Friday, September 16, 2016

Base Camp Nomadic Blood Orange Brett DIPA

Beer Name: Nomadic Blood Orange Brett DIPA
Brewery: Base Camp Brewing Co. (Portland, OR)
ABV: 9.0%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $6.02 for a 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: April 5, 2016
Date Purchased: May 28, 2016
Date Opened: June 5, 2016
When brewed? Probably a seasonal beer.

What's on the 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, wherever it takes you. Set out for the frontier of craft brewing innovation with our Nomadic DIPA. This hoppy, hybrid ale is the culmination of a trek that begins in England with its IPA backbone, on to Belgium with a tropical, funky Brettanomyces fermentation, through the blood orange groves of California for some mellow citrus tang, and ends here in the Pacific Northwest with an imperial-strength dose of four Oregon-grown hop varietals."

Where distributed: As of June 2016, Base Camp Brewing ships to six states (OR, WA, CA, MN, ID, and SC), plus four foreign countries. See if Base Camp Brewing ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear copper into a pint glass. Off-white head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): A mix of tropical, tangy, and malty. The Brett fermentation process is obvious. 3.75/5

Taste (40%): Mostly malty and dank upfront, with tangy notes after that. Tropical hoppy-citrus from the blood orange arrives on the aftertaste for me. Definitely an English and Belgian style, instead of an American IPA. There is some octane in here, too, which can be a good thing. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied. Tangy, malty, and citrus just stick everywhere within the mouth. 3.75/5

Overall (20%): A solid Double IPA. It accurately represented what it was supposed to be, and I still enjoyed the citrus on the back end. Admittedly not a go-to beer for my tastes, but had good flavor and tang. I can see myself enjoying this more during the warmer months. Oh, and I love Base Camp's aluminum bottles. Finally, a bottle that won't shatter in case I drop it. 3.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.625/5

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