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Saturday, May 21st 2010

Caldera Pale Ale
(Caldera Brewing Company)

Another great looking can from Caldera. Is anyone else on board when I say that cans offer a lot more graphic appeal than bottles (labeled bottles I mean, screen printed bottles are a different story)? 

From the Caldera site:

"A West-Coast style pale ale balancing plenty of hops with a malty backbone. "


Here we go...


Pour - dark golden, not a light-colored pale by any means. Orange with splashes of yellow and a frothy half inch of bubbly white goodness on top.


Aroma - citrus-y and cascade-y. Plenty of fresh floral hop aroma combined with a solid amount of sweetness. It has a light piney smell along with that of cake frosting (perhaps?). Hmm...works for me.


Taste - damn good. I'd leave it at that but I suppose a person wants to know a little more. A big sip delivers a bitter hoppy bite that is subdued calmly and respectably by a dose of malty medicine. Things are balanced and smooth with just a hint of sharpness in the finish. Love those cascade hops and the fact that this is a close 50/50 when it comes to the malt to hops flavor ratio. Great pale ale from the folks in Shakespeare land.


Overall - I really enjoyed this pale ale. This is a very drinkable brew and I mean that in every way possible. Its simple yet flavorful, hoppy but also balanced. Its simply a very good beer. 


Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I wish I could get some more of these, actually I wish I could get more of all the Caldera cans as I really enjoyed each of them very much. Cheers!


Note - Caldera currently cans three of their beers. Along with this pale ale you'll find their Caldera IPA and Ashland Amber Ale also rockin' aluminum outfits.


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Caldera Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Caldera Brewing Company
Ashland, Oregon  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Premium two-row, Light Munich and Crystal
Hops: Cascade
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 55
Date: May 22nd, 2010

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Labels: Pale Ales