Hopportunity Knocks - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 208
Photo of ManLikeBeer
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - light, amber. Reminiscent of sap or honey. good lacy head.

S- Citrus and flowery hop smells (as it should be in a beer with this name). Not as complex as I would have liked, but still got me wanting to drink it.

T - I love the sweet caramel front and a wonderfully balanced finish. I wasn't overwhelmed by the bitter end, but it all came together nicely and left that "I must've been drinking an IPA" hop-tongue taste at the end. Thought I detected ripe banana flavor as well.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Really great beer. I mean, beer is great, obviously. I just think for the style, it doesn't really get better than this. This beer doesn't just "go for the throat" like some beers that are trying to stuff more hops in a bottle. Instead, it's nicely balanced. This is how it's done. (813 characters)

Photo of dlbrockmiller
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a smallish head and some lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity with a pine overtone and hops. The taste is pretty good with a nice caramel sweetness, nice fruitiness with a hint of floral and pine followed by the hops. Overall a nice IPA. (263 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
2.41/5  rDev -33.4%
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 Finatic
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
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 beer2day
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy read pour with 2 fingers of cream head. Great retention and thick strands of lace.

Floral hop nose. Woody, earthy mix. Bread malt thrown in for good measure.

Taste is hop esthers, with light resin and oil. Also a surprise with a taste of strawberry licorice.

Thick, chewy body for the style.

I'd get this again. (321 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (734 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (950 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.71/5  rDev -52.8%
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 titosupertramp
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (880 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (562 characters)

Photo of nc41
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Tilley4
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 (613 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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 NorCalYeti
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (572 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
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 mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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 beagle75
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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 CliffBrake
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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 ggroller
2.22/5  rDev -38.7%
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 Rutager
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (549 characters)

Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.