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Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of cbak999
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

cbak999, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

GarthDanielson, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

RoyalT, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of youradhere
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

youradhere, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of JeffBob
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

JeffBob, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

chumba526, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

BuckyFresh, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Chelsea1905
4/5  rDev +12%

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

Chelsea1905, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

A pretty orange and auburn color scheme going on, head was very doughy with good retention. Aroma was hoppy to a degree, but wasn't anything to write home about. The appearance was like a 4.25 and the aroma 3.75, so it all evens out (edit: now it doesn't, but I fixed it!)

Intense bitterness when you drink this. Seemed to be chinook, cascade and centennial combo, maybe with some willamette's thrown in for good measure. At times the bitterness just overshadows anything going on. Really, I can't see this being worth delving into the bottle world, it doesn't add anything that I can't get in the can for an ipa. Would have to lean on grapefruit the most to describe the hop and bitterness feel (moreso) in this beer.

Comes off a little more like a PacNW ipa than west coast. A degree of wood, not super piney hops.

This was my first Caldera brew that was not in a can.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -16%

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.

RonfromJersey, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a dark clear copper. Looks much like an amber ale. Couple fingers of fluffy white foam.. settles to a large fluffy ring of lace, and thin pillow on top.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big grassy spicy earthy hops. Caramel malt background. Smells very herbal and bready. Lightly sweet. Lots of caramel malts here. Slight citrus touch to the hops.

Taste: (3.5)
- Big piney and grassy hops. Quite a bitter brew with sweet caramel and a bready/biscuit backing. Overall spicy, earthy, and grassy. Not really a lot of either floral, or citrus hops here. Roasty brown sugars.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Surprisingly lighter bodied than I had expected. Just sitting under medium bodied, and has plenty of carbonation. Very dry and cloying, but not at all chewy. A tad thin.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is more a bitter bomb of an amber ale. Light caramel backing, and huge bitter grassy hops. That's about it. I feel like it is missing quite a bit, and is a little one-dimensional. Worth the try if you like really dry bitter beers. Otherwise there are better on the shelf for the money.

Docer, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
4/5  rDev +12%

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!

GreenCard, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to Patrick (Jctribe25) for brining this bottle back from Cali for me. Thanks man.

Good looking beer. Thick, creamy head that rises well above the glass and has a great deal of structure. It eventually collapse upon itself but leave a sheet of thick lacing in the glass. The beer is a deep dull amber color with a light haze. No visible carbonation. Some orange tones in the color.

Aroma is more toasted malt focused with some slight citrus notes in the background. This is certainly starting off more like a Northwest IPA vs. a "West Coast" Ipa.

Focuses more on balance vs. a hop blast. Fairly sweet and a lot of toasted malt. The bitterness is early then lingers late with some sweetness and fruit mid palate.
What's interesting is that this taste likes a freshly drawn ale. As noted above, this is a classically Oregon IPA. The aftertaste is an interesting combination of dark, crispy bread crust and a bit of grapefruit peel.

Fairly bold on the mouth and with a thick body. Light carbonation and almost oily on the tongue.

A touch too sweet for me, but still a decent IPA. Glad I had the Hopportunity. (sorry)

Thanks Patrick!

Reagan1984, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

djmichaelk, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

22 picked up yesterday at the COOP.. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.... pretty deep cloudy orange verging on amber.. nice enough 1 finger off white head has pretty good retention and lacing.

Nose is pithy grapefruit hops and some back ground floral hoppiness... the pale malts are pretty prevalent.. so is some toasty malts.

Pretty big up front.. bitter and bracing citrus hops move slowly but surely into pale malts that push the grapefruit back out into the middle... the toasted malts show toward the finish and combine with the biting hops... grassy floral elements show with warmth.

Body (and hops) verge on DIPA territory... carbonation is good but it doesn't scrape away the toasty malts that I find a bit distracting.

Good.. but not great....


JohnGalt1, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Into a standard pint. Picked up from K&L Wines in Hollywood.

Slightly golden, amber body with an off white two finger rocky head. Good lacing and head retention.

A clean piney hop fragrance dominates the nose. Also some floral notes, a slight grapefruit citrus scent, and a caramel like sweetness.

The taste is of toasty caramel malts, some bread, a bit of butterscotch, bitter tobacco resin, minty pine, and a slight dash of grapefruit citrus. The flavors just don't seem to come together very well though.

Fairly hefty body, not much carbonation, bitter finish, but not really dry. A nice creaminess though.

An east coast style IPA from an Oregon brewery. Pretty solid, but not really my favorite kind of IPA.

billshmeinke, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of rand
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

rand, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

ShogoKawada, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

ktrillionaire, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

A: poured a caramel brown with a thin head that left a little bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: at first I get caramel aromas with a underlying floral hop notes which had a good malt presence. There was also some citrus and bready notes as well.

T: some nice piney hops pop out on the taste with caramel and citrus grapefruit accents that help out on the bitterness. It seems to have a decent malt backbone that helps out the balance.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation that still works out but had a slight sweet and bitter hop finish.

D: pretty good IPA that drank well and had a good amount of sweetness but lacked on the hop punch. It was still a tasty brew.

Gobzilla, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Kind of a creepy label with big hop cones banging down your door out in space...

SAE/ECE Amber liquid, not quite clear with brighter amber highlights. A pale buff/cream crown of soft peaks recedes to a lasting finger, leaving behind crazed webs of fine sticky lacing.

Brewed with 100% Centennial hops at all stages and this shows - the signature C-hop bitterness is hinted at in the aromatics along with a blast of citrus, spicy evergreen, and floral scents.

The palate is likewise suffused with whole-cone dank hemp-y goodness with hints of orange zest, grapefruit, and an almost cedar-like woody/earthy element that is at least as much a contribution of the hardy (hearty?) malt backbone as it is derived from the hops - an unapologetically NW-style IPA, malt forward with a suggestion of wet stones and cocoa in the bitter, fruity finish.

Medium-full bodied, oily, almost sticky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

Some astringency in the finish makes it a sipper, and overall I think it does better with food (grilled salmon comes immediately to mind) than all on its lonesome.

Not as well balanced as their regular canned IPA, but that isn't the point of this series.

augustgarage, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

jdense, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev +12%

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.

jorg2619, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +12%

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.

brewandbbq, Jun 18, 2010
Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
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