Base Camp // In-Tents India-Style Pale Lager //Portland, OR 6.80% ABV // 55 IBU
I wish I could say I chose this beer on my own but alas, the gentleman at my Friday Night grocery spot recommended it. And I am very happy he did! The first thing that pops up about this beer is that it is in a 22oz aluminium "bottle". Right on the label Base Camp lets you know that aluminum is more environmentally friendly, is the best protection against sun damage, and chills faster than glass. I must have some association with aluminum and shitty beer because for one, I basically only drink 22oz bottles and growler fills and two, I probably would have never chosen this beer purely for the fact that it's in a metal bottle! Living in a beer-centric city is giving me weird, useless, hipster expectations. ANYWAYS - the man at the grocery called it an IPL (India-style Pale Lager) and let's be honest here, I want any beer with added hops.
Color: Surprisingly and delightfully thick head with a deep amber, copper hue.
Smell: Slight floral aroma but the smell is mostly dominated by the malt.
Taste: The malt and hops flavors are quite balanced, one not overpowering the other through the entire flavor profile. The characteristics of a lager remains holds true with just a subtle complexity of the added dry hops. It is also aged in an Oregon Oak barrel.
Overall: Well balanced, perfect for Spring/Summer, and environmentally friendly! Also the pun in the name is amazing and well fitted for a lager.