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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

397 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 08-22-2005

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Ratings: 397 | Reviews: 203
Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden/orange in color, this pale ale offers perfect clarity and an off- white head of foam that is slight but still manages to leave some lacing. The nose on this ale is one of citrus, pine, and caramel with some floral notes.

Tasting this beer reveals a somewhat different flavor than the nose led me to believe. There is a grapefruit component and some pine, but there are other flavors present like lemon, tea, biscuit- like malts, and honey. The beer finishes with an agreeable earthy hop dryness that is not overwhelming and the beer remains well- balanced overall.

This is definitely an interesting and balanced brew from this Oregon brewery and it took me a little by surprise. With its crystal clear body and other traits, I was expecting it to be a little too clean and perhaps too light. But the brewers seem to have struck the target they were trying to hit with this beer. Its flavor is pleasant, not extreme in any way, and the product is quite drinkable and memorable. It’s a good beer all- around and one that earns an easy recommendation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA Roger for giving me this can the other night,poured into a standard pint glass a lighter pale golden with a thinner white head that left minmimal lace as it settled quickly.Fresh cascade hop aroams pine and leafy with a bit of firm biscuit malt,again fresh hoppy flavors quit citric and subdued pine with that firm lightly sweet biscuit/caramel base.An old school left coast pale here alot of hop flavor with a dose of lightly sweet malt,solid.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light and bright orange in color with a modest head that showed great retention.

Smell - This is an even combination of nice grain and fruit-juicy hops. The citrus hops are very intense and at first appear to be overtaking the nose but then the grain proves to be a bit more stubborn. Together they form a fair balance and a beautiful APA bouquet.

Taste - The hops are more forward at the taste but the grain holds its own. It's easy to wax on about the hops because they are big and exceptional, but I'm going to talk about the grain here a bit. They are light for sure but show a sharpness not often found in the style. This IMO allows the hops to stand out without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than a light lager but not medium-bodied. There's a bitterness here that is somewhat mild but forceful in that it finds its way throughout the mouth from beginning to end.

Drinkability - I was very impressed with this Caldera can. The style usually is not one to stand out but this effort is an exception.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

The more craft beers that come in cans, the more the stigma that surrounds canned beer will fade away--plus, there is no debate about sunlight and bottle color. That dead horse has been beaten way too much.

Thin tiny-bubbled lace forms from a moderate pour, retention is fine and the lace stays around for most of the session. Brilliant golden color shimmers in the light. Flowery citric hop aroma screams Cascade hops, bit of biscuity malt with a mild caramel sweetness in the nose. Light to medium body with just as much smoothness and crispness, both with ample amounts for the semislick mouthfeel. Minty and earthy yet mainly citric-flavored hop draws in a lot of flavor with a solid bitterness. Very clean palate with bread notes, almost grassy graininess in the middle. Hop bitterness digs in deep but does not go too far to throw anything out of balance. Cascade hops are all over the finish with an earthy citric flavor. Ends with a touch of dry maltiness.

A benchmark ale for PNW Pale Ales, if not American Pale Ales altogether, and that benchmark is not of modest stature. It shows great balance without the Cascade smack taking over, clean and very drinkable. The last of the sample was paired with a plain goat cheese and Pink Lady apples--very nice.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this can through Beer Powerball. I am really sorry that I don't know who sent it, my brother is keeping those records, but THANK YOU!!

Pours with a nice half centimeter white fluffy head on a glass of dark straw-colored beer. Smells of citrusy hoppy goodness and oddly, a little like soap. Mouthfeel is very pleasant as is taste.

This is a nice drinking beer. It's not blow you away with over-the-top flavor. It's a well-balanced, highly drinkable and enjoyable brew. I'm glad to have gotten the chance to try it.

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The can dispenses a hazy amber body with an attractive two finger offwhite head thst appears creamy and long lasting. Abundant patchy and sheet lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is very citrusy, with orange, pink grapefruit, and pineapple hints. Toasted caramel underneath.

Mouthfeel is clean and evenly balanced, with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste has a prevailing citrusy and earthy hop bitterness that is delicately balanced by a honeyed caramel maltiness. Finishes clean and even with a lasting citrusy hop aftertaste.

Very nice! Tasty and highly drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard lighter yellow pale ale here, good foamy head. Nice soft floral hop arrangement, if you like caldera, you'll be all good here.

Plenty of taste in a pale, relative hefty amount of hops for style, light, ever so light toasting of the malt allows the hops to shine without making them exist in a ridiculous amount. Bitterness is sturdy, minty and metallic, but not a distraction or covering up the more delicate aspect of the beer, would say it leans to the grapefruit side of hop taste, cascade, chinook seem to be all over this one.

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big light tan head settles to a frothy layering above a clear caramel honey golden colored beer.

Citrus and pine like hops with some light caramel malt notes in the aroma of this pale ale.

Light citrus hops coming through in the taste with a very light caramel malt making an appearance.

A light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the caramel malts sticking around and bringing a slight hops bitterness with it with this medium bodied Caldera beer.

Decent tastes without being overbearing.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow...when was the last time I drank a beer that came in a can.
As tempting as it was to drink from the can, I poured it into a glass instead.
Pretty crystal clear pale yellow with a half finger head that melts to respectible side sticking lacing.
Aromas are bright and floral...with a little of the sweet malt coming through.
Taste is amazing...although a bit thin....there are lots and lots of fresh citrus and pine hops in here. Not a NW Hops flavor...more of a German or Czech hops flavor. A nice peppery bite on the tale end that finishes to a pleasant clean drying.
Wish this was available in So. Calif...would love to pick up sixers of this for the beach, river, lake, park, neighbors bbq, etc.
For me, it is very deceiving being in a can and then poured into a glass I am looking at something that should have a BMC feel or taste.
It doesn't.
This is a wonderful summer craft beer.
Thanks David for the opportunity to try this.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caldera- Pale Ale

Picked up at Grape & Gourmet (VB)

A- Light golden orange with a small fluffy white head.
S- Light citrus and pine hops. Slight buttery maltiness.
T- Buttery biscuity malt with a nice lemon/ grapefruit citrus and pine hop body.
M- Buttery sweet and malty with a nice sweet and bitter hop bite.

Overall- Nice malt/ hop balance. Very good sessionable can!

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color with a solid frothy eggshell colored head with great retention and lacing. Visible carb at the edges.

Nice floral and grapefruit hop notes on the nose.

Good clean flavors. Nice mild hop notes up front with the same characteristics as the nose balanced well with the middle-backended caramel maltiness. Hops create a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouth is crisp with a bit of a zip and high carb.

Overall it's a good pale ale. A perfect beer to have in a can like it is, being a perfect beer to have while camping, golfing, fishing etc.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm really enjoying the variety of quality brews in a CAN i'm finding here in Northern California! this was reviewed while camping at Castle lake campgrounds in shasta city...i think.

Ooooh yeah, cracking open a can sounds good!! a thick, solid and rocky -white head stands proud like Mt. shasta itself over a bright plae golden liquid, much like the N.Cali sunsets. Retention is amazing, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

The nose is just bursting with hoppy cascade aroma's!! Sweet fruits, musty herbs, wheat and corn and light but sweet malt. This all cascade beauty has a great aroma.

The hoppy flavor's here are deep and very complex, cascade hoppiness all in my face. Light and very, very crispy feel is exciting and spot-on for the style. crisp with a creamy smooth finish from the beastie foam still clumping it's way down slow. The cascade hops provide a gentle fruitiness and perfect dry-herbal and earthy complexity. I havn't been this excited for a Pale ale since my very first Sierra Nevada!!(circa 1996)

This pale ale in a can has made my day, and I'm camping in one of the most pristine locations I've ever been too. This is simply one of, if not THE best Pale ale i've ever had. Bring on the cans!!!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No freshness date, but there's a Total Wine sticker which dates this as arriving at the store on 02/13/13

Appearance - Pours a clear golden orange with a white, 2 finger head and good retention. The head dissipates to reveal a broken layer of microbubbles, while a fair amount of lacing clings to the side.

Smell - Huge honey notes in the aroma; smells awfully close to the localized wildflower honey I bought recently. Light touches of caramel. Slight citrus and floral notes.

Taste - Much less honey in the flavor, though it still contributes greatly to the profile. Floral and spice with touches of citrus. Moderate caramel and bread malt backbone. Nicely balanced. Faint citrus pith near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with light to moderate carbonation. Smooth throughout, going down with great ease.

Overall - A smooth, well balanced and approachable pale. Interesting flavors. Not your typical west coast APA, with all that honey sweetness, and it's a nice change from the norm.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although my can sloshed about (it was short-filled and measured exactly 11 ounces), it didn't seem to affect the flavor or carbonation. I noticed no oxidation whatsoever. It poured a just-slightly-hazy golden body beneath a short head of frothy white foam. The head dwindled down to a creamy surface covering, and then shrank away to a wide collar and whispy surface covering; leaving behind tiny-spotted walls of lace. Bright hops, sweetish malt, and yeasty fruitiness greeted me in the nose, expressing soft citrus, sweetish grainy malt, berries, and cut-grass. It's soft carbonation and medium-light body left it remarkably smooth across the palate. The flavor delivered a rich maltiness upfront that wasn't quite caramelish or toasty, but headed there; followed by an influx of grassy and citrusy hop flavors; and then some berry-like fruitiness at the swallow. The bitterness roses up strong, and although some sticky malt lingered in the mouth, it was bitter, dry, grassy and spicy in the finish. It lingered momentarily with some strength, and then faded to a dull bitterness, leaving me ready for another sip. Quite the little charmer, I say! I love the flavor transition from quaint, sweetish, straight-forward and non-caramelish maltiness, to bold, grassy, citrusy, and bitter hops!!! The apple-ish and berry-like fruitiness is just the icing on the cake that ties the two together. Well-balanced with a very nice complexity and full character, and still not overdone. Worth trying!

Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft brew in a can. There's probably a reason why it's not done often. Let's find out.
Pours a pretty soft golden color topped by a half-inch or so of creamy white head that subsides rather quickly. Not a whole lot of carbonation after the pour. Appealing aroma of lightly sweet malt, floral hops, and a touch of fruit and caramel. Palate is well-balanced between light caramel malt and some fairly assertive floral hops that yield a nice, crisp, bitter finish. Body is nice and smooth, making for an easy-drinking beer. Feels like a great accompaniment for a warm evening on the porch.
I guess this isn't the most challenging beer, but it's still pretty tasty and accessible to those who may be looking for an alternative to Natty Light while fishing. The can doesn't seem to alter the flavor very much. I have to say, I'm impressed with this effort.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Abe's Cold Beer for a couple bucks and drank it with a Thai curry (good combo). At first seems like a simple, but tasty pale ale. The malts provide a little toast and caramel, while the hops pull in the usual citrus notes. As it warms and I think about what I'm tasting and smelling, a lot more comes out. There are hints of pineapple in the hops, hard sugar candy in the aroma, and peppery spice compliments the orange rind aftertaste. Check this beer out and make sure you let it warm up.

Photo of dbossman
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Brass colored hue with a large foamy head--great retention and decent lacing

S: A pretty balanced grain and hop profile in the aroma--lemon, pine, tea leaves from the hops and toast and sweet bread from the malts

T: Lemon and tea leaves up front--actually really dominant lemon tea hop profile with a malty, bready backbone that really balances out the bitterness

F: Medium body; creamy--though a bit too thin on the back end

O: A very solid, balanced pale ale--nice work Caldera

Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger and half of head on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice grapefruit and lemon.
The taste has a lightness to it. Lemon bitterness with a decent malt backbone.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable APA.

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with 1 finger of eggshell white head. good head retention & lacing

S: Slight lemony & grassy hop notes, plus a bit of breadyness

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops; plus a bit of honey malt up front. Some grainyness & grapefruit hops as this warms. Finishes crisp with a load of grapefruit

MF: Light/ medium bodied with lively carbonation that really show cases the hops, for better or worse. Skews too hoppy, makes me think IPA more than APA

Drinks pretty easy despite the OTT hoppyness.. still a solid APA

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with several fingers of foamy cream colored head. 1/4 finger of smooth retention stays strong, leaving some good spotty lacing back. The aroma is very pleasant smelling, being floral and a touch spicy with a steady underpining of citrus and toasted malts.

The taste is citric with some buttery bread and a dab of caramel. This tightens into a firmer bitterness towards the back of the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an easy and creamy overall feel but I was pleased to find a bit of firmness underneath as well that adds some gravitas to the body.

Very solid Pale Ale here with a nice tight profile that is solidly drinkable. I'm digging the portibility of this in cans as well. I'm definitely looking foward to more of these.

Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden-orange color with small white head that laces well.

Slightly sweet and spicy toasty grain with some floral and slightly woodsy and fruity hops.

Lightly toasted and sweet fruity pale malts perfectly balanced by orangey citrus and floral hop bitterness that's a bit persistent.

Nice light-moderate body that feels even easier due to the high, but no too stingy carbonation. Extremely drinkable Pale that I would definitely buy again.

Photo of hdofu
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangeish with a peach head. Smell was hoppy. Taste was hoppy, not alot else going on. Not exciting but not boring either. It was easy to swallow but not alot else. Its something I could drink a few of. Good if you want a session beer but don't want a strong flavor.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass the liquid is yellow with good carbonation. The head is almost 2 fingers white and leaves good lace.

The smell is real nice sweet piney and citrus notes.

The taste follows, piney citrus notes, and a bready malt that is quite good.

The mouthfeel is also nice, crisp and clean, smooth and a good body, the carbonation is real good.

The drinkability is good, a easy drinking brew, wroth a try.

Prosit, MK

Photo of EagleTalon
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a frothy white head and hazy orange color. Aroma is citrusy hops and bread and biscuits. Flavor is balanced and easy drinking with a nice blend of pale and light crystal and carapils malts and subdued resiny hops. Nice bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is big and feels great going down. Overall an easy drinking session brew with balance and character.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an almost clear, light golden color with about a finger of relatively slow dissipating head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - Toasted bready malts up front with a slight hop profile. I mainly get the bready malt aroma from this, not much else.

Taste - As with the nose, I get heavy bready caramel malt flavor, light floral hops, and just a hint of citrus. Reading some of the other reviews perhaps this is an older can? I do not get nearly the amount of hop profile as others are describing here; mainly light floral hops. Also, I do get just a tinge of honey at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light Mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a good "lawnmower" beer in with flavor. Did not present itself to me as anything special, however, it is a easily quaffable beer that would be great on hot summer days.

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Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.