Review: Ashland Amber, Caldera Brewing Co.



Ashland Amber
Caldera Brewing Co. — Ashland, OR

Stats:
  • Style:  Amber Ale
  • Bitterness:  24 IBU
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Malts:   Premium 2-Row, Crystal
  • Hops:  Cascade, Galena
  • Sampled:  12 oz. can

Description:  "A crisp, well-balanced, refreshing amber.  
Simplicity is the key to this recipe." — Caldera Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   This is part of my series on canned craft beer.  When I drink canned beer, or even bottled beer, I always pour it into a glass.  I've never had any issues with metallic or off flavors from cans.  I expect we'll see more craft breweries using cans in the future...and that's a good thing.

The tasting:  Amber in color with a white head that dissipated slowly, leaving no lacing.  It wasn't clear in appearance, nor was it consistently hazy throughout.  It appeared to have fine particles floating in suspension.  Not bad—just different from what I've usually observed.  Aroma of caramel and toasted malts, and light yeast.  Not a lot of hops in aroma.  Flavor of mostly bread-like malts, with very light grassy hops.  Light to medium bodied, with a bit of sweet malt in the finish. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gave it to me.   Ashland Amber is a nice beer.  Although I didn't find it particularly memorable, I'd try it again.

Have you tried Ashland Amber or any other Caldera beers?


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