Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

491 Reviews
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Photo of muldersha
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had from a 12oz can purchased in Portland, OR. The can artwork definitely evokes some Grateful Dead artwork. The overabundance of leafy hops on the label makes me assume that I'm supposed to smoke a spliff while enjoying this canned brew.

Pours a light golden to amber/orange color with a velvety and creamy looking white head. Really good retention and impeccable chunky lacing throughout.

Rich, dank aromas of Yeti sweat, Mary Jane, cucumber, orange rind, citrus, quail egg, bitter herbs, grass, dandelion, and boots muddy with laterite soils.

Medium bodied and aggressively bitter and herbal on the palate. Persistent bitter herbal flavors carry through to the finish. Maybe a hint of citrus peel.

It's hard to tell if this is beer is actually serious. However, I am super eager to try it with some roasted meats. I could see it going very well with bird. However, on its own, just too much bitter swampiness. Not a lot of focus or clarity of expression. (976 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml (12 US fl oz) can poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark amber, almost copper red with a cream, fairly tight foamy head. Small amount of lacing left behind, settling down to a foam ring.

Smell: Plenty of citrus (grapefruit and orange), fruit and pine resin - this is a genuine American IPA after all. There's a candy sweetness there too, which reminded me a bit of some Belgian dubbels and certainly a bit unexpected in an IPA. If there are malt aromas in there then they're pretty well obscured by the hops and fruit.

Taste: Very resinous and hoppy, so nothing really unexpected there - the candiness definitely lingers though, and there's a sweet edge to it which sticks around with the bitterness. Not unpleasant by any means, but definitely different.

Feel: Quite 'full', but that could be due to the sweetness - decent amount of carbonation which helps to give the hops a bit of an edge. Nicely bitter finish.

Overall: A pretty solid 'West Coast' IPA - this is noticeably different from the mid-west/East Coast beers I've had, with more of an emphasis on the resinous hop flavours. I'm drinking this on a hot (by UK standards, at least) day and it's going down very nicely indeed - pretty solid for an American IPA and an excellent summer beverage. (1,263 characters)

Photo of cherche
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark for an IPA. Pretty white head. Smell is hoppy but not strong. Taste is balanced. Feel is normal, good carbonation. Overall a solid IPA. Nothing to write home about but won't disappoint. (196 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into pint glass a ways back (from notes)

A clear amber liquid with a plenty of bubbles that grow in size, two fingers of cream colored foam sits around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings

S mango, orange marmalade orange creamsikle, leafy hops grapefruit, a little candy like, pretty solid

T sweet soft caramel, pine and lemon rind, candied hops, decent and drinkable but I preferred the nose

M medium bodied, less carbonation then expected, just a little gritty in the mouth, sticky on the lips, rind ad pine linger

O good but not great, easy drinking IPA though just nothing to really set it apart from the masses

A good beer but I can't see myself buying another 18$ 6 pack with much better IPAs on the same shelf for less money (769 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear amber color and a tall tan colored head. Can I call this one IPA Orange? Not really.

Smells malty and it is 3 feet from my nose. Malty with mostly a pine hop scent. Smells a bit like a pine board.

Starts out neutral and a bit savory on the tongue. Taste is malt pine and wood. Besides the pine I'm getting flowers and herbs from the hop and a faint taste of chamomile tea. One of the tamer IPAs this doesn't wear your taste buds out. Bitter after taste in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and user friendly IPA, this is something you can drink 6 of at a time no problem. (619 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a malt, hops, yeast and fruit aroma.
Appearance- Pours an amber color with a nice white head.
Taste- Really good hop and fruit flavor
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- A real good American IPA, this is the second beer I have had from Caldera and I am two for two with great taste!! well done. (377 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, another surprising west coast arrival on Alberta store shelves - those reps sure must be having fun doing their jobs!

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a thin band of sudsy bike chain lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, zesty orange and white grapefruit rind, wet pine forest floor, and further lightly boozed-up tropical punch notes. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, a bit of semi-sweet toffee, orange cream, grapefruit soda, a reduced pine needle astringency, and the same rockin' and a rollin' tropical fruit notes from the nose.

The carbonation is quite light and beguiling in its come-hither frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops, haven taken one look, and feigning injury, turning tail and fleeing. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the bitter pine and citrus character complementing the draining biscuity maltiness.

A pretty decent rendition of this Left Coast staple - no surprise that this brewery is much closer to Northern California, than it is to Portland, for what it's worth. Easy-drinking, good and hoppy, and with an import sixer price that is less egregious than the norm around here - happy camping in summer '15, ladies and germs! (1,364 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden edges give way to a deep burnt-orange heart as Caldera settles into a shaker-pint, keeping quick-bubbling along its thin head, allowing for very solid lacing along the glass as swigs are consumed. And this is a very swiggable IPA: nicely juicy and fresh, with its substantial hopping feeling not the albatross but the elevating factor in an IPA that smells like fresh mountain air—crisp, almost mercurially clean, with only hints of snow-dressed pine and shrubs—and tastes surprisingly buoyant despite only medium amounts of effervescence.

Besides the hopping, the malt is sweet, but not overly so, with excellent balance and just enough pillow for the pine-and-herb hop-forward nature of this beer, and no additional weight added; this allows Caldera to be a bit atypically "juicy", as far as IPA juiciness goes—tasting almost like pine nettles and barks were somehow directly juiced, then a small measure sweet marjoram and a dash of honeysuckle were thrown into the mix, bubbles were introduced, and: voilà, this beer. In other words: it's extremely sure-handed, and therefore exceedingly sessionable, with the cauldron-master deserving plaudits for this excellently executed, very true-to-conventions (in the best of ways) American IPA. (1,267 characters)

Photo of Brushkanna
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks a bit cloudy with a red hue and tight bubbles, funky can label that looks like a reggae music poster
Smells a bit musty
Taste is hoppy and firm back end taste not too biter but full of flavor with some tart fruit tones like dried apricot
The feel of the taste lasts on your tongue
Overall this is a great beer i'm enjoying it (333 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, copper colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: sweet fruit salad, mango, pineapple, papaya, fruity West Coast, juicy

T: only a bit of the fruit comes through in the taste, quite sweet, grapefruit peel bitterness on finish

M: sticky with medium carbonation

O: aromatic hop smell is very nice, wish the flavor was as complex and powerful, color is a bit too red, good mouthfeel (464 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in 12 Oz can in okc. Poured into a glass and enjoyed in Amtrak sleeper car en route to Chicago.

Attractive orange-amber clear liquid with giant foamy off white head.

Aroma is a full mix of hops and malt.

Flavor is a bit muddied to me. A bunch of hops, but too many bitter and enough floral for my taste. Very rich but not in balance. The different notes don't play well together.

Very full mouthfeel.

I would have liked this one better with more sprucey and floral notes. (483 characters)

Photo of Erockruns
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drink this beer when brewing my own because to me, it tastes exactly like the hoppy wort I'm in the middle of boiling and it fits the situation perfectly. It has a nice pine/malt touch but I think it's pretty hop-forward for a standard IPA....I guess that's considered more West Coast although I just call it good. It took 4 cans of these to really understand the intricacies but I'm glad I stayed patient. It's a solid beer but probably somewhere in the middle of the massive craft IPA group. I doubt I'll see it again in the Northeast but you never know. Found it at a gas station in Warren, VT while snagging some Lawson's Sip of Sunshine. (651 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours three fingers of foamy head on a clear straw body.
The aroma has pine and lemon, then a bright spot of mango and pineapple.
The taste has moderate pine and lemon bitterness, balanced by big malt. Short bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.
Really enjoyable. (262 characters)

Photo of JackieKu
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml can. BB 2015/10. Poured into ISO wine tasting glass.
A: Gold to amber. Clear. With great amount of foam and nice retention.
S: The aroma is a bit weak for an IPA. Probably because the sample is not refresh. I got some grapefruit and honey.
T: The flavor is quite good despite the aroma was not intense. The hops/malts are really balanced well. Dry.
M: Medium to light bodied. Creamy.
O: Fairly good IPA but somewhat expansive. (432 characters)

Photo of johnnycros
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

As one other reviewer noted..."good drinking beer". It runs along the lines of Alchemy Ale to me, and very smooth easy to drink IPA that doesn't hit you hard in the mouth. (172 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is a dark honey color with a foamy cream colored head that doesn't recede too soon. Nice lines of lacing.

Aroma: Cedar, spices, wood, hops.

Taste: A ton of bitter grapefruit rind, woody cedar, bitter hops, and black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Thick.

Overall: Sticky and really bitter. Not my thing. (338 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pretty good beer. Poured with a large thick cream colored long-lasting head, good leasing and a slightly hazy honey amber color. Aroma is fresh beer, malt and hop resin. Flavor is like aroma and all qualities of sweet bitter and acid are well-balanced. Body is very good perhaps just a touch soft. Good drinking beer. (317 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip

Appearance - Glowing amber orange, opaque, 2 finger head leaves lots of sticky lacing

Smell - Piney, grapefruit hops mingling with a bit of toasty, caramel sweet malts

Taste - More piney, grapefruit hops right up front, pine resin, moderate bitterness, slight alcoholy fusel notes, some semi-sweet malts creep in to balance with honey, caramel, and toastiness. Finishes off dry with moderate resin bitterness.

Feel - Medium body, gentle carb gets the job done, nice and smooth

Overall - A solid IPA. Tasty, west coast vibe with plenty of piney grapefruit hops going on - but just kinda says "typical" to me. Thing is, the typical craft IPA these days is pretty damn good. (696 characters)

Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Paid $.29 for a single of this at TW in Chantilly after receiving $2 off my previous purchase.

Appearance: this is a beautifully clear, copper ale with a billowing, white head. Lacing was intricate throughout the British pint glass.

Smell: loads of citrus (i.e., grapefruit, oranges) followed swiftly by piney hops.

Taste: a superb blending of biscuits, fruit, sweet malt (think bread with honey), and a solid (warming) finish. There is a lot going on with this IPA!

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated with an excellent finish.

Overall: I'd heard really good things about this beer but had put off buying one for whatever reason. Well, not anymore; this stuff is a great representative of the style. The fact that it's out of a can is even more reason to enjoy. From the east coast to the west--Thanks Caldera! (811 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours orangish golden with a nice white head. Aroma has some pine, a nice dose of citrus, a little tropical, and some easy going toast. Flavor follows suit. A crisp, lightish medium mouthfeel. Overall, bought a sixer of this blindly and glad I took the gamble. This a great IPA and one I will happily drink again. (314 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Bronze, darker, dehydrated urine color, pretty transparent. 2+ fingers of white frothy head, good consistent lacing

S: pleasant pine smell, clean hops

T: quick bitterness that vanishes quick and becomes a pleasant, earthy taste. A little bit of pine and taste and then a random, raw can sugar after taste that is a little pungent.

M: midweight body, oily and stays in your mouth for awhile

O: solid IPA. Bitter but not too bitter and a little sugary finish. Not in my top 5 IPAs but I would definitely drink again. (526 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Medium gold to orange. 2 finger of fluffy white head. Retention 5+ minutes. Fingers are foggy when viewed from behind. Very consistent lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, mango, orange is tempered by resinous pine needles. Solid malt presence as well.

M: Pretty smooth, just short of slick and creamy. More oily in feel. Medium body. Fitting carbonation level.

T: Good apricot flavor, orange, and grapefruit providing moderate acidity. Very well balanced as orange blossom honey and biscuity pale malts come into play. Lasting pine hop bite. (566 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper color, good perlage, good foam, creamy.
In the smell a good fresh hop. But easy and pleasant, not too overwhelming. Tangerine, lightly resinous.
More intense taste, citric and resinous, quite bitter. Pleasant.
Relatively light body. Easily drinkable.
In the aftertaste the citrussy note dominates. (310 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a hazy orange with a nice white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of pine and citrus, with maybe a touch of malt. The aroma follows the taste with hop-forward pine, grapefruit and a bit of sweetness. The malt does a nice job of moderating the hops without overwhelming them. Medium mouth with lots of aftertaste. I can't believe it's taken me so long to try this one. It's a very good IPA. (415 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a re-review. The original review follows the new one:

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 3+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy with pine behind it and a touch of toffee;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mildly bitter ending;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not my style of IPA, but is well within the style guidelines; very different from my first tasting;

My original review with the original scores:

A: cloudy; bronze - a little darker than I expected; 2 finger egg shell head that receded slowly leaving a spotty film; nice lacing; (3.5)

S: balanced; hops are predominant, especially pine, but malt is clearly there; pineapple in the background; (3.5)

T: earthy, not at all like the nose; very little bitterness; an odd sweetness in the finish - not malty, more sugary - off putting; (3)

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; (3.5)

O: really liked it until I tasted it; when I expected it to get bitter, it got sweet instead; no date on can; perhaps it was old; I'll try it again as some point; (3.25) (1,095 characters)

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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