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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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Photo of cjever19
4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great pale ale. Really sticks out among this blahh category.

Very well balanced and refreshing. Nice hop aroma and taste but finish is well balanced. Hops and malt are just the right combo. Just what a pale ale is supposed to be. Very surprised by this brewery I'd never heard of.

cjever19, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of bigjohnn
4.75/5  rDev +25%

bigjohnn, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of creez
4.75/5  rDev +25%

creez, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of mtrentm
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours clear, golden color with a one-finger off-white head that quickly leaves.

S: Aroma is light & simple, floral citrus hops with some caramel malts lingering on the tale end.

T: More than expected from the aroma. Lots of citrus flavors, grapefruit, lemon, orange & a bit of toasted malt. Very clean & tasty! Can't wait for another sip!

M: Medium-full, kind of oily, moving to a crisp off-dry some what spicy finish.

D: Fantastic drinkability! A huge fan of what Caldera is doing with cans. Awesome for camping/hiking, skiing, fishing, or anything where you don't want the weight of a bottle, but the quality of a micro brew. Easy to pack-in & pack-out.

mtrentm, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Samgidley
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%

Samgidley, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum! I really love these canned craft brews. It's really a great way to package beer. It's fresher, doesnt get oxidized or uv-damaged, cools faster, and is so much easier for camping, events, etc.

Golden color and slightly chill hazed. Decent head, but it falls away kinda quick.

Aroma is a bit disapointing. It's really kind of mild. Some floral and herbal sweet hops, then some dry caramel malt.

Really makes up for it in the taste! Rich grapefruit and sour lemon. The bitter citrus flavors of orange and some tropical fruits in there too. A tad of toasty honey sweetness to counteract it. So drinkable, and so tasty.

I was down in Ashland the other month, but these guys only do dock sales. Ill be stopping by next time for a case.

SurlyDuff, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of beerhorn12
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

beerhorn12, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Patlee3324
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Patlee3324, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of jenray
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of HamGlade10
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

HamGlade10, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

NCbeerpirate, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

RoryOMoore, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of cgarwood
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

cgarwood, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

JottaGibboo, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

SPE1443, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At one point, I wondered if I could ever find 100 CANs, then 150, but now that the CANQuest has breached the 200 mark, I realize that the sky is the limit. People are sending me unsolicited BeerMails for trades for new CANs. Keep 'em coming, folks!

After a seemingly steady diet there for a while of AmeriCAN macro lagers, it is nice to see and smell something decent glug-glug-glugging its way out of the CAN and into my glass.

I caught two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention that was already beginning to leave a nice lace in its wake, following my pour. Color was a slightly-hazy honey-yellow. Remember, kids, clarity is overrated! Nose was grapefruit-citrusy. Pale Ale, bah! In many of our Central-Southern states, this would have been their IPA. I began to weep at the thought of previous recent CANs like Lone Star and Stack - rubbish in a CAN! Recovering, I took a sip and got a mouthful of full-on Cascade hops! Zounds! Yoi and double yoi! If this was simply their Pale Ale, it struck me as to why I loved their IPA in a CAN so much. I may have found a new favorite brewery for CANs... I allowed myself to luxuriate a little more fully in the second sip. It was very citrusy on the palate and even a little grainy, as though the liquid were saturated by hops. No matter, because on the swallow, it was so dry that I could not help but reach for another sip. More, please, sir.

woodychandler, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: An amazingly clear, golden pour from can into glass with a fluffy white head that sits on top.

S: Just as a pale ale should be: a refreshing citrus aroma with a mild pine to let you know that it still means business.

T: Again, a perfect example of a pale ale. A nice clean, refreshing citrus flavor followed by a nice bitter bite on the finish.

M: The beer is light and moderately carbonated, but still has a fairly substantial feel on the tongue.

D: This must be what Bud is talking about. These guys sure know how to make a great session pale and IPA. I'm glad to see these beers become more easy to come by in CA.

womencantsail, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Andrewseher
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Pints Urban Taproom at 412 NW 5th Ave in Portland, OR.

A: Yellow. A golden ray of sunshine in a glass with a frothy white head and beautiful lacing.

S: Subtle and citrusy. Mostly lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Delightfully citrusy and well-balanced. A great summer beer.

M: Light-bodied and dry finishing, it goes down easy.

O: One of my favorites, the Caldera Pale Ale is the perfect beer for a sunny day.

Andrewseher, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden orange with a huge off-white head. Three finger head slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves scattered lacing all over the glass.

S - Big citrus fruit aroma, primarily grapefruit with hints of lemon zest. Light sweet backing, a bit of biscuitiness coming through.

T - Very bitter hoppiness up front with lots of grapefruit coming through. Hints of pine as well. Just the faintest sweetness backing up the hoppiness but this is a very hop forward pale ale.

M/D - Medium bodied with a touch of chewiness. Spritzy carbonation. Easy drinking pale ale.

ckeegan04, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can, poured into a tulip.

See-thru deep gold body with a finger's worth of creamy off-white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Fairly strong citrusy hop bouquet with a pleasant mild sweetness and biscuity malt. Smells like it will be a crisp, dry brew.

And so it proves to be. There's a bit of honeyish sweetness up front, but it's immediately bullied around by a tag team of citrus (orange zest and grapefruit) and sharp pine needle flavors. There's a bit of earthiness in there, too. Through the swallow, a pleasant graininess aserts itself.

The sweetness dries up torward the finish as the citrus is joined by some pine needles for a sharp sting of bitterness and a rather 'scratchy' mouthfeel. After a couple of seconds, the bitterness is chased away by a crisp snap of biscuity malt. Carbonation is lively, and the beer starts off as seemingly light-bodied, but 'fluffs up' in to something pretty substantial.

Overall impression: Excellent APA. Bold and flavorful, yet incredibly drinkable.

PDXHops, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of youradhere
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can, pours straw gold with thick white head; aroma is pine and sugar, some citrus but mostly pine. Taste is fruity, citrus, tea, slight pine, toast grain. Mouthfeel is spot on, carbonation is medium, this brew is quite refreshing! Definitely something I wanna buy in quantity to go camping with this summer!

youradhere, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Rmassimiano
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance :
The beer pours an extremely clear yellow leaning on the golden/orange side. The head that appeared looked like clouds forming, the color of the foam was pure white it looked like a nice layer of clouds hovering on top of the liquid.

Aroma:
There is not a whole lot of aroma but can smell a slight hint of citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel:
It has that dry astringent taste that some wines or teas leave behind.

Flavor:
This is something I really enjoy with pale ales or IPAs. Really bitter for a regular Pale Ale which is surprisingly a good thing. As I keep drinking it tastes more and more malty but definitely has the hops bitterness right up front above all else.

Overall Impression:
I nice hoppy bitter Pale Ale. I usually say why drink a regular pale if you can go for the India, but this I would drink again if given the option between other pale ales.

Rmassimiano, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can pours a clear gold with a sticky white head that laces the glass. Vibrant, leafy hop aromas are not overpowering but fresh and inviting, and are exceptionally well balanced on the palate by equally bold, complex malts. This is a very nice beer, one that I intend to buy again.

droomyster, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full bubbly sheet of surface foam. Resilient cobwebs of lacing adhere to the glass.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt aroma with some grassy hops in the background. Very simple but very lovely. Kinda reminds me of homebrew.

T- The sweetness from the aroma is mirrored in the flavor with just as much husky malt. The hops come in as an afterthought and linger slightly but the sweet caramel notes reign supreme. Once again, reminds me of the wort that's created before fermentation in homebrew.

M- Not very substantial but I guess it doesn't need to be for a pale ale. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- If you're a big fan of sweet, like I am, you'll love this pale ale. Also has a decent amount of hop bitterness to back it up so it's not cloying.

Immortale25, Sep 06, 2013
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Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.