Caldera Pale Ale | Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera Pale AleCaldera Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Reidrover on 08-22-2005

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Photo of vacax
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. I really like cans for beers like pale ales that are not meant for cellaring and am glad to have another one available in SoCal. Cool green tab but sadly no canning or best by date.

Pours a nice rich gold with a pure white head that grows excessively. Slow pour down a tilted glass and cannot even get the whole can into a pint glass. The retention is good, however, and lacing is great. Lots of bubbles cascading upwards from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is mild and consists of a bit of hoppy earthiness and some candied oranges.

The flavor starts with a mild hops bittering and quickly adds a touch of sweetness to balance it out. Earthy and slightly piney with bitter sappy sugar.. The bittering is not high, but there is little aroma hopping evident or much malt complexity either. This is a very light pale ale with little going on beyond some bittering hops, leaving a slightly floral but vegetal finish. An okay beer for a local brewpub, but not quite up to the standard of most pale ales in distribution. Light bodied, creamy, lots of smooth bubbles.

A simple beer, but not really in a good way. This needs some more aroma hopping or some other type of complexity. Long floral/vegetal finishing damages drinkability. Unless one is dying to try a new pale ale, I would not recommend this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to schmoopsbeer for sending this can out my way. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a transparent golden-hued brew with a good off-white head with some large bubbles of foam. Good staying power and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is light and grassy with some citrusy hops coming through on the back-end. A bit of tangerine, as best as I can describe. The flavor profile is a bit grainy at first, followed by some grassy hops, and then there is a touch of bitterness in the finish. However, there is some grain tannin there as well. Not terribly pleasant. Light body with moderate carbonation. Can't get past the graininess of this. Not all too drinkable.

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Photo of dfitch81
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer. I really did. I love the town it comes from - Ashland, Oregon - and I thought to myself that a place like Ashland must have the creative spirit to produce something unique. Well, this beer was unique, alright. I can't recall ever drinking another beer with a hop flavor like boiled vegetables. Blech! Appearance was average, and head retention was so-so. I noticed no lacing whatsoever. Smell did not reveal what the taste had in store. On first sip, I noticed nothing immediately untoward, but as the hop flavor built so did the unwelcome overcooked-vegetable flavor. I tried another can the next day thinking that maybe I just had a bad one, but with the same result. I'm afraid I won't be trying this one again, and wouldn't recommend it to anybody else. You could do worse, but to me this beer would be a last resort before having to accept a macrobrew.

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow...taste is not bad, but I wouldn’t say it’s great either.

Definitely better than mass-marketed yellow brews that come in a can. And it’s in a pool and beach safe.

Light flavor, light hops, easy to drink.

Can Bonus....I'll have to try this one again in the summer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz. can into pint glass on Nov. 27, 2012 (purchased for $1.79 at BevMo (with card) in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) on Nov. 27, 2012). Hazy honey orange with about a finger of fluffy white head. Pretty good retention on the sides - wet, foamy and white; pretty thing on the top.

Smelled a strong whiff of cascade fruity hops right away. Also some lime, light pine, mango, honey and sour fruit.

Tasted about what I expected after the smell. Got that sour fruit with a bitter aftertaste. Still think it was cascade hops. Also got grape, mango, more tropical fruit, kiwi and a bit of bitter pine hops.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Just really didn’t get along with this beer. I don’t think I’d have it again.

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Photo of stcules
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Orange color, white foam, creamy and abundant.
Fresh hoppy smell, with slightly citric notes.
Light maltiness, and a bit too heavy tropical fruitiness, lychee like, in the mouth.
Relatively light taste, with a bit of astringency in the end.
Not bad, but bnothing too good.

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Photo of beertunes
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 12oz straight glass. Poured a cloudy yellow, almost the color of pineapple juice, with barely a thin cap of white head that had no retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was mostly malt forward, a pleasant change from Pales that are basically "IPA light", with just enough hops to keep the scent balanced. The flavor was balanced as well, although I thought a little on the bland side. None of the flavors really jumped out at me.

The body was typical for the style but lost some points for being overly sticky. Drinkability was OK, I'll drink it again, but this beer is not on the level of Mirror Pond or Manny's.

Overall, a decent enough brew, but nothing special.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Possibly a slightly old can...some of the hop aroma has dissipated and the flavor turned a bit maltier than typical...

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow...minimal head and lacing...

S - Nose is mostly malt as the hops have mostly disappeared, sweet, caramel, grains...

T - Sweet malty bitterness...some minimal citrus flavors...very little hop presence...disappointing...

M - Clean, crisp, a little creamy/oily...good carb level...mouthfeel fine...

Overall - - I would love to try this a "past its prime pale ale" its pretty good..not as cloying and sweet malty as it could be for an old brew...still pretty drinkable...I will try it if I ever see on tap...give it try and see what you think...I know there IPA is the same way...great if its fresh...


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Photo of Tilley4
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Love the IPA from these guys so I had to give this one a go...

Pours a light golden yellow... Sorta hazy... Pretty decent head...

Balanced aromas of malt and hops with the malts being a little more dominant...

Sweet buttery malts with a slight hop finish at the end... The hops seem a bit muted here... Could have been a bit more balanced...

A decent brew I guess... Not one that I will reach for again especially with the IPA available..

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Photo of harrymel
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned: unk

A: pours honey with near excellent clarity and a finger of off-white foam which falls rather quickly to a solid sheet of the same with strong spotty lacing.
S: Some herbal hops, some citric hops, honey, sweet malts, smells a little faded. Nothing special.
T: Strong bitterness with some vitamin flavors, a hint of lemon, some sweet malts with a hint of oxidation.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb and dry finish.
O: Not a bad beer, tastes a little faded, but is quaffible.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can $2. I did not care for this beer. It looked good, orange, pale, good lace, decent head. It smelled kind of weak but not bad. It tasted like stale iced tea and I did not care for that flavor one bit. The IPA I had from this brewer was much better than this. For my money I'd stick with Full Sail Pale Ale for a couple dollars less.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy pale orange. very fluffy white head. reasonable retention with better lacing.

S: earthy, mellow hoppiness. bitterness dominates the aroma with a slight fruitiness. as it warms up, actually a nice sweet malt comes into play as well.

T: slick, slightly metallic, hop bitterness. slightly doughy. more biscuit, dry finish.

M: tingly carbonation on a medium body.

D: sort of shocking that i have an APA from the west coast that isn't a hop bomb. not sure how i feel about that.

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Photo of Brad007
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden blonde color with a frothy head into my glass.

A light touch of hops followed by buttery malt, make up the aromas in the nose here. Seems pretty straightforward.

Lots of malt with surprisingly little hops. It has a metallic taste, though I'm not sure if that's the beer itself or the can. Couldn't be the latter.

Ditto for mouthfeel. Kind of bland.

Not bad. I wouldn't pay $10.99 for a six pack though.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a large rocky ecru head. Few bubbles rise. Citrusy aroma: grapefruit, orange, papaya notes Entry follows aroma followed by grapefruit skin and aspirin-like bitterness (Cascade hops, IBU 55). Single hop Cascade not my favorite but not a bad quaff, especially for a canned product. Needs some food - think that would make it better. Still have a few in the fridge to pair with a burger.

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Photo of rudzud
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade. Poure dinto my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear honey hue with a fat two finger white head that fades to leave sticky side lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of fair amount of sweet malts, light candied citrus peel. It simply smells like an 'not fresh' pale ale.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, huge amount of sweet malts, some very faint candied hops, very light bitterness. Again, old.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slightly thin.

O - Overall this beer might have been solid when it was fresh, but this can has to be far from that. Really unfortunate!

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a small snifter.

Slightly hazed and the color of sunshine, with a honking cream-colored head of froth that drops slowly, leaving film in big walls on the glass.

Snappy nose. Grass, lemon … lemongrass! Also get biscuits, honey, a tiny bit of cracker malt and hints of earth.

The flavor improves on the nose’s maltiness with biscuits and a pale cracker finish. The bitterness is a bit too light — I get some lemon peel and maybe some German spice as well, but I could use more hops. The finish is cleanly malty, and I get a flash of uncooked malt at the swallow – almost like a handful of dry pilsner malt.

Medium-light body with very light massaging carb and soft fizziness. Clean, light and drinkable — great for a hot day.

Caldera’s pale ale would be great on the golf course. It’s flavorful yet sessionable. More hops would help bump this one up to the next level.

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Photo of jampics2
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can I stumbled across somewhere in Ohio where this beer surfaced after being "imported" on the grey market. I was assured by the proprietor that this was fresh.

Looks wonderful in my pint glass. Serious 2 finger head that sticks around and around. When it does subside, a beautiful lace is left behind. The beer is orange with some gold highlights. Agitation brings it back at full force. A great start.

Smell is average, unfortunately. Some citrus hops and some pale malt. But not as pronounced a boquet as I would ask for. What's there is orange, sweet marmelade on biscuits, and caramel.

Taste is also just not cutting it. Looking at my experience rating APA's, I've had several that just pack more flavor and in more creative ways. Great Lakes Burning River and Three Floyds Alpha King blow this away. However this is decent. My biggest issue is that the citrus-backed bitterness and the sweet kiss of honey and bread crust from the malt just fall short of anything more than the average.

Mouthfeel is above average thanks to the adequate, smooth carbonation and medium body. Finish is wonderful with just a touch of lingering bitterness. Very drinkable as well, I'd like to try it from the source sometime to see what's it's like when maximum freshness is assured. When it surfaces in Ohio, it just lacks the depth and punch I like in my APA's.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can, these guys finally showed up in the Southland, another Oregon brewer to try out,

A: Pours a dark yellow, with a finger of white head, solid lace.

S: Earthy hops, one-dimensional. Cascades.

T: Upfront cedar-box and tobacco in the hops, quite bitter and earthy initially. Malt character is very light. Notes of pine oil late.

M: A bit too light-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: My uncle used to live in Ashland, so I've been wanting to try the Caldera beers for sometimes. The Pale was OK, the hop flavours weren't really to my liking, time to move on.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler at 45 degrees. Medium yellow body with an eggshell white 1 finger width head. Retention is agreeable, and lacing is average.

Smells of pine, caramel, butterscotch, fusel alcohol and bread eminate from the glass.

Quite a bit of butterscotch up front, which I must admit is a bit of a turnoff for me, I'm alright with caramel, but this was a bit buttery. Finishes up with some caramel, pine needles, grapefruit, and traces of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was about what I expected, and felt pretty solid all the way around.

A pretty good pale ale, but I was left a bit underwhelmed in the end by the malt profile. Just above average for a pale ale.

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Photo of freed
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In pursuit of the perfect camping beer: Pours (only for review's sake) a deep golden, almost copper with active carbonation and a lovely white foamy cap. Bubbles like a high life, but the foam stays.

Aroma is like a British IPA - grassy and hoppy with an aged malt, almost hully smell. Rather bold aroma from a canned beverage.

Taste is a little too bold - resiny hops dominate the pale malt body and a bitter aftertaste is a bit strong. There's still a great malt body to the ale though, and some sips give you a better sense of it. Still, it is likely to create more of a thirst than quenching it, so fair warning to campers.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tjensen3618 for putting on the LIF which brought me this can.

Clear straw yellow body. Careful pour produces a towering four finger white head. The head works its way back at a moderate pace leaving some scattered lacing.

The aroma is rather balanced. The pale malt is a bit more assertive than I would like to see in an APA. Pale malt is sweet and bready in the nose. Citrus fruit aroma provide the counterpoint to the malt.

Warm toasted bready flavors are the first to hit the palate. The hop flavor follows soon after but fails to assert itself enough to overcome the malt. Light grapefruit with a bit of a pithy bite. A brighter hop profile would do wonders hear.

Light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth texture. The finish is moderately dry, a bit of malt flavor does linger a bit.

Yes, this beer is very drinkable but it also falls short of my expectations for the style. The aroma and flavor are lacking for an APA, the attributes remind me much more of an english style. This is a beer I could see drinking a few during a barbecue or other social events. Decent session beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with a thin, wispy white head.

Smell: Aroma of herbal, citrus hops accompanied by a honey-laden maltiness.

Taste: Mild pale malts with a bit of toastiness and a soft honey-like sweetness. Citrus and bitter herbs. Medium bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fair pale ale, but I gotta say I enjoyed the Caldera IPA far, far more.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can received today by the great trader known as russpowell. Thanks Russ!

My first brew from Caldera, there seems to be a kind of obsession with the number 60 on the can that I'm not "getting".

It pours a clear light golden colour, good 2 finger head of foam, looks to have some good lacing.

The smell is big citrus hops and an equally big nose of grain, not so good, and some honey, which is nice. Ok, now the grain surpasses the hops and everything else and I'm saying what? I have mixed feelings on the smell, which, don't get me wrong, isn't bad, it ends up being good.

The taste is a battle between the hoppy bitterness which is, really, a nice light citrus combined with some pine, and a strong grainy flavour that for me, seems out of place for an APA. Hell yes, I like a good malty presence in the style but I'd rather have some sweet caramel taste to balance the hops than an all out frontal attack of grain and grain is what is distracting me. To no good end. Dang.

On the high end of light bodied, lowish level of carbo. The mouthfeel is just fine.

Drinkability? I've noticed after further sipping that the combination of the hops and grain make for an undesirable, to me, bitterness in the finish so...I'm glad this is only 12oz. I'm not fond of this but I'd like to take a stab at Caldera's other offerings. I never judge a brewery based on a one and only beer I've had from them. ;^)

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Photo of beerman21
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden hue with a substantial fluffy head that disipates within a minute or so.

smell is quite appetizing sweet spicy malts with floral hopped background.

tastes of spiced bread, warming alchole flavor floral hopes, nice and bitter. Very suprised bought this thinking it was going to be mediocor which its not at all.

mouthful creamy coats the mouth flavor lingers just right.

Drinkablity is good, ABV 5.4%

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Photo of mnwags
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The first I am trying from the great trade with msbulldog. (for those of you who don't know him, trust me, he is "the man") ha.

Popped the tab on this one to a nice hsss! The pour was what I consider above average and but the appearance was just about average. Just a skimming of head with nice carbonation. A very little lacing lasted throughout the tasting.

The typical pale ale smell. I really enjoy this and now think that this should be a candle scent. Or possibly a scratch-and-sniff sticker would be nice.

The tastebuds where not complaining about this interview they had. The canning does not appear to take away from the true pale ale taste at all.

A little slimy and light as this brew went through the ole beer guzzling chamber.

Overall a nice A.PA. that will have to enjoy again in the future. Maybe next time I will go full bore on this one and just shotgun it. Or not!

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