Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 204
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 barleywinefiend
1.71/5  rDev -52.5%
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 (316 characters)

Photo of ggroller
2.22/5  rDev -38.3%
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? (260 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
2.41/5  rDev -33.1%
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.  (895 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Finatic
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of youradhere
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (462 characters)

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 (364 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (455 characters)

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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is eclipsed by the regular Caldera IPA that comes in a can unfortunately... I was looking for a more pronounced citrus bitterness and this was more floral and fragrant in nature... A different animal altogether and this somehow missed the mark for me... A fairly average brew with just a nint of hops to it and this bottle should be pretty fresh... This wasn't bad, mind you, but it just tasted and felt rather run of the mill to me... (444 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber with good clarity. Modest head that leaves light lacing. Pretty color, but fairly unusual for an IPA.

Pleasant nose but more malty than hoppy - graham cracker maybe?

Herbal hop character with moderate lingering bitterness. A bit metallic.

Medium bodied. A bit juicy but metallic bitterness builds to dominate the impression. (341 characters)

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. (624 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caldera Hopportunity Knocks

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger off white/tan head receding quick leaving a bit of lacing. Beer is copper in color. 3.5

S- a little too sweet with malt being most prevalent and some fruity hop smell. 3

T- follows the nose with the malts lending a very sweet Graham cracker character and some earthy, slightly bitter hops in the background. 3

M- lighter carbonation, good medium body. 3.5

O- drinkablility is good but the beer itself is just average so I was disappointed because I like Caldera very much. 3.5

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive amber in the tulip glass with very nice head and lacing. Modest aroma. Initial taste is promising. A touch of sweet malt but mostly it's the heavy hand of hops. Sharp and acidic on the palate. Some aromatics with a flowery touch, but mostly just bitter. Aftertaste goes on and on. Unrelieved bitterness with not much interest to go with it.

Not very drinkable. I am trying to find something good to say about this beer, since it's clean and well made. But for IPA lovers, it's definitely in the zone. (512 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No dating on the bottle or label. Clear, amber body with red highlights. Darker than I would have expected for an IPA. One-finger tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves a smattering of lacing around the glass.

The first aroma is definitely from the hops - piney and grassy. But, the predominant aroma as I go down the glass is the malt. Definite predominant caramel and maple malt aroma.

Well, I'm a little disappointed in the flavor. The hops are definitely taking a back seat to the malt. No doubt, there are hops in the blend, but the malt is more forward, so it does follow the aroma fairly closely.

The mouthfeel is of a medium thickness. Of course, with no dating, this bottle could be older with faded hops, but I'll never know. Average IPA at best. (805 characters)

Photo of chumba526
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears dark amber/ red with an inch and a half of off color whit head.

It smells citrus. It also smells strongly of caramel. There is a bit of a grassy hop smell as well.

It tastes much like the smell. It initially tastes strongly of orange and other citrus fruits. An earthy slightly floral hop flavor is also present. A substantial amount of caramel sweetness balances the beer. A bitter aftertaste is present. This is a pretty generic tasting DIPA.

The carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is ok. I can finish this bottle easily but the heavy caramel malt quality of this beer would limit how much of the beer I would want to drink.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. But there really is nothing about it. It is an average example of the DIPA. It is enjoyable but it seems uninspired. (804 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light reddish-amber color with one finger of lofty off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: A faint combination of floral and piney hops that also feature some toast and mixed fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with malt-focused flavors of toasted bread and caramel that increase in sweetness. Hop aromatics are floral but muted. Astringency emerges in the middle as acidity peaks at a moderate level. The finish possesses diminishing qualities encountered earlier, mainly floral hops and esters, with moderate bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: If a brewery that cans most of their product puts a beer in a bottle, does that mean it's special? In this case, the answer is no. It is a very malt-focused IPA that features an underwhelming smell and some rough flavor edges. Ultimately Caldera's standard IPA wins out, with this beer as a hybrid IPA/DIPA that just lacks characteristic abv and hop intensity. This mis-step does little to shake my confidence in Caldera, considering the mastery shown in other beers such as the barrel-aged Mogli or their rauch bock. I do have to question the source of their interest in this particular recipe. (1,274 characters)

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. (159 characters)

Photo of ESPNman
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Murky off-orange almost copper in color. Thick, beige inch of foamy head that has good retention and great lacing. A lot darker than I would expect for a standard American IPA.

S - Very hop-forward, with a bready sort of roasted malt backing. Mostly floral hops, very little citrus. The best part of this brew, in my opinion.

T - Pretty disappointing given the nose. There is some solid bitter hop in there, but it's a little too "balanced" by the roasty malt bill. Lots of biscuity malt flavor obscures the flavors for me.

M - Over-carbonated, and almost soapy. Good thick mouthfeel, but the carbonation really ruins it for me. It finishes pretty dry.

O - Not bad, but nothing at all special. It's a balanced American IPA that errs more on the side of over malting than over hopping. I'd be curious to try it on tap. (852 characters)

Photo of coastiefish
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a imperial pint glass

A - Rich cooper color, foamy big carbonated head, very inviting appearance

S - Strong hoppy nose that wafts up and out of the glass. Floral, hop leaf, a hint of caramel and bread dancing around in there.

T - If you are one that likes a big malt to equalize the hop profile, this brew may fit your bill. I personally think the malts can be toned down a tad. Bring out the hops just a slight bit more forward. Mostly bready flat, without a punch. Falls flat through the finish as well, with a sweetness I can't get into.

M - Soapy, thicker than anticipated, no punch factor here.

O - This is the second time I'm giving this brew a go and I'm rating it this time. I anticipated a bigger hop packed punch, but was a bit disappointed with the malt coming through to equalize it. I'm always on the hunt for really well done big hoppy brews, but this one falls short of that, for me.

For 5.69 a bomber, there are others I'm willing to try before ever grabbing this one again. (1,016 characters)

Photo of mpensworth
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber with a slight hint of red.

S: Lots of citrus, but it's kind of weak.

T: Good hop flavor, pretty bitter. You get an immediate citrus flavor followed quickly by the bitterness.

M: Medium body, a little too bitter and malty on the aftertaste for me. Much prefer their IPA in a can.

D: Moderate drinkability, I had the bomber myself, and didn't want another one.

I too was excited to see a Caldera in a bottle, but after tasting it I much prefer their IPA or Pale Ale in a can. (492 characters)

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Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
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