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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

999 Ratings

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 62
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of Tucquan


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

09-23-2011 21:29:12 | More by Tucquan
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

09-09-2011 00:39:36 | More by jtd1969
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

09-08-2011 21:07:38 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of peabody


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

08-28-2011 07:48:33 | More by peabody
Photo of dcloeren


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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

08-15-2011 22:45:04 | More by dcloeren
Photo of jeff1973


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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!

08-13-2011 22:10:46 | More by jeff1973
Photo of BrewerB


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

08-08-2011 04:56:10 | More by BrewerB
Photo of KMcG


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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. 

08-07-2011 21:32:48 | More by KMcG
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

12oz can with no freshness date. Poured to a Duvel tulip.
Hard pour yields 2 full inches of white head that hangs on for a while leaving very sparse lacing. Really nice medium amber color with a slight chill haze.

Smell is mostly malty with some tropical fruit and floral notes. I swear other cans from the 6-pack had a fuller nose though. Taste is really good similar to the nose with a nice pine finish, sticky and resiny with a full bitterness. Mouthfeel is perfect: medium carbonation and medium body.

Very enjoyable brew overall and extremely drinkable. I do feel there were inconsistencies between cans though, but I still very much enjoyed this one.

08-05-2011 05:35:47 | More by LSUPT
Photo of sendsilk


3.05/5  rDev -23%

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.

08-04-2011 14:16:58 | More by sendsilk
Photo of NStLincoln


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours an orangy amber. White head.

Sweet Bread notes with ultra ripe fruit on the nose. Hops are restrained here.

Citrus with ripe tropical fruit. Pleasantly hopped and not overwhelming. Tasty with a long aftertaste.

A solid, drinkable ipa. Perfect for summer.

08-03-2011 16:45:03 | More by NStLincoln
Photo of harrymel


3.35/5  rDev -15.4%

Can date:unk

A: Pours a copper ale with two fingers of peanut head which falls slowly to a thick quilt of the same. Cobweb lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Mango and papayas with some citrus notes and some resinous notes as well. Malts are sweet and subdued.

T: Lightly bittered, oxidized malts. Some raisin notes and some nice citrus (grapefruit and orange) flavors. The malts are quite oxidized and that's just not cool. Not bad, but not great either.

M: Medium bodied with surprisingly low carb. Lightly slick finish.

O: About average. Good nose, but taste is nothing to call home about. Decent hit for a can.

08-02-2011 15:07:21 | More by harrymel
Photo of Phelps


3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured into a small snifter.

Light sunset orange color with perfect clarity and a grayish-white head that deposits speckles of lace.

Honeyed biscuits and spicy hops in nose. Clean, understated and balanced.

Caldera’s website says this was brewed with Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo -- which has me confused, because my taste buds are calling these hops earthy and spicy, with none of the usual snap of American-grown hops. Perhaps it’s the abundance of malt throwing things off — there’s a lot of toasty biscuits, bread and uncooked pale barley before the clean, dry finish.

The medium body exhibits a very light touch of carbonation and soft silky fizziness. Lightly bitter.

I found Caldera’s IPA very similar to their pale, with maybe a half step up in each category. While both beers are enjoyable enough, they lack the hoppy bite I crave in American-brewed versions of this style.

07-25-2011 23:13:00 | More by Phelps
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%

12 oz. canned poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark gold to light amber body with a substantial white head. The foam sticks to the glass and the lacing is decent.

Smell - I get hops, some grapefruit and some pine. It's more of a biscuit malt aroma, though. Kinda smells like an ESB.

Taste - Hops at first, more pine in the flavor than in the smell. Malty behind it. Biscuit malts and a touch of caramel. Not sweet at all, but malty nonetheless. Tastes like an ESB, too.

Mouthfeel - Just a tad heavier than medium bodied. Feels heavier because of low carbonation. Has the feel of an ESB, too!

Overall - Not as hoppy as I would like from an IPA. Better than the other Caldera beer I've had, though. Not something I'd look for.

07-23-2011 01:16:15 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

appearance - light amber color, just a little darker than I expected from the nose, big frothy head.
Smell - very nice hop, pine, some fruit
taste - nice hoppy grapefruite taste, dry finish
mouthfeel - very even, not too thin, not too chewy for a single ipa
overall - solid, I doubt I will pay $12.99 again for this brew and it probably factored into my rating

07-03-2011 00:55:08 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of CuttDeez


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

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.


06-28-2011 19:38:50 | More by CuttDeez
Photo of Knapp85


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Snagged a can of this after seeing that it's got such a positive amount of reviews. The beer poured out as a clear yellowish gold color, it has a pretty good looking soapy head on it. The lacing is a little sticky but not too much. The smell of the beer has a really nice malty and hoppy aroma. The hops smell bright and fruity. The taste of the beer was pretty good. The hops were definitely in there ready to hit ya in the mouth. The malt cleaned up the mess in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall it was a pretty good IPA.

06-28-2011 03:34:13 | More by Knapp85
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

I purchased a six pack of this at Peabodys in Boone. I had not idea that the six pack was going to $12. Seems pricey to me, cans or bottles. Anyhoo. I cracked open the first one and was immediately greeted by a ton of fresh hop aroma in the face. Awesome! Piney and citrusy with some oiliness.

Pours from the can into a pint glass an amber color with a nice, one inch size and very foamy head with great retention and lacing.

Taste is pretty darn spot on. Slightly sweet up front with plenty of hop flavor and hop bitterness at the end. There seems to be a bit of alkalinity that adds some artificial and chalky bitterness that keep this one from being a classis. As it is, this is a real winner.

Some may disagree, but this is one hell of a "session" IPA. ABV is kept in check and this one goes down so smooth. Maybe it was worth the $12. Actually, I say it was.

06-27-2011 20:33:39 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Jenkster4


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

Was expecting it to be tasty, and tasty it was indeed. Nice golden orange appearance, hardly any head. ** Taste is above par for an American IPA, I could throw back many of these no problem.
This is a great little IPA, and will be coming back to it time and time again.

06-27-2011 17:53:35 | More by Jenkster4
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%

My main man woodychandler comes through with yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, not much else. Taste is also all hops, dry and bitter, not much else coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

06-25-2011 14:36:36 | More by tone77
Photo of litheum94


3.88/5  rDev -2%

12 oz can. No canning dates. Reviewed 6/3/11.

Opaque amber body. One-finger, light tan head. Dense with tightly packed bubbles. Settles very slowly, leaving lacing on the glass and a thin, creamy topping.

Tons of pine hops, with aromas of resin and pitch. Floral hops as well. Caramel malts and a touch of apricot sweetness.

Quick hitting flavors at first, with biscuit malts followed by bitter pine hops. Very slight raisin flavors appear mid-palate. A grapefruit citric bite develops as well. There's a long lasting, drying bitterness from the hops, enhanced by high carbonation. Crisp and clean.

06-23-2011 05:15:58 | More by litheum94
Photo of Yagman3000

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Served from a can into a pint glass.

Appears orange with a touch of gold. Foamy head present.

Smell is underwhelming. Don't puck up too much on the hops front.

Taste is good. There's sone hops with a tasty malt balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Nice!

Overall a pretty hoof experience. I'd have this again.

06-18-2011 01:23:43 | More by Yagman3000
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pretty deep orange color with a nice lacing.

S- Huge notes of citrus: grapefruit and orange.

T- A good tasting IPA. Nice even bitter hoppy flavor throughout. Can't taste any alcohol which makes for an easy drinking beer.

This is a good West Coast IPA but it is lacking a little when compared with other beers of the same style and region.

06-16-2011 21:08:58 | More by cbros
Photo of seeswo


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%

Can pours that golden-brownish color common to malt forward IPAs. Nice big off-white head leaves sticky remnants all over the glass. The nose is mild caramel malts with a restrained, slightly grapefruit hop presence. The taste is pretty mild. Some lightly tropical, but mostly generic bitterness is largely overshadowed by the heavy caramel malt presence (though not a big sweetness - this beer is pretty dry). Seems somewhat out of balance. Mouthfeel is strong in carbonation and a medium body with some malty stickiness. Overall, this is a very drinkable, very (caramel) malt forward IPA with a mild tropical/generic bitterness. Not nearly my favorite, but not bad. I would call it pretty distinctly average.

06-16-2011 04:12:52 | More by seeswo
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.