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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 61
Gots: 46 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-20-2011 18:54:59 | More by DoctorB2B
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-18-2011 21:48:16 | More by TheBishopco
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish amber with 1/4" of dense, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malt, pineapple, and grapefruit with a faint flora aroma. The taste is bready and malty up front with a nice blend of hop characters ranging from pineapple, grapefruit-citrus, and faint pine. The flavors are very well blended. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and very refreshing.

This is delicious and very easily drinkable. I could put away a lot of these especially since the bitterness from the hops isn't overpowering like in some IPAs so no diminishing returns here.

Serving type: can

11-17-2011 23:55:20 | More by tdm168
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-16-2011 19:47:33 | More by bastu
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-15-2011 17:10:50 | More by dukebrian
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-15-2011 08:04:36 | More by doughanson78
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - hazey orange in color with a rocky white head which quickly dissipates to a thin film.

S - the nose is rich with hops. piney and fruity. sweet caramel malt notes and some cherry esters.

T - clean, lightly sweet malt upfront followed by some piney bitterness and a long cherry/sweetish finish.

M - smooth, creamy, a touch watery and a full zippy carbonation.

O - nice IPA with lots of piney notes but could've had a bit more bitterness on the tongue.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 05:27:02 | More by Teleweizen2
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint

An amber colored body with some orange highlights. A firm two finger cap with very good retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

The aroma is bright. Ruby red grapefruit, pine resin and floral hops on top of a sweet caramel malt bed. Slightly more hop forward than malt forward on the nose.

A little bit more of a balance here. It's like east coast meets west coast in one can. Big grapefruit and pine with sturdy caramel holding down the back end.

Sticky and resiny on the feel, medium body with good carbonation.

This guy has some nice attributes. Some bold hop flavors and aromas, but they strike a good balance with the malt.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 15:43:48 | More by ColForbinBC
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC - only place in this area that sells it. Poured into a 0.5L Ayinger glass ("Echte Bierkultur Geniessen") from a 12oz. can. Had a sip of this one golfing and had to give it a proper review.
A - nice, slightly hazy dark orange/amber color. A nice rocky head forms off the pour and a thin layer clings to the glass and hangs around all the way down.
S - Nice hoppy nose off this one, with some maltiness mixed in.
T - Funny how your brain needs to adjust when drinking out of a can; first sip of this was during a round of golf, right out of the can and my first thought was, "wow, this is GOOD beer" because you're expecting something thin and watered down. A "proper" tasting confirms my first sip; poured into a glass, this is a damn good, drinkable IPA. Nice hint of sweetness up front which is quickly run over by a nice rindy, bittery-y flavor which hangs around on the tongue for quite a while between sips.
M - This drinks pretty smooth; carbonation is pretty low but the bitterness hangs around for a while (in a good way).
Damn solid IPA; highly recommend grabbing it if you spot it somewhere (especially you East Coasters).

Serving type: can

10-29-2011 02:24:13 | More by bosox941827
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Good copper amber with a head that lingers.

S - Pine, tropical fruit, and caramely malt

T - A balanced IPA. The hops give it a good fruity and bitter punch, but the caramel malts really give the most character and are present and linger throughout the whole experience.

M - Decent carbonation, not too carbonated, and smooth mouthfeel.

O - A highly sessionable and pleasant IPA!

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 23:57:51 | More by doopydoogle
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange-amber with a towering head of persistent, lumpy foam. Sugary citrus zestiness, green pine, and a crackery/doughy note in the nose. Very smooth hoppy flavor. It doesn't smack you in the face with any sort of brashness, just lovely fresh hops...orange and pine (definitely some Simcoe in there) with a gradualy increasing bitterness that tends to stick to the inside of the mouth. Not particularly "bright", it leans more towards the dark and dank side with just the right amount of malty sweetness and a touch of honey. Medium bodied, oily, and bitter. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:55:22 | More by wedge
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack at my local grocery store. Poured into a stone nonic.

A very pretty and pretty tastey IPA. Comes through with some thick texture and dark fruit flavor initially and transforms into juicy hops finishing with a tad of extreme bitterness. A really well rounded, perfectly B+ IPA that is very cost effective if you're looking for something to knock a few back of and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:17:58 | More by Klym
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and Hazy unfiltered red-orange honey color with a light creamy off-white head.

Smell: Big amount of spicy floral aroma. Rose hip, lavender and citrus. Green grass, tomato and cucumber. Firm toasted biscuit malt base. Fresh baked bread and buttered croissant.

Taste: Natural garden grasses and flowers. Leaf. Pine. Very tasty with subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied slighty chewy malts . Light with a bittersweet finish.

Overall: Very good unique IPA. I like the whole flower quality. A little on the high price end and not very available in my area. I'd love to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 06:16:45 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Eggshell white head that pours ferociously but disapates quickly leaving foamy lacing. Not too many noticeable bubbles.

Big time grapefruit and piney hops hit the nose immediately, caramel and some yeasty characteristics.

The aroma matches the taste quite accurately. Sweet caramel with bready yeast mixes with piney and grapefruit hops. Slight metalic bitterness is noted as well but is quite tasty nonetheless.

Light body, light but noticeable carbonation. Very easy to drink although there is a lasting dry bitterness feeling but it leaves the mouth moist.

This is a pretty straight forward IPA with the bitter hops being the main focus but there is enough sweetness to smooth it out. This is definitely a worthy IPA to check out for Hopheads.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 01:03:18 | More by 9InchNails
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice yellow-orange, with a thick white head. Looks delish. Maybe its my nose, but I don't detect too much - citrusy hops with a pine undergirding. But the taste is exceptional. Wonderfully bright hops and a satisfying malt backbone. But like most west coast ipas, this is not balanced...thankfully. A hops explosion of grapefruit, spice, and pine. Awesome. This is the best IPA i've had in a can...and one of the better ones around PERIOD. Check this one out.

Serving type: can

10-01-2011 01:15:17 | More by kingjames1
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought this beer for me from a trip to Oregon.
It poured a hazy amber orange and produced a about one finger high, white bubbly head. It dissipates fast and leaves good lacing.
The smell is very intense flowery hops, with a nice combination of orange, peach and citrus.
The taste is just like the smell announced. Fruity citrus flavors up front, great hop character in the middle and a bittersweet finish, where some carefully measured orange balances a slight bitter end. Great beer and something I would love to try on tap.

Serving type: can

09-28-2011 02:53:24 | More by Hopfenpeter
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-23 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Almost clear, orange-amber with a 2-finger off-white head with big bubbles and moderate lacing.

S - Fairly strong aroma that can be smelled 18" away. Sweet malt, citrus and hop floral.

T - Much like the aroma. Sweet bread and fruit followed by a dash of orange flesh a touch of spice and finally orange rind bitterness doesn't dominate. A pleasant, well-balanced bitter-sweet taste although it doesn't blow my hair back.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A bit syrupy with some prickle

O - I enjoyed this brew. It has a lot of flavor for being 6.1% ABV.

Serving type: can

09-23-2011 21:29:12 | More by Tucquan
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped this open and a fruity piney smell, Cloudy golden orange color when poured in a pint glass. Nice foaming thick head. Big and hoppy, yet smooth as butter. Minimal hop after taste (I like this, so was a liittle disappointed with the lack there of there) However, a delicious beer. Would drink it anytime!! I bet on draft it is a delight!

Serving type: can

09-09-2011 00:39:36 | More by jtd1969
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from can.

A: Slightly hazy burnt orange color with a frothy sticky off white head, very sticky lacing.

S: Big pine and grapefruit hop aroma with some sweet malts.

T: Lots of pine up front with a nice mixing of hops and malt in the middle, although staying strong on the hop side throughout. The finish is dry and bitter with a pronounced grapefruit flavor, as well as a some bell pepper.

M: Medium body, crisp medium-high carbonation, dry finish. This IPA has bite but is still very drinkable. Could be due to a slightly low ABV.

O: I thought this was a very very good IPA. Definitely my favorite in a can so far. Not a bad price either. I found this to be very similar to another IPA that costs at least $2 more for a six pack.

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 21:07:38 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a little thin looking weak ice tea color with two fingers of slightly off-white suds and lots of lacing.
Smell is strong citrus and grapefruit rind. This is a great smelling beer.
Taste is piney and grapefruity with slight sugar.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a big hop brew. Not sticky at all. Very quaffable.
Overall I would have to give this a 4 even though it's really in the 4.12 range.
Only reason not to give it a 4.5 is the cost of this stuff. 16 dollars in Ky.

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 07:48:33 | More by peabody
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Flying Saucer in Nashville

Poured a crisp burnt orange with 2 fingers of bright white head. Slowly faded into a thin film but produced excellent lacing.

Big pine notes with some prominant mango notes. Solid caramel malt finish

Taste follows the nose. Great pine resin taste up front with some delicious mango backing it up

A little light in the body for my taste... Good amount of carbonation. Drying hoppy aftertaste. Produced a little bit of hop dragon breath.

Overall, a tasty and refreshing IPA. Great smell and taste but a little on the thin side for my taste. Would not turn another one down by any means. Definitely worth trying

Serving type: can

08-15-2011 22:45:04 | More by dcloeren
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Sam Adams "Perfect" pint glass. (I don't know why, but beer seems to taste better out of this glass vs a regular pint glass. Call me crazy)

A - Nice dark burnt orange color, off-white head, good lacing.

S - Pine, grapefruit, mango, nice!!!

T - Bitter and piney upfront, with a nice grapefuit and earthy end. Well balanced. Tasty.

M - Medium with medium amount of carbonation.

D - High. Very tasting and refreshing.

Not the hoppiest IPA out there, but well-balanced and tasty. Extremely easy to drink. Great beer. I am really starting to like these Caldera guys!

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 22:10:46 | More by jeff1973
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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a coworker for trading this bottle to me. She's a big IPA fan and this beer came well-recommended.

Slightly clear with a moderate haze, medium orange. Two-finger off-white collapsed thin but retaining well with lacing. Pervasive tropical fruity hops, mango and pineapple. Supporting toasted malt makes an appearance, too. Mild herbal notes in the background. Moderate level of toasted malts, herbal hops, medium level of bitterness. Fruity hops sneak in the back-end Medium, dry finish with a lingering hop bitterness. Medium-light bodied with a moderate/moderate-high level of carbonation.

Great hop nose and a well-formed flavor make this a good example of the IPA style. Could use more diversity in the flavor department.

Serving type: can

08-08-2011 04:56:10 | More by BrewerB
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: the color is an amber hue. The head developed nicely to about a finger width thick and then subsided to a glaze of fine foam covering the top if the glass. The glass sides become coated in the fine lacey foam that seems to hug the glass. 

Smell: piney hops and citrus. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy and inviting. 

Taste: hoppy with a bitter flavor that is similar to a nice dark (I mean real dark) chocolate  the most obvious taste is grapefruit, but there is also bright, garden fresh green pepper hint. Marathon aftertaste!

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation. Hops and malt seem pretty well balanced with a slight advantage to the hops. 

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 21:32:48 | More by KMcG
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has recently hit the NC market...in reading reviews I' puzzled at the reviews. This is an AWESOME IPA...simply awesome.

Appearance is great, cloudy with a very decent 2" head. Smell is fresh hops and malt...more hops than malt.

Taste is mostly all grapefruit hops...I love it. Right next to G'Night (Gordon) as the best beer from a can...I gave my son a can and even his collage buddies who don't like IPA's said it was amazing.

The price point is a little high ($13 for a sixer) in NC but I love this brew.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 04:51:50 | More by unionturf
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