Caldera Pale Ale | Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera Pale AleCaldera Pale Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Reidrover on 08-22-2005

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Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 215
Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent with some bisquity notes and a mild citrus hop aroma. There is a creamy/bready character to it. The taste is good as well. It has a good hop bite up front along with a balance of pale and bisquit malts. It's quite a hoppy APA. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking pale ale. It's crisp and bitter and very enjoyable.

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce can picked up at Abe's as part of my mixed sixer. Cracked open and poured into my Tröegs shaker glass. The pale ale appears a clear pale golden yellow color with about a finger of off white foam. The head leaves a thin lace on the glass with each sip. The nose and flavors consist of toasted bread, crackers and biscuits, pine, lemon, sweet malt. Decent body for the style with adequate carbonation. Pretty tasty overall.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Gold-light bronze. Big eggshell head. Brilliantly clear.

S-Piney, citrusy hops. Crackers. Slight soapiness after a while.

T-citrus rinds, some pine. Firm bitterness. Bitterness hides much of the malt but some crackery malt comes through.

M-medium light bodied. Medium carbonation. No alcohol burn. really nice.

D-Really nice beer. A bit on the bitter side to drink all night but a really tasty beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz CAN into a regular kitchen glass during a snowstorm.

A- Bright white golden in color with much clarity. A whirlpool of bubbles erupt a nice bright off white head that just seemed to keep building. This beer is alive. No lacing though, ah well.

S- A west coast forward PA with the hops winning the race. I'm smelling at least one of the 3-c's backed by a bready mix of yeast and malts. Biskits in the morn. There is some grassy notes towards the end though, but this is a pale after all so it's in line.

T- Caldera Pale Ale is a winner, A great balance between hops and malt with a little edge on the former. Just a little touch of a tropical fruit mix leading to a bready finish that's clean as a whistle. Not bitter at all but you can kind of feel the hops for about 1/2 a second.

M- Easy on the mouth, this one is easy in all aspects of the word. A great balance that results in a feel that's not hoppy and not malt forward but somehow manages to meld greatly. Two notches above light with a small bite from the carb.

D- As long as I can find this fairly fresh(no canning date), I will be drinking it. A easy going pale ale that has great flavor and a easy body for multiple rounds.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear bright gold color. I can't really smell much - some weedy skunky hops as it warms up, but not intense - this is an APA - relax. Now I'm picking up baked bread aroma from the malt. Nice - layers.

Nice pleasant hop flavor on the medium bodied, lightly toasty malt spine. The hop flavor's character reminds me of some Lagunitas beers with their blend of herbal, grassy, and tropical fruit flavors. This is moderately hoppy, appropriate for a pale ale.

I guess this could be a recovering hop-head's session beer. It's really pleasant with real west coast hop character but without the intensity of an IPA or beyond.

Good mouth feel - goes across the tongue fairly softly and has a nice drinkability.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At one point, I wondered if I could ever find 100 CANs, then 150, but now that the CANQuest has breached the 200 mark, I realize that the sky is the limit. People are sending me unsolicited BeerMails for trades for new CANs. Keep 'em coming, folks!

After a seemingly steady diet there for a while of AmeriCAN macro lagers, it is nice to see and smell something decent glug-glug-glugging its way out of the CAN and into my glass.

I caught two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention that was already beginning to leave a nice lace in its wake, following my pour. Color was a slightly-hazy honey-yellow. Remember, kids, clarity is overrated! Nose was grapefruit-citrusy. Pale Ale, bah! In many of our Central-Southern states, this would have been their IPA. I began to weep at the thought of previous recent CANs like Lone Star and Stack - rubbish in a CAN! Recovering, I took a sip and got a mouthful of full-on Cascade hops! Zounds! Yoi and double yoi! If this was simply their Pale Ale, it struck me as to why I loved their IPA in a CAN so much. I may have found a new favorite brewery for CANs... I allowed myself to luxuriate a little more fully in the second sip. It was very citrusy on the palate and even a little grainy, as though the liquid were saturated by hops. No matter, because on the swallow, it was so dry that I could not help but reach for another sip. More, please, sir.

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Photo of therica
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= basic blonde, mild white head, decent lacing.

S= honey and floral hops notes. More evident as the beer warmed for a few minutes.

T= immediately astringent and dry, somewhat watery, some florals, pine, bitters.

M= astringent, some bitterness, florals.

D= fine if you like it, depends on the price versus better APA offerings.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale straw yello color with frothy white head, quickly dicipating but decent lacing. Smell is dominated by piney, earthy hops with a presence of citrus and floral. Pale straw like malts. Taste is a mirror of these scents, not much complexity, but good. Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. Definitely a refreshing, milder alternative to many pale ales currently out there.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can picked up at Brewforia on the way home tonight... paid $1.89... poured into my Delirium goblet.

1" white head drops leaving descent lacing... the brew is pretty clear golden...

Nose is lite pine and a bit more citrus hops... pale malts... ehhh.. okay.

Flavor mirrors the nose with some biscuity maltiness.. body and carbonation are both where they should be.

Overall.. this is descent pale ale.. but I doubt I'll pick it up again unless I was going camping or hot springing..


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Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: An amazingly clear, golden pour from can into glass with a fluffy white head that sits on top.

S: Just as a pale ale should be: a refreshing citrus aroma with a mild pine to let you know that it still means business.

T: Again, a perfect example of a pale ale. A nice clean, refreshing citrus flavor followed by a nice bitter bite on the finish.

M: The beer is light and moderately carbonated, but still has a fairly substantial feel on the tongue.

D: This must be what Bud is talking about. These guys sure know how to make a great session pale and IPA. I'm glad to see these beers become more easy to come by in CA.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden orange with a huge off-white head. Three finger head slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves scattered lacing all over the glass.

S - Big citrus fruit aroma, primarily grapefruit with hints of lemon zest. Light sweet backing, a bit of biscuitiness coming through.

T - Very bitter hoppiness up front with lots of grapefruit coming through. Hints of pine as well. Just the faintest sweetness backing up the hoppiness but this is a very hop forward pale ale.

M/D - Medium bodied with a touch of chewiness. Spritzy carbonation. Easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a bright golden amber, nearly perfectly clear with a two-finger white head great retention and good lacing

s - orange and tangerine hoppiness mixed with a prominent biscuity maltiness, no alcohol evident at all

t - moderate citrusy punch with a good deal of orange and lemon, like the nose, lots of biscuity malt lend a nice backbone, finish is fairly bitter with more biscuit, no alcohol to speak of

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - quite drinkable, definitely a sessionable beer, pretty easy on the palate, but there are enough layers of flavor to keep you interested

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Photo of cjever19
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great pale ale. Really sticks out among this blahh category.

Very well balanced and refreshing. Nice hop aroma and taste but finish is well balanced. Hops and malt are just the right combo. Just what a pale ale is supposed to be. Very surprised by this brewery I'd never heard of.

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Photo of Rmassimiano
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance :
The beer pours an extremely clear yellow leaning on the golden/orange side. The head that appeared looked like clouds forming, the color of the foam was pure white it looked like a nice layer of clouds hovering on top of the liquid.

There is not a whole lot of aroma but can smell a slight hint of citrusy hops.

It has that dry astringent taste that some wines or teas leave behind.

This is something I really enjoy with pale ales or IPAs. Really bitter for a regular Pale Ale which is surprisingly a good thing. As I keep drinking it tastes more and more malty but definitely has the hops bitterness right up front above all else.

Overall Impression:
I nice hoppy bitter Pale Ale. I usually say why drink a regular pale if you can go for the India, but this I would drink again if given the option between other pale ales.

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Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can pours a clear gold with a sticky white head that laces the glass. Vibrant, leafy hop aromas are not overpowering but fresh and inviting, and are exceptionally well balanced on the palate by equally bold, complex malts. This is a very nice beer, one that I intend to buy again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: very slightly cloudy golden-straw hue with one finger of nicely foamy head, leaving a good lacing.

Smell: prominent aroma is of nice earthy hops. Pretty nice.

Taste: quite hoppy. Malt is toasty and slightly sweet; hops are mostly earthy, with a little spice and a little floral character. This beer is unbalanced toward the hop side of the scale, but not overly so. All in all a pretty good pale.

Mouthfeel: pretty solid medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation. I like it.

Drinkability: this beer is not overdone; it is a solidly sessionable pale.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Pours a bright yellow with nice head, very little lacing. Smells slightly hoppy, mostly wet greens.

Taste is a tiny little bit of honey and a fair amount of hops, some floral. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Pretty drinkable. Not as good as their IPA, I don't think.

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

Appearance - This is a light and bright orange in color with a modest head that showed great retention.

Smell - This is an even combination of nice grain and fruit-juicy hops. The citrus hops are very intense and at first appear to be overtaking the nose but then the grain proves to be a bit more stubborn. Together they form a fair balance and a beautiful APA bouquet.

Taste - The hops are more forward at the taste but the grain holds its own. It's easy to wax on about the hops because they are big and exceptional, but I'm going to talk about the grain here a bit. They are light for sure but show a sharpness not often found in the style. This IMO allows the hops to stand out without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than a light lager but not medium-bodied. There's a bitterness here that is somewhat mild but forceful in that it finds its way throughout the mouth from beginning to end.

Drinkability - I was very impressed with this Caldera can. The style usually is not one to stand out but this effort is an exception.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled from the 12oz can into a half pint.

A - A moderately clear pale golden w/ a 2 1/2 finger cap that is cream colored. The head is rocky w/ a fine bead, light haze (hops) w/ light lace that collects like dripping paint streaks

S - More pine scents from hops than anything but full of aroma all the same w/ mild malt accent and hint of floral aroma

M - The feel is medium w/ crisp effect of sufficiently bitterness, medium carbonation w/ mellow toasted notes and a semi-dry finish w/ mild alcohol in the feel

T - The crispness of the flavor in the malt is noted and followed immediately by a pine + citrus hop taste. The bitterness is prominent and subsides gradually into a light toasted note like baked biscuits which is well blended under layers of bitter tasting spicy pepper and pine. The flavor has a mild citrus pinch in the finish w/ more rind taste than flesh of fruit. The bread crumb-like malt taste is trailing w/ dry leafiness and mild alcohol as it finishes

D - A bitter pale mainly to put it lightly, more like a light IPA. A tasty ale no matter which side of the fence it's on, though. I would probably try this again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger of compact fizzy white head... Moderate retention gives way to a full rich lacing which is slightly thicker in the center and slightly lighter around the edges... Loads of moderate paced small carbonation bubbles rise throughout... Light golden color with a slight orange hue... A very modest haze throughout...

S - Distinctive citrus hops aroma is unavoidable... Also present are faint hints of caramel, saw dust, honey, lemon zest, and sea side fresh air... A wonderful, but slightly subdued aroma...

T - A metallic tinge to start... This gives way to a fairly assertive piney hoppiness... A quick malt burst of bread and caramel followed by the return of the metallic hoppiness... There was also the slightest hints of rye and wood detected...

M - Sturdy... Clean and crisp... Goes down very easy... A modest chalky texture...

D - Quite sessionable... Another solid offering from Caldera, a very underrated brewery all the way around... I will gladly keep exploring there brews and will quickly jump at the chance to revisit this terrific brew...

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for a can of this.

A-Bright golden hued copper with a thin off-white head that left spotty lace.

S-Honey sweet malt with a kick of floral, grassy and lightly citrus hops. Nice base of backing biscuit in the background.

T-Aggressive hop bite in the forefront with a sharp floral bite that transforms into biting citrus rind. Honey bread malts balance out the hops.

M-Medium-light sharp and crisp with a nice lingering spicy hop bite.

D-Damn solid, not quite Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale but a nice alternative. A nicely hopped, honey sweet session pale. Another quality brew from a can--let the revolution live on!

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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 NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caldera- Pale Ale

Picked up at Grape & Gourmet (VB)

A- Light golden orange with a small fluffy white head.
S- Light citrus and pine hops. Slight buttery maltiness.
T- Buttery biscuity malt with a nice lemon/ grapefruit citrus and pine hop body.
M- Buttery sweet and malty with a nice sweet and bitter hop bite.

Overall- Nice malt/ hop balance. Very good sessionable can!

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