Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,080 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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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.

Photo of alabamatie
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Midtown Wine & Spirits in Nashville. I love that this is a quality IPA in a can! It pours a somewhat hazy caramel color and is loaded with hops. I though it had hints of grapefruit and was well balanced. This beer was easy to drink and I really enjoyed it.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light copper color with hints of red. Two and a half fingers of off-white head that sticks around for awhile and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Strong grapefruit aroma up front. Underlying tones of pine, caramel, and slightly fruity.

Taste: Citrus and piney hops make their presence known up front, followed by a rich caramel malty character that's slightly biscuity. Some hints of tropical fruit also come through, and finishes with a huge tart grapefruit bitterness. Beautifully balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and oily. Coats the mouth with hop oils. Pretty high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking IPA. Refreshing and delicious.

Final Notes: A delicious IPA that comes in a can. What more could you ask for? Has enough flavor for pairing against a spicy meal, but refreshing enough for tailgating, fishing/camping trips, days at the country club, and the like. A good all-around beer.

Photo of LukeD23
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice sunburnt orange. Subtle head is off white and minimal.

Aroma - Lots of citrus, and tangy aromas, a little bit of dankness. I get clementine and tangerine, apricot, and a little peach.

Flavor - solid bitterness with a crisp hop flavor. I get a good earthy flavor with a nice caramel note in the backround. Good malt backbone with biscuit and cracker dry notes.

Overall- good everyday drinker IPA. Lots of hop goodness with a solid malt flavor to back it up.

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

Good IPA and in a can!!! Pours a light amber/golden clear color with a medium sized frothy white head. Average retention and thick rings of lacing.

Smell includes piney and citrus hops. Prominent and good.

Tastes good as well. Piney and citrus hops and enough malt to be able to say balanced. The hops win out and the beer is still bitter but also smooth, crisp and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is crisp and starts out a bit thin. But like many IPAs, the hops coat the tongue and make the beer appear more rich.

Drinkability is good. Good tasting, balanced and smooth.

Photo of PhageLab
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love an IPA in a can! Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Massive pillowy head of froth. Transparent deep amber coloration. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - A blast of grapefruit hits the nose. Big hoppy, citrusy aroma. Very nice.

T - Big pine hops come in first, followed by a malty sweetness and rounded out with a sharp bitter bite. Aftertaste is a bit musky, which caused a hit here.

M - Oily medium body with a nice mellow carbonation level.

D - Great, hoppy, yet balanced IPA. Hopheads: Don't let the word balance scare you off here, it is quite enough to get you your fix. Certainly got mine. Can't wait to have another.

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

Thanks to Augustgarage for this trade.

Poured into my dogfish head snifter glass from can. Huge head on this can- almost overflows the 20 oz glass. Head stays for about 3 minutes, and then heavy lacing surrounds the glass. Smell- pine, grapefruit, bread, some lemon and pineapple citrus flavors are present. Taste- I got more pine and heavy hop scent on the nose than I do on the first taste, but it is backed by a nice and mellow malt background. This is not a hop monster, but is very mellow and pleasant. Mouthfeel: syrupy, luscious, nice carbonation. Drinkability: this IPA is very drinkable- very mellow, and overall impressive.

Photo of mindlucent2007
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caldera IPA pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with half-inch thick, foamy head that is not going anywhere. It has the most serious lacing I've witnessed and my pint glass is coated up to the top. Smell is a grassy and citrus burst, lemons. The taste is very smooth up front with a bite at the end. It has that grapefruit sourness; a nice blend of hops and subtle malts. Slight carbonation and a very easy mouthfeel for this IPA, not heavy at all. This brew should be a top contender in the IPA market if it is not already and it is one of my favorites ever since it was recommended to me. Shout outs to Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely orange-tan color, great lasting head, and plenty of lacing.

A nice biscuit-malt aroma with crisp, fresh hops.

Tastes like a great malty background with delectable hoppy bitter flavors dancing on your tongue. No shortage of pine or grapefruit either. Very balanced and flavorful.

Easy to drink, with a good blend of ingredients producing a rich, smooth beer creation. Definitely a likable brew.

Photo of corby112
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark golden copper/amber color with dark ruby red edges hen held to a light source and a massive frothy three finger off-white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of pineapple, range peel, mango along with subtle earthy pine, subtle light fruit and alcohol.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice balance of sweet citrus, earthy hops and malt backbone. Not overly bitter with hints of grapefruit and pineapple as well as some pine needle and biscuit/graham cracker malt. Slightly dry finish. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stradling the fence of an American Amber Ale and an IPA, this beer definately has a sweet side.

Pouring a firm amber color and with brilliant clarity, the beer carries an impressive foamy off-white head, retains well, and laces even better. A quentessential IPA look, but even a mild haze would have been alright.

Caramel richness and piney, grassy, citrusy scents swirl for a somewhat succulent but pungent and sharp hop scents adorn the rim for a balanced and inviting aroma.

Flavors of sun kissed barley malt, deep caramels (almost toffee) and bread crust give a much richer malt contribution to flavor than I'm used to in an IPA. But the hop allow for a zesty flavor of grapefruit, orange zest, fresh cut grass, and spruce that are signature IPA flavors. With no off flavors, esters and phenols to a minimum the beer is well brewed- but the malty rich recipe gives me reason to ponder.

Sweetness in taste result in a creamier and richer body. Creaminess early lingers well into the mid palate and finish before the hops and alcohol force a terse dryness very very late.

A very good beer but the caramel sweetness makes the beer attempt balance where IPA's should be the showcase for hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness. Maltiness also interferes with the body and hinders the crisp and dry attributes needed for greatness in the style.

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

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy, nice copper color with a two finger of khaki, foamy, rocky head that has fantastic retention. Big sticky sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Nose is subtle but juicy hop citrus notes with a hearty malt backbone with some pineapple notes.

T: Taste is a big burst of citrusy hops at the forefront. Grapefruit bitterness abound. Mingled with a slight fruity, pineapple and hop presence. The grapefruit really lays throughout the beer, even when a nice hearty caramel malt begins to come in. Finish has a subtle more grassy note hop with a slight lemon peel taste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice slick and oily, but kind of dries in the finish.

D: Goes down dangerously easy, very tasty, nice kick, not too filling, great representation of style. I could sit with this for an evening.

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

Reviewed on 1/3/2010. Can. Pours a clear deep orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of piney, grassy hops, some citrus and tropical fruits. Flavor of caramel malt and light citrus upfront with a bitter hops finish. Decent IPA, rather on the bitter side.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great copper color with large offwhite head that dies slow and leaves an immense ring down glass. Smell is strong; piney hops w/ citric notes and touch of spice and a sturdy malt base of caramel and some roasted malt as well. Smooth medium body, borderline creamy, with a great citric hop bite and minor sharp carbonation for a cutting beer. Balanced with minor sweet caramel and some roasted/toasted/dry malt feel so you get that pleasure of both citric notes (w/ a touch of pepper or coriander taste) and some sticky sweetness. A real dry, hearty finish lets you know you are drinking a well-balanced and made IPA and while not the greatest beer ever it is rock solid for an IPA w/ that wet, grassy, almost veg like feeling IPAs from the northwest have. A must try for anyone.

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

Nice amber color with a great head and lacing, plus it's in a can! Love it when beers are in cans. It smells piney and earthy and gains in the taste. Earthy Munich malts balance with a lot of citrusy and herbal northwestern hops, with some metallic and peppery notes sneaking in to make a solid but not outstanding IPA. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel, but very drinkable overall.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours a hazy copper color, with a very small head. Not much lacing. The aroma is very hop forward, notes of citrus. Everything good about the nose gets ramped up a notch in the taste. Huge grapefruit and orange flavors, good malt backbone and a really nice hop finish. Medium bodied, carbonation is good. An incredibly drinkable IPA, will definately seek out again!

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

HOPS! If you like a hoppy beer, this is for you. Pours a golden brown with a nice foamy head. Complex flavors keep you interested with citrus and fruity notes. Just enough maltiness to keep the hops from being completely overwhelming. Aroma is strong with fruity citrus notes as well.

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

12oz can -> american pint
no date

Pours a clouded orange with a one inch head that deposits sheets of dusty lace. The head settles to a scattered cloudy sky.

Nose: Crackery caramel, herbal hops, citrus tones

Full bodied and slick thick. Huge malt profile sweetens with rich deep caramel, toast, and biscuit. Generous hopping give citrus rinds and herbal grasses followed by a brutal drying biting bitterness. The malts and hops battle all the way throughout the lingering finish. Nicely balanced and full flavored.

Seems more like a DIPA to me, hard to believe that the thick malt backbone only came out at 6.1ABV. Quality IPA in a can, gotta love it!

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

The can oozed with creamy foam before I poured it. needledd to say the head was soft and creamy. It sat atop the cloudy caramel/orange body for a good amount of time before sinking. It left an excellent wall of lace, topping it all off.

The nose had a good complex hop aroma, just a tad short on intensity. Hints of pineapple, fresh tomato vines, fresh grass, and a dash of astringency and metallic twang make up the one-sided hop aroma.

The flavor is excellent. It takes what the nose started and cranks it up a notch. Passion fruit sweetness meets a bold herbal grassy profile, and the two work together great. Malt knows its roll.... the shy pale toasty backbone. The finish is bone dry with grassy bitterness.

This one is pretty dry right from the get-go. The carbonation is perfect and keeps it feeling on the light and crisp side. My mouth needs the constant reinforcement of another drink. Great IPA, out of a can!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into an imperial pint glass from a 12 oz can.

A - Pours a strong slightly hazy copper color with some nice orange hints. There is a nice soapy and sticky head on this one that is nice and white and is about 1 inch tall.

S - Delicious grassy hop notes up front. Some cannabis and some nice citrus notes are perceived. There is some nice biscuit malt in the nose as well but mostly it is a delicious grassy and grapefruit hop nose.

T & M - starts off with some nice bready malt that is then quickly followed by some nice citric and grassy/spicy hop notes. Wow. This is delicious and it comes form a can. Im disappointed I hadn't had this before since it is readily available in St. Louis. It has some nice grapefruit hop hints mixed in with the bready malt. It also has some nice tangerine notes that are citric and sweet at the same time. The body is nice and light with some crispness and a great clean and dry bitter finish.

D - It is very drinkable and yummy with great flavor and good ABV.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, faint pine like hops. In the taste, mellow pine hops and a nice malt balance. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean hop aftertaste. More a pale than IPA, but decent nonetheless.

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

355ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Copper coloured clear ale with a foamy white head. Head retention was brilliant.

S. Buttery, slightly musty, some fruit - perhaps melon and some orange

T. Malty, hoppy. A faint touch of scotch in the maltiness.

M. Medium bodied, oily.

D. Another thumbs up to my third canned beer from this brewery but considering that I 'go' for higher ABV beers I would have to rank this as my least favourite of the three Caldera beers I have had but still would not refuse another one.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from Tiklmelmo courtesy of the Hometown BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by strong but not over-powering and very complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of awalk1227
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/4/10 Got in a trade from ILikeBrew, thanks Micah for some Pacific Northwest Beer!

Poured into Alchemist Brewery pint glass

A: Pours clear dark orange with an inch of soapy head. Hangs to the glass pretty well to the bottom.

S: Caramel malts, grapefruit, some pine resin

T: Mild fruit up front, then the caramel/toasted malts in the middle. Finishes dry and bitter, nice punch.

F: Slightly less than medium, with lower carbonation than I'd prefer.

D: Pretty low carbonation for the big IPAs I'm used to drinking, so I could definitely do a few of these in a night.

Photo of BuckyFresh
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying this tasty brew!

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz can into a large wine glass. This beer ranges in color from golden at the bottom of the glass, to ruby/amber at the top. There's a nice pillowy, khaki one-finger head that recedes at a snail's pace. Great lacing clings to the edges of the glass. Some moderate carbonation is visible in the glass.

Smell: Citrus and pine hop aroma is offset by some sweeter fruit scents and nice caramel malt presence. I'm also getting a touch of bready influence.

Taste: The hops are pretty unrelenting in this one. The malt holds its own though, and breaks through the bitterness a bit at the end. There is actually a touch of sugary sweetness just as the bitterness wears off. The influence is brief and barely finds its way through the hops, but it is a nice counterpoint to the bitter onslaught.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely well balanced. The hops are strong enough to state their case, but subdued enough to let the other flavors have their turn.

Drinkability: A very solid, session-beer contender. I love the can too!

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