Caldera Pale Ale | Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera Pale AleCaldera Pale Ale
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 445 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Reidrover on 08-22-2005

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 215
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.

 471 characters

Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Poured into a snifter. Got this from a great BA, thanks Scotchboy!

A: Pours a nice gold-orange color, with a thin layer of head.

S: Gives a nice caramel-malt hint, as well as a faint smell of floral hops (I think).

T: Has a nice malt flavor, with a little bitter hop pinch. Very good!

MF: Very nice carbonation, a little on the dry side but not excessive.

O: Very nice pale ale. It almost feels like an ipa, but easily one I would enjoy again and again. Thanks to Daniel for hooking me up with this one!

 508 characters

Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Chou
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ktuc
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BeerdedEric
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Andrewseher
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Pints Urban Taproom at 412 NW 5th Ave in Portland, OR.

A: Yellow. A golden ray of sunshine in a glass with a frothy white head and beautiful lacing.

S: Subtle and citrusy. Mostly lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Delightfully citrusy and well-balanced. A great summer beer.

M: Light-bodied and dry finishing, it goes down easy.

O: One of my favorites, the Caldera Pale Ale is the perfect beer for a sunny day.

 432 characters

Photo of tony223366
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer is definitely a looker. I've got two fingers of white dense head with atleast two fingers of rocky head floating above the glass. The color is a straw/orange mix. Clarity is pretty good but not perfect. All in all it's a really attractive pale ale.

S: It smells awesome too. Huge citrus from the hops as well as some sweet, rich caramels are both abundant. Some pine as well as something a little grassy too.

T: Flavors fall well with the nose. Citrus plays a little back on this beer. But it's definitely there. Past that I get sweet caramel malts as well as some graininess on the finish. It's a decent flavor but the finish falls a bit flat. I just want there to be more there. In that same respect though the finish is very clean, leaving you with not much lasting flavor.

M: I think this beer just needs a little more carbonation to make the finish not seem so flat. Medium body.

O: Certainly a decent pale, but it's a little assuming. It starts great but the finish isn't great.

 1,004 characters

Photo of jawneyt
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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...


 773 characters

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

12oz. Dark straw pour, good carbonation throughout. Layer if white, half a finger maybe.

Aroma, herbal, citrus, pine. Some grainy malt.

Taste, Citrus, herbal piney hops up front. Toasted nut, herbal finish. Very nice.

On the lighter side, drinks very easy. Good level of carbonation. American Pales have gotten so much more interesting now that they aren't hop bombs.

 370 characters

Photo of SPE1443
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of creez
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden color with a beatiful eggshell colored covering. Very thick retention which leaves many rings throughout the tasting. Alot of bubbling action going on here.

Subtle aroma's in all aspects. Soft pine notes with slight citrus at first. A big following of dough and biscuit come in for the finish.

Whatever was lacking in the nose makes up for with the taste. Nice grainy taste invades the mouth a that nice heavy doughiness. A big hop punch delivers some heavier pine notes that linger for quite some time.

Medium bodied,excellent carbonation. Nice thickness not too watery in the mouth.

All and all well done here. Now this is a style that most people really dismiss anymore. If people want to know a solid Pale ale I will point to this one.

 764 characters

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

Another excellent beer from Caldara. Pours a golden amber with the slightest haze and a nice two finger lightly colored head. You can really smell the signature cascade aroma - citrusy with a touch of pine. It has a nice citrus hop flavors supported by a good malt backbone. There is a slight bitterness in the finish, though it doesn't linger too long. Very nice and incredibly drinkable.

 389 characters

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: gold yellow/light orange bubbly/shiny body,
finger white fluffy head, fantastic lacing

S: grapefruit, pine, lemon peel

T: grapefruit, lemon, earthy malt,
piny oily/sticky bitter finish

M: med/light, light oily/sticky mouth

O: Yummy, easy going APA.
Great session brew, highly
recommend, will buy
again. Thrilled to see another
extremely tasty, lighter American
craft brew. Going to become
a regular in my frig!


 447 characters

Caldera Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.4% out of 100 with 445 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.