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Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-13-2010

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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by whatthehull:
Photo of whatthehull
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted nov. 12th 2011 (from notes)

A - beautiful copper/amber, almost no but very white head and no lacing

S - sweet yeast, sweet malts, very hoppy! Lots of citrus. Pineapple, grapefruit, very fresh and crisp. Beautiful bouquet. Smells velvety sweet

T - super hoppy! Tons of earth, wood, grassy, tons of bright spring and summer flowers, very nice slightly toasted malts, tons of very, very nice bitter. This ale is super crisp

M - medium body, medium acidity, medium complexity, semi balanced and long finish

D - super bitter, very nice but very bitter. Crisp, refreshing and very fresh everything. If you have had hoppy caldera stuff, this is for you!

Final thought - only $5 a pop and 7%! Get some of these. Enjoy ASAP!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

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.

Photo of JeffBob
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of C3likesbeer
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a dark clear copper. Looks much like an amber ale. Couple fingers of fluffy white foam.. settles to a large fluffy ring of lace, and thin pillow on top.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big grassy spicy earthy hops. Caramel malt background. Smells very herbal and bready. Lightly sweet. Lots of caramel malts here. Slight citrus touch to the hops.

Taste: (3.5)
- Big piney and grassy hops. Quite a bitter brew with sweet caramel and a bready/biscuit backing. Overall spicy, earthy, and grassy. Not really a lot of either floral, or citrus hops here. Roasty brown sugars.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Surprisingly lighter bodied than I had expected. Just sitting under medium bodied, and has plenty of carbonation. Very dry and cloying, but not at all chewy. A tad thin.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is more a bitter bomb of an amber ale. Light caramel backing, and huge bitter grassy hops. That's about it. I feel like it is missing quite a bit, and is a little one-dimensional. Worth the try if you like really dry bitter beers. Otherwise there are better on the shelf for the money.

Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with a good three finger white head. Plentiful lacings. Aroma is fruity citrus hops with a bit of leather. Taste is full deep leathery bitter hops with the correct amount of malts.
The label describes "centennial hops" as the mainstay of all that bitterness. Mouthfeel is just right, and drinkability is very good for this style. Kudos to Caldera for daring to bottle a limited production beer. Their normal regimen is cans. Cool label. Give the fellows from the "State of Jefferson" a big thumbs up! Keep it coming Caldera!

Photo of nc41
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice, great head retention, no nose at all. Nice 1st hit bitter followed by what I thought would be a little sweet malty finish. Wrong at death a killer long lasting bitter hit on the back of the tounge. The finish lasts forever. Overall not a killer IPA, but certinly a very tasty drinkable brew that's a lot different than Caldera IPA. I like it, worth a try, if you like IPA's.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up yesterday at the COOP.. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.... pretty deep cloudy orange verging on amber.. nice enough 1 finger off white head has pretty good retention and lacing.

Nose is pithy grapefruit hops and some back ground floral hoppiness... the pale malts are pretty prevalent.. so is some toasty malts.

Pretty big up front.. bitter and bracing citrus hops move slowly but surely into pale malts that push the grapefruit back out into the middle... the toasted malts show toward the finish and combine with the biting hops... grassy floral elements show with warmth.

Body (and hops) verge on DIPA territory... carbonation is good but it doesn't scrape away the toasty malts that I find a bit distracting.

Good.. but not great....

3.5/3.5/3.5/4/3.5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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?)

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

Photo of BuckyFresh
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with TCHopCraver. Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying this tasty brew!

Appearance: Split two ways and poured into a large snifter. The beer pours a hazy copper/orange with a small head that recedes pretty quickly. A small ring of lacing made of large bubbles is left after the head recedes. Some scattered streams of carbonation are visible in the glass.

Smell: I was expecting more in the way of hop aroma, but the bottle did sit a while, so perhaps that has something to do with it. There is some fairly decent citrus and pine notes, as well as some grainy malt aroma and a bit of something musty in the background. There is also a touch of spice present; almost reminiscent of a saison-type influence.

Taste: There is definitely more bitterness than the smell leads on. The flavor is pretty well balanced with a decent malt profile. There's not a ton of complexity here, but it is a pretty decent representation of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy texture, with some biting pine notes. Fairly dry finish, and there's definitely some lingering bitterness there.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinker, but a little more on the malty side than your typical IPA. Definitely enjoyable though; I'd certainly reach for another.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.41/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 6.99. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. Great bottle art. It'd be nice if they'd dated it...

Dark amber with big 2.5 finger foamy head. Nice lacing where the head recedes. 

Pine & oranges. Nice. 

The opening taste falls a bit flat- a dull biscuity taste. The hops kick in for a lingering sour bitter grapefruit finish. This is not at all what I want in an IPA. 

Light to medium bodied. It coats pretty well but still a little lighter than I'd prefer. Enough carbonation to make the lingering bitter finish tingle on the tongue. 

I was a little dissappointed with this one. The hopportunity wasn't knocking much at all- and when it finally did, the flavor was sour and lacking. There's a chance it was an older bottle but Caldera didn't see fit to date it so it gets rated as-is. I'll smile at the label art but pass on it in the future. 

Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a wonderful copper amber with only a slight white head and decent lacing. The aroma is very complex with plenty of pine and citrus hops, but also some toasty roasty malt character that is not overpowering and quite nice. The flavor follows the same path. Very bitter with a huge citrus and pine punch to the taste buds, as well as a groin kick of roasted and caramel malt. I have to say, I thought this was just a normal IPA, but it seems to be leaning a bit more towards an American strong ale/Black IPA in flavor. Astringency and bitterness fight a battle royal in my mouth, and I am lucky enough to have a front row seat. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, and has one of those sticky/dry finishes that are common in beers of this gravity and hop load. Not the most drinkable for style, but still goes down pretty easily. I really like this, and am glad it comes in a bomber.

Photo of Cresant
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.