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

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Added by Jason on 12-20-2004

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard of American Amber Ales, which all tend to be a bit sweet and boldly bitter with little hop flavor or aroma- definatley malt forward.

The beer decants into one of my fancy-schmancy Sam Adams pint glasses with a brilliant copper hue, fair head formation, fair retention, and with some mild lacing. Great color and clarity.

Aromas of biscuity maltiness and caramel-toffee prevail with only the lightest hint of herbal hop aroma. Simple understated fruity esters help to add variety to the aroma without bullying. A simple malty aroma.

Flavors of caramel and toffee prevail along with soft butterscotch and sorgum comming into the finish. Again, biscuit sweetness and herbal hops make a direct transition from the aroma to flavor. Malty flavored but also a lot of unresolves sweetneess. Fruity notes here and there help with the complexity but keep the flavors from becomming as clean as they could be.

A bit disjointed in texture because of the unattenuated sugars leaving a film on the mouth. But also shooting for dryness with the sharp bittering hops which cause too much of a bite going past the throat. Still malty throughout with grain flavors and textures late.

Again a nice but ordinary Amber. The hop bitterness doesn't seem to be supported with the pleasant hop flavor or aroma, and allows the hops to bite too much. Those who like sweeter, English-style ales may find this one appealing. Reminds me a lot of Anerson Valley Boont Amber.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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 oberon
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear amber wich was expected,a huge blossoming white head that stuck like glue,maybe not so much,very nice.Toasty caramel malt shows thru more than the herbal hops in the nose wich was also a bit unexpected,maybe not so nice.Toasty,bready malt is the main attraction flavor wise,the hops are herbal in form and come in late giving a nice finish.Would I have liked more hops...yeah but its a well rounded amber.I guess I was thinkin this would be a hopped up amber,and it was more hoppy than many,I would have liked just a little more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-copper body beneath a creamy head of yellowed off-white. Head retention is very good; lacing is good.
Smell: Lots of toasty caramel malt. It's like golden caramel with a few kernels of barley, a hint of cocoa, and some nuts in it. Floral and citrusy hops. Very nice.
T: The hops make a greater appearance in the flavor, but the wide, sweetish malt still remains the focal point. It's nicely balanced between malt and hops; and a very firm bitterness anchors it. It finishes drying with notes of leafy and grassy hops as the malt erodes from the palate.
M: Medium bodied and gently crisp. Smoother as it warms.
D: English in origin, but decidedly American, Caldera's amber is readily accessible to even the most basic drinker, yet still satisfying to the initiated. Quite drinkable!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2+ fingers of off-white head. This retains down into a big creamy dollop, which leaves a sticky latticework of lacing back. The aroma is very fresh, spicy, and floral smelling (maybe a touch of more herbal qualities as well), with some fuller notes of tropical fruits and bready malts mixing in nicely.

The taste starts with a light-moderate spicy bitterness with a solid backbone of citrus and toasted caramel imparting a sharp tang, before fading into a lingering dry and spicy feel. The hops profile that is present really is all about the spice. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a VERY easy carbonation in the mouth. Maybe a bit too easy. While it's not quite watery, it does appear to be a bit thin in spots. Not enough to really hurt the quaffable nature of this though.

I liked this. One of the more fuller flavored and easy drinking Ambers that I've had recently. This was another solid canned offering form Caldera.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Polished kumquat with crystalline clarity. The look and sound of the pour suggests that the mouthfeel will be excellent. Three fingers of thick and creamy foam sit atop the beer and look damn good while doing so. Large sheets of Swiss cheese-like lace stick to the glass.

The nose has a bit too much toasted-nutty-earthy malt for my liking, but then that's what makes Ashland Amber an amber ale rather than an APA. The Cascade and Galena hops aren't as prominent as they are in this brewery's Pale Ale and IPA, but then that's what makes Ashland Amber...

Leave it to Caldera to give Ashland Amber more hops than beer of this style usually sees. Maybe that's why I like their stuff so much. Malt (pale and crystal) has not been slighted. It tastes and feels like there's a considerable amount of barley present, especially for the ABV.

Specifics include steely caramel, roasted peanuts, bitter black tea leaves and a prodigious shaving of grapefruit peel. The beer is balanced in terms of malt flavor vs. hop flavor, but bitterness supercedes sweetness at all points along the way. This is well-crafted beer that is a pleasure to drink.

All things considered, the mouthfeel really is excellent, as the visual and auditory cues said it would be. It's full and lush for the style and the ABV, which makes it the highlight of an already enjoyable experience. Hey guys, can you teach other brewers how to do what you do?

Although I'd take Caldera Pale Ale and Caldera IPA over Ashland Amber any day of the week, this is a wonderfully hoppy amber ale that just about any craft beer lover should enjoy. I would dearly love to have easy access to these brews.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is from Beertracker, thanks Jeff!!

Pours caramel colored with 2 fingers of khaki head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Breadyness & herbal hops

T: Biscuitty malt, brown sugar, toffee & herbal hops up front. Caramel & brown bread battle it out with herbal & piney hops as this warms, some toffee as well. Finishes with flinty dryness, brown bread & slight astringency

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, doesn't come as hop forward as PNW Amber should be in my mind, but very quaffable

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this can up at Al's of Hampden, poured chilled from the can into a tulip.

A - a ruby colored ale, excellent clarity w/ 3fingers of light beige cap w/ mix of bubbles sized large and tiny. The lace clings very well and retention is good. The color reminds me of cranberry juice which is attractive to look at in the light

S - A sweet toasted grainy odor w/ light fruitiness and berry-like yeast ester w/ a mild hop aroma and slight caramel notes w/ gentle vegetal aroma

M - a moderately carbonated brew w/ mild bitterness and gentle sweetness. The texture has light toasted and spice aspects w/ dry finishing medium body overall

T - the flavor is relatively biscuity upfront and has subtle pine notes from the hops w/ light creamy caramel malt taste. There is a gently fruity element from the yeast which allows the toasted grain note to carry over and seems to be the focus from midpoint on. the toast or roasted notes are the focus w/ mild herbal and the fruity quality adding contrast. The spice tinges mellow and a very light citrus in the hops comes out when warmer w/ another layer of flavor unfolding. The contrast makes the amber very balanced but seems to lean toward malt ever so slightly w/ strong biscuit taste until the semi-dry finish

D - A solid beer in every way, very good representation of the style w/ satisfying drinkability. I would drink this with barbecue or meatloaf. The drinkability is good and I would look for this again I Can guarntee that (wink, wink)

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can with no freshness date.

Head stacks up high, sudsy and sticky. Clear and amber ... they nailed it there. Citric peel and pine sap with a faint caramel base in the nose. A little wet, lighter body ... touch of smoothness as well. Nutty bready malt throws down a quick flash of caramel, hops are assertive yet don't mess with the malt to the point of clouding out its flavor. Balanced with a long trail of flavor in the drying after taste.

I'll check this off on my personal session beer list, good flavor all around and lots of it. A kick-ass Amber.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a medium amber color with a mild off-white head which dies down to a thin layer, leaving some spotty lacing.

S: There are aromas of sweet caramel malt along with fruity hop notes of tangerines and grapefruits.

T: The flavor is sweet and mildly sugary with plenty of caramel and a slight toast. The fruit character is not really present, but there is a mild pine bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation.

D: The flavors are sort of unspectacular, but a decent enough amber. That said, I'd much rather go for the Caldera IPA or Pale Ale.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAN you believe it?!? The CANQuest rolls along nicely. Now, for those may be arriving late to today's program, already well in progress, I not only review the beers, but I also transcribe the verbiage so that you do not have to.

I thought that Ska was very clever: It's [Modus Hoperandi] label read: "Walk, Kite, Recycle, Hide, Seek, Plant, Recycle, Grow, Shower, HHH, Tube, Recycle."

But now, from this one's exterior: " 'Live Product. Keep Cool. Just Like You." Yeah, man. How many times have my students heard me say, "Be cool, baby. Be real cool."? Innumerable. A ring around the neck read "Go Biking ... Go Rafting ... Go CANS! ... Go Skiing ... Go Fishing ... Go Snowboarding ...".

It reminds me of the joke of the financially strapped male children looking for something to do on a hot summer's day. They pool their limited resources and send one of their number to the local grocer's, only to have him return with a box of tampons. Incredulous at this purchase, one of them inquires as to his choice. His response: "Well, the box reads, 'With this product, you can go swimming, camping, fishing and a whole host of fun activites'." Har!

Yeah, me, I'm going to skip all of that fun stuff with the exception of "Go CANS!" Here we go, CANS, here we go!

A friend of mine in the industry remarked that he feels that the days of generic "Amber" beers have passed. I disgree, but let's see how this stacks up.

The finger-and-a-half of head was light-tan with good retention. Remember that "Live Product" jazz? Well, it had a slight haze to its deep-amber color suggestive of the presence of yeast. CAN-conditioned?!? Holy Drop the Corks and Cages, Batman! Gee, the nose smelled nothing like an amber of yore. Instead, I got a whiff of piney hops, a scent of malty sweetness, even a slight black pepper smell. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a caramel-malt taste that I would expect on the tongue. The finish, however, was both piney and peppery on the extreme, lingering finish. Initially, I got the same caramel sweetness, but it became overwhelmed. Yow! How many more CANs of this do I have left? Somebody said that they have distribution in MD ... Bye!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a mountain of white, dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has faint notes of bready malt, citrusy and pineapple hop aromas, and slight soapiness. The taste is slightly bready malt up front with a mellow citrusy, pineapple-like hop finish. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, moderately carbonated, but smooth and drinkable.

This is an enjoyable beer, but it's hard to classify as an amber. There are notes of mild IPA all over this. The malt characteristics are typical West Coast IPA as are the hops. Overall, despite the style arguments, it's delicious and enjoyable.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange amber with a thin white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, light toast, with citric hop spicing backing up the maltiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, a bit steely with citric, piney, spicy hops balancing it evenly in the finish.

It has a smooth, creamy medium body.

A malt-accented at the start, finishing balanced with a nice lingering aftertaste. A solid American Amber!

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Abe's Cold Beer. The beer looks amber with a short white head. The aroma is a mix of light and juicy citrus with cocoa bread malt. That same barley character holds over into the flavor with a mix of pepper and lemon peel. The bitter aftertaste is a touch earthy and balances the sweet malt nicely. It's not the most flavorful, but at the same time the body is on the lighter side, making for a drinkable amber. Overall, a respectable session beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is very nice, sweet, malty, with some nice caramel notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to have on a hot day.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well balanced aroma of pale and crystal malts along with a nice hop scent and some light yeast esters. The taste is good.
It has a nice, easy drinking flavor. It has it all; good malt character, mild hops, and some light yeast fruitiness. It's not mind blowing, but it's solid and damn drinkable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average amber ale. It's pretty standard in composition, but for some reason, I really like it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 BARFLYB
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
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 flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-orange hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite good!

Smell: rich malty aroma which is quite biscuity, but is nutty and caramelly as well. It's a bit not to my taste, but seems well-crafted. Hop contribution seems low and earthy in character.

Taste: biscuity malt with some bright, citrusy hops in the middle and a moderately bitter finish. Well-composed, if not to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation which yields a delightful creaminess. Good!

Overall: this is actually a pretty decent amber. I don't love the biscuity character demonstrated here, but overall it is a drinkable and otherwise tasty representation of the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can picked up today at Brewforia.. badass... another brewery available here in Boise!! Poured into my Delirium goblet.

short lasting white head... only bits of splotch lace.. the brew is a clear orange/amber.

nose is toasty malts with lite citrus hops.. sorta earthy.

Flavor has more hops than the aroma... the malts are again leaning toward the toasty side.. some minor caramel adds to the overall product.. good body and carbonation...

I'm not the biggest fan of American Ambers.... they just all pretty much taste the same.. this is really no exception.. just a nice well made beer that would be great for hitting hot springs or fishing.

More props to Rick... I will be hitting Brewforia often and pimping it with my online buddies... Congrats on really getting things off the ground.


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Photo of tobelerone
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber/apricot flesh color, with a soapy head that sinks very quickly; minimal lace remains.

Lightly hopped aroma with sweet malty caramel. Taste follows the nose, fruity and sweet malt, faint floral hops. Feels underhopped for a contemporary American amber. Medium body, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Tasty enough and should satisfy fans of this style, but a little blander than I'd like. Sweeter than expected, perhaps, with restrained bitterness. Interesting that as I worked my way through the glass I perceived it as blander and with the carbonation becoming more prickly as I drank...odd. Had higher expectations after absolutely loving Caldera's IPA. A bit disappointing.

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