Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 204
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-13-2010

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can,an ok IPA but the balance was off for me .To much malt and a caramel strong taste in the background. The hops did not stand out at all. (159 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A deep, dark cinnamon amber color. The color of rust. The head is cream colored and recedes to a foamy thick film with really good lacing.

Aroma: Sweet chewy caramel and spicy cedar wood.

Taste: Really malty and sweet with caramel up front. Get's more woody in the middle with a spicy, earthy hop kick in the finish. Mostly caramel and wood overall, a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy.

Overall: I enjoyed this immensely ... I guess I like malty IPAs. The caramel sweetness offered a lot that I like. (553 characters)

Photo of FFreak
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse poured into willy glass, price and age unknown. A fairly hazy deep copper orange color with a two finger off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving beautiful thick lacing up and down the glass. Aroma is of tangerine, bread and yeast, followed by just a touch of pine. Taste is almost like what I imagine blood orange marmalade would taste like, sweet and citrusy at first followed by a little pine and then biting and lasting bitterness. Mouth feel is fairly thick and sticky, but not to the point of detriment. Adequate carbonanation makes it easy enough to finish the bomber. Overall, a pretty tasty full-bodied citrusy IPA. (672 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can....dated on the bottom (canning date/best before?)

Darker and near clear amber, nice fine film and low sheeting.

Soft hop nose.

More then ample and very smooth malt undercoating. Drying , citric and pine hop notes.

Enjoyable and well crafted brew. Pretty solid stuff, I would def. go for a few of these and would pick it up again. (346 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured to tulip

Pours a hazy amber. Big 3 finger creamy light tan head with very good retention

Aroma is mild straw with a little floral thing going on, and some nice bready notes underneath

Flavor is big big big hop forward, aggressively bitter with pine, orange peel and a sweeter orange blossom note, and some of that grassy straw from the aroma... usually not my fave flavor in a beer, but it works in this context. Healthy malt backbone that explains the amazing head, and balances out that hop extravaganza

Mouthfeel is big and bold... seems more significant than 6.8%. A nice heaviness that makes this one a good cold weather IPA

If you like the west coast IPA's, this is one to get friendly with... clean aggressive bitterness and a ton of hop flavor. Lots of malt to balance it out. I was a fan of these guys when I lived in Southern Oregon, glad to see their success is to the point they are distributed in Arizona now. (943 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to hefman for knocking this seemingly easy beer off my wants list, where it has squatted, bare-assed, for a long time. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is orange, opaque in the middle, more translucent towards the edges. Plenty of carbonation. Nose is nice, floral, caramel, piney, solid.

Hopportunity Knocks is a simple creature. There’s a nice hop kick up front, a piney bitterness that’s quickly subsumed in a fountain or sweet caramel malt. Big breadiness swells on mid-palate & runs into the finish & sticks around like in-laws on Christmas. Thick, but oh-so-drinkable.

Better than the typical dreaded “balanced IPA” but still enough malt for a light porter. Good beer. (705 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of hops, malt, and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, caramel malt, a little bit of pine, and citrus (pineapple). The flavor here is a bit out of balance. It's thin up front, but then a far too high amount of hops in the finish. Very bitter without much to offset it.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Nothing particularly special with this beer. It has some good qualities, but doesn't entirely work. (624 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has some hints of yellow hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with notes of grassy hops and hints of caramel malts. The malts become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of piney hops, but without the resin-like flavors that you might be normally accustomed to. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of carbonation and mostly mask the flavors of the underlying malts, which only have slight notes of caramel flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. It's not as hoppy and bitter compared to many of the IPAs that are currently available but isn't a bad selection if you like IPAs that have more of a balance from the malts.

Serving type: bottle (1,128 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/11/14

Appearance: Pours medium orange with some darker copper and some honey gold around the edges - nice clarity to start, second half of the bomber is murky - pours with a medium-sized white head, fades to an almost-solid cap, leaves a few nice spots of lacing

Smell: Moderately hoppy with some distinct Centennial aromas and some solid malts - orange and grapefruit rind and flesh - floral, leafy, and somewhat spicy hop notes- hop cones and pine - pale and caramel malts with some grainy aromas and bread - lightly sweet multigrain bread

Taste: Unexpectedly balanced for something coming from the West coast, which I'm sure may be a disappointment for some, but I think that was the idea - orange flesh, grapefruit flesh and pith - very floral, leafy - some pine in addition to the citrus - moderately bitter - balanced by an interesting malt profile - pale malts, caramel malts, a few touches of amber - grainy and bready - lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, finish could be a little cleaner but it is drinkable

Overall: By default, a hopportunity is better than any opportunity

This kind of smells and tastes like Caldera was trying to make a midwest style IPA (because that is totally a style). They didn't really nail it, but the result is definitely worth a try. I would drink this again, given the hopportunity (lol?) (1,366 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange, hazy and with a melon hue to it. It's eye candy with an orange tinged head of off white foam that falls slowly leaves lace, refreshes itself and also sports a ring and cap. I had to go in deep for the nose but it is pleasant. Some fresh orange, a bit of grapefruit rind and a light tropical fruitiness. Some herbal and a touch of sugar for malt. Drinks exactly like that except the tropical fruit is the surprise to the palate. It's so light on the nose and you are expecting that grapefruit peel first but it's a light tropical fruitiness first, the juicy orange to back it up and the tartness of the grapefruit goes to the background. There is a woody little herbal in the drink that I found very pleasant and original. A soft and supple malt with a light bread and a sweetness that is like some light brown sugar. The bitter on this one will not knock you down but it does it's job. Starts at the finish and lasts a bit with some resin to help it linger. There is some earthy pine notes in this but they do not stand out too far in front. The mouthfeel is creamy with just a few bubbles to give it some tingle and the heavier side of light.

This beer has exceptional balance. All the flavors working well together to present a milder and original IPA experience to the palate. (1,308 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy amber in color, high carbonation nets a three finger high parchment colored head. The foam is frothy and thick, high retention that never does go away and dense clumps of lacing.

Whole grain toast and caramel sweetness from the malt, a standard fare with a bit of fig and red fruit esters from the yeast. Hop aroma is rather poor, grassy and some pungent earthy herbs.

Bread and stale dinner rolls, husky grains and a twinge of metallic in the after taste. Hop flavors are hay and some pine but largely muted. IPA strength alpha acids, very earthy. Rather disappointing.

Drinkable, medium bodied with carbonation that is average to overdone. Alcohol is hidden well. Drying and earthy bitterness makes the mouthwater a bit leaving the grainy notes and alcohol to lay across the tongue.

By my standards this is an amber and a pretty poor one, lots of playful fruit comes out with a drying bitterness but the malt is grainy and porous and the hops are just not there. Caldera is one of those breweries that has faded from memory recently. Their standard IPA in a can a much better representative of what they can do with hops. (1,132 characters)

Photo of dougfur
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, dark for an IPA, but pleasing. Very clear, nice head. Smell is floral hops, not too strong, but really nice. Taste is the same. It's well balanced, good hoppy flavors, feels pretty good... It actually reminds me a lot of nugget nectar. If it's well priced, I'd buy this again. (302 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper beer with decent clarity. The off-white head produces a good head stand with mostly cream and somewhat rocky bubbles having a good retention.

S: A medium citrus hops aroma with a grassy, dry hopped aroma on a moderate bread and caramel malt canvas.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor with an assertive hops bitterness that is balanced by a moderate caramel malt sweetness with a light bready character. There is light bit of fruity esters but it seems like your clean Chico yeast profile. The balance is very bitter with a lingering citrusy, hops aftertaste and an off dry finish.

M: A creamy, medium bodied beer with strong carbonation and slight astringency.

O: Say hello to the citrusy centennial hops in all it glory with this one. I had kind of grown weary of a straight centennial IPA with it's tendency to get harsh before it added enough bitterness, flavor and aroma for my like which is not the case here. Some additional aroma hops would be welcome but it a solid beer and I'm glad I tried it. The bomber price of $6.99 isn't too bad either. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Daktah
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with white head - good lacing left behind. The smell on this one was somewhat unusual for an IPA - roasted malt or nuttiness that I usually get from hopped up ambers or stronger red ales; a good dose of grapefruit and pine in there as well, but the roasted notes are the most interesting. The taste has that same roasted malt flavor and a hint of caramel, and it's actually quite good. Not what I was expecting and not what I typically go for in an IPA, but a really good change of pace. Though it's malt-forward, the malt is unlike other malty IPAs I've tried.

A bit thrown - in a good way - by this one. Definitely worth a try and something I'd like to have again if I come across it. (713 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange in color and very hazy. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a sticky, soapy cap. Intense, sweet caramel and spicy rye malt and resinous hop aromas with dark fruit notes at the tail end. Thick, oily feel with tight, tangy carbonation on the edges. Caramel malt and spicy hop flavors up front. Rye malts and growing pine hop flavors through the middle. Finishes with a dominating,resinous pine hop aftertaste. Fairly balanced hop and malt characters until the bitter finish. (504 characters)

Photo of C3likesbeer
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm a guy who likes hops but think that the over hoppy thing is overrated. This beer is a nice balance.

A- Slightly hazy and amber orange. Nice two finger head and nice lacing.

S- Citrus and fig with some earthy malt - Nice balance.

T- Nice balance between malt and hops with some fruity undertones. Nice and crisp.

M - Astringent and chewy - is that possible? - nice finish

O- I like this. As a stout and malty lover I am on board with this nice balanced beer. (466 characters)

Photo of vitALEity
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark orange, beige 1/4 inch of foamy head that has good retention and great lacing. The dark color makes me think too much malt.

S - Toasted malt and grainy like rye. Some light floral hops but you have to dig for them.

T -Def some bitterness on the middle tongue but it's mostly bread and buscuit malt beyond that.

M - Soapy, astringent, dry.

O - Average (364 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A nice finger of off-white head on a medium straw colored body.
A solid pine and lemon aroma.
The taste leads with a malt smoothness then quickly hits with a big dose of bitterness. Finishes with a touch of sweetness. Good balance with a bit of complexity.
Smooth texture for an IPA, moderate carbonation and medium bitterness.
A good IPA. Well worth grabbing a couple. (370 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caldera Hopportunity Knocks

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger off white/tan head receding quick leaving a bit of lacing. Beer is copper in color. 3.5

S- a little too sweet with malt being most prevalent and some fruity hop smell. 3

T- follows the nose with the malts lending a very sweet Graham cracker character and some earthy, slightly bitter hops in the background. 3

M- lighter carbonation, good medium body. 3.5

O- drinkablility is good but the beer itself is just average so I was disappointed because I like Caldera very much. 3.5

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Photo of ESPNman
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Murky off-orange almost copper in color. Thick, beige inch of foamy head that has good retention and great lacing. A lot darker than I would expect for a standard American IPA.

S - Very hop-forward, with a bready sort of roasted malt backing. Mostly floral hops, very little citrus. The best part of this brew, in my opinion.

T - Pretty disappointing given the nose. There is some solid bitter hop in there, but it's a little too "balanced" by the roasty malt bill. Lots of biscuity malt flavor obscures the flavors for me.

M - Over-carbonated, and almost soapy. Good thick mouthfeel, but the carbonation really ruins it for me. It finishes pretty dry.

O - Not bad, but nothing at all special. It's a balanced American IPA that errs more on the side of over malting than over hopping. I'd be curious to try it on tap. (852 characters)

Photo of coastiefish
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a imperial pint glass

A - Rich cooper color, foamy big carbonated head, very inviting appearance

S - Strong hoppy nose that wafts up and out of the glass. Floral, hop leaf, a hint of caramel and bread dancing around in there.

T - If you are one that likes a big malt to equalize the hop profile, this brew may fit your bill. I personally think the malts can be toned down a tad. Bring out the hops just a slight bit more forward. Mostly bready flat, without a punch. Falls flat through the finish as well, with a sweetness I can't get into.

M - Soapy, thicker than anticipated, no punch factor here.

O - This is the second time I'm giving this brew a go and I'm rating it this time. I anticipated a bigger hop packed punch, but was a bit disappointed with the malt coming through to equalize it. I'm always on the hunt for really well done big hoppy brews, but this one falls short of that, for me.

For 5.69 a bomber, there are others I'm willing to try before ever grabbing this one again. (1,016 characters)

Photo of mrmkahn
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this out of a bomber into a tulip glass at about 58*F.

A- Poured a rich amber the color maple syrup with an eggshell white, half-inch head. The lacing was thin on the edges.

S- There was a fruity fragrance of figs with a strong smell of warm toast.

T- The first flavor to hit is the warm roasted malt. It's followed by a lingering fruitiness at the back of the tongue.

M- It was a bit resiny in the swallow but fairly thin throughout.

O- Very good brew and is a great starter into the bold IPA flavors of the west coast. It's not the hoppiest thing you've ever tasted, because of its rich malty backbone, but it's a great way to get the average beer drinker into the flavors of Pacific brews. (704 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this beer in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. 22 oz. bottle. The body was deep orange/copper, clear body. The head was parchment colored and creamy, leaving clumps of lace and a solid cap that stayed.

The smell was sweet and bread. Citrus.

The taste was more balanced than I like. Centennial hops leave a fresh grass aftertaste. Not much else to say about this one.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. (440 characters)

Photo of ManLikeBeer
4.51/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - light, amber. Reminiscent of sap or honey. good lacy head.

S- Citrus and flowery hop smells (as it should be in a beer with this name). Not as complex as I would have liked, but still got me wanting to drink it.

T - I love the sweet caramel front and a wonderfully balanced finish. I wasn't overwhelmed by the bitter end, but it all came together nicely and left that "I must've been drinking an IPA" hop-tongue taste at the end. Thought I detected ripe banana flavor as well.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Really great beer. I mean, beer is great, obviously. I just think for the style, it doesn't really get better than this. This beer doesn't just "go for the throat" like some beers that are trying to stuff more hops in a bottle. Instead, it's nicely balanced. This is how it's done. (813 characters)

Photo of dlbrockmiller
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a smallish head and some lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity with a pine overtone and hops. The taste is pretty good with a nice caramel sweetness, nice fruitiness with a hint of floral and pine followed by the hops. Overall a nice IPA. (263 characters)

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Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
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