Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

491 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 491
Hads: 1,167
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting it to be tasty, and tasty it was indeed. Nice golden orange appearance, hardly any head. ** Taste is above par for an American IPA, I could throw back many of these no problem.
This is a great little IPA, and will be coming back to it time and time again. (270 characters)

Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caldera's IPA is about as close to a session beer as I have found (the price tag and ABV get in the way a bit), with the perfect combination of flavor and smoothness.

A: Deep orange-amber, about as dark as you'll see an IPA. Thick, creamy 1/2 head doesn't go away. Excellent lacing. Rising bubbles.

S: Standout. Powerful citrus and pine overwhelm the nose. I could smell this beer all day.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but starts out strong and only improves as it warms. Hop bitterness is there but doesn't interfere in the least with the gorgeous grapefruit and pine flavors.

M: A slightly dry, bitter finish is the only downpoint here. While it's in the mouth, this baby is heaven.

D: As I said, this is about as eminently drinkable as a 50+ IBU, 6.1% ABV can get. I could pound three of these 12 oz. cans in a half hour without batting an eye. (864 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Crate and Barrel Snifter.

A - Pours a clear, dark amber color with a one finger, fluffy off-white color head. The head is sticking around for a really long time. Excellent retention and excellent lacing.

S - This is by far the fruitiest smelling IPA i have ever had the chance of enjoying. Pineapple and mango DOMINATE the aroma. I dont smell any citrus or pine. Some maltiness is pressent, but the fruit dominate the aroma profile for me.

T - Piny and resiny hop flavors mixed with less prominant citrus and pineapple. The flavors are very crisp and clean. The sweetness that i smelled is not as present as i expected. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Well balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Fairly sticky from the resiny hops.

O - A great IPA. The aroma is second to none and it helps that it drinks as well as it smells. Its just high enough in ABV that i wouldn't want to session this beer. I also love the can and think that more beers need to be sold in cans. I will buy this again whenever and where ever i can find it. (1,094 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the color of this beer. Can. It feels good to look at it. Smells like a can with some sticky green herbals inside.

It tastes like sticky green goodness with just a pinch of grapefruit.

medium bodied, with mellow carbonation that helps tickle the grainy and lemony finish on the roof of the mouth and middle of the tongue.

This guy at work gave me one, and this other guy stole it, then the first guy gave me another one. Boy am I glad. (445 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice translucent darker orange with a nice finger of off white/light caramel colored head, poured ~20+ minutes ago, still has a nice layer of head. Lacing is dense. Awesome

S - Lots of citrusy hop aromas, a little bit of malty caramel sweetness. Grapefruit and oranges dominate

T - Really bold, bitter and citrusy. Simple but very well balanced

M - Medium bodied at a warmish 50-55 degrees. When cold its somewhere between light and medium bodied. Refreshing, drinkable, nicely carbonated

O - This is a great IPA, can't believe I've never noticed this one before, definitely worth grabbing from time to time (623 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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%. (1,062 characters)

Photo of nc41
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now available in NC, and now I can see it and smell it the score went up. A really great canned IPA for the pool /beach or really anywhere. I also like Avery IPA, and Modus in cans, but I would have to give this brew a leg up on either, a little more fruit and hops than the others and at 6.1 ABV really drinkable. Not terribly bitter either, so it would makea great IPA for anyone who wants to step up ftom PA's to IPA's.

Also found the last sixer in Myrtle Beach on the shelf, and what a great surprise. Not only the only the only canned IPA available but a damn tasty one, Drank it out of the can so I have no idea on what it looked like, smelled like or any kinda head retention, but I loved it. I also had some Modus, but Caldera was definitely a little more fruity. IMO a real find, and a real solid A kinda brew. Would have scored higher if not being guzzled at the beach which knocked down the appearance and nose, Drink ability is good but the ABV in the killer heat had to be respected although not a heavyweight in this dept (1,036 characters)

Photo of vashooter
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving : 12 ounce can from Total wine served in a tulip (large one)

Appearance : Beautiful clear dark honey color, about what I would expect from an IPA, nice 2 fingers of head when poured into glass subsiding to a small half inch of sticky head that seems to want to hang out with me.

Smell: Is not quite as hoppy as a BIG IPA but lots of caramel blending, hop notes are somewhat subdued as the beer warms up but more hop nose when first poured.

Taste: Initially straight malt, sweet but, lots of hop character that is not overpowering or rude. No hint of Diacetyl or vegetable notes in my sample. Actually this beer is well made and well balanced, not as large as a lot of IPA's that rely on brutish hop levels with out good malt balance.I actually think there might be some demarra sugar in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Actually reminds me of a cross between an ESB and a IPA, the sweetness is there but the hops are there also, just not in your face hops. Warming to the tongue with a little bitterness in the finish. Wonderfully balanced beer. Someone put a lot of love into this recipe.

Overall: I give it a 4.5, However this can become one of my favorites very easily. Cheers (1,186 characters)

Photo of unionturf
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has recently hit the NC market...in reading reviews I' puzzled at the reviews. This is an AWESOME IPA...simply awesome.

Appearance is great, cloudy with a very decent 2" head. Smell is fresh hops and malt...more hops than malt.

Taste is mostly all grapefruit hops...I love it. Right next to G'Night (Gordon) as the best beer from a can...I gave my son a can and even his collage buddies who don't like IPA's said it was amazing.

The price point is a little high ($13 for a sixer) in NC but I love this brew. (518 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canning craft brew - I'm a fan. Accessability. You would think it would bring the prices down but thats okay I guess.

From can to pint glass

A: Pours a darker caramel color pale with some orange tints to it. Massive khaki tan head due to bad pour on my part but sticky icky lacing fo' sure!

S: Instant pop of the top is burst of sweet mango and tangerine aromas. Candied orange rinds. Is this a friggin orange soda? I cant get over the smells of citrus oils here. Best fruity and floral nose in an IPA I have come across in a while. Better than Flower Power maybe.

T: Taste is intense hop bitterness that is just danky hops, resiny pine, and blasts of citrus. Grassy and sassy. I love it! Malts hardly detectable at first but the hops do settle down fairly quickly and give way to this sweet caramelly malt goodness. Soft caramel and sweet cracker. Nice bittery dry finish. Delciousness out of a can.

M: Sticky resinous hops do coat the tongue but overall pretty creamy in texture and peppers out the palate on the finish.

D: Pretty damn nice IPA out of a can I must say. Snowboarding, camping, fishing...they all just got even better. More please.

All I got to say is I need to get up to Oregon. (1,204 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

COD 1/27/14 Pours a slightly hazy amber with a hint of red. Outstanding massive head and lasting lacing. The nose is an exceptional blend of grapefruit and other tropicals against a rich caramel sweetness with just a touch of spruce. The body is medium with an almost slick texture. The carbonation level is a bit above normal, which aids the finish. The hop flavor profile is well balanced with malt sweetness. It begins with a grapefruit sweetness, progresses to spruce/pine and flows to a moderate tart bitterness. The finish is a blend of tart bitterness and caramel sweetness over a light dank note. (604 characters)

Photo of haddon
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark golden color with large white frothy head. nice carbonation bubbles released throughout. lots of lacing down the nonic.

lots of hops on the nose. mostly pineapple with orange peel, spice and a very light sweet malt hint on the end.

citrus all over the place... grapefruit & pineapple. nice clean finish with a good bitter aftertaste.

medium body with a good carbonation bite. again, clean, fresh finish.

this is a really good ipa. nice hop profile that is clean and balanced. could drink this all day. Caldera hit a home run with this one. The only drawback to this one is the price. Too expensive at $13 a sixer. (630 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a a Chouffe Flute

A-Very deep nice amber/dark copper laces thick and sticky down the glass, very sexy looking in the glass.

S-very floral bitter hop smell. Grapefruit notes very citrusy.

T-Much like the nose great bitterness in the front middle and back. Has a nice sweet malt quality in the middle, almost like a sweeter orange flavor very subtle but adds alot.

M-Medium body near perfect on the carbonation.

D-Only reason this is not a 5 is the price everything else about this beer on this section is flawless. (541 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold with a 2 finger head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Floral hoppy aromas, salty biscuits, and a whiff of ginger.

Malty biscuit flavor, then a strong taste of bitter greens/green pepper, with a lingering grapefruit finish. Hops are a bit numbing on the tongue.

Body is light and the carbonation is enough to give this a moderately creamy mouthfeel.

Eminently drinkable beer, for those who like their IPAs with a bitter green hop taste. (505 characters)

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams PP glass. Pours an cloudy yellow with a one finger, foamy white head, which dissipates very quickly. Some nice lacing going down the glass.

Smells of caramel malts and not picking up much of the hops in the nose but my sense of smell at the moment is not the best.

At first taste I get a little hop bitterness followed by caramel with a big piney, resinous hop finish. This is a very tasty IPA.

Medium bodied with very bold flavors. This beer leaves behind that resinous, piney hop flavor after the beer has been swallowed.

I really like this beer. It is most certainly a hop lovers delight. It's fairly low ABV could allow one to drink down a few of these in one sitting. However, the price could limit the number of times I try this, at over 16$ for a sixer. (799 characters)

Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a dark orange-brown leathery hue. The head is cream colored and airy, with lacing that clinged to the sides of the wine glass I used for the tasting.

S= Piney hops, as expected. Some floral notes and grapefruit.

T= Again the pine, but the grapefruit shows up stronger then the nose suggests. The hops are out front, but not the least bit aggresive. A touch of malt in the backbone evens things out and holds the hops in check.

M= Light bodied. Smooth and a bit creamy for an IPA. Carbonation is light. The bitterness of the hops linger, but in a more subdued way than other IPAs I have tried.

D= This is an IPA I could drink all day. Not too filling, not too bitter, well balanced. (694 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice creamy one-finger plus off-white head, lots of nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, big hop note, citrus/pines, and caramel. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, with some nice citrus/pine tones, with some caramel thrown in. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very solid IPA (in a can too), definitely recommended. (409 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the 27 Public House in Spokane, brought in a can and poured into a pint glass.

Poured a nice copper/ burnt orange. nice half inch white head that laced well for most of the pint.

Smelled like dried apricot and hops, hint of malt in the background in teh aftermath

Tasted like it smelled, very nice balance of hops and malts, with dried fruit in there too.

Drank 2 cans very easily, and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Total suprise, and a good find (457 characters)

Photo of robbrandes
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

always love this IPA, might as well officially review and give it it's due. poured from a 12oz can - big ups for camping-ready beer!

pours a nice, clear amber color. big-time sticky, fluffy head; recedes to a half-inch layer of fine foam which does not budge through the last drink.

smell is a delight - crazy pine and a nice toasted malt, slightly caramelized sugar notes.

taste buds are loving it - classic west-coast IPA. is it bitter? you bet! nice alcohol warmth and a tight, clean finish. this is certainly sessionable for any hophead.

love to see our local southern oregon brewery making a top-notch offering! (620 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a little thin looking weak ice tea color with two fingers of slightly off-white suds and lots of lacing.
Smell is strong citrus and grapefruit rind. This is a great smelling beer.
Taste is piney and grapefruity with slight sugar.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a big hop brew. Not sticky at all. Very quaffable.
Overall I would have to give this a 4 even though it's really in the 4.12 range.
Only reason not to give it a 4.5 is the cost of this stuff. 16 dollars in Ky. (483 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with pumpkin highlights and a dense cream and orange head of foam that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Citrusy and minty C-hops with plenty of caramely malt. It must be the can, the hop fresh flavors are off the charts with plenty of juicy grapefruit and orange backed with enough caramel malt to balance but still be hop forward. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A really nice session IPA. (413 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thanks, tjensen3618!

Amber-orange pour with around a finger of white foam. Retention is decent, with some pretty nice lacing left on the glass.

Pungent hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit, mostly pineapple. Some malt sweetness and light piney touch. Definitely what I expect from a west coast IPA. Some caramel, too.

Good hop flavor. Very pithy. Light sweetness up front, then citrus peel bitterness. Nice hoppy beer without being overwhelmingly bitter.

Medium-light body. Fairly low carbonation level. Smooth, ridiculously easy drinker. Very, very good IPA. (591 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland. Pours a slightly hazy golden color topped by a beautiful creamy white head. Nice, creamy lacing all the way down the glass. Nose of fresh, spicy hops and a touch of light sweet malt. Palate is redolent of spicy hops, light sweet malt, and notes of pine, black pepper, grass, and just a hint of bready sweetness. Body is absolutely perfect - rich, creamy, and without the syrupy character that many stronger IPAs tend to carry. Man, I chose the right one here. I'd drink this every day if it were available where I live. (569 characters)

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.