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Ashland Amber - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ashland AmberAshland Amber

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BA SCORE
85
very good

208 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-20-2004)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Ryan011235, Sep 29, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

oberon, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

tbryan5, Jun 20, 2013
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.

Jason, Sep 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Golden32
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Golden32, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

wehttam, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +6.7%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Sargully, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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!

NJpadreFan, Aug 26, 2009
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.

tdm168, Nov 09, 2011
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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!

NeroFiddled, Feb 09, 2011
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.

tempest, May 29, 2010
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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.

Fatehunter, Friday at 04:50 AM
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

aztraz, Apr 27, 2013
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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

russpowell, Aug 31, 2009
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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.

Kegatron, Jun 19, 2009
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3/5  rDev -20%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

ktuc, Apr 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sonofliberty2, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Samp01, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

tbraun1, Feb 22, 2011
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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.