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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

971 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 61
Gots: 49 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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Marco_Gtz

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

06-30-2014 18:56:51 | More by Marco_Gtz
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

12-10-2013 03:16:42 | More by sparx1100
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Adamostella

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

04-21-2012 01:12:26 | More by Adamostella
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jryanj927

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

08-11-2013 03:29:57 | More by jryanj927
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark golden copper/amber color with dark ruby red edges hen held to a light source and a massive frothy three finger off-white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of pineapple, range peel, mango along with subtle earthy pine, subtle light fruit and alcohol.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice balance of sweet citrus, earthy hops and malt backbone. Not overly bitter with hints of grapefruit and pineapple as well as some pine needle and biscuit/graham cracker malt. Slightly dry finish. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: can

01-06-2011 09:25:07 | More by corby112
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Cluker

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

08-15-2013 02:25:21 | More by Cluker
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trickynicky

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

05-27-2014 16:20:14 | More by trickynicky
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Tafyob41

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

03-24-2014 05:04:18 | More by Tafyob41
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

05-03-2013 03:39:39 | More by DRBiser
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can
Aroma: Bread, spice, citrus
Appearance: Dark amber with robust foamy white head
Taste: A bready, slightly sweet forepalate that leads to bitterness
Palate: Medium mouthfeel, with a lot of maltyness. Slightly bitter finish.
Overall: Fairly malty, bordering on a belgian style ipa.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 18:00:08 | More by icehawk
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always interested in a can.

Appearance - A deep copper/amber color. Very clear. Half inch of white soapy head. Laces well.

Smell - Some grapefruit hops, with a touch of pine. Also a little sweet malt. The hops are a little subdued.

Taste - Follows the smell. There is some nice hops up front, but the malt really comes through at the end. There is a real sweetness, and a little burnt maltiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty decent, it's a nice beer, but nothing special.

This is a maltier "east coast" style ipa. It's a pretty good beer, but not necessarily my favorite.

Serving type: can

11-24-2009 07:24:05 | More by callmescraps
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tripelhops

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. There was no date on the can so I'm not sure how fresh it was, and thinking my can was a touch old based on my perception vs some of the other reviews.

Aroma - slightly cloudy, murky copper, decent foam that faded quickly but left some lacing around the top of the glass

Smell - very little hop aroma, maybe just a hint of citrus and a little more pine, but really had to work to smell it

Taste - malty sweetness then bitterness, but nothing outstanding in the way of distinct flavors

Mouthfeel - decent carbonation, lower alcohol for an IPA, easy to drink

Overall - I had this at a tasting not too long ago and remembered it being much better, so I'm thinking the can I bought may have been old. That said this is a decent IPA, nice that it's in a can, but also nothing stands out about it, either.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 13:32:55 | More by tripelhops
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woemad

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Bottles in Millwood for $1.69. No freshness date. First time I'd seen this beer.

Poured a golden orange color with a creamy, two-inches of off-white head. Strings of lace were seen clinging to the sides of my glass.

The nose was citrusy in a grapefruity sort of way, with some peppery notes. Definitely seemed like a WCIPA.

A bit more herbal in the taste than in the nose, and there's a pineyness that didn't seem to come through in the aroma, all in addition to the citrus noted in the nose. Bone dry finish. While diverse in terms of hoppiness, the malts seem a little too anemic for the beer's own good, and the hops aren't beefy enough to be a true scorcher of an IPA.

Fairly light bodied, though with a mouthfeel that is mildly slick with hop resin.

A mediocre IPA. Beefing up the malts to provide a bit more counterpoint would improve it. Should I find myself in Ashland, I'll give this a try on tap. For now, I'm glad I tried it, but this won't make me switch from Laughing Dog's IPA (my local, go-to IPA)anytime soon.

Serving type: can

06-23-2008 00:45:56 | More by woemad
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Dubbercody

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Orange-y, light amber. Lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Nice citrus hop aroma that’s pretty minimal of a NW IPA, a nice chance.

Taste: Malt flavor is rapidly replaced with a pretty bitter lasting hop finish. T

Mouthfeel: darn easy drink....

Drinkability: Tasty beer, I’d drink this again.

Serving type: can

01-01-2008 04:47:59 | More by Dubbercody
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Golden orange color with nice chunky foam head. Good lacing. Strong hop aroma with fruityness to it.
Taste is of bitter hop bite with some malts. Slightly soapy and lightly fruity.
Mouthfeel is dry and bitter...
Its ok...not great and not missing this brew in NY. Sorry caldera, but not for me.

Serving type: can

02-14-2012 01:43:14 | More by DrinkSlurm
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harrymel

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can date:unk

A: Pours a copper ale with two fingers of peanut head which falls slowly to a thick quilt of the same. Cobweb lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Mango and papayas with some citrus notes and some resinous notes as well. Malts are sweet and subdued.

T: Lightly bittered, oxidized malts. Some raisin notes and some nice citrus (grapefruit and orange) flavors. The malts are quite oxidized and that's just not cool. Not bad, but not great either.

M: Medium bodied with surprisingly low carb. Lightly slick finish.

O: About average. Good nose, but taste is nothing to call home about. Decent hit for a can.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 15:07:21 | More by harrymel
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HosP

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Rhettroactive. Thanks buddy!

A- Pours nice deep golden shade. Bubbly white head, clings to the edge of the glass with bits of lace sticking.

S- Big burst of orange and mango aromas. Tough to even pick anything out over the great smells coming from it. A little sweet malt at the end.

T- Not what I was expecting after the nose. Some citrus hop flavors up front but very subdued. Sweet malts quickly take over and mix into a sweet almost tangy taste. Where did all the juicy hop flavors I thought were coming go to?

M- Lighter side of medium body. Little carbonation. Very mild bitterness. Kind of metallic after taste.

O- It started off so great. Fizzled out with the mediocre taste. Was really wanting big juicy hop flavors, but just weren't there. Thanks for the try Rhett!!

Serving type: can

12-15-2011 03:50:48 | More by HosP
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Phelps

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a small snifter.

Light sunset orange color with perfect clarity and a grayish-white head that deposits speckles of lace.

Honeyed biscuits and spicy hops in nose. Clean, understated and balanced.

Caldera’s website says this was brewed with Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo -- which has me confused, because my taste buds are calling these hops earthy and spicy, with none of the usual snap of American-grown hops. Perhaps it’s the abundance of malt throwing things off — there’s a lot of toasty biscuits, bread and uncooked pale barley before the clean, dry finish.

The medium body exhibits a very light touch of carbonation and soft silky fizziness. Lightly bitter.

I found Caldera’s IPA very similar to their pale, with maybe a half step up in each category. While both beers are enjoyable enough, they lack the hoppy bite I crave in American-brewed versions of this style.

Serving type: can

07-25-2011 23:13:00 | More by Phelps
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Resiny lemon and orange pith up front. Clean fermentation character. Moderate pine notes as well.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a sticky off-white head that retains well.

Flavor: More pithy orange and lemon hop notes up front. Balance is to the bitterness. Background cracker-like malt base. Finish is nice and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly oily. No astringency.

Overall impression: The hops seemed a little subdued and not that fresh. It wasn't bad but nothing to remember either.

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 20:58:20 | More by mattcrill
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dannydetox

California

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a sixer of these cans for the drive to punk rock bowling since the bright yellow can looks quite innocent - an ideal road beer. the packaging makes me think of grapefruit soda...

as for the beer itself, well, it is ok. i think i like it better out of the can, but this review is for one poured into a sam adams glass. darker amber color with a decent inch of head that stuck around until the end. smell is a mix of caramel malts with some floral, fruity hop qualities. not much citrus or pine like i would expect from a west coast brew, the caldera ipa reminds me of the english approach. pleasingly bitter on the finish. the 6.1% abv makes this one an easier drink with a lighter body and mouthfeel. good as a roadie if you value discretion, but there are many superior ipas for less than the $11 per six price tag. i think next time i will opt for the equally inconspicuous point the way ipa from local brewers golden road; they make a six pack of talls for the same price.

Serving type: can

06-12-2012 00:57:37 | More by dannydetox
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 20 Jul 2009.

Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Extra large fizzy beige head. Light carbonation. Faintly hazy golden orange color. Citric and buttery toffee aroma. Grapefruit pithiness to start and throughout. Moderate caramel and toastiness. Somewhat buttery (A is ok with that in an IPA). Bittersweet lingering aftertaste. Moderate ethnanol. Medium body.

Just don't like the butteriness in IPAs...

Serving type: can

09-18-2010 06:26:00 | More by htomsirveaux
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pretty much clear amber in color with a white two finger head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Light citrus hops, pine abounds, there's a buttery or cheese quality as well as caramel malts.

T - Orange peel and grapefruit peel with a good helping of hops. Lemony afterwards with pine hops following. Interesting... The buttery/cheese still sticks in the taste. Odd considering it's the morning and I have yet to eat anything.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Not sticky, very easy to drink.

O - Honestly I doubt I would buy again. I always like trying different offerings and once the opinion is formed it's hard to deviate from it.

Serving type: can

04-28-2013 15:53:51 | More by cvm4
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ccrida

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a nonic, the Caldera's IPA is a clear bronze with a moderate sized white head that quickly fades to a thick skim, leaving scattered lace. Like their Pale Ale I just reviewed, this is the first time I've ever not had this beer in a can, but I'm not nearly as impressed. Served at fridge temp.

Smell is pure, resiny cannabis - ah, Oregon! To be more specific, it's more of the cat piss style, which you probably won't care for unless you have the mental association. I was just working on my goggle tan at Mt. Ashland this past Wednesday, and by the number of heads goofing off with me on a work day, it's obvious this town operates on a slightly slower speed. With a smell like this, I think Caldera's trying to remind us there's always time to chill...

Taste is pungent, resiny hops, firm malt backbone with a big bitter finish. The slightest touch of sweet caramel malt loses the battle to the big buds, which pack enough lupin to knock out Bobby Brown on a 3 day coke binge.

Mouthfeel is creamy but dry and crisp, with a heavier body.

Drinkability is average. I like a lot more hop flavor then bitterness, and this IPA is pretty much the opposite, and a bit thick for my taste as well. I'll still give it bonus points for the can, not to mention that dank aroma that I never noticed from the can.

Serving type: can

04-05-2008 06:49:06 | More by ccrida
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super clear orange body with a frothy sticky head that lasts the whole beer, very impressive appearance. Smells sweet, pine, citrus, biscuity, earthy. Taste is very malty with very little bitterness which i was not expecting as this is an IPA and should have more hop profile the taste. A little too malty for my liking.

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 04:13:26 | More by mugglesandhops
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-30-2014 05:24:41 | More by Beerswag
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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