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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

972 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 61
Gots: 49 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

A huge thanks goes out to the awesome BA from the NW who sent me this as a kick ass extra. I had been wanting to try this for a while now. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/26/2009.

The pour was very nice. Deep amber in color with a nice clarity to it. A big head of white coming up and over the top and settling down with a good amount of side glass lacing. Big aroma of fresh hops on this one. Just a huge nose of grapefruit, pineapple and hints of orange peel. Deep and resionous, almost sticky just in the aroma. As the first sip hits, not as sharp and pungent as the aroma, but seriously this was a good IPA. Nice and tight with the fresh hops letting your lips stick to your teeth. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit leading the way but fading into a nice mid palate of buttery malts. Nice medium feel and an easy, very smooth sessionability.

Overall this was excellent. A very easy to drink, very nice and very hoppy west coast IPA. I would go for this one again any day!

Serving type: can

06-28-2009 02:37:57 | More by mikesgroove
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washburnkid

New York

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

My first beer from this brew...and what a goodie!

Over a finger of off-white head lingers over a translucent amber. The head lives a good amount of sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas of floral and herbal hops with a sweet but bready maltiness as a distance backbone. Earthy notes in both the aroma and taste. Tons of bitter residuals linger on the palate, thanks in part to a medium mouthfeel. This is a delicious IPA, and I look forward to grabbing more cans from this brewery!

Serving type: can

06-23-2009 04:32:58 | More by washburnkid
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Arbitrator

California

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled can into a glass. An extra courtesy of bvc. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear amber body with active carbonation up the glass. Has an inch off-white head with good retention, and it leaves some spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hops, with a slight resiny and earthy/dirt/grass undercurrent to it that is a bit of a turnoff.

T: As the nose suggests, the taste is dominated by citrus hops, with pine coming second. Caramel malt fleshes out the mid-taste, but toward the end, an earthy and grassy blend takes over and pulls throught into the aftertaste. There is a lingering resiny bitterness as a result.

M: Sticky, with bitter resin coating the mouth. Sometimes I like this, but here it's too grassy and earthy to enjoy.

D: I really wanted to try this, and I'm glad I did -- because I'm satisfied that I don't need to have it again. It's apparently pretty pricey, and there's nothing in here that justifies that to me.

Serving type: can

06-23-2009 03:47:05 | More by Arbitrator
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up a 6-pack at State Line in Maryland. Poured a golden amber with a good white head. This beer reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale, and not because of the can. There's a big punch of citrus and pine hops that's met (more so here than with Dale's) by a hit of caramel malt. Very drinkable and a tasty, more balanced IPA.

Serving type: can

06-23-2009 01:43:35 | More by tempest
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skrib09

Missouri

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

copper or amber in color. pretty clear with an off-white hop head forming on top.

smells of pine up front and a hit of citrus zest toward the back.

taste is refreshingly hopped. malty sweetness amongst the pine, resins, and citrus.

mouthfeel is crispy with a slight bite. definetly drinkable.

Serving type: can

06-16-2009 02:10:09 | More by skrib09
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mcsquint

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into pint mug:
A - Dark golden amber in color. Clear, with nice 2 finger, off-white head. Excellent lacing on glass.
S - Citrus,pine, grassy, malty.
T - Golden malt at first; quickly followed by citrus and pine. Finishes fairly dry but leaves slight metallic aftertaste.
M - Medium. Carbonation is very fine in character.
D - As big as this is on flavor, I would have thought the ABV would be more than 6.1%. It's very drinkable; but at @ $14.006 pack it will have to be an occasional treat.

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 21:27:13 | More by mcsquint
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Goliath

Illinois

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

Pours a clear amber color with a half inch, slightly off white head sitting on top. Good retention, and some spotty lace is present.

The aroma is pretty good. There's a nice hop presence which gives a really good dose of citrus. I don't have much else to say about it, but the nose is very pleasant.

The taste is decent. A nice hop presence gives a decent dose of citrus. There's a very nice bitterness on the finish. It is a pretty balanced IPA IMO. I get a good malt presence, kind of a raw grain feel. I think they use a very similar malt bill in their amber and pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a very fine bubble.

Drinkability is pretty high. The alcohol is easily managed and well incorporated into the beer. The flavor profile is pleasing as well making for an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 21:14:52 | More by Goliath
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erikm25

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden orange with subtle amber tinting. Head is a huge off white bubble of fluff. Even with a careful pour the head rose up with a mighty fury. Retention is strong and the lacing coats around the glass. This is a great looking beer.

S: Crisp with pine and lemon citrus hops. This is pure bitter hops with no real malt aromas to be found. Grapefruit and peppered orange slush. Spiced apples and limes. Hints of fresh herb and cannabis.

T: This is a juicy lemon crisp beer with black pepper finish. Solid hops taste that is strong but not overwhelming. Much like the nose this is crisp and refreshing tasting. Slight buttery malt backdrop but overall this is all about the hops. Leaves a strong bitter aftertaste that goes perfect with some spiced foods.

M: Juicy with perfect carbonation. Sticks all around the mouth.

D: Since I have been in a can craft beer zone recently this psychedelic yellow six pack caught my attention. These drink quickly and easily. A little pricey at $10.99 a six but it ended up being a pretty good investment. Very impressive IPA. New Valis album goes well with a number of these.

Serving type: can

06-13-2009 01:54:44 | More by erikm25
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a goblet - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with well, orange highlights .The head soars to 3" and has an ivory hue to it. It shows great retention and tons of foamy lace gets left behind on the glass. Tons.

Smell: Piney and citrusy hops are strong. It smells like Centennial or nugget hops. It's hard to discern the malts that are lying behind the hops. Very fresh, especially from a can. No metal aromas!

Taste: King of mineral and earthy, doesn't really live up to the aroma. Still quite tasty though.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, earthy, yeasty and a little boozy. Lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: A good IPA. Not good, but very drinkable and worthy of a sample. I would revisit.

Serving type: can

06-12-2009 12:10:33 | More by Risser09
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errantnight

California

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/copper/goldish-amber with a finger or two of creamy head into a tumbler.

Lively aromas of citrus and pine with a bit of toast and caramel coming through.

Well balanced, juicy, sweet middle with a dry finish. A west coast by way of the east coast IPA. Caramel and toasted notes balancing resiny hop flavors... but the bulk of the flavor is hop.

Creamy with a nice lift to it.

One of those IPAs that always seems greater than the sum of its parts. Everything is good, but it's not a true hop explosion that really gets me excited. On the other hand, this is a truly drinkable and enjoyable IPA. If this were my local, I'd have a sixer of this around a lot of the time.

Thanks, Wackyfoot.

Serving type: can

06-11-2009 01:20:05 | More by errantnight
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wnh

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, crisp orange-tinted amber. Huge (two to three finger) rocky, foamy, off-white head that's taking it's time diminishing.

Nose is a pleasant balance of citrus and pine, both sweet and earthy at once. The hops are clear, but frankly are less enticing that it seems they ought to be. Nothing about how this beer smells turns me away, but there's not much to really draw me in.

Caldera IPA is surprisingly mild on first sip, with the pine and citrus hop balance eventually coming through. Relatively subtle but clear bitterness complements the beer without overtaking it. Pleasant lingering mild bitterness in the finish, with an overall sense of earthiness.

Light to medium bodied, leaning toward light. Slight drying effect makes me want another sip. A solid, drinkable beer, and the light body actually boosts the drinkability rating. Still, for $14.99 a six-pack I'll gladly stick with something else. This is a good IPA, but not good enough to command such a price.

Serving type: can

06-03-2009 17:56:03 | More by wnh
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark orange in color with a one-finger tan head which lingers a second then drops away leaving a few small specks of lace. Sweet malts and oily hops rise pleasantly to the nose. Some subtle pine is mixed in. Tastes of bright fresh citrusy hops and the malt backbone does it's job evening things out well. Not as big on the hops as many other IPA's, but being that it comes in the can this one begs to be taken to the lake or to the beach as it has just enough taste to keep things interesting, and the fact that it's in a can is fookin' cool.

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 21:04:05 | More by stephens101
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 12 oz can from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a full amber color, a mixture of brown and yellow that results in an dull orange hue. A luxurious head of nearly two fingers has laced in spades.

S: The aroma is strong, even fresh out of the can. Thick grapefruit and pine notes battle to attention. An odd malt aroma, very vegetal and regurgitated. It tempers the beauty of the hops.

T: This is an IPA that fires on all cylinders. The hops are fresh, loaded with citrus and pine flavor. The bitterness is fairly low but it is there, lingering below the surface. The caramel grains stand out, pairing nicely with the hops.

M: The IPA really hits the spot with a large hop profile that bites as it soothes. A good beer that screams West coast IPA.

D: A very quaffable ale that doesn't skimp on the hops. Too bad the nose was a little offputting.

Serving type: can

05-24-2009 00:22:46 | More by akorsak
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madtappers

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

one word WOW! this has to be one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, the hop profile is well preseved inside its 12 oz can.

Pours a warm copper color with a huge floral aroma of hops. I would say the freshness of the hops makes it almost over hopped and hard to drink. But, it is a must for any hop head to try.

Not your average canned beer...try one you love it or hate it...

Serving type: can

05-23-2009 18:09:54 | More by madtappers
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dukew456

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Pours a hazy amber with golden tones on the side of the glass. A nice billowy, two-finger head forms,(and sticks around) possibly the result of a forced hard-pour from the can.

A big dose of piney, earthy hops hits hard up front in the nose. The resiny qualities of the aroma subside after a bit, and a sweet malt backbone comes through towards the end.

Up front, this beer has a very bitter, resiny hop thwack, as much as several "DIPA's" I've had. There's also a fruitiness from the hops that complements the sweet malt backbone very well, as well as helping this be a very balanced beer. Moderate carbonation makes this medium-light on the palate and refreshing.

Solid West Coast IPA, and probably the coolest looking can on the market.

Serving type: can

05-22-2009 03:08:20 | More by dukew456
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

A-Pours a clear gold with a thin white head and really good retention.

S-Plentiful grapefruit hops with a solid malt backbone.

T-Does not live up to the promise of the nose but still pleasant. Sweet malt in the front with a solid earthy hop finish.

M-Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

D-Nicely drinkable.

HV

Serving type: can

05-20-2009 19:14:23 | More by sholland119
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Pours orange-gold with a two-finger head. Decent retention. Nice lacing. Nice carbonation.

Nice pine aroma. Some grapefruit-pineapple to the nose as well but mainly pine.

Very nice flavor. Slightly roasted dry finish with just a twinge of fruitiness. Excellent bitters all the way through. Slightly thin feel, though.

Overall, very nice.

Serving type: can

05-17-2009 20:37:22 | More by beer2day
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, auburn/amber color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. Sweet notes of grapefruit and orange peel.

T - It was very peppery and spicy with a smooth burnt toast maltiness. Some subtle citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Here in the Midwest the price tag was a bit high, though.

Serving type: can

05-09-2009 12:55:26 | More by zeff80
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HairOfTh3Dog

Oregon

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

As far as the look goes on this one, it looks kinda copper as I stare down into the can. Its a caldera baby, celebrate the can and drink from it.

This is a nice smelling ipa, moderate amount of pine, and citrus. Smells like cascade hops.

As far as taste its not scrape your tongue hoppy, but it is definitely flavorful. Has the bitterness in the corners of your mouth feeling. Its piney and floral.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and a bit dry.

Overall a very well rounded session ipa.

Serving type: can

05-01-2009 06:42:26 | More by HairOfTh3Dog
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dirtylou

Washington

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

12oz single, shipped by blackistopheles

served appropriately with dinner

appearance: cool can. poured into an imperial pint glass, light copper-amber body with a foamy beige cap and pretty strong lacing. somewhat cloudy

smell: light citrus, floral hops, grapefruit and light pine

taste: pretty good canned IPA that i would definitely purchase if it were available (good canned beers are quite valuable for the baseball and football seasons). this one is a modest but very pleasant ipa - quiet floral, fading hops, grapefruit, tea, caramel malt base

mouthfeel: light bitterness, medium body, no alcohol to be found

drinkability: good

Serving type: can

04-27-2009 01:09:20 | More by dirtylou
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naterock

Missouri

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

poured into a tulip from a can with a two finger head and a deep copperish golden color with a slight reddish hue.

smells like a slight twinge of alcohol and a floral yet citrusy hop aroma. and a sugary sweet malt backbone.

Taste is bitterup front with a citrusy tongue with a sweet malt finish. relly quite impresive for my first craft beer from a can. super complex and tasty as hell.

Mouth is suprisingly clean with a bite in the front. drinks moderately and really suprised me. For the cost I can't say it's worth it. 14.99 a six pack is steep for this one but it is a damn fine beer.

Serving type: can

04-26-2009 02:47:20 | More by naterock
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a a Chouffe Flute

A-Very deep nice amber/dark copper laces thick and sticky down the glass, very sexy looking in the glass.

S-very floral bitter hop smell. Grapefruit notes very citrusy.

T-Much like the nose great bitterness in the front middle and back. Has a nice sweet malt quality in the middle, almost like a sweeter orange flavor very subtle but adds alot.

M-Medium body near perfect on the carbonation.

D-Only reason this is not a 5 is the price everything else about this beer on this section is flawless.

Serving type: can

04-26-2009 02:40:47 | More by SpecialK088
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jdense

Oregon

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

On tap at the EOU faculty lounge in The Big.

Light orange body under one finger slowly dissapating white head, exceptional lacing. Floral hops in the nose with light sweetness of malt, not too sweet. A very nice balance of grassy, grapefruit hops with delicate malty overtones on the taste buds. Nice carbonation in mouthfeel, and a very drinkable brew. A very pleasant surprise, looking forward to trying this in cans on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2009 17:02:42 | More by jdense
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dakid618

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking 12oz can poured into pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with tons of frothy head and gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very piney hoppy smell. Taste is a slap in the tongue with pine followed by orange citrus. Amazing hop profile on par with super hopped double/imperial IPA's. Light dry mouthfeel that really dries out your mouth. Great drinkability hindered only by the hop blast that will quickly leave your taste buds dulled. Overall this is an amazing IPA that blows my mind every time I drink it.

Serving type: can

04-12-2009 21:22:12 | More by dakid618
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Kraken

Maryland

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

Reviewed 4/9/09

Ohh Baby!! Love reviewing canned beer. I have been looking forward to this one for about a week now.

Poured from a bright yellow can into a 16ox pint glass. Firm pour yields a 1/8 inch head that holds for a while. Lacing is pretty good. Color is a caramel/copper amber.

Nose- Deep pine, and Floral citrus, orange, some lemon and grapefruit. Gooey caramel.

Taste- Whoa, very nice. Lots of pine. Smooth caramel. Bitter pithy grapefruit, lemon zest. Some light sweetness. Grainy smoothness. Pronounced bitterness. Finishes with some nice floral citrus, lots of candied orange. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- active, slightly oily.

Drinkability- Good. Very hoppy. I love canned beer.

Serving type: can

04-10-2009 00:55:13 | More by Kraken
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