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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

496 Reviews

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Reviews: 496
Hads: 1,205
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 76
Gots: 142 | 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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Reviews: 496 | Hads: 1,205
Photo of AEK
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Copper coloured clear ale with a foamy white head. Head retention was brilliant.

S. Buttery, slightly musty, some fruit - perhaps melon and some orange

T. Malty, hoppy. A faint touch of scotch in the maltiness.

M. Medium bodied, oily.

D. Another thumbs up to my third canned beer from this brewery but considering that I 'go' for higher ABV beers I would have to rank this as my least favourite of the three Caldera beers I have had but still would not refuse another one.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Outta the can, into a pint. Good lace, head. Foggy copper.
Citrusy hops, tropical fruit malts, delicious. Balanced for an IPA, but still hoppy. A signature Colorado IPA.
Appropriate carbonation. Crisp. Dry finish. Canned IPA this good is a beautiful thing

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful vibrant and clearish copper with a solid finger and a half of off white chunky head. Head fell to a skim but coated and laced beautifully.

S: Rich and dank with pineapple, grapefruit and sappy pine.

T: The juicy ripe fruit comes on early with more pineapple and apricots. The fruit fades into a chalky bite and then flows into a long bite of bitterness with leafy piney hops. Makes the tongue stand up and leaves an aspirin type chalkiness on the palate. You can tell the malts are fighting for their life but they keep it balanced and punch through with some grain notes.

M: A full version of medium with some sizzling carbonation.

O: Very good. I could kill a couple of these. Thanks to the President for surprising me with this one.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great NW IPA. My can was about 3 months old.
A: a lovely red golden slight haze color with good off-white lacing. S: piney hops with some citrus. Not too much malt. T: pretty much aligns with the smell. M: balanced carbonation., no oily aftertaste. O: a nice example of a good NW IPA. Definitely would buy again.

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Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 8 ounce ikea globe.

Appearance, is copper orange & hazy with a strong white foamy head, which recedes revealing a curtain of lace behind.

Aroma, is noticable with citrus hops with some green 'earth-like' notes, and a waft of minor malt finish. To the tongue an orange citrus with a pine finish and some earthy tones, with a nice malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is mild to medium.

Overall a nice welcome to the scene at least for a newbie to Caldera such as myself.


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Photo of CuttDeez
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my snifter.

A - A clear golden orange, slightly burnt red color body with a medium frothy light white head.

S - Very nice and big citrus hop smell that is smooth and sweet. Very pleasant.

T & M & D - Great fruit sweetness up front that is refreshing and almost minty cool. Then some bigger malty sweetness on mid palate and the slight fruit acidity cleans the end and brings in some slight airy floral notes. The mouth is light and very drinkable, I go back to refreshing.

O - Awesome IPA and I love the can. They really pull of the style well. One of my favorites that I come back to often.


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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams PP glass. Pours an cloudy yellow with a one finger, foamy white head, which dissipates very quickly. Some nice lacing going down the glass.

Smells of caramel malts and not picking up much of the hops in the nose but my sense of smell at the moment is not the best.

At first taste I get a little hop bitterness followed by caramel with a big piney, resinous hop finish. This is a very tasty IPA.

Medium bodied with very bold flavors. This beer leaves behind that resinous, piney hop flavor after the beer has been swallowed.

I really like this beer. It is most certainly a hop lovers delight. It's fairly low ABV could allow one to drink down a few of these in one sitting. However, the price could limit the number of times I try this, at over 16$ for a sixer.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from can to my Brooklyn imperial pint glass. Singlt layer of tight laced off-white head fades to barely covering the brew within a few minutes.
S: Sharp citrus and pineapple hop aroma. A tiny bit of hop astringency. Characteristic hop sweetness is appealing.
T: The same sweet and sharp hop flavors are found here. Very similar to HotD Blue Dot. Almost a piney flavor.
M: Smooth and a tad away from creamy. Very delicious flavors last on your palate.
D: Great beer. I would love to open up a few cans of this brew on a hot day. I'll have to grab a few more. Wish it was readily available here.

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Photo of raverjames
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow and clear. Nice 1 finger white head.
S: Not much here. Slight Cascade hops and malt. I was a bit disappointed at first because the smell was unimpressive.
T: A nice mix of the C hops. This gives a mouth full of bitter grapefruit and citrus.
M: Very bitter, just like it should be. It is also quite crisp, which makes for a refreshing IPA. No alcohol burn at all.
D: This is an excellent easy drinking IPA. I wish the aroma was a little more hoppy, but overall I enjoyed the brew. I am happy to find this on the shelves at my local craft beer store.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant, shimmering honey color. Very generous off white head, sticks around with good lacing.

Smells like im sticking my head in a barrel of fresh hops. very floral and earthy, some citrus. the hop presence in the smell of this beer is assertive and strong.

Taste gives way to fresh, juicy grapefruit and resinous pine. Extremely vibrant. Definitely hop forward, not a lot of malt to explore in this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is nice and moderate. Has a nice flowing, juicy feel to it in the mouth, I can tell this beer is very fresh.

Highly drinkable, I'll get right down to it and say this is an excellent IPA I could drink all evening. They did a great job on this beer, i'd consider it in the class of the best IPAs I've had.
This is also my introduction to craft beer in a can, very impressed all in all.

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Photo of beerbully
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A-Clear copper with a substantial head rising to the top of the head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a rather thick lacing

S-Faint citrus notes, somewhat bready, and floral, some sweetness

T-grapefruit, some mild bubble gum sweetness, taste is stronger than the nose a bit of a dry lemony finish

M-A bit dry, thin and crisp,

O-good solid IPA. very drinkable, good flavor with the convenience of a can

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Photo of Genghis22
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No Canned on Date

A - Pours a rich amber color. Completely clear, with minimal head.

S - Sweet hoppy syrupy smells. Hints of piney resin.

T - Piney, resin, floral hops. No noticeable citrus qualities. Finishes very dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Just right for an IPA.

D - Nothing I would go out of my to get again, but nothing I'd turn down either. This is a solid IPA. Not a lot to rant about, both positive and negative. The flavors are pretty one dimensional, bitter piney hops, no citrus undertones that I enjoy so much.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Stunning clarity, this thing is absolutely defect free, and has a wonderful amber color, with a slightly off white head, suddy lacing and ropes of carbonation.

S- Herbal, lemon grass, piney and a tad of citrus. Has a lot of herbs from far away, even, and it has a very nice balance of all 5 scents.

T- slightly spicy, malty, but held on because of the hops. This had a little less to it than i thought it would, but its probably because im used to DIPA's. To be fair, it has a remarkable balance to it...i really enjoy this beer, and for something in a "can", which most people are shaky about, i found it impressive.

M- Medium body, nice mixed malty/bitter after finish that is slightly cloying but not offensively.

D- This stuff is fun to drink. The can is yellow, lively, and fun to look at. I see people looking at this beer all day on the shelf wondering why something in 6 pack cans costs so much. I have an answer for them now! GREAT BEER!

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Photo of dannydetox
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.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I dont believe that I tasted the freshest can, I didnt see a date on the can, so cant affirm or deny. Poured from can into a pilsner glass. Nice orange color which fades to yellow on the outside of the beer. 1/4 inch head that laced the whole glass. Picture alone, this looks like an amazing beer.
Smell was barely apparent. I tried several times to get any aroma at all. I do pick up a faint aroma of orange, pineapple and other citrus notes. No pine smell at all.
Taste is average. Not anything surprising or breath taking. No real note supercedes the rest. Faint hints of orange and citrus fade to a very faint sign of pine on the end.
I rated the mouthfeel better after reading the abv. For having 6.1%, its very easy to drink.
My overall attitude of this beer is that it is ok. Not a great one, and not a bad one. Then again I have no idea how fresh my sample was.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass at about 40-45 degrees.

Shows an orange-like copper in the pint with a nice white froth. Citrus and pine hops jump out of the glass with orange, lime, dried apricot, subtle peach (I know...it's weird, but that's what I got), pine, and easy hop leaves followed by a clear caramel, biscuit, and a touch of cereal grains. On the palate, there is a medium hop bitterness that shows fron the beginning through the finish that is smooth, but a little lean and kind of weak for an IPA. Although the beer is very smooth, balanced, and easy to drink, I was looking for more of a hop presence from this beer (being that's it's a west coast style IPA). Overall, it's a solid IPA that is very easy to drink, but one that left me looking for more.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from can to my New Belgium globe. Thanks to Vince for this one.

Appearance - Deep amber orange, completely translucent, not sediment or haze at all. Pours with a very frothy slightly off white 2 finger head that dissipates to about 1 finger and leaves a nice lacing all the way around the glass.

Smell - The smell has some great pine and citrus qualities from the hops. A very rustic and earthy scent can be found. There are hints of grapefruit and a bit of orange rind. Great presence of the biscuity malt and some caramel sweetness.

Taste - Not a lot of that pine and rustic earth come through on the taste but you do get some good bitterness in the form of citrus and the biscuity sweet malt comes out nicely on the end with a surge of fruity grapefruit and orange. All of that is followed by a nice bitter finish. I love the fruity sweetness followed by that bitterness.

Mouthfeel - This seems a bit watery for my liking, and a bit light too, it doesn't take away from the beer too much though luckily, still great. The carbonation seems pretty good, maybe a bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability - This one has good drinkability, nothing amazing, I could definitely drink a few cans. The 6 pack may be an issue but I'd attempt it.

Great IPA, in a can no less.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A stunner in a can

A deep color of honey, painted on a desert mountainside at sunrise. Plenty of frothy sticky icky lace - whitish, messy and organic like foam off the ocean. A lingering head that leaves plenty of webbed lacing down the glass.

Smells like an artists interpretation of hydroponic marijuana. Incredibly dank, backed by a tight jolt of crystalline sugar. Smells of wild fields of flora and fauna. In my head I am brought to my knees, imbibing in nature's melody. In for one more whiff... DANK! High in the nostril a hint of potently sweet floral hopiness surfaces and then disappears. Wow.

That nose is expressed well in the mouth. Starts wet and slightly sweet, attaining a Noble hop bite on the front of the tongue. Low sweet caramel notes hold things briefly in check but the hopiness only continues to grow from the front to back. In the middle a plethora of fruity notes emerge - grapefruit, lemons and oranges. In the next flash though its the earthier, piney hop that begins to shine. By it's finish the show is brutally bitter - it 'Arcs' only as it finishes. A puckering bitterness that again brings to mind the wild tastes of a forest. Hops are pooling on all sides of my mouth with pine-like bitterness. My tongue is buckling, and I'm wondering if I'm as much of a hop head as I think I am. The hops are imposing their will on my senses, and I'm starting to beg for mercy. The brewer has fortunately carbonated the hell out of this beer. The hydrophobic (read: oily) resins are minimized by all the surface area provided by these bubbles. This produces a light/medium body with a lot of texture. I am catching an alcohol heat in the back of the throat that is not totally pleasant. Drinkable, HUGE, challenging.

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Photo of Finn
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light orange gold, with modest tightly knit bit of head that stays.

S: Nice piney, grapefruit and citrus, hint of biscuity malts

T: First flavors are a strong, piney, grapefruit bite, with a tad of crystalish malts barely balancing it out, then a bitter finish of resinous west coast hops.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation, slightly sticky, cloying finish. maybe from the hops.

D: Decent drinkability, though I've had much more drinkable IPA's. Still a very delicious west coast IPA well worth the try. Just probably wouldn't make this session beer.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass. Don't know the dting on this but have seen it at my bottle store for a while now and don't know if it's been siting around for awhile. Nice just over and inch head. White. Thick. Heavy malt. Fruit. Apple. Pineapple. Slight pine. Transparent. Wouldnt try again. Not bad but expected a little more for the price. Overall not too bad.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of dougfur
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/4/10 Got in a trade from ILikeBrew, thanks Micah for some Pacific Northwest Beer!

Poured into Alchemist Brewery pint glass

A: Pours clear dark orange with an inch of soapy head. Hangs to the glass pretty well to the bottom.

S: Caramel malts, grapefruit, some pine resin

T: Mild fruit up front, then the caramel/toasted malts in the middle. Finishes dry and bitter, nice punch.

F: Slightly less than medium, with lower carbonation than I'd prefer.

D: Pretty low carbonation for the big IPAs I'm used to drinking, so I could definitely do a few of these in a night.

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Photo of nc41
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now available in NC, and now I can see it and smell it the score went up. A really great canned IPA for the pool /beach or really anywhere. I also like Avery IPA, and Modus in cans, but I would have to give this brew a leg up on either, a little more fruit and hops than the others and at 6.1 ABV really drinkable. Not terribly bitter either, so it would makea great IPA for anyone who wants to step up ftom PA's to IPA's.

Also found the last sixer in Myrtle Beach on the shelf, and what a great surprise. Not only the only the only canned IPA available but a damn tasty one, Drank it out of the can so I have no idea on what it looked like, smelled like or any kinda head retention, but I loved it. I also had some Modus, but Caldera was definitely a little more fruity. IMO a real find, and a real solid A kinda brew. Would have scored higher if not being guzzled at the beach which knocked down the appearance and nose, Drink ability is good but the ABV in the killer heat had to be respected although not a heavyweight in this dept

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.