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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

1,119 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 69
Gots: 92 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Ratings: 1,119 | Reviews: 489
Photo of generalnotsew
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
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
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.08/5  rDev +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
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.91/5  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.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.