Sunday, May 19, 2013

Base Camp Brewing Company - Ripstop Rye Pils

Let 'er rip!
Base Camp Brewing Company has quickly become one of my most favorite Portland breweries, and it is a must visit beer destination for any beercationer passing through Stumptown. Besides having one of the friendliest, most chill-laxing tasting rooms in the city, Base Camp does things just a little bit differently. Yes, there's definitely a Northwest flavor to the beers they brew, but they don't just put out your typical, heavy-handed, hopped-up ales. My review of the day is a prime example.

Ripstop Rye Pils is a German-style Pilsner lager with a delicious twist. It comes with a 5.7% ABV and packaged in Base Camp's awesome 22 oz., capped, aluminum bottle. I really love these metal bombers. The graphics are stunning, they are unbreakable, and they chill almost instantly. Of course, it's the stuff inside that matters most.

Ripstop Rye Pils poured from the bomber into glass a bright, clear, golden yellow color. The white, bubbly head rose up to more than a finger thick and dissipated quickly. However, a significant amount of spiderweb lacing was left all over the glass.

Aroma was sweet malt and floral hops up front. Herbal, spicy rye notes in the background.

Taste delivered a nice, bitter hops zing from the get-go. It was a pleasant surprise and more than I expected from a lager. A very crisp and clean malt flavor backed everything up. Lightly spicy rye bite there at the end, but not too much.

Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation. The head came roaring back to life whenever I refreshed the glass. Dry finish with the malt and rye competing for attention on the palate until the very end.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. Very sessionable and quite delicious. Interestingly, Merry the Wonder Beagle wanted some. She drooled up a storm, which is a reaction she typically saves for big, hoppy ales. I'm giving Ripstop Rye Pils a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie.

1 comment:

  1. YES, such a good beer i cant wait for the rest of the pilsner loving world to take a dip into this wonder. i will be purchasing this beer as long as i can. i have never tasted anything like it!!!