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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

1,013 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 63
Gots: 58 | 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 cbak999
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%

A - pours an amber color with a two finder head that is retained for a good 5-10 minutes. The beer is almost as clear as a lager...not cloudy at all.

S - very strong citrus smells.

T - similar to the smells, the first predominant taste is citrusy. After that, you get a hint of caramel. Then the hops come through and leave a nice bitterness finish.

D - I love this IPA. It's one of my favorites! It's exactly how a west coast IPA should taste. The only issue could be a slight lack in carbonation.... But I find that true of most craft can beer I try.

cbak999, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of pigdog
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

a-light, bubbly head, decent retention

s-nice citrus, slightly hoppy aroma

t-nice citrus bitterness, with some grapefruit lingering on the tongue, still quite balanced.

m-feels great, decent carbonation with a fairly bitter, dry finish.

d-easy to drink, perfect IPA for weekend bbqs with a nice balance but some hoppy and citrus bittnerness to keep you goin.

o-definitely a beer I keep on hand regularly. Especially when I don't feel like cracking open a bomber, this fits the bill perfectly, plus what's not to love about how friendly cans are to mini fridges.

pigdog, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of irishgurl4
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Beer in Can ≠ Meh

After year's of corporate programming by Bud, Miller, and Coors, I have come to associate beer in cans as being "meh." Even when I see craft brews in cans I can't help but think "meh beer." But as I sit here sipping a Caldera IPA I am having a cognitive dissonance moment. This beer comes in a can AND it tastes GOOD. Whoa.

Mind = Blown. To review ...

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

A: Pours a deep honey color with a good two finger head that sticks around quite awhile before dissipating into a thin layer on top.

S: Smells of citrusy hop goodness.

T: My tongue is braced for hops but wait, what is that? Is that malt? Yes, yes it is! There's a nice malt backbone running through this thing that finished with a good does of citrusy hops. Nicely balanced.

M: A good medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Bitter goodness lingers on the palate.

D: In one word, very. The balance between the malt and hops is just right.

Overall, I give Caldera IPA a noms and a hat tip for being in a can. :)

irishgurl4, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

A: Poured a copperish orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Caramel, bread, pine and light booze

T: Taste follows nose pretty well. Balanced, with a good caramel and breadiness, floral and pine notes

M: Nice lingering bitterness and sweet, sticky feel

D: Good

barleywinefiend, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of charmcityboh
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from the can into a tulip. Nice pour, perfect carbonation, nice medium head, solid lacing.
Aroma is a perfect IPA balance of malt and citrusy piney hops. Taste matches aroma perfectly, this is a very balanced IPA.
One weakness for me is the mouthfeel is the slightest bit thin. For all the flavor and aroma I would like it a bit "chewier".
Very solid IPA.

charmcityboh, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of seedsofchaos
4/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12oz can into a chalice. Color is amber/copper. Pours with a beautifully billowing off-white head with great lacing and a 1/3 to 1/2 inch retaining head. Carbonation is present throughout the brew with very tiny bubbles.

Nose is of citrus, citrus rind and balancing malts with a touch of sweet grapefruit.

Taste is immediate bittering with the follow through of the grapefruit rind from the smell. Flavor is clean, simple and crisp and does not try to overpower.

Mouthfeel is right for the style and sessionability is high. Low ABV, easy drinking, can format and simplicity lead this beer to the ranks of a great session IPA good for a BBQ, camping, after mowing the grass or... well... anything.

seedsofchaos, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a snifter on 1/30/10

Courtesy of jamdugan

Medium amber color with tangerine highlights. 1/2 inch head thins pretty quickly to a large patch of bubbles. Swirling brings back a decent layer, though ultimately retention is thin. Good amount of lacing.

Floral aromas around the edges are interwoven with hints of pine. Citrus is worked in too, with notes of grapefruit pith, lemon zest & maybe a spot of orange or tangerine. Not a whole lot of predominant malts, just a little sugar cookie sweetness.

The hop profile is very clean. Quite tasty without exhibiting lots of bitterness. The nose seems to be a good indicator, as there's a tendency toward floral & mild pine notes upfront; moderately dense citrus notes are more notable in the middle. Tangerine, lemon & grapefruit fill it out nicely. Faintest of toasty malt in the back; honestly, it's negligible. Maybe a hint of caramel.

Medium-light body gets a little heavier as it warms. Rather low carbonation, but it works for this beer, allowing for expressive flavors. Mild bitterness lingers on the finish.

Very enjoyable from start to finish. Nothing to complain about with this beer. I would drink it regularly if I had access to it.

Ryan011235, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

A-Pours an orange/amber color with a dense, pillowy, white, one finger head.

S-Grapefruit, pine and mango with some pineapple and light carmale notes.

T-Bitter pine, pineapple, some grapefruit with light malt and a dry bitter finish.

M-Pretty crisp and dry in the mouthfeel with medium body and pirckly, but low carbonation.

D-Really nice IPA. It has most of the things that I look for in an IPA: some malt backbone, a nice bitter hop burst and a great fragrant nose.

samie85, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange. A billowy 3 finger head. Average lacing.

S - Big citrus aroma, caramel, hints of alcohol, dried herbs.

T - Citrus hops with some strawberry fruitiness. Some floral spice in the back fades into toasted caramel malt. The malt has a nice sweetness that keeps the hops from taking over everything.

The malt seems shy at first but opens up as you go. My first IPA out of a can. Very easy drinking. Good stuff!

StaveHooks, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +1%

Pour was a surprisingly murky yet bright caramel color with an aggressive, sticky head. Big hops flavor up front - broadly bitter with floral and herbal notes, finishing up with a bit of pine resin. Substantial malt flavor, leaning toward caramel malt and a bit of toffee. Mouthfeel was almost chewy - no one will accuse this beer of being overly filtered.

Brent, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +1%

a- can poured into a pint, two finger off white head with nice retention, hazy tawny amber coloring.

s- earthy hops, some pine, grapefruit pith, bitterness, slight malt.

t- earthy, bitter grapefruit rind dominates, some pine, some lemon, tasty lingering bitterness as well.

m- medium body, slick.

d- good, i'd drink this again, but probably wouldn't seek out and buy. this is a solid canned craft ipa though.

thecarster1, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of GarrettMD
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%

A - Pours a nice clear copper hue with 1 finger off white bubbly head. Good carbonation coming up.

S - All citrus and pine hops initially, mostly pine. After the initial aroma, the malt base comes through more. Mostly caramel malts.

T - Pine and citrus tastes follow the aroma. Caramel malt flavor is very prominent. First few sips are mostly bitter, but as I keep tasting it, the malt is coming through more and more. Very rich malt flavor with the pine and citrus notes balancing it perfectly. Flavor is much more complex than I was anticipating.

M - Medium bodied, very good carbonation. Not as oily as most IPAs. Finish is bitter and citrus.

D - Great drinkability. Very well rounded and a very smooth malt base to make this one extremely easy to drink.

GarrettMD, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of leedorham
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A - Amber in color with a thick, off-white head.

S - Not as much hop aroma as I had hoped. There is some citrusy hop aroma and a bit of stickiness to it.

T - better hop character in the taste. Good malt backbone to balance the hops. The finish is a bit chalky and biscuity.

M - The biscuitiness interferes with the mouthfeel to me. A bit too thick on the tongue for an IPA.

D - Nothing unpleasant about the way this one goes down. Alcohol is well masked and the carbonation level is right where it needs to be.

leedorham, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.88/5  rDev -2%

12oz can poured into a pint glass...

Pours a crisp dark copper color with nice clarity, two fingers of light tan, foamy, head forms and sticks around for a while, leaving a bit of lacing behind...

A thick, sticky pine aroma hits you at first but it is supported by a healthy dose of caramel malt. A twist of citrus is apparent as well...very nice smelling beer...

Taste follows the nose for the most part. A thick, sappy, pine taste hits first...there is some nice bitter grapefruit skin in the middle and then the beer finishes very full and bitter. The malts are there but do not do much to cut into the hops aggressiveness...

Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is there after a few sips. Thick and sticky, extremely bitter and lingering...

Pretty good one...could use a little more balance though, a bit too bitter, not tasty bitter, just bitter bitter...

hawks10, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured into a San Jose Sharks tumbler at around 45 degrees fahrenheit. A nice looking amber/gold hue to the body with some little rising bubbles. An impressive looking two finger width pillowy off-white head has great retention and lacing. The clarity is excellent. I can't imagine improving the look of this beer.

Smells like a nice piney/citrus combination of hops with a rather strong malt backbone of caramel and butterscotch. I smell some juniper bushes in this one too. A little bit of earthiness and some spice on the tail end.

A beautiful caramel begins at the front of my tongue, followed up by some butter rum lifesavers and sweet bready malt. Seems pretty malty, but then the hops liven up the party with a healthy dose of pine, grapefruit, raw bitterness and earth. Finishes clean and peppery, with a slightly alcoholic finish.

Loving the mouthfeel on this beer. It's got a perfect medium consistency with a nice head texture, perfect carbonation, and the right finish.

This is a very balanced IPA, but it's still pretty big and bold. I enjoyed this a lot more than Caldera's Pale Ale. It's not a terribly refreshing IPA, but it was a pleasure to drink, and delivered exactly what I was looking for. Overall, a strong example of the classic American IPA style.

Bubba83, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of JTahoe
3.88/5  rDev -2%

on tap at Uber Tavern, poured in a standard pint.

A - Amber-gold with nice off-white head that leaves pretty decent lace sticking all over the glass.

S - snappy pine and citrus rind.

T - Pine resinous and bitter herbal hops with nice grainy backbone.

M - nice coating medium body with risp carbonation and fry finish.

D - Fairly layered for a somewhat straight forward flavor profile, revealing itself over time which makes it more drinkable than it seems at first.

JTahoe, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%

Can into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Pours clear, bright copper, dark enough that it ventures almost into ruby hues in the wider sections of the glass. Head is huge, towering at at least 3 fingers of dense off-white goodness, and taking a good while to settle back down. Tons and tons of delicate lacing covering the walls of the glass as the head recedes.

Nose comes through as direct but very well done - big grapefruity citrus hops sit on top of a light bed of toasty caramel, really well put together and refined.

Taste is very, very good. World class even. Grapefruity hops come through big to start, though this one is all flavor and almost no bitterness - hopbursted? - with a firm layer underneath of toasty caramel malt that is just in absolute perfect balance for an IPA. The hops are clearly the star of the show, but the malt is just dialed in to perfection. Wow. Finish starts with a big juicy-sweet grapefruit burst, and carries a very manageable bitterness that never builds out of control as the finish dries right up.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium-full bodied, maybe just a tiny bit sticky. Really exceptionally done.

Drinkability is startlingly good, up there with my best IPA experiences. A really top-tier IPA that I'd heard a lot about, but really wasn't expecting to be as good as it is. Tip of the hat to the folks at Caldera, beautifully done beer.

JohnQVegas, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of philbertk
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%

Caldera Brewing Company--Caldera IPA--Oregon Brewed India Pale Ale--2010 12 oz. Micro Can. 6.10% ABV--55 IBU's.? (2.25 / 5.0) Dense lacy foamy thick off white head. Light sediment. Cloudy bright amber orange red color. Fruity yeasty floral hop front. Mild sweet sediment crusty doughy fruit ester caramely biscuit raw malty IPA body . Mild hop spice crusty mildly bitter sediment fruit end. Sampled 11/18/2009. 6-Pack $10.99 @ Greenwood Market.

Caldera Brewing Company--Caldera IPA--Oregon Brewed India Pale Ale--2009 12 oz. Micro Can. 6.10% ABV--94 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Dense foamy thick white head. Clear bright amber gold color. Rich floral hop front. Smooth mild creamy sweet caramel biscuit tangy mellow hop pine citrus body. Developing hot hop spice bitter clean end. Smooth medium mellow IPA. Well Made Tasty Hoppy Brew. Sampled 6/20/2009. 6-Pack $10.99.

philbertk, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of sliverX
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks Woody!
Poured a very orange/copper brew with 1 finger of head that faded quickly leaving decent lacing.
Smell was light citrusy/pine hop combo.
Taste was bigger on the pine but accented with nicely with citrus
Mouthfeel was medium to full nice and chewy for an IPA
Drinkability is good something you could put a few back of and relax with nothing that made me go WOW I need to get this again though.

sliverX, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A thick mat of nearly-white head collapses to a still-impressive thin, but dense cap on top of a clear copper body.

Bright, citric hops like fresh lime zest and juicy orange with just a touch of pine. Plenty of malt character too with a solid dose of warm, toasted Munich malt. Caramel is there too but it just smooths out the edges of the beer and softens the blow of the supposed 90+ IBUs. Speaking of which, this IPA drinks more like a 60 IBU beer thanks to the malt support, which can be good or bad depending on your hoppy beer imbibing preferences. I, personally, like my IPAs both ways. More balanced seems to work well for a beer only pushing 6% ABV.

A great beer in a can. Not such a rarity these days, but still nice to see. The only detractor is the $11/sixer price, which makes it hard for this to compete with some of the bigger hop-happy brewers like Sierra Nevada.

bump8628, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Caldera's IPA is about as close to a session beer as I have found (the price tag and ABV get in the way a bit), with the perfect combination of flavor and smoothness.

A: Deep orange-amber, about as dark as you'll see an IPA. Thick, creamy 1/2 head doesn't go away. Excellent lacing. Rising bubbles.

S: Standout. Powerful citrus and pine overwhelm the nose. I could smell this beer all day.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but starts out strong and only improves as it warms. Hop bitterness is there but doesn't interfere in the least with the gorgeous grapefruit and pine flavors.

M: A slightly dry, bitter finish is the only downpoint here. While it's in the mouth, this baby is heaven.

D: As I said, this is about as eminently drinkable as a 50+ IBU, 6.1% ABV can get. I could pound three of these 12 oz. cans in a half hour without batting an eye.

bridgetowhophead, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

A= pours a dark orange-brown leathery hue. The head is cream colored and airy, with lacing that clinged to the sides of the wine glass I used for the tasting.

S= Piney hops, as expected. Some floral notes and grapefruit.

T= Again the pine, but the grapefruit shows up stronger then the nose suggests. The hops are out front, but not the least bit aggresive. A touch of malt in the backbone evens things out and holds the hops in check.

M= Light bodied. Smooth and a bit creamy for an IPA. Carbonation is light. The bitterness of the hops linger, but in a more subdued way than other IPAs I have tried.

D= This is an IPA I could drink all day. Not too filling, not too bitter, well balanced.

TheHungryHiker, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of nc41
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Now available in NC, and now I can see it and smell it the score went up. A really great canned IPA for the pool /beach or really anywhere. I also like Avery IPA, and Modus in cans, but I would have to give this brew a leg up on either, a little more fruit and hops than the others and at 6.1 ABV really drinkable. Not terribly bitter either, so it would makea great IPA for anyone who wants to step up ftom PA's to IPA's.

Also found the last sixer in Myrtle Beach on the shelf, and what a great surprise. Not only the only the only canned IPA available but a damn tasty one, Drank it out of the can so I have no idea on what it looked like, smelled like or any kinda head retention, but I loved it. I also had some Modus, but Caldera was definitely a little more fruity. IMO a real find, and a real solid A kinda brew. Would have scored higher if not being guzzled at the beach which knocked down the appearance and nose, Drink ability is good but the ABV in the killer heat had to be respected although not a heavyweight in this dept

nc41, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of btorsdog
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%

Found this on vacation at the piggly wiggly in Myrtle Beach, SC. What a pleasnt treat /suprise!Tasted great even right out of the can.Appeared to have a deep golden color kind of darkish. Smelled nice and hoppy and fruity small bit of floral.Taste was straight up IPA wich is a great thing in my book.Mouth was smooth and pleasant with a nice amount of hops bitterness.These babies have a drinkability that is very nice,went down real nice in the heat and the cans were a big plus for transportation.Wish this brew was around my area!!!!

btorsdog, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +1%

Can. Great for shooting empty bottles in the desert. Orange color. Yummy dry hop aroma, fruity too.

Good taste, not tongue numbing hops or bitterness, just the right amount for an active outdoor lifestyle for this ipa. Right amount of sweetness. Not heavy on the palate at all. Good summer ipa. Nothing outlandish mouthfeel wise. $10 a 6 was difficult at first, but seems to be a decent price after all.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 12, 2010
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.