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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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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 jeff1973
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear copper/orange with eggshell head that left a little lacing.

S - Slightly nutty, floral hops, a little malt sweetness.

T - A nutty/slightly sweet richness that fades into citrus/floral bitterness.

M - Medium/Light, silky.

D - High, the silky mouthfeel is not only adds to the taste, but also makes this go down real easy.

Very nice, everyday drinking beer. Could give Mirror Pond a run for my "fridge beer"

jeff1973, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour yields a three inch off white head. Beer itself is a somewhat cloudy dull light orange. Awesome head retention with above average lacing.

S- Bright citrus notes...think lemons, oranges.

T- Follows the nose. With a noticeable, but not overpowering, dose of hops on the back end. Well balanced. Alcoholic orange juice, mmmph.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is lacking a bit it seems.

D/O- One of the better pale ales I've had in awhile. Drinkability is the tits...and in cans no less! First Caldera offering is a winner in my book.

Duff27, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a small snifter.

Slightly hazed and the color of sunshine, with a honking cream-colored head of froth that drops slowly, leaving film in big walls on the glass.

Snappy nose. Grass, lemon … lemongrass! Also get biscuits, honey, a tiny bit of cracker malt and hints of earth.

The flavor improves on the nose’s maltiness with biscuits and a pale cracker finish. The bitterness is a bit too light — I get some lemon peel and maybe some German spice as well, but I could use more hops. The finish is cleanly malty, and I get a flash of uncooked malt at the swallow – almost like a handful of dry pilsner malt.

Medium-light body with very light massaging carb and soft fizziness. Clean, light and drinkable — great for a hot day.

Caldera’s pale ale would be great on the golf course. It’s flavorful yet sessionable. More hops would help bump this one up to the next level.

Phelps, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Virginia Beach. Poured from a 12oz can into a perfect pint glass.

Pale orange/yellow in color, the pour cause a sweet 2 fingers of pearly white head to form. The bubbles stuck around for a while before slowly dissipating, leaving behind tons of lace.

The nose is grainy up front...lots of grass mixed with hops. Corn and caramel malts are in the background.

While the caramel malts play a background role in the nose, they take front and center in the taste. Sweet and almost chewy, the candy corn middle fades slightly while the bitterness of the hops finish things off.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, moderate carbonation and a little slick.

This is a pretty odd beer...has hops that are not in the flavor...the taste has the flavors of a (weak) barleywine, but the body is not there...but overall, this is still a tasty offering.

mgbickel, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
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
Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can to Sam Adams PP glass.

A: Pours straw-colored with shades of orange and some chill haze. Carbonation looks good, and the head/lacing are on par for an APA.

S: Pleasantly surprised by the quantity of hops, for a Pale Ale I get lots of grassy, earthy hops, some citrus, a crisp sweetness and some malt backbone.

T: More balanced than the nose, the malt subdues the hops somewhat but the crisp bitterness is really the thing that hits first. There is some pine in there, and maybe some ginger. Still hop forward in a nice way.

MF: Crisp and prickly with carbonation, refreshing and light and wet.

O: Pretty good, a nice summer beer that should be sought out to try.

Scotchboy, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass

A- Nice pale golden, almost straw liquid with very large off white head... Didn't know this was can conditioned- yeast swirl floats about, my bad...

S- Very faint aroma... Almost a white grape juice smell with some biscuit. Smells crisp but otherwise a bit light

T/M- Very bready with nice crisp bitterness... Fairly light flavor, little fruityness hidden throughout. The hop flavor isn't where I would like it, but still a solid PA. Body and carbonation are pretty average for style...

O- Refreshing on a hot day. I tend to be love/hate on pale ales, but this one actually is fairly middle of the road for me. Would buy again to take where bottles can't go or something, but other bottles pale ales are available...

TheGordianKnot, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of loren01
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color, not too much head or lacing down the glass
S: Grassy/piney type hop scent, nothing too fragrant though
T: Mild sweetness followed by a nice crisp grassy/herbal hop flavor
M: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is pretty good
O: This is a nice summer BBQ beer, I think i may like their amber better but this one is a decent pale.

loren01, May 31, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours clear, pale orange maybe some yellow. The head is about a finger and a half of off white head. The head did settle down to a thin layer and did leave a good amount of lacing.
S: malt is sweet, slightly grainy. Hops are a little piny, and a little bit grassy.
T: again with the sweet lightly grainy malt. Hops bring about, mostly pine, a little citrus, and even some grass to the palate.
M: carbonation is tingly and nice. Otherwise it smooth on the palate.
O: yet another impressive brew from a can, good balanced flavor.

rootbeerman, May 15, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

corby112, May 09, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

inlimbo77, May 07, 2011
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 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 FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FosterJM, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bobhits, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

u2carew, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of beerman207
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

beerman207, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BEERchitect, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

msubulldog25, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

climax, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of AEK
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AEK, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
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
Photo of wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

wcudwight, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kzoobrew, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

hawks10, Oct 13, 2010
Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.