Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,144 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 75
Gots: 104 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Ratings: 1,144 | Reviews: 492
Reviews by mindlucent2007:
Photo of mindlucent2007
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caldera IPA pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with half-inch thick, foamy head that is not going anywhere. It has the most serious lacing I've witnessed and my pint glass is coated up to the top. Smell is a grassy and citrus burst, lemons. The taste is very smooth up front with a bite at the end. It has that grapefruit sourness; a nice blend of hops and subtle malts. Slight carbonation and a very easy mouthfeel for this IPA, not heavy at all. This brew should be a top contender in the IPA market if it is not already and it is one of my favorites ever since it was recommended to me. Shout outs to Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jmbranum
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in 12 Oz can in okc. Poured into a glass and enjoyed in Amtrak sleeper car en route to Chicago.

Attractive orange-amber clear liquid with giant foamy off white head.

Aroma is a full mix of hops and malt.

Flavor is a bit muddied to me. A bunch of hops, but too many bitter and enough floral for my taste. Very rich but not in balance. The different notes don't play well together.

Very full mouthfeel.

I would have liked this one better with more sprucey and floral notes.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NWer
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Schmit
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kraken
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great NW IPA. My can was about 3 months old.
A: a lovely red golden slight haze color with good off-white lacing. S: piney hops with some citrus. Not too much malt. T: pretty much aligns with the smell. M: balanced carbonation., no oily aftertaste. O: a nice example of a good NW IPA. Definitely would buy again.

Photo of kingjames1
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice yellow-orange, with a thick white head. Looks delish. Maybe its my nose, but I don't detect too much - citrusy hops with a pine undergirding. But the taste is exceptional. Wonderfully bright hops and a satisfying malt backbone. But like most west coast ipas, this is not balanced...thankfully. A hops explosion of grapefruit, spice, and pine. Awesome. This is the best IPA i've had in a can...and one of the better ones around PERIOD. Check this one out.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Great for shooting empty bottles in the desert. Orange color. Yummy dry hop aroma, fruity too.

Good taste, not tongue numbing hops or bitterness, just the right amount for an active outdoor lifestyle for this ipa. Right amount of sweetness. Not heavy on the palate at all. Good summer ipa. Nothing outlandish mouthfeel wise. $10 a 6 was difficult at first, but seems to be a decent price after all.

Photo of dwren89
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: good clarity, amber orange, but leaning more towards amber with thick moussey off white head

Aroma: biscuit and toast notes with some floral and pine hop notes. Well balanced aroma but not particularly aromatic

Taste: surprisingly malty for an IPA. Well developed toast and biscuit notes that finish nicely bitter and hoppy with some balanced pine and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: full and smooth. A very comfortable and easy drinking beer that has good carbonation and full mouthfeel

Overall: A pretty solid IPA overall, I wouldn't put it in my top 10 but its not bad. Good balance and well developed malt character but lacking in some hop flavor that I was desiring when I bought this IPA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears semi haze copper orange body glows when held to the light, large bubbled off white head clings to my pint with thick chunky even lacing between each sip. Aroma is chalk full of hops grapefruit, floral, and piney varieties blend wonderfully tickle the nose with citrus peel like fury. As it warms more of a complex earthiness with mild tree bark notes ring out but underneath all those hops a subtle layer of malt sugars arise bringing out sweet candy like notes. Flavor is upfront with brash bitterness yet enough malt sweetness comes out to party, this is west coast style IPA all the way. Hop bitterness reigns supreme with grapefruit citrus peel bitterness and more of that earthy dirt layer coming through. Mouthfeel the hop bitterness consumes your palate it really sticks around it makes you feel like you have to scrape the hops off your tongue, I love it. Once again I love the can format, this is great to get this much hop flavor out of a near 6%abv brew coming right out of a can. Next time I hit up an outdoor event where drinking takes place I will remember this beer and wish I had at least a case on hand. Very green yet biscuit malts and mild caramel twang make so drinkable the palate gets used to those brash bittering hops and adjusts to all the other flavors my palate has a found it's equilibrium and no shit this is an outstanding IPA in a can. Hoppier than Gordon DIPA.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from Brickskeller in Washington DC.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large citrus and leafy hop aromas with light amounts of pale and caramel malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by bright citrus hop and earthy leafy hop flavors. Near the end of the sip the malt flavors take over and have a grainy quality before giving way to a solidly bitter and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the can quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd been looking forward to trying this IPA for a while and it didn't disappoint. Well worth a shot.

Photo of richkrull
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one from SuperNova777 in my poker winnings. Thanks a lot bud.

Poured a great copper color with quite a bit of big white head on it. Decent lacing as well. Smell is full of citrus and hops. Taste is very good - great hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light-medium. This beer goes down very smooth. Really glad I got a chance to try this beer. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head slowly settles to a little more than a quarter inch frothy layer above a bright clear copper to bronze colored beer.

Pine and a bit of citrus hops and quite a bit of caramel malts in the aroma of this IPA.

Light caramel undertones compliment the fresh pine and light citrus hops very well in the taste of this drink.

Light dryish aftertaste with a slight lingering of light caramel and pine needles with this medium bodied beer.

Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked but the malts seem to balance this beer and make it a pretty good drink despite not being as hoppy as desired.

Photo of lnashsig
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Augustgarage for this trade.

Poured into my dogfish head snifter glass from can. Huge head on this can- almost overflows the 20 oz glass. Head stays for about 3 minutes, and then heavy lacing surrounds the glass. Smell- pine, grapefruit, bread, some lemon and pineapple citrus flavors are present. Taste- I got more pine and heavy hop scent on the nose than I do on the first taste, but it is backed by a nice and mellow malt background. This is not a hop monster, but is very mellow and pleasant. Mouthfeel: syrupy, luscious, nice carbonation. Drinkability: this IPA is very drinkable- very mellow, and overall impressive.

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, another surprising west coast arrival on Alberta store shelves - those reps sure must be having fun doing their jobs!

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a thin band of sudsy bike chain lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, zesty orange and white grapefruit rind, wet pine forest floor, and further lightly boozed-up tropical punch notes. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, a bit of semi-sweet toffee, orange cream, grapefruit soda, a reduced pine needle astringency, and the same rockin' 'n rollin' tropical fruit notes from the nose.

The carbonation is quite light and beguiling in its come-hither frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops taking one look, and, feigning injury, turn tail and flee. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the bitter pine and citrus character complementing the draining biscuity maltiness.

A pretty decent rendition of this Left Coast staple - no surprise that this brewery is much closer to Northern California, than it is to Portland, for what it's worth. Easy-drinking, good and hoppy, and with an import sixer price that is less egregious than the norm around here - happy camping in summer '15, ladies and germs!

Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden honey hue with a settled down off-white merengue crown that actually lasts.

Aromas are of mild hop, over-ripe pineapple and malt. Very fresh aroma; like cool morning dew in a hop lea. Dryer sheet material.

Huge bitter hopleaf front with a semi-sweet heavy malt support. And of course tropical fruits noted.

Mouthfeel is creamy, satiable, and cuurushable! Just 'nuf carbonation.

Maybe a tad maltier than I prefer, but not a big deal-just nice to change IPAs up. Solid IPA overall that I would buy again.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a copper.amber color with a small off-white head with decent retention. Sticky lacing forms up the sides.

S: Strong aroma, lots of pine and citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. A little bit of caramel malt.

T: Very nice tasting IPA. Similar to the aroma in that there is a lot of citrus fruit and pine going on. There is a bit of biscuity malt underneath the hops and some caramel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not overly bitter, pretty smooth.

O: An easy drinking IPA, solid flavor profile.

Photo of mbunje
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a Trippy Graphic Yellow Can into a Sam Adams glass. No brewed on date. Purple ring around the top points out all the advantages cans have over glass for outdoor activity.

A - Medium copper, clear, not much carbonation present, head was small and disappears rather quickly.

S - Pale bready malt, citric hops. Not overpowering, but definitely there.

T - Citric hops beat out the malt from the get go. If you are a hop head, you will like this for just a "regular" IPA. Bitter in a good way.

MF - Light to medium bodied. Crisp. Dry. Very nice.

D - $8.99 per six'r = $1.50 per 12oz. Cans a 0.5 adder too. So very drinkable given the price, medium body, and can.

Overall - This is a great IPA can or not. Can doesn't give any residual metalic taste that I can pick up (when drinking from a glass). I will take this over a pour into a red plastic cup at the beach (I will test that theory tomorrow!)

Good one. Got to try others from Caldera.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden amber with an off-white finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - Juicy hop aroma with a very faint caramel touch. Earthy and floral.

Taste - Juicy upfront, hinting at pineapple and orange, with moderate tones of caramel, earth and floral character hitting their strides by mid-taste. Residual bitterness in the finish, reminiscent of orange pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Remarkable smoothness and ease of drinking. It's going down faster than I can write this review!

Overall - With no freshness date, it's hard to determine just how old this IPA is, but it doesn't seem to be in its prime; the hops feel quite muted. Good as it was, but I'd like to re-review this one with a can I know is fresh.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.