Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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1,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 67
Gots: 82 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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Photo of Jenkster4
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of litheum94
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbros
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of seeswo
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this very nice IPA on-tap at Brewer's Haven in Boise, Idaho after I had completed a little beer shopping. Poured amber with a nice head and great lacing. Smells very fruity with candied orange peel and grapefruit pith. The taste is very full, with bitter hops, breadiness. Sharp pine and earth in the hop profile. A little chewy in the mouth, but ovarall this is dry, bitter, and delicious.

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

Great to see this Oregon brewery now in my area.Poured a deep hazed burnt orange with a tight formed slight off white crown that held well,big citric aromas with a bit of pine resin,a biscuit dough aroma lends a little maltiness to the mix.Deep grapefruit rind flavors really stand out,this is a true American ipa with its hop forward profile,a lightly sweet biscuit dough malt base stands up well to the big hop presence.A solid beer,to me what an American ipa should be.

Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Big billowy off-white head with decent retention. Burnt orange in color. Medium bodied with an oily feel and aggressive carbonation. Solid caramel malty aroma with a hint of citrusy grapfruit hop flavor near the finish.
Orange citrus flavores up front that transitions to bitter pine hop flavor that quickly follows thru the middle and to the finish. Noce caramel malt undertone throughout. Decent hop character and balance but lacked the hop intensity of a really goof IPA.

Photo of chocosushi
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can -> nondescript pint

A ~ Steady pour reveals very red body with pretty good sized head. Stickyyy lacing. Appearance is not the highlight of this brew though.

S ~ Perfumey Pine cone & Citrus (Grapefruit and Tangerine)
Grassy as hell, smells wet and fresh.

T ~ Bittersweet is a good word. Grapefruit, heavy pinetrees, kiwi, kumquat, lemon, grainy tree sap, and tea leaves. There is a sugary sweetness in there, but the woody dry hopping curbs it. Subtly malted.

M ~ Good showcase of Good American hops, with a curious sweetness and a very dry finish. Screams for you to drink more. I believe I downed this one in 3 minutes it was that incredible.

D ~ So damn drinkable, shame it's As much as it is in OK. This is a very unique IPA and is a must try. Could drink ALL day.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the can at SAVOR 2011.

Pours a clear golden color with an average white head and a slight amount of white lacing on the way down. The nose brings quite a bit of citrus hop character, mostly tending toward grapefruit. Quite nice. The flavor has just a touch of malt in the background and is instead focused on a fairly-heavy hop presence. Orange and grapefruit come through and perhaps a bit of a floral character. Medium body with good bitterness. Nice and dry. Solid brew.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.