In-Tents IPL – Base Camp Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)


  • My Rating: C+

In-Tents India-Style Pale Lager – Base Camp Brewing Co., 6.8% ABV – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Portland, OR, USA)

on the back of 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. Make the most 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


My notes:

  • Style: India Pale Lager
  • Taste: Piney hoppy caramel malt w/ orange
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, but not strongly

Visual: My 2nd Base camp brew that I’m trying. Pours rich copper brown with a smallish head, lots of lacing, ringed retention, lots of fast and steady streams.

Nose: faint wildflower nose, almost nothing (lvl-1)-pungency

Attack: incoming biting hops

Mid-palate: crisp-creamy smooth mouthfeel, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malt, piney hops, orange citrus

Finish: medium-sharp bitter hops, mild oaky hopped malt finish.

Summary: Quite drinkable with good complexity and balance. Admittedly I haven’t tried many IPLs but this one makes me approve of the style.