Hopportunity Knocks
Caldera Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,992
Ranked #44,808
3.61 | pDev: 13.02%
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: rotting garbage;

T: follows the nose, but there's a little pine and grapefruit in the background; a bit of tartness in the middle; finish is a harsh moderate bitterness that lasts a long time;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: can was 2 months old; not sure if this was a bad bottle, bad batch, or bad recipe, but this was undrinkable;

Oct 19, 2018
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can Date: printer misfire, but at least two months ago
Palate Contaminants: a steak

The look is a clear, dark amber. Pleanty of fine head that lingers, leaving lots of lacing.

Smell is wheat, barley, and lemongrass. Slightly sweet. Overall, not as intense as I usually get for the style.

Barley is way stronger in the taste, and it actually is pretty woody (i.e., lots of husk). Sweetness is less than on the nose. Hoppiness is certainly present and accounted for, but the resulting flavor is just bitterness. It doesn't clash with the barley.

Carbonation is fine and well integrated. The barley fades in the aftertaste, but the bitterness hangs around.

Feb 20, 2018
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Gavage from Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an amber color with a 1" head that recedes to a thick surface foam. Nice lace develops.

Smell: pine and bread coms through to the nose.

Taste: bready malt focus with some strong pine, greapefreuit, and a earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry late.

Overall: if you like piney and earthy IPAs this one is for you.

Sep 02, 2017
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance has the SRM of an amber ale or a bock, malt dominates the profile but there is some hopiness there. A little unbalanced towards the malt, not great, but pleasant

Jun 28, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can dated best by June:
Pours a burnt orange leaning towards brown. Nice creamy head seems to have a burnt orange shade to it, as well. Quite nice lacing.

A roasted malt, grass and pine nose. Reminds me a tad of a spring pine forest during rain, with wet pine needles from last year. Little bit of cardboard, maybe a hint of age for an IPA.

Flavor isn't a surprise, a little more hop forward than I got from the nose. Definitely piney with a little toast underneath. A little flat feel, but no real sign of bad staleness. That said I could see this having a little more pop fresher. The pine bitterness is strong, but has soft edges, melding with the malt to produce a slight bit of a tea-like impression, medium in body.

A decent NW IPA, with a nice powerful bitterness, but a slightly dark malt base that comes through. The melding isn't bad, but a little less crisp than I like for my IPAs.

Apr 26, 2017
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a small head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention fading to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready smell mixed with some aromas of grapefruit and grassy hops. Along with these aromas comes some sweeter caramel and a little bit of melon smell.

Taste – The taste begins very bready with a rather strong showing of a caramel sweetness as well as a decent grapefruit hop. As the taste advances some sweeter fruit tastes of a tropical fruit nature (tangerine, mango, and papaya) take the place of the caramel sweetness with even more hop of a grapefruit nature coming to the tongue and being joined by a little bit of grass and herb. At the end some tastes of pine and earth join the hop profile and leave one with a rather malty, but hop balanced taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side with a carbonation level that is average as well. For the nice mix of hop and malty flavors the feel is quite nice and creates a rather pleasant feel that accentuates the qualities of the brew well.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA overall. Nothing that will blow your mind, but overall very tasty and balanced even in light of its more malty body.

Sep 25, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bringing the auburn and amber colors together, creating a thick head that excels in the retention department from a height of 1/2". Aroma was hoppy, not really punchy for style though. If hopportunity knocks, its aroma knocks deftly without a grand announcement or loud doorbell.

Bitterness is sky high. All them C hops. And that's the summation of the beer's taste really. Super c hop ibu skyward. Just didn't really see a reason to have this one, they make good hoppy beers in 6 pack cans, why should I be into this bomber only beer? At more than twice the price per oz much less?

Hopportunity knocks, but just tell them no soliciting.

May 30, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautiful clear, copper color with one inch head. Taste starts off with big pine, grapefruit rind and then goes to deep caramel. Decent mix of bitter and sweet. Not my favorite IPA, but this one is solid and worth a try.

Apr 09, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can (canning date of June 2015) served in a lager glass.

A: moderate off-white head over a hazy copper body. Some sticky lacing.

Surprisingly malty aroma but then this can is a bit older than optimal for style.

More hops are evident upon tasting.

Mild-medium bitterness.

Feel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Feb 28, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Caldera Brewing Co. "Hopportunity Knocks IPA"
12 oz. can, "CANNED ON:07/24/15"... uh-oh, 6 mos. old !!!

Unfortunately there's a little bit of oxidation in this old can and I'll have to try to find a fresher sample to update this review. It's not bad though, it doesn't come off as cardboard-like or papery, but rather just shows an accentuated (I'm assuming) caramel character in the malt. Or perhaps not, Caldera tends to produce a fairly rich maltiness as one of the signatures to all of their beers.

Beyond that however, I can't be sure how the hops should be. It's fruity/citrusy, piney, earthy, and grassy but I have no idea what kind of intensity it would normally have. It IS nicely balanced against the kind of rich malt, however, which as noted is a Caldera trait, and if I hadn't looked at the canned on date I might not have thought anything was awry. So, with that said, the richly caramelish malt is just sweet enough against the drying bitterness that you carry a drop of sweetness into the finish; and the hops are well threaded through it, delivering an overall character straight through, but also displaying some individual components along the way. In that sense I find it really well-balanced. It's malty, caramelish, piney/spicy/floral/earthy/citrusy/grassy, and then bitter with all of those things together in the finish but fading. Uhhhhhhh, yeah, I'd call that satisfying! I'd really like another. Great IPA. Worth trying to be sure.

Jan 29, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in Buffalo during GABER 2015. Cheers!

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, beige-white head with very good retention. Clear rust orange in color with no carbonation evident. Darker for the style. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves chunky lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end with lots of nice lacing. Good looking and rather dark for the style.

SMELL: Caramel, grapefruit notes and grassy hops. Light honeydew melon as well. Nice, though not overly complex.

TASTE: Caramel and melon sweetness up front, with grapefruit flavors at the swallow. Bolder finish with more grapefruit, lemon citrus, caramel, honeydew melon and some hop bitterness. Flavorful and well balanced with all the usual character of the style.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff, and definitely a better example of the style than the Ninkasi I had right before it. This one has some nice character and isn't bitter for the sake of being bitter. Not overly complex, but all the usual character is in the right place. Worth a try if you like the style.

Dec 20, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

1.82/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Caldera’s Hopportunity Knocks has a think, off-white head, some sheet lacing, and an opaque orange appearance, with tight bubble streams. The aroma is of old, turned, over-ripe fruit or rancid spinach, with some underlying stale caramel candy. Taste is of sugary, faintly moldy bread, and low-level bitterness (100+ IBU...really?). Mouthfeel is watery and Hopportunity Knocks finishes wet and unpleasant. Avoid.


Nov 07, 2015
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jancona from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a beautiful looking beer - transparent copper with lots of fluffy, off-white foam. The smell is malt forward. The taste is the classic west coast balance of mid range malts and floral hops with a touch of citrus sparkle. Not a game changer, but certainly tasty and one I would not turn down.

Oct 09, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a filtered golden-amber color with a big, fluffy white head, which won't collapse at all.

Smells of slightly skunky, overripe fruits, which got a dank aspect to them. Malts are defined by a cracker quality, revealing a toffee peak, which acts as a sweet antagonist to prickly, sour lemon. Very balanced nose, with just the right amount of lemon to control the profound fruits.

Has a soft carbonation, resulting in a pleasant mouthfeel with a mineralic quality, bringing bitter hops to the palate, accompanied by smoothing malts.

Begins with white bread malts, which invite grassy hops to the palate, together with caramel sweet malts. The hops turn out to be utmost lemony with a blood orange whiff to them, producing a merciless bitter- and dryness. Its hoppiness gets throughout accompanied by a profound maltiness, which's white bread profile gets a nice boost from the mineralic carbonation, peaking with sticky caramel to withhold the beers bitterness. Finishes with lime juice, which gets coated up by smooth caramel during the very end, featuring again the beers convincing balance.

Intense ipa, exhibiting a profound maltiness, which turns out to have more depth than the solely lime defined hops. On the other hand I think it is fair to say, that to a certain point, the focussed hops can convince, although they definitely get enriched by the more than just balancing malts.

Sep 24, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with light beige head. Aroma is very balanced between the classic old school hops and some biscuity malts. Taste follows with the same notes, balanced and a bit malty at first and quite bitter in the aftertaste. The hops are the resiny, earthy type. A well done, classic style IPA.

Sep 20, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange pour with a dirty head and nice lacing. Smells malty and piney, and the taste follows through, with a nice makty sweetness mixed with a resinous bitterness. Medium body and a bittersweet finish. I found this quite enjoyable.

Sep 13, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the godfather of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty, dark beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of lacing. Smell is of malts, citrus. Taste is well balanced piney hops and malts, not much of the citrus detected in the aroma, easy drinking. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Aug 25, 2015
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JackieKu from Taiwan

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml can. In an English pint.

A: Amber. Clear. Decent amount and retention of head, nice lacing.
S: Elegant citrus and malts.
T: Intense and fresh hops: citrus, slightly grassy and earthy. Medium malty, which balances the hops quite well.
M: light bodied. Medium- carbonation.
O: perfectly matches the type of IPA I'd like, people are not hoppyhead should avoid this one, though.

Aug 06, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from HomeBrewStuff. NW IPA through and through, big resinous piney hops in both aroma and taste. Beautiful pour with thick fluffy head and lots of clumpy lacing. Bitter, soapy finish.

Aug 01, 2015
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good IPA. as a few of the reviews have mentioned below it has a slight sweet caramel thing going on for it. this quality really works as it makes for a highly drinkable IPA. those who want their IPA's really bitter might not like it, but for everyone else I would give it a try. it's a great summer beer

Jul 31, 2015
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can,an ok IPA but the balance was off for me .To much malt and a caramel strong taste in the background. The hops did not stand out at all.

Jul 12, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A deep, dark cinnamon amber color. The color of rust. The head is cream colored and recedes to a foamy thick film with really good lacing.

Aroma: Sweet chewy caramel and spicy cedar wood.

Taste: Really malty and sweet with caramel up front. Get's more woody in the middle with a spicy, earthy hop kick in the finish. Mostly caramel and wood overall, a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy.

Overall: I enjoyed this immensely ... I guess I like malty IPAs. The caramel sweetness offered a lot that I like.

Jun 09, 2015
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FFreak from Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse poured into willy glass, price and age unknown. A fairly hazy deep copper orange color with a two finger off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving beautiful thick lacing up and down the glass. Aroma is of tangerine, bread and yeast, followed by just a touch of pine. Taste is almost like what I imagine blood orange marmalade would taste like, sweet and citrusy at first followed by a little pine and then biting and lasting bitterness. Mouth feel is fairly thick and sticky, but not to the point of detriment. Adequate carbonanation makes it easy enough to finish the bomber. Overall, a pretty tasty full-bodied citrusy IPA.

May 22, 2015
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Billolick from New York

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can....dated on the bottom (canning date/best before?)

Darker and near clear amber, nice fine film and low sheeting.

Soft hop nose.

More then ample and very smooth malt undercoating. Drying , citric and pine hop notes.

Enjoyable and well crafted brew. Pretty solid stuff, I would def. go for a few of these and would pick it up again.

Feb 28, 2015
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured to tulip

Pours a hazy amber. Big 3 finger creamy light tan head with very good retention

Aroma is mild straw with a little floral thing going on, and some nice bready notes underneath

Flavor is big big big hop forward, aggressively bitter with pine, orange peel and a sweeter orange blossom note, and some of that grassy straw from the aroma... usually not my fave flavor in a beer, but it works in this context. Healthy malt backbone that explains the amazing head, and balances out that hop extravaganza

Mouthfeel is big and bold... seems more significant than 6.8%. A nice heaviness that makes this one a good cold weather IPA

If you like the west coast IPA's, this is one to get friendly with... clean aggressive bitterness and a ton of hop flavor. Lots of malt to balance it out. I was a fan of these guys when I lived in Southern Oregon, glad to see their success is to the point they are distributed in Arizona now.

Jan 01, 2015
Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 280 ratings