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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

384 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 12
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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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to schmoopsbeer for sending this can out my way. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a transparent golden-hued brew with a good off-white head with some large bubbles of foam. Good staying power and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is light and grassy with some citrusy hops coming through on the back-end. A bit of tangerine, as best as I can describe. The flavor profile is a bit grainy at first, followed by some grassy hops, and then there is a touch of bitterness in the finish. However, there is some grain tannin there as well. Not terribly pleasant. Light body with moderate carbonation. Can't get past the graininess of this. Not all too drinkable.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of vacax
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. I really like cans for beers like pale ales that are not meant for cellaring and am glad to have another one available in SoCal. Cool green tab but sadly no canning or best by date.

Pours a nice rich gold with a pure white head that grows excessively. Slow pour down a tilted glass and cannot even get the whole can into a pint glass. The retention is good, however, and lacing is great. Lots of bubbles cascading upwards from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is mild and consists of a bit of hoppy earthiness and some candied oranges.

The flavor starts with a mild hops bittering and quickly adds a touch of sweetness to balance it out. Earthy and slightly piney with bitter sappy sugar.. The bittering is not high, but there is little aroma hopping evident or much malt complexity either. This is a very light pale ale with little going on beyond some bittering hops, leaving a slightly floral but vegetal finish. An okay beer for a local brewpub, but not quite up to the standard of most pale ales in distribution. Light bodied, creamy, lots of smooth bubbles.

A simple beer, but not really in a good way. This needs some more aroma hopping or some other type of complexity. Long floral/vegetal finishing damages drinkability. Unless one is dying to try a new pale ale, I would not recommend this.

vacax, Aug 22, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

GennyCreamAle, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of dfitch81
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer. I really did. I love the town it comes from - Ashland, Oregon - and I thought to myself that a place like Ashland must have the creative spirit to produce something unique. Well, this beer was unique, alright. I can't recall ever drinking another beer with a hop flavor like boiled vegetables. Blech! Appearance was average, and head retention was so-so. I noticed no lacing whatsoever. Smell did not reveal what the taste had in store. On first sip, I noticed nothing immediately untoward, but as the hop flavor built so did the unwelcome overcooked-vegetable flavor. I tried another can the next day thinking that maybe I just had a bad one, but with the same result. I'm afraid I won't be trying this one again, and wouldn't recommend it to anybody else. You could do worse, but to me this beer would be a last resort before having to accept a macrobrew.

dfitch81, Sep 24, 2008
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2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz. can into pint glass on Nov. 27, 2012 (purchased for $1.79 at BevMo (with card) in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) on Nov. 27, 2012). Hazy honey orange with about a finger of fluffy white head. Pretty good retention on the sides - wet, foamy and white; pretty thing on the top.

Smelled a strong whiff of cascade fruity hops right away. Also some lime, light pine, mango, honey and sour fruit.

Tasted about what I expected after the smell. Got that sour fruit with a bitter aftertaste. Still think it was cascade hops. Also got grape, mango, more tropical fruit, kiwi and a bit of bitter pine hops.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Just really didn’t get along with this beer. I don’t think I’d have it again.

BucannonXC5, Nov 28, 2012
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2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Orange color, white foam, creamy and abundant.
Fresh hoppy smell, with slightly citric notes.
Light maltiness, and a bit too heavy tropical fruitiness, lychee like, in the mouth.
Relatively light taste, with a bit of astringency in the end.
Not bad, but bnothing too good.

stcules, Sep 04, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow...taste is not bad, but I wouldn’t say it’s great either.

Definitely better than mass-marketed yellow brews that come in a can. And it’s in a can....so pool and beach safe.

Light flavor, light hops, easy to drink.

Can Bonus....I'll have to try this one again in the summer.

Dubbercody, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can $2. I did not care for this beer. It looked good, orange, pale, good lace, decent head. It smelled kind of weak but not bad. It tasted like stale iced tea and I did not care for that flavor one bit. The IPA I had from this brewer was much better than this. For my money I'd stick with Full Sail Pale Ale for a couple dollars less.

ArrogantB, Sep 22, 2010
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2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 12oz straight glass. Poured a cloudy yellow, almost the color of pineapple juice, with barely a thin cap of white head that had no retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was mostly malt forward, a pleasant change from Pales that are basically "IPA light", with just enough hops to keep the scent balanced. The flavor was balanced as well, although I thought a little on the bland side. None of the flavors really jumped out at me.

The body was typical for the style but lost some points for being overly sticky. Drinkability was OK, I'll drink it again, but this beer is not on the level of Mirror Pond or Manny's.

Overall, a decent enough brew, but nothing special.

beertunes, Mar 06, 2010
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2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Possibly a slightly old can...some of the hop aroma has dissipated and the flavor turned a bit maltier than typical...

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow...minimal head and lacing...

S - Nose is mostly malt as the hops have mostly disappeared, sweet, caramel, grains...

T - Sweet malty bitterness...some minimal citrus flavors...very little hop presence...disappointing...

M - Clean, crisp, a little creamy/oily...good carb level...mouthfeel fine...

Overall - - I would love to try this fresh...as a "past its prime pale ale" its pretty good..not as cloying and sweet malty as it could be for an old brew...still pretty drinkable...I will try it if I ever see on tap...give it try and see what you think...I know there IPA is the same way...great if its fresh...

Cheers!

HopHeadRyan, Mar 15, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Love the IPA from these guys so I had to give this one a go...

Pours a light golden yellow... Sorta hazy... Pretty decent head...

Balanced aromas of malt and hops with the malts being a little more dominant...

Sweet buttery malts with a slight hop finish at the end... The hops seem a bit muted here... Could have been a bit more balanced...

A decent brew I guess... Not one that I will reach for again especially with the IPA available..

Tilley4, Oct 29, 2010
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2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned: unk

A: pours honey with near excellent clarity and a finger of off-white foam which falls rather quickly to a solid sheet of the same with strong spotty lacing.
S: Some herbal hops, some citric hops, honey, sweet malts, smells a little faded. Nothing special.
T: Strong bitterness with some vitamin flavors, a hint of lemon, some sweet malts with a hint of oxidation.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb and dry finish.
O: Not a bad beer, tastes a little faded, but is quaffible.

harrymel, Oct 10, 2011
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2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy pale orange. very fluffy white head. reasonable retention with better lacing.

S: earthy, mellow hoppiness. bitterness dominates the aroma with a slight fruitiness. as it warms up, actually a nice sweet malt comes into play as well.

T: slick, slightly metallic, hop bitterness. slightly doughy. more biscuit, dry finish.

M: tingly carbonation on a medium body.

D: sort of shocking that i have an APA from the west coast that isn't a hop bomb. not sure how i feel about that.

Jimmys, Jun 27, 2011
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Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.