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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera Pale AleCaldera Pale Ale

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very good

331 Ratings

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%

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 tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a golden colour. One finger of fluffy white head. Good carbonation, great thick lace and a film of retention.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, honey, touch of pine, mango.

T - Mango and citrus. Nice light citrus and honey note. Pine was fairly prominent. Toffee was there too. Really nice. Hop forward but balanced.

M - Very mildly bitter making the balance nice. Good carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Body and flavour make it good. Light body works well, making it go down smooth. Flavour hops were strong and not much bitterness. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

06-04-2012 04:22:32 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: can

05-23-2012 19:56:45 | More by Samp01
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 00:45:11 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-09-2012 06:15:14 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of laymansbeerfan


4/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 00:26:59 | More by laymansbeerfan
Photo of Andrewseher

4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 03:23:40 | More by Andrewseher
Photo of tony223366


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 04:47:57 | More by tony223366
Photo of HopHeadRyan


2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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...


Serving type: can

03-15-2012 19:27:38 | More by HopHeadRyan
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-15-2012 01:27:07 | More by Bung
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-26-2012 22:13:56 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of dlbrockmiller


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another excellent beer from Caldara. Pours a golden amber with the slightest haze and a nice two finger lightly colored head. You can really smell the signature cascade aroma - citrusy with a touch of pine. It has a nice citrus hop flavors supported by a good malt backbone. There is a slight bitterness in the finish, though it doesn't linger too long. Very nice and incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-20-2012 19:50:27 | More by dlbrockmiller
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: gold yellow/light orange bubbly/shiny body,
finger white fluffy head, fantastic lacing

S: grapefruit, pine, lemon peel

T: grapefruit, lemon, earthy malt,
piny oily/sticky bitter finish

M: med/light, light oily/sticky mouth

O: Yummy, easy going APA.
Great session brew, highly
recommend, will buy
again. Thrilled to see another
extremely tasty, lighter American
craft brew. Going to become
a regular in my frig!


Serving type: can

01-10-2012 16:25:16 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of syrupjoe


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color with off-white head.

Nose gives off notes of mango and grassiness with honey maltiness.

Taste is mellow and spicy with notes of date and dried plums. Grassy and green hop presence with smooth bitterness.

Moderate carbonation with a dry finish and lingering bitterness.

Overall a nice pale ale that has a well-rounded (albeit bitter) flavor profile. Not as full-bodied as others, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 21:55:49 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of BrewerB


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this can up at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa this past weekend. Was really impressed with Caldera's IPA and wanted to sample some more of their offerings. Plus I'm a sucker for canned craft beer.

Pouring into a New Glarus pint glass. Golden-orange hued with scant haze. Thin off-white foam formed atop the glass, slowly receded down. Lacing left behind and foam sticking around.

Classic citrusy hop aroma springs ahead in the nose with a biscuity and slight caramel malt playing supporting roles.

Upfront citrus hops with a bready malt in the middle. An herbal/minty hop quality helps round out the hop profile lending complexity without muddling the balanced flavor. Medium to medium-high level of bitterness that maintains its posture into the dry finish.

Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Overall another solid offering from Caldera. The nose and initial flavors are classic American Pale Ale citrusy hops. Bready and biscuity malts form a foundation and maintain balance while herbal and minty hops lend interesting additional complexity.

Serving type: can

11-15-2011 02:08:31 | More by BrewerB
Photo of vande


3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a nice, thick looking golden/copper color with a finger and a half of thick looking clean white head a float..

S: refreshing, sweet, fruity hop notes...aromas of citrus with a bit of floralness mixed in...very pleasant...

T: tough to compare as I had Zombie Dust tonight too.. This is ab it flatter than I'd like, kind of a weird dry, bitter back to the end that takes away from the possibility of enjoying any good hop presence... a fairly basic pale...

M: medium to lighter bodied beer that has a nice feel for the mouth... kind a hugs the palate on the way down. nice.

0: nothing crazy. not the worst, and not the best I've had. but at least worth the try. probably wouldn't buy a 6 or 12 pack...

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 05:29:30 | More by vande
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. Some nice staying power and spider web lacing. The aroma is musty and earthy with layers of pine and orange. On the palate, this guy is a little more pine and citrus forward while the earthy, musty hops come through in the middle. The finish is earthy bitter with a touch of pine resin. Light medium body with good carbonation. This is a nice pale ale that deserves a spot in any rotation. Borderline sessionable.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 15:56:31 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of harrymel


2.98/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 11:56:19 | More by harrymel
Photo of woosterbill


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. No date, but I know it's at least a few months old as I got it in an in-person trade at DLD and forgot about it in my fridge until today. Oops.

A: A fairly fast pour results in two fingers of lusciously creamy off-white head perched atop a hazy orange body. Solid, rocky retention and lots of frothy lace. Quite nice indeed.

S: The hops have certainly faded, but still lend a nice bit of spice on top of the pure caramel malt. Simple, straightforward, balanced, and pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, but with a bit of extra hop bitterness on the finish; lightly resinous. Very tasty, classic pale ale.

M: Medium body, lots of carbonation. A little bit too frothy, but not bad at all.

O: This is an eminently solid APA as it is, and I'm sure it would have been even better fresh (I've bumped it a half point to make up for my own foolishness in letting it sit for so long). I'd love to take a sixer on a camping trip. Craft cans FTW!


Serving type: can

09-22-2011 21:30:48 | More by woosterbill
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

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

Poured into pint glass from can

A: Glowing orange/amber color with white head that has subsided to a frothy ring. Nice deep color for a pale ale.

S: Light aromas of citrus and floral hops with bready and caramel malts. I'm also getting aromas of something similar to yogurt, sort of that lactic sour smell.

T: Biscuity malt, almost lightly nutty, with floral and grapefruit flavored hops mixing in well. The hops are present but never push the malt flavor out. Bitter-sweet aftertaste.

M/O: Crisp, refreshing, highly drinkable. It's hoppy enough to more than please for a PA and light enough to keep it easy on the palate. Light-medium body with good carbonation. Without a doubt one of the best pale ales I've had.

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 17:10:43 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of cbarrett4


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

Poured from can (love it!) into Deschutes Becker style pint glass.

Pours true pale ale hue, straw core, light head fading to pretty decent clinging lace.

Smells of hops, though of a more subtle style, some malts, and a hint of the yeast. Kind of fresh and inviting.

Tastes of pale ale malts, some good hops, nicely green yet subtle.

Texture is spot on, great balance, superb finish. This beer really starts shining once you swallow the sip.

Overall a good Pale Ale, and one that deserves a mention among Mirror Pond, Full Sail, and Lompoc. I can't really think of any pale ale that is really much better.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 19:43:31 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of chodinheaven


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

Orange-yellow in color with perfect clarity and a big foamy white head on top. Excellent retention and lacing. Estery and fruity on the nose, soft citrus mainly. Oranges or tangerines. Light citrus and pine hops as well.

Well balanced in the taste. Citrus and pine hops dominate the taste buds, but balance themselves out nicely to create a drinkable and hoppy pale ale. The bitterness comes on at first like its going to be overdone, but then backs down just at the right moment to make for a very nice sipping experience. Tangerines definitely make their way into the taste as well, not tangy at all, just sweet and estery. Easy to drink and heavy enough for the hopheads, yet soft enough for every one else. Long dry finish, hoppy til the bitter end, leaving a nicely pleasant bitter aftertaste. Decent beer, no complaints here for trying it.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 04:29:59 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard lighter yellow pale ale here, good foamy head. Nice soft floral hop arrangement, if you like caldera, you'll be all good here.

Plenty of taste in a pale, relative hefty amount of hops for style, light, ever so light toasting of the malt allows the hops to shine without making them exist in a ridiculous amount. Bitterness is sturdy, minty and metallic, but not a distraction or covering up the more delicate aspect of the beer, would say it leans to the grapefruit side of hop taste, cascade, chinook seem to be all over this one.

Serving type: can

08-17-2011 00:02:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of MrVonzipper


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color with a solid frothy eggshell colored head with great retention and lacing. Visible carb at the edges.

Nice floral and grapefruit hop notes on the nose.

Good clean flavors. Nice mild hop notes up front with the same characteristics as the nose balanced well with the middle-backended caramel maltiness. Hops create a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouth is crisp with a bit of a zip and high carb.

Overall it's a good pale ale. A perfect beer to have in a can like it is, being a perfect beer to have while camping, golfing, fishing etc.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 23:51:41 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of witster18


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good pale ale.

Out of a can is a novelty. Made this and a few others a great choice for craft beer golfing fare.

Tastes great. Lots of grapefruit and pine notes, but it's the stoutish chocolate backbone that makes this a real winner. Far more earthy than some other, more popular pale's out of bottles nonetheless. Very tasty. Will definately revisit.

Drawbacks... not many... a little sour in the finish when the choco and malt dissapates.... could also be the can talking here... but regardless this is one dam^ fine pale ale.

a little pricey around here at 10.99/six doesn't help either... sure it's less near the source....

will take it for another round soon.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 17:51:37 | More by witster18
Photo of jeff1973


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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"

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 03:13:34 | More by jeff1973
Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.