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Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 218
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 20%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 jancona
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a beautiful looking beer - transparent copper with lots of fluffy, off-white foam. The smell is malt forward. The taste is the classic west coast balance of mid range malts and floral hops with a touch of citrus sparkle. Not a game changer, but certainly tasty and one I would not turn down.

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Photo of aleigator
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a filtered golden-amber color with a big, fluffy white head, which won't collapse at all.

Smells of slightly skunky, overripe fruits, which got a dank aspect to them. Malts are defined by a cracker quality, revealing a toffee peak, which acts as a sweet antagonist to prickly, sour lemon. Very balanced nose, with just the right amount of lemon to control the profound fruits.

Has a soft carbonation, resulting in a pleasant mouthfeel with a mineralic quality, bringing bitter hops to the palate, accompanied by smoothing malts.

Begins with white bread malts, which invite grassy hops to the palate, together with caramel sweet malts. The hops turn out to be utmost lemony with a blood orange whiff to them, producing a merciless bitter- and dryness. Its hoppiness gets throughout accompanied by a profound maltiness, which's white bread profile gets a nice boost from the mineralic carbonation, peaking with sticky caramel to withhold the beers bitterness. Finishes with lime juice, which gets coated up by smooth caramel during the very end, featuring again the beers convincing balance.

Intense ipa, exhibiting a profound maltiness, which turns out to have more depth than the solely lime defined hops. On the other hand I think it is fair to say, that to a certain point, the focussed hops can convince, although they definitely get enriched by the more than just balancing malts.

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

Amber color with light beige head. Aroma is very balanced between the classic old school hops and some biscuity malts. Taste follows with the same notes, balanced and a bit malty at first and quite bitter in the aftertaste. The hops are the resiny, earthy type. A well done, classic style IPA.

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

Dark orange pour with a dirty head and nice lacing. Smells malty and piney, and the taste follows through, with a nice makty sweetness mixed with a resinous bitterness. Medium body and a bittersweet finish. I found this quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the godfather of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty, dark beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of lacing. Smell is of malts, citrus. Taste is well balanced piney hops and malts, not much of the citrus detected in the aroma, easy drinking. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml can. In an English pint.

A: Amber. Clear. Decent amount and retention of head, nice lacing.
S: Elegant citrus and malts.
T: Intense and fresh hops: citrus, slightly grassy and earthy. Medium malty, which balances the hops quite well.
M: light bodied. Medium- carbonation.
O: perfectly matches the type of IPA I'd like, people are not hoppyhead should avoid this one, though.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from HomeBrewStuff. NW IPA through and through, big resinous piney hops in both aroma and taste. Beautiful pour with thick fluffy head and lots of clumpy lacing. Bitter, soapy finish.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good IPA. as a few of the reviews have mentioned below it has a slight sweet caramel thing going on for it. this quality really works as it makes for a highly drinkable IPA. those who want their IPA's really bitter might not like it, but for everyone else I would give it a try. it's a great summer beer

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.