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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

1,079 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 66
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of generalnotsew
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a nice head on the pour but the coloring is a much lighter and watery looking amber color than that is expected of most IPA's. The smell is pretty nice. Mostly sweet pineapple but the hops aren't that noticeable. Very sugary as well. But I do have to give it points for being pretty strong in the nose even if it isn't showing bitterness. The bitterness is fairly sharp in the front but it fades into a kind of cheapish sweet corn and cereal like lager. Aftertaste also leaves a lot to be desired. Actually after the initial bitterness there really isn't much other flavor besides the corn and more bitterness. Pretty one dimensional. A bit too overcarbonated and kind of leaves a bad feel in your mouth. Well it is easy drinking. I can give it that. Heard a lot of good things about this beer. It failed to impress me. No canned/best by date so who knows how fresh it is. At $12 a six pack this beer is total fail! I didn't even see the price til it rang up and I thought it was a mistake and had to look at the screen to make sure. Even if it was pretty good that price is pretty bad.

Photo of betsona
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to larryi86 for this 12oz can--poured into a Bell's pint glass. Preface, I can recall many a pleasant afternoons spent in SE Portland drinking this at Otto's accompanied by a smoked sausage.

A- Golden amber color with a whitish head. Not sure if I dropped the can before pouring, but the head was two and half fingers when poured moderately. Reduces to a firm thorough covering the lasts. Plenty of lacing on the glass. No visible carbonation bubbles.

S- Hops! Complex mixture of grapefruit, grassy, and herbal tones. Not much malt. Very very hop forward.

T- Wish it tasted like it smelled minus the grassy aroma. Bitter at the front and end. I taste white onion throughout. It is quite the hop wallop, but the onion seems to be the main taste (had nothing to eat before tasting, so no lingering food tastes). Minus the onion, I think this would be dead on.

M- Medium body with minimal carbonation. Dry finish on the tongue. Lingers bitter with that onion taste.

D- Still would drink it for nostalgia reasons alone, but it holds up. Perfect for mowing the lawn or a softball game. It is easy to drink.

Photo of whatthehull
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Beautiful transparent amber, half finger off white head and some decent lacing

S - Huge hop and huge malt. Slightly sweet malt, huge sapling hop, citrus fruit, big floral, pine and something in this maybe more than one thing is toasted, roasted or something along those lines

T - So bitter up front, hops, citrus hops, floral hops and hops, hops hops. A bit of resin. Nice balanced malty backbone, toasted, earthy and bitter through and though

M - Weed and resin! Puckers the whole mouth with glorious bitterness and a bit of sweet at the end. Sticky and lingers for a long while

D - This is not your average IPA. This is a hop and bitterness beast. Amazing smells and tastes, but if you are frightened of bitters, stay away. If you are like me, enjoy

Final thought - If you like hops, bitterness and weed, this IPA is for you

Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a darker-than-straw honey color, with some hop haze and carbonation visible. Retained about a finger of off-white rocky head. Very true to the style in appearance.

Smell: Nothing overwhelming but nothing off here, either. Hops, citrus, some grassy-floral componenets as well. To me the malts took a back seat, without letting the hops being overwhelming or one-dimensional. Soft-smelling, I would call it.

Taste & mouthfeel: Essentially the same as the nose, with a grapefruit-like flavor as the main culprit. Hop bitterness makes your tongue tingle initially, and the sharp grapefruit levels out into a slight lingering bitterness. The malts are light and toasty but seem distant. Again, a little 'soft' but not one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is extremely crisp and it dries you out on the back end. I consider this a light bodied beer.

Disgustingly drinkable.

Edit to Note: I was just getting over a cold when I tried this, so I will re-review in the future. If this really is as bitter and hop-forward as some of the other reviewers are saying, I will be upping my grade for this beer.

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

I picked this can up while in Nashville, Tennessee. The Caldera is not available in Illinois at this point, so I was excited to try a new West Coast IPA and this was no disappointment.

APPEARANCE: Brilliant gold-copper in color with a quarter-inch, very homogeneous and bubbly, white head. Not bad retention, as it slowly faded over the course of a minute or so.

SMELL: Pine and floral aromas dominate the smell, but mild malt and grapefruit smells are present as well.

TASTE: This is a hoppy, bitter beer and it is delicious. The hops dominate from start to finish in this beer and balance is a relative term in this case, however, there are enough grapefruit and floral flavors to ensure that the hops don't completely destroy the palate. Very dry all the way through, particularly in the aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: Well carbonated, the Caldera sparkles from start to finish while it dries and bitters the whole way through.

DRINKABILITY: This is what a West Coast IPA is supposed to be all about - bold, bitter and biting. This is not a beginner beer, it is for the seasoned hop head who can appreciate every IBU packed into this brew.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy copper color with a slight off-white head and pretty intense lacing.

S: Pine hops and a lot of caramel malts.

T: Pretty fair balance between the hops and malts. Nice amount of hops upfront and then a lot of bready malts with a slightly burnt flavor to them. Crisp and pretty easy to drink. Without a doubt the best IPA I've ever had from a can.

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can received as a great extra in a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark orangey amber color with a fluffy finger of cream colored foam. Head has veyr good stying power and after descending, leaves behind thick streaks of lacing.

S - Lots of pine up front mixed with some pineapple, mango and grapefruit. Lightly caramalized malt presence...other than that, almost entirely hops in the nose.

T - Tight, crisp hop bitterness. Piney hop flavors mixed with less prominant citrus component. Stronger malt base than the aroma indicates with lots of breadiness and toasted malt. Very nicely balanced overall.

M - Light/medium bodied with a crisp and tingly medium/medium-high carbonation level. Estery fruitiness mixed with a clean hop bitterness linger past the swallow. A bit sticky and resiny from the hops.

D - A really good IPA. Well brewed with excellent balance and multilayered flavors. Could easy stick with this one throughout a session. Tasty brew without being over the top...on the high end of sessionable strength, but a few of these shouldn't kill me either.

Photo of u2carew
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.
A) Pours with a tight, creamy head. Takes a bit to settle. Hazy body, amber in color. Sticky lacing.
S) Piney. Grapefruit. Caramel.
T) Well balanced flavor combination. Caramel. Orange. Starts a little bit bitter then moves right into the malty sweetness. Finishes with a hop bit and subtle spruce and alcohol.
M) Crisp up front then smooths out. Medium body.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd definitely drink another one.

Photo of goldbot
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, brownish amber. Medium, foamy, off-white head. Some carbonation and a touch of lacing. Earthy, floral hop aroma, some bready malts. Flavor has more earthy hops, lots of bready, grainy malt. Heavy-ish body but not sweet. A nutty aftertaste. Odd for a west coast IPA; not hoppy at all but not much malt flavor or complexity going on either.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass.

A - Deep Amber color with a healthy head and most decent retention. Thick spotted lacing climbing down various sides of the glass.

S - A large upfront hit of citrus with some pine notes hiding behind some sweet caramel malt essence.

T - Right of the bat, a major hit of citrus with a follow up of some semi-sweet flavor (pineapple). Mildly sweet malty transition to the finish with a late note of Piney Hop(s) and lemon.

M - Nice body, slightly above average in carbonation, but seems to be missing a little in the transition from introduction to finishing edge, I suppose the "carryover."

D - By far the best canned IPA I've had to date, especially for the price. Certainly drinkable and pretty hoppy. I like the start and finish but was left wanting just a little more in the middle. Overall a pretty decent beer and easy to enjoy as a "session" beer.

My prescription: Get it if you can and try a few. It runs with the common theme of West Coast IPA's though IMHO it's just slightly weaker in overall flavors and finish.

Photo of Rutager
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Slightly hazy, deep amber with a two finger, off-white head.

Smell. Lemon and orange rinds with a little herbal earthyness

Taste. Bitter pink grapefruit with a good hit of caramel malt, A little acrid on the tongue but turns into a nice bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-strong carbonation. A little thin and a little warm alcohol.

Drinkability. A good drinker. Seems a bit acidic, but a good long hoppy finish keeps me gulping this one down.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper. Thick offwhite head. Decent retention. Nice tight laces.

Pine, floral, citrus, and spicy hop aromas. Rich toasty, mild sweet caramel and a touch of vanilla.

Crisp grapefruit, floral, pine, spicy resins. Toasty sweet caramel rolls in. Piney/peppery bitterness.

Smooth, semi-rich medium body. good medium carbonation. Some drying and stickiness.

Great canned IPA. Very drinkable and very tasty. Tailgating and camping and grilling favorite.

Photo of beerman207
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes

A: Orange, cloudy, head sticks around a while

S: Smells like cat piss (not a bad thing strangely),very floral, hoppy

T: Bitter up front, nice malt back,

M: Easy to drink - mild carbonation

D: All day long. Great offering from Caldera considering their PA wasn't all that great.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. Darker than expected. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of grapefruit and pine notes.

The flavor is similar. The predominant flavor is some resiny pine from the hops but I also get some grapefruit. The toffee and caramel malt backbone balance out the beer nicely and keep the bitterness level fairly low for a west coast IPA.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of grover37
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance (4.5): Slightly cloudy dark orange with a finger and a half of cream colored head. Gold around the edges. Great lacing after the head reduces to a thick film.

Smell (4): Bready malt and citrus and pine hops. Some darker crystal malts probably account for the darker color and more pronounced rounded, caramel scent. The hops really open up once it warms.

Taste (3.5): Bitter upfront with grapefruit and not yet ripe oranges. A bit thin in the middle and not much there. Nice flavors on the finish with a lot of bitterness and some resinous piney flavors that linger with the residual sweetness. Very nicely balanced for as bitter as it is.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium bodied and medium to low carbonation. A nice resinous mouthfeel that lingers.

Drinkability (3.5): I could drink a couple of these but probably all night. Pretty bitter for a regular IPA, but that's not hugely detracting for me.

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.