Ashland Amber | Caldera Brewing Company

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Ashland AmberAshland Amber

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 130
Reviews by dbarny76:
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a light amber, solid white head, good lace, all these Caldera beers look the part.

S: Earthy hops, caramel.

T: Nice sweet caramel/toffee/candy malt flavours. Definite residual sugar. Hops are grassy with a bit of soil/earth mixed in.

M: Medium-bodied, soft on the palate, smooth.

D: My favourite of the 3 Caldera beers I've tried since they've come out here, one of the better American Ambers I've had, in a style that I'm not the hugest fan of.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, unknown date.

Pours hazy red/copper/amber with a one finger off white head that holds a good cap but only leaves a few short-lived spots of lacing.

Aroma is some caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, grassy, floral hops, bready and yeasty, touch of citrus and fruity esters, good strength.

Flavor is somewhat fruity, pears and apples, some citrus, caramel, toffee, bready malt, fairly sweet, low bitterness. Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.

Very good Amber Ale, but not as robust as Bell's excellent Amber Ale.

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Photo of Spikester
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I assume this is fairly fresh as it is the first time I have seen it at my favorite beer store. Pours clear amber with a one finger white head. Fair lacings. Aroma is very hoppy for the style. Taste is quite hoppy earthy slight citrus and a firm but not overly sweet backbone. Medium dry mildly bitter finish. A bit astringent on the palate. Not sweet and cloying like most American Ambers. I think this is a bit on the bitter side for the style. Which would make it closer to a PA which I like very much. So for my tastes this is fine. If you enjoy your ambers on the sweeter side you better pass on this beer.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This has a hazy amber color with a frothy head.

S- A sweet nutty caramel smell that is blended with a great hoppyness.

T- This has a unique taste to it. I'm getting a clean taste that is almost too clean tasting. Almost the same taste that you get from Absolute Vodka. The malt taste is good, but there is just something very unbalanced here.

M- Semi thin, but leaves your mouth flemmy.

D- Meh, its ok, but not fantastic.

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Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazed amber color with a light tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt mild hops

T - Follows the nose sweet caramel malt upfront finishes with some bitter hops

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a well made beer that I'm enjoying it has a very good taste this is a beer that I could drink a few of in a night worth picking up to try

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first brew from a brewery I've heard plenty of good things about. And basically this is an average example of the style. A little hoppier than some, not as hoppy as others. Same with the malt profile. Cloudier than most, not much lacing. Nothing outstanding, nothing wrong. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of obywan59
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber into my Guiness Porter pint glass. 2 1/2 finger off-white head leaves light lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: sweet and malty with caramel and some fruitiness.

Taste: sweet malt with nice hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: moderate, a light syrupy feel with warming alcohol in the throat.

Drinkability: decent

Overall an enjoyable brew. No complaints. An easy drinker. The best canned beer I've ever tried, though I see Caldera's IPA and Pale Ale got higher reviews, so they make better beer than this.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-05-16 in Gallatin, TN from a 12 oz can

A - Hazy amber with a one and a half finger tan head and good lace

S - Caramel, lightly roasted grain, a bit of earthy spice, and some hop floral

T - Lots of caramel, toasted dark bread, citrus, tea and pine. On the sweet side. Finishes with a nice kick of bitterness and finishes moderately dry.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Pretty substantial. Nice.

O - A well done Amber with plenty of malt. I like it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this can.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is sweet malt along with some nice orange citrus hops. The flavor is toffee and bready malt along with some light hop bitterness and orange hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer, but it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw the colorful can on the store shelves and realized it wasn't Caldera Pale! Amber is finally in a can!

pours a rich, orange tinged textbook amber hue, crystal clear with a thick, light tannish-orange two-finger head that has impressive retention and leaves behind just a bit of lacing. more lacing and this one would be perfect.

aroma is a fairly potent yet straight forward mix of malts, a hint of caramel, and green, herbal, and pine hop notes. Simple, yet effective.

Taste follows suit in its simplicity and effectiveness. Clean, with a decent malt backbone gives it a hint of caramel sweetness, flanked by some fairly hoppy notes. hints of vegetable and green herbal notes are present along with a bit of black tea. A good bitter kick from the galena hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, well carbonated, medium body, and all around a solid example of an amber. nothing outstanding, but can't find any fault.

All in all, I'm stoked to see Caldera Amber in a can, which definitely helps the drinkability score. on their website, they say "Simplicity is the key to this recipe." Sounds about right. nothing earth-shattering, but definitely a solid amber that I could drink a few of in a row. Enough hop and malt character to push it past most generic ambers, this one is a definite winner in my book.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, from another cool Stateside brewery to suddenly see on my local beer store shelves.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, broadly foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky dispersing cloud lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a hard water flintiness, tame piney and leafy bitters, watery citrus rind, and a softly perfumed floral character. The taste is laid-back grainy caramel malt, herbal tea, nettle, weak orange and red grapefruit peel, a twinge of indistinct savoury spice, and a wisp of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, just a tame frothiness presiding, the body on the light side of true medium weight, and plainly smooth, as a small hop bitterness kicks about. It finishes off-dry, but not as much as one might have been expecting - and it's the malt's fault.

Yeah, I was expecting a little more robustness, on the part of both malt and hop for this one. The hops do well enough, I suppose, to bring their game, but, as already stated, and I can't believe I'm typing this, the Amber in question needs a bit more sweetness [gives head a shake]. On the other hand, this is quite quaffable, the dryness aiding and abetting as ever was. Huh.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid reddish amber into my CCB snifter... Nice thick head and good lacing as well...

Pungent piney hops mix with sweet caramel malts to balanve this one really nicely... Terrific aromas...

Sweet toffee malts backed up by a solid piney hop base make this one a super easy drinker and one that surprised me a bit...

A nice little brew here... I could session this one easily with a meal or by itself... Solid all the way around

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

Poured a glowing dark red color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is sweet, caramel, hops. Taste is sweet caramel, bready, hops, Mouthfeel is pretty easy going with good a light booze, caramel and syrupy, buttery, caramel, bready flavor.

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Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, a little caramel, citrus, a grassy quality, and some malt in the finish. The flavor is very underwhelming, a bit on the watery side. Very underdeveloped.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is simply not that memorable of a beer. It has some good qualities, but fails in some categories.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz CAN into a regular kitchen glass.

A- A nice reddish/ amber color with a nice, gorgeous actually, dark tan head that looked like liquid brown sugar. Very bubbley with legs to stand. No lace, just some small dots on the top.

S- Smells regular for the style, some malt character faint hops with no bitterness. Small dark fruit aroma and a hint of chocolate but I may be off on that.

T- Very bland, very basic and not opening my eyes at all. Malt sweetness with caramel, no hops hitting the tounge, not even a lick. The little bit of pear in the back is helping but not much. I know this is a basic style and all but I would take a yuengling over this any day.

M- The build stops short of medium with a smooth but almost watery feel. There really is not much going on here. The carb seemed ok by the nice head, but this is pretty dead.

D- Not really, I figured since this brewery just came into the area that they would send some fresh product. This is just not doing anything for me. "way down in the hole."- Tom Waits

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Photo of Goliath
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean and clear amber color with a rather large 2 inch slightly yellowed head. Good retention and some nice lacing is also present.

The aroma is decent. A bit of raw grain, with some fruity esters. There's a touch of sugar and some really nice floral notes. It's a very pleasing aroma.

The taste is ok. There's some raw grain, haylike quality. It's slightly bitter as well. It's earthy, and kind of herbal. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is fine and the ABV is easily managed. Not too bad.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark ferric oxide coloring, dense in clarity, with a spongy light tan head that didn't hold on long. Slow methodical rise of micro-effervesce with a weak splashy lacing.

S: Nose of sweet buttered caramel with a fresh grassy and herbal scent.

T: Really sweet with a buttery caramel flavor and honey bread. Munich with syrup sweetness. Hints of fresh floral hops, and sweet lemon-rose scents come on the close.

M: Syrupy mouthful, malty fullness with a good deal of carbonation. Powdery reisidual coating.

O: Overall not bad, but a bit overly sweet for my liking. Limited multiples due to sweetness.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for sending me this pretty little can. In the land of Surly it looks quaint, weighing in at 12 oz. I've been delighted by my first two Caldera beers, hoping that the streak continues today.

Pours nicely out of the squat can with no canning date. Surprisingly hazy red, I guess I just assumed this would be hard-filtered. Smells like Nicole Kidman would if she was hopped, malted, & stuffed into a can. Brilliant balance.

Ashland Amber opens with a malty bang. Hard on comes an assortment of fall nuts, sans salt, & do they have staying power. The acorns cling tenaciously to the palate. I'll not be surprised if squirrels claw their way through the siding, drywall, & fridge door to get into these cans. Light hopping, eyeful of bitter, pepper. Perhaps one of the thickest, chewiest ambers I've had, this could easily pass into brown, or almost porter, territory. That, combined with the tastiness & lovely perfume, make this difficult to sip.

Excellent beer, one of the better ambers I've tasted in quite a while. Another winner. Caldera cans would sure look good in the cases next to Furious. Just a thought.

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fingers and a half worth of rich creamy light tan head... Average retention ultimate fades leaving a thick frothy lacing... The lacing clings to the sides of the glass on the way down... A medium amber bronze color with some orange highlights... Mildly hazy... Extremely tiny moderate paced carbonation...

S - Very sweet malty aroma... Loads of caramel... Toffee... Slightly nutty... Biscuit... Quite pleasant... Deep done, there are also some very minor hoppy notes...

T - The strong malt base alluded to by the nose shines through... Caramel... Biscuit... The hop presence come through stronger on the palette, but is still is quite mellow...

M - A tad on the thin side of medium bodied... Slight carbonation on the tongue... Silky smooth... Refreshing... A slight hop puckering at finish...

D - Extremely easy drinking... Quite enjoyable and quite sessionable... Another impressive and underrated offering from Caldera...

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Photo of Offa
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good American amber ale, definitely in the west coast style but not run-of-the-mill, with good complexity, balance, etc.

Copper-amber, it has a medium-big tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving a little bit of lace.

Aroma is pine bark, grapefruit, perfumy-dusty barley (a bit like Napa Smith Amber Ale but much better, more subtle and well-rounded), plus hint of pineapple.

Taste is basically a very good, balanced, firm, well-rounded, and characterful interpretation of standard west-coast style. It's peppery and a bit juicy with hint of grapefruit up front, nice fruity-toasty character, a malt sweetness that is light but firm and balances the leafy-peppery hop bite. Feel is good, solid but no heavy.

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Photo of bump8628
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another opportunity to be impressed with a canned craft beer.

It pours a light copper color with a head that builds fast but recedes to a thin ring.

Supremely balanced all around with soft caramel, nutty, toasted malt and a flourish or citric and earthy hops at the end just before a fairly dry finish.

Damn, I'd routinely have this in my fridge if not for the $11/sixer price tag. Notch this up with the IPA and Pale Ale as another more-than-solid offering from Caldera.

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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 284 ratings