Caldera Pale Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera Pale AleCaldera Pale Ale

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Reviews: 205
Hads: 411
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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 woosterbill
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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!

Cheers! (973 characters)

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
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. (720 characters)

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. (610 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of witster18
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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" (456 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  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. (671 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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... (752 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of youradhere
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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! (314 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

293rd review on Ba
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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. (637 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,359 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of beerman207
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,523 characters)

Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
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