Caldera Pale Ale | Caldera Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
443 Ratings
Caldera Pale AleCaldera Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Reidrover on 08-22-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
443
Reviews:
214
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 443 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden with a huge frothy white head. Fades slowly, leaving a nice island of foam in the center. Lots of fluffy lacing all over the glass.

S: A bunch of grapefruit up front with a bit of resin. Some tropical fruit in there too, mainly mango and pineapple. Sweet caramel malt comes through in a strong way.

T: Hops not nearly as strong as in the aroma (which is fine, otherwise this would be a big IPA). Tropical fruit and grapefruit up front as in the aroma, just a lot more mellow. Nice caramel and bready malt. In the finish there is some resin to round it all out.

M: Medium bodied, quite nice for only 5.5%. A bit of sticky hop oil in there.

O: A hoppy APA for sure. Not overly so, but definitely up there. Nice and mild, easy drinking and goes down well. Really nice APA if I say so, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of FunkyAbsinthe
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dujayhawk for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into pint glass.

A: Hazy gold in color with a half-finger white head, nice visible carbonation and decent lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus, flowery and some pine hops, and 2 Row malt.

T: The hop profile strikes me as primarily bitterness with some grassy and pine notes. Cracker or light malt backbone. Finish is hop-bitter and grainy, but with a smidge of a tinny off-flavor.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation sensation, no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: I thought this was better than I expected. It's certainly not a complex beer, but nice, simple & easy to drink. I'd pick up a six-pack (or whatever they come in) if this was available in a store around me.

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

clear yellow... looks like.... "aaahhh" refreshing... like you'd want one after mowing the lawn...

smell - Good Pale Ale. Good beer. smells like you'd expect from a west-coast american ale... yum... yep. slight floral, grassy,

taste - initial palate welcome is good... will sit well, will stick with me... giving moutfeel a high rating... good bitterness... can't place the spice...

this is my first beer from this brewery, but I'm a sucker for west coast american hops, so I might be biased and give a standard deviation higher than normal...

gotta new can from the picture above... thinking of sending in a pic from me...

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Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JottaGibboo
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hop flavors up front with a malt flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink but I prefer the way this one tastes over the way it smells.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

poured from can in to a glass

A- Pale Golden Color , Fine light yellow head that lingers and decent lacing.

Smell- Lightly floral citrus, slightly metalic and soapy

Taste- Taste citrus lemon definately light but with a maltier finish. I could have mistaken this for a lager or a lighter IPA. Buttery in the finish like a white wine.

M- lingers on the palette slightly with a great deal of fiz. Refreshing not unpleasant.

O- I would say this is a good lawnmower beer for a craft ale fan. The can suggests a lot of activities that would accompany this beer I think all of them would be perfect.

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Photo of Ted
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A strong citrus aroma, with some hops and malt in the aroma.

T: Tasted of hops (a fair amount), a good deal of citrus (grapefruit), and a little malt. A very solid, sharp, focused, well done flavor.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a crisp finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this isn't an overly complex beer, it's still very enjoyable and drinkable.

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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 bylerteck
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a golden colour. One finger of fluffy white head. Good carbonation, great thick lace and a film of retention.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, honey, touch of pine, mango.

T - Mango and citrus. Nice light citrus and honey note. Pine was fairly prominent. Toffee was there too. Really nice. Hop forward but balanced.

M - Very mildly bitter making the balance nice. Good carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Body and flavour make it good. Light body works well, making it go down smooth. Flavour hops were strong and not much bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Samp01
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium long lasting beige head. Good lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma and Taste is of caramel malt, yeast, very fruity nose, citrus with some floral citrus hops. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finished with a sweet caramel malt, yeast and citrus fruity notes with some good citrus and floral hops bitterness for balance. Overall a good balanced and solid all around pale ale

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

Pours a nice slightly hazy copper color with some golden hues and some nice orange edges. There is a nice 1 inch off-white head that pops up and has some nice dense bubbles. Some sticky lacing can be seen clinging to the edges of the glass.

Grassy and herbal. Citrus notes a plenty intermingled with some nice fresh biscuity malt. Nice bready undertones and some earthy grain are also perceived. Some slight dank pine.

Taste-wise. Very impressive PA. Nice and refreshing citrus notes. Some tangerine and orange peel. Herbal and flowery with some nice pine resin in there as well. THis is well balanced by some bready and toasty malt notes. Very bready finish with some slight pale malt sweetness as well. Very delicious. This thing has been under my nose for a while now. Great crisp clean body with a nice bitter finish.

Really good PA. Great flavors and well balanced. Up there with the best of them as a true APA.

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Photo of AlexM
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Very malty on many ends on this one. On the flavor profile, I get a lot of twig and wood tones, but not wood as in barrel; wood as in trees. But not trees as in "trees", but as in trees. 420 nerds, you'll get that last part. Anyways. this seems to come up a bit short honestly. I'd hope for some more bite and vibrance coming from a beer out of Oregon that utilizes hops. That aside, it's an alright ale, I suppose. Wish they'd put some dates on the bottom of these cans.

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Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 443 ratings.
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