Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company
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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 76 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +21.6%
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!
11-22-2011 06:20:58 | More by whatthehull
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass
A: Pours hazy dark red-orange with just over a finger of fairly tight white head. Good retention, leaves decent lacing.
S: Pine, candied fruit, caramel. Very sweet smelling, this one could be fading.
T: Hops are definitely on the down swing. Upfront I get pine, slightly dank orange and herbs, a little grapefruit, and floral notes. Not too bitter or sharp. There definitely is a good bit of caramel sweetness, but it isn't so much so that it's offensive. Fairly wet finish with a little bit of lingering bitterness.
M: Medium body, moderate carbonation that fizzes out quickly and leaves a smooth and nearly effervescent-free finish. Fairly resinous and an adequate level of bitterness.
O: This actually isn't too bad for a now fading IPA. I could see this being pretty solid when fresh, maybe even great. At this point now it doesn't seem that old (maybe 2 months to 3 months) and is certainly enjoyable.
10-15-2011 03:34:49 | More by Satchboogie
1.68/5 rDev -52.8%
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
10-10-2011 08:44:46 | More by barleywinefiend
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
A: An attractive orangish amber in color, clear. Finger of off-white/tan head with nice texture. Good amount of lacing and film with lots of large bubbles. Unfortunately, this is the highlight of the beer.
S: Hops are here, but they're in the backseat of the smell. Caramel and nutty with pine and grass hops. It's not a bad smell at all, but not what I'm looking for in my IPAs really.
T: Caramel, nutty, bread crust, sugary with piney, resinous hops playing a larger role in the taste. Has a tea like quality.
M: Medium to full bodied. Dry, sticky and bitter at the finish lets you know Caldera added plenty of hops to the beer...I'm just not sure why they didn't play a larger role in the smell. Oh well.
O: This by no means is a bad beer and is ejoyable, but I can't see myself paying the Oregon premium for this beer again. It's just not quite what I want from the style.
09-30-2011 00:05:23 | More by titosupertramp
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
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
08-30-2011 02:01:02 | More by nc41
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours a nice clear and bright amber color with a decent head, and a bit of lacing.
Aromas are pine like, earthy, pungent and resiny. Smells a bit funky, but not bad.
Taste is crisp, biting, with some sharp brewed tea flavors up front. Hint of hard candy sweetness, and light creamy malt flavors. Finish is bitter, earthy, grassy, and dry.
Mouthfeel is very good. Very full, smooth, and nicely carbonated.
Overall, an interesting and tasty beer. A but different than most IPAs brewed on the West Coast, unique, and rough around the edges, but I like it.
08-27-2011 15:49:41 | More by flexabull
3.2/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
08-26-2011 22:21:47 | More by FanofHefe
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
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...
08-22-2011 21:34:09 | More by Tilley4
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
This beer poured out as a nice golden color, almost copper. The head was fluffy and white, left behind a strong lacing too. The smell of the beer was floral and citrusy. The taste of the beer has a sweet bitterness, plenty of citrusy grapefruit flavors and a touch of malt in the back end. The mouthfeel has a good bite to it, with a dry aftertaste. Overall it's a good IPA, I am glad I tried it for sure.
07-26-2011 23:08:10 | More by Knapp85
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy inch of a head that leaves a few shards behind
Smell: Malt forward, with caramel and nuts backed up by piney hops
Taste: Caramel and nut flavors, up front, with a burgeoning piney character that takes over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malts return to add more sweetness to the profile while the hops turn a bit metallic
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a tad sticky
Overall: More malt forward than I like my IPAs, still a well-constructed beer for those who prefer a big malt IPA
Thanks, PretzelCity, for the (h)opportunity
07-19-2011 23:12:25 | More by brentk56
3.08/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
06-29-2011 01:20:05 | More by TheWhiskerReview
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
taste- caramel, grains, nutty maltiness, resiny hoppiness, black pepper
color- orange amber
smell- malt, caramel, perfumy hops, sour notes
body- medium weight on the palate, hoppy bite at the front of the mouth, soft feel
appearance- thin, slightly off-white head with very little carbonation and lace retention
overall impression- average beer, website says it is a larger version of their ipa, slightly above average
notes and comments- website says 100+ ibus...to me, the beer didn't show it
beer spy- ashland or, june 2011, 22oz
06-26-2011 02:59:23 | More by NorCalYeti
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
3.2/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
05-19-2011 04:54:19 | More by mactrail
3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
03-28-2011 20:29:32 | More by beagle75
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
02-21-2011 22:46:35 | More by CliffBrake
2.2/5 rDev -38.2%
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?
02-18-2011 15:27:44 | More by ggroller
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
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
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
02-07-2011 19:46:53 | More by Reidrover
3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
This bottle was hand delivered from my brother who lives in Portland, OR. The beers pours a deep burnt orange color with a small white head. Very nice lacing on the glass. The dominant smell is of sweet caramel. Taste is also sweet caramel with a strong earthly, almost dirty, hop finish that hangs! A decent beer, but much more malty than I would expect from a beer called Hopportunity Knocks.
01-15-2011 00:24:36 | More by cbak999
3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass, the beer has a deep red-copper color with a small, thin 1/2" head that dissipates quickly. The beer is heavily smelling of hops and floral, with a little bit of a smokey background. The hops flavor hits the middle of the tongue, and there is a very short lasting, bitter undertone to it. There is a bitter and at the same time sour aftertaste to the finish, and the bitter portion of that will linger from some time after the beer is gone. It's a heavy IPA that is full of flavor in mouth, but the lingering aftertaste makes this a "one and done" for me. I thoroughly enjoy this beer, but one bomber at a time.
12-21-2010 01:06:18 | More by GarthDanielson
Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.