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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

985 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 62
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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BrownNut

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-18-2013 01:47:58 | More by BrownNut
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

Great to see this Oregon brewery now in my area.Poured a deep hazed burnt orange with a tight formed slight off white crown that held well,big citric aromas with a bit of pine resin,a biscuit dough aroma lends a little maltiness to the mix.Deep grapefruit rind flavors really stand out,this is a true American ipa with its hop forward profile,a lightly sweet biscuit dough malt base stands up well to the big hop presence.A solid beer,to me what an American ipa should be.

06-08-2011 13:47:10 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance - This is a shiny bronze in color with a modest head that showed good retention and left some nice lattice work on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The hops are deep, rich, and complex here and quickly surpass the good malty base of this ale. There's a beautiful orange citrus here that isn't too sweet but more like the aroma of a fine orange liqueur. The stiff pine gives a contrasting compliment to the citrus and a bit of lemongrass to complete the puzzle.

Taste - The big malt base, almost like a DIPA, comes on much stronger at the taste and is amazingly able to hold its own against these huge, complex hops. The pine from the nose steps back a bit on the tongue but otherwise this ale tastes like it smells.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with some large bitterness that is tempered by the light toffee sweetness of the malts. The carbonation is rightly light and overall this IPA has a terrific mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This is a big, complex IPA that seems like a double until you notice that the ABV is just slightly over 6%.

09-28-2009 01:58:16 | More by RoyalT
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-17-2013 03:57:37 | More by tbryan5
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

12-09-2011 05:21:49 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Hooray! for canned craft beer. We really love this format and how quickly it is spreading throughout the US. Options are great, especially when you are in no glass zones such as poolside, on a boat, on the beach--and also simply for the fact that the can is a great space saver.

Stodgy off-white head, the sticky mass shows its great retention as it stays strong all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Clear copper-penny hue; a few bubbles race to the top. Citric, pine and black tea hop aroma. Hint of melon, estery alcohol and sweet toasted malt in the background. Lots of smoothness to go around--extremely smooth. Slightly chewy medium body shows the malt is not just going to sit back while getting pummeled by the hops. Mild cookie-like sweetness from the malt has a faint toasted graininess to it. Hops come in with a controlled but precise bitterness, strong but still leaving some balance. Big minty hop flavor very slowly dissipates with citric rind, evergreen, black tea leaves and a sweet Mandarin orange flavor. Finishes a little bittersweet with a rock-solid hop flavor and sweet biscuity maltiness.

This is a great example if you are looking to try a Pacific Northwest (PNW) India Pale Ale. Hops all around, both in bitterness and flavor, with enough malt to keep everything in balance. Nothing over the top. It's simply a great IPA--and it's in a can.

07-07-2010 00:26:22 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-15-2013 18:19:37 | More by Kjanisch7
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BeerDreadz

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.2%

05-27-2013 00:04:39 | More by BeerDreadz
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NWer

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

From a can an aggressive pour into a chalice. Looks nice. Dark golden clear color with a decent head. Lace layers nicely on the side of the glass.
Aroma is very pleasing building anticipation and expectations.
The taste isn't quite there however. The citrus is there - to a fault. A little too bitter with an unpleasing aftertaste.
It's good, just not quite ready for the big time. With all the great beers Oregon has to offer the competition is too tough to rate this beer among the best.
If they smooth out the edges with a little balance this can be a great beer.

05-28-2011 01:06:32 | More by NWer
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andyfrancis

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

In the darker part of the IPA range, copper with a root beer float head.

Nicely balanced floral hops and crystal malt on the nose.

Taste follows the nose, nicely balanced IPA. NIce flowery pine hop flavor without being overly bitter. Closely following is the caramel, without being overly sweet.

Full bodied for sure. Some lingering acidic hoppy coating.

As IPAs in a can go, it's pretty good. Side by side, I'd probably still go with 21st Amendment's Brew Free or Die, but in its absence, I'd definitely buy this again.

06-10-2013 02:59:31 | More by andyfrancis
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77apm

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

03-22-2014 13:29:35 | More by 77apm
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-30-2014 05:24:41 | More by Beerswag
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-08-2013 22:44:13 | More by megamass
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Schmit

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%

One of the best IPAs from Oregon (which is saying a lot).

$2 for a 12-oz. can at Full Throttle Bottle in south Seattle--and worth every penny.

Great head on this rosy-orange colored beer. It lets off a strong and unmistakable lychee aroma, which I've smelled on all three separate occasions I've tasted it so far. Flavor has the same lychee up front, with piney/resiny hops backing it up. Carbonation is good and the finish is pleasantly bitter that doesn't linger over-long.

All in all, one great IPA and probably the best thing I've ever drunk out of a can.

06-02-2011 05:36:55 | More by Schmit
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Can pours a chill hazed medium amber body with a creamy two finger beige head. Good retention and some sticky patch lace.

Bold aroma of pine and tropical citrus. Tangerine and mango come to mind. Undertones of melting caramel.

Creamy medium body is nicely carbonated. Hop resins are felt on the tongue.

Taste has a dominant pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. Solid caramel malt backbone supports the aggressive hops. Some of the tropical citrusy notes of the aroma emerge as it warms. Finishes dry and bitter.

Topnotch! Nicely balanced and very tasty.

09-19-2010 16:52:46 | More by merlin48
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

05-10-2014 16:27:40 | More by henryclay_
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SuperbikeShaun

California

4/5  rDev +1%

08-21-2013 17:13:16 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. Darker than expected. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of grapefruit and pine notes.

The flavor is similar. The predominant flavor is some resiny pine from the hops but I also get some grapefruit. The toffee and caramel malt backbone balance out the beer nicely and keep the bitterness level fairly low for a west coast IPA.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

02-05-2011 03:09:37 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1%

11-02-2013 22:19:49 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Skye1024

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1%

05-12-2012 20:19:10 | More by Skye1024
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-10-2011 02:35:29 | More by mjtiernan
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Kraken

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Reviewed 4/9/09

Ohh Baby!! Love reviewing canned beer. I have been looking forward to this one for about a week now.

Poured from a bright yellow can into a 16ox pint glass. Firm pour yields a 1/8 inch head that holds for a while. Lacing is pretty good. Color is a caramel/copper amber.

Nose- Deep pine, and Floral citrus, orange, some lemon and grapefruit. Gooey caramel.

Taste- Whoa, very nice. Lots of pine. Smooth caramel. Bitter pithy grapefruit, lemon zest. Some light sweetness. Grainy smoothness. Pronounced bitterness. Finishes with some nice floral citrus, lots of candied orange. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- active, slightly oily.

Drinkability- Good. Very hoppy. I love canned beer.

04-10-2009 00:55:13 | More by Kraken
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mrw1zard

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-08-2013 16:17:38 | More by mrw1zard
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mte1972

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1%

01-30-2014 16:39:41 | More by mte1972
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butters_mcgee

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-21-2014 01:51:37 | More by butters_mcgee
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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.