Ripstop Rye Pils – Base Camp Brewing Co. (Portland, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Ripstop Rye Pils – Base Camp Brewing Co., 5.7% ABV – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Portland, OR, USA)

on the aluminum bottle:

“To triumph over mountain, wave, wind, or boulder, you need a good Base Camp. Your Base Camp helps you rally your adventurous spirit to conquer the next challenge. Relax and enjoy the moment with this Ripstop Rye Pilsner, our reinterpretation of the classic pilsner lager beer. Aromas of European malt and noble-type hops mingle with dignified, refreshing, and clean malt character that is further distinguished with a generous addition of spicy rye malt. End result: a beer that is at once malty, zesty, crisp, hoppy, and incredibly drinkable. Equally enjoyable both out on the trail and the back deck. Cheers!”

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

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My notes:

  • Style: (Rye) Pilsener
  • Taste: Bready rye malt bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Ultra cool aluminum bottle, much lighter and easier to hold/pour. Top 10 coolest bottle for sure. Pours translucent golden yellow with a smallish lasting foamy head, a thin layer of retention, lots and lots of activity.

Nose: very faint grassy-citrus malts, not much there (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming hoppy bitterness

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) thick lager sweetness, bready rye malts

Finish: soft hoppy medium-high bitter finish

Summary: A very full-bodied feeling pils with very round edges. Not my favourite style but a good beer that I can appreciate nonetheless.