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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

379 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 08-22-2005)
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Reviews by One_Man_Gang:
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

One_Man_Gang, Nov 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

oberon, Apr 17, 2008
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.

RoyalT, Sep 28, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tbryan5, Jun 23, 2013
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of babyhobbes
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

babyhobbes, Aug 09, 2009
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.

merlin48, Aug 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

chossboss, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

chickenm, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of BurdockBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BurdockBoy, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

gunnerlincoln, Aug 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

HoppySeb, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

LXIXME, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

JamesStreet, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

IntriqKen, Oct 13, 2006
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4.52/5  rDev +18.9%

Samgidley, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

NJpadreFan, Aug 27, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

MrVonzipper, Aug 17, 2011
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!!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 06, 2009
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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

TheSixthRing, May 25, 2013
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Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.