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Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-13-2010)
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barleywinefiend

Washington

1.68/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a hazy amber color with a nice white cap

S: Faded piney hops, caramel

T: Caramel and faded hops battle for dominance while the metallic and old Earthy notes fight for second place. Bad.

M: Medium to full body and not one I would recommend hiolding on your palate

O: Poor IPA, drainpoured after two sips

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 08:44:46 | More by barleywinefiend
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -43.8%

05-26-2014 02:48:40 | More by Damian74Shensky
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43.8%

03-24-2013 03:25:22 | More by mportnoy
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ggroller

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer looks ok in the glass. A bit hazy with a nice thick head.

It smells like butterscotch with a hint of citrus.

It tastes like butterscotch with a bit of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is ok but I can't get past the butterscotch. Am I tasting diacetyl?

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 15:27:44 | More by ggroller
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.28/5  rDev -36%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 22:39:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.35/5  rDev -34%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:39:26 | More by ThickNStout
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

05-30-2014 16:07:37 | More by ncstateplaya
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kyager2000

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

05-26-2012 03:33:26 | More by kyager2000
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Holland

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

05-15-2013 03:36:23 | More by Holland
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g_jenkins

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

06-02-2013 07:30:18 | More by g_jenkins
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to G311 for this one.

A - Nice big IPA appearance: deep amber with a rich head, though lesser retention and lace.

S - Really a very muted nose. It is nearly astoundingly so.

T - The taste is quite a bit more, well, existent... because there is really nothing but a ghost of and IPA there in the aroma dept. A bit floral and grassy, and some caramel; tastes good, just not exceptional.

M - IPA. A little flaccid.

D - Doesn't measure up to the Red Racer IPA that preceded it (not that it was world-class, either). Probably not even as good as the regular Caldera IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:31:56 | More by ktrillionaire
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djmichaelk

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Hazy auburn, pours with a huge pillowy three fingers of head with nice retention. Rings of lacing down the glass. Very nice looking.

S - Not as hoppy as the illustration on the label might lead you to believe. And ugh, it has a vegetative quality to it that just does not work at all for me, almost like leafy greens. Some sweet malts also lurking around the edges.

T - Luckily not very similar to the nose. It's definitely on the sweeter side of IPAs, with plenty of bitterness from the hops but not a lot of the flavor that I've some to expect. It's okay but nothing spectacular, just very average. Not much in the way of detectable alcohol.

M - Thick and full-bodied. Long dry finish. Definitely one of the best aspects of the beer.

D - ABV isn't too high, but the aroma and taste just aren't doing it for me. I doubt I'd reach for another.

O - Very much a mixed bag, with some great attributes -- look and feel -- and some bad ones. Unfortunately this beer fails for me on the keys -- smell and taste. I know Caldera can do better.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 16:10:54 | More by djmichaelk
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youradhere

Arkansas

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden amber, yellowish thick head, chunky head that falls leaving ample lacing. Smells like cidery malt, hops seemed to be subdued, slight fruitiness. Taste is bitter up front, astringent bitterness twang, slight malt but the body is too light to carry the bitterness. Borderline metallic taste, slightest fruitiness. Not the most fantastic but something I can finish, I'd probably buy this again, as the brew isn't too heavy like some IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 04:15:49 | More by youradhere
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Finatic

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a chilled Founder's pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a nice tan frothy head.Excellent sticky lacing that recedes awfully slow.

S: Smells real sweet and malty, some hops in the background, but definitely more malt than hops to me.

T: Hops are more prevalent in the taste than the smell for me. Tons of tropical notes in the taste with grapefruit being the strongest on my palate.

M: Medium bodied and a bit chewy to be quite honest.

O: Simply put, it's just a below average beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 21:38:55 | More by Finatic
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-09-2012 05:52:05 | More by IdrinkGas
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Bartinator

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-30-2013 18:22:59 | More by Bartinator
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vitALEity

California

3/5  rDev -15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:04:32 | More by vitALEity
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -15.7%

05-08-2013 02:41:45 | More by leftoverburrito
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-12-2013 00:59:21 | More by lupercmda
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stript

Washington

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-03-2013 03:09:40 | More by stript
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terence

California

3/5  rDev -15.7%

09-15-2013 01:30:59 | More by terence
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-25-2011 15:41:16 | More by deapokid
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cloudy dark orange body is opaque. Two fingers of slighty rocky, mostly level white foam.

Very piney aroma, with a bit of biscuit and a faint whiff of cleanser.

Big swath of sweetness splatters across the tongue. Mix of hop tastes follows - grapefruit citrus, earthy, pine.

Medium plus mouthfeel. Ok drinkability.

An ok but unexceptional IPA or IIPA. No date to be found, so unless I encounter one I know to be very fresh, I won't be revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 23:04:43 | More by RonfromJersey
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rawfish

California

3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 04:03:08 | More by rawfish
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant ruby with a 1-finger offwhite head. Solid ring of retention and moderate lace.

With obvious nods from the ruby color, this has a much more roasty character to the malt- toasted grain and apricot aromas- while the bigtime hops add a lot of floral, grapefruity tones as well as a faint touch of cheesy pungency. Unfortunately, with the darker roast on the malt making a bigger overall impression on the aroma profile, the beer seems to be having an identity crisis- losing complexity in the process.

The palate mostly mirrors the nose, with the bigger malt character bumping elbows with the hoppiness. Starts medium bodied and creamy, with an instant blast of hop bitterness- flavors of apricot, toasted grain and red grapefruit- while the toastiness and bitterness roll right on through the finish.

If there's such a style as a Red IPA, then maybe this clears the bar. But as a standard IPA, this completely misses for me. Plainly stated, IPAs should scream hops, and I really don't like it when the malt tries to turn it into a screaming match. That extra roastiness just overpowered any sort of subtlty to the drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:20:05 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.