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 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 BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into nonic.

Clear copper hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head seemed sort of thin, with a lot of tiny little bubbles stacked like shipping peanuts. It didn't have that dense frothiness that I enjoy seeing.

Toasty malts, along with a strong and sharp, but very herbal, hop aroma.

More toasted malts along with a lot of sweet caramel. The hop flavor is very tea like, not giving strong citrus characteristics. Full bodied, with maybe slightly below average carbonation.

I feel like this one could almost be called an Irish Amber Ale just from the flavor characteristics, especially from the hops. It's certainly a unique Amber Ale, especially one coming from the east coast. Rather than a load of sharp citrus, there is a softer herbal quality. Recommended.

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

A can picked up in Baltimore.

Pours a clear amber color with lots of foamy off-white head. Good retention leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of grassy hops, bread, caramel, and earth. Tastes of bread, toasted grains, caramel, lite citrus, and an earthy and grassy finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Clean and smooth, malty and grainy with a nice bitter finish. Refreshing and easy to drink, a nice canned amber ale that I would definitely enjoy while out and about in the Summer time.

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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 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 pjbear05
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in dining room of Crater Lake Lodge, Crater Lake National Park, OR, in 12 ounce pilsner glass.

Dark amber color with one finger head.

Initial hop aroma pronounced.

Slight lemon tang gave way to pronounced hop finish.

Very drinkable, would make a good session beer.

A pity I was not able to try CBC's IPA this trip. As good as the Amber was, the IPA would have been outstanding.

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Photo of KoG
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color and sticky white head.

Light hop presence backed by a strong malt body and a bit of yeast. A bit flowery and sweet.

Tastes solidly malty with a decent hop touch. A bit sour on the finish but otherwise not bad at all. Finishes smooth as well.

Not bad, a more enjoyable amber and very nice looking to say the least.

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

I seem to have had better luck than RedDiamond with Caldera's beers. Luckily, I've never had a contaminated beer from Caldera. (Might the problem be the tap lines at the Creek? I've never had trouble with Caldera at the Black Sheep...)

Pours a clear and light amber, with one finger of off-white, moderately lingering head.

Solid, fresh aroma of pine and citrus hops.

The beer has a quite fresh citrus hop flavor, backed by surprisingly moderate bitterness and balanced by a big, caramely and slightly bready maltiness. Otherwise clean, with few esters. Presents a medium-light body for a pleasant and appropriate mouthfeel. A well-balanced beer with excellent fresh hop flavor, making for a good session beer. Overall, a solid amber.

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Ashland Amber from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 283 ratings