Ashland Amber - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ashland AmberAshland Amber

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BA SCORE
85
very good

244 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-20-2004

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 121
Reviews by KomodoDragon:
Photo of KomodoDragon
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being East coast, I've never had a beer from Oregon (Wine yes - beer no). And I've never had an amber in a can. So when receiving an Ashland Amber from a friend, I was anxious to give it a go.

A - Poured a perfect copper color into a 25th anniversary Bell pint glass, nice head, retention, and lacing

S - I smell nothing. Nothing.

T - Very smooth, nothing harsh, but lacking in character. Little hop finish. I was expecting a bit more malt flavoring.

M - Good and smooth. Very approachable.

D - Very easy drinking. Half way thru, and literally looking at it as a half empty Bells pint glass , I was wishing it was a Bells Amber.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear amber wich was expected,a huge blossoming white head that stuck like glue,maybe not so much,very nice.Toasty caramel malt shows thru more than the herbal hops in the nose wich was also a bit unexpected,maybe not so nice.Toasty,bready malt is the main attraction flavor wise,the hops are herbal in form and come in late giving a nice finish.Would I have liked more hops...yeah but its a well rounded amber.I guess I was thinkin this would be a hopped up amber,and it was more hoppy than many,I would have liked just a little more.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can with no freshness date.

Head stacks up high, sudsy and sticky. Clear and amber ... they nailed it there. Citric peel and pine sap with a faint caramel base in the nose. A little wet, lighter body ... touch of smoothness as well. Nutty bready malt throws down a quick flash of caramel, hops are assertive yet don't mess with the malt to the point of clouding out its flavor. Balanced with a long trail of flavor in the drying after taste.

I'll check this off on my personal session beer list, good flavor all around and lots of it. A kick-ass Amber.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this can.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is sweet malt along with some nice orange citrus hops. The flavor is toffee and bready malt along with some light hop bitterness and orange hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer, but it smells better than it tastes.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely an amber pour, great clarity and 1.5" head. Aroma didn't have much going for it.

Taste, very smooth, tiny hop alliance with the amber malt flow. They really do brew to style well, the ipa, pale and amber are very discernable from one another. Lots of caramel, slight hops, just how amber should be done, if not by me baby!

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, from another cool Stateside brewery to suddenly see on my local beer store shelves.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, broadly foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky dispersing cloud lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a hard water flintiness, tame piney and leafy bitters, watery citrus rind, and a softly perfumed floral character. The taste is laid-back grainy caramel malt, herbal tea, nettle, weak orange and red grapefruit peel, a twinge of indistinct savoury spice, and a wisp of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, just a tame frothiness presiding, the body on the light side of true medium weight, and plainly smooth, as a small hop bitterness kicks about. It finishes off-dry, but not as much as one might have been expecting - and it's the malt's fault.

Yeah, I was expecting a little more robustness, on the part of both malt and hop for this one. The hops do well enough, I suppose, to bring their game, but, as already stated, and I can't believe I'm typing this, the Amber in question needs a bit more sweetness [gives head a shake]. On the other hand, this is quite quaffable, the dryness aiding and abetting as ever was. Huh.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caldera- Ashland Amber

A- Bright amber red, clear, with a thick foamy white head. Mild lacing.
S- Light chocolate malt with hints of caramel, licorice, and earthy grassy hops.
T- Sweet crusty bread malt with a sweet touch of licorice, cherry, chocolate, and dry earthy hops.
M- Very sweet and malty with a dry hoppy ending. Thick, slightly cloying finish.

Overall- Nice tasty Amber in can form!

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-copper body beneath a creamy head of yellowed off-white. Head retention is very good; lacing is good.
Smell: Lots of toasty caramel malt. It's like golden caramel with a few kernels of barley, a hint of cocoa, and some nuts in it. Floral and citrusy hops. Very nice.
T: The hops make a greater appearance in the flavor, but the wide, sweetish malt still remains the focal point. It's nicely balanced between malt and hops; and a very firm bitterness anchors it. It finishes drying with notes of leafy and grassy hops as the malt erodes from the palate.
M: Medium bodied and gently crisp. Smoother as it warms.
D: English in origin, but decidedly American, Caldera's amber is readily accessible to even the most basic drinker, yet still satisfying to the initiated. Quite drinkable!

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Abe's Cold Beer. The beer looks amber with a short white head. The aroma is a mix of light and juicy citrus with cocoa bread malt. That same barley character holds over into the flavor with a mix of pepper and lemon peel. The bitter aftertaste is a touch earthy and balances the sweet malt nicely. It's not the most flavorful, but at the same time the body is on the lighter side, making for a drinkable amber. Overall, a respectable session beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -12%

Pours a thin head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is faint caramel, with lemon, pine and cinnamon bring up the rear.
The taste has a mild sweetness that rolls into a mild lemon bitter finish. Great balance.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
Good flavor and drinkability.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is from Beertracker, thanks Jeff!!

Pours caramel colored with 2 fingers of khaki head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Breadyness & herbal hops

T: Biscuitty malt, brown sugar, toffee & herbal hops up front. Caramel & brown bread battle it out with herbal & piney hops as this warms, some toffee as well. Finishes with flinty dryness, brown bread & slight astringency

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, doesn't come as hop forward as PNW Amber should be in my mind, but very quaffable

Photo of RenzoD
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I generally don't enjoy Ambers too much but I could drink several of these. Mild roasted malt taste, not overly sweet in the slightest bit. Perfect carbonation, could have a little fuller body and it would be outstanding. Rating relative to style, I would give it a higher score.

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2+ fingers of off-white head. This retains down into a big creamy dollop, which leaves a sticky latticework of lacing back. The aroma is very fresh, spicy, and floral smelling (maybe a touch of more herbal qualities as well), with some fuller notes of tropical fruits and bready malts mixing in nicely.

The taste starts with a light-moderate spicy bitterness with a solid backbone of citrus and toasted caramel imparting a sharp tang, before fading into a lingering dry and spicy feel. The hops profile that is present really is all about the spice. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a VERY easy carbonation in the mouth. Maybe a bit too easy. While it's not quite watery, it does appear to be a bit thin in spots. Not enough to really hurt the quaffable nature of this though.

I liked this. One of the more fuller flavored and easy drinking Ambers that I've had recently. This was another solid canned offering form Caldera.

Photo of Samp01
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of tbraun1
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich copper amber color, with a nice finger head and some lacing retention. A bit cloudy but definitely inviting.

S - Sweet malt smell, kinda toasty with no pronounced hop aroma that I could pick up.

T - Nice caramel/toasty flavors here with some hops peeking in on the back end. Very well balanced between malts and hops.

M - Smooth body and not overly carbonated.

D - All and all very drinkable. Glad I snatched one of the five they had left in the make your own six pack aisle. That being said, hopefully there are some left when I go back.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of AEK
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Deep amber coloured beer with a solid bubbly yellowish head.

S. Winey/pruney, roasted malt, dried fruit stones, some toffee and caramel, nutty.

T. Roasted malt, some sweetness beautifully counter balanced by the hop kick. Some notes that are sinilar to one or two barleywines I have had in the past. Some nuttiness in there too.

M. Medium, slightly chewy.

D. A thoroughly enjoyable amber ale. This is my first 'craft' beer in a can and I am really impressed by it. Such a shame there is no Best Before or Brewed on date stamped on the can.

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fingers and a half worth of rich creamy light tan head... Average retention ultimate fades leaving a thick frothy lacing... The lacing clings to the sides of the glass on the way down... A medium amber bronze color with some orange highlights... Mildly hazy... Extremely tiny moderate paced carbonation...

S - Very sweet malty aroma... Loads of caramel... Toffee... Slightly nutty... Biscuit... Quite pleasant... Deep done, there are also some very minor hoppy notes...

T - The strong malt base alluded to by the nose shines through... Caramel... Biscuit... The hop presence come through stronger on the palette, but is still is quite mellow...

M - A tad on the thin side of medium bodied... Slight carbonation on the tongue... Silky smooth... Refreshing... A slight hop puckering at finish...

D - Extremely easy drinking... Quite enjoyable and quite sessionable... Another impressive and underrated offering from Caldera...

Photo of Spikester
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I assume this is fairly fresh as it is the first time I have seen it at my favorite beer store. Pours clear amber with a one finger white head. Fair lacings. Aroma is very hoppy for the style. Taste is quite hoppy earthy slight citrus and a firm but not overly sweet backbone. Medium dry mildly bitter finish. A bit astringent on the palate. Not sweet and cloying like most American Ambers. I think this is a bit on the bitter side for the style. Which would make it closer to a PA which I like very much. So for my tastes this is fine. If you enjoy your ambers on the sweeter side you better pass on this beer.

Photo of Beejay
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper colored, with little head...

S: Yeasty, slightly tart, with a nice biscuit flavor at the end.. smells kinda like home brew.

T: The first thing that hits is the hops.. citrus, and perhaps a little grassy. After that it fades off a bit..

M: A little spicy at the front, but then it feels a tad watery.

D: Nice and refreshing, but I feel like it is lacking in body, and the flavor is lacking complexity. I would get it at a bar if it was available, but I wouldn't choose it over other craft brews.

Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into nonic.

Clear copper hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head seemed sort of thin, with a lot of tiny little bubbles stacked like shipping peanuts. It didn't have that dense frothiness that I enjoy seeing.

Toasty malts, along with a strong and sharp, but very herbal, hop aroma.

More toasted malts along with a lot of sweet caramel. The hop flavor is very tea like, not giving strong citrus characteristics. Full bodied, with maybe slightly below average carbonation.

I feel like this one could almost be called an Irish Amber Ale just from the flavor characteristics, especially from the hops. It's certainly a unique Amber Ale, especially one coming from the east coast. Rather than a load of sharp citrus, there is a softer herbal quality. Recommended.

Photo of u2carew
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can
A) Pours with a big head. Takes a bit to settle. Clear amber body.
S) Subtle fruity esters.
T) Earthy sweetness. Nutty. Caramel. The flavors aren't too strong just melancholy and pleasant. A nice hop bite in the finish.
M) Fairly smooth. Medium body. Slightly dry in the finish.
D) A decent Amber. I'd probably have another if it were available.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can picked up today at Brewforia.. badass... another brewery available here in Boise!! Poured into my Delirium goblet.

short lasting white head... only bits of splotch lace.. the brew is a clear orange/amber.

nose is toasty malts with lite citrus hops.. sorta earthy.

Flavor has more hops than the aroma... the malts are again leaning toward the toasty side.. some minor caramel adds to the overall product.. good body and carbonation...

I'm not the biggest fan of American Ambers.... they just all pretty much taste the same.. this is really no exception.. just a nice well made beer that would be great for hitting hot springs or fishing.

More props to Rick... I will be hitting Brewforia often and pimping it with my online buddies... Congrats on really getting things off the ground.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/4

Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw the colorful can on the store shelves and realized it wasn't Caldera Pale! Amber is finally in a can!

pours a rich, orange tinged textbook amber hue, crystal clear with a thick, light tannish-orange two-finger head that has impressive retention and leaves behind just a bit of lacing. more lacing and this one would be perfect.

aroma is a fairly potent yet straight forward mix of malts, a hint of caramel, and green, herbal, and pine hop notes. Simple, yet effective.

Taste follows suit in its simplicity and effectiveness. Clean, with a decent malt backbone gives it a hint of caramel sweetness, flanked by some fairly hoppy notes. hints of vegetable and green herbal notes are present along with a bit of black tea. A good bitter kick from the galena hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, well carbonated, medium body, and all around a solid example of an amber. nothing outstanding, but can't find any fault.

All in all, I'm stoked to see Caldera Amber in a can, which definitely helps the drinkability score. on their website, they say "Simplicity is the key to this recipe." Sounds about right. nothing earth-shattering, but definitely a solid amber that I could drink a few of in a row. Enough hop and malt character to push it past most generic ambers, this one is a definite winner in my book.

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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.