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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

1,045 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 63
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
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 cswhitehorse
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First micro brew for me in a can. Cool logo but with no freshness date. It pours a amber color with a nice sea foam head. The smell is strong of hops. The taste hits you with a dry hop appeal with a huge hop profile. It leaves a stinging pleasant aftertaste as it journeys down the throat. I really like the uniqueness of the this American IPA profile.

cswhitehorse, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bnoise11, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of polopaul20
4/5  rDev +1%

polopaul20, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of HopDerek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with a can.

Pours a clear amber color with 3 fingers of tall foamy off-white head. Great retention leaves lots of lacing stick. Smells of caramel, pine, grapefruit, and spicy hops. Tastes of toasted grains, caramel, citrus fruits, and bitter spicy and earthy hops in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Crisp and balanced with a nice woodsy bitter finish. Easy to drink and enjoyable. A solid sessionable IPA that has me looking forward to trying more stuff from Caldera.

HopDerek, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +1%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged this on a recent trip to DC, as you cannot get this in Ohio.

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a mug. Pours a very clear amber orange, with a 1 inch off-white thick head, that is slow to reduce. Leaves a fair amount of lacing around the sides as the beer is drained from the glass.

Has a slightly spicy aroma, with hints of citrus and some grassiness.

Has a grainy malt taste, with grapefruit pith and oak leaves. Has a rather hoppy finish, which is neither piney nor citrusy, but is just simply better.

Has a softer mouth feel you would expect, with almost soapy texture and they dry finish.

I like the IPA. It has a nice hop character which is uncomplicated, and a softer mouth feel that makes it quite drinkable. I also like the look of this can, and could easily see bringing this on a camping trip if it were readily available.

TheHoppiest, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

sukwonee, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev +1%

tclipse, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

schmidtmattsays, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Sazz9
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Sazz9, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +1%

Booner818, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

drdiesel9483, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +1%

CarolinaKev, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

OldhouseRecs, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of inspektor
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

inspektor, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Big billowy off-white head with decent retention. Burnt orange in color. Medium bodied with an oily feel and aggressive carbonation. Solid caramel malty aroma with a hint of citrusy grapfruit hop flavor near the finish.
Orange citrus flavores up front that transitions to bitter pine hop flavor that quickly follows thru the middle and to the finish. Noce caramel malt undertone throughout. Decent hop character and balance but lacked the hop intensity of a really goof IPA.

IronLover, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of dsauter
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet

A: hazy amber with an off-white head with plenty of staying power. Significant lacing.

S: grapefruit-y hops, earthy. Grainy. Citrus.

T: Smooth, bitter hops that don't bite. Light caramel malts that blend for a very pleasant combo. Grassy. Citrus-y.

M : light to medium. Dry finish.

O: Great IPA. One I would seek out again. Thanks, Cliff.

brewskifan55, May 27, 2013
Photo of chadwicktorres
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev +1%

fehrminator, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
5/5  rDev +26.3%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of sendsilk
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can recieved in a recent trade as en extra.

A: Decent head, takes a minute or so to settle down. Very clear light orange colored beer. Some lacing.

S: Fruity scents with not too much hops present in the nose.

T: This beer just is not a solid example of the style. Really not much of a hop presence at all. With what I have heard about Caldera 'Old Growth' I was hoping this would be a pleasant surprise. I'd skip this one if I was looking for a solid IPA

M: Low to medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

O: Move along, nothing to see here.

sendsilk, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Specs: Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo hops, with 94 IBUs...definitely looking forward to this

A: Pours a semi-transparent amber/copper color. The eggshell head is real fluffy and big. Retention is excellent, leaving a thick sheet of foam on top throughout the duration of the drink.

S: Very pungent nose; tropical fruits like pineapple and slight mango, piny resinous hops, and slight earthy undertones. Citrus (grapefruit and slight orange and lemon peel) is also apparent. Alcohol peeks through the nose a little bit, but doesn't take away from anything. Malts give a firm base and seem like they will balance nicely.

T: A little different from the nose...the 94 IBUs really shine and give off a puckering bitterness. Earthy, resinous, and citric hops make up a majority of the flavor. I don't know exactly what gives this flavor off (I have the same thing in my dry hopped IPA that was brewed a few weeks ago) but it tastes like the smell of whole hop flowers- slightly vegetal...I did dry hop with Simcoe so maybe thats where it comes from. Malts lend a caramel and toffee backing that helps to balance, but seems to be consumed by the hop bombardment.

MF/D: Smooth and creamy feel. Pretty big body for the style. Carbonation is awesome- at the ideal level in my book. Not necessarily a complete palate killer, but close to it. This makes for a good outdoor occasion IPA.

Notes: Solid IPA. Typical of the west coast style- bitter and resinous. Great tailgate or beach beer

scottyshades, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
5/5  rDev +26.3%

LightnerLiquorKS, Jul 25, 2014
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.