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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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364 Ratings

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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 corby112


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a frothy three finger off-white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing.

Earthy aroma with floral, piny hops as well hints of grass and straw all balanced by a sweet citrus presence. Pale malt underneath.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that is slightly dry and not overly bitter. Earthy and floral with hints of pine needle balanced by some sweet citrus, especially grapefruit and orange peel. Slightly creamy presence with hints of earthy grass and straw as well as a pale malt backbone that balances things out nicely. Fuller bodied and more complex than the average pale ale while remaining light and very quaffable.

05-09-2011 05:36:45 | More by corby112
Photo of inlimbo77


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from 12oz can into a DFH pint glass. No canning date is present.

A: This pours a nice, clean, pale orange color. This is nicely carbonated. Two finger white head that sticks around a while. Good lacing on the glass too.

S: I don't take much from the nose. Mild, if any, hops. I guess it is more malt from the nose? Some florals?

T: This is mild up front, a little bit of hop bite in the middle and a nice good crisp finish. I like this for a pale ale. More of an IPA taste and hop character. I was surprised!

M: This is somewhat watery, but there is some coating there. Doesn't stay too long though.

O: I like this overing from Caldera. The IPA is better conceived, but for a pale from the can....very well done. I'd have again. Comparable to Victory Headwaters which is a favorite in the pale ale catagory.

05-07-2011 13:34:12 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of youradhere


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

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!

04-09-2011 03:12:00 | More by youradhere
Photo of Thorpe429


2.73/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

03-08-2011 20:37:34 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of FosterJM


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

293rd review on Ba
Can to Pint

App- Light yellow with light orange highlights. A one finger head that was medium length of time sticking around. Nice lacing as well.

Smell- Very basic of wheat, hops and some lemony citrus.

Drink- Crisp, clean and well balanced. A nice wheat base with some crisp malts and a well done chewiness.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carb level. Nice bigger body for a small ABV beer.

Drink- I feel this was a good beer. Should have checked out Caldera a long time ago. This is one of those beers that was a good way to start the evening. I would have this again during the summer for a nice beach day.

03-07-2011 03:39:18 | More by FosterJM
Photo of bobhits


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

I love cans. They pour great, don't let light in, and confuse the hell out of people when you bring them places.

L. Pours a big head, but it vanishes quickly. Thin body with some carbonation but not much. Kind of reminds me of Sierra Nevada which has always been pretty low on my pale ale list especially on looks. Golden with a touch of copper in appearance, perhaps a HAIR darker than sierra.

S. Suble hop kiss, and caramel malt. Some sweet fruity amber malt as well. This smells a bit less sweet than their amber but otherwise seems the same. The IPA smells a lot better.

T. Sweet with some english/american grassy hops. These could be american hops but there's something very english tasting here. The hops finish with enough bite here which the smell and opening taste don't seems to hint at.

D. Goes down easy and would be great on a hot day.

M. A touch light on the carbination. As a result the hops have an almost spice like effect, the body isn't thick or syrupy, but is a very dry finish. I like this but there's something here that's a hair off.

16 dollars for a 6 pack of cans. Thankfully I talked the guy at the store into letting me buy a single but at that price this is a JOKE. At 8-9 bucks a 6 pack, this would be a great summer beer and be worth while all the time. At 16 I just can't imagine ever even considering this beer again.

02-25-2011 23:50:31 | More by bobhits
Photo of u2carew


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

12oz can.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head that takes awhile to settle. Slightly hazy body. Active carbonation. Gold in color. Nice sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Pink grapefruit. A hint of evergreen.
T) The initial flavors are washed out by the fizz. Once beyond that some dry nutty-ness liken to walnut. Grapefruit rind. A mellow sweetness throughout but not the main stay. A nice hop bite in the finish, but seems a bit too much for a pale ale.
M) Quite fizzy. Medium body. Dry.
D) A decent brew. I'd have another.

02-25-2011 03:21:28 | More by u2carew
Photo of beerman207


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Review is from notes. Picked this up while visiting family in pennsylvania.

A: Dark yellow, good head, great pour

S: Hops, sugar, some floral

T: Bitter up front, malt balances nicely

M: A bit bubbbly for my taste. Needs a little less carbonation

D: Ok. Not the best pale ale but decent.

02-05-2011 23:06:45 | More by beerman207
Photo of BEERchitect


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Well balanced between caramel maltiness and citrusy hops, this beer exemplifies the Pale Ale style nicely.

An expected deep golden to light copper color does the beer pour. Froathy head character amounts to an inch or so before settling it's white lace on the glass. Good retention, but great on lacing. A classic Pale Ale appearance.

Caramel, spice, and hops blend in the nose for the impression of graham crackers, orange rinds, and a touch of ginger. Very appealing aroma that doesn't let the hops nor the malt gain precidence.

Sweet maltiness sets the tone for taste with a medium caramel flavor, cracker-like breadiness, and a light grainy or crusty taste that gives a slight bite that ushers in the hop flavor and bitterness. Grapefruit, orange zest, and light grassy notes peak through early, but grow in intensity until the malt sweetness waivers, giving the finish and aftertaste a decidedly bitter ending to an otherwise balanced beer.

Malt sweetness gives a fuller, rounder sensation to the mouth, while the hops and moderate alcohol provide a drying and crispening finish. Though not complete in dryness or crispness in finish, the beer holds onto enough malt character to attempt balance deep in the finish and aftertaste.

With relatively low/no flaws in execution, the recipe formulation leads to a somewhat one-dimentional caramel malt sweetness that wears on the palate and hurts the sessionability of the beer. And with the standard malt/hop balance, there's not much intrigue to keep me comming back.

01-28-2011 06:03:54 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of msubulldog25


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Have had this (and other Calderas) a number of times; this 12 oz. undated (but fresh then) can was a leftover from a buddy's 40th a couple weeks back. Poured to a pint.

"Live Product: Keep Cool, Just Like You"

Around the lip:
"Go Skiing - Go Fishing - Go Snowboarding - Go Biking - Go Rafting - Go Cans"

A: A glassful of golden sunshine on a dreary day; glowing maize with modest carbonation and a fine dusting of unfiltered-ness. Terrific head: a finger-and-a-half of white fluff that cracks slowly and breaks down to a concave cream. Slender icicle bands of lace.

S: Pleasant aroma of dried grass, a bready orange scone, some caramel. Hop aroma isn't pronounced.

T: Crackery pale malts initially, followed by wave after wave of herbed spiciness and orange/citrus pith. Hops are reigned in well, however; bitterness never really grabs hold. As someone who appreciates a balanced blend, this one's right up my alley.

M: Creamy feel, soft carbonation, velvety coating. Medium body. Nothing to get all excited about, unless 'smoothness' gets you excited; if so, this is your beer. Slight stickiness and chalkiness in the finish detracts slightly.

D: Solid Pale Ale, well-balanced and easy to drink. All those activities listed above? Yeah, take this along while doing them. To the list, I'll add: 'Go Play Right Field for the Office Softball Team'; 'Go on a Double-Decker Bus Ride for a Friend's Birthday'; and 'Go Sit on the Couch after Hanging Christmas Lights'. Caldera, take it everywhere you go...

12-14-2010 23:21:09 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of climax


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

The can seemed to contribute to an exceptionally creamy head atop a cloudy golden yellow body. The color was a bright lemon yellow closer to the light source. The head retained itself well, dropping with rocky craters.

The nose was crisp and refreshing. The bold caramel and citrus aromas hit the nose the hardest, balanced very well. Lemon and orange oils make up the citrus profile. The malt backbone is substantial, clean, pale malts for the most part.

The flavor had more hop intensity than I was expecting, yet the website claims 55 IBU's, so maybe I should have expected it. Strong soapy pine highlights crept close to IPAdom. The finish is long, dry, and bitter.

The body had good viscosity, very creamy feel with a chalky dry finish. Not a bad effort here, this one is not for one who's hop shy. Caldera does make an IPA, I am now more excited (than 15 minutes ago) to try it.

11-30-2010 02:08:29 | More by climax
Photo of AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

355ml can poured into a young's pint pot.

A. Bright gold with a towering white head, bright gold that is until the sediment took over proceedings, the beer then took on a 'marbled' appearance with the yeast suspended half way up/half way down the glass. As it diminished, the head sounded like rice crispies 'popping'.

S. Lemony and zesty, good hop character.

T. A lovely hop bite accompanies the slightly fruity malt, splinters of pineapple.

M.Medium, mouth coating.

D. Another good offering from Caldera. These canned craft beers are a joy to have. Maybe one day ALL beer will be canned rather than bottled.

11-17-2010 12:04:30 | More by AEK
Photo of Tilley4


2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

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..

10-28-2010 23:01:36 | More by Tilley4
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Bright, clear golden color with a massive head that filled half the glass thanks to my overly-agressive pour. Head settles at a moderate pace and leaves lot's of sticky lacing. Already a sign of hop oils. I'm getting excited.
Citric hops in the aroma. Pink grapefruit.
Same citric hops that are in the aroma, are in the flavor, but the flavor is much more balanced than the nose forshadows. Sweet pale malts with a nice hop kick. Not overly complex but I don't expect APAs to be too complex. This is exactly what I look for in a Pale Ale.
Very crisp and refreshing and easy to drink. I could drink a few of these on a hot summer day. And the fact that it comes in a can just make it that much more portable for hikes and such.

10-28-2010 01:36:02 | More by wcudwight
Photo of kzoobrew


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

Thanks to tjensen3618 for putting on the LIF which brought me this can.

Clear straw yellow body. Careful pour produces a towering four finger white head. The head works its way back at a moderate pace leaving some scattered lacing.

The aroma is rather balanced. The pale malt is a bit more assertive than I would like to see in an APA. Pale malt is sweet and bready in the nose. Citrus fruit aroma provide the counterpoint to the malt.

Warm toasted bready flavors are the first to hit the palate. The hop flavor follows soon after but fails to assert itself enough to overcome the malt. Light grapefruit with a bit of a pithy bite. A brighter hop profile would do wonders hear.

Light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth texture. The finish is moderately dry, a bit of malt flavor does linger a bit.

Yes, this beer is very drinkable but it also falls short of my expectations for the style. The aroma and flavor are lacking for an APA, the attributes remind me much more of an english style. This is a beer I could see drinking a few during a barbecue or other social events. Decent session beer.

10-26-2010 20:28:11 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of hawks10


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. A new to me canned beer, love it...

Pours a clear golden amber with three fingers of frothy white head which leaves tons of lacing behind...

Strong citrus hop aroma at first, grapefruit. Sweet malts come forward after a few whiffs, slightly bready...

Decently hoppy for an APA, a lot of them just fall short in this category unfortunately. Overall sweet, juicy citrus hops are prevalent. Sweet, honey-like malt flavors come forward after the initial citrus hop taste fades, with some earthy dry hops quickly washing the sweetness away...

Medium bodied with good carbonation, smooth, a lingering bitter drying finish...

Pretty good, I love APA's out of a can...would like to try this again knowing for certain that it is fresh. Why can't breweries date their beers???!!! Frustrating!

10-13-2010 00:55:06 | More by hawks10
Photo of dudemuskie


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Grabbed a single 12oz can at The Andersons in Toledo, Ohio.

Appearance- Pours a brilliant deep straw color with faded hints of pale orange. Big, rocky eggshell white head rises and clings to the glass with each sip leaving an absolutely beautiful lacing behind.

Aroma- Bright hop aromas of grapefruit, pithy orange peel, and slightly pungent pine. Healthy burnt sugar and sweet malty undertones with a whisper of mineral-like yeastiness.

Flavor- Nice balance from start through the middle and into the finish with soft caramel/burnt sugar maltiness and a hearty pungent citrusy vein of hop goodness. Bitterness and hop pungency intensifies into finish and lingers well beyond the exhale with a kiss of cracker-like light malt. Very refreshing, crisp, and edgy pale ale!

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, low-moderate residual sugars, moderate CO2. Nice balance, but definitely some sticky hoppiness to this brew. Refreshing with an edgy, pungent, minerally dryness in finish.

Overall- This is ridiculously drinkable and just about everything you would want in a pale ale! Big hops, but nice dose of flavor, aroma, and bitterness in there. Just the right amount of malt sweetness to keep drinkability high. This would make an excellent lawnmower beer, but still has enough complexity/flavor to be a great pair with food- I'm thinking pulled pork and slaw, or anything spicy. I'll definitely grab more of this tasty nugget in a can!

10-12-2010 12:40:30 | More by dudemuskie
Photo of elgiacomo


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz can, unknown date.

Pours semi-hazy golden/orange/amber with a two finger fluffy white head that leaves some lacing and holds a fair cap.

Aroma is fruity and citrusy, oranges, melons, pear, green apple, with with an equal amount of sweet caramel and biscuity malts. Some yeasty mustiness. Good overall strength.

Flavor features some citrus, earthy, floral, and grassy hops, not as fruity as the nose, some crystal malt with mild sweetness, moderate bitterness, finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and slick with medium carbonation.

Very good APA.

10-11-2010 04:18:35 | More by elgiacomo
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2.93/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

09-22-2010 02:41:40 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of stephens101


4.18/5  rDev +10%

A golden orange and slightly fizzy brew with a slight fluffy off-white head that constricts slowly instead of outright fading away. A few minuscule dots of lace line the glass. A note of citrus hops is noticed on the nose at first, then a slight caramel sweetness follows up. Melon rind, a squirt of lemon on the tongue, some graininess in the background, and a drop of honey makes for a happy palate. Light to medium bodied with crisp edges. Cohesion is bliss.

09-09-2010 22:14:01 | More by stephens101
Photo of StaveHooks


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

A - Pours a clear apricot orange. 1 finger sticky-looking head. Spotted lacing

S - Bready caramel malt, honey, citrus hops, tea like cracker background. Very tasty. Honey malt aftertaste

T - Honey caramel, spicy hops, green bark, slightly honey kissed floral, a slight earthiness/medicinal to the aftertaste.

M - Perfect. The carbonation yields a sublime texture for the style.

This is a good APA. However it does have some medicinal flavors that I'm not diggin.

08-24-2010 02:20:46 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

A - Pours a clear light yellow with 3 fingers foamy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Very nice malt aroma with floral and citrus hop aromas mixing nicely.

T - Taste follows the smell with floral, citrus hop notes, mild bitterness, very rich caramel malt base.

M - Light bodied, lots of carbonation, finish is all bittering hops.

D - Good drinkability, very smooth and the flavors work well together.

08-14-2010 02:09:18 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Poured a nice golden color with good carbonation and a white head

S: Floral notes, herbal, light booze

T: Caramel, floral, even some biscuity notes at times

M: Nice feel, crisp and a good drink

D: Very good. Nice taste, very good West Coast take on a APA.

08-10-2010 02:34:50 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of merlin48


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

08-08-2010 01:16:53 | More by merlin48
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3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

Can I stumbled across somewhere in Ohio where this beer surfaced after being "imported" on the grey market. I was assured by the proprietor that this was fresh.

Looks wonderful in my pint glass. Serious 2 finger head that sticks around and around. When it does subside, a beautiful lace is left behind. The beer is orange with some gold highlights. Agitation brings it back at full force. A great start.

Smell is average, unfortunately. Some citrus hops and some pale malt. But not as pronounced a boquet as I would ask for. What's there is orange, sweet marmelade on biscuits, and caramel.

Taste is also just not cutting it. Looking at my experience rating APA's, I've had several that just pack more flavor and in more creative ways. Great Lakes Burning River and Three Floyds Alpha King blow this away. However this is decent. My biggest issue is that the citrus-backed bitterness and the sweet kiss of honey and bread crust from the malt just fall short of anything more than the average.

Mouthfeel is above average thanks to the adequate, smooth carbonation and medium body. Finish is wonderful with just a touch of lingering bitterness. Very drinkable as well, I'd like to try it from the source sometime to see what's it's like when maximum freshness is assured. When it surfaces in Ohio, it just lacks the depth and punch I like in my APA's.

08-02-2010 18:18:38 | More by jampics2
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