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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

896 Ratings

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Ratings: 896
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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Photo of mtrentm


4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can to a pint glass.

A: Light rust orange copper color with a one-finger white yellowish hued head. Nice sticky lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Not a blast of hops on the nose as expected from a NW IPA but improves as it warms. Smelling of grapefruit, oranges & a smell ever so familiar to when I lived in Eugene (Ganja).

T: Amazing flavor! Starts out off-dry kind of sweet, then BAM the hops hit! Very nice bitterness with pine & citrus flavors & a little bit of that Ganja flavor from the nose. Finishes with some caramel & great bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied, with a nice refreshing crispness.

D: Very drinkable IPA, always a go to favorite since I love the bitterness it provides!

Serving type: can

03-01-2009 21:45:51 | More by mtrentm
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice off-white head over a light amber colored beer, good retention and light lacing

s: nice nose of tropical fruit juice hops, grassy, not as vivid as some but certainly pleasant with aromas of pineapple and passionfruit, pale base malt supports lightly sweet caramelized sugars

m: carbonation on the lighter side of medium, medium body, smooth

t: pale and caramel malts provide a base for a leafy tropical hop flavor, malts are a pretty weak, my only knock on this one...could use a touch more grainy caramel for balance and to increase flavor complexity, moderate to high grapefruit bitterness

d: no problem, a solid ipa

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

6//24/2013: The hops I get now are more woody, musty, bruised citrus, and allium. Still, a nice beer and the profile is interesting. Gonna leave the scores be.

Serving type: can

02-26-2009 03:37:20 | More by blackie
Photo of jdoncbus


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclederby!

Poured into Sam Adams BL glass. Pours honey color, hazy, good amount of carbonation with a fluffy three finger head. As the head slowly decreases, clings heavily to the side of the glass; nice show.

A rather tame aroma consisting of grass, floral-pine, sourdough, with a touch of funk. Images of that candy I got every Halloween, bottlecaps, creep into my head.

Piney, earthy hops attack the palate; more flower than citrus in this NW IPA. Just enough caramel and bready malt to provide a little balance with touches of butterscotch. The finish is a grassy, bitter greens that drys the mouth to Sahara like levels. A touch of alcohol too.

The can tells the story with a handful of hops boiling a black pot, did I mention the can? A tasty brew that cures whatever ails 'ya; hophead elixir. I could drink a lot more of this and dig the 6.5%.

Serving type: can

02-26-2009 02:04:24 | More by jdoncbus
Photo of Jimbo87


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In a pint glass. Clear amber, nice yellowish head.

S: Piney, citrusy hops. Malty, bready, herbal.

T: Like smell. Bitter. I like this.

MF: Like most beers for me, not remarkable; standard for the style.

D: Very drinkable. It's a little pricey and only sold by the can. But if it were cheaper/sold in 6 packs here I'd definitely pick up a sixer.

Serving type: can

02-22-2009 04:37:12 | More by Jimbo87
Photo of BeerSox


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into nonic.

Crystal clear honey amber hue with a thick two finger head that seems to last forever.

The malts are well hidden behind very aromatic piney hops. A little bit of honey is in the background. Though the hops are sharp, the seem slightly subdued.

Toasty grains set the base, which linger throughout. The hops provide a citrusy and bitter flavor, with a little bit of lingering sweet fruit. Full bodied.

This one seemed to disappear from my glass quickly. Very drinkable and well rounded. I like this one a little better than their Pale Ale, although both are good. Recommended.

Serving type: can

02-15-2009 00:01:50 | More by BeerSox
Photo of bbothen


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/rust like color with a bubbly 2 finger deep head. Lots of sticky webbing left on glass as it's drank...drunk..drinken...drunken...

Somewhat subdued hoppy aroma, tropical orange & citric aromas, malts come through well, bisquit, toast. Nice.

Toasty, bready malts give way to the nice hoppiness, grapefruit, orange peel, lime zest, some caramel sweetness, somewhat herbal.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, juicy, yeah juicy.

Another highly drinkable brew from Caldera. Wish I had access to this all the time. Would be frequently in my camping stock & disc golf bag.

Serving type: can

02-10-2009 21:32:25 | More by bbothen
Photo of Kegatron


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear caramel amber with a couple fingers of poofy off-white head. A thin and foamy layer of retention flares up very nicely, leaving a big creamy cascade of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is rich with a ton of tropical fruit character, along with floral notes, spice, and some bread.

The taste is a moderatley bitter and spicy hop profile that is well balanced by citrus and toasted bready malts. I'm not getting a lot of sweetness out of the backbone but it's enough to even things out. Finishes with a dry lingering combo of bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely mellow and creamy feel. Very easy feeling overall.

I've been wanting to try some of Caldera's offerings and this didn't disappoint. Nicely balanced IPA flavors with a big drinkibility and I love the fact that this is in cans. Nice!

Serving type: can

02-10-2009 17:41:25 | More by Kegatron
Photo of aforbes10


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack of cans from the Davis, Ca Co-Op. Pours a nice reddish amber with a strong white head of fine bubbles. Head thins to a milky skin. Laces uniformly but in a bit of a watery manner. Smells strongly of grapefruits, oranges and pine needles. Hop oils on the nose smell great and work well with a nice sweet smelling malt undertone. Flavor is more grapefruit, and quite bitter. Hops are strong and tasty and nearing the amount of bitterness i generally consider to be too much, but without quite getting there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Drinks very well; another good beer in a can.

Serving type: can

01-26-2009 03:46:23 | More by aforbes10
Photo of Proteus93


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright yellowish amber with a nice stickiness to the head, though retention is a little flaky and quick to recede.

S: Woody and piney... a hint of spiciness. Almost like a dash of raw nutmeg has been added to the hoppy blend. Quite kind on the nose

T: A pungent IPA... woody, earthy, musty flavours. Some spiciness, and a little citrus rind. No real sweetness or "malt balance" on this one... pretty much straight up bitter.

M + D: Moderate carbonation, a rather heavy but creamier body. Flavour is good, but maybe a bit one-dimensional in some ways. If the price were better, I'd come back to this one again, but like the Pale Ale, it simply is not at this time.

Serving type: can

01-24-2009 07:21:22 | More by Proteus93
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice burnt orange with a white head that holds fairly well and leaves very pretty lace. nose and taste consist of piney, citrusy and maybe peachyish hops with a caramelly backbone. decent mouthfeel, a little thicker would be good for me, but there is no doubt this is a first class ipa. tons of competition keep the ratings down, but i could knock these back all night and be in sweet hophead bliss the whole time.

Serving type: can

01-20-2009 16:16:07 | More by timtim
Photo of hopdog


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can.

Poured a medium amber color with an averagd sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earthy, floral, and citrus. Tastes of pine, citrus, and some caramel. Nice grapefruit bitter finish. A vert nice IPA and from a can too!

Notes from: 09/14/07.

Serving type: can

01-13-2009 15:03:28 | More by hopdog
Photo of gford217


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can courtesy of Reino poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a small creamy white head that dissipates slowly to a sizable ring and leaves sporadic lacing.

The aroma is well balanced with the citrus showing out up front with some grapefruit, orange peel and some grassy hops. There is a also a fairly big caramel sweetness balancing it out.

The taste has the same citrus hops up front with grapefruit in the forefront, but it seems to be a bit earthier than the aroma suggests with a sturdy malt backbone that gives way to a finishing bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly prickly with strong carbonation.

This is a very drinkable IPA and one of the better beers in a can I've had in a while. Very tasty.

Serving type: can

01-11-2009 22:44:15 | More by gford217
Photo of Chelsea1905


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
Photo of MisterClean


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with some friends at a homebrew meeting.

A - Pours light golden, 2 fingered head, and dissipates fast.

S - Grass, pine, and honey.

T - Grass, pine and honey again.

M - Bitter, lets you know it's an IPA and it ain't messing around.

D - Good, but average Joe would need to appreciate and expect a bitter beer.

Serving type: can

12-14-2008 18:28:20 | More by MisterClean
Photo of maximum12


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So...not only does ThirstyHopHead agree to send me two bottles of the 2008 Abyss in a recent trade, but he drops three beers I've never heard of in as extras. Including Caldera IPA. Not only never heard of the brew, no clue the brewery even existed.

The pour is the initial use of a Flying Fish glass that marcpal sent me recently. Clearly he read my mind about the need for smaller glasses in the house. Thanks Marc!

The 12 oz. goes into the tulip with about an ounce or so to spare. The smell knocks me for a loop, a bitter, disgusted, angry, fucked-up hophead's dream searing my nostrils. I was kind of looking at this as a nice, gentle way to start off the night. What did I get myself into?

Ah, I see. I got myself into a kick-ass IPA I've never heard of before. The taste is aggressively hopped, pleasantly oily, bitter, sharp, clean, & all the things a good IPA claims to be. Wow. First-class IPA. Really, really good.

I could drink these all night.

Thanks Mr. Hophead, I am going to put this on my wants list hoping people will drop a can or two in as extras. The only thing preventing me from trading for it is the existence of a local brew, Surly Furious, maybe you've heard of it. This is...almost...no. I can't even type it. It's close. Great beer.

Serving type: can

12-07-2008 00:09:45 | More by maximum12
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Djeucalyptus for these! Poured from the can to a tulip. Fairly clear pale orange with a sticky, long lasting head. Lots of lacing. Fairly pungent resiny, piney aromas. Taste is very piney right away. Good hop bite and very crisp and clean feel. Just a great, easy drinking ipa- right up there with other great ones as far as drinkablity. Great beer!

Serving type: can

11-23-2008 14:26:08 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of ArrogantB


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can courtesy of Unclejedi, thanks! nice orange color with a foamy, sticky white head. Smells hoppy, resin, catty, nice. The taste is nicely balanced with the hops not really taking over just blending in to the picture. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Another example of good beer in a can.

Serving type: can

11-23-2008 02:55:43 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent pour from the can produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a light amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, orange / red tinged, full copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely hoppy, though not aggressively so, there is also a fair amount of malt character that accentuates a sticky hop character. Aromas of candied orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, caramelized oranges, some touches of pine and green herbal notes and, towards the finish, a touch of cracker like grain and lightly toasted malt.

Slightly sweet, somewhat light bodied, but definitely hoppy. A nice bitterness clings to the palate and lingers for quite some time in a long, bitter, dry finish. Up front the bitterness takes on a decidedly herbal note with touches of hemp, biting pine flavors and a bit of herbal / green-grassy notes. This is definitely nice and quaffable, it is not overly sweet nor thick for an IPA, though the hop character definitely tends to cling to the palate. The first sips, as well as sips where I have gone and done something else for a while, have a much more prominent citrus hop character (with orange zest, grapefruit notes, kumquat and perhaps a touch of lychee); otherwise the herbal and bitter hop flavors dominate.

The flavor is much more harsh and aggressive than the aroma suggested, but it will certainly still be enjoyable for the hop heads out there. A solid IPA, that could actually use a touch more malt, or to dial back the herbal and bitter hop character.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: can

11-16-2008 01:19:53 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of pjwilson


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awsome yellow can caught my eye. Bought at the Sacramento Co-op which is behind my house.

a: I drank the first two out of the can. For some reason I really like drinking out of a can. Pours a nices light brown color in to a pint glass. Has a full head.

s: Leans on the bisquity side. I'm feeling Nectar IPA here. Good, dirty, malty nose

taste: Really nice bend of malts and hops here. Again can't help but think of nectar IPA, one of my favorites. This beer hits the spot with that wonderful mix of malt and hop flavors.

m and d: The drinkablity is great due to the light mouth feel on this beer.

Serving type: can

11-09-2008 03:54:20 | More by pjwilson
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-26-2008 21:13:31 | More by koopa
Photo of DIM


4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very pale, clear golden color. It was served to me with craggy, sticky head that stuck around for awhile.

s: Big piney hop nose with a little lemon.

t: This tasted very fresh. Sweet flavors of toffee and then a big piny hop blast at the end.

m: Fabulous carbonation, long lasting. Perfect.

d: One of the best IPAs I've tried. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2008 10:48:12 | More by DIM
Photo of GbVDave


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a completely clear golden orange color with a firm off-white/light-orange cap of puffy foam. Lots of bubbly and sticky lace left behind. Lazily carbonated.

S: Big piney hop nose right off the bat. I also pulled out aromas of orange, caramel, grapefruit, tangerine, and a pinch of pineapple. Also noticed a medicinal/aspirin type aroma that was strangely apealing.

T: Big bitter pine with a fine coating of toasted malt and caramel. This sports a plethora of citrus and tropical fruit flavors with elements of cut grass and metal.

M: Spicy astringency that's balanced by the sweet and creamy caramel malt. Finish turns bitter and dry with an underlying peppery hop quality that keeps things pretty interesting.

D: This was a very nice surprise. This IPA drinks exceptionally well. Excellent balance between bitter & dry hops and sweet maltiness.

Serving type: can

10-03-2008 22:44:51 | More by GbVDave
Photo of CrellMoset


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can as an extra from flexabull in a trade - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a healthy-looking clear orange amber-bodied brew. A mild pour coaxed a good one-plus finger white foamy head with above average staying power that leaves some sticky, creamy lacing as it fades away, sort of randomly thrown across the sides of the glass. Very good start.

Aroma: Great west coast aroma. That one-two citrus-pine combo is so traditional for a reason - it smells great. This one's not overstated, and compliments the roasted, sticky, doughy malt backbone well.

Taste: Expertly balanced. It's not too bitter or too malty, and the maltiness isn't too sweet or too dry. Hop profile is a little milder than I'd like, but more so than a lot of IPAs - I'm just very demanding of my hops, I suppose. Leafy floral notes, pine, and lots of grapefruit makes for a good hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, fairly fluffy, but very even and creamy, precisely what you'd expect from the look of the head. Carbonation is precise and pronounced, a little prickly, and the hop oils increase the slickness factor ever so sightly.

Drinkability: A great, drinkable, sessionable IPA in a can that hits all the right notes without knocking any of them out of the park. But that's not what you're looking for with this one. Portable, tasty, aromatic, pleasant looking ... this one definitely comes recommended, and many thanks to flexabull for sending this one my way.

Serving type: can

09-25-2008 01:26:20 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caldera IPA flows out of the can into a nice clear orange/light amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Nose smells of west coast hoppage and some malts. Taste follows, good grapefruit hop flavor with some spiciness in there as well. A good malt backbone, but not overwhelmingly sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty much just what it should be, but could be just a touch thinner. Drinkability is very good here, as this one is defenitley summer slammable. Overall a good beer, solid session IPA, and a good option for those seeking craft portability. Its not Oskar Blues, Its not Surly, but its still craft beer in a can baby.

Serving type: can

08-30-2008 23:04:40 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of beereality


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can....Dropped hard into my imperial pint produces a big white fine head, over a hazy apple juice looking fluid. Crisp citrus smell with a hop presence as well. I taste hops right up front, with a dry bitter citrus finish. Much better as it warms. The head pretty much disappeared, but left some nice lacing. I can absolutely get a subtle tangerine smell from the beer, but a strong smell from the can. This is a very good canned beer. I wish I could buy it around here.

Serving type: can

08-17-2008 19:57:16 | More by beereality
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