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Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

371 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
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 BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Clear golden-orange color with small white head that laces well.

Slightly sweet and spicy toasty grain with some floral and slightly woodsy and fruity hops.

Lightly toasted and sweet fruity pale malts perfectly balanced by orangey citrus and floral hop bitterness that's a bit persistent.

Nice light-moderate body that feels even easier due to the high, but no too stingy carbonation. Extremely drinkable Pale that I would definitely buy again.

BeerZack, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours golden with 1 finger of eggshell white head. good head retention & lacing

S: Slight lemony & grassy hop notes, plus a bit of breadyness

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops; plus a bit of honey malt up front. Some grainyness & grapefruit hops as this warms. Finishes crisp with a load of grapefruit

MF: Light/ medium bodied with lively carbonation that really show cases the hops, for better or worse. Skews too hoppy, makes me think IPA more than APA

Drinks pretty easy despite the OTT hoppyness.. still a solid APA

russpowell, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +1%

Poured from the can into a glass tumbler. Nice aroma and pale yellow appearance. Nice fluffy head and fair amount of lacing. Taste was a big surprise, I thought any beer from a can would be a let-down. The initial malt sweetness was nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. Not like an IPA for sure but impressive anyway. Mouthfeel was O.K. and drinkability was good. Made with whole flower Cascade hops.
Update: 8/04/2014. From a can that had a date of 2/01/14. It was about 5 months old. Just changed the mouthfeel up a slight amount. Good lacing and head retention. One of my favorite Pale Ales canned or otherwise. Very consistent.

Spikester, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Dubbercody
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Hazy yellow...taste is not bad, but I wouldn’t say it’s great either.

Definitely better than mass-marketed yellow brews that come in a can. And it’s in a can....so pool and beach safe.

Light flavor, light hops, easy to drink.

Can Bonus....I'll have to try this one again in the summer.

Dubbercody, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with a thin, wispy white head.

Smell: Aroma of herbal, citrus hops accompanied by a honey-laden maltiness.

Taste: Mild pale malts with a bit of toastiness and a soft honey-like sweetness. Citrus and bitter herbs. Medium bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fair pale ale, but I gotta say I enjoyed the Caldera IPA far, far more.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

What a classic pale ale, sent courtesy of unclejedi via the CEO BIF!

And in a can, too! Poured a clear amber, mixed together with a golden hue. Sheets of white lace clung to the sides, excellent.

Lite floral and citrus in the aroma, progressing into the taste – which added pine and a squeeze of grapefruit. Sharp, crisp and dry – this would be an excellent on the go brew for any outdoor activity. Hats off for this one!

Vancer, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of ghostwalker
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Golden amber body with a solid finger of thick white head. Rather light for a Pale.

Nose is light hops, grassy but tart.

Flavor is lightly sweet, a moderate foundation of malt that balances the hops. Wonderful hops, tart C hops, but not overdone. A well balanced brew that is flavorful, yet still very quenching.

Mouthfeel is tart and tangy.

Drinkability is great! A very tasty and easily drinkable Pale.

Bring me more!

ghostwalker, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Had Dale's Pale Ale for the first time yesterday, and thought I'd compare it to this, both of which i picked up on a recent road trip.

At first glance this beer is a bit lighter than Dale's but remains a very good looking beverage, pouring a slightly hazed golden color with a large white head that lasts a while and leaves very impressive lacing.

Nose is very hoppy and bitter, quite a bit of citrus noticeable. More sweet and less toasted malt than the Dale's. I'd have a hard time deciding on a favorite between the appearance and aroma, but very slightly prefer the taste I had yesterday - both probably should rate about a 4.25. Caldera is more bitter - that isn't a bad thing - and has a noticeably dryer finish.
Body is on the light side of medium - seems slightly thinner than Dale's - while carbonation is crisp and appropriate.
Final verdict? Another extremely drinkable brew, and another fantastic canned beer for my forays to the pool or wherever glass isn't allowed/convenient.

udubdawg, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Thoughtfully provided by flexabull--thanks! Re-review: Now on my second shipment thanks to unclejedi. Thank you men, and thank the heavens for trading!!!!

Served at about 35F from a 12 oz can into "Boston Lager" pint.

Aroma after cracking open the can is all floral hops.

Pours light, color is golden and crystal clear, with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma is sweetly malty with strong herbal/floral hop tone.

Flavor is a bit resiny, lots of hops for a pale ale. Strong, filling bitterness.

Great mouthfeel, goes down easy, but the sharp bitterness lingers. A bit unbalanced--just how I like it--the XPA style. Upon re-review I like it even more than the first time I reviewed it.

This is a fantastic pale ale, my #1 can beer. Looking forward to trying Caldera IPA as soon as I can hook up a trade.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a clear gold color, with a big impressive white head.

Nice hoppy cascade nose. Floral, and pine like.

Beer has a pretty light quality. But is still tasty. Light crisp hop flavor, a bit of malty sweetness and creaminess, and a slightly piney and resiny hop finish. Nice simple APA.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. As mentioned, it's a bit light, but still feels nice in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good. Light and easy drinking, yet still a tasty APA. Session worthy.

I love canned craft beer!

flexabull, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of mnwags
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

The first I am trying from the great trade with msbulldog. (for those of you who don't know him, trust me, he is "the man") ha.

Popped the tab on this one to a nice hsss! The pour was what I consider above average and but the appearance was just about average. Just a skimming of head with nice carbonation. A very little lacing lasted throughout the tasting.

The typical pale ale smell. I really enjoy this and now think that this should be a candle scent. Or possibly a scratch-and-sniff sticker would be nice.

The tastebuds where not complaining about this interview they had. The canning does not appear to take away from the true pale ale taste at all.

A little slimy and light as this brew went through the ole beer guzzling chamber.

Overall a nice A.PA. that will have to enjoy again in the future. Maybe next time I will go full bore on this one and just shotgun it. Or not!

mnwags, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Although my can sloshed about (it was short-filled and measured exactly 11 ounces), it didn't seem to affect the flavor or carbonation. I noticed no oxidation whatsoever. It poured a just-slightly-hazy golden body beneath a short head of frothy white foam. The head dwindled down to a creamy surface covering, and then shrank away to a wide collar and whispy surface covering; leaving behind tiny-spotted walls of lace. Bright hops, sweetish malt, and yeasty fruitiness greeted me in the nose, expressing soft citrus, sweetish grainy malt, berries, and cut-grass. It's soft carbonation and medium-light body left it remarkably smooth across the palate. The flavor delivered a rich maltiness upfront that wasn't quite caramelish or toasty, but headed there; followed by an influx of grassy and citrusy hop flavors; and then some berry-like fruitiness at the swallow. The bitterness roses up strong, and although some sticky malt lingered in the mouth, it was bitter, dry, grassy and spicy in the finish. It lingered momentarily with some strength, and then faded to a dull bitterness, leaving me ready for another sip. Quite the little charmer, I say! I love the flavor transition from quaint, sweetish, straight-forward and non-caramelish maltiness, to bold, grassy, citrusy, and bitter hops!!! The apple-ish and berry-like fruitiness is just the icing on the cake that ties the two together. Well-balanced with a very nice complexity and full character, and still not overdone. Worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

Wow...when was the last time I drank a beer that came in a can.
As tempting as it was to drink from the can, I poured it into a glass instead.
Pretty crystal clear pale yellow with a half finger head that melts to respectible side sticking lacing.
Aromas are bright and floral...with a little of the sweet malt coming through.
Taste is amazing...although a bit thin....there are lots and lots of fresh citrus and pine hops in here. Not a NW Hops flavor...more of a German or Czech hops flavor. A nice peppery bite on the tale end that finishes to a pleasant clean drying.
Wish this was available in So. Calif...would love to pick up sixers of this for the beach, river, lake, park, neighbors bbq, etc.
For me, it is very deceiving being in a can and then poured into a glass I am looking at something that should have a BMC feel or taste.
It doesn't.
This is a wonderful summer craft beer.
Thanks David for the opportunity to try this.

IntriqKen, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Great golden color-very clear-a tad deeper in in color then some pales. Good aroma-mellow hopiness to it-sort of grassy. Great flavor-well balanced between a good level of bitterness and the malt. Really good hop flavor to it as well as the bitterness. Good body as well. Very, very drinkable beer. Almost a shame to drink it right from the can!!!! As much as I love macros I cant help but say whoo hoo great beer in a can lets go camping!!!

lackenhauser, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a nice clear golden pale with foamy white head.

Smells nice with very apparent herbal hop aroma.

Taste is smooth with a nice crackery malt flavor and a big bitter hop finish. A tad overly bitter for your typical pale ale, maybe needs a bit more malt but I still like it. Plus it comes in a can which is a GREAT thing. Go cans.

kgotcher, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
4/5  rDev +5%

A: I don't know how everyone else got such a nice head, my pour got me nothing but a thin white white head that was gone in seconds. Gold in color with a few bubbles rushing to the top. Hardly any lacing.

S: Well what the beer was lacking in appearence it made up for in smell. A very nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malt.

T: Starts off very, very bitter, so bitter it threw me off guard. It's okay because it has a very strong sweet malt to even out the bitterness. The aftertaste is back to being very bitter. This is exactly what I look for in a Pale Ale.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, good carbonation.

D: Very solid pale ale and one of the best I've had. I thought it was strange that it came in a can, but it doen't effect the flavor in any way. In fact I have been convinced that craft beer in a can is a good thing as it makes it very easy to pack around, this is perfect for summer when you're hiking, rafting, camping, etc.

MLegendre, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of freed
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

In pursuit of the perfect camping beer: Pours (only for review's sake) a deep golden, almost copper with active carbonation and a lovely white foamy cap. Bubbles like a high life, but the foam stays.

Aroma is like a British IPA - grassy and hoppy with an aged malt, almost hully smell. Rather bold aroma from a canned beverage.

Taste is a little too bold - resiny hops dominate the pale malt body and a bitter aftertaste is a bit strong. There's still a great malt body to the ale though, and some sips give you a better sense of it. Still, it is likely to create more of a thirst than quenching it, so fair warning to campers.

freed, May 30, 2006
Photo of ddarden
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Got a can of Caldera Pale Ale from a neighbor that collects cans, but did not really like the beer. You have to love a nice pale ale in a can. The beer is a cloudy yellow with a nice head that fell after a couple of minutes. The smell is very malty for a APA and has a nice hint of floral hops. The taste is very well balance between malt and hops. Not overly bitter or hoppy, but right on for a pale ale. This a a very good interpretation of the style and unique with the nice malt presence. Mouthfeel is on the medium side and the drinkability is good a well. This woould make a very good session beer if it were regularly available to me. I would definitely recommend this beer if you are looking for an above average pale ale.

ddarden, May 14, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Craft brew in a can. There's probably a reason why it's not done often. Let's find out.
Pours a pretty soft golden color topped by a half-inch or so of creamy white head that subsides rather quickly. Not a whole lot of carbonation after the pour. Appealing aroma of lightly sweet malt, floral hops, and a touch of fruit and caramel. Palate is well-balanced between light caramel malt and some fairly assertive floral hops that yield a nice, crisp, bitter finish. Body is nice and smooth, making for an easy-drinking beer. Feels like a great accompaniment for a warm evening on the porch.
I guess this isn't the most challenging beer, but it's still pretty tasty and accessible to those who may be looking for an alternative to Natty Light while fishing. The can doesn't seem to alter the flavor very much. I have to say, I'm impressed with this effort.

ElGordo, May 14, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Dark honey with the slightest suggestion of orange. The attractive, cream colored head looks to be high in hop oils; at least I hope so. The glass residue is so fine and spider web-like that it resembles actual lace. Drinking this beer out of the can and missing an appearance like this should be a criminal offense.

The nose is outstanding (see 'drinking... can... criminal offense' above) and puts a huge number of IPAs to shame. The pithy pungency of the Cascade hops fairly leaps out of the glass, with the overall aroma made deeper and more interesting by a much lesser quantity of spicy Perle hops. Great job Caldera. Even if the flavor is on the pedestrian side, the nose is a world-class sprinter.

The flavor doesn't measure up to those stratospheric heights, but that's not to say this isn't a deliciously hoppy pale ale. Emphasis on hoppy. The brewers made sure their beer would last a good, long while by packaging it in light-rejecting aluminum and by adding an impressive amount of hops. Sweet, spicy and juicy white grapefruit is front, center and back. I love the slight variation on the usual Pacific NW flavor profile that the German hops provide.

APAs don't need to be complex to suit me (this one isn't), they just need to be bursting with pale malt-supported bitter hoppiness (this one is). There's enough sweetness on hand to keep things kinda, sorta balanced from a hophead's perspective, although the pucker factor is still decidedly high. The mouthfeel is light-medium and perfectly carbonated; the better to down a few cans on a hot summer day without a second thought.

Caldera Brewing Company is anything but a household name (unless one lives in Ashland, Oregon or its environs), but this little brewery has just provided me with the best beer that I've ever had out of a can. I was tempted to say 'that I'll ever', but ever is a long time. I do know this, it's unlikely to be topped for a very long time.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +1%

Comes in a 12 oz can, simple silver with a calderon surrounded by hop leafs on the front.
In appearance it is a slightly hazy dark golden almost orange coloured ale, good sizeable chunky/frothy off white head, excellent lacing.
Has quite a hoppy aroma to it, but also smells very fruuity almost like red apples.
Nice hoppy bite to the taste to start off, then it gets rather tart and citric, after that it gets sweeter ..like sweet apples and as the mouthful finishes it smooths out to mellow.
Good on the palate, quite "eventful"..nice mellow aftertaste.
Very good drinkability to this one, great for camping which is were I had this beer at Beverley Beach State Park on the Oregon coast

Reidrover, Aug 22, 2005
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Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.