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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

1,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,046
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

fox227, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Shooter1960, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of drewba
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mages64 & psiweaver for hitting a perma-want in the partners BIF!

A – Orangey-rust with a fantastic fluffy cream colored head. Great head retention which hangs around for a good 10 minutes. There are two fairly prominent floaties in here; not sure if they're hops, or pieces of Oregon.

S – The aroma is a little subdued, but what I'm getting out of it, I like. Lots of really earthy pinecones and trees, orange marmalade, light grass and a fair amount of caramel dipped bread.

T – I don't see a date on the can, but I think this might be on the older side. BUT, being just over the hill doesn't stop this from being delicious. The hop profile is on the mild side, but maintains for the entire taste with fresh cut grass, lemon soda, barely bitter grapefruit and spruce. The malt that backs all of that up comes out in toasted nuts, lightly sweet caramel, hearty rye bread. There is a really nice balance going on here – while I would like the hops to stand up a little more, the malt profile is still second fiddle. But even though the malt characteristics take a backseat to the hops, the nut+caramel bread combo is fantastic.

M – No problems here – medium bodied, a touch on the syrupy side with an understated carbonation pop.

O – Easily a beer I could drink by the six pack. Also would be good for a newer ipa drinker who need some malt balance and isn't bitter to the point of no return.

drewba, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Shilt, Dec 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of coldriver
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Good head and lacing, pours a deep amber. Aroma is citrus piney hops, with a bit of toffee. Taste has a great hop profile, bitter piney yet plenty of flavorful citrus fruit as well. Dry finish, medium viscosity. Overall a very nice west coast style IPA.

coldriver, Dec 18, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6er of this, cool lookin can! On sale for 8.99 I believe. Normal is 10 bucks I believe. Poured into a frozen pint glass right from the fridge.

A- Pours an orange dark straw color. Good lookin'! LACING is great in this beer! O so sticky!

S- HOPS HOPS and more fresh picked fruity HOPS. From past experience with this beer I know everything improves as it warms up. Very beer-like smell. Also lots of grain as well. Great smell

T- Starts with a very short great malt and grain taste then right into a delicious fresh hop flavor that reminds me of the smell of picking a ripe hop bud right off the bine! Lasts for some good time. I dare say the most profound fresh hop flavor I've ever tasted in a IPA, it literally tastes like you put some hops in your mouth and started chewing it up and its great. Very full flavored.

M- Medium, not too light but not heavy.

O- A great IPA, I am not the biggest fan of piney IPAs but this one has just a touch of it then followed by fruity hops (my preference). A for sure thumbs up from me. Darn near my most fav IPA. Pick some up, you will enjoy if your an IPA fan.

IPAguy2009, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Kaydogg, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

jak, Dec 16, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/20/11
*From notes

A: A lovely darker shade of amber-orange. A good pour yields a two finger head and decent lacing. From the looks of things, this is filtered.

S: Resinous, a bit dank and fruity.

T: Piney, yet there's some tropical fruit which kicks around the walls of my mouth. Golden toasted grains and some earthiness wrap things up.

M: Extremely creamy. It really feels luscious.

O: Caldera's IPA is yet another solid entry into one of my favorite styles. It ain't at the top of a prestigious list, but it's certainly one I've got qualms quaffing. This is one I've reached for before, and will again. If you see (fresh) cans of this, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Rhettroactive, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

yeager31, Dec 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

MCDub, Dec 15, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Rhettroactive. Thanks buddy!

A- Pours nice deep golden shade. Bubbly white head, clings to the edge of the glass with bits of lace sticking.

S- Big burst of orange and mango aromas. Tough to even pick anything out over the great smells coming from it. A little sweet malt at the end.

T- Not what I was expecting after the nose. Some citrus hop flavors up front but very subdued. Sweet malts quickly take over and mix into a sweet almost tangy taste. Where did all the juicy hop flavors I thought were coming go to?

M- Lighter side of medium body. Little carbonation. Very mild bitterness. Kind of metallic after taste.

O- It started off so great. Fizzled out with the mediocre taste. Was really wanting big juicy hop flavors, but just weren't there. Thanks for the try Rhett!!

HosP, Dec 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

mjtiernan, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to robbrandes got this extra. Poured into tulip glass...

A- Dark for an IPA. Bronze/copper color with a rocky pale cream head. Sticky lacing remains on the glass and is slowly revealed as the head sinks into the beer.

S- Citrus forward. Lemons and limes, fruit Smarties, and grapefruit. Aroma is a little lighter than I remember, and not much malt behind the hops in nose.

T/M- A slight chalkiness upfront on the flavor before the citrus comes through. Grapefruit and grapes pop prominently. Bitterness is all on the finish, with a nice moderate IBU level that could be about 10-15 higher per my preference. Alcohol announces it's presence, but not over powering. Body is medium, leaning towards heavy. Carbonation is fairly low, leaving this slick and borderline slimy in the mouth.

O- I like this beer now, but I love it when I get it at the bar and don't analyze it as much. Has solid properties, but nothing that makes it stand out against other competitors. Above average, but it gets pushed aside at it's price when Sweetwater, Yazoo, and others are on the same shelf...

TheGordianKnot, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

ROGUE16, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

pavpav12, Dec 04, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into The Bruery snifter...

Really like the can on this one. Has a psychedelic feel to it with all the bright colors...

A - Pours copper with a two finger off white head that dissipates at a fairly hasty pace. There is some sticky lacing that coats the glass...

S - Pretty docile. Citrus hops, and a hint of caramel...

T - Caramel up front followed by grapefruit, and a hint of orange. Finishes with a smooth hop bitterness. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Super smooth...

O - This one isn't overly complex, or a hop bomb, but it is a smooth well balanced brew. Definitely a solid session beer, and something I will be drinking again in the near future...


comfortablynumb1, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

onedogtwodog, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

touchmeimsac, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

kennylopez, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

twelveinches, Nov 27, 2011
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.