Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 205
Hads: 411
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Reidrover on 08-22-2005

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Photo of elniko
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Old Town Pizza in Portland in pint glass.

A: Solid amber hue; lacing in glass.

S: Slightly grass smell, hoppy notes on the nose.

T & M: This was a quite hoppy pale ale but not overly so, this is a nicely done pale ale.

D: Highly drinkable, this is a pale ale that could definitely be sessionable. I really enjoyed this beer but get a feeling that I'll have a hard time finding this in Dallas. (413 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flexabull for this in the UGLY BIF. Gotta love craft canned beers.

Pours a pale yellow color, slight opaqueness, good sized head with a little retention layer and a little bit of lacing.

Smell is stronger than I would expect from a pale ale, strong citrus and grapefruit aroma with hops, makes me think it could almost be an IPA if some more hops were added.

Taste hits with the hops and citrus first, leaves an interesting bitterness in the mouth, not quite good but not quite bad, carbonation is just right and it goes down crisp and smooth, I could see this being an easily sessionable brew if it was available in Maine. (636 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly dinged-up 12oz can purchased at Bottles in Millwood for $1.69.

Poured a slightly bronzy gold color with two fingers (and I have big fingers) of creamy white foam. The head stuck around for a while, and left lots of streaks, spots and "globules" (as Nigel Tufnel might say) on the sides of the glass.

Piney hops and mildly sweet, caramel-ish malts make up the nose. Seems like Caldera's taking a west coast approach to the style.

Not as hoppy in the taste as I would have thought in the smell, but not to an underwhelming degree. Piney hop flavor melds with caramel malts. The balance is pretty good, with the hops winning out, but not enough to make it an IPA. Mildly dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Not a world beater, but a pretty good example of an American pale ale. Not quite good enough for me to shift from my stand-bys for the style, but if this is what's available, I wouldn't shy away from it. (953 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vacationing in Oregon. Little bottleshop has Oregon brewed cans in the fridge. Worth checking out.

Very nice floral hop aroma. Lots of cascade with the underlying citrus aroma. Nice little caramel malt aroma but it is definitely hop dominant.

Golden but cloudy. Pours with a thick pure white head that ends up as a half inch layer of rocky bubbles. Just a little bit of rising bubbles in the glass. Pretty good lacing.

Nice caramel malt flavor right off and then it has a good hop bitter bite. Mostly grapefruit citrus hops. Can says that it is all cascade so that makes sense. Finish is also some caramel malt flavor. In between there is some oily hop flavor too. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a west coast PA. Hoppy but with enough malt that it isn't unbalanced.

Medium bodied with a good medium carbonation level. Not heavy at all. very nice on my palate.

Very nice beer. I wouldn't rave about to my beer geek friends it but I would be happy to have it as a regular in my fridge. Solid everyday drinking type beer. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, awesome two finger creamy white head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very nice touch of hops, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is a nice blend of hops/malts, somce citrus/caramel. The finish is dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice Pale Ale, recommended. (374 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (447 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a nonic, the Caldera Pale Ale is a golden yellow with a moderate size, very tight white head that's long lasting and leaves thick hunks of lace. This is honestly the first time I've ever not drank this beer from the can, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how pretty it is, particularly the paler golden color and chunky lace. I couldn't ask for anything else from a Pale Ale. Served at fridge temp.

Smell is bright, flowery, lime scented cascades and toasted biscuit, perhaps a bit soapy.

Taste is malty, caramel and biscuit, with tart citrus hops, classic grapefruit providing a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very creamy but dry and crisp, with a heavier body.

Drinkability is pretty good, cascade fans will enjoy this, a bit thick for my taste, but bonus points for the can, which has made this a trusty friend on those cold Mt. Hood chair lifts! (875 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a modest head that quickly fades (just like the IPA; lacing is a bit better than the IPA but not much

Smell: As with the IPA, there is just something a little funky going on with the aromatics; the pale ale aroma is there, but there is a metallic and cat litter aspect that doesn't do it for me; this one is not nearly as rank as the IPA, however

Taste: As with the IPA, the taste makes up for the poor aroma; opens biscuity, with pithy grapefruit and pine flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the two elements blend nicely and provide a balanced, somewhat woodsy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another tasty beer from Caldera; as the aroma of the pale ale is not as off-putting as the IPA, I'll mark it higher on the scale (832 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 (520 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a glass tumbler. Nice aroma and pale yellow appearance. Nice fluffy head and fair amount of lacing. Taste was a big surprise, I thought any beer from a can would be a let-down. The initial malt sweetness was nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. Not like an IPA for sure but impressive anyway. Mouthfeel was O.K. and drinkability was good. Made with whole flower Cascade hops.
Update: 8/04/2014. From a can that had a date of 2/01/14. It was about 5 months old. Just changed the mouthfeel up a slight amount. Good lacing and head retention. One of my favorite Pale Ales canned or otherwise. Very consistent. (633 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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 pool and beach safe.

Light flavor, light hops, easy to drink.

Can Bonus....I'll have to try this one again in the summer. (294 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with a thin, wispy white head.

Smell: Aroma of herbal, citrus hops accompanied by a honey-laden maltiness.

Taste: Mild pale malts with a bit of toastiness and a soft honey-like sweetness. Citrus and bitter herbs. Medium bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fair pale ale, but I gotta say I enjoyed the Caldera IPA far, far more. (428 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a classic pale ale, sent courtesy of unclejedi via the CEO BIF!

And in a can, too! Poured a clear amber, mixed together with a golden hue. Sheets of white lace clung to the sides, excellent.

Lite floral and citrus in the aroma, progressing into the taste – which added pine and a squeeze of grapefruit. Sharp, crisp and dry – this would be an excellent on the go brew for any outdoor activity. Hats off for this one! (425 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber body with a solid finger of thick white head. Rather light for a Pale.

Nose is light hops, grassy but tart.

Flavor is lightly sweet, a moderate foundation of malt that balances the hops. Wonderful hops, tart C hops, but not overdone. A well balanced brew that is flavorful, yet still very quenching.

Mouthfeel is tart and tangy.

Drinkability is great! A very tasty and easily drinkable Pale.

Bring me more! (425 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Dale's Pale Ale for the first time yesterday, and thought I'd compare it to this, both of which i picked up on a recent road trip.

At first glance this beer is a bit lighter than Dale's but remains a very good looking beverage, pouring a slightly hazed golden color with a large white head that lasts a while and leaves very impressive lacing.

Nose is very hoppy and bitter, quite a bit of citrus noticeable. More sweet and less toasted malt than the Dale's. I'd have a hard time deciding on a favorite between the appearance and aroma, but very slightly prefer the taste I had yesterday - both probably should rate about a 4.25. Caldera is more bitter - that isn't a bad thing - and has a noticeably dryer finish.
Body is on the light side of medium - seems slightly thinner than Dale's - while carbonation is crisp and appropriate.
Final verdict? Another extremely drinkable brew, and another fantastic canned beer for my forays to the pool or wherever glass isn't allowed/convenient. (1,001 characters)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoughtfully provided by flexabull--thanks! Re-review: Now on my second shipment thanks to unclejedi. Thank you men, and thank the heavens for trading!!!!

Served at about 35F from a 12 oz can into "Boston Lager" pint.

Aroma after cracking open the can is all floral hops.

Pours light, color is golden and crystal clear, with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma is sweetly malty with strong herbal/floral hop tone.

Flavor is a bit resiny, lots of hops for a pale ale. Strong, filling bitterness.

Great mouthfeel, goes down easy, but the sharp bitterness lingers. A bit unbalanced--just how I like it--the XPA style. Upon re-review I like it even more than the first time I reviewed it.

This is a fantastic pale ale, my #1 can beer. Looking forward to trying Caldera IPA as soon as I can hook up a trade. (825 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color, with a big impressive white head.

Nice hoppy cascade nose. Floral, and pine like.

Beer has a pretty light quality. But is still tasty. Light crisp hop flavor, a bit of malty sweetness and creaminess, and a slightly piney and resiny hop finish. Nice simple APA.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. As mentioned, it's a bit light, but still feels nice in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good. Light and easy drinking, yet still a tasty APA. Session worthy.

I love canned craft beer! (512 characters)

Photo of mnwags
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The first I am trying from the great trade with msbulldog. (for those of you who don't know him, trust me, he is "the man") ha.

Popped the tab on this one to a nice hsss! The pour was what I consider above average and but the appearance was just about average. Just a skimming of head with nice carbonation. A very little lacing lasted throughout the tasting.

The typical pale ale smell. I really enjoy this and now think that this should be a candle scent. Or possibly a scratch-and-sniff sticker would be nice.

The tastebuds where not complaining about this interview they had. The canning does not appear to take away from the true pale ale taste at all.

A little slimy and light as this brew went through the ole beer guzzling chamber.

Overall a nice A.PA. that will have to enjoy again in the future. Maybe next time I will go full bore on this one and just shotgun it. Or not! (898 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (1,492 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great golden color-very clear-a tad deeper in in color then some pales. Good aroma-mellow hopiness to it-sort of grassy. Great flavor-well balanced between a good level of bitterness and the malt. Really good hop flavor to it as well as the bitterness. Good body as well. Very, very drinkable beer. Almost a shame to drink it right from the can!!!! As much as I love macros I cant help but say whoo hoo great beer in a can lets go camping!!! (441 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden pale with foamy white head.

Smells nice with very apparent herbal hop aroma.

Taste is smooth with a nice crackery malt flavor and a big bitter hop finish. A tad overly bitter for your typical pale ale, maybe needs a bit more malt but I still like it. Plus it comes in a can which is a GREAT thing. Go cans. (338 characters)

Photo of MLegendre
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I don't know how everyone else got such a nice head, my pour got me nothing but a thin white white head that was gone in seconds. Gold in color with a few bubbles rushing to the top. Hardly any lacing.

S: Well what the beer was lacking in appearence it made up for in smell. A very nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malt.

T: Starts off very, very bitter, so bitter it threw me off guard. It's okay because it has a very strong sweet malt to even out the bitterness. The aftertaste is back to being very bitter. This is exactly what I look for in a Pale Ale.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, good carbonation.

D: Very solid pale ale and one of the best I've had. I thought it was strange that it came in a can, but it doen't effect the flavor in any way. In fact I have been convinced that craft beer in a can is a good thing as it makes it very easy to pack around, this is perfect for summer when you're hiking, rafting, camping, etc. (956 characters)

Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.