Friday, September 27, 2013

Base Camp In-Tents IPL

Type: India pale lager
Origin: Portland, Oregon
Price: $5.59 per 22 oz
ABV: 6.8%
NSP: 7.90

Normally, bottle technology is reserved for the likes of Coors, so it should not surprise you that another mountain themed brewery came up with this truly brilliant bottle. They even reserve an entire panel to why this metal bottle is better than glass. All I know is the can gives me a hankering to watch Cliffhanger. I have a feeling these guys are the brewmasters.

Anyways, its what is in the bottle that matters. The IPL category is coming more and more prevalent in recent years, but I still don't have much of a baseline. I keep thinking this is an Imperial Pilsner while I'm drinking it because that really is the closest category I have experience with. It is definitely lighter than an Imperial Pilsner, but it has a similar sweetness to it. It was aged in fresh oak barrels, which I think adds a bit to the sweetness without making it overly boozy (as would be with a boubon barrel). The hops (and I guess the oak) add some earthy citrus and pine to the mix. It is both challenging and easy at the same time; challenging with regards to properly describing it but most definitely smooth and easy to drink.

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