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Ashland Amber - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ashland AmberAshland Amber

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203 Ratings

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of ZSimon
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

ZSimon, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

jkrich, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Brent, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, May 29, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

indiapaleale, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of abrand
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

abrand, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

kiddynamite920, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

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)

Slatetank, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of obywan59
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

obywan59, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

womencantsail, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of seanbhudson
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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

seanbhudson, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Poured a glowing dark red color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is sweet, caramel, hops. Taste is sweet caramel, bready, hops, Mouthfeel is pretty easy going with good a light booze, caramel and syrupy, buttery, caramel, bready flavor.

barleywinefiend, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Special $6.99 sixer. Nice!

Pours a clear and bright amber color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are faint, a light caramel malts and some pine notes.

Taste starts with a caramel and creamy sweetness, a hint of brewed tea, and finishes with a pine like hop note.

Mouthfeel is full, soft, and well carbonated.

Nice subtle and sessionable amber ale. I hope this deal sticks around for a while, this would be great camping and hiking beer.

flexabull, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

beertunes, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well balanced aroma of pale and crystal malts along with a nice hop scent and some light yeast esters. The taste is good.
It has a nice, easy drinking flavor. It has it all; good malt character, mild hops, and some light yeast fruitiness. It's not mind blowing, but it's solid and damn drinkable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average amber ale. It's pretty standard in composition, but for some reason, I really like it.

WesWes, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

A - Poured a hazed amber color with a light tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt mild hops

T - Follows the nose sweet caramel malt upfront finishes with some bitter hops

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a well made beer that I'm enjoying it has a very good taste this is a beer that I could drink a few of in a night worth picking up to try

armock, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of fropones
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Pours a nice copper amber with about a finger and a half of beige head with good retention and nice lace. Very nice looking.

S - A nice amount of caramel and toffee from the malt with some nice citrus notes from the hops. Probably a bit too much malt.

T - More toffee and caramel from the malt, roasted peanuts, a bit of hop bitterness, but not nearly enough.

M - Nice feel, maybe a little bit on the light side in terms of body, creamy, with a good carbonation.

D - Drinks nicely. A solid amber ale.

fropones, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

A-Copper colored beer with a huge off white head.

S-Toasty malt, light citrus hop.

T-toasty and carmelly. light citrus hops. medium bitterness. More malty than hoppy.

M-medium light bodied. Medium carbonation. No alcohol heat.

D-easy drinker. Not overly complex but that isn't a bad thing all the time.

organicbrewer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a nice, clean, clear amber color with nice froth. Minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of faintly sweet carmel and bitter, herbal and earthy hops. Taste is of medium roasted carmel matls backed by a slightly bitter bite from earthy and herbal hops. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Not much to say about this cept that its a nicely crafted amber with few flaws.

rfgetz, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%

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

BARFLYB, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours bright orange amber with a thin white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, light toast, with citric hop spicing backing up the maltiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, a bit steely with citric, piney, spicy hops balancing it evenly in the finish.

It has a smooth, creamy medium body.

A malt-accented at the start, finishing balanced with a nice lingering aftertaste. A solid American Amber!

jwc215, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.05/5  rDev +8%

12 oz. can poured into a trusty pint glass. Pour nets an inch of cream or light tan head crowning a crystal clear medium amber body. Decent retention and lace. The aroma hits the nostrils with the same blend of hops that is familiar to me from their pale ales, lots of resiny pine character. Second to that is a lightly nutty caramel malt element. Taste has a mild sweetness which turns into a crisp resinous hoppiness. Caramel or nougaty malt balance pops up in the midpalate as well, but the finish splits nicely between malt and full on hops. High level of hops for an amber, actually very close to the pales, but I like this better with the malt balance. Medium thick body with a creamy medium carbonation. Recommended, my favorite Caldera of the three cans I have tried.

vacax, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

CAN you believe it?!? The CANQuest rolls along nicely. Now, for those may be arriving late to today's program, already well in progress, I not only review the beers, but I also transcribe the verbiage so that you do not have to.

I thought that Ska was very clever: It's [Modus Hoperandi] label read: "Walk, Kite, Recycle, Hide, Seek, Plant, Recycle, Grow, Shower, HHH, Tube, Recycle."

But now, from this one's exterior: " 'Live Product. Keep Cool. Just Like You." Yeah, man. How many times have my students heard me say, "Be cool, baby. Be real cool."? Innumerable. A ring around the neck read "Go Biking ... Go Rafting ... Go CANS! ... Go Skiing ... Go Fishing ... Go Snowboarding ... www.calderabrewing.com".

It reminds me of the joke of the financially strapped male children looking for something to do on a hot summer's day. They pool their limited resources and send one of their number to the local grocer's, only to have him return with a box of tampons. Incredulous at this purchase, one of them inquires as to his choice. His response: "Well, the box reads, 'With this product, you can go swimming, camping, fishing and a whole host of fun activites'." Har!

Yeah, me, I'm going to skip all of that fun stuff with the exception of "Go CANS!" Here we go, CANS, here we go!

A friend of mine in the industry remarked that he feels that the days of generic "Amber" beers have passed. I disgree, but let's see how this stacks up.

The finger-and-a-half of head was light-tan with good retention. Remember that "Live Product" jazz? Well, it had a slight haze to its deep-amber color suggestive of the presence of yeast. CAN-conditioned?!? Holy Drop the Corks and Cages, Batman! Gee, the nose smelled nothing like an amber of yore. Instead, I got a whiff of piney hops, a scent of malty sweetness, even a slight black pepper smell. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a caramel-malt taste that I would expect on the tongue. The finish, however, was both piney and peppery on the extreme, lingering finish. Initially, I got the same caramel sweetness, but it became overwhelmed. Yow! How many more CANs of this do I have left? Somebody said that they have distribution in MD ... Bye!

woodychandler, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12oz can picked up today at Brewforia.. badass... another brewery available here in Boise!! Poured into my Delirium goblet.

short lasting white head... only bits of splotch lace.. the brew is a clear orange/amber.

nose is toasty malts with lite citrus hops.. sorta earthy.

Flavor has more hops than the aroma... the malts are again leaning toward the toasty side.. some minor caramel adds to the overall product.. good body and carbonation...

I'm not the biggest fan of American Ambers.... they just all pretty much taste the same.. this is really no exception.. just a nice well made beer that would be great for hitting hot springs or fishing.

More props to Rick... I will be hitting Brewforia often and pimping it with my online buddies... Congrats on really getting things off the ground.


JohnGalt1, Nov 21, 2009
Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.