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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

1,119 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 69
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,119 | Reviews: 489
Photo of LSUPT
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date. Poured to a Duvel tulip.
Hard pour yields 2 full inches of white head that hangs on for a while leaving very sparse lacing. Really nice medium amber color with a slight chill haze.

Smell is mostly malty with some tropical fruit and floral notes. I swear other cans from the 6-pack had a fuller nose though. Taste is really good similar to the nose with a nice pine finish, sticky and resiny with a full bitterness. Mouthfeel is perfect: medium carbonation and medium body.

Very enjoyable brew overall and extremely drinkable. I do feel there were inconsistencies between cans though, but I still very much enjoyed this one.

Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from the Total Wine Palm Desert CA for $2.25

Appearance - Clear amber/gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruits, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, grapefruits, and hops. There is also some apricot and a honey/malty sweetness.

Overall - My can is from November, so a little out of date. But still a solid IPA with a good amount of fruity sweetness and hop bite.

Photo of wnh
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, crisp orange-tinted amber. Huge (two to three finger) rocky, foamy, off-white head that's taking it's time diminishing.

Nose is a pleasant balance of citrus and pine, both sweet and earthy at once. The hops are clear, but frankly are less enticing that it seems they ought to be. Nothing about how this beer smells turns me away, but there's not much to really draw me in.

Caldera IPA is surprisingly mild on first sip, with the pine and citrus hop balance eventually coming through. Relatively subtle but clear bitterness complements the beer without overtaking it. Pleasant lingering mild bitterness in the finish, with an overall sense of earthiness.

Light to medium bodied, leaning toward light. Slight drying effect makes me want another sip. A solid, drinkable beer, and the light body actually boosts the drinkability rating. Still, for $14.99 a six-pack I'll gladly stick with something else. This is a good IPA, but not good enough to command such a price.

Photo of safaricook
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great lookin IPA in a can, becoming a new trend I guess. Got this one thanks to my first trade with womencantsail.

A: The pour into my oversized snifter rises a fluffy head of over 1 finger. It's a semi clear slightly darker amber reddish almost flourescent color.

N: Lots of fresh hops. Loaded with pine and citrus, just as a west coast IPA should be. Little bit of chewy and earthy hops, and hints of musty fresh wet hops and hop oils. A very light sweet malt aroma dusts it as well.

T: A big bitter bite. Lots of earthy musty spicy hops with some hop oil and fresh wet hop flavors. Some pine and grapefruit, a little more citrus, and chewy hops. Pretty bitter, or more than I expected. A slight sweet malt touch just for a little roundedness.

M: Some spicy hops and some oils, a good body and good carbonation.

F: The bitterness builds a little on the finish, and just ramps up to a nice peak and lingers there for a bit. The musty fresh wet hop flavors, pale hops, and earthy hop flavors seem to linger for a while, with a touch of pine. A little orange peel bitterness hits as well. A nice IPA, some good hop flavors, but a little too musty and bitter, orange peel bitterness.

Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Capril’s restaurant in Portland, OR. This is great place to go for really inventive food.

The beer was a slightly cloudy bronze orange with a nice white head. Good lacing.

Nice citrus nose. Not, sure, but I’m guessing cascade hops. Whiffs of fresh bread as well.

This is a nice solid IPA. A liberal use of hops adds a distinctive citrus bite. Some more floral tones emerge ½ way through the beer. Seems slightly under malted, but still tasty.

The carbonation is perfect for this beer and it also has a slightly oily quality. Drinkabity suffers a touch by the slight lack of balance. Still, an enjoyable IPA.

Photo of kemoarps
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another in a slew of very pretty IPAs I've been drinking lately. Amber body, pillowy off white head, good retention, good lacing.

Up front I get... Something kind of abrasive, but I can't quite put my finger on it. There's a caramel juiciness hiding behind... whatever it is, as well as some citrus hops.

The undetermined -- is that what they are talking about when they say it smells like cat pee (I don't have cats...)? -- does not continue into the taste, where the caramel undertone and juicy tropical fruits take more of a front seat. Towards the back end it gets a steeper bitterness, maybe some pine, but still a lot of citrus.

Very smoothe and drinkable. Good carbonation, I wouldn't describe it as sweet per se, but it is very soft and easy drinking, despite the definite hop bitterness on the finish. Certainly a viable IPA that I would gladly drink again, but I'm VERY glad I picked it up in Portland at literally half the price for a six pack as what it costs in St Louis.

Photo of koopa
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden pumpkin color with a 2 finger beige creamy head that looks like rocky whipped cream only not as bright white. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots and lots of grapefruit from the hops. Extremely well done. Not overbearing but undeniably grapefruit rind goodness.

Taste: Closer to a pale ale with a lot of grapefruit character. Not sure if its chinook hops or cascade that are being used here.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for my liking.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to throw these 6.1 ABV cans back.

Photo of cantal
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged this on a recent trip to DC, as you cannot get this in Ohio.

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a mug. Pours a very clear amber orange, with a 1 inch off-white thick head, that is slow to reduce. Leaves a fair amount of lacing around the sides as the beer is drained from the glass.

Has a slightly spicy aroma, with hints of citrus and some grassiness.

Has a grainy malt taste, with grapefruit pith and oak leaves. Has a rather hoppy finish, which is neither piney nor citrusy, but is just simply better.

Has a softer mouth feel you would expect, with almost soapy texture and they dry finish.

I like the IPA. It has a nice hop character which is uncomplicated, and a softer mouth feel that makes it quite drinkable. I also like the look of this can, and could easily see bringing this on a camping trip if it were readily available.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely orange-tan color, great lasting head, and plenty of lacing.

A nice biscuit-malt aroma with crisp, fresh hops.

Tastes like a great malty background with delectable hoppy bitter flavors dancing on your tongue. No shortage of pine or grapefruit either. Very balanced and flavorful.

Easy to drink, with a good blend of ingredients producing a rich, smooth beer creation. Definitely a likable brew.

Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with three fingers of rocky and whipped head forming excellent lacing all over the glass, very nice beer.

Caramel, whole grain bread, husky and raw malt. Pine, green tea, and earthy hops hints of pineapple and caramelized onion, very rugged.

Husky malt, bready and grainy that complements the earthy and herbaceous hop profile. More tea leaves, bitter herbs and pine. Dull lasting bitterness that dries and scrubs the palate.

Medium bodied and lower end carbonation, works very well with the flavors here. No hint of alcohol and dries perfectly.

Flavorwise it doesn't wow like some other ipas but it's memorable for other reasons, it seems raw and built for the outdoors from the canned beginning. Balanced and earthy, very tasty one of the better cans out there.

Photo of Josiah2729
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Orange with 3 finger white head that settled to 1/2 inch. Excellent lacing throughout, clear with minimal effervescence.

Smell: Citrus and Pine, slight malt aroma

Taste: Citrus and Piney hops, slightly sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation.

Overall: Delicious IPA with a strong hop presence that is not overpowering, great beer.

Photo of Gtg642
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wildwood_Brew
3.92/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hawks10
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass...

Pours a crisp dark copper color with nice clarity, two fingers of light tan, foamy, head forms and sticks around for a while, leaving a bit of lacing behind...

A thick, sticky pine aroma hits you at first but it is supported by a healthy dose of caramel malt. A twist of citrus is apparent as well...very nice smelling beer...

Taste follows the nose for the most part. A thick, sappy, pine taste hits first...there is some nice bitter grapefruit skin in the middle and then the beer finishes very full and bitter. The malts are there but do not do much to cut into the hops aggressiveness...

Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is there after a few sips. Thick and sticky, extremely bitter and lingering...

Pretty good one...could use a little more balance though, a bit too bitter, not tasty bitter, just bitter bitter...

Photo of blakesell
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mcallister for hooking it up with this can.

Poured from 12oz can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy dark orange with a nice frothy head with large bubbles filling about a 3 finger head. A chill haze is present, light lacing.

Smell- Big floral hop smacks me right in the face, this smells like a nice fresh IPA. Smells like there is a decent amount of malt on this one to balance as well.

Taste- Rich fluffy hops and a very nice light malt bringing in the rear. This is a nice balanced IPA, there is a bit of metallic can character as well.

Mouthfeel- The metallic flavor comes in and lingers on the mouthfeel. The carbonation seems to wear down quite a bit as well. Still a medium bodied, crisp beer.

Drinkability- The drinkability on this IPA is quite good. This is the sort of beer one could stand to have by the 'suitcase' although it has more of the maturity for the established craft beer drinker. Great swilling beer.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange/tan in color with a nice amount of foam, Caldera IPA emits a fragrant nose of orange and grapefruit, plus some pine. The foam leaves a small amount of lace as it slowly falls apart, but it maintains an off- white layer of bubbly coating all the way to the final sip. The body of the beer is clear and looks very clean.

This IPA is hop- accented, with flavors of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and soft pine with a touch of tropical fruit. Backing up the hoppy dance is an ensemble of caramel malts that help keep everything in check and balance out the beer quite nicely for its style.

I like what this IPA offers. It’s not as extremely hoppy and bitter as certain other IPA, but it has the character you expect from the style. There is a nice dose of bitterness, but it doesn’t go overboard and the malt and hops are better balanced than expected. It’s a tasty IPA overall and I can’t wait to open a second can.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Eggshell white head that pours ferociously but disapates quickly leaving foamy lacing. Not too many noticeable bubbles.

Big time grapefruit and piney hops hit the nose immediately, caramel and some yeasty characteristics.

The aroma matches the taste quite accurately. Sweet caramel with bready yeast mixes with piney and grapefruit hops. Slight metalic bitterness is noted as well but is quite tasty nonetheless.

Light body, light but noticeable carbonation. Very easy to drink although there is a lasting dry bitterness feeling but it leaves the mouth moist.

This is a pretty straight forward IPA with the bitter hops being the main focus but there is enough sweetness to smooth it out. This is definitely a worthy IPA to check out for Hopheads.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can into the Duvel tulip. Dark orange, amber and nearing a light brown. Reddish tones. Head is fairly thin and fizzy.

S: Smells fantastic. Big piney hops along with a nice malt backbone. A bit of tart citrus and some grapefruit. Some peaches and grapes.

T: Good hop bitterness, sweet fruits from the nose turn into rather bitter fruits on the palate. Grapefruit and some unripe orange. Citrus rind and zest.

M: Slick and a bit malty on the tongue. Carbonation is just about right, doesn't bite back quite enough.

D: Easily drinkable beer, love the hop/malt balance, especially for a west coast IPA. Great beer that I continue to revisit.

Photo of wmthorne
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprised by the hoppy taste from this can.
Consumed at a bar called the Tin Can in St. Louis.

Citrus notes in the initial smell gives way to a hoppy and well carbonated first drink. I also pick up a little banana aroma.

I drank this brew straight from the can which probably didn't assist the experience but it us definitely a drinkable ipa. As previously stated it is quite hoppy for a can which is refreshing.

I am not able to get this at home so I am glad that I tried it.

Photo of drewba
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mages64 & psiweaver for hitting a perma-want in the partners BIF!

A – Orangey-rust with a fantastic fluffy cream colored head. Great head retention which hangs around for a good 10 minutes. There are two fairly prominent floaties in here; not sure if they're hops, or pieces of Oregon.

S – The aroma is a little subdued, but what I'm getting out of it, I like. Lots of really earthy pinecones and trees, orange marmalade, light grass and a fair amount of caramel dipped bread.

T – I don't see a date on the can, but I think this might be on the older side. BUT, being just over the hill doesn't stop this from being delicious. The hop profile is on the mild side, but maintains for the entire taste with fresh cut grass, lemon soda, barely bitter grapefruit and spruce. The malt that backs all of that up comes out in toasted nuts, lightly sweet caramel, hearty rye bread. There is a really nice balance going on here – while I would like the hops to stand up a little more, the malt profile is still second fiddle. But even though the malt characteristics take a backseat to the hops, the nut+caramel bread combo is fantastic.

M – No problems here – medium bodied, a touch on the syrupy side with an understated carbonation pop.

O – Easily a beer I could drink by the six pack. Also would be good for a newer ipa drinker who need some malt balance and isn't bitter to the point of no return.

Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very lovely copper amber color with a fluffy, sticky, slightly off-white head. The aroma is typical American IPA with plenty of grapefruit, orange, pine and caramel malt aroma. The taste is hop forward yet pretty well balanced with tons of hop flavor and bitterness, but a decent malt backbone to hold it up. Flavors are similar to the nose with grapefruit, orange, pine forest and caramel malt sweetness with a bit of toastyness as well. Medium bodied with a great finish that is not too sticky or dry and lingers just long enough. Very drinkable and a great, sessionable IPA.

Photo of 510a
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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