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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

974 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 62
Gots: 50 | 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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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a small bright can into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a nice looking copper color with nice size frothy white head. Decent head retention and lacing, but the lacing slides pretty quickly down the glass.

Aroma is hoppy! This one smells sweet and bitter...like a DIPA. Notes of orange, lemon, and hops. Mouthwatering...

Hmm, not such a good taste. One of those IPA's that is just bitter, no sweet taste to counterbalance, and very very dry finish. Just hops on the tongue. I can somehow taste a very faint sweetness trying to come through, but the hops just over-power it. Light and crisp mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. Not a beer I'll be having again...

Serving type: can

03-12-2010 17:42:55 | More by ShadesOfGray
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Another great lookin IPA in a can, becoming a new trend I guess. Got this one thanks to my first trade with womencantsail.

A: The pour into my oversized snifter rises a fluffy head of over 1 finger. It's a semi clear slightly darker amber reddish almost flourescent color.

N: Lots of fresh hops. Loaded with pine and citrus, just as a west coast IPA should be. Little bit of chewy and earthy hops, and hints of musty fresh wet hops and hop oils. A very light sweet malt aroma dusts it as well.

T: A big bitter bite. Lots of earthy musty spicy hops with some hop oil and fresh wet hop flavors. Some pine and grapefruit, a little more citrus, and chewy hops. Pretty bitter, or more than I expected. A slight sweet malt touch just for a little roundedness.

M: Some spicy hops and some oils, a good body and good carbonation.

F: The bitterness builds a little on the finish, and just ramps up to a nice peak and lingers there for a bit. The musty fresh wet hop flavors, pale hops, and earthy hop flavors seem to linger for a while, with a touch of pine. A little orange peel bitterness hits as well. A nice IPA, some good hop flavors, but a little too musty and bitter, orange peel bitterness.

Serving type: can

03-08-2010 00:21:12 | More by jlindros
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Casey10

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow added as a extra from SwillinBrew (Gil) Thank you so nice and from a Can !!! no less.

A nice brew seek it out it.

S - Nice blown away really nice perhaps because it was from a can.

T - has a nice smell that I think most idpas reach for.

M - chewy nice a sweet canned brew.

D - would have again and again so nice I love canned microbrew.

Serving type: can

03-07-2010 02:34:32 | More by Casey10
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Carapils scent along with a huge citrus hop aroma. There is a light breadiness as well. The taste is very good. It's light with a damn bitter hop taste. It's loaded with citrus goodness. The malt bill provides some balance, but this is a hop heavy beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great session IPA. It refreshingly hoppy and easily drinkable.

Serving type: can

02-27-2010 23:32:10 | More by WesWes
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PeteVenkman

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like a hopped grapefruit, which sounds terrible but drinks pretty nice. Citrus is not overwhelming, but it's in there. I think I prefer my citrus lean toward lemon, but this is fine. Frankly, the best reason to drink this is the vessel. Drink outside by the grill on a sunny day. Go cans.

Serving type: can

02-23-2010 17:48:17 | More by PeteVenkman
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

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

A: Medium bronze-amber body. Large frothy, off-white head. Moderate retention. Nice crunchy lacing left behind.

S: Blend of grapefruit, pine and floral hop bitterness. Bready malts and a light caramel underbelly.

T: Up front, there is a nice pine bitterness that transitions towards a subtle citrus tone in the finish. Bread and caramel malts are present throughout. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation maintained its form from the first pour. Constant roll of bubbles on the tongue. Clean, crisp finish. Slightly sweet from the malts.

D: Overall, a very nice offering. The overall hop presentation was not quite as "fresh" as I was expecting, but this is a good product and its nice to see it available in a can.

Serving type: can

02-21-2010 21:21:19 | More by callmemickey
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hoppyhobby

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a frothey tan head with a deep and beautiful copper body. Excellent lacing.

S: Slight, hoppy, piney aroma.

T: Citrusy with piney hops. Crisp and not real bitter but it does have a slight bite with lasting flavor. The hops definitely comes through. A nice IPA that doesn't knock you over. Typically what an IPA is suppose to be.

M: Lightly carbonated, smooth and thin. Not watery or oily.

D: Refreshing and while not a session beer, you can easily enjoy a couple of these without any problems. One of the better canned micro-brews that I have tried.

Serving type: can

02-20-2010 21:36:45 | More by hoppyhobby
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Philabeerphia

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A stunner in a can

A deep color of honey, painted on a desert mountainside at sunrise. Plenty of frothy sticky icky lace - whitish, messy and organic like foam off the ocean. A lingering head that leaves plenty of webbed lacing down the glass.

Smells like an artists interpretation of hydroponic marijuana. Incredibly dank, backed by a tight jolt of crystalline sugar. Smells of wild fields of flora and fauna. In my head I am brought to my knees, imbibing in nature's melody. In for one more whiff... DANK! High in the nostril a hint of potently sweet floral hopiness surfaces and then disappears. Wow.

That nose is expressed well in the mouth. Starts wet and slightly sweet, attaining a Noble hop bite on the front of the tongue. Low sweet caramel notes hold things briefly in check but the hopiness only continues to grow from the front to back. In the middle a plethora of fruity notes emerge - grapefruit, lemons and oranges. In the next flash though its the earthier, piney hop that begins to shine. By it's finish the show is brutally bitter - it 'Arcs' only as it finishes. A puckering bitterness that again brings to mind the wild tastes of a forest. Hops are pooling on all sides of my mouth with pine-like bitterness. My tongue is buckling, and I'm wondering if I'm as much of a hop head as I think I am. The hops are imposing their will on my senses, and I'm starting to beg for mercy. The brewer has fortunately carbonated the hell out of this beer. The hydrophobic (read: oily) resins are minimized by all the surface area provided by these bubbles. This produces a light/medium body with a lot of texture. I am catching an alcohol heat in the back of the throat that is not totally pleasant. Drinkable, HUGE, challenging.

Serving type: can

02-18-2010 02:10:12 | More by Philabeerphia
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce can from a sixer I picked up at Abe's for $11. Poured into my Ithaca shaker glass. The IPA appears a super clear golden amber color with about a finger of off white foam. The head leaves a nice looking lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of bready, caramel malt, perfume, a bit of bitter grapefruit pith, lime, lemon, lightly toasted rolls. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. I thought this would be super fresh and hoppy since this brewery just came into PA a week or so ago. I was a bit let down, especially judging by the reviews here. Needs more hops...

Serving type: can

02-17-2010 06:41:28 | More by ClockworkOrange
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iasanlee

Nebraska

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

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a huge creamy white head. Huge floral and citrus nose with some bready malt notes. Flavor is dominated by Perfume/floral/citrus hop flavor, and a great bitterness to caramel/toasty malt profile. Moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. This was delicious, thanks adamharbaugh for the opportunity.

Serving type: can

02-17-2010 06:35:34 | More by iasanlee
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MURF0320

Florida

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

This is a great beer in the canned beer arena. Had no option but to drink this straight from the can so I can't comment on appearance. Had a nice scent of bitter citrus and pine. Hops contribute a moderate bitterness consisting of both grapefruit and pine flavors, on top of a lightly sweet pale malt backbone.. Mouthfeel was crisp and pleasing with generous carbonation. Had a couple of these on a hike and found them to be great for the occasion.

Serving type: can

02-16-2010 23:32:43 | More by MURF0320
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Full bronze. big light tan head. brilliantly clear.

S-Some toasty malt. Light citrus hop aroma. Not a lot going on.

T-Carmelly malty. Firm bitterness but more balanced to the malt than their Pale ale. Not much in the way of hop flavor. Lots of bitterness but not much flavor.

M-medium bodied. medium carbonation. No alcohol burn.

D-An average tasting IPA. Needs more hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness and malt are spot on. Still not a bad beer.

Serving type: can

02-16-2010 01:35:14 | More by organicbrewer
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

12oz CAN into a regular kitchen glass, looking forward to this one.

Caldera IPA boasts a kinda bright orange with some shiny bronze shades within. A clean looking beer with no haze at all. Two fingaz worth of off white foam that is quite creamy looking and condensed. A bunch of lace on the glass.

The hops take up most of the nose with a big grapefruit bite and some pale malts to back it up with a sweet scent, slight caramel. Not very bold but smells like the makings of a decent IPA.

Tropical fruit on top of a nice malty layer. Grapefruit, pineapple, others, some bisquit giving malt. I'm really liking the balance on this, it's pretty much even. Some grassy earth towards the end. This really reminds me of Lagunitas IPA.

The feel is smooth and a bit bitter, but nothing too much. Carb is just right not very high or overly crisp, I could drink this all day.

Serving type: can

02-10-2010 07:17:42 | More by BARFLYB
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can that says: "keep cool, just like you"... into a Surly pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white head with poor retention, leaving a rather thick, patchy white film floating at the top. Beer is a clear reddish orange. Lacing is frothy, layered, appropriate for a beer this style.

S: Cane sugar, citrus, piney hops. Fresh but very subtle. Not an overwhelming nose by any measure. Slight sourness is also detectable.

T: Opens very crisp, refreshing. Piney hop character presents itself towards the middle as the beer warms a bit. Citrus and cane sugar sweetness is present at the back but is overtaken quickly by an astringent, hoppy bite. Finish is a leafy bitterness, as if I've chewed
a hop nugget. Aggressive!

M: Light bodied, good carbonation but rather smooth. Watery and very refreshing though the finish is a bit overwhelming which takes away from the feel a bit.

D: Light bodied and crispness make this beer more drinkable than it should be. A very unbalanced IPA in my opinion which is not for me, but nevertheless appreciable. I'd reach for it if it was around, but this is a one shot deal for me. A solid beer.

Serving type: can

02-09-2010 00:46:39 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Lunch

Maryland

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

Served from a 12oz. can acquired in a trade as an extra with volatilesther (Thanks!) into my Stone Levitation tulip at the appropriate temperature (02/02/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, darker shade of golden, amber with three fingers of an off-white head with great retention and some sticky and patchy lacing.

S: Nice aroma of bitter, citrus hops along with a slight caramel and bready malt backbone.

T: Clean and fresh taste of bitter hops with some citrus tones and layers of a bready, caramel malt. Simple, straightforward, yet pleasing and well done flavor profile.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate and slick/creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down.

D: very drinkable as it is well balanced, clean and fresh.

Overall this was a solid American IPA from Caldera and one that is quite sessionable. Thanks again Esther!

Serving type: can

02-03-2010 19:26:39 | More by Lunch
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bamadog

Kentucky

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

Thanks to kels for hooking me up with a can of this in a recent in-person trade. Pour is from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty vibrant copper color and starts with about a 1 finger of slightly off-white head that fades to a pretty full and thick skim; body is clear and shows strong carbonation; a prety full curtain of lacing holds tight to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A lot of nice and bitter hops like a good IPA should have - tons of pine and bitter citric fruit peel. Straightforward, no questions to be asked.

Taste: I'm impressed - Caldera's Pale Ale was a real let down, but this is quite solid; lots of bitter hops right up front -- very piney and that citric fruit peel that is oh so nice and bitter and not juicy at all (not that juicy is bad either, but this one is straight up bitter); faint malt presence offers a little bit of sweetened balance, but the bitter dominates; fairly strong metallic aftertaste, but it's still really good and doesn't downplay the solid flavors too much.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation makes it feel very crisp and lively; body isn't thin, but not quite thick either -- about where I would like an IPA; a nice stickiness from all that hop resin coats the roof of the mouth quite nicely.

Drinkability: Actually, I could probably drink this all day; nice solid bitter flavor with a crisp and refreshing body; would be great for a hot summer day, but I can't complain about drinking it when it's 15 degrees outside either...

Serving type: can

01-08-2010 03:12:39 | More by bamadog
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augustgarage

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The server ate my original review, so let's try this again:

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

ECE/SAE amber colored liquid with three fingers of solid soapy seashell foam which recedes to a thin but persistent layer leaving agressive lacing behind resembling a mackerel sky with tiny clouds embedded in faint legs. Brilliant clarity.

While there is strong citrus in the nose (with tell-tale orange zest), the Simcoe hops seem the most pronounced of the three utilized, with their distinctive forest-floor/pine contribution. There is also an herbal borderline "catty" note that I didn't notice the last time I tried this beer (though since it is canned I don't think it was light-struck!).

Mint, orange pith, and pine needles on the palate with an undercurrent of pale malt. Unripe citrus bitterness with a bit of lemon/lime but no grapefruit. Finishes rather dry and faintly toasty. A little less pronounced malt that many NW IPAs - though more than most IPAs from SoCal.

Zippy, resinous, and highly carbonated - this is quite refreshing. An excellent choice for car camping or a fishing trip.

Serving type: can

01-02-2010 03:37:53 | More by augustgarage
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours copper with a rich off-white head. Trailing lace nearly covers the glass.

The smell is of pine, herbal spicing, some medicinal notes, perfumy, with orange and grapefruit. A nice, complex hop aroma!

The taste is of an herbal, aspirin-ish, bitterness with grapefruit and orange. Alcohol comes through in a peppery way. Slight metallic (steely) notes accompany the caramel backing.

Medium-bodied.

This is a nicely done, hoppy IPA, even for the style, with a solid caramel backing. Despite slight metallic/steely notes and slight show of the abv, this one disappears "too" quickly and is certainly worth seeking out if you're a follower of the hops! A nice IPA in a can - I'm a happy man!

Serving type: can

01-01-2010 02:51:36 | More by jwc215
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dedrinker

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the color of this beer. Can. It feels good to look at it. Smells like a can with some sticky green herbals inside.

It tastes like sticky green goodness with just a pinch of grapefruit.

medium bodied, with mellow carbonation that helps tickle the grainy and lemony finish on the roof of the mouth and middle of the tongue.

This guy at work gave me one, and this other guy stole it, then the first guy gave me another one. Boy am I glad.

Serving type: can

12-26-2009 05:27:16 | More by dedrinker
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thanks, tjensen3618!

Amber-orange pour with around a finger of white foam. Retention is decent, with some pretty nice lacing left on the glass.

Pungent hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit, mostly pineapple. Some malt sweetness and light piney touch. Definitely what I expect from a west coast IPA. Some caramel, too.

Good hop flavor. Very pithy. Light sweetness up front, then citrus peel bitterness. Nice hoppy beer without being overwhelmingly bitter.

Medium-light body. Fairly low carbonation level. Smooth, ridiculously easy drinker. Very, very good IPA.

Serving type: can

12-22-2009 03:54:10 | More by Gyle41386
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a trade with augustgarage. Thanks again!

FWIW, this shit is WAY better than that other canned IPA, Dales Pale Ale.

A- Copper, honeysuckle gold, nice head, good retention and lacing.

S- Floral hops, grapefruit comes up quickly behind it, very nice. West coast all the way.

T- Very nice. A good hop bite and a decent malt backbone that provides a bit of caramel sweetness that blends nicely. A bit of spice, grassiness, and some lemon zest round out the floral and citrus hops.

M- Good carbonation, hops are hoppy (duh) and stick with you for a while. Leaves quite the lasting impression.

D- Sessionable. Tasty. A winner in my book. Another worthy contender in the IPA royal rumble. First place? Nope. But it can hold its own, a damn fine beer.

Serving type: can

12-22-2009 02:18:26 | More by ShogoKawada
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alleykatking

Indiana

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

Poured from 12oz can. I can not think who sent this too me for the life of me. I need to start putting names with beers I get in! Review from notes.

A- Pours semi-hazy orange/reddish color. One and a half light tan/offwhite head that stays for a little while. Nice soapy lacing hat slides down the glass.

S- Tropical fruit (pineapple) upfront along with other citrusy hops. Light bready malts in the background. Very light earthy floral hops...these could have been a little more in the aroma in my opinion.

T- Nice bitter hop bite right off the bat which I didn't foresee. Light malt sweetness in the middle and toward the end. Bitter hop again in the end but not quite as big as in the front. Also a light medical alcohol taste which was a little distracting.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Good carbonation for the style. Hops left a trainwreck of bitterness on the palate. Some hop resin stuck around after each sip. Light tropical fruit in the aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable IPA in my book. The light alcohol taste kind of brought the taste down a half point in my review but after some sips it went away. Nothing is over the top about this IPA and I would easily make this my session beer if it was near me.

Serving type: can

12-21-2009 00:41:26 | More by alleykatking
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berebrando

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer at Whole Foods in Tustin/Irvine, CA. It was the first time I saw it, so I got two 6packs to try out. I was very pleasantly surprised.

I try just about every IPA I can get my hands on: Sculpin, Racer 5, Hop Stoopid are some of my favorites. Big hoppy flavors and amazing fruity smells. You find these in Caldera IPA.

This beer is delicious - if you like good hoppy and flavorful IPAs, give it a try, I bet you'll enjoy it.

Serving type: can

12-18-2009 04:02:39 | More by berebrando
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Overlord

California

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. A little surprised at the rating here.

Pours a copper, reddish orange. Definitely not the familiar yellowish, golden orange of most IPAs. Large off-white head.

Smells faintly of pine, more strongly of ... well, citrus. Not quite grapefruit, just citrus-y. And there's maybe a whiff of malt. Well, maybe not.

There's a strange toasted after-taste to the malt, and the hop flavoring is a touch muted. Really more like a pale ale than an ipa to me, though not quite that either. Some grapefruit, some random-y citrus notes, and a touch of sweet malt.

Decent, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: can

12-16-2009 06:35:37 | More by Overlord
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

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

Poured from can into pint glass...

A: Pours a beautiful golden honey hue with a nice creamy three finger head. Huge head and excellent lacing, falls very slowly in pillows. Very beautiful.

S: Tons of citrus and piney hops. Big aroma, not overly complex, but for an ipa this is very solid. grapefruit and sticky pine hops really jump out with just a hint of caramel malt in the background. Very fresh...

T: Follows the nose perfectly, tons of pine and grapefruit, very crisp and fresh. Faint bready malt in the mid-palate help balance the hops. Faint metallic on the finish, not necessarily in a bad way but just a hint.

M: Medium light body, lots of crisp carbonation dancing on the tongue. Smooth and dry on the finish.

D: So fresh and smooth this one goes down very nice.

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 04:56:35 | More by RedBrewer83
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.