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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

1,098 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,098
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 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.

Photo of crossovert
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz yellow can.

It pours a clear amber with a soapy lookign white head.

The smell is mediocre. There is some herbal character and some light citrus.

The flavor has a nice bitterness, the flavor is pretty much jsut bitterness. Not a ridiculous amount, but it doesn't have much sweetness to balance. It is mostly piney.

It is an odd one, doesn't bring much smell, but packs a nice flavor.

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

Picked up a six pack of this one in a recent trade. Pours out a nice orange color with a smallish head. Aromas of oranges, pine and hops. On the palate, this one is very hoppy and enjoyable to drink. Another nice canned beer, enjoyable in the summer sun.

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

My thirst is getting to me, so why not an IPA to quench it? On to the beer:

It's all good in looks; dense head, iron orange color in my glass, good retention. The nose is the expected NW IPA dose of lychee, grapefruit, and pine sap. As suggested the nose, this IPA goes towards the "dirty hop" side. Big smack of grapefruit, pine, lingering hop bitterness on the palate, and a hint of orange. The aftertaste of sap lingers softly. The beer has a smooth body with carbonation that doesn't seem like it's there. In all respects, a respectable IPA.

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

Pours a deep gold with a 2 finger head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Floral hoppy aromas, salty biscuits, and a whiff of ginger.

Malty biscuit flavor, then a strong taste of bitter greens/green pepper, with a lingering grapefruit finish. Hops are a bit numbing on the tongue.

Body is light and the carbonation is enough to give this a moderately creamy mouthfeel.

Eminently drinkable beer, for those who like their IPAs with a bitter green hop taste.

Photo of chumba526
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark orange color with a large amount of white foam.

It smells slightly of caramel, citrus and grassy hops. The smell is very well balanced you can smell both malts and hops.

It tastes initially of semisweet malts the malty taste quickly goes away. A profound and flavorful hop bitterness soon follows. There is a nice citrus flavor and also a nice fruity sweetness. Overall a very solid IPA.

The carbonation is moderate low.

This is quite drinkable; I could drink a few of these in a row easy.

An excellent IPA that is hoppy yet is balanced perfectly with semisweet malt.

Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pours a chill hazed medium amber body with a creamy two finger beige head. Good retention and some sticky patch lace.

Bold aroma of pine and tropical citrus. Tangerine and mango come to mind. Undertones of melting caramel.

Creamy medium body is nicely carbonated. Hop resins are felt on the tongue.

Taste has a dominant pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. Solid caramel malt backbone supports the aggressive hops. Some of the tropical citrusy notes of the aroma emerge as it warms. Finishes dry and bitter.

Topnotch! Nicely balanced and very tasty.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 20 Jul 2009.

Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Extra large fizzy beige head. Light carbonation. Faintly hazy golden orange color. Citric and buttery toffee aroma. Grapefruit pithiness to start and throughout. Moderate caramel and toastiness. Somewhat buttery (A is ok with that in an IPA). Bittersweet lingering aftertaste. Moderate ethnanol. Medium body.

Just don't like the butteriness in IPAs...

Photo of cvaypai
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from can to my New Belgium globe. Thanks to Vince for this one.

Appearance - Deep amber orange, completely translucent, not sediment or haze at all. Pours with a very frothy slightly off white 2 finger head that dissipates to about 1 finger and leaves a nice lacing all the way around the glass.

Smell - The smell has some great pine and citrus qualities from the hops. A very rustic and earthy scent can be found. There are hints of grapefruit and a bit of orange rind. Great presence of the biscuity malt and some caramel sweetness.

Taste - Not a lot of that pine and rustic earth come through on the taste but you do get some good bitterness in the form of citrus and the biscuity sweet malt comes out nicely on the end with a surge of fruity grapefruit and orange. All of that is followed by a nice bitter finish. I love the fruity sweetness followed by that bitterness.

Mouthfeel - This seems a bit watery for my liking, and a bit light too, it doesn't take away from the beer too much though luckily, still great. The carbonation seems pretty good, maybe a bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability - This one has good drinkability, nothing amazing, I could definitely drink a few cans. The 6 pack may be an issue but I'd attempt it.

Great IPA, in a can no less.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, no date/batch code. Just arrived in town, so I'm assuming it is quite fresh.

Pours lightly hazy orange amber with a good two finger foamy white head that leaves some foamy rings of lacing and holds a light foamy cap.

Aroma features a good deal of citrus, mostly orange/tangerine alongside some papaya, mango, melon, grapefruit, also a lot of pine, a little floral and grassy, a little sweet bready malt. Good strength.

Flavor is able to retain some of the citrus fruitiness of the nose, but not all, more resinous hops on the tongue, pine, floral, and a fair bit of sweet bready malt, kinda surprised by the level of sweetness here for an IPA but does help keep it balanced. Fair bitterness on the finish but the sweetness sticks around as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and sticky, medium carbonation.

Very glad to finally try this and it is an excellent well-balanced IPA. The nose is by far my favorite aspect...very nice. While this isn't a straight up hop bomb like a Smuttynose IPA, this one is very well balanced and quite drinkable. Can't wait to try their Pale!

Photo of cbak999
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an amber color with a two finder head that is retained for a good 5-10 minutes. The beer is almost as clear as a lager...not cloudy at all.

S - very strong citrus smells.

T - similar to the smells, the first predominant taste is citrusy. After that, you get a hint of caramel. Then the hops come through and leave a nice bitterness finish.

D - I love this IPA. It's one of my favorites! It's exactly how a west coast IPA should taste. The only issue could be a slight lack in carbonation.... But I find that true of most craft can beer I try.

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

a-light, bubbly head, decent retention

s-nice citrus, slightly hoppy aroma

t-nice citrus bitterness, with some grapefruit lingering on the tongue, still quite balanced.

m-feels great, decent carbonation with a fairly bitter, dry finish.

d-easy to drink, perfect IPA for weekend bbqs with a nice balance but some hoppy and citrus bittnerness to keep you goin.

o-definitely a beer I keep on hand regularly. Especially when I don't feel like cracking open a bomber, this fits the bill perfectly, plus what's not to love about how friendly cans are to mini fridges.

Photo of irishgurl4
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer in Can ≠ Meh

After year's of corporate programming by Bud, Miller, and Coors, I have come to associate beer in cans as being "meh." Even when I see craft brews in cans I can't help but think "meh beer." But as I sit here sipping a Caldera IPA I am having a cognitive dissonance moment. This beer comes in a can AND it tastes GOOD. Whoa.

Mind = Blown. To review ...

Poured from a 12oz can into a Firestone Walker shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a good two finger head that sticks around quite awhile before dissipating into a thin layer on top.

S: Smells of citrusy hop goodness.

T: My tongue is braced for hops but wait, what is that? Is that malt? Yes, yes it is! There's a nice malt backbone running through this thing that finished with a good does of citrusy hops. Nicely balanced.

M: A good medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Bitter goodness lingers on the palate.

D: In one word, very. The balance between the malt and hops is just right.

Overall, I give Caldera IPA a noms and a hat tip for being in a can. :)

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

A: Poured a copperish orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Caramel, bread, pine and light booze

T: Taste follows nose pretty well. Balanced, with a good caramel and breadiness, floral and pine notes

M: Nice lingering bitterness and sweet, sticky feel

D: Good

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

Poured from the can into a tulip. Nice pour, perfect carbonation, nice medium head, solid lacing.
Aroma is a perfect IPA balance of malt and citrusy piney hops. Taste matches aroma perfectly, this is a very balanced IPA.
One weakness for me is the mouthfeel is the slightest bit thin. For all the flavor and aroma I would like it a bit "chewier".
Very solid IPA.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a chalice. Color is amber/copper. Pours with a beautifully billowing off-white head with great lacing and a 1/3 to 1/2 inch retaining head. Carbonation is present throughout the brew with very tiny bubbles.

Nose is of citrus, citrus rind and balancing malts with a touch of sweet grapefruit.

Taste is immediate bittering with the follow through of the grapefruit rind from the smell. Flavor is clean, simple and crisp and does not try to overpower.

Mouthfeel is right for the style and sessionability is high. Low ABV, easy drinking, can format and simplicity lead this beer to the ranks of a great session IPA good for a BBQ, camping, after mowing the grass or... well... anything.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 1/30/10

Courtesy of jamdugan

Medium amber color with tangerine highlights. 1/2 inch head thins pretty quickly to a large patch of bubbles. Swirling brings back a decent layer, though ultimately retention is thin. Good amount of lacing.

Floral aromas around the edges are interwoven with hints of pine. Citrus is worked in too, with notes of grapefruit pith, lemon zest & maybe a spot of orange or tangerine. Not a whole lot of predominant malts, just a little sugar cookie sweetness.

The hop profile is very clean. Quite tasty without exhibiting lots of bitterness. The nose seems to be a good indicator, as there's a tendency toward floral & mild pine notes upfront; moderately dense citrus notes are more notable in the middle. Tangerine, lemon & grapefruit fill it out nicely. Faintest of toasty malt in the back; honestly, it's negligible. Maybe a hint of caramel.

Medium-light body gets a little heavier as it warms. Rather low carbonation, but it works for this beer, allowing for expressive flavors. Mild bitterness lingers on the finish.

Very enjoyable from start to finish. Nothing to complain about with this beer. I would drink it regularly if I had access to it.

Photo of samie85
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours an orange/amber color with a dense, pillowy, white, one finger head.

S-Grapefruit, pine and mango with some pineapple and light carmale notes.

T-Bitter pine, pineapple, some grapefruit with light malt and a dry bitter finish.

M-Pretty crisp and dry in the mouthfeel with medium body and pirckly, but low carbonation.

D-Really nice IPA. It has most of the things that I look for in an IPA: some malt backbone, a nice bitter hop burst and a great fragrant nose.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange. A billowy 3 finger head. Average lacing.

S - Big citrus aroma, caramel, hints of alcohol, dried herbs.

T - Citrus hops with some strawberry fruitiness. Some floral spice in the back fades into toasted caramel malt. The malt has a nice sweetness that keeps the hops from taking over everything.

The malt seems shy at first but opens up as you go. My first IPA out of a can. Very easy drinking. Good stuff!

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

Pour was a surprisingly murky yet bright caramel color with an aggressive, sticky head. Big hops flavor up front - broadly bitter with floral and herbal notes, finishing up with a bit of pine resin. Substantial malt flavor, leaning toward caramel malt and a bit of toffee. Mouthfeel was almost chewy - no one will accuse this beer of being overly filtered.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- can poured into a pint, two finger off white head with nice retention, hazy tawny amber coloring.

s- earthy hops, some pine, grapefruit pith, bitterness, slight malt.

t- earthy, bitter grapefruit rind dominates, some pine, some lemon, tasty lingering bitterness as well.

m- medium body, slick.

d- good, i'd drink this again, but probably wouldn't seek out and buy. this is a solid canned craft ipa though.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice clear copper hue with 1 finger off white bubbly head. Good carbonation coming up.

S - All citrus and pine hops initially, mostly pine. After the initial aroma, the malt base comes through more. Mostly caramel malts.

T - Pine and citrus tastes follow the aroma. Caramel malt flavor is very prominent. First few sips are mostly bitter, but as I keep tasting it, the malt is coming through more and more. Very rich malt flavor with the pine and citrus notes balancing it perfectly. Flavor is much more complex than I was anticipating.

M - Medium bodied, very good carbonation. Not as oily as most IPAs. Finish is bitter and citrus.

D - Great drinkability. Very well rounded and a very smooth malt base to make this one extremely easy to drink.

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A - Amber in color with a thick, off-white head.

S - Not as much hop aroma as I had hoped. There is some citrusy hop aroma and a bit of stickiness to it.

T - better hop character in the taste. Good malt backbone to balance the hops. The finish is a bit chalky and biscuity.

M - The biscuitiness interferes with the mouthfeel to me. A bit too thick on the tongue for an IPA.

D - Nothing unpleasant about the way this one goes down. Alcohol is well masked and the carbonation level is right where it needs to be.

Photo of hawks10
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass...

Pours a crisp dark copper color with nice clarity, two fingers of light tan, foamy, head forms and sticks around for a while, leaving a bit of lacing behind...

A thick, sticky pine aroma hits you at first but it is supported by a healthy dose of caramel malt. A twist of citrus is apparent as well...very nice smelling beer...

Taste follows the nose for the most part. A thick, sappy, pine taste hits first...there is some nice bitter grapefruit skin in the middle and then the beer finishes very full and bitter. The malts are there but do not do much to cut into the hops aggressiveness...

Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is there after a few sips. Thick and sticky, extremely bitter and lingering...

Pretty good one...could use a little more balance though, a bit too bitter, not tasty bitter, just bitter bitter...

Photo of Bubba83
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a San Jose Sharks tumbler at around 45 degrees fahrenheit. A nice looking amber/gold hue to the body with some little rising bubbles. An impressive looking two finger width pillowy off-white head has great retention and lacing. The clarity is excellent. I can't imagine improving the look of this beer.

Smells like a nice piney/citrus combination of hops with a rather strong malt backbone of caramel and butterscotch. I smell some juniper bushes in this one too. A little bit of earthiness and some spice on the tail end.

A beautiful caramel begins at the front of my tongue, followed up by some butter rum lifesavers and sweet bready malt. Seems pretty malty, but then the hops liven up the party with a healthy dose of pine, grapefruit, raw bitterness and earth. Finishes clean and peppery, with a slightly alcoholic finish.

Loving the mouthfeel on this beer. It's got a perfect medium consistency with a nice head texture, perfect carbonation, and the right finish.

This is a very balanced IPA, but it's still pretty big and bold. I enjoyed this a lot more than Caldera's Pale Ale. It's not a terribly refreshing IPA, but it was a pleasure to drink, and delivered exactly what I was looking for. Overall, a strong example of the classic American IPA style.

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.