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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

1,019 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,019
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 63
Gots: 59 | 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 tripelhops
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. There was no date on the can so I'm not sure how fresh it was, and thinking my can was a touch old based on my perception vs some of the other reviews.

Aroma - slightly cloudy, murky copper, decent foam that faded quickly but left some lacing around the top of the glass

Smell - very little hop aroma, maybe just a hint of citrus and a little more pine, but really had to work to smell it

Taste - malty sweetness then bitterness, but nothing outstanding in the way of distinct flavors

Mouthfeel - decent carbonation, lower alcohol for an IPA, easy to drink

Overall - I had this at a tasting not too long ago and remembered it being much better, so I'm thinking the can I bought may have been old. That said this is a decent IPA, nice that it's in a can, but also nothing stands out about it, either.

tripelhops, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Schmit
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs from Oregon (which is saying a lot).

$2 for a 12-oz. can at Full Throttle Bottle in south Seattle--and worth every penny.

Great head on this rosy-orange colored beer. It lets off a strong and unmistakable lychee aroma, which I've smelled on all three separate occasions I've tasted it so far. Flavor has the same lychee up front, with piney/resiny hops backing it up. Carbonation is good and the finish is pleasantly bitter that doesn't linger over-long.

All in all, one great IPA and probably the best thing I've ever drunk out of a can.

Schmit, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Very clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass, showing striking relief near the top of the glass.

S: Peppery and astringent herbaceous hops suggest dryness, with lesser tropical and citrus fruit also detected.

T: Begins dry, with earthy black pepper that seems to be associated with the aromatic hops from the smell. Esters are barely detectable, blending in with and complementing the hops. The fruit flavors give off a funky tropical quality, like durian. Acidity is restrained--detectable but never distracting. Husky toasted grain becomes more assertive in the middle, and moderate bitterness develops in the finish amidst continuing malt and slightly astringent hops.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and slightly sticky on the palate, with very low carbonation.

D/O: It seems like many of the IPAs made by the smaller production breweries struggle almost predictably with some facet of the style--all in the pursuit to be unique in order to stand apart from the pack. This contribution from Caldera is fairly unique in its qualities, but it manages to stay appealing. Its abv is on the low side of the normal range for the style, adding to its approachable nature. Look for interesting pepper and off-center tropical fruit, but don't expect anything too extreme--this is a beer that still aims to please.

beagle75, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

biglobo8971, May 30, 2011
Photo of NWer
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can an aggressive pour into a chalice. Looks nice. Dark golden clear color with a decent head. Lace layers nicely on the side of the glass.
Aroma is very pleasing building anticipation and expectations.
The taste isn't quite there however. The citrus is there - to a fault. A little too bitter with an unpleasing aftertaste.
It's good, just not quite ready for the big time. With all the great beers Oregon has to offer the competition is too tough to rate this beer among the best.
If they smooth out the edges with a little balance this can be a great beer.

NWer, May 28, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color with quite an impressive head. About what you'd expect from a good IPA :)

S: Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, lemons, etc..

T: Surprisingly non-bitter. Tastes closer to an APA than an IPA. Nice clean grapefruit with a bit of bitterness on the back end (but not too much).

M: Surprisingly light. Carbonation suits it perfect to keep it crisp.

O: Overall pretty impressive for a beer I've never heard of. Not too hoppy, not too malty, not too bitter, just does everything pretty well (but not amazingly, admittedly).

Dope, May 24, 2011
Photo of seans86
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light orange/amber color with lots of head. Big pine and grapefruit nose that screams bright hop flavor will follow, and it does. Taste follows the nose with big grapefruit notes that are followed by tangerine, pine, and maybe a slight pineapple at the end. Malt is light, slightly sweet, and lets the hops shine through very nicely. Not aggressively bitter but bitter enough to make you sip it a little slower, not offensive at all. Very drinkable, nicely priced, and always available where I am, making this one a regular for me.

seans86, May 21, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very aggressive head! Head is off-white with soapy notes, but primarily foamy. Great lacing stick to the glass. Brew is rich copper/orange color with yellow and red hues. Head is VERY thick and lingers nicely! Head tiers nicely.

S - WOW. I can smell it from two feet away! Smells like a GREAT IPA. Very rich citrus scent, lots of grapefruit and tangerines. Perhaps a little lime/lemon too. Hop characteristics are like few IPS i've smelled.

T - Buttery smooth on the front side with VERY *slight* bitterness on the backend. One the brew on your tongue is fully oxygenated it get quite bitter. Very unusual grapefruit taste. Very good brew, but a little too bitter for my IPA taste.

M - Amazingly light and fluffy. Perfect carbonation. Creamy and rich mouthfeel that spreads with the brew. The bitterness at the backend slightly bothers me, but would be wonderful with fish, potatoes, steak, or a nice cheese.

O - A very good IPA that drinks wonderfully and smells and looks amazing. It also comes from a can, this makes me VERY happy. I wish I was able to get this brew in CO to take backpacking.

Thanks for a wonderful trade brendaniel!

chugalug06, May 16, 2011
Photo of JCaweinstein
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

JCaweinstein, May 16, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there is a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is herbal and citrusy hops, along with a bit of sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly hops with some sweet malt noticable too. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with moderate carbonation. It's easy enough to drink. I think it's a good solid IPA. I'd buy this one again in the future.

bluejacket74, May 15, 2011
Photo of felipe2toes
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a thick off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing, head reduces down to nice crust.

Smells of pine, grapefruit, and resinous hops.

Nice hoppy flavor with citrus and pine notes. I tinge of malt as well.

Medium bodied mouth feel and overall a very drinkable beer.

felipe2toes, May 12, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canning craft brew - I'm a fan. Accessability. You would think it would bring the prices down but thats okay I guess.

From can to pint glass

A: Pours a darker caramel color pale with some orange tints to it. Massive khaki tan head due to bad pour on my part but sticky icky lacing fo' sure!

S: Instant pop of the top is burst of sweet mango and tangerine aromas. Candied orange rinds. Is this a friggin orange soda? I cant get over the smells of citrus oils here. Best fruity and floral nose in an IPA I have come across in a while. Better than Flower Power maybe.

T: Taste is intense hop bitterness that is just danky hops, resiny pine, and blasts of citrus. Grassy and sassy. I love it! Malts hardly detectable at first but the hops do settle down fairly quickly and give way to this sweet caramelly malt goodness. Soft caramel and sweet cracker. Nice bittery dry finish. Delciousness out of a can.

M: Sticky resinous hops do coat the tongue but overall pretty creamy in texture and peppers out the palate on the finish.

D: Pretty damn nice IPA out of a can I must say. Snowboarding, camping, fishing...they all just got even better. More please.

All I got to say is I need to get up to Oregon.

Nugganooch, May 11, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, bordering on orange. Completely white, fluffy head. Pine sap and floral bouquet for aroma. Malt sweetness is also detectable in the nose.

Taste is grassy, piny, spicy. Assertive but balanced, caramel malt is present. Big merit on drinkability, a simple and flavorful IPA. Finishes clean, nice and smooth. This would be a great "every day" IPA, but I guess, so would Pliny.

zoolzoo, May 10, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look of this is pretty freaking nice, the coolest part about the look is the contrast between the head and the body. The head is almost completely white, and the body is a reddish, orangey, amber color, it looks more like an amber than an IPA, but the head color and body color look really nice together. I can tell the head is a solid one, it is clearly leaving good lacing, it didn't hang around too long though. If it had better head retention I would probably give this a 4.5, but since that head went a little fast, 4. Nice citrusy hops on the nose, along with a very clean smell. The beer just smells super clean and fresh, like they used really good water or something. You can also pick up a nice malt note in there, it is pretty distant, but for sure there. Maybe some grapefruit in here too, not sure. The smell is very nice though, it smells like a very good IPA. Well on the taste, it for sure has enough hops, it's not a weak IPA, that's for sure. The taste is really just like I detected it would be on the smell, it's really big on the hops, and it has a very small malt note in the back end. Frankly I'm surprised at how much more hop there is than malt, I guess I just haven't had a really good (or hoppy, if you will) IPA in a while. Not super complex other than the basic tastes, but it is super well done none the less. The mouthfeel is also pretty good, nice solid feel to it, not too big, not too small, just right. Drinkability is a little low just because it is so damn bitter, but I can't be upset about that, that just means it's a good beer! Overall a damn good beer, not extraordinarily complex, but a very well done beer, there is really nothing wrong with this beer at all.

MaltsOfGlory, May 04, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

always love this IPA, might as well officially review and give it it's due. poured from a 12oz can - big ups for camping-ready beer!

pours a nice, clear amber color. big-time sticky, fluffy head; recedes to a half-inch layer of fine foam which does not budge through the last drink.

smell is a delight - crazy pine and a nice toasted malt, slightly caramelized sugar notes.

taste buds are loving it - classic west-coast IPA. is it bitter? you bet! nice alcohol warmth and a tight, clean finish. this is certainly sessionable for any hophead.

love to see our local southern oregon brewery making a top-notch offering!

robbrandes, May 03, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours amber orange with a decent finger of off white head.
S: grapefruit and light pine, and floral hop. There is some malt sweetness in the background.
T: a nice tounge coating hop, that is piny, a citrus cross between grapefruit and orange. Malt is light but nicely sweet.
M: coating hop, though the malt is light in the mouth, good carbonation.
O: canned beer is really starting to grow on me, and leaves me impressed enough to try calderas other offerings

rootbeerman, May 01, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Crate and Barrel Snifter.

A - Pours a clear, dark amber color with a one finger, fluffy off-white color head. The head is sticking around for a really long time. Excellent retention and excellent lacing.

S - This is by far the fruitiest smelling IPA i have ever had the chance of enjoying. Pineapple and mango DOMINATE the aroma. I dont smell any citrus or pine. Some maltiness is pressent, but the fruit dominate the aroma profile for me.

T - Piny and resiny hop flavors mixed with less prominant citrus and pineapple. The flavors are very crisp and clean. The sweetness that i smelled is not as present as i expected. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Well balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Fairly sticky from the resiny hops.

O - A great IPA. The aroma is second to none and it helps that it drinks as well as it smells. Its just high enough in ABV that i wouldn't want to session this beer. I also love the can and think that more beers need to be sold in cans. I will buy this again whenever and where ever i can find it.

dubinsky, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a vast amount of foam with awesome retention, which is off white in color. The body is clear and dark copper colored.

Aroma is pint and floral along with some toffee notes.

The brew's taste is a bit sweet in he way of caramel upfront, and quickly dives into a piny finish.

Feels oily slick from the beginning to the end, but with a mild warm finish.

TheSarge, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of thebeerisgood
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Not much to this one with very faint hints of floral hops and citrus, maybe a little grassy.

Appearance: A medium amber color with a thick creamy white head that leaves a thick top that follows the beer all the way down the glass.

Taste: Muted grassy hops, orange, balanced well with sweet malt and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light feel to it with mild carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad brew overall, but not great either. Checking Caldera's site on this, it claims to have an assertive hop profile and 94 IBUs. I'm thinking this can traveled a long way and sat for quite some time before being sold to me, because I am not picking up much bitterness or hops. Someone could have told me this was a pale ale with IBUs around 50-60, and I would have believed it. Still, it was an enjoyable beer, and I'll be keeping an eye out for others from this brewery.

thebeerisgood, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one from SuperNova777 in my poker winnings. Thanks a lot bud.

Poured a great copper color with quite a bit of big white head on it. Decent lacing as well. Smell is full of citrus and hops. Taste is very good - great hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light-medium. This beer goes down very smooth. Really glad I got a chance to try this beer. I really enjoyed it.

richkrull, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of colts9016
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger off white head that has decent retention. The head is frothy and bubbly with a little lacing on the head. The color of the beer is copper color with dark reddish hues. The clarity of clear with some carbonation bubbles.

Nose: There is a good pine, floral bouquet, and grapefruit with some citrus. There is a nice toasty malt. Other aromas are solvents and yeast.

Taste: A nice hop flavor that is pine floral, and grapefruit with some citrus. The malt is a strong backbone with a toasty note. Other flavors is solvents, yeast, and there is a tinny note.

The mouth feel is astringent and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium full. This is a good IPA but there is a metalic note that is off putting. Good beer overall.

colts9016, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a nonic. Thanks to BA redbird.

This brew pours a cloudy golden-amber color crested with two fingers of head that retains well and leaves great lacing. The smell is great. Hops, grapefruit, and some caramel malts. A normal IPA nose, but done well. The taste is that of a well-done, well-balanced IPA. The malts and hops are quite harmonious, neither taking over too far. There's some ever present grapefruit here as well. The aftertaste does bring in a great deal of hop resin over malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. Just a well-done IPA.

shand, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of haddon
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark golden color with large white frothy head. nice carbonation bubbles released throughout. lots of lacing down the nonic.

lots of hops on the nose. mostly pineapple with orange peel, spice and a very light sweet malt hint on the end.

citrus all over the place... grapefruit & pineapple. nice clean finish with a good bitter aftertaste.

medium body with a good carbonation bite. again, clean, fresh finish.

this is a really good ipa. nice hop profile that is clean and balanced. could drink this all day. Caldera hit a home run with this one. The only drawback to this one is the price. Too expensive at $13 a sixer.

haddon, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

316th review on BA
can to pint
No dating on can

App- Dark amber orange with a gentle 1 1/2 finger pancake head. Big cling in the glass.

Smell- Little bit of crystal malt with some caramel sweet, maybe a pinch of graprefruity IPA'ness.

Taste- A very well done IPA. Malty backbone with a spicy, fruity, candy like chew to it.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Fruits with a little pepper. Good stuff.

Drink- I will have this again. A good IPA from a can.

FosterJM, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a SA perfect pint, a darkened amber with three fingers of head froths forth.

S: Floral and citrus hops that lets a bit of malt through for a superb aroma.

T: The malt is well balanced against the citrus and herbal hops. A really well balanced IPA that brings a varied bouquet of hops to the table and supports it well with a robust malt backbone.

M: Mild to moderately carbonated with a bit of hops stickiness.

D: This is a great IPA that presents a powerful hops profile. This is up there with my favorite IPAs, and the boldness of its big bitter taste despite its canned presentation is a refreshing sight. This makes it the perfect beer to take to the beach or on a hike without sacrificing any flavor for portability and convenience. I've finally found a beer to replace Dale's for pure canned hop power!

itsfreeasinbeer, Mar 15, 2011
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.