In-Tents IPL | Base Camp Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Base Camp Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
basecampbrewingco.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Docer on 12-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Docer
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
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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4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth beer good bitter hop taste. I give it a 89/100

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Brad007
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

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 timo
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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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4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 CharlesK
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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