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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

1,046 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 63
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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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1.5/5  rDev -62.1%

chippo33, Jan 12, 2014
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1.63/5  rDev -58.8%

PHREMO83, Sep 09, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -55.8%

BeerGod27, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of PhxHorn
2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ordered this from Liquid Solutions with my Abyss order. Pours a dark yellow, with a good deal of white foam which sticks to the glass. Smells like a strong IPA, citrusy. Taste is where the problem was. Hardly any citrus taste at all, no malt either, just a one-dimensional sour bitterness that was very unpleasant. Not happening and not drinkable at all. I couldn't finish this one.

PhxHorn, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a small bright can into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a nice looking copper color with nice size frothy white head. Decent head retention and lacing, but the lacing slides pretty quickly down the glass.

Aroma is hoppy! This one smells sweet and bitter...like a DIPA. Notes of orange, lemon, and hops. Mouthwatering...

Hmm, not such a good taste. One of those IPA's that is just bitter, no sweet taste to counterbalance, and very very dry finish. Just hops on the tongue. I can somehow taste a very faint sweetness trying to come through, but the hops just over-power it. Light and crisp mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. Not a beer I'll be having again...

ShadesOfGray, Mar 12, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

ONN8, Aug 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

OriolesFan1008, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of goldbot
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, brownish amber. Medium, foamy, off-white head. Some carbonation and a touch of lacing. Earthy, floral hop aroma, some bready malts. Flavor has more earthy hops, lots of bready, grainy malt. Heavy-ish body but not sweet. A nutty aftertaste. Odd for a west coast IPA; not hoppy at all but not much malt flavor or complexity going on either.

goldbot, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Omnium
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can > Tulip Glass

A - Poured out a cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy khaki head, some mild lacing
S - Very grassy, earthy, a little citrus zest
T - Unbearable amount of diacetyl, completely repulsive, its unreal to thing this thing would ever have been produced. It took me all I had to finish half of this thing. I couldnt even tell any other flavor at how much buttery gross flavor this thing had.
M - Oily and slick, coats your palate.
O - This thing is an outright joke, I would have liked to tried it without the palate-obliterating level of diacetyl, because it might have been ok, but this one was totally drain-worthy.

Omnium, Jan 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

MeisterMayhem, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark orange colured ale, small lightv tan head. I dont like the aroma, it certainlly has hops aplenty, but has a sour ,sweaty work sock aroma that puts me off in the background. The flavor is better, very strong oniony hopping, pink grapefruit and spruce tips. Thin and maybe even a tad under carbonated. I dint really dig this one. I liked their Pale Ale way better.

Reidrover, Feb 26, 2008
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2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caldera Brewing Company--Caldera IPA--Oregon Brewed India Pale Ale--2010 12 oz. Micro Can. 6.10% ABV--55 IBU's.? (2.25 / 5.0) Dense lacy foamy thick off white head. Light sediment. Cloudy bright amber orange red color. Fruity yeasty floral hop front. Mild sweet sediment crusty doughy fruit ester caramely biscuit raw malty IPA body . Mild hop spice crusty mildly bitter sediment fruit end. Sampled 11/18/2009. 6-Pack $10.99 @ Greenwood Market.

Caldera Brewing Company--Caldera IPA--Oregon Brewed India Pale Ale--2009 12 oz. Micro Can. 6.10% ABV--94 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Dense foamy thick white head. Clear bright amber gold color. Rich floral hop front. Smooth mild creamy sweet caramel biscuit tangy mellow hop pine citrus body. Developing hot hop spice bitter clean end. Smooth medium mellow IPA. Well Made Tasty Hoppy Brew. Sampled 6/20/2009. 6-Pack $10.99.

philbertk, Jul 26, 2010
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2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Clear orange-copper pour with a thin layer of bubbles for a head. Aroma of citrus and leafy hops, light pale malts. Taste reflects the nose: solid malt base, leafy hops, light and tea-like; pretty basic, but not as flavorful as I like my AIPAs. Advertised as being "brewed with plenty of body." Well, something must've happened between then and now, because the body on this was very light, kind of watery in the mouthfeel. Crisp and fairly refreshing, but lacking in most vital areas that make for a good beer.

Rifugium, May 26, 2012
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2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Golden orange color with some small debris (looked like hop stems)
Smell - Piney, a bit of grapefruit, a vegetal quality to it
Taste - Diacetyl, grassy, hint of grapefruit
Mouthfeel - Light carbonation which makes this beer a little heavy and sweet for the style
Overall - I have had much better IPA's than this. Not terrible, but not nearly my go to IPA either. I thoroughly enjoy the cans though!

MattSlem, Apr 14, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into pint glass. No dating.

Pours light amber or transparent copper with a one and a half finger white head. Plenty of bubbles rising to the top. Good retention and good lacing.

Aroma is of floral and earthy hops, candied oranges, and fruit juice. Tastes of grassy and piney hops with a touch of orange rind. Malt sweetness adds some balance, but not a lot. West Coast in terms of bitterness, but not a lot of aromatic or fruity hops. Finish has lots of bitter floralness. Medium bodied and sticky with full carbonation.

Very similar to the pale ale, but with more hopping and more malts. I thought initially this was better, but then realized I would rather have less of this flavor since I don't particularly enjoy it. Not enough malt to be "balanced" but not floral or fruity enough to be a tasty San Diego style either. So-so.

vacax, Aug 22, 2009
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2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, faint pine like hops. In the taste, mellow pine hops and a nice malt balance. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean hop aftertaste. More a pale than IPA, but decent nonetheless.

OWSLEY069, Nov 19, 2010
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

BeerDreadz, May 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Dcunicelli, Jan 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Fresh, Dec 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

BGsWo22, May 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Basshooker, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Hellpop65, Sunday at 10:23 PM
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Rubalaca, Mar 26, 2014
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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.