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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

1,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 63
Gots: 70 | 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 WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Carapils scent along with a huge citrus hop aroma. There is a light breadiness as well. The taste is very good. It's light with a damn bitter hop taste. It's loaded with citrus goodness. The malt bill provides some balance, but this is a hop heavy beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great session IPA. It refreshingly hoppy and easily drinkable.

WesWes, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of PeteVenkman
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like a hopped grapefruit, which sounds terrible but drinks pretty nice. Citrus is not overwhelming, but it's in there. I think I prefer my citrus lean toward lemon, but this is fine. Frankly, the best reason to drink this is the vessel. Drink outside by the grill on a sunny day. Go cans.

PeteVenkman, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium bronze-amber body. Large frothy, off-white head. Moderate retention. Nice crunchy lacing left behind.

S: Blend of grapefruit, pine and floral hop bitterness. Bready malts and a light caramel underbelly.

T: Up front, there is a nice pine bitterness that transitions towards a subtle citrus tone in the finish. Bread and caramel malts are present throughout. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation maintained its form from the first pour. Constant roll of bubbles on the tongue. Clean, crisp finish. Slightly sweet from the malts.

D: Overall, a very nice offering. The overall hop presentation was not quite as "fresh" as I was expecting, but this is a good product and its nice to see it available in a can.

callmemickey, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of hoppyhobby
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a frothey tan head with a deep and beautiful copper body. Excellent lacing.

S: Slight, hoppy, piney aroma.

T: Citrusy with piney hops. Crisp and not real bitter but it does have a slight bite with lasting flavor. The hops definitely comes through. A nice IPA that doesn't knock you over. Typically what an IPA is suppose to be.

M: Lightly carbonated, smooth and thin. Not watery or oily.

D: Refreshing and while not a session beer, you can easily enjoy a couple of these without any problems. One of the better canned micro-brews that I have tried.

hoppyhobby, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A stunner in a can

A deep color of honey, painted on a desert mountainside at sunrise. Plenty of frothy sticky icky lace - whitish, messy and organic like foam off the ocean. A lingering head that leaves plenty of webbed lacing down the glass.

Smells like an artists interpretation of hydroponic marijuana. Incredibly dank, backed by a tight jolt of crystalline sugar. Smells of wild fields of flora and fauna. In my head I am brought to my knees, imbibing in nature's melody. In for one more whiff... DANK! High in the nostril a hint of potently sweet floral hopiness surfaces and then disappears. Wow.

That nose is expressed well in the mouth. Starts wet and slightly sweet, attaining a Noble hop bite on the front of the tongue. Low sweet caramel notes hold things briefly in check but the hopiness only continues to grow from the front to back. In the middle a plethora of fruity notes emerge - grapefruit, lemons and oranges. In the next flash though its the earthier, piney hop that begins to shine. By it's finish the show is brutally bitter - it 'Arcs' only as it finishes. A puckering bitterness that again brings to mind the wild tastes of a forest. Hops are pooling on all sides of my mouth with pine-like bitterness. My tongue is buckling, and I'm wondering if I'm as much of a hop head as I think I am. The hops are imposing their will on my senses, and I'm starting to beg for mercy. The brewer has fortunately carbonated the hell out of this beer. The hydrophobic (read: oily) resins are minimized by all the surface area provided by these bubbles. This produces a light/medium body with a lot of texture. I am catching an alcohol heat in the back of the throat that is not totally pleasant. Drinkable, HUGE, challenging.

Philabeerphia, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce can from a sixer I picked up at Abe's for $11. Poured into my Ithaca shaker glass. The IPA appears a super clear golden amber color with about a finger of off white foam. The head leaves a nice looking lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of bready, caramel malt, perfume, a bit of bitter grapefruit pith, lime, lemon, lightly toasted rolls. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. I thought this would be super fresh and hoppy since this brewery just came into PA a week or so ago. I was a bit let down, especially judging by the reviews here. Needs more hops...

ClockworkOrange, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of iasanlee
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a huge creamy white head. Huge floral and citrus nose with some bready malt notes. Flavor is dominated by Perfume/floral/citrus hop flavor, and a great bitterness to caramel/toasty malt profile. Moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. This was delicious, thanks adamharbaugh for the opportunity.

iasanlee, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of MURF0320
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer in the canned beer arena. Had no option but to drink this straight from the can so I can't comment on appearance. Had a nice scent of bitter citrus and pine. Hops contribute a moderate bitterness consisting of both grapefruit and pine flavors, on top of a lightly sweet pale malt backbone.. Mouthfeel was crisp and pleasing with generous carbonation. Had a couple of these on a hike and found them to be great for the occasion.

MURF0320, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Full bronze. big light tan head. brilliantly clear.

S-Some toasty malt. Light citrus hop aroma. Not a lot going on.

T-Carmelly malty. Firm bitterness but more balanced to the malt than their Pale ale. Not much in the way of hop flavor. Lots of bitterness but not much flavor.

M-medium bodied. medium carbonation. No alcohol burn.

D-An average tasting IPA. Needs more hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness and malt are spot on. Still not a bad beer.

organicbrewer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz CAN into a regular kitchen glass, looking forward to this one.

Caldera IPA boasts a kinda bright orange with some shiny bronze shades within. A clean looking beer with no haze at all. Two fingaz worth of off white foam that is quite creamy looking and condensed. A bunch of lace on the glass.

The hops take up most of the nose with a big grapefruit bite and some pale malts to back it up with a sweet scent, slight caramel. Not very bold but smells like the makings of a decent IPA.

Tropical fruit on top of a nice malty layer. Grapefruit, pineapple, others, some bisquit giving malt. I'm really liking the balance on this, it's pretty much even. Some grassy earth towards the end. This really reminds me of Lagunitas IPA.

The feel is smooth and a bit bitter, but nothing too much. Carb is just right not very high or overly crisp, I could drink this all day.

BARFLYB, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can that says: "keep cool, just like you"... into a Surly pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white head with poor retention, leaving a rather thick, patchy white film floating at the top. Beer is a clear reddish orange. Lacing is frothy, layered, appropriate for a beer this style.

S: Cane sugar, citrus, piney hops. Fresh but very subtle. Not an overwhelming nose by any measure. Slight sourness is also detectable.

T: Opens very crisp, refreshing. Piney hop character presents itself towards the middle as the beer warms a bit. Citrus and cane sugar sweetness is present at the back but is overtaken quickly by an astringent, hoppy bite. Finish is a leafy bitterness, as if I've chewed
a hop nugget. Aggressive!

M: Light bodied, good carbonation but rather smooth. Watery and very refreshing though the finish is a bit overwhelming which takes away from the feel a bit.

D: Light bodied and crispness make this beer more drinkable than it should be. A very unbalanced IPA in my opinion which is not for me, but nevertheless appreciable. I'd reach for it if it was around, but this is a one shot deal for me. A solid beer.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Lunch
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. can acquired in a trade as an extra with volatilesther (Thanks!) into my Stone Levitation tulip at the appropriate temperature (02/02/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, darker shade of golden, amber with three fingers of an off-white head with great retention and some sticky and patchy lacing.

S: Nice aroma of bitter, citrus hops along with a slight caramel and bready malt backbone.

T: Clean and fresh taste of bitter hops with some citrus tones and layers of a bready, caramel malt. Simple, straightforward, yet pleasing and well done flavor profile.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate and slick/creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down.

D: very drinkable as it is well balanced, clean and fresh.

Overall this was a solid American IPA from Caldera and one that is quite sessionable. Thanks again Esther!

Lunch, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kels for hooking me up with a can of this in a recent in-person trade. Pour is from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty vibrant copper color and starts with about a 1 finger of slightly off-white head that fades to a pretty full and thick skim; body is clear and shows strong carbonation; a prety full curtain of lacing holds tight to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A lot of nice and bitter hops like a good IPA should have - tons of pine and bitter citric fruit peel. Straightforward, no questions to be asked.

Taste: I'm impressed - Caldera's Pale Ale was a real let down, but this is quite solid; lots of bitter hops right up front -- very piney and that citric fruit peel that is oh so nice and bitter and not juicy at all (not that juicy is bad either, but this one is straight up bitter); faint malt presence offers a little bit of sweetened balance, but the bitter dominates; fairly strong metallic aftertaste, but it's still really good and doesn't downplay the solid flavors too much.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation makes it feel very crisp and lively; body isn't thin, but not quite thick either -- about where I would like an IPA; a nice stickiness from all that hop resin coats the roof of the mouth quite nicely.

Drinkability: Actually, I could probably drink this all day; nice solid bitter flavor with a crisp and refreshing body; would be great for a hot summer day, but I can't complain about drinking it when it's 15 degrees outside either...

bamadog, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The server ate my original review, so let's try this again:

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

ECE/SAE amber colored liquid with three fingers of solid soapy seashell foam which recedes to a thin but persistent layer leaving agressive lacing behind resembling a mackerel sky with tiny clouds embedded in faint legs. Brilliant clarity.

While there is strong citrus in the nose (with tell-tale orange zest), the Simcoe hops seem the most pronounced of the three utilized, with their distinctive forest-floor/pine contribution. There is also an herbal borderline "catty" note that I didn't notice the last time I tried this beer (though since it is canned I don't think it was light-struck!).

Mint, orange pith, and pine needles on the palate with an undercurrent of pale malt. Unripe citrus bitterness with a bit of lemon/lime but no grapefruit. Finishes rather dry and faintly toasty. A little less pronounced malt that many NW IPAs - though more than most IPAs from SoCal.

Zippy, resinous, and highly carbonated - this is quite refreshing. An excellent choice for car camping or a fishing trip.

augustgarage, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a rich off-white head. Trailing lace nearly covers the glass.

The smell is of pine, herbal spicing, some medicinal notes, perfumy, with orange and grapefruit. A nice, complex hop aroma!

The taste is of an herbal, aspirin-ish, bitterness with grapefruit and orange. Alcohol comes through in a peppery way. Slight metallic (steely) notes accompany the caramel backing.


This is a nicely done, hoppy IPA, even for the style, with a solid caramel backing. Despite slight metallic/steely notes and slight show of the abv, this one disappears "too" quickly and is certainly worth seeking out if you're a follower of the hops! A nice IPA in a can - I'm a happy man!

jwc215, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the color of this beer. Can. It feels good to look at it. Smells like a can with some sticky green herbals inside.

It tastes like sticky green goodness with just a pinch of grapefruit.

medium bodied, with mellow carbonation that helps tickle the grainy and lemony finish on the roof of the mouth and middle of the tongue.

This guy at work gave me one, and this other guy stole it, then the first guy gave me another one. Boy am I glad.

dedrinker, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thanks, tjensen3618!

Amber-orange pour with around a finger of white foam. Retention is decent, with some pretty nice lacing left on the glass.

Pungent hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit, mostly pineapple. Some malt sweetness and light piney touch. Definitely what I expect from a west coast IPA. Some caramel, too.

Good hop flavor. Very pithy. Light sweetness up front, then citrus peel bitterness. Nice hoppy beer without being overwhelmingly bitter.

Medium-light body. Fairly low carbonation level. Smooth, ridiculously easy drinker. Very, very good IPA.

Gyle41386, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a trade with augustgarage. Thanks again!

FWIW, this shit is WAY better than that other canned IPA, Dales Pale Ale.

A- Copper, honeysuckle gold, nice head, good retention and lacing.

S- Floral hops, grapefruit comes up quickly behind it, very nice. West coast all the way.

T- Very nice. A good hop bite and a decent malt backbone that provides a bit of caramel sweetness that blends nicely. A bit of spice, grassiness, and some lemon zest round out the floral and citrus hops.

M- Good carbonation, hops are hoppy (duh) and stick with you for a while. Leaves quite the lasting impression.

D- Sessionable. Tasty. A winner in my book. Another worthy contender in the IPA royal rumble. First place? Nope. But it can hold its own, a damn fine beer.

ShogoKawada, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can. I can not think who sent this too me for the life of me. I need to start putting names with beers I get in! Review from notes.

A- Pours semi-hazy orange/reddish color. One and a half light tan/offwhite head that stays for a little while. Nice soapy lacing hat slides down the glass.

S- Tropical fruit (pineapple) upfront along with other citrusy hops. Light bready malts in the background. Very light earthy floral hops...these could have been a little more in the aroma in my opinion.

T- Nice bitter hop bite right off the bat which I didn't foresee. Light malt sweetness in the middle and toward the end. Bitter hop again in the end but not quite as big as in the front. Also a light medical alcohol taste which was a little distracting.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Good carbonation for the style. Hops left a trainwreck of bitterness on the palate. Some hop resin stuck around after each sip. Light tropical fruit in the aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable IPA in my book. The light alcohol taste kind of brought the taste down a half point in my review but after some sips it went away. Nothing is over the top about this IPA and I would easily make this my session beer if it was near me.

alleykatking, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of berebrando
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer at Whole Foods in Tustin/Irvine, CA. It was the first time I saw it, so I got two 6packs to try out. I was very pleasantly surprised.

I try just about every IPA I can get my hands on: Sculpin, Racer 5, Hop Stoopid are some of my favorites. Big hoppy flavors and amazing fruity smells. You find these in Caldera IPA.

This beer is delicious - if you like good hoppy and flavorful IPAs, give it a try, I bet you'll enjoy it.

berebrando, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. A little surprised at the rating here.

Pours a copper, reddish orange. Definitely not the familiar yellowish, golden orange of most IPAs. Large off-white head.

Smells faintly of pine, more strongly of ... well, citrus. Not quite grapefruit, just citrus-y. And there's maybe a whiff of malt. Well, maybe not.

There's a strange toasted after-taste to the malt, and the hop flavoring is a touch muted. Really more like a pale ale than an ipa to me, though not quite that either. Some grapefruit, some random-y citrus notes, and a touch of sweet malt.

Decent, but nothing to write home about.

Overlord, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass...

A: Pours a beautiful golden honey hue with a nice creamy three finger head. Huge head and excellent lacing, falls very slowly in pillows. Very beautiful.

S: Tons of citrus and piney hops. Big aroma, not overly complex, but for an ipa this is very solid. grapefruit and sticky pine hops really jump out with just a hint of caramel malt in the background. Very fresh...

T: Follows the nose perfectly, tons of pine and grapefruit, very crisp and fresh. Faint bready malt in the mid-palate help balance the hops. Faint metallic on the finish, not necessarily in a bad way but just a hint.

M: Medium light body, lots of crisp carbonation dancing on the tongue. Smooth and dry on the finish.

D: So fresh and smooth this one goes down very nice.

RedBrewer83, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear amber color with a nice fluffy white head. The lacing on this beer is absolutely incredible.

S: An amazing smell. The smell reminds me of homebrewing. It feels as though I've got a big chunk of fresh Simcoe and Amarillo hops that I'm about to toss into the boil. Very piney and citrusy. Different aromas, but on par with Pliny and Sculpin.

T: The Simcoe train doesn't stop at the nose. Plenty of bitterness and a nice grapefruit flavor as well. Not quite as good as the nose, but almost.

M: This is the one area I think the beer falls a bit short. The body is on the thin/watery side, but the carbonation levels are fine.

D: This is one of my new favorite IPAs. This is a great IPA for just sipping on or drinking during a hot day. I think I'll pick up a six pack the next time I see it.

womencantsail, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of slayer3604
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Stunning clarity, this thing is absolutely defect free, and has a wonderful amber color, with a slightly off white head, suddy lacing and ropes of carbonation.

S- Herbal, lemon grass, piney and a tad of citrus. Has a lot of herbs from far away, even, and it has a very nice balance of all 5 scents.

T- slightly spicy, malty, but held on because of the hops. This had a little less to it than i thought it would, but its probably because im used to DIPA's. To be fair, it has a remarkable balance to it...i really enjoy this beer, and for something in a "can", which most people are shaky about, i found it impressive.

M- Medium body, nice mixed malty/bitter after finish that is slightly cloying but not offensively.

D- This stuff is fun to drink. The can is yellow, lively, and fun to look at. I see people looking at this beer all day on the shelf wondering why something in 6 pack cans costs so much. I have an answer for them now! GREAT BEER!

slayer3604, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pour was a deep copper with a slight hazy ruby tint. fluffy cloud like head with decent retention and lacing

huge malts with a slight citrus and floral hop scent. mainly orange and pineapple.

bitter up front, a strong pine bitterness with bits of earthy and citrus bitterness. a bit of white grapefruit, orange, and sweet biscuit malts.

very full bodied with proper carbonation. the perfect bite to accompany the flavors.

not bad, has a lot of deep bitterness and is a solid IPA. i would prefer some floral flavors but that is just me. the price here would have me thinking twice about getting more but i would have no issues drinking this again.

hooliganlife, Dec 01, 2009
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.