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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

897 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 897
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%


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.

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Chelsea1905

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: can

12-15-2008 04:04:22 | More by Chelsea1905
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-26-2009 02:40:47 | More by SpecialK088
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TheHungryHiker

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-20-2010 01:15:46 | More by TheHungryHiker
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Beerenauslese

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 01:13:13 | More by Beerenauslese
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haddon

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-09-2011 18:17:54 | More by haddon
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robbrandes

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 04:06:57 | More by robbrandes
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2011 01:32:32 | More by JCaweinstein
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: can

12-26-2009 05:27:16 | More by dedrinker
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nc41

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Serving type: can

07-18-2010 21:18:00 | More by nc41
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-20-2011 23:30:07 | More by richkrull
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unionturf

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 04:51:50 | More by unionturf
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Serving type: can

01-11-2012 02:45:24 | More by MacQ32
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vashooter

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 06:26:11 | More by vashooter
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | 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.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 21:02:24 | More by tillmac62
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da_beers

Florida

4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Great orangish amber pour with two fingers of off white head. Good amount of carbonation coming up. Nice head retention.

S - Great floral hops off the bat. Has a tangy scent of fruit as well. Lemony/citurs. Nice malt characteristics as well.

T - Very nice. not an ordinary hop exploded IPA (nice change). Nice earthy/floral notes from hops. Has a bright flavor too, from the citrus characteristic. Sweet malts are balanced perfectly.

M - Medium body, great across the palate. Very smooth. Good carbonation level.

O - Impressed. I like this west coast IPA out of Oregon. Has a very nice hop/malt balance, but not killer on the hops, very nice.

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 01:37:31 | More by da_beers
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largadeer

California

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-amber with a slight haze to it. The eggshell colored head retains remarkably well, leaving a ton of sticky lace behind.

Smell: Floral with a bit of resiny pine and grapefruit. Great hop aroma with no noticeable malt presence.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty but very dry. Floral and resiny hop flavors follow, leading way to a bitter finish with a hint of grapefruit. The medium-light body and restrained ABV make this one seriously drinkable IPA.

Serving type: can

07-30-2008 00:58:35 | More by largadeer
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mcsquint

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into pint mug:
A - Dark golden amber in color. Clear, with nice 2 finger, off-white head. Excellent lacing on glass.
S - Citrus,pine, grassy, malty.
T - Golden malt at first; quickly followed by citrus and pine. Finishes fairly dry but leaves slight metallic aftertaste.
M - Medium. Carbonation is very fine in character.
D - As big as this is on flavor, I would have thought the ABV would be more than 6.1%. It's very drinkable; but at @ $14.006 pack it will have to be an occasional treat.

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 21:27:13 | More by mcsquint
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was slightly hazy but still a bright butterscotch yellow. The modest head left spotty lacing.

Smell was pine and citrus. Hard candy sweetness. Yummy.

Taste reflected the aroma pretty well. Bright grassy hops and sweet enough clean, malty grains. Tropical fruit. There was a long lingering aftertaste of green hops. Spot on!

Mouthfeel was medium with plenty of carbonation. Moderately lush in the mouth. Nice.

Serving type: can

03-16-2010 12:49:22 | More by Cresant
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therica

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Their website says Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo hops, and the malts are Premium Two-Row, Munich and Crystal.

A= pours a cloudy dark yellow-orange, big fluffy slurpy head, plenty of lacing.

S= generous whiffs of nice rich malts, hops florals in the citrus range.

T= grapefruity hops with orange/tangerine as a close second; thick complex quality malts, slightly bready, a small touch of honey. Decent bitters but nicely balanced into the blend. Outstanding.

M= complex hops bitters, complex malts, slightly chewy, lingering for enjoyment for a while.

D= very drinkable although it might become a bit filling after a few. Thanks to the outstanding taste, however, I could probably force a few more ha ha.

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 21:42:15 | More by therica
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from Tiklmelmo courtesy of the Hometown BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by strong but not over-powering and very complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 22:12:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jenkster4

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-27-2011 17:53:35 | More by Jenkster4
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kevinmkirk

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped in at one of my favorite gourmet beer spots on my way home from work the other night; low and behold, I spot an IPA in a can. In a CAN!

If I hadn't had two, I wouldn't be able to report on color. I simply had to experience this straight from the can. Why? To me, canned beer is typically reserved for frat boys, red necks, and those who live under a bridge, so the inherent conundrum of a can to my lips with a tasty IPA flowing across my palate was too hard to resist. As confusing as it was, I must say, it was worth it!

Caldera IPA - can #2

Nice burned orange color with a good two-finger head thanks to a quick pour. Good lacing all the way through to the bottom of the glass.

Strong floral hop, lots of citrus on the nose.

Very tasty! I think I'll have another.

Serving type: can

09-02-2007 00:47:03 | More by kevinmkirk
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libertygrails

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright, colorful 12 oz. can poured into yer average pint glass.

Pint: Color is dark straw. Aggressive pour yields a light head that reduces quickly. Moderate carbonation. Loads of cloudy-white lacing down the glass.

Nose: Ahhh...ye olde tell-tale Simcoe and Centennial THC-esque resiny/floral hops. Very sweet and estery! Lovely.

Taste/Palate: Sharp, grassy/floral/resiny hops with light malt couples for a nicely refreshing Ale. Liquid sunshine...truth in advertising here, folks.

Mouthfeel: Not to heavy/not to light. Really nicely balanced here. Gimme another quaff. This IPA goes down very, very easy.

Drinkability: The perfect PNW Summer Session IPA. The best IPA i've had out of a can/as good or better than many in bottles. Don't let the packaging keep you cuz i can't find anything not to like here. A clear Blue Ribbon IPA. I'll be coming back. Thanks to you, Caldera Brewing. Another brew worthy of inclusion in the proud pantheon of PNW hoppy Ales. Try one. You'll drink two, maybe three?

Serving type: can

04-07-2008 02:30:03 | More by libertygrails
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caldera IPA is my new best friend. And I'm wondering if the can has something to do with it.

For decades canned beer deserved the stigma attached to it. The aluminum adversely impacted the taste, lending a tawdry metallic quality that was the hallmark of industrial beer production. This problem has been solved in recent years by coating the inside of the can with a food-grade polymer that effectively keeps the beer off the aluminum. No more unsavory beer can taste.

Today it's not merely a matter of acknowledging that canned beer "works." It's now prudent to ask whether it's an altogether better idea than beer in a bottle. And Caldera's IPA is a fine candidate for the notion that canned beer is an idea whose time has come.

Caldera IPA's aroma is floral and leafy. The leaf is so fresh it's almost sticky. It imparts a tall airy head of majestic suds amid lively carbonation in a sunny topaz color. The body is vivid and clear though marred by a few wayward flocs.

The taste reminds me of Fire Station 5 with perfectly posited bittering that takes your hand and walks you through a lush garden of herbal hop flavor. Piney, peachy elements interweave from an ideal balance of hop flavor and malty sustenance. And the mouthfeel is flawless - plush, meandering, and exquisitely quaffable. Even the head delights in its own fluffiness.

An ideal go-to beer for any occasion.

Serving type: can

07-22-2008 00:11:14 | More by RedDiamond
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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