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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

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 64
Gots: 76 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a dark orange-brown leathery hue. The head is cream colored and airy, with lacing that clinged to the sides of the wine glass I used for the tasting.

S= Piney hops, as expected. Some floral notes and grapefruit.

T= Again the pine, but the grapefruit shows up stronger then the nose suggests. The hops are out front, but not the least bit aggresive. A touch of malt in the backbone evens things out and holds the hops in check.

M= Light bodied. Smooth and a bit creamy for an IPA. Carbonation is light. The bitterness of the hops linger, but in a more subdued way than other IPAs I have tried.

D= This is an IPA I could drink all day. Not too filling, not too bitter, well balanced.

TheHungryHiker, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of nc41
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now available in NC, and now I can see it and smell it the score went up. A really great canned IPA for the pool /beach or really anywhere. I also like Avery IPA, and Modus in cans, but I would have to give this brew a leg up on either, a little more fruit and hops than the others and at 6.1 ABV really drinkable. Not terribly bitter either, so it would makea great IPA for anyone who wants to step up ftom PA's to IPA's.

Also found the last sixer in Myrtle Beach on the shelf, and what a great surprise. Not only the only the only canned IPA available but a damn tasty one, Drank it out of the can so I have no idea on what it looked like, smelled like or any kinda head retention, but I loved it. I also had some Modus, but Caldera was definitely a little more fruity. IMO a real find, and a real solid A kinda brew. Would have scored higher if not being guzzled at the beach which knocked down the appearance and nose, Drink ability is good but the ABV in the killer heat had to be respected although not a heavyweight in this dept

nc41, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of btorsdog
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on vacation at the piggly wiggly in Myrtle Beach, SC. What a pleasnt treat /suprise!Tasted great even right out of the can.Appeared to have a deep golden color kind of darkish. Smelled nice and hoppy and fruity small bit of floral.Taste was straight up IPA wich is a great thing in my book.Mouth was smooth and pleasant with a nice amount of hops bitterness.These babies have a drinkability that is very nice,went down real nice in the heat and the cans were a big plus for transportation.Wish this brew was around my area!!!!

btorsdog, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Great for shooting empty bottles in the desert. Orange color. Yummy dry hop aroma, fruity too.

Good taste, not tongue numbing hops or bitterness, just the right amount for an active outdoor lifestyle for this ipa. Right amount of sweetness. Not heavy on the palate at all. Good summer ipa. Nothing outlandish mouthfeel wise. $10 a 6 was difficult at first, but seems to be a decent price after all.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Seems a little funny to review a canned beer by appearance since we can't see it and it goes directly from the can and right down the hatch!

Pours an amber orange color with a creamy one fingered head. The foam dies down gradually but keeps an even layer on top. Moderate amount of carbonation.

S - All I'm getting is delicate citrus, bisquit, and caramel. Not overly aromatic for an IPA and I'm having an unusually hard time picking up any other nuances.

T - Light caramel biscuity malt, with a little bit of sugary sweetness at the front of the tongue. The tongue is greeted with caramel malt and almost immediately after is hit with the citrus hopping to keep the sweetness in perfect check. There's a caramel-like grapefruit bitterness left in the mouth and eventually, nothing but grapefruit bitterness after the sweetness dies down.

M - Slightly on the heavier side of medium bodied, smooth feel as it rolls over the tongue with the carbonation being more on the creamy side than prickly.

D - Very, very good.

Very finely balanced. I din't like it at first so I waited to have a second can on a different day to give it a fair chance. I have to say it's growing on me. At 6.1%, I could drink these all day, a nice change up from the high octane beers.

jzeilinger, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12Oz can purchased from 'Beers of Europe' here in the UK. Poured the beer into a 'Hoegaarden' Grand Cru glass.

looked good, huge cream coloured head sat on top of a dull, hazy, dark amber/orange body. The head produced some heavy lacing and tried to stay throughout the tasting.

The nose was of yeasts and hops along with some grain type esters.

The hops from the aroma take over the taste completely, a real bitterness hits the mouth and throat. Why do they (or is it you?) have to over hop everything in the US when they brew an IPA? There really is no need to do so. It isn't as bad (hop wise) as some I've reviewed, but still too hoppy for my tender tastebuds.

It is true to the American IPA style and I think one of the better examples I've had (I am not a huge fan of the style though).

BlackHaddock, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a copper slight haze color with a 1 finger head..smell is citrus and pine with hops and malt..taste is the same its a pine hit first with some floral hops and sweet malts.a bitter finish in the back of the mouth..this ipa is pretty tasty if you like a pney crisp ipa with some sweet malts..i could drink a couple of these no problem..but would not be my choice of ipas when looking for one

gatornation, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Hooray! for canned craft beer. We really love this format and how quickly it is spreading throughout the US. Options are great, especially when you are in no glass zones such as poolside, on a boat, on the beach--and also simply for the fact that the can is a great space saver.

Stodgy off-white head, the sticky mass shows its great retention as it stays strong all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Clear copper-penny hue; a few bubbles race to the top. Citric, pine and black tea hop aroma. Hint of melon, estery alcohol and sweet toasted malt in the background. Lots of smoothness to go around--extremely smooth. Slightly chewy medium body shows the malt is not just going to sit back while getting pummeled by the hops. Mild cookie-like sweetness from the malt has a faint toasted graininess to it. Hops come in with a controlled but precise bitterness, strong but still leaving some balance. Big minty hop flavor very slowly dissipates with citric rind, evergreen, black tea leaves and a sweet Mandarin orange flavor. Finishes a little bittersweet with a rock-solid hop flavor and sweet biscuity maltiness.

This is a great example if you are looking to try a Pacific Northwest (PNW) India Pale Ale. Hops all around, both in bitterness and flavor, with enough malt to keep everything in balance. Nothing over the top. It's simply a great IPA--and it's in a can.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally starting to see this much hyped brewery show up here in the Fourth Corner. The Amber and Pale I tried weren't all that thrilling so I didn't have much in the way of expectations for the IPA. Well it turned out to be just an average example of the style. It's worth a shot if you see it, but it's not great.

beertunes, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a moderate head. Smell is pretty nice! Pine and tropical fruits. Taste starts with a nice blend of bitter pine and fruit punch, without being overly sweet. Pretty dry finish, medium-light mouth. This is a nice little surprise and drinkable but not complex enough to be interesting beyond one. But overall for what it is, Caldera has a winner.

squaremile, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep rust orange with 1/4 inch of white foam

S - citrus and hints of piney hops

T - slightly citrus hops with a major piney hop kick at the end, not overpoweringly bitter, just a really tasty treat

M/D - medium bodied and decent carbonation, definitely a nice IPA that I could have several of

mikereaser, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from can into a Delerium Tremens tulip. Pours a hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that slowly subsides to minimal. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, and pine. The flavor was of malt and a load of hops. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice IPA from a can no-less. Definitely worth seeking out if you are an IPA fan as it is quite drinkable and enjoyable. I will be having another in the near future.

thagr81us, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of brauseboof
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first one poured with an incredibly large off white head with great retention. I was very careful the second time. Color was a hazy copper
Smelled of bubble gum and citrus.
Tastes like it smells, with a hint of lime. The grapefruit biterness kicks in at the end.
Well carbonated, smooth, nicely balanced between malt and hops.
A fine example of an American IPA. Highly recommended.

brauseboof, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a clear amber/orange with one finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is hops, floral and citrusy, with a nice roasted/toasted malt backbone. I pick up grapefruit, flowers, a touch of herbs and grass and a bit of musk smell that I associate with Columbus hops, a nice fresh hop aroma. The malt has a very noticeable toasted/biscuit note, much more up front than many IPAs.

Taste is quite smooth overall, the biscuity malt balances nicely with the hop bitterness. It starts with light malt, a tad toasted with a noticeable hop bitterness, this transitions into a brighter, more hop focused flavor. The finish is remnants of biscuity malts and some hop bitterness and citrus. Overall, even a minute after I take a sip, the toasty malt is the dominant flavor on the finish. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with moderate carbonation.

Overall I very much enjoyed this beer, a big IPA with a strong malt base yet substantial hop flavor. This beer stands out to me among the Northwest IPAs I have tried, it has a very nice balance and a smooth flavor.

trevorjn06, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of therica
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Their website says Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo hops, and the malts are Premium Two-Row, Munich and Crystal.

A= pours a cloudy dark yellow-orange, big fluffy slurpy head, plenty of lacing.

S= generous whiffs of nice rich malts, hops florals in the citrus range.

T= grapefruity hops with orange/tangerine as a close second; thick complex quality malts, slightly bready, a small touch of honey. Decent bitters but nicely balanced into the blend. Outstanding.

M= complex hops bitters, complex malts, slightly chewy, lingering for enjoyment for a while.

D= very drinkable although it might become a bit filling after a few. Thanks to the outstanding taste, however, I could probably force a few more ha ha.

therica, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very lovely copper amber color with a fluffy, sticky, slightly off-white head. The aroma is typical American IPA with plenty of grapefruit, orange, pine and caramel malt aroma. The taste is hop forward yet pretty well balanced with tons of hop flavor and bitterness, but a decent malt backbone to hold it up. Flavors are similar to the nose with grapefruit, orange, pine forest and caramel malt sweetness with a bit of toastyness as well. Medium bodied with a great finish that is not too sticky or dry and lingers just long enough. Very drinkable and a great, sessionable IPA.

zoso1967, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a good friend of mine for leaving me with a few cans of this beer. 12 ounce can poured into a stemmed glass.

A: Rich amber in color with a thick off-white head that settles quickly to a thin film on the surface. Slight chill haze exists, and carbonation is lively. Head retention is low, but lacing is very nice.

S: Somewhat dulled at first, but as the beer warms a bit the hops and malt shine through at the same time. Floral piney hops balance out with sweet caramel-like malt.

T: Very floral and fruity with resinous hop notes, along with hints of pine and citrus. Malt character is mild, but there are hints of caramel, toast, and dried fruit in the backround. It's a very balanced beer.

M & D: Medium bodied and full of flavor. The mouthfeel is quite silky and the finish is clean, but long lasting. Caldera has made a truly remarkable IPA here. Hopefully I'll be able to try this one again in the future. Easy drinking, tasty, and since it comes in a can, it's very boat friendly.

WYVYRN527, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can into the Duvel tulip. Dark orange, amber and nearing a light brown. Reddish tones. Head is fairly thin and fizzy.

S: Smells fantastic. Big piney hops along with a nice malt backbone. A bit of tart citrus and some grapefruit. Some peaches and grapes.

T: Good hop bitterness, sweet fruits from the nose turn into rather bitter fruits on the palate. Grapefruit and some unripe orange. Citrus rind and zest.

M: Slick and a bit malty on the tongue. Carbonation is just about right, doesn't bite back quite enough.

D: Easily drinkable beer, love the hop/malt balance, especially for a west coast IPA. Great beer that I continue to revisit.

kiddynamite920, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of olmatty
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Deep amber orange color and quite clear of any sediment. A foamy two finger head with excellent retention and sticky lacing.

Smell- Rich Orange and Grapefruit hops coming through strong

Taste-Smoothly bitter hops with lots of interesting citrus. A perfect balance between a huge hop presence and a stout backbone of malt flavors. A long pleasantly bitter aftertaste that I will hopefully still be tasting tomorrow.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated with a sticky presence of hops. Quite palate filling.

Drinkability-Smooth and delicious with a huge flavor profile. I want more, more, more!

olmatty, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Specs: Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo hops, with 94 IBUs...definitely looking forward to this

A: Pours a semi-transparent amber/copper color. The eggshell head is real fluffy and big. Retention is excellent, leaving a thick sheet of foam on top throughout the duration of the drink.

S: Very pungent nose; tropical fruits like pineapple and slight mango, piny resinous hops, and slight earthy undertones. Citrus (grapefruit and slight orange and lemon peel) is also apparent. Alcohol peeks through the nose a little bit, but doesn't take away from anything. Malts give a firm base and seem like they will balance nicely.

T: A little different from the nose...the 94 IBUs really shine and give off a puckering bitterness. Earthy, resinous, and citric hops make up a majority of the flavor. I don't know exactly what gives this flavor off (I have the same thing in my dry hopped IPA that was brewed a few weeks ago) but it tastes like the smell of whole hop flowers- slightly vegetal...I did dry hop with Simcoe so maybe thats where it comes from. Malts lend a caramel and toffee backing that helps to balance, but seems to be consumed by the hop bombardment.

MF/D: Smooth and creamy feel. Pretty big body for the style. Carbonation is awesome- at the ideal level in my book. Not necessarily a complete palate killer, but close to it. This makes for a good outdoor occasion IPA.

Notes: Solid IPA. Typical of the west coast style- bitter and resinous. Great tailgate or beach beer

scottyshades, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of BigMike
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A light golden orange color. Very clear with almost 2 fingers of creamy rich pillowy head.

This thing smells like candied hops. Lots of orange citrus covered in caramel.

Tastes alot like the aroma only a bit on the lighter side. The citrus is there, the caramel is there and there is also a small amount of floral notes as well.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp bitter finish.

Overall this is an excellent canned IPA that i could drink all day long.

Notes: Review taken from notes written on 5-25-10

BigMike, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a- pours a light orange amber color with a great off white head. it left some heavy lacing along the side of the glass and showed good retention.

s- massive acidic citrus; orange, mango, grapefruit. a robust bouquet of hop aroma with the citrus leading, a heavy floral influence with a bit of pine in there too

t-the citrus is front and center just as in the aroma but it has a much bigger pine influence with a distinctive heavy amount of Simcoe hops. the finish is moderately-highly bitter with a bit of breadiness.

m- medium bodied. a bit low on the carbonation for the style. a good bit of dryness in the finish.

d- a great beer that keeps you reaching for the glass. I definitely need to get more of this stuff. with no alcohol to be found in the taste it would be exceptionally easy to drink a fair share of these.

Freethyhops, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant, shimmering honey color. Very generous off white head, sticks around with good lacing.

Smells like im sticking my head in a barrel of fresh hops. very floral and earthy, some citrus. the hop presence in the smell of this beer is assertive and strong.

Taste gives way to fresh, juicy grapefruit and resinous pine. Extremely vibrant. Definitely hop forward, not a lot of malt to explore in this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is nice and moderate. Has a nice flowing, juicy feel to it in the mouth, I can tell this beer is very fresh.

Highly drinkable, I'll get right down to it and say this is an excellent IPA I could drink all evening. They did a great job on this beer, i'd consider it in the class of the best IPAs I've had.
This is also my introduction to craft beer in a can, very impressed all in all.

wolfinthemirror, May 23, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share

A - Pours a hazy amber-copper hue, with a rocky off-white head.

S - Some citrus-y and evergreen hop aroma is available, but it is pretty tame.

T - The flavor is much more potent than the aroma. There is a very classic West Coast dankness that is melded at first with the rich malt, but then separates itself and stands apart, with great herbal and leafy hop flavors lingering intensely on the finish.

M - IPA. Good.

D - Not the best of the West, but pretty good.

ktrillionaire, May 17, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass. Have drank this many (many) times and decided to finally rate it.

A: Color is a dark yellow/gold, almost bordering on a pale orange. Pours with a decent (1 1/2 inch) white head. Head is dense and disippated slowly.

S: As expected, lots of hops are very noticable - citrus (grapefruit, orange), floral, pine, etc. Quite a wide range of hop flavors, actually.

T: Taste continues where smell left off - lots of hops. Good citrus, floral and piney hops are evident throughout the taste with only some minor malt flavors present. Finish is a touch bitter, with some of the hop flavors fading, leaving just some bitterness behind.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

D: Excellent. The perfect summer picnic or camping beer. I've consumed cases of this stuff and find it a very drinkable. It is well balanced, bitterness is in check, and you can consume several of these without being overwhelmed.

oregonskibum, May 17, 2010
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.