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Ashland Amber - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ashland AmberAshland Amber

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BA SCORE
84
good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of bobhits
1.84/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very clear and crisp medium dark amber color. Some carbonation but not much. Half finger head. Lacing isn't great but pretty solid. Below the style but this style does well in this.

Smells of a strong amber/hopped aroma. A bit metallic in aroma a bit perhaps off or the hops are a touch off what I like.

Wow and blah. Opens oddly enough with hops a touch hoppy but not over powering. Somewhat herbal hops that quickly are squelched by a huge body of malt. OK, huge by the style, not huge by any other style. The amber malt flavor is there, but this is far more powerful than many are.

It's too sweet and thick in body for most beers. The carbonation is lacking which also hurts.

It's a nice drinkable beer in certain places, but when that is is beyond me. That's the problem though...when is a mostly malty beer without a sipper level of flavor the right beer for the time? Add in it is a far more thick bodied beer and I'm at a loss.

I paid 16 for a 6 pack. I'm sorry but that's going into the score. Cans were made to make it cheaper to distribute and better for drinking here and there. Way to expensive way too...below average.

Photo of Golden32
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of kels
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a can-buying spree this weekend. Poured into a pint glass for review.

Appearance: Pours a light toasty amber with some coppery highlights. The liquid is clear and supports a 1/2 finger thin, white foamy head with weak, filmy lacing by tons of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Light malt iwth a hint of floral hops and not much more. Disappointing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste with a little bit of malt, sweet grains, lots of water and lots of meh - nothing special here to talk about. Feel is weak, watery and thin.

Drinkability: Not so much when you consider it tastes like a bad macro.

Photo of RayUF07
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of BARFLYB
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz CAN into a regular kitchen glass.

A- A nice reddish/ amber color with a nice, gorgeous actually, dark tan head that looked like liquid brown sugar. Very bubbley with legs to stand. No lace, just some small dots on the top.

S- Smells regular for the style, some malt character faint hops with no bitterness. Small dark fruit aroma and a hint of chocolate but I may be off on that.

T- Very bland, very basic and not opening my eyes at all. Malt sweetness with caramel, no hops hitting the tounge, not even a lick. The little bit of pear in the back is helping but not much. I know this is a basic style and all but I would take a yuengling over this any day.

M- The build stops short of medium with a smooth but almost watery feel. There really is not much going on here. The carb seemed ok by the nice head, but this is pretty dead.

D- Not really, I figured since this brewery just came into the area that they would send some fresh product. This is just not doing anything for me. "way down in the hole."- Tom Waits

Photo of ktuc
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can from Lifesource, Salem Average looking amber beer with a OK light tan head that hangs around. Aroma is pretty weak, subdued, sligh aroma of caramel,hay some slight grassy hop taste is the same mostly semi sweet malts..a little hop and watery finish. OK average palate. Not too impressed with this. Very average. Weinhards used to do a similar Amber

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of ladyweapon
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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 biglite351
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - burnt amber color, tall white head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S - caramel sweet scent, not bitter, almost some porter in the mix.

T - sort of some vanilla caramel tossed into a lager.

M - mild coating with zero tingle.

D - the lack of bitterness combined with smooth feel make it easily drinkable if this is what you are looking for.

Photo of Jdrich44
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%

Photo of ZSimon
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can with a distinctive lime green pop tab, poured into a pint glass, picked up at Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA.

Pours tawny amber brown (Yuengling-ish?) with a poofy, rocky, eggshell-tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a bit of lace. Decent look.

Smell is a sucker punch in the nostrils. Not sure what I was expecting from this brew, but the nose was a big surprise. Overhwelmingly bitter and floral, with caramel sweetness singing backup. Maybe I should start believing some of the hype about cans preserving the beer so well.

As surprising as the pungency of the smell was the incongruity of the flavor profile. Just plain uninteresting in contrast to the huge nose- a dash of floral hops, not a ton but enough to outweigh the barely-there malt backbone. Out of balance and generally weak.

Seems like some soft, mellow bitterness evolves once the beer is gone. In fact, I think I enjoy this beer more after the swallow.

Decently smooth and inoffensive, but not worth a second visit.

Photo of bamadog
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I actually used to live in the Ashland that this beer is named for and where it's brewed, so I felt obliged to give it a shot. Poured from the can into a pint glass...

Appearance: For an amber, the color seems off as it is just a pretty plain coppery color with a nice, clear body -- I guess I would expect at least some ruby-esque highlights in there, if not a strong amber body...; light carbonation; one finger slightly off-white head that fades to a nice thick skim and very sparse lacing that's very thin.

Smell: Mild, rassy smelling hoppy aroma with some lightly toasted malts; something seems amiss in the nose though and it's got a bit of rotted vegetative scent that reminds me of cabbage. Not a good start, but there have been other times where I've smelled something similar in ambers and haven't been let down by the flavor so I'm optimistic.

Taste: Mostly getting the toasty malts and some of the mildly bitter hop presence, but not much else overall it's very mild... Not bad, but I have definitely had much more flavorful ambers that rate much higher than this.

Mouthfeel: Body is thin and water and a little flat; finsih is wet and is like drinking malt flavored water.

Drinkability: Overall, it's not hard to drink, but there's not much reason to do so. The flavors are mild and meek, the body is super watery and doesn't offer much, so I don't feel I will be drinking this again.

Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first brew from a brewery I've heard plenty of good things about. And basically this is an average example of the style. A little hoppier than some, not as hoppy as others. Same with the malt profile. Cloudier than most, not much lacing. Nothing outstanding, nothing wrong. Worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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...

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can tried 19 Jul 2009.

Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large light brown lacy head. Well carbonated. Clear dark reddish brown. Aroma is almondy, some brown sugar, a little dusty, slightly astringent. Sweet and almondy, caramel. Some astringnet almond skins in the finish. Bitteness increases slightly in the finish. Light body. Light alcohol.

Decent but not likely to get again.

Photo of Nay
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.