Ashland Amber - Caldera Brewing Company
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Reviews by cbarrett4:
4.5/5 rDev +20%
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!
09-07-2011 19:39:10 | More by cbarrett4
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3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
12-23-2010 21:41:49 | More by oberon
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
09-21-2010 01:36:16 | More by Jason
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-27-2010 16:21:29 | More by Mora2000
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
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!
11-25-2010 04:34:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5 rDev 0%
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!
08-26-2009 22:22:15 | More by NJpadreFan
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
11-09-2011 23:53:09 | More by tdm168
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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!
02-09-2011 19:06:42 | More by NeroFiddled
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
05-29-2010 22:11:05 | More by tempest
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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
08-31-2009 03:37:39 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev +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.
06-19-2009 17:04:53 | More by Kegatron
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
11-18-2011 19:29:54 | More by Samp01
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
02-22-2011 00:27:10 | More by tbraun1
3.08/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
11-20-2012 02:05:35 | More by beerthulhu
Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.