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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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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 274
Photo of slassy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark caramel/bronze color. Finger sized head, very white and frothy top. I am new to canned craft and micro brews, so this can is unlike anything I've ever seen or drank from before. Trippy.

S: Straight hops with some pine and floral notes.

T: Much maltier than it smells or than what I was expecting, and definitely not as hoppy as I would have predicted. The pine I smelled earlier and some caramel flavors lingers around the most afterwards. Lot going on here.

M: Extremely smooth, and light carbonation you can feel on your tongue and back of the throat. Not thin, but not heavy...just right. Creamy almost.

O: Never been big on reds, but this is far and away the most enjoyable one I've had in my limited sampling. Definitely not a session beer, but absolutely something I would have one or two of to start out a night. Really makes me want to try more crafts and micros from the Pacific Northwest.

Serving type: can into a chalice (it's all I had!)

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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 rarbring
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is almost clear dark amber, a quickly settling off-white head, little lacing and some curtains.

Smells tropical fruits and citric dittos, sweet caramel.

Starts with sweet toffee and brown bread, then mango and orange marmalade, bitter grapefruit peel.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a bit fizzy and oily, a smooth dry finish.

Not bad at all, somewhere between amber and IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Nay
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dis a point ing. Caldera products usually good, maybe this can was old. Smells like oxidized sweet caramel, like a watered down barleywine. Flavors pretty well balanced like an amber but the caramel flavor is off. Finish is hoppy but buttery. This must be an old can.

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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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Photo of Hopswagger
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Pours a rich copper color with a white foamy finger of fast fading head. Not much lacing on sides once swirled, pretty docile.

N: A sweet malty citrus malt with hints of nuts and floral hops. Maybe some hidden pine lurking in the mix.

T/M: Sweet malt with roasted nuts. Nice addition of floral hops and a dry slightly bitter orange peel finish. Medium body with a touch of tingle on the way down. Comes across much like an IPA.

O: Good mix of bitter and sweet, rolls around the tongue rather nicely. Nice amber for sure one of my favorites thus far. Nice relaxing beer to enjoy. Will revisit soon.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this can at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Mostly clear amber hued with an off-white head that formed a couple fingers thick and retains well.

Lightly toasted nuttiness with a piney, citrus-rind hop. Slight salted cracker underneath.

Forward medium to medium-high bitterness with a citrus hop kick. Malt makes itself known, complimenting the hop flavor with toasty/nutty quality. Medium-finish lets the malts linger on in the palette. Dry.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate-level of carbonation.

This is one of the better amber ales I've sampled. Excellent toasty/nutty malt pairs excellent with the citrusy hops. Beautifully balanced, one I'd return to again and again.

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Photo of Samp01
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper / amber with a medium tan lasting head and nice lacing. Aroma of earthy piney hops, followed by some caramel malt and nice fruity bouquet. Taste is resiny earthy piney hops with some nice caramel maltiness and light fruity notes. Palate is nice crisp medium body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt with some fruitiness ending with a good hoppy bitterness. Overall a seemed a bit on the hoppy side but seems to be well balanced, a good drinkable brew.

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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 Ryan011235
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/27/11

Clear, honey-brown amber with a touch of copper. One thumb of puffy foam; it starts to dissipate quickly. Tiny granules of lace follow the beer with each sip; many slide right down the glass.

Smells ok; floral hops and hint of leafy hops are blocked by a strong caramel and doughy bread combo. Hmm; perhaps this isn't the freshest. The flavor profile is set up in a similar manner. There is a decent showing of hops, but they are floral and delicate; bitterness is very low. Perhaps a subtle nip of pine here and there. Solid caramel and bread backdrop, but the hops aren't pushed aside. Around medium body with rolling carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is a pleasant drinking amber ale. I'd like to try it super fresh at some point.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best amber I have tasted in recent memory.

Poured from can into Deschutes becker style pint glass.

Really lovely amber hue with reddish highlights, pure white head leaving a gorgeous lace.

Initially comes off metallic, (after enjoying their pale ale), but second sip doesn't have that issue. Lots of bright fruit, bready yeast and malt notes, hint of English style hops and caramel. Really stunning if not overly complex nose.

Richly flavored with emphasis on the malts. Really nice caramel streak with apple, fig, bread, and nutty notes. Gorgeous.

Texture is wonderful, superb grip and wonderful intensity of flavor. Medium to long finish, great balance. Alcohol is moderate so this is nearly sessionable.

This does what amber ales are supposed to do: be enjoyable, complex, and balanced. Awesome stuff!

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Transparent dark amber color, very frothy off white head, leaving tons of lacing and the head receding into a fluffy pillow over the beer.

S: Sweet caramel and bready malt aromas, mixing pretty evenly with citrus fruit and pine hops. Smells very good, but would prefer a little heavier on the hop.

T: Delicious blend of the sweet and bready malt flavors with (mostly) piney hops. Finishes on the dry side with pine flavors lingering.

M/O: Medium body, light-medium carbonation, gets a little creamy in the middle. Insanely drinkable. Definitely a great session beer. I prefer my ambers with a little more hop, but this beer is really good.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dark bronze and amber body. The head and lace are full, rocky and tan. The aroma is sweet but there is some yeast spice and little floral accents. It reminds me of a pale ale flavor a bit bitter, grapefruit like but has a sweet melon finish. The mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation had a lot of staying power.

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Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small snifter.

Honey-colored and perfectly clear, topped with a fizzy khaki head that crackles and pops to nothingness after a few seconds. A tiny sticky ring is left behind.

Sweet nose. Apricot, apple juice, sweet honey-baked biscuits. More sweet than bready.

The flavor seems at first as if it'll be majorly hoppy, with lots of earthy, spicy bitterness. Fruit soon takes over, however, with honey drizzled apple slices. It’s almost like apple or apricot pie, with malt delivering the buttery crust. The slightly drying finish leaves lingering toasted biscuit notes.

Medium-light body, soft carbonation but moderate fizziness.

Caldera has themselves a very drinkable amber here. It skews to the sweet and fruity, with the bright fruit flavors intriguing and bringing you back for another sip, and just enough hops to balance.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a can of amber liquid that pours to a finger of short lasting head, but does leave a bit of a halo.
S: mostly caramel sweet malt. Then hidden within the sweetness is a nice touch of pine hops.
T: very malty and sweet but has a nice hop background that is mostly piny but not overly bitter.
M: smooth a touch thick but the carbonation.
O: I really like this, this could be my everyday brew.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A can on the late poured into a pint glass.

A- a stiff pour brings about three good fingers of light tan head that rises above the glass a bit and holds nicely before settling to a thick ring, a thin skin on top, and a few spots of sticky lace. Sunset amber orange in color with a touch of haze to it.

S- a killer juicy fruity hopping up front and a mildly sweet and bready malt backbone. Simple but great smelling stuff.

T- light citrus and tropical fruits on top of a well balanced malt profile that brings some light caramel and toasted bread. Super clean finish.

M- medium body and about the same in carb. Just right for the style. Amazingly thirst quenching and refreshing.

O- great amber right here. I could kill a sixer of these no problem and I will be as soon as I can. I gota find out how much a case of this is for my next beach run.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium yellowish amber. Cream-colored head, slightly orange tint, and ample. Lots of big bubbles that break fast, leaving a thin layer on the surface. Tons of bubbly streams rising up through the glass. Decent lacing.

Smell is mostly hops. I can tell the malts are there, but I don't really pick them up directly. The initial hop hit after the pour is really nice, with a decent amount of citrus and some pine. After that, it fades, leaving mostly light aromatics.

Taste is a good balance, with no flavors really pushing out from the pack. A solid blend of tangy light malts and gentle barely-bitter hops pretty much all the way through. I like the flavor, I just wish it were more persistent. It disappears rather quickly, leaving some grassy hop flavors for a short time before they're gone completely. Very little bitterness anywhere in the taste.

Medium-light in body, carbonation is slightly less than average. Finish is like soft water.

A good, balanced amber ale. No powerful flavors, but the whole comes out really nice. A well-balanced, tasty beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Poured into a tulip glass a fairly clear copper amber color with a 2 finger ligth tan head. The nose has a sweet orange caramel aroma mixed with a slight breadiness. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with a light sweet orange flavor mixed with a some caramel notes. Slight bitterness in the end that lingers for a second. A fairly straight forward amber. Not bad but nothing extraordinary. Some lace left on the glass.

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Photo of loren01
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color, good sized bubbly white head with nice lacing down the glass
S: Nice hop aroma is the first thing I notice, also some honey sweetness in there
T: Biscut malt flavor up front followed by a nice crisp hop flavor.
M: Light to medium bodied carbonation is just right
D: This is a very drinkable beer, goes down very easily...very tasty amber.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance isn't bad, the head is a little weak, it is only one half finger in length and isn't sticking around that well, it looks somewhat frothy, but not too creamy. The head is pretty much totally white, where as the body is a standard amber color, there are hughes of orange in here as well, the beer is see through is some areas, but for the most part completely non transparent. it looks ok, nothing special. The smell leads me to think that I'm not going to like the beer, it's all malt on the smell, almost no hops to speak of, and an amber ale should have some hops in there. Not only that, but the malt smells like it's the kind of malt I really don't like, the malt that tastes like it smells before you even brew the beer, just a complete grain taste. We will see, but the smell doesn't give me high hopes. Well on the first taste I took I couldn't really detect any hops, and frankly I thought the beer was extremely boring on the first taste. However, on the second and third sips, the hops are coming out a little bit more. The malts are for sure not too bad, they aren't really the kind of bad taste I was detecting on the smell. This is a very drinkable beer, and not bad by any means, but I frankly wish there was more taste to it. On some tastes this beer deserves a 4, but on others it deserves a 3.5, so I dunno. The taste just isn't as bold and powerful as it could be, but it is crisp and refreshing, and it does have some nice flavors to it. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, a little thin, but it does have some girth to it, not too bad. Overall a good beer, not amazing, but good. Frankly I can't find anything too wrong with it other than the smell, but I guess it just wasn't hitting on all cylinders for me, for some reason. I could totally understand and respect this beer getting a A- from someone else, it just wasn't doing that for me today.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring at room temp into a pint glass. Just got this from my buddy Ragingbull in a trade. Pours a bright clear copper hue with fluffy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up. Fades at a steady pace leaving some large lattice on the glass and creating some large craters in the foam. Relatively quickly gets to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is some grainy malt and hints of corn husk and caramel with some grassy hops and just a hint of pine sap.
First sip reveals an average body with very mild, smooth, rolling carbonation. Texture is soft and silky on each sip.The beer really caresses my palate.
The flavor is as nose advertises with some grainy malt going to caramel. Then come the hops, grassy and pine again come into play and bitter up my mouth a little, but actually give back to a husky grainy finish.
No hint of ABV which is good since the can says 5.6 and I shouldnt really be able to get that anywhere.
A nice easy drinking session beer in a can.
I like it!

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Clear red-amber in color with a tall two and a half fingers of white head that retains decently and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint aroma with some piney hops, a little bit of malt, and a hint of iced tea.

Taste: Rich biscuit malty taste with a fair bit of caramel as well. The middle is nutty and the beer finishes up semi-sweet and with quite a punch of piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Light with a fair amount of carbonation, but not overly done. Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable and very sessionable. Could have a few easily.

Final Notes: A very good amber ale - lots of biscuity, caramelly goodness but the hoppy back end is also a pleasant surprise. And it comes in a can, perfect for tailgating, fishing trips, or on the links.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich copper amber color, with a nice finger head and some lacing retention. A bit cloudy but definitely inviting.

S - Sweet malt smell, kinda toasty with no pronounced hop aroma that I could pick up.

T - Nice caramel/toasty flavors here with some hops peeking in on the back end. Very well balanced between malts and hops.

M - Smooth body and not overly carbonated.

D - All and all very drinkable. Glad I snatched one of the five they had left in the make your own six pack aisle. That being said, hopefully there are some left when I go back.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being East coast, I've never had a beer from Oregon (Wine yes - beer no). And I've never had an amber in a can. So when receiving an Ashland Amber from a friend, I was anxious to give it a go.

A - Poured a perfect copper color into a 25th anniversary Bell pint glass, nice head, retention, and lacing

S - I smell nothing. Nothing.

T - Very smooth, nothing harsh, but lacking in character. Little hop finish. I was expecting a bit more malt flavoring.

M - Good and smooth. Very approachable.

D - Very easy drinking. Half way thru, and literally looking at it as a half empty Bells pint glass , I was wishing it was a Bells Amber.

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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
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