alexanderj (3498) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a really clear gold/amber color with a white head. Aroma of NW hops and a bit of bready caramel. A lot of fruit, citrus/spice, and earthiness in the nose. Flavor was not quite as good as the aroma, but quite tasty and hoppy. Very nice for the style.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Can - Pours clear golden with a small white head...aroma is hoppy and floral, caramel with light toffee...flavour is soapy hop bitterness, dry malt, pine...decent...
CheersMate (1335) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. can from Scrizzz. Slight haze on this yellowish/orange treat. Nice fluffy head that sticks around for some time, but eventually settles. Wow, this is a fiarly pungent brew. For an APA it is a little weak, but the aroma has a strong hop and malt balance. Sweet malt and citrus hop aroma. Hops are very pungent. This beer is pungent overall. Ok, the flavor is a little weak. There is upfront citurs hop flavor, but then this thing just develops into a sweet malt flavor. Actually a fairly sweet APA. Not a "bad" flavor by any means, just something I wasn’t expecting for sure. Again, just a rather weak flavor, but this beer has a STRONG balance between malts and hops. Decent brew, and very glad to have tried this unexpected brew.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My very first Caldera was a can of Ashland Amber, which I thought was pretty fantastic. This one, a nice sharp APA, fell a bit short of the high bar set by the amber.
Pours a glowing translucent golden orange with a thin but lasting white head. Smells very citrusy was a fresh resiny undertone. Flavor is sweet (overly so) then twists around to a bitter hop blast and dries out near the finish.
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to bhensonb in a superior trade!
Aside form the can with the groovy green pull tab, this is one that I liked more than I was expecting. It poured a hazy yellow with a slight orange cast. A light yellow head presented a hoppy nose hinting at its dry finish yet to come. Initial hops ran quickly to a citrisy orange flavor which then gave way to a slightly astringent black tea finish. Nicely balanced malt body makes this one a keeper.
Drinking lots of great big beers makes me forget what a treat a well made pale ale can be.
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Most definately the best beer I’ve had from a can. Clear light copper colour with decent head. Lots of Cascade citrus and slightly resinous hop aroma, very nice. Palate is mid-weight with some good hop flavour and bitterness, the malt rounds it out nicely. I really enjoyed this beer and I’m glad I’ve got a couple more cans to enjoy.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, Beer Ritz, Leeds. How nice to actually get a canned beer that has character and is worth drinking. A rare treat indeed. Poured a light amber colour with a fading rocky white head. Decent grassy hop aroma with a hint of fruit in there too. Very hoppy flavour with some balancing malt evident leading to a dry finish. Interesting and well worth a look.
cgarvieuk (20217) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can at home ... from bellingers garage ... amber ... big white head ... spicy salty hop nose ... sweet hop ... that odd malt im not ford off ... tart bitterness ... some pine ...tropical fruits ... not one id go back to.
Fin (9213) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can that I picked up from Bellingers, Jet Garage, Grove Nr Wantage, Oxon, consumed 15-10-09 Pours yellowy gold with some haze and a white head. The aroma is a bit sweet, in fact there is a boiled sweets flavour going on. Taste is also quite sweet, but there is a pleasant though quite tame bitterness. Little bit of Werthers Original, some light orange, nice stuff. A7 A3 F7 P4 Ov15 3.6
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a frothy white head. Grainy malt grist, mild pine hop aromas. Medium body. Lightly sweet pale malt flavors with a mildly bitter pine hop finish.