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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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493 Reviews

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Reviews: 493
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 77
Gots: 134 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Photo of tut2528
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

once again, thanks to Jaap for sending me this one!

A: pours a deep dark orange with some brownish hints to it. pours a nice 1/2 fingers worth of head formation that dissipates rather quickly, but with a couple swirls of the glass, it quickly rises again.

S: awesome citrus (orange peel and lemon zest), some grapefruit, pineapple and even mango. terrfically balanced with a blast of hops. i also pick up on a sweet caramel backbone that holds this brew together.

T: big earthy hop bitterness, sweetened malt and a subtle peppery spice in there as well. the fruits aren't as nearly prominent here as they were in the nose, which is probably the most suprising aspect.

M: big carbonation, solid medium bodied, the palate is left with the dry hop bitterness and a slight touch of citrus.

O: if you like big bitter hopped up brews, this one is a must try. the aroma of this brew is amazing with the big tropical fruits, and I wish it carried over into the taste. Instead, as previously mentioned, the hops become the dominant player and the fruits take the back seat. Nonetheless, this is a great beer, that is has fairly high drinkability.

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Photo of vashooter
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving : 12 ounce can from Total wine served in a tulip (large one)

Appearance : Beautiful clear dark honey color, about what I would expect from an IPA, nice 2 fingers of head when poured into glass subsiding to a small half inch of sticky head that seems to want to hang out with me.

Smell: Is not quite as hoppy as a BIG IPA but lots of caramel blending, hop notes are somewhat subdued as the beer warms up but more hop nose when first poured.

Taste: Initially straight malt, sweet but, lots of hop character that is not overpowering or rude. No hint of Diacetyl or vegetable notes in my sample. Actually this beer is well made and well balanced, not as large as a lot of IPA's that rely on brutish hop levels with out good malt balance.I actually think there might be some demarra sugar in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Actually reminds me of a cross between an ESB and a IPA, the sweetness is there but the hops are there also, just not in your face hops. Warming to the tongue with a little bitterness in the finish. Wonderfully balanced beer. Someone put a lot of love into this recipe.

Overall: I give it a 4.5, However this can become one of my favorites very easily. Cheers

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Photo of AlexFields
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark woody amber, just under an inch of tan head.

Smells of sticky sweet pine, fairly heavy on the malt, some sweet stone fruit or maybe light strawberry or something. Smells good but maltier than I'd like.

Taste is more bitter than I expected from the nose, good dose of pine, some light fruitiness again that's hard to place. Pretty heavy on malt again but much more balanced by bitterness than it smelled. Actually more malty than sweet really.

Fairly thick body, more than I usually like in IPAs, but good carbonation too that keeps it from being syrupy or cloying. Solid.

Solid ipa, maltier than I like my IPAs but pretty balanced and drinkable, a good option for a six pack for a party or something.


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Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with three fingers of rocky and whipped head forming excellent lacing all over the glass, very nice beer.

Caramel, whole grain bread, husky and raw malt. Pine, green tea, and earthy hops hints of pineapple and caramelized onion, very rugged.

Husky malt, bready and grainy that complements the earthy and herbaceous hop profile. More tea leaves, bitter herbs and pine. Dull lasting bitterness that dries and scrubs the palate.

Medium bodied and lower end carbonation, works very well with the flavors here. No hint of alcohol and dries perfectly.

Flavorwise it doesn't wow like some other ipas but it's memorable for other reasons, it seems raw and built for the outdoors from the canned beginning. Balanced and earthy, very tasty one of the better cans out there.

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Photo of nUgZ
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper color with a 3 finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops, malt, alcohol, and also the aroma of tea. There's something about the smell that I don't quite like...maybe the tea smell.

T: Fairly heavy malt flavors but with enough hops to balance it out. Nice bitterness in the finish. Somewhat piney flavor.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A little lighter than my ideal IPA but very easy to drink.

O: Overall, this is a very drinkable IPA. Nice balance and good flavor. Lighter than my usual IPA's and the smell leaves something to be desired. A good option for when bottles won't work.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mixed and matched this can yet like others I am not sure how old it is.

A - Well I got little to no yeast particles so I assume it can't be more than 3 months old. Color is a hazy amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head that stays around for a while.

S - Smell is mostly subdued but has a nice edge of grapefruit hops. Really nothing beyond that and not really strong either.

T - Well it's not bad the grapefruit taste is juicy enough without being bitter or cloying and balancing sweet cracker malts seem to give it a great finish. Quite tasty,

M - Despite the sessionable ABV it seems a tad medium in body yet still tasty.

Overall this beer seems pretty good probably great fresh. Not terrible old though.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours copper with a 2 finger white head. Nice rings of small bubbles remain on the glass.

S- caramel, lemon, orange, some spice and pine.

T- toasted caramel, slight onion, citrus and good amount of pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some effervescence tingles the tongue.

O- ok ipa. Not sure how fresh this is so won't bash it too much. Not a fan of the onion flavor and could use a little more citrus.

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

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of foam. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma is nicely hoppy, tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot.

First sip is a nice explosion of hop flavor, with a solid burst of bitter flavor, but finishing clean without any harsh lingering bitterness. Substantial malt backbone helps round out the beer, but it just serves as a backdrop to showcase the tropical fruit hop flavors.

This is a very pleasant, enjoyable IPA. Balanced, drinkable, and satisfying. Would buy again.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Orange with 3 finger white head that settled to 1/2 inch. Excellent lacing throughout, clear with minimal effervescence.

Smell: Citrus and Pine, slight malt aroma

Taste: Citrus and Piney hops, slightly sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation.

Overall: Delicious IPA with a strong hop presence that is not overpowering, great beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into NB globe glass. Appearance is dark gold with moderate clarity. Thin white head forms and retains a layer nicely. Tons of lacing is left behind. The nose has notes of graham cracker, earthy hops, and dashes of lemon and grass. Taste starts bready with malt sweetness, quickly becomes earthy and bitter. Notes of pine and wood come through on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Overall, a nice flavorful IPA here with an interesting cracker component.

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Photo of jegross2
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Caldera IPA from the Caldera Brewing Company out of Oregon.
Score: 88

Unknown canning date with can code "1 813 113162A." This can was received as an extra from a friend just a week or two ago. Served in a tulip glass and enjoyed on 08/08/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright honey orange color that is a like a slightly darker "Blind Pig IPA" color with a finger-plus of soapy white head that settles to a film of head atop the beer. Excellent lacing, retention and cling. Just an absolutely beautiful looking IPA, honestly. 5/5

Smell: Orange-y tropical citrus and piney, slightly earthy, hops. A little sweet caramel, a touch of spice, and grapefruit. Really nice IPA aroma. 4/5

Taste: Juicy citrus, peach, spice, and a touch of wood. Nice piney hop bite. Sweet caramel malt backbone. Very smooth and balanced IPA. Not very aggressive at all. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with a low amount of carbonation that lets the bitterness from the beer sit and layer on the tongue. Oily, almost watery, mouthfeel. Bittersweet finish. 3.5/5

Overall: If I had to guess, I would say this beer is just a touch past its freshness prime. Regardless, this is still a delicious brew that I would definitely order again at a bar if I lived in the pacific northwest.

Recommendation: A nice starter IPA for casual beer drinkers. Give this one a whirl if you see it on tap. This was a nice extra, but it is not a beer worth trading for.

Pairings: Spicy Indian food.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured a mostly clear dark rust orange color with a two finger fluffy head that sticks around for a little while and left webbed lace

S- Huge grapefruit, citrus peel, big pineyness, some floral notes, pretty pungent and aromatic

T- Big citrus hop flavor, pronounced caramel malt character, some earthy and light piney notes, some soapy flavor, lingering bitterness

M- Light to medium bodied, a little lower carbonated than other IPAs, and lighter in body, finishes a little watery

O- Well apparently it is International IPA day, not like I need an excuse to drink one but thought I would crack open a canned IPA from my new home state of Oregon. I love the aroma on this one, a little lighter boided than I like for the style but this could be a great hot summer outdoors beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, slight tropical fruit, and some dank herbal hop aromas. Taste is mainly of citrus zest and earthy herbal hops with a slight tropical fruit flavor. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. can into a nonic pint glass at Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Hazy and very bright, sunny orange-amber color beneath a creamy and frothy two-finger head of white foam which left some good chunky lacing in its wake.

S: Very hoppy, bright and piney with some spicy, herbal additions and mild, tea-like scent.

T: Fresh, fruity and juicy hops grip the palate almost from the get-go. A hot cereal-like malt flavor keeps things balanced at first, before that tea-like, herbal bitterness creeps back in, making the approach to the bitter finish a bit more mild.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with enough balance to keep things in check before the bitter finish.

O: A very nice canned American IPA that showcases some of that Pacific Northwest flair in the form of piney, spicy, almost spruce-like and citrusy bitter hops through and through. The 6.1% ABV keeps a strong enough malt backbone on this brew to make it a little creamier in the finish, which was nice to have.

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Photo of farrago
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy two finger plus head, off-white with a mostly uniform surface, slight dimpling, nice retention, almost no larger bubbles, the lacing is wispy yet clings well. Coppery colored liquid, as close to brown as orange, clean and transparent, the bubbles are extremely miniscule and loosely arrayed. Straightforward nose of pine, grapefruit citrus, flowers and cocoa, sizable chunk of peach, apricot, guava fruit scents, very persistent and large in scale with no heat nor burn, just real easy to sniff. Medium-bodied with a touch more foaminess than one might prefer, does give it a pleasingly soft texture. As in the nose keeps it simple with pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine, lemongrass and flowers. Not as sweet as the the scents suggest, has a dry tacky feel. The cocoa and malt provide pockets of relief and rest. The pineapple, apricot, nectarine, papaya fruit somewhat demure but finish well. On the whole balanced while favoring the hops and tart aspects. No problem putting down two to three in a row, good sessionability for the ABV.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a sixer of these cans for the drive to punk rock bowling since the bright yellow can looks quite innocent - an ideal road beer. the packaging makes me think of grapefruit soda...

as for the beer itself, well, it is ok. i think i like it better out of the can, but this review is for one poured into a sam adams glass. darker amber color with a decent inch of head that stuck around until the end. smell is a mix of caramel malts with some floral, fruity hop qualities. not much citrus or pine like i would expect from a west coast brew, the caldera ipa reminds me of the english approach. pleasingly bitter on the finish. the 6.1% abv makes this one an easier drink with a lighter body and mouthfeel. good as a roadie if you value discretion, but there are many superior ipas for less than the $11 per six price tag. i think next time i will opt for the equally inconspicuous point the way ipa from local brewers golden road; they make a six pack of talls for the same price.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured copper and bright with light carbonation. One finger of fluffy beige head. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Citrus and toffee, fairly light.

T - Citrus, strong grass, some toffee, pineapple. Not great, just seemed standard.

M - Medium body and good carbonation with a bitter pineapple finish.

O/D - This beer was alright. Seemed like a run of the mill American IPA with no one element really surprising me at all. A little underwhelming and plain. Nothing special but a decent enough IPA.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Clear orange-copper pour with a thin layer of bubbles for a head. Aroma of citrus and leafy hops, light pale malts. Taste reflects the nose: solid malt base, leafy hops, light and tea-like; pretty basic, but not as flavorful as I like my AIPAs. Advertised as being "brewed with plenty of body." Well, something must've happened between then and now, because the body on this was very light, kind of watery in the mouthfeel. Crisp and fairly refreshing, but lacking in most vital areas that make for a good beer.

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Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Bell's Tulip

Many thanks to a great fellow BA, 4balance.

A: Pours a copper-orange color with a slightly off white 2finger head.

S: Smells of pine and hops. A tiny bit of citrus is lingering about.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, some piney hop bite with a citrus finish.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

O: Overall a decent IPA in a can. It doesn't quite hold up to some IPA's, but it's easy drinking with great flavor. Also, It's in a CAN!

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a moderate effervescence and a tiny touch of haze. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam with a touch of orange. Nice.

Smell: big piney, citrusy, grapefruity hops. Just what I expect from a West Coast IPA.

Taste: citrusy hops on top of a pretty substantially malty base with a hint of biscuit. Bitterness is big but quite smooth. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and a good creaminess for the style. Works for me!

Overall: a tasty and accessible West Coast-type IPA. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made sure I picked this up after seeing it since I felt like I may have had an older can when I first tried it. But let's get down to it. Love the nose; just pops and carries great hop tones. Very alive. The flavor profile is good. Lots of malts, yes. But the hops really step in there and contribute appropriately. Has a nice vibrant tone to it. I like it. Nice IPA in a can and a good beer overall.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear coppery orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin light beige head that diminished to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has interesting aromas of peaches along with notes of caramel malts and citrus hops.
T: Flavors of hops dominate the overall taste and lend flavors of citrus and tropical fruits along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish. There are notes of caramel malts.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very hop-forward beer but it is well balanced so that the bitterness is not overpowering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber to copper in color with some light visible carbonation close to the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some sweet malt notes that hint at caramel and honey. There is a mixture of tropical (mango and peach) and citrus/orange hops. Maybe just the slightest hint of pine hops as well.

T: There is a pretty solid hop bitterness that is reminiscent of biting into an orange peel. There is a nice malty sweetness upfront with hints of caramel and some honey-like notes. Then the hop flavors take over, there is a pleasant fruitiness with hints of pineapple and mango as well as just a little bit of orange.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and almost creamy.

O: I really enjoyed this one and found both the smell and taste to be quite interesting. I think that you could easily have a couple of these in a sitting. I would like to get this one another time.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange in color. Very slight chill haze. Forms a very large yellowish colored head that quickly reduces to a good quarter inch of very stable foam. Surprisingly, not much lacing.

S: not very aromatic, but what is there is a blend of pine and earthy hops.

T: Taste is much better than the aroma. Mild caramel malt backbone followed by a very light sweetness, some citrus hops, a bit of orange, and a little grapefruit. Finishes with a mild piney bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: A well crafted, easy drinking everyday IPA from a can.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.