In-Tents IPL
Base Camp Brewing Company

In-Tents IPLIn-Tents IPL
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American Lager
Ranked #167
Ranked #36,551
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.
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Reviews by Murrhey:
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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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More User Reviews:
Photo of JISurfer
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 Mebuzzard
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tehmogue
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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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 MSL94
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mjl21
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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