Dry Hop Red - Caldera Brewing Company
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Reviews by ccrida:
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured in a pint glass from a tap handle that clearly stated Dry Hop Red, this was an orangish amber with 2 finger white head, which faded to a thick skim leaving lots of lace.
The aroma was very bright and fresh cascade hops, behind which lay a few fruity esters.
The taste was really nice, my kinda of hoppy beer. Sure, there was a bitter backbone on the finish, but only as much as necessary to keep it balanced. This was all about the citrus and floral notes of the finishing/dry hops, nicely complimented by lots of stone fruit, particularly apricot. The malt, like the bittering hops, only served to keep the sweetness and check and relatively balanced. This is the hoppy NW brew I'd been waiting for, and I'm glad found it!
The mouthfeel was medium light bodied with lively carbonation.
The drinkability of this was very high for me. I had two over dinner, it went well with steamed clams, raw oysters and steelhead. It definitely left me wanting more, and I am surely going to seek this out (as well as their Dry Hop Orange).
03-24-2007 20:19:22 | More by ccrida
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3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
Copper and light red pour, standard head to it. Dry hopping nose was there, but not huge, not super awesome or anything, just a bit of subtle vegetal hop quality to it with the peat malt thing.
Citrus quality comes out on the tongue. Bitterness sustains itself throughout the entire beer. Pretty much an ordinary red spruced up with some green hops, and yes, it works. Makes the ordinary a little less ordinary. Doesn't skimp on the maltiness either. Dry finish for a red. Solid stuff, would drink again, and definitely recommend to someone who likes red ales. I am not fond of them, but enjoyed this.
09-14-2011 19:55:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a thin head with a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is wonderful pine and grapefruit. Simple but done well.
The taste is moderate bitter pine and lemon all the way through.
The texture is crisp with soft edges and moderate carbonation.
Great smell and taste.
12-03-2013 04:41:46 | More by Fatehunter
4.45/5 rDev +14.1%
Wonderful crisp, fresh ale from a truly small and dignified brewery. They don't bottle, so I think it's mainly available on tap at isolated spots in southern OR/northern CA. A glass full of clear garnet-red liquid. Sharp hop nose, floral and minty. Modestly malty body two-steppin' with firm, diverse hop bitterness. Quite nice and drinkable.
Confused with Dry Hop Orange in other reviews. Fact is, Dry Hop Red and Dry Hop Orange are two different brews from Caldera. Red is maltier and deeper in hue, Orange is fruitier and paler, but both brews are similarly fresh and hoppy.
01-24-2005 01:21:33 | More by Valevapor
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
Tap handle red "Dry Hop Orange" but alas, here we go.
Warm hoppy sack of Mt. Hood on the nose. Citrus and Oranges rise up to the nearly caustic bitterness. Thinish mouthfeel, but damned drinkable.
Amazing blend of malt and hop gives this a shockingly Orange Juice like flavor. I was convinced this was a fruit/vegetable beer, and my notes end with "blows ApriHop out of the water". Hey, it was a long night of beer tasting ... still this was one tasty brew to quaff through the hot Portland summer night.
12-27-2004 03:53:50 | More by GreenWBush
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Beer pours a dark clear amber color with a nice sturdy head.
Aromas are of fresh pine like hops. Not overpowering, but what is there is nice.
Flavors are similar to the Ashland Amber, but pumped up a bit. A really crisp tea and malt like character starts out up front. The beer then finishes with a dry bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is good, and the flavors are full.
Drinkability is quite good. Session worthy, and a bit more interesting than the Ashland Amber. Pretty good stuff.
02-14-2007 01:12:56 | More by flexabull
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Decidedly crimson, clear, with just under a finger of slightly off-white head with lowish retention.
Good citrus-Cascade nose, but not quite as strong as I would have expected.
A straightforward, dryish, slightly caramelly amber ale with a good dose of citrus hop flavor. Nothing too complicated, and entirely pleasing, though I found myself yearning for just a little more malt in the background. I love it when hop juice becomes hop syrup...
06-20-2005 22:03:16 | More by Crotor
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Red mahagonny. Yellow tinted head, thick full and dense, holds itself with stern authority. Sticky lacing also.
Great hop aroma. Thick citrus fruit with berry components. A bready sweet malt really mends well with the abundance of fruit.
Impeccably balanced. Nothing out of the ordinary necessarily but one of those brews that is just dead on. Bitter finish with fruit driven mid palate and a toffee core, all intertwined with dried berry puree. Nice and thick and drinkable.
09-20-2007 22:09:09 | More by mcallister
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Some discrepancy since the tap pull said Dry Hop Orange, but since nothing else shows on the site, I assume its the same thing....
Wonderfully rich copper color with drops of a rich red turning it darker. Nice foam cap clinging tightly with a pleasant yet assertive fresh citrus hop aroma. The taste is of similar richness. The citrus quench dominate the initial sip, and wags its tail as you swallow. A nice crisp malt body in the middle with enough richness to make it a red. Really, a very pleasing beer, perfect for the lupomaniac in your life.
08-15-2003 06:12:14 | More by freed
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
At last, the fine Caldera brew Ive been waiting for. I first heard of this beer on the streets of Ashland where word of mouth about a good beer is a recognized sign of an enlightened populace. With high hopes I went to the Siskiyou Pub in pursuit of this craft beer and was rewarded with a fine drinking experience.
Just as word about this beer reached me before I could drink it, so too, the fine aromatic fragrance of bright floral hops leapt out at me from the glass before I could take a sip. Its not surprising that a dry hopped beer should carry such a resounding hop fragrance. Still, the vitality of the aroma was compelling. And the hops were not limited to a mere fragrance. The bittering element was concise with a touch of spice and a protracted bitter finish comparable to an ESB.
All this from a beer of lush crimson with a razor thin head.
12-20-2004 02:48:57 | More by RedDiamond
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
I didn't know what to expect from this brew when I ordered it up. I think the thing to keep in mind is this: if you are not a hop-head but love the flavor of the hop smell, this is the one for you!
When I took the first sip, I realized that what this should have been called is "hopjuice". The taste is the supreme incarnation of Cascade hop aroma stripped off of the bitterness. I thought it was wonderful, although I knocked it down because the underlying beer characteristic did not push through as much as I would have liked. Being a NW interpretation of Red, however, the balance stood on its own very well.
Terrific and recommended if you can get it.
03-26-2005 02:15:22 | More by unklesyd
Dry Hop Red from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.