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Ashland Amber - Caldera Brewing Company

Ashland AmberAshland Amber

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181 Ratings

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-20-2004)
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Photo of Bookseeb


3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance has a darker amber color supporting a healthy head leaving less than fair lace. Smell has a nice sweet malt aroma with minimal hop aroma. Taste has the same sweet malt with more of a aftertaste of hop rather than upfront. Mouthfeel is a light medium with good carbonation.

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 00:03:10 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'll call this an easy drinking, middle of the road, amber. Carries all the characteristics that you'd want in an amber. Consistent on things too. If I were the type to drink the same beer more than once, this would be a good candidate. Unfortunately it isn't distributed in my neck of the woods.

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 06:07:15 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Omnium


3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Mason Pint

A - Pours hazy amber color, big 2.5 finger of white head, medium lacing.
S - Smells of caramels, some pepper, a little floral, its all very faint.
T - Bitter sweet malts, pepper, some weird oniony flavor, a little earthy hop tone, a little sour fruits.
M - Bitter and dry, do not like the aftertaste.
O - Bleh, not a fan, there's a lot of weird flavors going on in this beer, and I'm not sure what they are.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 02:13:42 | More by Omnium
Photo of DrDemento456


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a can for a buck at my local House of 1,000 beers

A - Look is a clear dark amber brown with a solid inch and a half of opaque colored head that sticks around for a bit. Lacing seems good.
S - Smells is rather malty with some caramel and biscuit malts meets some citrus hops.
T - Quite a smooth red ale. Rather sweet malts with a little bit of tea and herbal flavors but equally matched with citrus hops and some caramel in the finish. Not bad.
M - medium bodied drinks kind of heavy but sessionable I guess.

Overall it didn't seem to old I guess they marked it down from 3 bucks to make room for fresh craft. Overall quite a good tasting beer.

Serving type: can

09-25-2013 04:10:00 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of FLima


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper color with a thick two fingers head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, caramels, guaraná and vanilla.
Very nice fruity, herbal and earthy flavor with citric notes. Hints of pepper, grass, green apples and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
As other Calderas, it is very well balanced. Huge drinkability, I could spend a whole afternoon refilling those.

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 18:14:05 | More by FLima
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into sam adams glass, nice full head developed, off white to tan in color, which lasted and laced well. Nice reddish / amber color with a slight haze. Aroma was malty and sweet with caramel hints. Taste was malty with toffee and caramel notes with a slight grassy taste on the back. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Dry, light, slight toffee / grass aftertaste.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 01:52:53 | More by Huffs
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark ferric oxide coloring, dense in clarity, with a spongy light tan head that didn't hold on long. Slow methodical rise of micro-effervesce with a weak splashy lacing.

S: Nose of sweet buttered caramel with a fresh grassy and herbal scent.

T: Really sweet with a buttery caramel flavor and honey bread. Munich with syrup sweetness. Hints of fresh floral hops, and sweet lemon-rose scents come on the close.

M: Syrupy mouthful, malty fullness with a good deal of carbonation. Powdery reisidual coating.

O: Overall not bad, but a bit overly sweet for my liking. Limited multiples due to sweetness.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 02:05:35 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of sj660


4.95/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You need to drink this on tap, in Oregon. Never even seen it in a can. Forget that.

Copper-orange color with a medium-low head. Amazing fresh taste (tap in Ashland, Oregon). Some typical citrus/pine hope aroma, but that isn't the entire point of this one, unlike most of its regional colleagues.

A good complex of nuts and bread.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 01:54:14 | More by sj660
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass form a 12oz can.

Pours a nice slightly dark amber color with some nice copper orange edges. a big 1 inch head forms that is nice and dense with some intermingled medium sized bubbles. Its a bit off-shite and as it recedes slowly leaves some nice lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma of bready grain. NIce toasty malt notes with some slight sweetness to it. Earthy and yummy. There are some grassy hop notes on the back end that gives it a nice refreshing profile.

Taste starts off with toasty bread notes. Grain, grain and more grain followed by some nice caramel sweetness. A mild grassy hop note accentuates the back but the refreshing and light yet flavorful malt dominate. Body is light and crisp and slight resinous ned to it is perceived.

Overall this brew is good flavorful but nothing special. Their IPA and APA are a bit more special.

Serving type: can

07-27-2012 22:45:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, herbal hops, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing all that exciting in my opinion.

Serving type: can

07-27-2012 01:24:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with a slight pink hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that receded slowly, down to a thin cap with a large collar creating some good streaky lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of a biscuit malt, floral and cascade hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a mild fruity ester (apple).

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a hint of caramel from the onset, becoming a light bitter sweet with a nice touch of hops and citrus towards the end. The flavor was somewhat short in duration with a light sweet grapefruit flavor left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a light to medium carbonation.

Overall a tasty Amber Ale that was lightly fruity sweet with a nice hoppy feel and a great drinkability...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 16:47:14 | More by KajII
Photo of slassy


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark caramel/bronze color. Finger sized head, very white and frothy top. I am new to canned craft and micro brews, so this can is unlike anything I've ever seen or drank from before. Trippy.

S: Straight hops with some pine and floral notes.

T: Much maltier than it smells or than what I was expecting, and definitely not as hoppy as I would have predicted. The pine I smelled earlier and some caramel flavors lingers around the most afterwards. Lot going on here.

M: Extremely smooth, and light carbonation you can feel on your tongue and back of the throat. Not thin, but not heavy...just right. Creamy almost.

O: Never been big on reds, but this is far and away the most enjoyable one I've had in my limited sampling. Definitely not a session beer, but absolutely something I would have one or two of to start out a night. Really makes me want to try more crafts and micros from the Pacific Northwest.

Serving type: can into a chalice (it's all I had!)

Serving type: can

05-24-2012 00:52:37 | More by slassy
Photo of flagmantho


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-orange hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite good!

Smell: rich malty aroma which is quite biscuity, but is nutty and caramelly as well. It's a bit not to my taste, but seems well-crafted. Hop contribution seems low and earthy in character.

Taste: biscuity malt with some bright, citrusy hops in the middle and a moderately bitter finish. Well-composed, if not to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation which yields a delightful creaminess. Good!

Overall: this is actually a pretty decent amber. I don't love the biscuity character demonstrated here, but overall it is a drinkable and otherwise tasty representation of the style.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 23:26:23 | More by flagmantho
Photo of rarbring


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is almost clear dark amber, a quickly settling off-white head, little lacing and some curtains.

Smells tropical fruits and citric dittos, sweet caramel.

Starts with sweet toffee and brown bread, then mango and orange marmalade, bitter grapefruit peel.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a bit fizzy and oily, a smooth dry finish.

Not bad at all, somewhere between amber and IPA.

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 17:19:55 | More by rarbring
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, a little caramel, citrus, a grassy quality, and some malt in the finish. The flavor is very underwhelming, a bit on the watery side. Very underdeveloped.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is simply not that memorable of a beer. It has some good qualities, but fails in some categories.

Serving type: can

04-09-2012 12:06:07 | More by avalon07
Photo of Nay


3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dis a point ing. Caldera products usually good, maybe this can was old. Smells like oxidized sweet caramel, like a watered down barleywine. Flavors pretty well balanced like an amber but the caramel flavor is off. Finish is hoppy but buttery. This must be an old can.

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 23:28:18 | More by Nay
Photo of tobelerone


3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber/apricot flesh color, with a soapy head that sinks very quickly; minimal lace remains.

Lightly hopped aroma with sweet malty caramel. Taste follows the nose, fruity and sweet malt, faint floral hops. Feels underhopped for a contemporary American amber. Medium body, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Tasty enough and should satisfy fans of this style, but a little blander than I'd like. Sweeter than expected, perhaps, with restrained bitterness. Interesting that as I worked my way through the glass I perceived it as blander and with the carbonation becoming more prickly as I drank...odd. Had higher expectations after absolutely loving Caldera's IPA. A bit disappointing.

Serving type: can

01-17-2012 16:35:12 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Pours a rich copper color with a white foamy finger of fast fading head. Not much lacing on sides once swirled, pretty docile.

N: A sweet malty citrus malt with hints of nuts and floral hops. Maybe some hidden pine lurking in the mix.

T/M: Sweet malt with roasted nuts. Nice addition of floral hops and a dry slightly bitter orange peel finish. Medium body with a touch of tingle on the way down. Comes across much like an IPA.

O: Good mix of bitter and sweet, rolls around the tongue rather nicely. Nice amber for sure one of my favorites thus far. Nice relaxing beer to enjoy. Will revisit soon.

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 00:12:41 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of BrewerB


4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this can at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Mostly clear amber hued with an off-white head that formed a couple fingers thick and retains well.

Lightly toasted nuttiness with a piney, citrus-rind hop. Slight salted cracker underneath.

Forward medium to medium-high bitterness with a citrus hop kick. Malt makes itself known, complimenting the hop flavor with toasty/nutty quality. Medium-finish lets the malts linger on in the palette. Dry.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate-level of carbonation.

This is one of the better amber ales I've sampled. Excellent toasty/nutty malt pairs excellent with the citrusy hops. Beautifully balanced, one I'd return to again and again.

Serving type: can

11-22-2011 02:56:49 | More by BrewerB
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper / amber with a medium tan lasting head and nice lacing. Aroma of earthy piney hops, followed by some caramel malt and nice fruity bouquet. Taste is resiny earthy piney hops with some nice caramel maltiness and light fruity notes. Palate is nice crisp medium body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt with some fruitiness ending with a good hoppy bitterness. Overall a seemed a bit on the hoppy side but seems to be well balanced, a good drinkable brew.

Serving type: can

11-18-2011 19:29:54 | More by Samp01
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a mountain of white, dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has faint notes of bready malt, citrusy and pineapple hop aromas, and slight soapiness. The taste is slightly bready malt up front with a mellow citrusy, pineapple-like hop finish. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, moderately carbonated, but smooth and drinkable.

This is an enjoyable beer, but it's hard to classify as an amber. There are notes of mild IPA all over this. The malt characteristics are typical West Coast IPA as are the hops. Overall, despite the style arguments, it's delicious and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 23:53:09 | More by tdm168
Photo of Ryan011235


2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/27/11

Clear, honey-brown amber with a touch of copper. One thumb of puffy foam; it starts to dissipate quickly. Tiny granules of lace follow the beer with each sip; many slide right down the glass.

Smells ok; floral hops and hint of leafy hops are blocked by a strong caramel and doughy bread combo. Hmm; perhaps this isn't the freshest. The flavor profile is set up in a similar manner. There is a decent showing of hops, but they are floral and delicate; bitterness is very low. Perhaps a subtle nip of pine here and there. Solid caramel and bread backdrop, but the hops aren't pushed aside. Around medium body with rolling carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is a pleasant drinking amber ale. I'd like to try it super fresh at some point.

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 00:20:53 | More by Ryan011235
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best amber I have tasted in recent memory.

Poured from can into Deschutes becker style pint glass.

Really lovely amber hue with reddish highlights, pure white head leaving a gorgeous lace.

Initially comes off metallic, (after enjoying their pale ale), but second sip doesn't have that issue. Lots of bright fruit, bready yeast and malt notes, hint of English style hops and caramel. Really stunning if not overly complex nose.

Richly flavored with emphasis on the malts. Really nice caramel streak with apple, fig, bread, and nutty notes. Gorgeous.

Texture is wonderful, superb grip and wonderful intensity of flavor. Medium to long finish, great balance. Alcohol is moderate so this is nearly sessionable.

This does what amber ales are supposed to do: be enjoyable, complex, and balanced. Awesome stuff!

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 19:39:10 | More by cbarrett4
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Transparent dark amber color, very frothy off white head, leaving tons of lacing and the head receding into a fluffy pillow over the beer.

S: Sweet caramel and bready malt aromas, mixing pretty evenly with citrus fruit and pine hops. Smells very good, but would prefer a little heavier on the hop.

T: Delicious blend of the sweet and bready malt flavors with (mostly) piney hops. Finishes on the dry side with pine flavors lingering.

M/O: Medium body, light-medium carbonation, gets a little creamy in the middle. Insanely drinkable. Definitely a great session beer. I prefer my ambers with a little more hop, but this beer is really good.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 02:31:11 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dark bronze and amber body. The head and lace are full, rocky and tan. The aroma is sweet but there is some yeast spice and little floral accents. It reminds me of a pale ale flavor a bit bitter, grapefruit like but has a sweet melon finish. The mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation had a lot of staying power.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 09:41:03 | More by MTNboy
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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.