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Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-13-2010)
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Photo of Chelsea1905


4/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 04:18:37 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 04:10:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of 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
Photo of Docer


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 03:27:11 | More by Docer
Photo of GreenCard


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 03:23:36 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Reagan1984


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 20:28:40 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of djmichaelk


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
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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....


Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:57:40 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of billshmeinke


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:28:26 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of rand


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 09:33:21 | More by rand
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:58:49 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of ktrillionaire


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
Photo of Gobzilla


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 02:19:36 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of augustgarage


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:36:18 | More by augustgarage
Photo of jdense


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 17:26:29 | More by jdense
Photo of jorg2619


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 18:30:24 | More by jorg2619
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 01:34:59 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of SpdKilz


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy dark tangerine color with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing.

Smell - The nose is of heavy caramel and malt, slightly bitter grapefruit, hops, other citrus such as orange peel, and slight piney and floral scents.

Taste - More balanced than I would have thought. A hoppy citrus burst up front that becomes more bitter the more you drink the beer as it warms. This is then oddly encapsulated by a heavy malty, caramel backbone. So I guess the overall product in sum is balanced but in reality as this beer warms up there are two extremes to it.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body, oily slick hops, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - I'll put this in the "somewhat" category. Knowing I have a Blind Pig waiting for me after this makes me realize that this is not as drinkable as one would expect. Now, give me 10 Blind Pigs in a row and I will still ask for more. They are right around the same ABV but this beer just doesn't leave me craving more of it. Not bad, but nothing spectacular to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 02:30:52 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Halcyondays


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a good frothy white head, good lace, nice looking IPA.

S: Classic Centennial, northwest hop nose. Grapefruit, tangerine, assorted citrus, with a hint of pine and malt.

T: On the maltier side, this is definitely not San Diego. Strong pink grapefruit, cantaloupe rind, with the strong crystal malt flavour, bordering on amber ale.

M: Fairly light-bodied in this style, soft carbonation, moderate aftertaste.

D: A solid IPA, reminded me a lot of Ranger or Union Jack in the hop flavours. Not my favourite hop tastes, but a well made beer I'm happy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 23:03:26 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle picked up at Abe's for $5 and change. Uncapped and poured into my Imperial nonic pint glass. Appears a crystal clear deep copper color with a good inch of sticky off white foam. The head leaves a thick lace in its wake. Nose and flavors are of caramel malt, white and red grapefruit peel, pith, and juice, plenty of floral notes, some other citrus such as orange and lemon, a good amount of bitterness here. Medium in both body and carbonation with a lingering bitter finish. Fans of Centennial hops should check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 04:32:51 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of zoso1967


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a wonderful copper amber with only a slight white head and decent lacing. The aroma is very complex with plenty of pine and citrus hops, but also some toasty roasty malt character that is not overpowering and quite nice. The flavor follows the same path. Very bitter with a huge citrus and pine punch to the taste buds, as well as a groin kick of roasted and caramel malt. I have to say, I thought this was just a normal IPA, but it seems to be leaning a bit more towards an American strong ale/Black IPA in flavor. Astringency and bitterness fight a battle royal in my mouth, and I am lucky enough to have a front row seat. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, and has one of those sticky/dry finishes that are common in beers of this gravity and hop load. Not the most drinkable for style, but still goes down pretty easily. I really like this, and am glad it comes in a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 15:05:24 | More by zoso1967
Photo of ccrida


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber (with a cool label) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Hopportunity Knocks is orangish pale amber with a huge light sand head that is very tight and creamy, slow to subside, leaving big chunks of foamy lace. Very nice head, but the body's a bit dark and murky for an IPA.

Smell is skunky, some citrus, earthy spice too. Nice floral sweetness, but not the blistering hops I expected from the label.

Taste is pretty citrusy, spicy hops, but not to strong. Big bready malt backbone, moderate bitterness, definitely on the malty side or an IPA, more like a hoppy amber or pale ale. Marketed as such, I'd have scored it higher. I don't really like big malty IPAs.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, there's a thinness to this, almost cask like, in spite of the chewiness of the malt.

Drinkability is okay, but with a name like Hopportunity Knocks, I was expecting a much hoppier brew. This one is a new release and I bought it from a cooler so I'm sure it's pretty fresh. OK but not special.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 01:08:14 | More by ccrida
Photo of vince4953529


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Portland during my spring break Pacific Northwest trip, the only bottle offering I've had from Caldera.
Poured is a orange hued color. This IPA tastes maltier than the ones I used to have. Drinking at near room temperature made this even maltier-tasting, which isn't necessarily bad, but to me it tastes more like an amber than an IPA.

It's a good beer but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 00:32:15 | More by vince4953529
Photo of mpensworth


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 17:55:24 | More by mpensworth
Photo of Spikester


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with a good three finger white head. Plentiful lacings. Aroma is fruity citrus hops with a bit of leather. Taste is full deep leathery bitter hops with the correct amount of malts.
The label describes "centennial hops" as the mainstay of all that bitterness. Mouthfeel is just right, and drinkability is very good for this style. Kudos to Caldera for daring to bottle a limited production beer. Their normal regimen is cans. Cool label. Give the fellows from the "State of Jefferson" a big thumbs up! Keep it coming Caldera!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 07:08:01 | More by Spikester
Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.