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Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 230
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 21.23%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 230
Photo of kevinmkirk
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What's this? Caldera brew in a bottle! Who knew?! I thought they were strictly about the can, but I stand corrected.

The pour is a nice copper color with a thin layer of head that vanishes quickly, and the lacing is minimal. Citrus hops along side mild malts on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice amount of carb. The flavor is good and hoppy; nice and bitter! This is not a beginner's ale, so if you are new to the micro game, this may not be the beer for you. Since this is a Caldera brew, it could EASILY pass for an IPA. Overall drinkability is great. I really like this and could easily sit down with a few of these on a weekend with friends and a barbeque.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
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 ManLikeBeer
4.51/5  rDev +26%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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 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!

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
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 ShogoKawada
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into tulip, thanks augustgarage. I love Caldera IPA and am looking forward to this one.

A- Darker than expected, amber in color. Decent head, tan in color, nice lace rings.

S- Sweet, sugar-coated floral hops, some pine resin.

T- Impressively bitter. Dry hopped? Intense hop flavors, piny/earthy combo. Great lingering finish.

M- Healthy carbonation, great finish, nice heft to the beer. Not too sweet, lasting bitterness is welcome.

D- Fairly high... lots of hops in this one. I'm lovin' it. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of beer2day
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy read pour with 2 fingers of cream head. Great retention and thick strands of lace.

Floral hop nose. Woody, earthy mix. Bread malt thrown in for good measure.

Taste is hop esthers, with light resin and oil. Also a surprise with a taste of strawberry licorice.

Thick, chewy body for the style.

I'd get this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Caldera Brewing Co. "Hopportunity Knocks IPA"
12 oz. can, "CANNED ON:07/24/15"... uh-oh, 6 mos. old !!!

Unfortunately there's a little bit of oxidation in this old can and I'll have to try to find a fresher sample to update this review. It's not bad though, it doesn't come off as cardboard-like or papery, but rather just shows an accentuated (I'm assuming) caramel character in the malt. Or perhaps not, Caldera tends to produce a fairly rich maltiness as one of the signatures to all of their beers.

Beyond that however, I can't be sure how the hops should be. It's fruity/citrusy, piney, earthy, and grassy but I have no idea what kind of intensity it would normally have. It IS nicely balanced against the kind of rich malt, however, which as noted is a Caldera trait, and if I hadn't looked at the canned on date I might not have thought anything was awry. So, with that said, the richly caramelish malt is just sweet enough against the drying bitterness that you carry a drop of sweetness into the finish; and the hops are well threaded through it, delivering an overall character straight through, but also displaying some individual components along the way. In that sense I find it really well-balanced. It's malty, caramelish, piney/spicy/floral/earthy/citrusy/grassy, and then bitter with all of those things together in the finish but fading. Uhhhhhhh, yeah, I'd call that satisfying! I'd really like another. Great IPA. Worth trying to be sure.

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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!

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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.

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

Appearance: orange-copper, good clarity, spongey layer of yellowy foam that collapses to a thin cap

Aroma: luscious, billowy bouquet of caramelly malt, cooked strawberries, and woodsy hops

Flavor: medium-sweet malt backbone with a biscuity/caramelly note; scrunchy, grassy hop flavor with a mellow bitterness; finishes semisweet with a fresh-hop aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, smooth

Other: Small batch? Do some bigger ones of this bad boy!

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Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is my first Caldera brew have seen cans of pale ale and ipa before. Upon pouring this ipa i saw a hazy amber beer with a thick dull white head and smelled hops. A goodstart to an ipa. The smell is of citrus-grapefruit, earthy, and a hint of pine. The taste is pungent grapefruit, battling pine, and subtle sweet malt flavor. Not the most complex beer but all the same good.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours dark copper with an inch-plus head of biege. Plenty of webbed lacing and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics are laced with dank tangerine, pine, caramel, and grapefruit. Somewhat pungent. Sweet malt follows through.

Medium bodied with a slightly chewy, tacky mouthfeel. A bit grippy.

Plump malt and pithy tangerine lead off the palate. Pine-rubbed grapefruit and a firm bitterness step forward. Plenty of dank, herbaceous resins. Almost woodsy.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness that balances the sweet malt and plenty of chewy resins.

Tasty one. On the malty side of IPA's, and the nose could be ramped up, but plenty of dankness and pine dew to go around.

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

The hopportunity knocks poured a copper color with a 2-3 finger foam head with decent retention.

The nose is high on citrus since on the bottle it mentions solely Centennial. You also get a little sweetness. Solid malt backbone with a moderate bitterness. Not over the top but manageable. In the mouth it tickles the roof of the mouth and leaves a mark on tongue. Overall a good offering in a bottle from the boys down south.

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Photo of dougfur
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 dlbrockmiller
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like someone else has written this almost looked like a barleywine. A nice copper, slightly darker than I'd expect, a little thin head that leaves some lacing.

Initially after the pour I took in whiffs of pine, and citrus, but after letting it settle I got more biscuit and sweet malts.

Tastes like it smelled, initial hop blast that singes the tongue, then it subsides to give a biscuit/malt based finish. Overall, I'd say it tasted like a hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, a bit of carbonation, but overall good.

at 7% more or less, it's a decent offering

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, N.Salem store. $5.19 Darker than the typical IPA..almost amber beerr with a large thick and frothy cream coloured head. Aroma seems balanced between resiny hop and nice toasty malts. Again the taste is balanced with nice caramell,toasted hops blancing a nice resinous hop bite..lasting after bitterness. Quite nice and thick for style on the palate. Overall i liked this one more than i thought i would.

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Photo of rand
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bomber to pint glass 08/10/10

A: Pours a deep orange-copper with a 1 inch, mocha-colored head. Appears quite oily and dense for the style and the carbonation looks like it's struggling to escape. Lots of foamy lacing.

S: Citrusy grapefruit aroma and lots of pine. There is a faint sweetness in the backdrop, but the overall nose seems a little dampened.

T: Bitter, grapefruity hops crash the palate, balanced by a touch of bready, slightly sweet malts. The hops are powerful here but they work well against the honey sweetness. There's some orange and lemon zest in there, and the alcohol has a warming effect halfway through each sip. As the beer warms, grassy, earthy, almost floral flavors can be detected. The beer finishes pleasantly bitter and dry.

M: This is a fairly rich, chewy beer and could pass for a DIPA in its texture. The carbonation is perfect for this style and nicely washes away each sip. The taste is much more vibrant than the nose, and I wonder if that's due in part to its oily, full-bodied composition.

D: This is a total hop-bomb, but as your palate adjusts to the aggressively bitter hop profile you'll find this brew quite balanced. I noticed myself drinking faster as I was writing this review.

Notes: Overall, quite impressive. This could easily pass for a California IPA and could stand up against some of the better known hop monsters coming out of SoCal. I'm really particular about IPA's and fairly skeptical about unknown renditions, but after finishing a pint I'm surprising satisfied.This is the first offering I've sampled from Caldera and they've passed my IPA test with flying colors, so they'll be on my radar.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 jdense
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Horse Brass, 7.9.2010, $4.75 imperial pint.

One finger creamy white head, medium-fast dissipation with some lacing. Reddish amber clear body, no visible carbonation. The nose is spicy, piny hops and caramel malts, battling for attention, nicely balanced. Taste is a bit of malty sweetness upfront, firm malt backbone in the middle, and a lingering fairly bitter resiny hop finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, not much effervescence, fairly dry, resiny and a bit sticky. There is some pretty serious hoppiness in play here, not overly bitter. Looking forward to comparing this with the bottled version.

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Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.