Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured into an imperial nonic a clear copper with a great one finger sticky white head that nver really leaves,a frothy mass is there during the whole duration of the glass.Big caramel malt in the nose with subdued citric hops,a little hop oomph and it would be great.Citric and herbal hops play against a big caramel/biscuit malt base with neither getting the upper heand really.There is a little lightly roasted nuttiness in the malt profile as well.A beer thats oh so close to being stellar,just bump up the hop profile and there you go,as is its pretty good.
08-31-2011 01:08:28 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
Appearance - This is a dark malty brownish-bronze in color with a good, off-white head that pitted well.
Smell - The pine and citrus here is very tight and wrapped in a malty toasted base. The hops are very raw and fresh.
Taste - The malt gets bigger at the taste but the hops are still, well, hopping. The malt adds some sweetness here, maybe caramel, and the pine actually seems bigger as well which is the exact opposite of most every other AIPA.
Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some bitterness but nothing heavy. The carbs are very light but well done.
Drinkability - This is a quality but uneventful drink. You won't impress anyone by serving this but you won't disappoint.
12-07-2010 00:49:17 | More by RoyalT
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
zoso 1967, thanks again for a new treat. BuckyFresh, thanks for drinking said treat with me. Review is from notes on 10/16/10.
A: Pours a dark gold, bordering on amber with a tint of orange into a snifter. A half finger khaki head vanishes quickly, leaving a washboard film pattern on top. Thin, straight lines of carbonation move slowly up the glass. Small dotty lacing with a couple of arches is moderately sticky.
S: I am not sure when this was bottled, but caramel malts are edging out the Centennial hops in my nose. Sweeter citrus notes of orange and lime and a dry, bitter hop character exist in the background. A hint of spiciness is also evident.
T: The malt to hop balance is better than I thought it would be. Caramel malts are the dominant flavor, but citrus hops and nice dry pine and grassy hoppiness on the finish provide a counterpoint to the malts.
M: This is a solid medium feel for an IPA with a coating sensation from the copious malt presence. The finish is a drying hop suck on the sides of my palate.
D: HK is not my ideal IPA with the citrus hop notes a bit of an afterthought in the taste, but it is still pretty tasty. I do not think I would seek this out again, but I did enjoy drinking it. Oh yeah, the label is amazing. I love the little hop men knocking on the door to the cosmos - classic.
10-30-2010 17:21:55 | More by TCHopCraver
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
07-21-2013 22:58:12 | More by MadScientist
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
A pretty orange and auburn color scheme going on, head was very doughy with good retention. Aroma was hoppy to a degree, but wasn't anything to write home about. The appearance was like a 4.25 and the aroma 3.75, so it all evens out (edit: now it doesn't, but I fixed it!)
Intense bitterness when you drink this. Seemed to be chinook, cascade and centennial combo, maybe with some willamette's thrown in for good measure. At times the bitterness just overshadows anything going on. Really, I can't see this being worth delving into the bottle world, it doesn't add anything that I can't get in the can for an ipa. Would have to lean on grapefruit the most to describe the hop and bitterness feel (moreso) in this beer.
Comes off a little more like a PacNW ipa than west coast. A degree of wood, not super piney hops.
This was my first Caldera brew that was not in a can.
10-01-2010 04:10:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Kind of a creepy label with big hop cones banging down your door out in space...
SAE/ECE Amber liquid, not quite clear with brighter amber highlights. A pale buff/cream crown of soft peaks recedes to a lasting finger, leaving behind crazed webs of fine sticky lacing.
Brewed with 100% Centennial hops at all stages and this shows - the signature C-hop bitterness is hinted at in the aromatics along with a blast of citrus, spicy evergreen, and floral scents.
The palate is likewise suffused with whole-cone dank hemp-y goodness with hints of orange zest, grapefruit, and an almost cedar-like woody/earthy element that is at least as much a contribution of the hardy (hearty?) malt backbone as it is derived from the hops - an unapologetically NW-style IPA, malt forward with a suggestion of wet stones and cocoa in the bitter, fruity finish.
Medium-full bodied, oily, almost sticky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a touch of warmth from the alcohol.
Some astringency in the finish makes it a sipper, and overall I think it does better with food (grilled salmon comes immediately to mind) than all on its lonesome.
Not as well balanced as their regular canned IPA, but that isn't the point of this series.
07-13-2010 01:36:18 | More by augustgarage
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
A- Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing.
S- The aroma is sweet malt and some citrus notes from the centennial hops as well. The aroma is good, but a little more subdued than I was expecting.
T- The taste like the aroma is smooth and malty up front with the hops coming in and lingering well into the finish.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, I enjoyed Hopportunity Knocks but I isn't a beer I would likely seek out again. Worth a try.
02-14-2011 04:15:54 | More by cjgator3
4.4/5 rDev +23.6%
Pours dark nice amberish color head.
Smell is hoppy piney goodness
Taste is hoppy (of course) I detected a tiny hint of citrus with followed by a nice grassy piney after taste.
went down smooth and a wee bit creamy
great beer to start the night out with. all and all typical Hopped out beer, but price VS quality one of the best out there.
11-30-2010 19:57:54 | More by JeffBob
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
01-09-2013 04:18:15 | More by Fatehunter
2.28/5 rDev -36%
650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - Purs a murky amber with a sizable head. Lacing is minimal once the head dissipates. Doesn't look bad.
Smell - Some citrus hops. Not overwhelming. There's a background smell that reminds me of homebrew. Like a musty smell.
Taste - Taste is initially hoppy, but not all that hoppy. Behind that is a nutty maltiness, maybe with a hint of spiciness. Finally, however, is an awful grassy bitterness that renders the beer just about undrinkable. It coats the mouth and doesn't go away.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. After the hops and malt it dries out quickly, leaving the bitterness just hanging. It emphasizes the awful flavor.
Overall - The first half of the flavor is decent, but the finish is very bad. My brother-in-law and I both drainpoured our glasses once I finished the review.
06-01-2011 22:39:15 | More by Alieniloquium
4.35/5 rDev +22.2%
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.
01-23-2013 02:53:32 | More by C3likesbeer
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Appearance - Pours a cloudy dark tangerine color with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing.
Smell - The nose is of heavy caramel and malt, slightly bitter grapefruit, hops, other citrus such as orange peel, and slight piney and floral scents.
Taste - More balanced than I would have thought. A hoppy citrus burst up front that becomes more bitter the more you drink the beer as it warms. This is then oddly encapsulated by a heavy malty, caramel backbone. So I guess the overall product in sum is balanced but in reality as this beer warms up there are two extremes to it.
Mouthfeel - Moderate body, oily slick hops, medium carbonation.
Drinkability - I'll put this in the "somewhat" category. Knowing I have a Blind Pig waiting for me after this makes me realize that this is not as drinkable as one would expect. Now, give me 10 Blind Pigs in a row and I will still ask for more. They are right around the same ABV but this beer just doesn't leave me craving more of it. Not bad, but nothing spectacular to be honest.
06-16-2010 02:30:52 | More by SpdKilz
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +12.4%
I like this label. Looks like a 10th grade art class project.
Appearance. Slightly hazy, copper orange. One finger of sticky, pale yellow-orange head.
Smell. Lemons, sweet grapefruit, floral hops, nice hint of caramel malt.
Taste. A little lightly roasted malt in the front then bitter pink grapefruit and pine with a finish like chewing on a yellow grapefruit rind.
Mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, medium smooth carbonation.
Drinkability. Pretty good drinker. A slight bit more malt than I like in an IPA, but the great finish almost makes up for it.
02-17-2011 03:36:30 | More by Rutager
Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.