found them to be "interesting". And this isn't a bad thing, our taste buds can only measure so much of whats suppose to define a style before we get bored with them. Is it Peach or is it apricot? Juniper or pine? I've had some pretty unique styles from Base Camp so dug into it and...

... It's a BLEH IPA and I mean that in the most BLEH way. Smells like a dirty puddle with an array of lawn-mowered pine needles floating within, some malt. I guess it smells like an oxidized Sam Adams Boston.

It tastes like a mouthful of dirty, oily pine needles and grass clippings, maybe a light gnaw on an orange peel. some malts.

Decent mouthfeel, some creaminess, some carbonation, probably the best part of the beer.

Something might be wrong here. The flavors are just off. I have a couple of other cans and they're far from drain pours. If I'm in the mood for an IPA and it's the only one available I'd go for it, best recommendation I can offer.


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Photo of Skrumpy
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. The beer was deep amber and cloudy. Nice head that left some lacing. The aroma is on the sweet side, malt and grains. Some citrus and pine also come through. The taste is malt forward - reminds me more of a red ale than IPA. There is plenty of big hops on the finish though, and there is a little bitterness to the aftertaste. Full bodied, and well balanced - it is this that makes it relatively easy to drink in my opinion. Heavy mouthfeel, resinous and thick. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has overripe oranges and sweet malt. Taste starts bitter up-front with earthy hops, tea leaves and underlying malt. Medium body and carbonation. Had this quite old but it held up well.

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3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super malty in terms of nose. Like fresh cut hay and yeast bomb. Look is murky ready orange body with a biscuity tan head. Flavor is dominated by the malt with the hops acting as a balancer. Woodsy overall in flavor an d very easy to drink.

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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with two fingers of five minute head. Good fine bubble lace.
Smell is light hop resins.
Taste is hop oil piney with a bit of floral hop. Good amount of malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a medium bitter and slightly dry finish.
Overall n easy drinking IPA that seems closer to a hoppy Pale Ale.
Tasty enough for a repeat.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with my FW Imperial Nonic Glass
Notes from 06/24/2015

A: Pours an orange washed golden caramel body with some modest chill haze that obstructs some of the clarity. The head is a dense khaki sponge that retains well long enough for the glass walls to catch some sticky streaks before it comes to rest back in the glass. .

S: Light spruce action with caramels and toasted bread. I am getting some dank resin in form of pine mostly to it but this one is more about the malt caramel spice here. Picking up a little alcohol in the nose as well. Seems pretty heavy on the malt sweetness for an IPA.

T: Flavor maintains a nice juicy hop showing however the scales ultimately tip in favor of a heavier malt bill. I get a solid mix of toasted bread and caramel candies although it’s not cloyingly sweet. Keeps relatively crisp with some cutting bitterness and flavors are predominately piney with some dank floral and spice notes. Alcohol asserts probably more than expected here and especially in the finish. Some orange zest there. All in all not the best balance achieved here.

M: The body is moderate to lightly heavy on account of malt bounty found in the mouthfeel. A little spritzy carb and some scrubbing bitterness helps to keep things on the lighter side. Finishes with a drying note and a somewhat clean feel overall with a mild lingering effect.

D: Pretty unmemorable for me. At least nothing good enough to make me want to come back to this one. Balance is a bit off and just not enough hop gnar here. The best features of this brew are the name and packaging really.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy orange amber under a cream to off white densely bubbles 1” white foam column that takes 3 minutes to drop. Fairly lacy. S: Grassy with lsome light toast and a trace of warm, woody aromas. T: Grassy hops with some spice and mint with the mint growing by the finish. It has an herbal, tannic bitterness riding on a solid malt backbone. Hop forward with medium high hop flavors, medium to medium high bitterness and medium malt. F: Very creamy balanced by a light carbonic acid bight with a medium body and carbonation. O: This is a very easy to drink American IPA packing a lot of flavor into a 12 oz. can.

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Photo of woemad
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at the Total Wine in Spokane Valley, Washington, for $1.79. The stamp on the bottom of the can is smudged, but seems to indicate it was canned on June 10, 2015. My first Base Camp beer.

Poured a dark, hazy orange shade, with some sediment visibly floating about in my Jones Radiator pint glass (thanks, Lucas!). Good sized, beige colored head that hung around for a while and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Citrusy hop aroma, though a tad restrained. Grapefruit and tropical fruit hinted at.

Less interesting than the smell, restrained as it was. Lemony and a little bit of a tea-like herbal bite, with a slight soapy thing in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Cool looking can, but an odd and slightly bland IPA. Maybe it was the age, but fresher reviews seem similar. Drinkable, but I don’t see any compelling reason to return to this

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Photo of aleigator
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, coppery amber color, with a bubbly, stable head, yielding hints of orange in its otherwise white head.

Smells of a tropical fruit mix, containing oranges, papaya and lemon peel, wrapped up in cakey malts, also featuring a coppery whiff. The nose develops a distinct sweetness, as the beer warms up, revealing wild honey and rock sugar, which dominates the hop aspect easily.

Has a creamy mouthfeel, resulting from a medium carbonation and mellow malts, showcasing a fruit defined hop freshness.

Mirroring the nose, the beer got a velvet sweetness to it, resulting from its profound malt backbone, while the hops unfold much better on the palate than the aromas revealed, introducing lime pulp and unripe kiwi to its exotic, ripe fruit qualities. Malts are still on par with the hops, creating a well functioning interplay, due to dough bread, some earth and toffee, underlining the beers fruit ripeness. Finishes with a slightly metallic lime bitterness, which got an aqueous softness to it, still accompanied by slightly muted toffee malts.

Well balanced, with a nice finish, adding a pleasant dryness to the beers appearance, not focussing entirely on malt coated orange.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a tulip. 0610151628 is the code stamped on the bottom.

Pours hazy amber with a medium head, and not much carbonation. Head dissipates slowly. Smell is floral, tropical, and grassy.

Taste is very lemony, a little watery, some pine bitterness. I want more of that smell in the flavor, but it's not there.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and very dry. Overall, not bad. Could certainly be improved.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Cloudy amber color with thin white head. Taste is overall sweet, caramel malt and citrus. The back end hops are earthy with lingering grass. Mouthfeel is pretty full. Overall good balance, liked it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale reddish gold. The nose is woodsy and a bit caramelly. The flavor is surprisingly light given the look of the beer. There is a nice hop-malt balance here, but neither lends a particularly strong flavor. The mouthfeel is quite luscious. I feel like I am drinking this beer out of season. As a winter IPA, this works quite well. There is even a slight pie spice sense that comes on as the beer warms up. Likely not beer I would reach for often, but it is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 4/10/15.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pine needle, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid mix of citrus and earthy hop qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orangey amber with a decent head in the Gulpener tulip. flowery aroma with a lemon nose. Rather sharp on the tongue and plenty of spritzy.

Citrus flavors with an orange peel note. Malty and dry with a mineral tang. Moderately bitter. A pleasant gulp but it might be better in a de-tuned version with less alcohol. From the 12 oz can in the sampler 12-pack.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium coppery amber with a healthy one finger off-white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of orange citrus, caramel malt with light biscuit, moderate citrus and piney hops, light earthy spiciness. Flavor is resinous piney, grassy and citrus hops, orange citrus, caramel and biscuit malt. Just before the finish there is an interesting estery fruit flavor before a lingering citrus rind hop finish. Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess. A very flavorful, hoppy IPA with good hops flavors. I liked the little burst of estery fruit midway through the taste quite a bit and this kept me coming back for tastes. Well balanced and interesting. I'd imagine that this would taste like heaven after a day of hiking. I will get this again.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served chilled into a shaker pint glass.

Ultra Gnar Gnar is a hazy copper color with thick white head. It has good retention and lacing.

Aroma has a mineral or metallic quality that is unique but not particularly pleasant.

Flavor is balanced and has good depth but doesn't have much In the way of hop taste. It's malty with caramel and toasted grains and there's good bitterness from the hops but it's more grassy and earthy than citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced for the style.

Overall a decent PNW IPA but the aroma brings it down.

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Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can.

Appearance: copper. Hazy. Thick foamy head.
Smell: oranges and flowers. Caramel.
Taste: cracker malts. Orange peel, grapefruit peel. Pine needles. Lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium high body. Thick-ish.
Overall: this is a pretty decent IPA. Would be much better if the finishing hops were not so harsh.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from "Lifesource" in Salem OR
$1.79..no longer retired and now 6.7% alc.
Good looking beer here..hazy amber with a good looking thick and creamy inch high head.
Nice spicy ,fruity,pithy hop aroma with a great malt caramel backing.
More "dank" in the taste and with hints of orange pips..malt is strong in this one.
Good creamy substantial mouth feel for style.
Typical good PNW style IPA.

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Ultra Gnar Gnar from Base Camp Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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