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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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1,097 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,097
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 68
Gots: 85 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
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
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice amber color with a whit head.

S- Hops with a citrus tone hint of malt.

T- Hops and citrus tones with a hint of a malt finish.

M- Semi dry with hop flavors through out sip and a malt finish.

D- Pretty good beer from Oregon. I can drink this again with no worries.


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

appearance - highly carbonated, boastful head (2-3 in), transparent golden amber

smell - resinous hops (simcoe?)

taste - highly resinous, pine, pronounced hop flavor, some sweet malts to balance it out (very subtle though)

mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium body, slightly dry finish

drinkability - nice big resinous hop profile, true oregon/west coast ipa, bordering on a session beer if you can handle the hops!

Photo of wcudwight
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper colored beer with a nice sticky off-white head with some orange hues. Classic Western IPA aroma of loads of citric hops. Also some mildly herbal aromas but this beer is all about the C-hops. Well balanced yet still hoppy. Grapefruit, pinecones and fresh mint in the flavor. Medium to full bodied and wayyy too drinkable. I looked down and my glass was empty. A great IPA in a can, what's not to love. Oh yeah, we can't get it in NC that's what's not to love.

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

I got this beer from Tilley4. Thanks Jason!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a bone white head that left trails of lacing.

S - citrus rind and a slab of butter rolled in dirt.

T - bitter citrus rind upfront with some buttery notes before getting dry and tart on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a biting feel and smooth carbonation.

D - goes down quick and easy.

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

Picked up a 6'r of these at Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach for $10.00 - kinda steep, but i'm a sucker for canned beer. I drank them all out of the can so I can't really go into any detail on the beer's appearance, so i just averaged it with the rest of the critique.

A: I'm sure it was good.

S: Sweet and grassy with a bit of malt, but the hops really dominate which is nice.

T: Nice grassy kinda piney hop bight right off the bat with some grapefruit flavor in there too, then mellows a bit which allows the maltiness to come through at the end.

M: Medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium, mellow carbonation but not under-carbonated by any means, someone used sticky to describe the mouthfeel and that's a real good way to describe it.

D: All I can say is that I think this has to be one of the most drinkable IPA's out there. They seem to just go down like nothing- the can doesn't hurt this attribute by any means.

Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass - thanks to mrmiles for this during the nice cans II BIF

A - Pours a somewhat hazed burnt orange with a finger high frothy head, leaving plenty of lacing around the glass in ring formations. Film retains over the beer.

S - Fairly strong hop aroma with a touch of sweeter malts.

T - Biting pine hops along with some grapefruit citrus tang. A bit of malt base attempts to creep through but the bitter hops seem to overpower the balance. Finishes with long lasting, lingering bitter, dry hops.

M - Medium bodied, very sticky and dry though.

D - Pretty easy drinking, abv is masked well.

Decent IPA - glad I was able to try it.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wierd tasting IPA, thrown in a trade. Starts OK, and then residual odd hop flavours. Medium yellow body, a quarter inch of white foam. A little hop aromas. Not skunky, but just another AMerican IPA to me, with moe astringency than balance. A bit aggressive carbonation.

Photo of Bfarr
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber with hints of orange with big tan foamy head with good retention and uneven lacing. Big citrus hop aroma. Big bitter grapefruit up frony with good caramel mellowing backbone. Smooth, silky feel with a low carb feel despite the big foamy head.

A good overhopped IPA that's pleasant yet slightly one dimensional. Not worth $13.50/6 pack unless you really need a good IPA in a can.

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,097 ratings.