Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company
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Reviews by Tdizzle:
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Purchased a six-pack at BevMo! Cypress.
A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear light-copper color with a sticky head of foam that reduces to a thin layer over the beer. Each sip leaves some web-like lacing along the inside of the glass.
S- Piney, oily hop aromas with a malt backing that has a slight element of fruity sweetness but mostly smells of rich crakerish grain. There's a corse, almost metallic note to the smell, much like most of Sierra Nevada's beers. In fact, Caldera's IPA smells very much like a Sierra Nevada beer. Celebration Ale comes to mind.
T- Lots of bitter grapefruit flavor. Grainy, bready malts provide minimal balance. Pithy flavors of melon rind lead the way to a dry finish that leaves a hoppy and slightly metallic bitterness lingering on the palate.
M- The mouthfeel is very full-bodied with some nice fizzy carbonation that complements the thick and somewhat oily texture.
D- The 6.1% ABV makes it easy to have a few of these in a row, but I would have liked a little more fruity sweetness in the flavor to balance out the big bitterness.
A very tasty IPA. Bring on the canned beers!
08-08-2009 04:52:56 | More by Tdizzle
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
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
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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