In-Tents IPL
Base Camp Brewing Company

In-Tents IPLIn-Tents IPL
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American Lager
Ranked #164
Ranked #36,452
3.68 | pDev: 11.41%
Base Camp Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
In-Tents IPLIn-Tents IPL
Notes: Our flagship India Pale Lager showcases a copper color that gives way to a crisp, clean lager beer perfectly balanced in its massive complexity. Dry-hopped and aged on an in-house toasted blend of white and red oaks. The IPL finishes clean and smooth, with hop aromas of wild flowers and pine, and a unique maltiness highlighted by the subtle oak character.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 131
Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 OZ alumitek bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy light brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is malt with some hops. The taste is brown sugar, hops and malt.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a mellow burnt amber to orange color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head. Just trickled off pretty quick, some messy lace. The aroma had some freshly cut grass, light citrus, fresh pine needles and a light caramel malt/bready base. The flavor resided with some hop bitterness, somewhat bitter yet sweet through the pine and citrus. Light citrusy to piney and bready aftertaste. Quick hoppy finish, somewhat bitter. The palate was almost medium bodied, just seemed to be a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Overall, pretty good India pale lager that I could have again.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in a Spiegelau glass.
Look - pours a deep amber color with a gigantic off-white head that sticks around awhile. The bubbles are creamy and form a cap on top for the whole session. There is some really nice lacing initially, but it subsides towards the end.
Smell - the aroma overall is quite subtle, but there is a nice complexity as well. I get sweet, bready malts upfront along with floral hops and some slight citrusy notes.
Taste - Again, it begins with sweet bready and caramel malts. You get some of those floral hops, and it finishes with a good amount of bitterness along with citrus notes.
Feel - great carbonation, smooth body, crisp finish.

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beauty is a fiery deep orange with red hues in the depth. It grows a fantastic off-white head that's an extremely creamy 2 fingers tall. It remains at its height for a good while and only drops very slowly, never to the point at which you can see the beer underneath the creamy layer, and leaves a film of lacing on the entire glass.]
The aroma is hoppy with some minty leaf, wood, and a sweetness that's hard to define. It's just a little bit understated considering the flavor.
This well-hopped beer shows some citrus up front, almost like candied orange peel with the sweet and bitter melding. It's also a bit minty with a hint of basil to it before some woody earth comes in with a creamy vanilla note running just underneath. There's good complexity, it's hop-forward, and it's well balanced.
Creamy and smooth but with a good crisp bite, this lager holds up a firm medium body that makes for pretty easy drinking. Some light bitterness lingers for a while, but is very soft on the palate.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber, head is thick and even. A slight off-bone color. Aroma is a confusion between hops and some sweet, rotted wildflower. Lacing is thin but legit, gracing the sides of the glass throughout the entire session. A circular Jackson Pollack of foam trace. Well done.

Taste is biscuity with hoppy resin and sweet cream. There's a sour pomegranate tinge leaning towards honey, as they're claiming but goes more to jam for me. For a lager it's creamy and heavier than I expected, the caramel malt adding an oak gesture and the mouthful is therefore very nice. Nothing pops, and it hides the alcohol well, like a malt liquor. Wow, can't believe I said that -- or know what that means.

Finish is dry and a little bitter, moves it closer to IPA territory rather than feeling like a lager. They suggest warming it in a cold river in the can and that's what I should have done. As it warms the malt and biscuit flavor begin to coalesce much more nicely, especially in the dry aftertaste.

Nothing spectacular and the rather wonky aroma puts me off every time I raise the glass for another sip and gets in the way of rating this higher for me.

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Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer might've been better but my metal bottle fell from the bottom shelf of my fridge to the floor, whereupon it leaked some. When I opened it, there was a pressure release, but the foam has the characteristic appearance of beer starting to go flat. Mouthfeel that way too. Still, good aroma and flavor, pretty much as the commercial description has it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth 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 interesting earth and wood qualities that work pretty well with the citrus forward hop aspects.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +12%

Handsome sudsy dark amber in the New Belgium snifter. Honey flavor is surprisingly distinct. Sudsy mouthfeel with a malty body. A barky taste at the finish. I guess the "honey" is a flavor of the oak that is more often a big vanilla taste. Moderate bitterness with more aromatics in the nose. Toasted malt and shredded wheat.

A little "intense" for quaffing, but it's totally drinkable. Interesting way to brew a lager, with the oak added. However it really tastes like a good Pale Ale, and actually it's hoppier and tastier than a lot of IPAs I've had recently. So whatever you call it, this worth trying.
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Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a hazy caramel. Pours with some sediment in it. Smells way better than a normal lager. Drinks easy. Alcohol is present but not bitter. Overall a good beer. The bottle was maybe more attractive than the brew. I would drink it again though.

Wife's Review: "It is not as bitter as some, but it is still strong. I couldn't drink a whole glass."

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. aluminum bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a dark copper color with big fluffy off-white head that left dense glass coating lace.

S- Big piney, citrusy , and spearmint notes

T- Sweet caramel malt, breadiness, lots of herbal, piney, minty, and some citrusy hops. Finishes with moderate bitterness.

M- Very smooth and creamy, soft carbonation, semi-dry finish, and medium body.

O- Love the unique Base Camp packaging and this is another really nice beer from them. More herbal than most hoppy beers that I prefer, but it is very well balanced with a nice malt profile.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks, big ups and major props to msubulldog25 for having sent this to me in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!

As to the medium, it is like Superman: Up on the counter, is it a Bottle? Is it Glass? No, it's a CAN if it is made of metal, no matter what shape or form it may take! Hopefully, that clears up any lingering CANfusion and dispels arguments.

From the CAN: "Soak in a mountain river. Chill in the snow. Cool off in a lake. Refrigerate if you have to."; "India-Style Pale Lager To triumph over mountain, wave, wind, or boulder, you need a good Base Camp. Your Base Camp helps rally your adventurous spirit to conquer the next challenge. Make the most of your rest and rejuvenation with our IPL. This copper-colored lager was crafted for the sole purpose of your enjoyment. It will climb to the top of your senses, inspiring daydreams of the backcountry. Hoppy aromas of pine and wildflowers team up with prodigious malt character to create one radically delicious brew. Dry-hopped and aged on Oregon-grown oak that is freshly milled and toasted in-house for a uniquely complex and full-of-flavor lager."; "This bottle is made for adventure. [-] No metal taste. Food-grade liner prevents contact [-] More environmentally friendly than glass [-] Lighter and more versatile than glass [-] Protects from light better than glass [-] Won't shatter in your pack or bag [-] Chills beer quicker than glass".; "Check out or website at for more info about why this bottle kicks glass!"; "Bottle conditioned".

No Crack! due to it being closed with a Crown cap and no Glug, either, because I promised my ex-Old Lady that if it explicitly says anything about Bottle/CAN conditioned, then I will be gentle. A soft, gentle pour still netted me a finger of rocky, tawny head with good retention. Nose smelled of pine and honey, and since they characterize it as "wildflowers", that is where the bees are going to get their pollen, so I would say that we are in agreement. Color was a slightly-hazy deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27). Mouthfeel was very effervescent, mega-carbonated, but with big, soft bubbles, not tiny, scrubbing ones. The taste was likewise soft, pine, but with the edges rounded and smoothed by that flowery, honey-like flavor often found in good lagers. Lots of lacing was beginning to form in my glass as I drank. Finish was semi-dry with the different hops having found and struck a nice balance. CANsidering it in total, it had more of a honey/lager flavor than pine hops, so I guess that you have to decide what you really want before buying a 22-fl. oz. CAN. It is beers like this that keep The CAQuest (TM) interesting.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: golden amber with decent head, retention, some lacing
S: not a whole lot going on, little woody, which is a little different for a lager
T/M: start tart with some malt character in the form of raisin-bread sweetness. The hops blends into a mango-type taste, before the wood aging makes its presence known. This last part made for and interesting dryness in the end.
O: tends toward being a little on the malt-sweet side of a lager. In this sense it is similar (but not comparable to) what I thought about Great Lakes Dortmunder. Thy dryness and wood characters were different, and a difference I enjoyed.

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Photo of plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a three finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured n earthy caramel and herbal hop.

The taste offered herbal and grassy hops with a full chewy caramel malt. Touches of burnt sugar detected as well. Residual herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied malt forward lager.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine three finger white head with good rentention and lots of pillowy lacing. Aroma of grassy, slightly floral and piney hops, biscuit malt, apple juice and citrus. Flavor is unusual, with very upfront light citrus and light fruit with a summer woods fresh herbal and earthy component. Finishes with grassy hops and light citrus with a fresh herbal fruit flavor I just can't place but must be from one of the hops used. Medium bodied with some creaminess. I'm not able to parse out the flavors in this, but it is very refreshing and fun to drink, with well integrated hops and light malt and the fresh juiciness. This would taste really, really good at the end of a day hiking; cooled slightly in a stream. Nicely done. Really quite dark in color for a pale lager, but it looks good so no points off. Once again a crown topped metal "bottle", so it could be considered a can or bottle; definitely has the light protection of a can.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a clear amber color with great carbonation presenting a nice white cap which yields some good lacing.

S: Pine needles, some grains, a whiff of oak and some flowers. Very nice!

T: It has a very nice lager presence upfront then a rush of piney and floral hops come in. The taste almost from start to finish is a nice crisp, hopped up lager with loads of pine, grass and flowers. The finish screams lager with a sordove moderate but lingering bitterness, the finish on this beer is all lager!

M: Well carbonated, light-light/medium body, very crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Loads of flavor from the hops and lager base is amazingly good

O: What a nice surprise. Clean, crisp, tasteful, refreshing and true to style yet not. Only my second IPL and my first BaseCamp beer is a score! Love this beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up at the Hunger Mountain Co-Op in VT. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours, surprisingly, a crystal clear dark amber hue with a thick and creamy off white slightly tan head that fades to leave light sticky side lacing and a nice blanket. Still...amber?

S - Okay, not bad. Nice light pine and citrus with faint tropical notes. Definitely getting wildflower notes like another member mentioned.

T - Taste is not bad. Not getting roasted malts, no, getting nice pine as well as more of the wild flower aspects. Some slight malt sweetness helps balance this beer out. Pretty tasty really. nice bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style, that said, its a bit boozy.

O - Overall, a solid beer. Still, in my area I can get much better lagered IPAs (Jack's Abby) at half the price.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a sweet-ass 22oz metal bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Base Camp is a brand-new brewery, so I have no idea what to expect. Hopes are high. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger, hugely fluffy white head with massive bubbles. Relatively low retention. About a minute for the huge head to crunch down to floaters. Spotty off-white lacing. Ruby-red color with medium clarity. Alright looking beer.

S- Very odd. Chocolately malts and tropical fruits from the hops. Just an odd combination of scents. Despite the dichotomy of the brew, inviting and warm.

T- Hops are actually hidden under the roasted malts. It has the bitterness typical of the style, but presented in a way that stays both unobtrusive and uninteresting. Earthy hops, semi-sweet malts and pine.

M- Buttery, surprisingly heavy bodied. Nice feel. Well balanced.

O- Fairly good beer. Even better is the outdoorsy message of this new company. I'm a fan. I'll visit next time I'm in Portland.

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Photo of Brad007
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never had a beer in an aluminum bottle. Period. That added to the novelty of giving this beer a try. The fact that it's a pale lager masquerading as "india-style" was curious enough.

Pours an unabashed amber color with a decent head into my glass. Looks like an IPA or amber lager to me.

An intense citrus and pine template greet the nose. Flowery too. Very interesting! I want to see how it drinks.

Flavorful with a mix of oak, pine and wildflower upfront. I can barely tell that it's hopped as it tastes more like wildflowers and/or pine needles were used (the bottle doesn't mention it). Just a touch of sweetness from the malt.

Lingering wildflower and pine flavors coat the mouth. Very flavorful and yet, very unconventional.

The most interesting beer I've had all week. It's nice to see someone attempt to take the lager category up a notch like we often see with IPAs. It's only 6.8% ABV as well so it's not too far out of the drinkable range.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aluminum 22oz bottle opened on 1.25.13

A - Pours a hazy, very dark orange with a foamy light tan head with good retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Lager yeast dominates and some hoppy grass as well.

T - Bitter, earthy grass, dirt, and over ripe oranges.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Super bitter and just off. Not there yet, but keep trying guys.

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Photo of ccrida
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is great, fantastic packaging with the aluminum bomber (bottle shaped "can"). Beer is murky, ruddy copper, with a huge, frothy light tan head that leave big sticky chunks of foamy lace.

Smell is very herbal, light sweet citrus, oxidized.

Taste is similar. Sweetness like iced tea from the crystal, accentuated by the citrus hops, with a lingering herbal, oxidized taste. Perhaps this one was just long in the tooth, but I would assume the packaging would minimize that, especially since I pulled this from the cooler (at Freddies).

Mouthfeel is oddly watery, in spite of the apparent maltiness. Very dry, with seemingly high attenuation.

Drinkability is OK. The potential is here. I'd want to try one that is guaranteed fresh to determine if I'm tasting staleness or just don't care for it...but my assumption is that the stale hop flavors come from the lagering process and are a function of the recipe.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 22oz metal bottle, one and half fingers of cork colored head. A hazy, copper colored body.
The smell of lemon and grapefruit.
The taste is interesting in a good way. Medium bitterness throughout with a short finish. Pretty mellow overall.
A little fizz in the texture. Moderate carbonation and medium body.
Great drinkability and from a metal bottle. Perfect for a camping trip.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz beautiful aluminium bottle from "Lifesource",Salem $5.99 As far as appearance, have to say this bottle is amazing, pity they didn’t have a screw top as this would make a kick ass water bottle. Beer appearance its amber.. kinda dark for a PL..large eggshell white head. Nice enough aroma..piney hop..light caramel malts. Nice Smooth caramel, Scottish fudge malts and nice grassy/grapefruit hop. I like Good thick creamy palate. Overall nice beer..and again lovely packaging

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Photo of theveganbrewer
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a 22 ounce growler at New seasons for a fiver.

Poured dark copper with big white head. Very tempting.

Aroma is a mixture of flowery sweetness and wood, like toasted oak chips or something. Honestly quite peculiar and overpowering. There is no citrus hop aroma in this can, but this review is of what seems to be an older can, maybe it is more than a month old. No canning dates available though.

Mouth feel is good with quite a bit of lingering bitterness. Not too overpowering but enough to distinguish itself from the malt.

I wish I could know how old this can is and wish it would have been more fresh given the price. Got no citrus and very little pine like the can said and other reviewers got.

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Photo of timo
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle comes as a 22 oz aluminum bomber with some interesting reading on the package.

Appearance (4.0) - Poured into a pint glass. Medium-high carbonation with a thick and creamy off-white head that leaves lacing along the glass. This is a dark copper lager, unfiltered and as such, not perfectly clear; although even when the entire bottle was emptied into my glass there were no yeast chunks or other floaties.

Smell (4.5) - Citrusy hops quickly give way to toasted malt and caramel notes. Fermentation is clean, low esters and no sulfur detectable.

Taste (4.0) - Sweet caramel malt upfront which is quickly offset by a firm, lasting bitterness. Less hop flavor than is expected for an "India pale lager," whatever that is. Higher alcohols are noticeable as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Chewy malt and thick mouthfeel, not as dry as I would have liked it to be. As a result it is still quite quaffable, but not necessarily thirst quenching.

Overall (4.0) - An interesting take on a lager and I liked the novelty of it. The beer could be improved by more attenuation and more late/dry hopping.

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Photo of Docer
4.67/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a pretty clear copper. A darker copper, much like a slightly hazed but still shiny new-like penny. This puppy has a nice light white and thick head that settles to a thin pillowy layer with lace all about the glass. Pretty solid and pretty pretty.

Smell: (4.5)

- This is what a beer should smell like. Nice resinous pine and fruity citrus hops burst in the nose. Kind of like that reminder of the first time you drank beer and you encountered hops for the first time. Crispy, spicy, and lightly sweet. Nice bready lager-like mix. Can't wait to sip...

Taste: (5.0)

- Damn. I love this beer. It's shocking crispness wakes the palate right up with a burst of saliva. Nice tart and dry lager notes. Not a touch over over-sweetness like what many ale's may leave behind. Is it just me, or are there not many hopped up lagers like this anywhere? I prefer this over most IPA's! Grassy herbal hops, pine, light citrus and fruit. Just a touch of bready sweet malt. I love how the lager yeast ate up most of the sweetness, and leaves a much cleaner taste. Huge marks for this one.

Mouth Feel: (4.5

- This is a nice full bodied brew. The carbonation is thickening, and the beer is quite dry and cloying. It is certainly a heavenly lager flowing over the tongue. I love the dryness, and that 'thirsty again' feel right after is impressive.

Overall: (4.5)

- Just when you think beers were maxed out towards perfection, this one came out and changed my mind all over again. For me this is setting the bar really really high for a fine craft lager. A must have for anybody. I am impressed, and plan on rounding up a ton more of this stuff. I am hoping they fill growlers at the source, because I may have to bring a few of my 20 to get filled.

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In-Tents IPL from Base Camp Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 131 ratings