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
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