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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.

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

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a copperish orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Caramel, bread, pine and light booze

T: Taste follows nose pretty well. Balanced, with a good caramel and breadiness, floral and pine notes

M: Nice lingering bitterness and sweet, sticky feel

D: Good

Serving type: growler

09-11-2010 20:39:24 | More by barleywinefiend
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a lightly hazy, darker orange. Off-white, foamy cap. Leaves chunks and dots of lacing.

S-Aroma seems to be a little dead; maybe a sliver past it's prime. Still, there is a solid citrusy hop pop here. A bit piney as well. Also some other fruity hop aromas. Caramel malt.

T-Flavor is essentially the same animal but a bit more lively. An above average IPA that may be a little old. I can still taste it's essence and I like what it's contributing.

M-Medium everything: body, bitterness, carbonation.

O/D-I can tell it's older than I want it to be but it was still a good IPA. Will need to revisit

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 00:15:39 | More by VelvetExtract
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark red, copper color.

White head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Caldera has done a great job and sealed it in i can!

Orange, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit pine, and sweet caramel malt. Bitterness at the end.

Great body and medium carbonation.

A really good Westcoast-IPA !

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 19:05:00 | More by craftbeersweden
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that is slowly reducing to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mango, passion fruit, floral, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: Pretty much same as above. Balanced with a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, mild lingering hop bitterness, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty standard West Coast IPA. Nice hop characteristic and balance to the beer. Out of a can too.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 01:01:11 | More by Flounder57
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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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BryanCarey

Texas

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 21:53:22 | More by BryanCarey
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 21:49:53 | More by spinrsx
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 2/9/14

Appearance: Pours almost entirely clear, some chill haze, deep orange and copper with some light amber - pours with a medium-sized head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice spots of lacing though

Smell: Hello, Simcoe? (maybe?) - lively and hoppy, with a lot of citrus and some pine - orange, grapefruit, and a touch of lemon - orange and grapefruit juice - grass and some pine - a vague spiciness - caramel and pale malts - undercooked biscuits and toasted bread

Taste: Actually pretty balanced for something from the West Coast - big hop presence, with orange and grapefruit - citrus flesh and juice, with a touch of pith - moderate bitterness - some grass, pine resin, and some herbal/spicy notes - caramel malts, with some pale flavors in the background - toasty biscuits - crystal malt - a little mint in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, nicely carbonated, kind of watery but in a good way

Overall: Solid and somewhat memorable

This is a tasty IPA. It's not the best I've ever had, but that statement is not particularly meaningful in the IPA category. This has some nice citrus, pine, and mint. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 05:45:07 | More by angrybabboon
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BierJager89

California

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an orange/amber with a white head.

S: Fresh orange juice/zest, a little pine, in the nose.

T: A bit floral, pine, orange, very fresh-tasting, and delicious.

M: Medium bodied, not overly carbonated.

O: This is a great IPA, nice and citric. I think cans are great for keeping in the freshness and keeping out the light. Delicious beer, try it.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 22:24:20 | More by BierJager89
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.91/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 06:01:40 | More by kemoarps
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Caldera IPA has a thick, creamy, slightly off-white head, a mostly clear, orange appearance, with powdery white sediment suspended throughout, and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of very pronounced, piney hops and rich, sweet white bread. Taste is of the same, with an strong, but not overwhelming bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat slick, and a bit prickly. Caldera IPA finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and not the least bit alcohilic. Overall, this is outstanding.

RJT

Serving type: can

01-07-2014 14:46:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

2.74/5  rDev -31%
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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 03:46:57 | More by Omnium
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Durge

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep rusty amber color with a muscular off-white pillow of foam on top and plentiful lacing. The aroma is a somewhat light but tasteful blend of allspice and leafy pine hops. The flavor brings a nice blend of pine hops and nutty bright malt sweetness. There's a hint of orange citrus bite but overall this is a fairly mellow, highly drinkable IPA with solid hop action and generally enjoyable flavor. Medium bodied with a luscious feel.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 05:55:36 | More by Durge
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head slowly settles to a little more than a quarter inch frothy layer above a bright clear copper to bronze colored beer.

Pine and a bit of citrus hops and quite a bit of caramel malts in the aroma of this IPA.

Light caramel undertones compliment the fresh pine and light citrus hops very well in the taste of this drink.

Light dryish aftertaste with a slight lingering of light caramel and pine needles with this medium bodied beer.

Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked but the malts seem to balance this beer and make it a pretty good drink despite not being as hoppy as desired.

Serving type: can

11-01-2013 00:42:25 | More by LXIXME
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Brad007

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mild copper color with a two-finger head that fades quick to leave a touch of lacing on the edges.

Lots of pine resin in the nose. Some sweet malt in the backbone as well.

Hits the taste buds hard with an enveloping bitterness that even has a spicy kick to it. Malt like baked bread makes it even more memorable.

Bitterness isn't too sharp on the mouth. The carbonation level is high, albeit in a more relaxed manner. It compliments the bready malt at the end.

Very good. My buddy recommended this IPA and he wasn't far off.

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 23:02:40 | More by Brad007
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear copper with a creamy and generous off-white head that laces and leaves a constant blanketing while drinking. The nose presents huge notes of caramelized sugar, dripping citrus fruits, and blended booze. Similar characteristics come forward in the taste with an initial rush of tropical citrus fruits that mellow into a sweet caramel candy bitterness and finishes with a biting bitter booziness. It's medium bodied, sweet-bitter balanced, well carbonated, slightly boozy, but all around drinkable when decanted and given ample time to breathe/warm a bit. Definitely an IPA worth trying for the price, format, and availability.

Serving type: can

10-01-2013 00:38:34 | More by ThePorterSorter
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fine glass of ipa here, well made, well hopped, and excellent fall drinking. however, it lacked any distinctive element to make it memorable from the rest. great reddish hue to this, clear and copper, with an inch of soapy white foam, weightless yet dense. the nose has a good malt backbone, red and caramel malts give it a little more depth than convention mandates, and the hops used appear to be diverse and abundant. the flavor confirms what the nose suspected, a slightly sweet hoppy treat, with more balance and body than I personally need in an ipa, but striking bitterness on the back end is well received. too filling for more than a few, carbonation is right where is should be, and the aftertaste is long and hop forward. overall a nice first beer from caldera for me, but it didn't stand out as anything unique.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 18:56:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I wasn't overly impressed with this one because it seems to be lacking in hops, a key ingredent in the making of IPA's.
Perhaps it's old, perhaps not. It's the chance you take with beer stores.
It didn't look too bad. It had hazy clarity and a tall beige head that receeded slowly.
In the aroma all I got was sweet caramel malts. I tried to sniff out some hops but could not.
In the taste one finds sweet caramel malts and then some hoppy bitterness which was quite intense. The bitterness comes through about half way.
Drinks smooth and gentle. It's clean with a bitter ending.
Overall I need hops. This beer I could find none.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 11:53:17 | More by micromaniac129
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love the sorta Macedonian flag thing they've got going on behind the cauldron, eh? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, very light caramel, pine resin, light leek, and a nice helping of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the pine (now a touch earthier) and the caramel-y biscuit balanced very nicely, while still allowing the hops to have their full say. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and drying finish. Overall, a nice IPA, one that shows that even the West Coast knows how to balance an IPA.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 07:22:00 | More by TMoney2591
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dwren89

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: good clarity, amber orange, but leaning more towards amber with thick moussey off white head

Aroma: biscuit and toast notes with some floral and pine hop notes. Well balanced aroma but not particularly aromatic

Taste: surprisingly malty for an IPA. Well developed toast and biscuit notes that finish nicely bitter and hoppy with some balanced pine and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: full and smooth. A very comfortable and easy drinking beer that has good carbonation and full mouthfeel

Overall: A pretty solid IPA overall, I wouldn't put it in my top 10 but its not bad. Good balance and well developed malt character but lacking in some hop flavor that I was desiring when I bought this IPA.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 20:15:37 | More by dwren89
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dougfur

New York

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orangy color with a decent head. Smell is fairly strong and all oniony hops. The taste is similar. It's a well balanced, well brewed beer, but I can't dig the oniony flavor. If you like Deviant Dales, you'll probably like this one a lot too. A tad on the bitter side too.

Serving type: can

08-24-2013 01:30:16 | More by dougfur
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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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FLima

Brazil

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick off-white head with a decent retention.
Sweet bready malt and fruity aroma. Notes of caramel.
Well rounded flavor. Notes of grapefruit, tropical fruits, slightly toasted malts which are quite present and caramel with hints of pine and resin. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
Not a heavy weight IPA, more malty and relatively mellower on the hop area, but extremely well balanced and perfectly executed.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 03:53:51 | More by FLima
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bigaltemple

Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep copper color. Big, rocky, off-white head slowly settles to a half finger width. Great retention. Large patches of lace stick around after every drink.

Lots of malt sweetness. Caramel and some honey. Hops come through subtly, with some citrus and very mild floral aspects.

Much like the nose, sweetness is first and foremost. Bready malt. Finishes with a floral/herbal bitterness. No long lingering aftertaste. Drinks too easily and quickly to leave any. Medium body with mild carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Like this one. Great summer beer.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 03:26:23 | More by bigaltemple
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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.