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Ashland Amber - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

120 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 249
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 120 | Hads: 249
Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, unknown date.

Pours hazy red/copper/amber with a one finger off white head that holds a good cap but only leaves a few short-lived spots of lacing.

Aroma is some caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, grassy, floral hops, bready and yeasty, touch of citrus and fruity esters, good strength.

Flavor is somewhat fruity, pears and apples, some citrus, caramel, toffee, bready malt, fairly sweet, low bitterness. Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.

Very good Amber Ale, but not as robust as Bell's excellent Amber Ale. (567 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of barhoc11
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of Golden32
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of wehttam
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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! (334 characters)

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AxlSkull
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +34.8%

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! (396 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of dertyd
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (815 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

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. (292 characters)

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (559 characters)

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. (279 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.