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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera Pale AleCaldera Pale Ale

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391 Ratings

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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

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Beer added by: Reidrover on 08-22-2005

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Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jampics2
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 7oz. snifter.

Appearance: Poured out quite nicely: produced one finger's worth of fluffy, off-white head, which came to rest atop a crystal clear, golden body. Faint streams of carbonation did their best to keep that head up, but it eventually faded to a sticky crown. Bubblebath-like lacing trailed the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass. Nice.

Smell: Pineapple + cat pee = Simcoe. Those are the two aromas I got right off the bat. Pine bark, wholegrain toast, and lime also pulled through. If I could guess, I'd say the hop bill includes late additions of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Not bad, but not what I typically prefer in a pale either.

Taste: Whole grains, butter and dough form a lovely malt backbone. Lemon zest accents that backbone, while woody hops create a bold, bitter aftertaste. Not sure how old this can is, but I love the malt-hop balance, which is tilted just a bit toward the malty end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Caldera Pale Ale's active yet soft, rolling carbonation massaged my palate for the entire session. The body is light, crisp, and very refreshing. To top things off, the beer finishes bitter but not too dry, and leaves a flavorful, long-lasting aftertaste. It don't get any better than this. Perfect!

Drinkability: The more I drink this, the more it reminds me of New Belgium's Ranger IPA (in a pale ale form, of course). I didn't expect a whole lot out of this one going in, but I finished it in a flash! Will definitely buy more if I come across it again.

Photo of philbertk
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Caldera Brewing Company--Caldera Pale Ale--2009 12 oz. Micro Can. 5.60% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy thin mild lace white head. Clear bright thin yellow orange gold color. Sediment dusty end to pour. Rich aromatic floral hop fruit ester front. Crisp mild CO2 light caramel mild sweet fruit smooth tasty Pale Golden Ale body. Refreshing clean no bitter hop citrus hint satisfying end. Very easy almost wheat malt aromatic estery body. Sampled 7/25/2010. 3 Cans. 6-Pack $10.99.

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid APA - hops bittering is a bit non-descript, but perhaps the cleanest flavor profile I've come across in this style. Nice carbonation. Lively, refined malt notes with firm, consistent hops bittering throughout. Excellent drinkability and sessionablity.

Photo of Bubba83
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler at 45 degrees. Medium yellow body with an eggshell white 1 finger width head. Retention is agreeable, and lacing is average.

Smells of pine, caramel, butterscotch, fusel alcohol and bread eminate from the glass.

Quite a bit of butterscotch up front, which I must admit is a bit of a turnoff for me, I'm alright with caramel, but this was a bit buttery. Finishes up with some caramel, pine needles, grapefruit, and traces of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was about what I expected, and felt pretty solid all the way around.

A pretty good pale ale, but I was left a bit underwhelmed in the end by the malt profile. Just above average for a pale ale.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

The more craft beers that come in cans, the more the stigma that surrounds canned beer will fade away--plus, there is no debate about sunlight and bottle color. That dead horse has been beaten way too much.

Thin tiny-bubbled lace forms from a moderate pour, retention is fine and the lace stays around for most of the session. Brilliant golden color shimmers in the light. Flowery citric hop aroma screams Cascade hops, bit of biscuity malt with a mild caramel sweetness in the nose. Light to medium body with just as much smoothness and crispness, both with ample amounts for the semislick mouthfeel. Minty and earthy yet mainly citric-flavored hop draws in a lot of flavor with a solid bitterness. Very clean palate with bread notes, almost grassy graininess in the middle. Hop bitterness digs in deep but does not go too far to throw anything out of balance. Cascade hops are all over the finish with an earthy citric flavor. Ends with a touch of dry maltiness.

A benchmark ale for PNW Pale Ales, if not American Pale Ales altogether, and that benchmark is not of modest stature. It shows great balance without the Cascade smack taking over, clean and very drinkable. The last of the sample was paired with a plain goat cheese and Pink Lady apples--very nice.

Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear orangish rust color with a half inch of sticky white foam

S - nice citrus hop aroma of lemon and grapefruit and bready malts

T - bready malt backbone with some nice citrus hops and a good hoppy bite in the finish

M/D - light bodied with lots of flavor, crisp mouthfeel, i'm definitely going to have more of this one

Photo of jkrich
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with a slightly different look from the one shown above. No freshness date

Poured a bright, clear orange with a half-inch white head.

Very subdued fruity aromas which quickly fade. This is the least impressive character of this ale.

The ale begins with a pleasant bitterness that lingers on the tongue. There is a very faint metallic flavor that quickly faded. Overall, this is dry and refreshing.

Noticeably carbonated with a light body. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing.

While not very complex, this is a summer quaffer with its light, refreshing body and slight fruity bitterness.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an almost clear, light golden color with about a finger of relatively slow dissipating head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - Toasted bready malts up front with a slight hop profile. I mainly get the bready malt aroma from this, not much else.

Taste - As with the nose, I get heavy bready caramel malt flavor, light floral hops, and just a hint of citrus. Reading some of the other reviews perhaps this is an older can? I do not get nearly the amount of hop profile as others are describing here; mainly light floral hops. Also, I do get just a tinge of honey at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light Mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a good "lawnmower" beer in with flavor. Did not present itself to me as anything special, however, it is a easily quaffable beer that would be great on hot summer days.

Photo of joepais
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Flexabull to sending me this one out in the vet BIF. I like canned brews that are good and this one fit the bill. Can poured into a strain pint glass produced a nice amount of white head that settled to a lace. The body was clear golden amber in color

This brew had plenty of floral hops aromas coming from the glass I could tell this was a west coat brew. The flavor was very hop forward too. I think it was extremely close to an IPA in my book, but I have noticed more and more of the APA's heading in that direction. It was crisp and light in the mouth.

The brew was quite enjoyable to drink and I easily could have drank a six pack at a BBQ

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber in color, beutifully clear, with a nice white head.

S: Sweet caramel, a slight tropical fruit flavor with a hint of pine wood.

T: Sweet fruit flavor at first, followed by a nice tropical hops flavor. A bit of a malt in the back, but the hop flavor dominate. Not too bitter, just pleasantly hoppy.

M: Medium bodied, slightly chewy, perhaps a little over carb'd

D: Very good overall, but I would like to see a little more balance from the malty side. I think the hop profile is dead on.

Photo of Bfarr
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a big foamy head that just floats on top. Crisp pale malt and floral hop aromas. Flavors of light floral hops with a good malty reflection that combine to make a honey-like finish with a light hop linger. Medium carbonation with a non descript mouthfeel.

It might not look like much but it tastes great although there's also not much to talk about in the mouthfeel. I really liked the honey I tasted in the finish.

Photo of robwestcott
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received as an extra from I wish I remember who...

poured from a can a hazy gold to a dogfish head signature glass with a very thin and short lasting head that interestingly left a fair amount of lacing.

smell of strong citrus upon popping the can that transitioned to mild hops afterward. sweet forward fading to a bitter bite at the back of the tongue.

I don't think it was cold enough for my taste with this style of beer - next time around it's going in th freezer for 15 minutes before opening.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Abe's Cold Beer for a couple bucks and drank it with a Thai curry (good combo). At first seems like a simple, but tasty pale ale. The malts provide a little toast and caramel, while the hops pull in the usual citrus notes. As it warms and I think about what I'm tasting and smelling, a lot more comes out. There are hints of pineapple in the hops, hard sugar candy in the aroma, and peppery spice compliments the orange rind aftertaste. Check this beer out and make sure you let it warm up.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - dark golden, not a light-colored pale by any means. Orange with splashes of yellow and a frothy half inch of bubbly white goodness on top.

Aroma - citrus-y and cascade-y. Plenty of fresh floral hop aroma combined with a solid amount of sweetness. It has a light piney smell along with that of cake frosting (perhaps?). Hmm...works for me.

Taste - damn good. I'd leave it at that but I suppose a person wants to know a little more. A big sip delivers a bitter hoppy bite that is subdued calmly and respectably by a dose of malty medicine. Things are balanced and smooth with just a hint of sharpness in the finish. Love those cascade hops and the fact that this is a close 50/50 when it comes to the malt to hops flavor ratio. Great pale ale from the folks in Shakespeare land.

Overall - I really enjoyed this pale ale. This is a very drinkable brew and I mean that in every way possible. Its simple yet flavorful, hoppy but also balanced. Its simply a very good beer.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I wish I could get some more of these, actually I wish I could get more of all the Caldera cans as I really enjoyed each of them very much. Cheers!

Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was pale gold. The head was modest and bright white leaving only bits of lace.

Smell was a pungent, leafy, skunky hops - yum!. Tea, which was strong but faded.

Taste was green and grassy with a nice lingering bitter finish. Not hasrsh, but flavorful. Enough biscuity malts to give it some pale ale balance. Very solid and highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body. Adequate carbonation, finishes pretty smooth. (My 700th review)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can received today by the great trader known as russpowell. Thanks Russ!

My first brew from Caldera, there seems to be a kind of obsession with the number 60 on the can that I'm not "getting".

It pours a clear light golden colour, good 2 finger head of foam, looks to have some good lacing.

The smell is big citrus hops and an equally big nose of grain, not so good, and some honey, which is nice. Ok, now the grain surpasses the hops and everything else and I'm saying what? I have mixed feelings on the smell, which, don't get me wrong, isn't bad, it ends up being good.

The taste is a battle between the hoppy bitterness which is, really, a nice light citrus combined with some pine, and a strong grainy flavour that for me, seems out of place for an APA. Hell yes, I like a good malty presence in the style but I'd rather have some sweet caramel taste to balance the hops than an all out frontal attack of grain and grain is what is distracting me. To no good end. Dang.

On the high end of light bodied, lowish level of carbo. The mouthfeel is just fine.

Drinkability? I've noticed after further sipping that the combination of the hops and grain make for an undesirable, to me, bitterness in the finish so...I'm glad this is only 12oz. I'm not fond of this but I'd like to take a stab at Caldera's other offerings. I never judge a brewery based on a one and only beer I've had from them. ;^)

Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass
Bright golden/orange, with a moderate, dense head of foam
Aroma-Faint hop and citrus notes
Taste-biscuit, citrus rind, subtle hop bite, grapefruit peel in the finish
Overall, a nice, tasty, drinkable APA-out of a can

Photo of kshankar
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a medium sized white foam. Retention is okay, but lacing sticks well.

Aroma is bready, somewhat malty, and hoppy. Piney and citrusy.

Bready, biscuity, malty with a hop character in the finish. The breadyness makes this almost "buttery" in texture.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and creamy. Carbonation is okay.

Drinkability is rather high...lower ABV, great mouthfeel, good taste.

Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a dense white head and a massive cascading of carbonation rising to the surface.

Clean, sweet, graininess with a nice dose of floral/citric/ herbal hops. Cascades are definitely at work in this brew. Finish is dry and crisp with a perfect amount of bitterness.

A more than solid Pale Ale from the folks at Caldera. This one is all West Coast.

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent with some bisquity notes and a mild citrus hop aroma. There is a creamy/bready character to it. The taste is good as well. It has a good hop bite up front along with a balance of pale and bisquit malts. It's quite a hoppy APA. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking pale ale. It's crisp and bitter and very enjoyable.

Photo of beertunes
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 12oz straight glass. Poured a cloudy yellow, almost the color of pineapple juice, with barely a thin cap of white head that had no retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was mostly malt forward, a pleasant change from Pales that are basically "IPA light", with just enough hops to keep the scent balanced. The flavor was balanced as well, although I thought a little on the bland side. None of the flavors really jumped out at me.

The body was typical for the style but lost some points for being overly sticky. Drinkability was OK, I'll drink it again, but this beer is not on the level of Mirror Pond or Manny's.

Overall, a decent enough brew, but nothing special.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce can picked up at Abe's as part of my mixed sixer. Cracked open and poured into my Tröegs shaker glass. The pale ale appears a clear pale golden yellow color with about a finger of off white foam. The head leaves a thin lace on the glass with each sip. The nose and flavors consist of toasted bread, crackers and biscuits, pine, lemon, sweet malt. Decent body for the style with adequate carbonation. Pretty tasty overall.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Gold-light bronze. Big eggshell head. Brilliantly clear.

S-Piney, citrusy hops. Crackers. Slight soapiness after a while.

T-citrus rinds, some pine. Firm bitterness. Bitterness hides much of the malt but some crackery malt comes through.

M-medium light bodied. Medium carbonation. No alcohol burn. really nice.

D-Really nice beer. A bit on the bitter side to drink all night but a really tasty beer.

Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.