Monday, March 11, 2013

Caldera Pale Ale

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (827) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2013
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.
 Grade: 7/10

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