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Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 nc41
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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 flexabull
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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...

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- caramel, grains, nutty maltiness, resiny hoppiness, black pepper

color- orange amber

clarity- clear

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

glassware: pint

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
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 mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of beagle75
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of ggroller
2.22/5  rDev -37.8%
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?

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +12%
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 cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of cbak999
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 youradhere
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of JeffBob
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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 TCHopCraver
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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 chumba526
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of BuckyFresh
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Chelsea1905
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.