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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: 10
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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Photo of Tucquan
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-05-16 in Gallatin, TN from a 12 oz can

A - Hazy amber with a one and a half finger tan head and good lace

S - Caramel, lightly roasted grain, a bit of earthy spice, and some hop floral

T - Lots of caramel, toasted dark bread, citrus, tea and pine. On the sweet side. Finishes with a nice kick of bitterness and finishes moderately dry.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Pretty substantial. Nice.

O - A well done Amber with plenty of malt. I like it. (473 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 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 tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a nice garnet cast. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention. Nice nose of rich caramel over light citrus rind with a spicy note. Almost light medium bodied with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is rather nice, reasonably intense, very well balanced and is simple, rather than complex. It begins with caramel coupled with a faint rind note. It flows to a mild herbal bitterness in the middle with a nice effervescent rush. The finish is a blend of caramel and herbal hops that slowly fade into a soft rind like bitterness. A solid session, beach or lawnmower offering. (681 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts. The malts become a little stronger once the beer warms up.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the malty flavors of caramel are stronger, being more in balance with the hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and some additional hints of grassy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found that the taste of this beer has a really nice balance between the malts and hops. I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: can (943 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky burnt orange body. Tan head, great retention with bands of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Toasted grains, faint caramel malt sweetness, earthy tea-like hops.

Taste: On the hoppier side with a slightly buttery sweetness of malts. A tea tanginess in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Well balanced if not on the hoppy side. Pretty refreshing. (394 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 Bookseeb
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance has a darker amber color supporting a healthy head leaving less than fair lace. Smell has a nice sweet malt aroma with minimal hop aroma. Taste has the same sweet malt with more of a aftertaste of hop rather than upfront. Mouthfeel is a light medium with good carbonation. (283 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'll call this an easy drinking, middle of the road, amber. Carries all the characteristics that you'd want in an amber. Consistent on things too. If I were the type to drink the same beer more than once, this would be a good candidate. Unfortunately it isn't distributed in my neck of the woods. (296 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Mason Pint

A - Pours hazy amber color, big 2.5 finger of white head, medium lacing.
S - Smells of caramels, some pepper, a little floral, its all very faint.
T - Bitter sweet malts, pepper, some weird oniony flavor, a little earthy hop tone, a little sour fruits.
M - Bitter and dry, do not like the aftertaste.
O - Bleh, not a fan, there's a lot of weird flavors going on in this beer, and I'm not sure what they are. (428 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a can for a buck at my local House of 1,000 beers

A - Look is a clear dark amber brown with a solid inch and a half of opaque colored head that sticks around for a bit. Lacing seems good.
S - Smells is rather malty with some caramel and biscuit malts meets some citrus hops.
T - Quite a smooth red ale. Rather sweet malts with a little bit of tea and herbal flavors but equally matched with citrus hops and some caramel in the finish. Not bad.
M - medium bodied drinks kind of heavy but sessionable I guess.

Overall it didn't seem to old I guess they marked it down from 3 bucks to make room for fresh craft. Overall quite a good tasting beer. (653 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper color with a thick two fingers head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, caramels, guaraná and vanilla.
Very nice fruity, herbal and earthy flavor with citric notes. Hints of pepper, grass, green apples and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
As other Calderas, it is very well balanced. Huge drinkability, I could spend a whole afternoon refilling those. (437 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into sam adams glass, nice full head developed, off white to tan in color, which lasted and laced well. Nice reddish / amber color with a slight haze. Aroma was malty and sweet with caramel hints. Taste was malty with toffee and caramel notes with a slight grassy taste on the back. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Dry, light, slight toffee / grass aftertaste. (366 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -17%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of sj660
4.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You need to drink this on tap, in Oregon. Never even seen it in a can. Forget that.

Copper-orange color with a medium-low head. Amazing fresh taste (tap in Ashland, Oregon). Some typical citrus/pine hope aroma, but that isn't the entire point of this one, unlike most of its regional colleagues.

A good complex of nuts and bread. (331 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass form a 12oz can.

Pours a nice slightly dark amber color with some nice copper orange edges. a big 1 inch head forms that is nice and dense with some intermingled medium sized bubbles. Its a bit off-shite and as it recedes slowly leaves some nice lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma of bready grain. NIce toasty malt notes with some slight sweetness to it. Earthy and yummy. There are some grassy hop notes on the back end that gives it a nice refreshing profile.

Taste starts off with toasty bread notes. Grain, grain and more grain followed by some nice caramel sweetness. A mild grassy hop note accentuates the back but the refreshing and light yet flavorful malt dominate. Body is light and crisp and slight resinous ned to it is perceived.

Overall this brew is good flavorful but nothing special. Their IPA and APA are a bit more special. (875 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, herbal hops, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing all that exciting in my opinion. (564 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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... (858 characters)

Photo of slassy
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark caramel/bronze color. Finger sized head, very white and frothy top. I am new to canned craft and micro brews, so this can is unlike anything I've ever seen or drank from before. Trippy.

S: Straight hops with some pine and floral notes.

T: Much maltier than it smells or than what I was expecting, and definitely not as hoppy as I would have predicted. The pine I smelled earlier and some caramel flavors lingers around the most afterwards. Lot going on here.

M: Extremely smooth, and light carbonation you can feel on your tongue and back of the throat. Not thin, but not heavy...just right. Creamy almost.

O: Never been big on reds, but this is far and away the most enjoyable one I've had in my limited sampling. Definitely not a session beer, but absolutely something I would have one or two of to start out a night. Really makes me want to try more crafts and micros from the Pacific Northwest.

Serving type: can into a chalice (it's all I had!) (970 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-orange hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite good!

Smell: rich malty aroma which is quite biscuity, but is nutty and caramelly as well. It's a bit not to my taste, but seems well-crafted. Hop contribution seems low and earthy in character.

Taste: biscuity malt with some bright, citrusy hops in the middle and a moderately bitter finish. Well-composed, if not to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation which yields a delightful creaminess. Good!

Overall: this is actually a pretty decent amber. I don't love the biscuity character demonstrated here, but overall it is a drinkable and otherwise tasty representation of the style. (788 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is almost clear dark amber, a quickly settling off-white head, little lacing and some curtains.

Smells tropical fruits and citric dittos, sweet caramel.

Starts with sweet toffee and brown bread, then mango and orange marmalade, bitter grapefruit peel.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a bit fizzy and oily, a smooth dry finish.

Not bad at all, somewhere between amber and IPA. (398 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, a little caramel, citrus, a grassy quality, and some malt in the finish. The flavor is very underwhelming, a bit on the watery side. Very underdeveloped.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is simply not that memorable of a beer. It has some good qualities, but fails in some categories. (561 characters)

Photo of Nay
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber/apricot flesh color, with a soapy head that sinks very quickly; minimal lace remains.

Lightly hopped aroma with sweet malty caramel. Taste follows the nose, fruity and sweet malt, faint floral hops. Feels underhopped for a contemporary American amber. Medium body, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Tasty enough and should satisfy fans of this style, but a little blander than I'd like. Sweeter than expected, perhaps, with restrained bitterness. Interesting that as I worked my way through the glass I perceived it as blander and with the carbonation becoming more prickly as I drank...odd. Had higher expectations after absolutely loving Caldera's IPA. A bit disappointing. (691 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Pours a rich copper color with a white foamy finger of fast fading head. Not much lacing on sides once swirled, pretty docile.

N: A sweet malty citrus malt with hints of nuts and floral hops. Maybe some hidden pine lurking in the mix.

T/M: Sweet malt with roasted nuts. Nice addition of floral hops and a dry slightly bitter orange peel finish. Medium body with a touch of tingle on the way down. Comes across much like an IPA.

O: Good mix of bitter and sweet, rolls around the tongue rather nicely. Nice amber for sure one of my favorites thus far. Nice relaxing beer to enjoy. Will revisit soon. (604 characters)

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