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Hopportunity Knocks | Caldera Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by msubulldog25 on 02-13-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
263
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
21.79%
 
 
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14
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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden color, almost copper. The head was fluffy and white, left behind a strong lacing too. The smell of the beer was floral and citrusy. The taste of the beer has a sweet bitterness, plenty of citrusy grapefruit flavors and a touch of malt in the back end. The mouthfeel has a good bite to it, with a dry aftertaste. Overall it's a good IPA, I am glad I tried it for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has some hints of yellow hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with notes of grassy hops and hints of caramel malts. The malts become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of piney hops, but without the resin-like flavors that you might be normally accustomed to. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of carbonation and mostly mask the flavors of the underlying malts, which only have slight notes of caramel flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. It's not as hoppy and bitter compared to many of the IPAs that are currently available but isn't a bad selection if you like IPAs that have more of a balance from the malts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy inch of a head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Malt forward, with caramel and nuts backed up by piney hops

Taste: Caramel and nut flavors, up front, with a burgeoning piney character that takes over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malts return to add more sweetness to the profile while the hops turn a bit metallic

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a tad sticky

Overall: More malt forward than I like my IPAs, still a well-constructed beer for those who prefer a big malt IPA

Thanks, PretzelCity, for the (h)opportunity

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear copper with a great one finger sticky white head that nver really leaves,a frothy mass is there during the whole duration of the glass.Big caramel malt in the nose with subdued citric hops,a little hop oomph and it would be great.Citric and herbal hops play against a big caramel/biscuit malt base with neither getting the upper heand really.There is a little lightly roasted nuttiness in the malt profile as well.A beer thats oh so close to being stellar,just bump up the hop profile and there you go,as is its pretty good.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive amber in the tulip glass with very nice head and lacing. Modest aroma. Initial taste is promising. A touch of sweet malt but mostly it's the heavy hand of hops. Sharp and acidic on the palate. Some aromatics with a flowery touch, but mostly just bitter. Aftertaste goes on and on. Unrelieved bitterness with not much interest to go with it.

Not very drinkable. I am trying to find something good to say about this beer, since it's clean and well made. But for IPA lovers, it's definitely in the zone.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Purs a murky amber with a sizable head. Lacing is minimal once the head dissipates. Doesn't look bad.

Smell - Some citrus hops. Not overwhelming. There's a background smell that reminds me of homebrew. Like a musty smell.

Taste - Taste is initially hoppy, but not all that hoppy. Behind that is a nutty maltiness, maybe with a hint of spiciness. Finally, however, is an awful grassy bitterness that renders the beer just about undrinkable. It coats the mouth and doesn't go away.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. After the hops and malt it dries out quickly, leaving the bitterness just hanging. It emphasizes the awful flavor.

Overall - The first half of the flavor is decent, but the finish is very bad. My brother-in-law and I both drainpoured our glasses once I finished the review.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass, the beer has a deep red-copper color with a small, thin 1/2" head that dissipates quickly. The beer is heavily smelling of hops and floral, with a little bit of a smokey background. The hops flavor hits the middle of the tongue, and there is a very short lasting, bitter undertone to it. There is a bitter and at the same time sour aftertaste to the finish, and the bitter portion of that will linger from some time after the beer is gone. It's a heavy IPA that is full of flavor in mouth, but the lingering aftertaste makes this a "one and done" for me. I thoroughly enjoy this beer, but one bomber at a time.

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with a thin head that left a little bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: at first I get caramel aromas with a underlying floral hop notes which had a good malt presence. There was also some citrus and bready notes as well.

T: some nice piney hops pop out on the taste with caramel and citrus grapefruit accents that help out on the bitterness. It seems to have a decent malt backbone that helps out the balance.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation that still works out but had a slight sweet and bitter hop finish.

D: pretty good IPA that drank well and had a good amount of sweetness but lacked on the hop punch. It was still a tasty brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up yesterday at the COOP.. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.... pretty deep cloudy orange verging on amber.. nice enough 1 finger off white head has pretty good retention and lacing.

Nose is pithy grapefruit hops and some back ground floral hoppiness... the pale malts are pretty prevalent.. so is some toasty malts.

Pretty big up front.. bitter and bracing citrus hops move slowly but surely into pale malts that push the grapefruit back out into the middle... the toasted malts show toward the finish and combine with the biting hops... grassy floral elements show with warmth.

Body (and hops) verge on DIPA territory... carbonation is good but it doesn't scrape away the toasty malts that I find a bit distracting.

Good.. but not great....

3.5/3.5/3.5/4/3.5

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a good frothy white head, good lace, nice looking IPA.

S: Classic Centennial, northwest hop nose. Grapefruit, tangerine, assorted citrus, with a hint of pine and malt.

T: On the maltier side, this is definitely not San Diego. Strong pink grapefruit, cantaloupe rind, with the strong crystal malt flavour, bordering on amber ale.

M: Fairly light-bodied in this style, soft carbonation, moderate aftertaste.

D: A solid IPA, reminded me a lot of Ranger or Union Jack in the hop flavours. Not my favourite hop tastes, but a well made beer I'm happy to drink.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
1.71/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a hazy amber color with a nice white cap

S: Faded piney hops, caramel

T: Caramel and faded hops battle for dominance while the metallic and old Earthy notes fight for second place. Bad.

M: Medium to full body and not one I would recommend hiolding on your palate

O: Poor IPA, drainpoured after two sips

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and some citrus notes from the centennial hops as well. The aroma is good, but a little more subdued than I was expecting. 

T- The taste like the aroma is smooth and malty up front with the hops coming in and lingering well into the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed Hopportunity Knocks but I isn't a beer I would likely seek out again. Worth a try.

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Photo of avalon07
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of hops, malt, and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, caramel malt, a little bit of pine, and citrus (pineapple). The flavor here is a bit out of balance. It's thin up front, but then a far too high amount of hops in the finish. Very bitter without much to offset it.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Nothing particularly special with this beer. It has some good qualities, but doesn't entirely work.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty orange and auburn color scheme going on, head was very doughy with good retention. Aroma was hoppy to a degree, but wasn't anything to write home about. The appearance was like a 4.25 and the aroma 3.75, so it all evens out (edit: now it doesn't, but I fixed it!)

Intense bitterness when you drink this. Seemed to be chinook, cascade and centennial combo, maybe with some willamette's thrown in for good measure. At times the bitterness just overshadows anything going on. Really, I can't see this being worth delving into the bottle world, it doesn't add anything that I can't get in the can for an ipa. Would have to lean on grapefruit the most to describe the hop and bitterness feel (moreso) in this beer.

Comes off a little more like a PacNW ipa than west coast. A degree of wood, not super piney hops.

This was my first Caldera brew that was not in a can.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to hefman for knocking this seemingly easy beer off my wants list, where it has squatted, bare-assed, for a long time. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is orange, opaque in the middle, more translucent towards the edges. Plenty of carbonation. Nose is nice, floral, caramel, piney, solid.

Hopportunity Knocks is a simple creature. There’s a nice hop kick up front, a piney bitterness that’s quickly subsumed in a fountain or sweet caramel malt. Big breadiness swells on mid-palate & runs into the finish & sticks around like in-laws on Christmas. Thick, but oh-so-drinkable.

Better than the typical dreaded “balanced IPA” but still enough malt for a light porter. Good beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this label. Looks like a 10th grade art class project.

Appearance. Slightly hazy, copper orange. One finger of sticky, pale yellow-orange head.

Smell. Lemons, sweet grapefruit, floral hops, nice hint of caramel malt.

Taste. A little lightly roasted malt in the front then bitter pink grapefruit and pine with a finish like chewing on a yellow grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, medium smooth carbonation.

Drinkability. Pretty good drinker. A slight bit more malt than I like in an IPA, but the great finish almost makes up for it.

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Hopportunity Knocks from Caldera Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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