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

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Photo of u2carew
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can
A) Pours with a big head. Takes a bit to settle. Clear amber body.
S) Subtle fruity esters.
T) Earthy sweetness. Nutty. Caramel. The flavors aren't too strong just melancholy and pleasant. A nice hop bite in the finish.
M) Fairly smooth. Medium body. Slightly dry in the finish.
D) A decent Amber. I'd probably have another if it were available.

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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 Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber hue with a large, fluffy white head, with decent retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel malts and pine, with citrus notes.

T - Taste is of toasty, biscuit-like caramel malts, with a balancing, but resinous pine flavor, and some citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon). Pretty standard fare amber flavors, but done very well. Good degree of balance between being malty and hoppy.

M - Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation, and slightly noticeable hop oils (Not IPA-like, but there).

D - Very quaffable stuff for sure. Great for sessioning!

Overall - A nice gem in the rough of the amber ale category. A solid session beer that packs good flavor too. Recommended.

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

I got this as a single in a mixed six pack. I can't tell how it smells because I got this stupid axe body wash for christmas and that's all i can smell when i raise the glass to my mouth. It's got great color, good head and great taste. It's a little sweet, not too bitter. I would definitely get it again.

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

This is a very sweet beer--my drinking buddy said "pine syrup," and I saw his point--but it's a decent American Amber. There's a lot of toasted/earthy malt in the nose and some light yeast.

It tastes like caramel, steel, pine, a lot of sweetness--butterscotch?--and a hint of citric hop. The sugar also makes it a little rough in the texture and the drinkability areas--I liked the beer, you know, and I would recommend it, but it was just a bit too sweet for my tastes. I want more depth in an amber.

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Photo of Offa
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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 StaveHooks
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy red amber with a descent 2 finger head that retains well.

S - Kind of an earthy cookie dough malt aroma.

T - Caramel, toffee, maple, and brown sugar with a side of nutty bread. Some earthy pine mutes out some of the sweetness and adds a bite at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body.

This has some distinct aromas and flavors. Lots of earth and nuts. The aroma reminded my of something that I just couldn't make out. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely an amber pour, great clarity and 1.5" head. Aroma didn't have much going for it.

Taste, very smooth, tiny hop alliance with the amber malt flow. They really do brew to style well, the ipa, pale and amber are very discernable from one another. Lots of caramel, slight hops, just how amber should be done, if not by me baby!

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

355ml can poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Deep amber coloured beer with a solid bubbly yellowish head.

S. Winey/pruney, roasted malt, dried fruit stones, some toffee and caramel, nutty.

T. Roasted malt, some sweetness beautifully counter balanced by the hop kick. Some notes that are sinilar to one or two barleywines I have had in the past. Some nuttiness in there too.

M. Medium, slightly chewy.

D. A thoroughly enjoyable amber ale. This is my first 'craft' beer in a can and I am really impressed by it. Such a shame there is no Best Before or Brewed on date stamped on the can.

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Photo of tchenery
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber colored beer, as to be expected. Decent head on this one as well.

Smells hoppy, especially from an amber ale, I guess from Oregon though that's not too crazy. Very floral and grapefruity, slightly piney.

All hops up front, but quickly transforms into a malt forward beer. Very, very interesting. It's bitter upfront in a grassy way, but then it just changes immediately to toasty malt. Fantastic.

Medium-bodied brew, excellent drinkability.

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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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 elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Reidrover
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can from Lifesource, Salem Average looking amber beer with a OK light tan head that hangs around. Aroma is pretty weak, subdued, sligh aroma of caramel,hay some slight grassy hop taste is the same mostly semi sweet malts..a little hop and watery finish. OK average palate. Not too impressed with this. Very average. Weinhards used to do a similar Amber

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 bobhits
1.84/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very clear and crisp medium dark amber color. Some carbonation but not much. Half finger head. Lacing isn't great but pretty solid. Below the style but this style does well in this.

Smells of a strong amber/hopped aroma. A bit metallic in aroma a bit perhaps off or the hops are a touch off what I like.

Wow and blah. Opens oddly enough with hops a touch hoppy but not over powering. Somewhat herbal hops that quickly are squelched by a huge body of malt. OK, huge by the style, not huge by any other style. The amber malt flavor is there, but this is far more powerful than many are.

It's too sweet and thick in body for most beers. The carbonation is lacking which also hurts.

It's a nice drinkable beer in certain places, but when that is is beyond me. That's the problem though...when is a mostly malty beer without a sipper level of flavor the right beer for the time? Add in it is a far more thick bodied beer and I'm at a loss.

I paid 16 for a 6 pack. I'm sorry but that's going into the score. Cans were made to make it cheaper to distribute and better for drinking here and there. Way to expensive way too...below average.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a six pack of this one in a recent trade. Pours from the can a medium amber color, with a whitish head. Nice moderate hoppiness on the nose (pine, citrus) leads to a medium bodied palate, with citrus, caramel and sweet malt. A nice, easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a decent amber colored iced-tea brew. A brief head fades to nothing after a minute. I suppose it wouldn't matter much if left in the can.

Aroma - toasty, biscuity nose. A brief glint of sweetness fades to reveal some faint hop fruitiness.

Taste - nice toasty grain here. A light, grapefuit hop balances beautifully. Simple, straightforward, and a very flavorful amber.

Mouthfeel - a nice smooth feel, hefty crispness, medium weight, maybe a little lighter.

Drinkability - excellent session beer if you can afford it. I think I dropped a sawbuck for the sixer. Great all round beer. Not as fully flavored as Sam Adams stock ale, but holds its own admirably.

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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 biglite351
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - burnt amber color, tall white head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S - caramel sweet scent, not bitter, almost some porter in the mix.

T - sort of some vanilla caramel tossed into a lager.

M - mild coating with zero tingle.

D - the lack of bitterness combined with smooth feel make it easily drinkable if this is what you are looking for.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can tried 19 Jul 2009.

Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large light brown lacy head. Well carbonated. Clear dark reddish brown. Aroma is almondy, some brown sugar, a little dusty, slightly astringent. Sweet and almondy, caramel. Some astringnet almond skins in the finish. Bitteness increases slightly in the finish. Light body. Light alcohol.

Decent but not likely to get again.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color with 1 finger thick white head. Head retention is good. Good amount of carbonation visible.

S - Citrus hops and roasted malt dominate the smell. Fairly light smelling, not too complex, but well balanced.

T - Follows the aroma pretty well. Starts off with rich roasted malts, soon overpowered by an intense nutty flavor that lingers for the rest of the sip. Citrus undertones are there throughout.

M - Medium to light bodied, slight tingle from the carbonation. Finish is slightly dry with a nutty aftertaste, no hop bitterness at all.

D - Very well balanced beer. Mark these down just a dollar or two per 6-pack and I would buy this regularly.

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Photo of bump8628
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caldera Brewing Company--Ashland Amber--Oregon Brewed Amber Ale--2009 12 oz. Micro Can. 5.40% ABV on Can--24 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) 5.6% ABV on Web Page. Light sediment. Thin mild lace off white head. Pretty clear bright rich amber color. Toasted fruit malt floral hop front. Earthy cloying crusty mild sweet toasted caramel fruit doughy body. Smooth cloying malty eartthy mild hop spice clean end. Nice. Sampled 8/18/2009. 6-Pack $10.99.

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Photo of ZSimon
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can with a distinctive lime green pop tab, poured into a pint glass, picked up at Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA.

Pours tawny amber brown (Yuengling-ish?) with a poofy, rocky, eggshell-tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a bit of lace. Decent look.

Smell is a sucker punch in the nostrils. Not sure what I was expecting from this brew, but the nose was a big surprise. Overhwelmingly bitter and floral, with caramel sweetness singing backup. Maybe I should start believing some of the hype about cans preserving the beer so well.

As surprising as the pungency of the smell was the incongruity of the flavor profile. Just plain uninteresting in contrast to the huge nose- a dash of floral hops, not a ton but enough to outweigh the barely-there malt backbone. Out of balance and generally weak.

Seems like some soft, mellow bitterness evolves once the beer is gone. In fact, I think I enjoy this beer more after the swallow.

Decently smooth and inoffensive, but not worth a second visit.

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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
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