Caldera Pale Ale | Caldera Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
442 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:
442
Reviews:
214
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 442 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of killcore
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden color with white head. Classic hop profile on the nose with some cracker notes as well. Taste is very well balanced. You can taste the malts at first and the finish is hoppy and bitter. Body is medium and smooth. A good and easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yields an amber-copper color, with a froth, stable, white head.

Smells of very distinct, cakey malts, mingled up with ripe oranges and a note of white lime zest. Unusual sweet on the nose, with almost more malts than hops, topped of by a whiff of melted caramel.

Has a higher, lively carbonation, which adds a refreshing metallic note during the ending, enhancing the beers refreshing appearance. Despite that, the beer drinks still very smooth and pleasant.

Tastes of freshed squeezed lime, blending into dough bread and sweet, ripe orange. Orange turns more prominent during drinking, enhanced by toffee and more bready malts, tied together by honey, until a hoppy bitterness kicks in, adding a lime defined dryness to the palate. This dry aspect grows stronger during the finish, replacing a good part of the bitterness, while bready malts remain visible on the palate.

Nice and refreshing, while a tad too malty to let the hops stand out from the overall taste.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look is caramel colored, taste is unique, but finishes dry. Tasting some pilsner type hops maybe saaz German styles. which seems odd. Some stone fruit not much though.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of JCMattson
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bakkerman1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

What a lovely looking pour in the glass. Perfect hazy light orange body topped by a 2 finger creamy head with great retention. Moderate lacing, thick and chunky though. My mouth is already watering.

Getting nothing but tropical fruits in the nose. Also a bit of vanilla cream I swear. Between the appearance and the aroma I get the impression of an orange cream soda. Which I love by the way.

Taste is just so sublime. Lots of tropical fruit with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Definitely tastes like a Pale Ale, not a light IPA as many American Pale Ale's tend to taste. Mouthfeel is so perfect; very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Scary drinkability.

So yea I am loving this. Best beer yet from these guys; I actually enjoyed it far more than their IPA. It could just be this particular hop profile really pleases my palette but either way this is a standout American Pale.

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Photo of mcthfg
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 oz can purchased at Wildberries in Arcata. Pours a honey gold color, quickly receding head and excellent lacing. Butterscotch on the nose, sweet, yet mild hop aromas. Pleasant, but not overpowering. I enjoy the malt profile of this beer, it's balanced and smooth, with slightly sweet hoppy backtones. Nice carbonation, drinks easily and would make a formidable session choice. A classic in Southerm Oregon, a great beer to kick back by the campfire with.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zknight
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisledTitan
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of benloho
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minimal aroma characteristics compared to the competition.

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

Photo of loubar
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Barry Slatt


12 oz. can from Best Damn Beer Shop. Medium sized creamy white head on a golden body. Nose of yeast with subtle fruity hops. Initial taste of bready malt followed by a moderate piney bitterness with light citrus tones. Aftertaste is dry and somewhat bitter in the style of a good IPA. Tasty, well balanced, clean and refreshing!

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Photo of dertyd
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewAskew
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a frothy white head and hazy orange color. Aroma is citrusy hops and bread and biscuits. Flavor is balanced and easy drinking with a nice blend of pale and light crystal and carapils malts and subdued resiny hops. Nice bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is big and feels great going down. Overall an easy drinking session brew with balance and character.

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Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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