Ashland Amber | Caldera Brewing Company

127 Reviews
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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Added by Jason on 12-20-2004

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Photo of gerite
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was surprised to find this listed as a “red ale” as I would consider it more of a pale ale with extra hoppiness. It pours a nice light amber color with a good two finger head and moderate lacing. A little bitter with good carbonation. You can really taste the barley and hops. A good refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber beer pours an amber color, prolly a slight bit darker than your average SRM for style. Dropped good clarity and a head over a full inch.

Taste dropped some nice c hops with the amber malts. Plenty of caramel, slightly above average hopping for style. More than just bitterness, imparts some woodsiness hop flavor. Above average overall. Bitter, lively carbonation that keeps it from seeming too malty like some reds/ambers can do.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a true Amber. The smell is just perfect, with the malt and hops both subtly present, but not overwhelming. The taste is just lovely: as you'd expect with a west coast beer, the hops is present, but it doesn't overwhelm. So complex. Just a great beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a copper color with a small white head. The aroma is fruit and caramel malt. The taste is malt and fruit. A good beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel and bread. Taste has a caramel sweetness and light malt upfront. Can also taste an earthy bitterness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really classic amber ale with everything you would expect from it: a bit of caramel and bready malts in the aroma, slightly sweet taste at first with a bit of bread crust and some piney and earthy hops and a bitter aftertaste. Well made, easy to drink and quite tasty.

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Photo of aleigator
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber-orange color, with a small, bubbly head, falling to thick lacing immediately.

Smells of caramel malts, wrapping up ripe fruit, topped of by a note of zingy lemon peel. Has a perfumy fruitiness of peach and blood orange, which gets perfectly complimented by the sweet, profound malts. Its real quality is the crisp lemon peel though, hovering above the malty nose, adding a pleasant hop punch to the aromas, which also interacts well with the fruits.

Has a creamy mouthfeel, due to a surprisingly low carbonation, while the beer remains refreshing. It features leafy hops among a distinct maltiness, which results in a versatile taste with a pleasant, lighter body.

Tastes of lemon juice dripping grass, together with a herbal note, which blends together with earthy malts, turning caramel sweet, while the beer develops a biting dryness. Dough bread settles the balance, embracing both hops and malts, creating a great malt defined taste, which lets room for a citrussy hop dryness. During its finish, a bubbly carbonation enhances the hops, while malts produce a great ripened fruit quality, initially picked up on the nose.

This is a textbook example for a well made amber, all ingredients compliment each other perfectly, creating a sappy, but sweet interplay with a great mouthfeel to it.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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 RenzoD
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I generally don't enjoy Ambers too much but I could drink several of these. Mild roasted malt taste, not overly sweet in the slightest bit. Perfect carbonation, could have a little fuller body and it would be outstanding. Rating relative to style, I would give it a higher score.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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 tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a nice garnet cast. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention. Nice nose of rich caramel over light citrus rind with a spicy note. Almost light medium bodied with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is rather nice, reasonably intense, very well balanced and is simple, rather than complex. It begins with caramel coupled with a faint rind note. It flows to a mild herbal bitterness in the middle with a nice effervescent rush. The finish is a blend of caramel and herbal hops that slowly fade into a soft rind like bitterness. A solid session, beach or lawnmower offering.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts. The malts become a little stronger once the beer warms up.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the malty flavors of caramel are stronger, being more in balance with the hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and some additional hints of grassy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found that the taste of this beer has a really nice balance between the malts and hops. I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: can

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky burnt orange body. Tan head, great retention with bands of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Toasted grains, faint caramel malt sweetness, earthy tea-like hops.

Taste: On the hoppier side with a slightly buttery sweetness of malts. A tea tanginess in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Well balanced if not on the hoppy side. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours a thin head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is faint caramel, with lemon, pine and cinnamon bring up the rear.
The taste has a mild sweetness that rolls into a mild lemon bitter finish. Great balance.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
Good flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance has a darker amber color supporting a healthy head leaving less than fair lace. Smell has a nice sweet malt aroma with minimal hop aroma. Taste has the same sweet malt with more of a aftertaste of hop rather than upfront. Mouthfeel is a light medium with good carbonation.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'll call this an easy drinking, middle of the road, amber. Carries all the characteristics that you'd want in an amber. Consistent on things too. If I were the type to drink the same beer more than once, this would be a good candidate. Unfortunately it isn't distributed in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Omnium
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Mason Pint

A - Pours hazy amber color, big 2.5 finger of white head, medium lacing.
S - Smells of caramels, some pepper, a little floral, its all very faint.
T - Bitter sweet malts, pepper, some weird oniony flavor, a little earthy hop tone, a little sour fruits.
M - Bitter and dry, do not like the aftertaste.
O - Bleh, not a fan, there's a lot of weird flavors going on in this beer, and I'm not sure what they are.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a can for a buck at my local House of 1,000 beers

A - Look is a clear dark amber brown with a solid inch and a half of opaque colored head that sticks around for a bit. Lacing seems good.
S - Smells is rather malty with some caramel and biscuit malts meets some citrus hops.
T - Quite a smooth red ale. Rather sweet malts with a little bit of tea and herbal flavors but equally matched with citrus hops and some caramel in the finish. Not bad.
M - medium bodied drinks kind of heavy but sessionable I guess.

Overall it didn't seem to old I guess they marked it down from 3 bucks to make room for fresh craft. Overall quite a good tasting beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper color with a thick two fingers head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, caramels, guaraná and vanilla.
Very nice fruity, herbal and earthy flavor with citric notes. Hints of pepper, grass, green apples and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
As other Calderas, it is very well balanced. Huge drinkability, I could spend a whole afternoon refilling those.

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Photo of Huffs
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into sam adams glass, nice full head developed, off white to tan in color, which lasted and laced well. Nice reddish / amber color with a slight haze. Aroma was malty and sweet with caramel hints. Taste was malty with toffee and caramel notes with a slight grassy taste on the back. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Dry, light, slight toffee / grass aftertaste.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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 sj660
4.95/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You need to drink this on tap, in Oregon. Never even seen it in a can. Forget that.

Copper-orange color with a medium-low head. Amazing fresh taste (tap in Ashland, Oregon). Some typical citrus/pine hope aroma, but that isn't the entire point of this one, unlike most of its regional colleagues.

A good complex of nuts and bread.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass form a 12oz can.

Pours a nice slightly dark amber color with some nice copper orange edges. a big 1 inch head forms that is nice and dense with some intermingled medium sized bubbles. Its a bit off-shite and as it recedes slowly leaves some nice lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma of bready grain. NIce toasty malt notes with some slight sweetness to it. Earthy and yummy. There are some grassy hop notes on the back end that gives it a nice refreshing profile.

Taste starts off with toasty bread notes. Grain, grain and more grain followed by some nice caramel sweetness. A mild grassy hop note accentuates the back but the refreshing and light yet flavorful malt dominate. Body is light and crisp and slight resinous ned to it is perceived.

Overall this brew is good flavorful but nothing special. Their IPA and APA are a bit more special.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, herbal hops, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing all that exciting in my opinion.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with a slight pink hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that receded slowly, down to a thin cap with a large collar creating some good streaky lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of a biscuit malt, floral and cascade hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a mild fruity ester (apple).

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a hint of caramel from the onset, becoming a light bitter sweet with a nice touch of hops and citrus towards the end. The flavor was somewhat short in duration with a light sweet grapefruit flavor left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a light to medium carbonation.

Overall a tasty Amber Ale that was lightly fruity sweet with a nice hoppy feel and a great drinkability...

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