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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera Pale AleCaldera Pale Ale

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very good

373 Ratings

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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 Samp01
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium long lasting beige head. Good lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma and Taste is of caramel malt, yeast, very fruity nose, citrus with some floral citrus hops. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finished with a sweet caramel malt, yeast and citrus fruity notes with some good citrus and floral hops bitterness for balance. Overall a good balanced and solid all around pale ale

Samp01, May 23, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

Pours a nice slightly hazy copper color with some golden hues and some nice orange edges. There is a nice 1 inch off-white head that pops up and has some nice dense bubbles. Some sticky lacing can be seen clinging to the edges of the glass.

Grassy and herbal. Citrus notes a plenty intermingled with some nice fresh biscuity malt. Nice bready undertones and some earthy grain are also perceived. Some slight dank pine.

Taste-wise. Very impressive PA. Nice and refreshing citrus notes. Some tangerine and orange peel. Herbal and flowery with some nice pine resin in there as well. THis is well balanced by some bready and toasty malt notes. Very bready finish with some slight pale malt sweetness as well. Very delicious. This thing has been under my nose for a while now. Great crisp clean body with a nice bitter finish.

Really good PA. Great flavors and well balanced. Up there with the best of them as a true APA.

JoEBoBpr, May 22, 2012
Photo of AlexM
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

AlexM, May 13, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very malty on many ends on this one. On the flavor profile, I get a lot of twig and wood tones, but not wood as in barrel; wood as in trees. But not trees as in "trees", but as in trees. 420 nerds, you'll get that last part. Anyways. this seems to come up a bit short honestly. I'd hope for some more bite and vibrance coming from a beer out of Oregon that utilizes hops. That aside, it's an alright ale, I suppose. Wish they'd put some dates on the bottom of these cans.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

avaldivia, May 07, 2012
Photo of laymansbeerfan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Got this from a great BA, thanks Scotchboy!

A: Pours a nice gold-orange color, with a thin layer of head.

S: Gives a nice caramel-malt hint, as well as a faint smell of floral hops (I think).

T: Has a nice malt flavor, with a little bitter hop pinch. Very good!

MF: Very nice carbonation, a little on the dry side but not excessive.

O: Very nice pale ale. It almost feels like an ipa, but easily one I would enjoy again and again. Thanks to Daniel for hooking me up with this one!

laymansbeerfan, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +5.3%

TicoCali, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Chou
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Chou, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of ktuc
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ktuc, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Kopfschuss, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev +5.3%

9InchNails, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ridgeline23, Mar 31, 2012
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 tony223366
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer is definitely a looker. I've got two fingers of white dense head with atleast two fingers of rocky head floating above the glass. The color is a straw/orange mix. Clarity is pretty good but not perfect. All in all it's a really attractive pale ale.

S: It smells awesome too. Huge citrus from the hops as well as some sweet, rich caramels are both abundant. Some pine as well as something a little grassy too.

T: Flavors fall well with the nose. Citrus plays a little back on this beer. But it's definitely there. Past that I get sweet caramel malts as well as some graininess on the finish. It's a decent flavor but the finish falls a bit flat. I just want there to be more there. In that same respect though the finish is very clean, leaving you with not much lasting flavor.

M: I think this beer just needs a little more carbonation to make the finish not seem so flat. Medium body.

O: Certainly a decent pale, but it's a little assuming. It starts great but the finish isn't great.

tony223366, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of jawneyt
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jawneyt, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

rogerthegill, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of HopHeadRyan
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...


HopHeadRyan, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Dark straw pour, good carbonation throughout. Layer if white, half a finger maybe.

Aroma, herbal, citrus, pine. Some grainy malt.

Taste, Citrus, herbal piney hops up front. Toasted nut, herbal finish. Very nice.

On the lighter side, drinks very easy. Good level of carbonation. American Pales have gotten so much more interesting now that they aren't hop bombs.

Bung, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of SPE1443
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

SPE1443, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of creez
4.75/5  rDev +25%

creez, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

RoryOMoore, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Kahlerbock, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden color with a beatiful eggshell colored covering. Very thick retention which leaves many rings throughout the tasting. Alot of bubbling action going on here.

Subtle aroma's in all aspects. Soft pine notes with slight citrus at first. A big following of dough and biscuit come in for the finish.

Whatever was lacking in the nose makes up for with the taste. Nice grainy taste invades the mouth a that nice heavy doughiness. A big hop punch delivers some heavier pine notes that linger for quite some time.

Medium bodied,excellent carbonation. Nice thickness not too watery in the mouth.

All and all well done here. Now this is a style that most people really dismiss anymore. If people want to know a solid Pale ale I will point to this one.

TheFightfan1, Jan 26, 2012
Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
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