sblsimone85 (95) - USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fantastica birra, pale ale erbacea e leggermente fruttata, di un ottima beverinità, un amaro molto piacevole.
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shadey (1756) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can. Pours melon orange, with a nice pillowy head. Aroma is fresh and piney. Very clean, chewy malts and bitter piney hops. Delicious.
Stevesie (202) - - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can to dimpled mug at The Vault in Tulsa. Can listed abv as 5.5%. Absolutely love the nose with the fresh, clean aroma of the Cascade hops. Drew a few looks from around the room as I repeatedly put my nose in the glass. Nice balance, ridiculously easy to drink and just enough bitterness for a pale. Overall, a very good, sessionable pale though a little pricey.
whicheck (66) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice light copper color. Smells of spicy malts, more like a brown ale. Taste it very simpler. Brown ale spicy malt but with a dry Hop finish. Ok beer but taste more like a brown then an IPA.
Chad9976 (882) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet.
Appearance: Clear copper color, plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a fairly large, eggshell, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Pretty much just pine with a hint of tree bark or pinecone or other rustic aroma.
Taste: According to the description on the brewer’s website, Caldera Pale Ale is a fairly simple recipe of only three types of malt and uses only cascade hops for bitter. Despite the low-tech approach, the result is a palate that’s plenty flavorful though a bit direct. There’s a strong hoppy presence right away with dry, piney hops that slither across the tongue. Riding shotgun is a decent malty backbone which imparts a general sweetness but not much in the way of any particular flavors. Perhaps a touch of caramel or toffee, but that’s about it. As it finishes there’s a nice herbal flavor that envelopes the palate. Similar to iced tea sans lemon and sugar.
While nothing ground-breaking, this beer is at least interesting in the mouth until the last drop. I’m surprised to get this much bitterness (55 IBUs) out of a pale ale. The hops are on the drier side, though, so there’s a slightly cloying aftertaste. Still, it’s refreshing while in the mouth and would work well as a meal accompaniment or a summer refresher.
Drinkability: Though bitter for the style, Caldera Pale Ale is no challenge to drink. A medium body and a well-carbonated mouthfeel make it surprisingly easy to throw back. It’s got plenty of flavor for 5.5% ABV without anything overbearing making it ideal for novices and veteran drinkers.
hayduke (2926) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed in a joint tasting with my trading and tasting friend Strykzone. Thanks or facebook Chat even thought we are 1500 miles apart is was like being in the same room. The beer poured from a the can an apricot color with a very robust white head and and some excellent lacing rings. The nose is citrus and tropical fruit. Medium body and a smooth clean mouthfeel. The flavor is rich and perfectly balanced between the malts and hop flavor. Really good tasting brew.
Strykzone (3810) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Twelve ounce can from Hayduke. We enjoyed it together via facebook chat. This pours hazed and is light coppery. A big fluffy head leaves very cool looking lacing. The aroma is citrus, call it apricot, and caramel. That is the flavor too. This has to be a single hop and is probably Cascade. It is nicely done and is a classic beer. I approve.
OKplus (355) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Pours a clear apricot orange. 1 finger sticky-looking head. Spotted lacing
S - Bready caramel malt, honey, citrus hops, tea like cracker background. T - Honey caramel, spicy hops, green bark, slightly honey kissed floral, a slight earthiness/medicinal to the aftertaste. Very tasty. Honey malt aftertaste
M - Perfect. The carbonation yields a sublime texture for the style.
This is a good APA. However it does have some medicinal flavors that I’m not diggin.
Serving type: can
kramer (3873) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours a clear dark gold body with a one finger frothy white head that faded slowly and left some nice lace. The aroma is fairly standard APA stuff, lightly citrusy hops, but with a little too much caramel and sweet malt that dulls them a bit. The flavor is much the same way, there’s so much residual sweetness that the hops are drown out, leaving mostly bitterness and no hop flavor. A little heavier bodied than the average APA because of all the sweetness, leaving a stickiness after the finish fades. Can’t say that I’d purchase this one again.
Fatehunter (749) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A finger and half of head on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice grapefruit and lemon.
The taste has a lightness to it. Lemon bitterness with a decent malt backbone.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable APA.