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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Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can courtesy of Reino poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light golden with a decent creamy white head that hung on as a cap for a while leaving good lacing.

The aroma is very light with lots of lemony hops up front and a bit of bready malts as well.

The flavor had the light citrus up front with the malts in the middle before giving way to some faint pine hop bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and lighter than most pale ales.

This is a very drinkable pale that doesn't have too much differentiation but is still tasty.

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Photo of thehand
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for sending this for the Survival Football LIF. Poured from can into McChouffe tulip, appears clear light golden yellow. About 2" of thick white fluffy head, settles slowly leaving a rocky top with some thick clumpy lacing. Smell is pretty simple pale ale, a little citrus, subtle earthiness. Taste is lots of sour citrus, a little pine, backed up with just enough malt. Mouthfeel is medium up front, but the finish becomes more oily and resinous, leaving the mouth coated with some lingering sour bitterness. Drinkability is super high, would be easy to down a few of these in a night.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a crystal-clear, bright golden color with some lazy trails of carbonation. Capping this was a pillowy, off-white 1 finger head that quickly dissolved to a splotchy skim that left a fair amount of lace.

S: Aromas of spicy pine, mild citrus, and sweet caramel. Pretty simple and very clean.

T: See above. Add in a little toasty malt and a bit more citrus (than what's in the aroma). Again, pretty simple and very clean.

M: Full and pretty oily with a turn towards some dry and spicy astringency during the middle that continues on through the finish. Also finishes pretty peppery.

D: Fantastic drinkability! In this age of extreme everything it's sometimes refreshing to get a hold of something so simple and satisfying.

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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 RJLarse
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Caldera Pale Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is ever so slightly hazy. Creamy white head caps the beer and is quite resilient. The head dissipates in ridges and valleys, finally getting down to small islands of foam on the surface of the brew..

Smell is fairly faint. Some hoppy fruity esters perhaps, but generally unremarkable.

Taste is a bitter flavor, like sour citrus. A little malt flavor sneaks in too. Strong flavors for a pale, almost approaching what one would expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean, but dry. Not watery, but light on the tongue.

A drinkable pale ale, but I think the sour citrus flavor is a bit over done for the style. I'd have this again though. The packaging (cans) are great for camping, tailgates and the like, but it's a bit overpriced in my area at $8 a sixer.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum! I really love these canned craft brews. It's really a great way to package beer. It's fresher, doesnt get oxidized or uv-damaged, cools faster, and is so much easier for camping, events, etc.

Golden color and slightly chill hazed. Decent head, but it falls away kinda quick.

Aroma is a bit disapointing. It's really kind of mild. Some floral and herbal sweet hops, then some dry caramel malt.

Really makes up for it in the taste! Rich grapefruit and sour lemon. The bitter citrus flavors of orange and some tropical fruits in there too. A tad of toasty honey sweetness to counteract it. So drinkable, and so tasty.

I was down in Ashland the other month, but these guys only do dock sales. Ill be stopping by next time for a case.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden color. Looks what a pale ale should. There is very little head, which resembles that of something that is going to have a lot of hops. We will see...

S- Why yes I can smell those wonderful whole flower cascade hops.

T- There is a nice maltyness with this beer. Not so much of a hop taste, but it is there.

M- Feels a bit slimy, or at least makes my mouth become slimy.

D- I can drink it with the greatest of ease.

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber with the slightest haze and a nice sticky two finger head.

Smell: Lots of signature cascade aroma - citrusy with a touch of pine.

Taste & mouthfeel: Juicy citrus hop flavors supported by a dry biscuity malt backbone. Medium-light in body, crisp, dry. Moderate bitterness in the finish, though it doesn't linger too long. Very clean stuff, and incredibly drinkable. This reminds me quite a bit of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but more raw and flavorful.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Caldera Pale Ale poured an clear orange hue with a finger foam head. It had some tight bubble lacing patterns.

The aroma was semi sweet malty smell with some pine hopiness jumping into the nose. It had a powerful aroma for a pale ale.

Taste was good. It has a bread malt up front with a moderate hop feel on the back end. In the mouth it had a good sharp bite on the finish. Overall a good solid local pale ale.

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

Drank on tap at Old Town Pizza in Portland in pint glass.

A: Solid amber hue; lacing in glass.

S: Slightly grass smell, hoppy notes on the nose.

T & M: This was a quite hoppy pale ale but not overly so, this is a nicely done pale ale.

D: Highly drinkable, this is a pale ale that could definitely be sessionable. I really enjoyed this beer but get a feeling that I'll have a hard time finding this in Dallas.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flexabull for this in the UGLY BIF. Gotta love craft canned beers.

Pours a pale yellow color, slight opaqueness, good sized head with a little retention layer and a little bit of lacing.

Smell is stronger than I would expect from a pale ale, strong citrus and grapefruit aroma with hops, makes me think it could almost be an IPA if some more hops were added.

Taste hits with the hops and citrus first, leaves an interesting bitterness in the mouth, not quite good but not quite bad, carbonation is just right and it goes down crisp and smooth, I could see this being an easily sessionable brew if it was available in Maine.

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Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly dinged-up 12oz can purchased at Bottles in Millwood for $1.69.

Poured a slightly bronzy gold color with two fingers (and I have big fingers) of creamy white foam. The head stuck around for a while, and left lots of streaks, spots and "globules" (as Nigel Tufnel might say) on the sides of the glass.

Piney hops and mildly sweet, caramel-ish malts make up the nose. Seems like Caldera's taking a west coast approach to the style.

Not as hoppy in the taste as I would have thought in the smell, but not to an underwhelming degree. Piney hop flavor melds with caramel malts. The balance is pretty good, with the hops winning out, but not enough to make it an IPA. Mildly dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Not a world beater, but a pretty good example of an American pale ale. Not quite good enough for me to shift from my stand-bys for the style, but if this is what's available, I wouldn't shy away from it.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vacationing in Oregon. Little bottleshop has Oregon brewed cans in the fridge. Worth checking out.

Very nice floral hop aroma. Lots of cascade with the underlying citrus aroma. Nice little caramel malt aroma but it is definitely hop dominant.

Golden but cloudy. Pours with a thick pure white head that ends up as a half inch layer of rocky bubbles. Just a little bit of rising bubbles in the glass. Pretty good lacing.

Nice caramel malt flavor right off and then it has a good hop bitter bite. Mostly grapefruit citrus hops. Can says that it is all cascade so that makes sense. Finish is also some caramel malt flavor. In between there is some oily hop flavor too. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a west coast PA. Hoppy but with enough malt that it isn't unbalanced.

Medium bodied with a good medium carbonation level. Not heavy at all. very nice on my palate.

Very nice beer. I wouldn't rave about to my beer geek friends it but I would be happy to have it as a regular in my fridge. Solid everyday drinking type beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, awesome two finger creamy white head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very nice touch of hops, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is a nice blend of hops/malts, somce citrus/caramel. The finish is dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice Pale Ale, recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA Roger for giving me this can the other night,poured into a standard pint glass a lighter pale golden with a thinner white head that left minmimal lace as it settled quickly.Fresh cascade hop aroams pine and leafy with a bit of firm biscuit malt,again fresh hoppy flavors quit citric and subdued pine with that firm lightly sweet biscuit/caramel base.An old school left coast pale here alot of hop flavor with a dose of lightly sweet malt,solid.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass the liquid is yellow with good carbonation. The head is almost 2 fingers white and leaves good lace.

The smell is real nice sweet piney and citrus notes.

The taste follows, piney citrus notes, and a bready malt that is quite good.

The mouthfeel is also nice, crisp and clean, smooth and a good body, the carbonation is real good.

The drinkability is good, a easy drinking brew, wroth a try.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a nonic, the Caldera Pale Ale is a golden yellow with a moderate size, very tight white head that's long lasting and leaves thick hunks of lace. This is honestly the first time I've ever not drank this beer from the can, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how pretty it is, particularly the paler golden color and chunky lace. I couldn't ask for anything else from a Pale Ale. Served at fridge temp.

Smell is bright, flowery, lime scented cascades and toasted biscuit, perhaps a bit soapy.

Taste is malty, caramel and biscuit, with tart citrus hops, classic grapefruit providing a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very creamy but dry and crisp, with a heavier body.

Drinkability is pretty good, cascade fans will enjoy this, a bit thick for my taste, but bonus points for the can, which has made this a trusty friend on those cold Mt. Hood chair lifts!

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a modest head that quickly fades (just like the IPA; lacing is a bit better than the IPA but not much

Smell: As with the IPA, there is just something a little funky going on with the aromatics; the pale ale aroma is there, but there is a metallic and cat litter aspect that doesn't do it for me; this one is not nearly as rank as the IPA, however

Taste: As with the IPA, the taste makes up for the poor aroma; opens biscuity, with pithy grapefruit and pine flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the two elements blend nicely and provide a balanced, somewhat woodsy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another tasty beer from Caldera; as the aroma of the pale ale is not as off-putting as the IPA, I'll mark it higher on the scale

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Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden-orange color with small white head that laces well.

Slightly sweet and spicy toasty grain with some floral and slightly woodsy and fruity hops.

Lightly toasted and sweet fruity pale malts perfectly balanced by orangey citrus and floral hop bitterness that's a bit persistent.

Nice light-moderate body that feels even easier due to the high, but no too stingy carbonation. Extremely drinkable Pale that I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with 1 finger of eggshell white head. good head retention & lacing

S: Slight lemony & grassy hop notes, plus a bit of breadyness

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops; plus a bit of honey malt up front. Some grainyness & grapefruit hops as this warms. Finishes crisp with a load of grapefruit

MF: Light/ medium bodied with lively carbonation that really show cases the hops, for better or worse. Skews too hoppy, makes me think IPA more than APA

Drinks pretty easy despite the OTT hoppyness.. still a solid APA

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Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a glass tumbler. Nice aroma and pale yellow appearance. Nice fluffy head and fair amount of lacing. Taste was a big surprise, I thought any beer from a can would be a let-down. The initial malt sweetness was nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. Not like an IPA for sure but impressive anyway. Mouthfeel was O.K. and drinkability was good. Made with whole flower Cascade hops.
Update: 8/04/2014. From a can that had a date of 2/01/14. It was about 5 months old. Just changed the mouthfeel up a slight amount. Good lacing and head retention. One of my favorite Pale Ales canned or otherwise. Very consistent.

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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 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 Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a classic pale ale, sent courtesy of unclejedi via the CEO BIF!

And in a can, too! Poured a clear amber, mixed together with a golden hue. Sheets of white lace clung to the sides, excellent.

Lite floral and citrus in the aroma, progressing into the taste – which added pine and a squeeze of grapefruit. Sharp, crisp and dry – this would be an excellent on the go brew for any outdoor activity. Hats off for this one!

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber body with a solid finger of thick white head. Rather light for a Pale.

Nose is light hops, grassy but tart.

Flavor is lightly sweet, a moderate foundation of malt that balances the hops. Wonderful hops, tart C hops, but not overdone. A well balanced brew that is flavorful, yet still very quenching.

Mouthfeel is tart and tangy.

Drinkability is great! A very tasty and easily drinkable Pale.

Bring me more!

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Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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