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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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353 Ratings

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Pours a bright yellow with nice head, very little lacing. Smells slightly hoppy, mostly wet greens.

Taste is a tiny little bit of honey and a fair amount of hops, some floral. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Pretty drinkable. Not as good as their IPA, I don't think.

Serving type: can

09-29-2009 00:54:59 | More by snaotheus
Photo of RoyalT


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light and bright orange in color with a modest head that showed great retention.

Smell - This is an even combination of nice grain and fruit-juicy hops. The citrus hops are very intense and at first appear to be overtaking the nose but then the grain proves to be a bit more stubborn. Together they form a fair balance and a beautiful APA bouquet.

Taste - The hops are more forward at the taste but the grain holds its own. It's easy to wax on about the hops because they are big and exceptional, but I'm going to talk about the grain here a bit. They are light for sure but show a sharpness not often found in the style. This IMO allows the hops to stand out without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than a light lager but not medium-bodied. There's a bitterness here that is somewhat mild but forceful in that it finds its way throughout the mouth from beginning to end.

Drinkability - I was very impressed with this Caldera can. The style usually is not one to stand out but this effort is an exception.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:01:48 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Slatetank


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled from the 12oz can into a half pint.

A - A moderately clear pale golden w/ a 2 1/2 finger cap that is cream colored. The head is rocky w/ a fine bead, light haze (hops) w/ light lace that collects like dripping paint streaks

S - More pine scents from hops than anything but full of aroma all the same w/ mild malt accent and hint of floral aroma

M - The feel is medium w/ crisp effect of sufficiently bitterness, medium carbonation w/ mellow toasted notes and a semi-dry finish w/ mild alcohol in the feel

T - The crispness of the flavor in the malt is noted and followed immediately by a pine + citrus hop taste. The bitterness is prominent and subsides gradually into a light toasted note like baked biscuits which is well blended under layers of bitter tasting spicy pepper and pine. The flavor has a mild citrus pinch in the finish w/ more rind taste than flesh of fruit. The bread crumb-like malt taste is trailing w/ dry leafiness and mild alcohol as it finishes

D - A bitter pale mainly to put it lightly, more like a light IPA. A tasty ale no matter which side of the fence it's on, though. I would probably try this again.

Serving type: can

09-25-2009 14:36:22 | More by Slatetank
Photo of philbe311


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger of compact fizzy white head... Moderate retention gives way to a full rich lacing which is slightly thicker in the center and slightly lighter around the edges... Loads of moderate paced small carbonation bubbles rise throughout... Light golden color with a slight orange hue... A very modest haze throughout...

S - Distinctive citrus hops aroma is unavoidable... Also present are faint hints of caramel, saw dust, honey, lemon zest, and sea side fresh air... A wonderful, but slightly subdued aroma...

T - A metallic tinge to start... This gives way to a fairly assertive piney hoppiness... A quick malt burst of bread and caramel followed by the return of the metallic hoppiness... There was also the slightest hints of rye and wood detected...

M - Sturdy... Clean and crisp... Goes down very easy... A modest chalky texture...

D - Quite sessionable... Another solid offering from Caldera, a very underrated brewery all the way around... I will gladly keep exploring there brews and will quickly jump at the chance to revisit this terrific brew...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 02:17:54 | More by philbe311
Photo of Deuane


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for a can of this.

A-Bright golden hued copper with a thin off-white head that left spotty lace.

S-Honey sweet malt with a kick of floral, grassy and lightly citrus hops. Nice base of backing biscuit in the background.

T-Aggressive hop bite in the forefront with a sharp floral bite that transforms into biting citrus rind. Honey bread malts balance out the hops.

M-Medium-light sharp and crisp with a nice lingering spicy hop bite.

D-Damn solid, not quite Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale but a nice alternative. A nicely hopped, honey sweet session pale. Another quality brew from a can--let the revolution live on!

Serving type: can

09-09-2009 22:27:42 | More by Deuane
Photo of Halcyondays


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can, these guys finally showed up in the Southland, another Oregon brewer to try out,

A: Pours a dark yellow, with a finger of white head, solid lace.

S: Earthy hops, one-dimensional. Cascades.

T: Upfront cedar-box and tobacco in the hops, quite bitter and earthy initially. Malt character is very light. Notes of pine oil late.

M: A bit too light-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: My uncle used to live in Ashland, so I've been wanting to try the Caldera beers for sometimes. The Pale was OK, the hop flavours weren't really to my liking, time to move on.

Serving type: can

09-02-2009 21:08:54 | More by Halcyondays
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caldera- Pale Ale

Picked up at Grape & Gourmet (VB)

A- Light golden orange with a small fluffy white head.
S- Light citrus and pine hops. Slight buttery maltiness.
T- Buttery biscuity malt with a nice lemon/ grapefruit citrus and pine hop body.
M- Buttery sweet and malty with a nice sweet and bitter hop bite.

Overall- Nice malt/ hop balance. Very good sessionable can!

Serving type: can

08-26-2009 23:01:17 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of vacax


2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. I really like cans for beers like pale ales that are not meant for cellaring and am glad to have another one available in SoCal. Cool green tab but sadly no canning or best by date.

Pours a nice rich gold with a pure white head that grows excessively. Slow pour down a tilted glass and cannot even get the whole can into a pint glass. The retention is good, however, and lacing is great. Lots of bubbles cascading upwards from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is mild and consists of a bit of hoppy earthiness and some candied oranges.

The flavor starts with a mild hops bittering and quickly adds a touch of sweetness to balance it out. Earthy and slightly piney with bitter sappy sugar.. The bittering is not high, but there is little aroma hopping evident or much malt complexity either. This is a very light pale ale with little going on beyond some bittering hops, leaving a slightly floral but vegetal finish. An okay beer for a local brewpub, but not quite up to the standard of most pale ales in distribution. Light bodied, creamy, lots of smooth bubbles.

A simple beer, but not really in a good way. This needs some more aroma hopping or some other type of complexity. Long floral/vegetal finishing damages drinkability. Unless one is dying to try a new pale ale, I would not recommend this.

Serving type: can

08-22-2009 08:15:02 | More by vacax
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a crisp white two finger head layer.
S: Slightly citrusy with a bit of hops here, too.
T: Malty and hoppy, but neither overpowers. Very well balanced.
M: Calm and balanced flavors.
D: This would be a great beer for a hot summer day. Nothing wild, but simply a good beer.

Serving type: can

08-10-2009 01:03:28 | More by d0ggnate
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this can through Beer Powerball. I am really sorry that I don't know who sent it, my brother is keeping those records, but THANK YOU!!

Pours with a nice half centimeter white fluffy head on a glass of dark straw-colored beer. Smells of citrusy hoppy goodness and oddly, a little like soap. Mouthfeel is very pleasant as is taste.

This is a nice drinking beer. It's not blow you away with over-the-top flavor. It's a well-balanced, highly drinkable and enjoyable brew. I'm glad to have gotten the chance to try it.

Serving type: can

08-09-2009 19:45:21 | More by babyhobbes
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

355ml can bought from Beersofeurope.com...

Poured a golden yellow colour with a slight haze... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded to decent light covering... light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines cling to the glass...

Aroma - Light maltiness mixed with a good dose of citrusy and peppery hops, pine, tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, apples), very floral, quite grassy, faint honey sweetness, light breadiness, some sea salt...

Taste - Good grassy and citrus hop bitterness, light pine, tart fruits (grapefruits, apples), light sweet biscuit malts, peppery, some salty notes, floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite smooth with a little bite underneath... light / medium body. Very, very quaffable and refreshing...

Overall - A excellent, straightforward, hoppy APA... recommended...

Serving type: can

08-06-2009 10:57:57 | More by mdagnew
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one in a BIF recently and it was the first thing I grabbed out of the fridge when I got home on Friday. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/31/2009.

Appearance - One of the best pours from a pale ale you could possibly ask for. Seriously. Big head of white foam on top that barely falls back down to earth. Wonderful clear amber color that really just looks the part perfectly. Lots of carbonation creeping up the glass throughout And a really nice coating of spider like webbing.

Smell - Aroma is lighter then I would have thought. Nice light grains, a touch of piney hops. As it warms a bit of citrus starts to come though, but again, lighter then I would have thought.

Taste - Crisp, clean, the first sip has a biting touch to it as the pine and citrus start to roll through. Nice grains come in mid palate and then it rolls right back into a nice and dry bitter finish. Clean aftertaste leaves you to come back and look for a bit more.

Feel - Light, airy and well carbonated. I had no issue at all with going forward with this one. The feel matched the overall experience very nicely.

Drinkability - Session able, very nice and clean and easy drinking. Again had really no issue at all with putting this one away.

Overall - Solid. Nothing earth shattering here but very solid. I would not mind at all grabbing a six pack and heading to the beach. Really very well done.

Serving type: can

08-04-2009 01:03:39 | More by mikesgroove
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangeish with a peach head. Smell was hoppy. Taste was hoppy, not alot else going on. Not exciting but not boring either. It was easy to swallow but not alot else. Its something I could drink a few of. Good if you want a session beer but don't want a strong flavor.

Serving type: can

07-22-2009 00:38:25 | More by hdofu
Photo of argock


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Honey-orange with solid 2-finger ivory head with decent retention and only a crown of lace.

S: Plenty of hops in this one with above-average pale malt backbone with leafy and grapefruit aromas dominating.

T: The flavor is good but a touch flat for the style, owing mainly to the lack of character in the maltload. The malt component is not quite sweet or roasted enough, which leaves a somewhat bland quality to this aspect. The hops are highly bitter and pretty harsh: a little more floral and citrus character would blend better with the ambiguous malting. Motwithstanding, this is an above-average APA without a doubt.

M: Feel is a little thin for the style, although not far off with a medium-light body. Carbonation is a bit too short in supply. The aftertaste is very long with bitter and leafy hops notes persisting.

D: A pretty good APA with a big price tag relatively. Solid and highly bitter for the style and could use a little more finesse. Still, enjoyable and didn't last long.

Serving type: can

07-21-2009 02:18:35 | More by argock
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wish the flavor bore out the strength of the aroma, which it does not, but still not a bad beer.

Pours a startling straw yellow with a smallish head that falls to nice lacing. The aroma is the strong point - assertively grainy with a crisp hop aroma, mostly grassy with a little flower. I really looked forward to tasting this beer. But it was weaker than I might have hoped, with less of a malt backbone that the aroma suggested and more emphasis on the flowery side of hop character. The bitterness rests, curiously, mostly on the foretaste, with relatively little clinging to the back. The mouthfeel is quite thin, almost insubstantial.

This is a decent beer, but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: can

07-14-2009 22:48:09 | More by Seanibus
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New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm really enjoying the variety of quality brews in a CAN i'm finding here in Northern California! this was reviewed while camping at Castle lake campgrounds in shasta city...i think.

Ooooh yeah, cracking open a can sounds good!! a thick, solid and rocky -white head stands proud like Mt. shasta itself over a bright plae golden liquid, much like the N.Cali sunsets. Retention is amazing, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

The nose is just bursting with hoppy cascade aroma's!! Sweet fruits, musty herbs, wheat and corn and light but sweet malt. This all cascade beauty has a great aroma.

The hoppy flavor's here are deep and very complex, cascade hoppiness all in my face. Light and very, very crispy feel is exciting and spot-on for the style. crisp with a creamy smooth finish from the beastie foam still clumping it's way down slow. The cascade hops provide a gentle fruitiness and perfect dry-herbal and earthy complexity. I havn't been this excited for a Pale ale since my very first Sierra Nevada!!(circa 1996)

This pale ale in a can has made my day, and I'm camping in one of the most pristine locations I've ever been too. This is simply one of, if not THE best Pale ale i've ever had. Bring on the cans!!!

Serving type: can

07-06-2009 20:44:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can, poured into a tulip.

See-thru deep gold body with a finger's worth of creamy off-white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Fairly strong citrusy hop bouquet with a pleasant mild sweetness and biscuity malt. Smells like it will be a crisp, dry brew.

And so it proves to be. There's a bit of honeyish sweetness up front, but it's immediately bullied around by a tag team of citrus (orange zest and grapefruit) and sharp pine needle flavors. There's a bit of earthiness in there, too. Through the swallow, a pleasant graininess aserts itself.

The sweetness dries up torward the finish as the citrus is joined by some pine needles for a sharp sting of bitterness and a rather 'scratchy' mouthfeel. After a couple of seconds, the bitterness is chased away by a crisp snap of biscuity malt. Carbonation is lively, and the beer starts off as seemingly light-bodied, but 'fluffs up' in to something pretty substantial.

Overall impression: Excellent APA. Bold and flavorful, yet incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-05-2009 23:03:59 | More by PDXHops
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New Jersey

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

Pours a deep shade of gold with a fluffy ecru head.

The aroma is biscuity, bolstered by grapefruit hops.

The brew slides across the tongue, nice and oily. Malt and hops hold together in a nice balance, the hops always penetrating but never dominating. A tad sweeter than I'd like with a mild butter profile.

This is a good, but not great, beer.

Serving type: can

06-22-2009 01:00:01 | More by IMincedTheKing
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a slight orange hue. A one inch bright white head sits on top and lingers with decent retention and it leaves a nice collar of lace behind.

The aroma is decent. There's a slight hop presence giving a bit of citrus. There's a slight sweetness theres as well as a nice pale malt profile.

The taste is ok. There's a slight hop presence giving a bit of citrus. It's well balanced with a big malt presence. Nice overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's easily sessionable, and the flavor profile is decent for a pale. No major complaints.

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 19:23:19 | More by Goliath
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with gold highlights. It had a foamy, fizzy, one-finger layer of white foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It had a moderately grassy aroma with notes of orange. It also had a gentle caramel scent.

T - It tastes of bitter grassy hops with a snappy, spice flavor. The ale also had a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was sharp and lively on the tongue. A light bodied pale ale.

D - This is a pleasant tasting pale ale. It's nice to have a sessionable ale in a can.

Serving type: can

05-27-2009 01:14:15 | More by zeff80
Photo of akorsak


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz can from Liquid Solutions.

A: The pale ale is appropriately pale, a light golden hue that has more yellow than orange in the mix. The light color has a slight haze to it. A finger of head left dry patches of lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly malty, sweet with a thick bready presence. Hops are just below the malts with a less assertive citrus body of lemon and grass.

T: The hops are far more aggressive in the taste, showing off a grassy taste that quickly goes citrus. The hops are agressive, coming close to turning this into an IPA. The malty breads are well-balanced against the hops, especially later in each sip. The carbonation keeps the hop profile lively.

M: The hop profile needs some time to come through. When it does, the hops leave a very nice finish.

D: The full hop profile makes the ale taste bigger than it is. Other than that, this is another example of a good pale ale in a can.

Serving type: can

05-23-2009 20:44:32 | More by akorsak
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A - reminiscent of a pilsner more than an APA, 2 fingers of white head, head lasted a while, just kinda floated there

S - light hints of citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon, maybe a little bready

T - hop blast, pretty bitter and dry, follows the smell closely

M - good carbonation, good body for the style, not too light and certainly not heavy

D - great for a canned beer, cant beat the portability and taste, just started to get the caldera brews in my local beer store, will continue to try new ones

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 01:15:40 | More by wchesak
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold with a frothy light 2 finger head. Decent retention. Good lacing. Nice carbonation.

Nose is faint, with pine and light citrus coming through. Slightly yeasty.

Very sharp on the tongue. Bitter, but more than hops contributing to this aspect of the flavor. Odd that the bitterness tends to fade before the taste does.

Serving type: can

05-17-2009 20:10:41 | More by beer2day
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear pale gold color with a small head that dissipates rather quickly.

Has a bitter hoppy pine and citrus smell. Very pungent for a APA.

Bitter bite hits right away and fades to a smooth caramel malty biscuity flavor. Not very complex, but good tastes none the less.

A very light smooth beer. Very sessionable could def hammer a few of these back.

Serving type: can

04-20-2009 02:24:32 | More by bfields4
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single at State Line

A: Clear light orange with a finger-thick off white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Citrus hops and a biscuity malt and a mild honey like character. Orange and grapefruit contribute to the aroma with a little sharp pine in the back

T: Opens up with a chalky orange and citrus hop flavor, with a very light malt sweetness present. Balance is tilted in favor of flavor hops, with a touch of citrus rind bitterness on the finish.

M: Light in body, great carbonation and a solid finish

D: I will revisit this, especially come camping season

Serving type: can

04-10-2009 22:53:51 | More by DefenCorps
Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.