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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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1,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 66
Gots: 81 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A bright, golden body with about a 1.5 finger creamy, white head...the head showed nice retention and slowly fell into a spotty cap...good lacing

S - Great nose...sweet aromas all around combining citrus (grapefruit, pineapple, and orange), pine, floral, honey, and malts

T - The flavor is very well balanced but the sweet side shines just a tad more...the flavors start off sweet as the nose would suggest with more of the caramel malts and honey shining through...the hops make an appearance towards the middle with the citrus providing the sweetness...then a piney hop bitterness caps off a good beer

M - Medium bodied...crisp, refreshing, bitter...just wanted some more bitterness

D - This is probably the best canned IPA I've had...the nose was amazing and the flavors were very well balanced...I could easily drink this on a daily basis

Photo of kkipple
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, the canned IPAs just keep coming my way... and they can continue to do so! I cannot complain. New to my blighted and "Famously Hot" city of Columbia - the heart of Darkness of South Carolina - Caldera IPA is a welcome reminder that I once lived, nay, was even born in the Pacific Northwest.... and someday may be blessed to return.

The Caldera can itself is a rather ugly yellow with lots of hop cones around a, uh, caldera (cauldron) and the whole thing is rather an affront to the eyes, perhaps designed by a 2nd year art student who dropped out to smoke dope and lie on the beach with his rotund black lab and pierced girlfriend, but what do I know.

Caldera IPA is a dull, clear deep yellow, with a nice head that never really dies and some nice sticky lace. Smells good, but not great - pungent and resiny West-Coast-Yo hops, malt is regulated to the background. Grapefruit and some citrusy fruit, a smack of booze. Taste is similar, more hop-bitter forward, a bit thin, sweet but not terribly characterful malt. No real surprises here, but it's not bad. A fine finish, adequate carbonation and some finishing hop bitterness turn this into a pretty solid IPA.

Caldera can't quite hang with the big dogs, and at a price of $12 a six pack has to do a little more to justify itself in my mind. This is a good IPA, but the world is rife with good IPAs... I would gladly drink this anytime, but if my distributor is reading this, man, have you seen what $12 buys you on the streets of Ashland these days?

Photo of gatorbreath
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into duvel tulip glass

appearance: looks good ruby/orange/strawlike color with some heavy headiness, definitely dissipating though, doesnt look too carbonated

smell/taste: smelling some fruitiness and some hops also and some malty balanced undertones. the taste is hoppy and not overbearing, kind of not full bodied enough. a different one this is

mf: not really slick or thick just a runny ipa

drink: could drink a few

my first offering from caldera, ill have to try some more flavors

Photo of branimal9
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - cloudy orange-gold with an off-white head that dissipates slightly as it sits. lacing is quite nice though - by the end of the glass, i could find the exact level the beer originally poured to.

aroma - pineapple & marmalade hops. honey as well.

taste - hops taste as they smelled -- slightly bitter & citrus. good malt balance. finish is nice & dry.

mouthfeel - fairly full bodied.

drinkability - quite high. full flavored, but light enough to enjoy more if you'd like. i've had a few of these the last couple weeks at my kickball games. makes for a great portable craft choice.

newly available to those of us in south carolina, this is a tasty choice for those looking for a brew with both full flavor and the portability of a can. will most assuredly enjoy again.

Photo of Akfan
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the 12 oz can size. Sometimes 22oz is just more than I want.

Pour was smooth, moderate carbonation. Gold in color. Hazy.

Very nice fruity, hoppy smell. Enjoy the grapefruit smell while raising to your nose.

Taste was very well balanced for IPA. Hoppy but not out of control. Very nice mouth feel, which makes this a very drinkable beer. White head, with a moderate lacing. This is a good beer. I would describe it as a, "very drinkable" beer. Enjoy!

Photo of cdizinno
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with a nice off-white head and moderate to heavy lacing.

S: Nice mix of mild citrus, pine and floral scents. Very mild malty sweet scent too.

T&M: Very well-balanced, medium bodied IPA. Mostly floral hops with a mild background of citrus and pine. Perfect mild malty sweetness that cancels out most hop bitterness, but leaves the best components of the hops.

This stuff is great for a canned beer. Period.
Easier to store in the fridge, lighter and really very good. Joe at Green's mentioned that it is similar to 'Two Hearted'. I agree that it is just as good, but a little hoppier with less malty sweetness. I need to try another to confirm, but at first try, it's a definite regular on my list. Way to go Caldera!

Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey golden with a thick creamy off white head... Lots of active carbonation and good lacing as well... This just looks like a good IPA...

Very strong and pungent aromas of citrusy grapefruit hops all the way here... Very very citrusy aromas here, very West Coast as others have said... This smells ridiculously delicious...

Juicy citrusy hops explode across the palate right off the bat and finish with a lingering grapefruit finish that has me ready for each successive sip... Very delicious IPA here... Its juicy as hell, grapefruit, pineapple, orange... All mixed in together... Really nice...

Overall, a truly classic IPA and one that I will be buying regularly from now on.. Its solid as hell and delicious....

Photo of AlexJ
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can that looks like Jerry Garcia lives inside it, this beer is bright copper with a bone white head that has good retention and lacing.

Aroma is sweet tangerine, orange, and light floral notes from the hops. It has a light crystal malt sweetness with hints of caramel.

Flavor is big citrus hops; tangerine skin, navel orange, pink grapefruit and a hint of sticky pine. Moderate malt sweetness does the balancing act for a suberbly drinkable IPA that is very much in the West Coast style.

Medium bodied, slick and creamy mouthfeel leaves you wanting for another sip, er gulp. Very balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an orangey color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, hops, and a slight maltiness.

T: Tasted of hops, pine, citrus, and some caramel malt. A very Western-type flavor for an IPA.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer that helps to dispell the myth that only bad beers come in cans.

Photo of jpro
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the brightly colored Grateful Dead concert poster-esque can into a shaker pint glass: deep orange, with a snowy white, one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves some nice patches of lace. Aroma is dominated by citrus hops - there's also some bread crust and caramel malt in there. Taste is grapefruity, and a touch piney in the finish - some malt sweetness towards the finish, too. Mouthfeel is about medium-bodied and creamy... although it feels like something is missing -maybe a bit more body. A very drinkable IPA - can't wait to take a few to the beach soon...

Photo of mdcrouser
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently picked up a sixer on the boss's dollar for a company opening day tailgate - not out of character that I was the only one to enjoy one at the time. But this is my first poured into a pint, getting a good look nad whiff.

Pours a pretty amber, with a good 1/4" of off-white head - and while it dies down, I can already tell that it's going to leave a good lace.

The nose seems somewhat muted, but I can pick up grapefruit, and a bit of pine.

Somewhat bracing in its bitterness - significant grapefruit that really lasts. A very crisp pine flavor comes through as well. Quite hoppy, but no associated burn.

A little viscous on the tongue, tucking into each crevasse in the mouth. Good carbonation - really leads the tongue to enjoy the hoppiness.

I think I enjoyed it better from the can while on the parking lot before a baseball game earlier this week - there was something really refreshing about enjoying a good beer from a can, right along side a brat off the grill. Either way, an easy drinker.

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

A: Dark amber in color, the head was amazing. Slighly off white head, with enough retention to balance the can on it if I wanted to.

S: Lots of citrus and piney hops.

T: Wasn't sure what to expect from my first "real" can of beer. It was very well balanced. You had a good citrus and piney resin working together on this one.

M/D: It had good carbonation, the end was mildly bitter and oily.

I thought this was a great first for me.

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

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium copper amber color with a nice one finger white head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Citrus smells with some floral notes and a sweet malt smell after the hops. Yummy fresh smelling hops are jumping.

T: Citrus is the first flavor with tastes of grapefruit, lemon, orange and mango coupled with some herbal floral flavors which is then followed up by the sweet caramel malt. The sweetness is taken over by bitterness towards the end as I get some spicy pepper flavors on the back with some minty qualities. Bitterness is the finish that lingers on. Nice balanced IPA.

M: Medium, prickly, bitter, coating and hidden alcohol.

D: High, these are really nice and are very enjoyable. You can drink a few of these.

Overall a real nice IPA from a can, maybe the second best one out there right now if I don't count OB Gordon (Furious beat all). Very west coast stylistic in a can no less. That makes it very unique and very good.

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.