In-Tents IPL | Base Camp Brewing Company

In-Tents IPLIn-Tents IPL
BA SCORE
3.66/5
130 Ratings
In-Tents IPLIn-Tents IPL
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
Ranking:
#31,600
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
130
pDev:
11.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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 GRG1313
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%

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 smithj4
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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 basecampbrewingco.com 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 Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Mebuzzard
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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 CharlesK
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Donkster46
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Brad007
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
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 -10.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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