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Ashland Amber - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ashland AmberAshland Amber

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191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for sending me this pretty little can. In the land of Surly it looks quaint, weighing in at 12 oz. I've been delighted by my first two Caldera beers, hoping that the streak continues today.

Pours nicely out of the squat can with no canning date. Surprisingly hazy red, I guess I just assumed this would be hard-filtered. Smells like Nicole Kidman would if she was hopped, malted, & stuffed into a can. Brilliant balance.

Ashland Amber opens with a malty bang. Hard on comes an assortment of fall nuts, sans salt, & do they have staying power. The acorns cling tenaciously to the palate. I'll not be surprised if squirrels claw their way through the siding, drywall, & fridge door to get into these cans. Light hopping, eyeful of bitter, pepper. Perhaps one of the thickest, chewiest ambers I've had, this could easily pass into brown, or almost porter, territory. That, combined with the tastiness & lovely perfume, make this difficult to sip.

Excellent beer, one of the better ambers I've tasted in quite a while. Another winner. Caldera cans would sure look good in the cases next to Furious. Just a thought.

Serving type: can

10-29-2010 19:13:54 | More by maximum12
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-24-2010 22:22:54 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Reidrover


3/5  rDev -20%
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

Serving type: can

10-16-2010 18:02:18 | More by Reidrover
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid reddish amber into my CCB snifter... Nice thick head and good lacing as well...

Pungent piney hops mix with sweet caramel malts to balanve this one really nicely... Terrific aromas...

Sweet toffee malts backed up by a solid piney hop base make this one a super easy drinker and one that surprised me a bit...

A nice little brew here... I could session this one easily with a meal or by itself... Solid all the way around

Serving type: can

10-03-2010 00:07:34 | More by Tilley4
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1.85/5  rDev -50.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-02-2010 16:01:59 | More by bobhits
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a six pack of this one in a recent trade. Pours from the can a medium amber color, with a whitish head. Nice moderate hoppiness on the nose (pine, citrus) leads to a medium bodied palate, with citrus, caramel and sweet malt. A nice, easy drinking summer beer.

Serving type: can

09-26-2010 22:43:37 | More by emmasdad
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a decent amber colored iced-tea brew. A brief head fades to nothing after a minute. I suppose it wouldn't matter much if left in the can.

Aroma - toasty, biscuity nose. A brief glint of sweetness fades to reveal some faint hop fruitiness.

Taste - nice toasty grain here. A light, grapefuit hop balances beautifully. Simple, straightforward, and a very flavorful amber.

Mouthfeel - a nice smooth feel, hefty crispness, medium weight, maybe a little lighter.

Drinkability - excellent session beer if you can afford it. I think I dropped a sawbuck for the sixer. Great all round beer. Not as fully flavored as Sam Adams stock ale, but holds its own admirably.

Serving type: can

09-21-2010 03:57:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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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.

Serving type: can

09-21-2010 01:36:16 | More by Jason
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3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-16-2010 22:52:52 | More by biglite351
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3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2010 15:53:51 | More by htomsirveaux
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color with 1 finger thick white head. Head retention is good. Good amount of carbonation visible.

S - Citrus hops and roasted malt dominate the smell. Fairly light smelling, not too complex, but well balanced.

T - Follows the aroma pretty well. Starts off with rich roasted malts, soon overpowered by an intense nutty flavor that lingers for the rest of the sip. Citrus undertones are there throughout.

M - Medium to light bodied, slight tingle from the carbonation. Finish is slightly dry with a nutty aftertaste, no hop bitterness at all.

D - Very well balanced beer. Mark these down just a dollar or two per 6-pack and I would buy this regularly.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 17:50:56 | More by GarrettMD
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another opportunity to be impressed with a canned craft beer.

It pours a light copper color with a head that builds fast but recedes to a thin ring.

Supremely balanced all around with soft caramel, nutty, toasted malt and a flourish or citric and earthy hops at the end just before a fairly dry finish.

Damn, I'd routinely have this in my fridge if not for the $11/sixer price tag. Notch this up with the IPA and Pale Ale as another more-than-solid offering from Caldera.

Serving type: can

08-03-2010 18:25:10 | More by bump8628
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caldera Brewing Company--Ashland Amber--Oregon Brewed Amber Ale--2009 12 oz. Micro Can. 5.40% ABV on Can--24 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) 5.6% ABV on Web Page. Light sediment. Thin mild lace off white head. Pretty clear bright rich amber color. Toasted fruit malt floral hop front. Earthy cloying crusty mild sweet toasted caramel fruit doughy body. Smooth cloying malty eartthy mild hop spice clean end. Nice. Sampled 8/18/2009. 6-Pack $10.99.

Serving type: can

07-26-2010 04:47:39 | More by philbertk
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3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 20:38:39 | More by ZSimon
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with no freshness date: poured a deep and clear reddish to brown with ruby highlights. The creamy, tan head quickly recedes.

The aroma is spicy and syrupy with some faint hop odor.

The first sip emphasized malty sweetness with a faint bite of hops mixed in. There is a very slight licorice flavor in the aftertaste that is pleasing.

The mouthfeel is actually a little thick and chewy with the sweetness keeping the palate coated. All the same, the ale remains refreshing with a zesty carbonation.

This is a good, malt-accented amber ale that maintains good balance. I was surprised to see this along with the pale ale in Louisville, KY. It is the most I have ever paid for a six-pack, but it is worth trying.

Serving type: can

06-13-2010 22:58:13 | More by jkrich
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive amber tinged with brown. Moderate head and lively carbonation. Up front a distinctive chocolate note in the malt, which faded into a more generalized roasted malt flavor. Moderate hopping followed, with a clean finish. Drikability was good, and food-friendly.

Serving type: can

06-03-2010 14:01:05 | More by Brent
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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.

Serving type: can

05-29-2010 22:11:05 | More by tempest
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - fills this glass with an amazingly colorful auburn liquid with some flashes of ruby red and bright orange with a big thick batter-like off-white head on top.

Aroma - bread dough, caramel, apple butter, raw sugar, cocoa and some slight citrus. Smells great. I can't wait to move on to the best part of all of this.

Taste - big malty, biscuity, bready sweetness hits the palate immediately. This may be a simple recipe but it sure has been perfected. This has the perfect balance of maltiness and some citrus hops to balance things out. The malt profile is something I am really enjoying, I'm not sure how best to describe it. I'd have to say its somewhere between honey butter and brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tarts. Well, maybe not that sweet but it is surely delicious.

Overall - great amber ale, one that I could definitely enjoy in multiple amounts. I love the flavor that this imparts and the great balance that it has with the PNW hops used. Amber Ales may not be my favorite style but this is proof that I could love any beer if its brewed well.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I wish I had access to Caldera out here but its also nice to know that its a regional brewery and I'll be sure to stop in to the brewpub if I am ever in Ashland again.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 02:28:25 | More by indiapaleale
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can with no best before date poured into a pint glass. Thanks Flexabull for this Oregon brew.

The Ashland Amber pours an amber color with great clarity. A small quick dissolving head is present. Aroma is quite sweet with lots of caramel, breads, yeast, and malts. Some fruits come through with warming. Quaff is slightly watery but some malts and toffee. Pretty smooth drinking brew for the mediocre ABV. Mouthfeel is crisp and thin. Drinkability is good. I would like to know the freshness of this brew but it is definitely enjoyable on a summer day. Very sessionable.

Serving type: can

04-22-2010 03:36:36 | More by abrand
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with a thin fuzzy head, wasn't too impressed.

S: Citrus is minimal, some sort of a bready/yeasty aroma. Malts are present but the bread like aroma is very strong. No hop presence. Just a malty amber.

T: Big malt backbone on the palate, brown sugar and bread dough. Some citrus but very muted. Almost has a brown ale flavor.

M: Very palatable, would be good for a bbq. Just crisp enough to make it refreshing.

D: Easily drinkable beer, good flavor but nothing overwhelming.

Serving type: can

04-21-2010 23:51:04 | More by kiddynamite920
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this can up at Al's of Hampden, poured chilled from the can into a tulip.

A - a ruby colored ale, excellent clarity w/ 3fingers of light beige cap w/ mix of bubbles sized large and tiny. The lace clings very well and retention is good. The color reminds me of cranberry juice which is attractive to look at in the light

S - A sweet toasted grainy odor w/ light fruitiness and berry-like yeast ester w/ a mild hop aroma and slight caramel notes w/ gentle vegetal aroma

M - a moderately carbonated brew w/ mild bitterness and gentle sweetness. The texture has light toasted and spice aspects w/ dry finishing medium body overall

T - the flavor is relatively biscuity upfront and has subtle pine notes from the hops w/ light creamy caramel malt taste. There is a gently fruity element from the yeast which allows the toasted grain note to carry over and seems to be the focus from midpoint on. the toast or roasted notes are the focus w/ mild herbal and the fruity quality adding contrast. The spice tinges mellow and a very light citrus in the hops comes out when warmer w/ another layer of flavor unfolding. The contrast makes the amber very balanced but seems to lean toward malt ever so slightly w/ strong biscuit taste until the semi-dry finish

D - A solid beer in every way, very good representation of the style w/ satisfying drinkability. I would drink this with barbecue or meatloaf. The drinkability is good and I would look for this again I Can guarntee that (wink, wink)

Serving type: can

04-19-2010 19:05:26 | More by Slatetank
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber into my Guiness Porter pint glass. 2 1/2 finger off-white head leaves light lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: sweet and malty with caramel and some fruitiness.

Taste: sweet malt with nice hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: moderate, a light syrupy feel with warming alcohol in the throat.

Drinkability: decent

Overall an enjoyable brew. No complaints. An easy drinker. The best canned beer I've ever tried, though I see Caldera's IPA and Pale Ale got higher reviews, so they make better beer than this.

Serving type: can

04-17-2010 05:53:48 | More by obywan59
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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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2010 16:21:29 | More by Mora2000
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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a medium amber color with a mild off-white head which dies down to a thin layer, leaving some spotty lacing.

S: There are aromas of sweet caramel malt along with fruity hop notes of tangerines and grapefruits.

T: The flavor is sweet and mildly sugary with plenty of caramel and a slight toast. The fruit character is not really present, but there is a mild pine bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation.

D: The flavors are sort of unspectacular, but a decent enough amber. That said, I'd much rather go for the Caldera IPA or Pale Ale.

Serving type: can

03-23-2010 05:41:16 | More by womencantsail
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can with no obvious date. Pours a clear amber color with a large off-white head.
Light aroma of toasted malt, caramel
Caramel, doughy malt and nuts (reminds me of butter toffee peanuts). A light piney bitterness at the end. Starts off a bit too sweet but the lightly hopped finish keeps it reasonable.
Medium body. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.
A simple easy drinking amber.
NOTES: BBCSD-0911-Danielle

Serving type: can

03-16-2010 01:00:51 | More by seanbhudson
Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.