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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

1,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 64
Gots: 75 | 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 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?

kkipple, May 14, 2010
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

gatorbreath, May 13, 2010
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.

branimal9, May 11, 2010
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!

Akfan, May 04, 2010
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!

cdizinno, Apr 24, 2010
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....

Tilley4, Apr 24, 2010
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.

AlexJ, Apr 22, 2010
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.

avalon07, Apr 17, 2010
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...

jpro, Apr 15, 2010
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.

mdcrouser, Apr 11, 2010
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.

kylehayworth, Apr 05, 2010
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.

Kadonny, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this one as an extra from one of those awesome West Coast BAs! Thanks!

This one pours a nice golden color with an off-whie head. Nice lacing that lasts.

Upon popping the top I was hit immediately by a cascate of hoppy smells coming from the can. Smells delicious with the malt to balance things nicely.

The taste follows the nose with a nice, crisp finish.

In the mouth this one is nice and creamy.

This is a highly drinkable beer. It has a nice hoppy dry finish that keeps your mouth wanting more.

RomaniIteDomum, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - bright, bright, glowing orange and yellow in color. Wow, it is a sight to behold. Big, fluffy, stark white head rests on top protecting the "goods".

Aroma - pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin orange, lemon, powdered sugar and caramel malt. Lots of nice citrus and tropical fruit flavors but not so much piney-ness.

Taste - graprefuity, tropical fruity, bittersweet and tongue drying. Plenty of malty sweetness backing up this dry mouth inducing IPA. The hop profile is very pungent and fresh coming from the can and this one lives up to its billing as one of the better canned IPAs on the market (of which there are more and more). Great job to all those at Caldera! Keep up the good work and I look forward to trying your other canned offerings.

Overall - great IPA in a can! Very drinkable and well balanced (which is what really makes this one stand out). Fresh hop flavors is well preserved in the can and the overall drinkability is excellent.

Would I buy more of it? - Well, I was lucky enough to get a few cans of this via several trades so its not so much a matter of buying it again as it is getting it through other means again. That being said, if I am ever out in Oregon I'd love to check out the brewery in Ashland and maybe force myself to drink more of that "lithia" water.

indiapaleale, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of armock
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a big off white head that leaves a ton of lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of hops that are both citrus and piney with a touch of caramel malt kicking around

T - Follows the nose hops upfront more pine than citrus with the caramel malt trying to come through to add some balance

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - I'm enjoying this IPA quite a bit I don't know if it coming from a can is making me like it more but this beer tastes good and is worth a try if you see it around

armock, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was slightly hazy but still a bright butterscotch yellow. The modest head left spotty lacing.

Smell was pine and citrus. Hard candy sweetness. Yummy.

Taste reflected the aroma pretty well. Bright grassy hops and sweet enough clean, malty grains. Tropical fruit. There was a long lingering aftertaste of green hops. Spot on!

Mouthfeel was medium with plenty of carbonation. Moderately lush in the mouth. Nice.

Cresant, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of biggred1
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with pumpkin highlights and a dense cream and orange head of foam that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Citrusy and minty C-hops with plenty of caramely malt. It must be the can, the hop fresh flavors are off the charts with plenty of juicy grapefruit and orange backed with enough caramel malt to balance but still be hop forward. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A really nice session IPA.

biggred1, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a small bright can into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a nice looking copper color with nice size frothy white head. Decent head retention and lacing, but the lacing slides pretty quickly down the glass.

Aroma is hoppy! This one smells sweet and bitter...like a DIPA. Notes of orange, lemon, and hops. Mouthwatering...

Hmm, not such a good taste. One of those IPA's that is just bitter, no sweet taste to counterbalance, and very very dry finish. Just hops on the tongue. I can somehow taste a very faint sweetness trying to come through, but the hops just over-power it. Light and crisp mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. Not a beer I'll be having again...

ShadesOfGray, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great lookin IPA in a can, becoming a new trend I guess. Got this one thanks to my first trade with womencantsail.

A: The pour into my oversized snifter rises a fluffy head of over 1 finger. It's a semi clear slightly darker amber reddish almost flourescent color.

N: Lots of fresh hops. Loaded with pine and citrus, just as a west coast IPA should be. Little bit of chewy and earthy hops, and hints of musty fresh wet hops and hop oils. A very light sweet malt aroma dusts it as well.

T: A big bitter bite. Lots of earthy musty spicy hops with some hop oil and fresh wet hop flavors. Some pine and grapefruit, a little more citrus, and chewy hops. Pretty bitter, or more than I expected. A slight sweet malt touch just for a little roundedness.

M: Some spicy hops and some oils, a good body and good carbonation.

F: The bitterness builds a little on the finish, and just ramps up to a nice peak and lingers there for a bit. The musty fresh wet hop flavors, pale hops, and earthy hop flavors seem to linger for a while, with a touch of pine. A little orange peel bitterness hits as well. A nice IPA, some good hop flavors, but a little too musty and bitter, orange peel bitterness.

jlindros, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow added as a extra from SwillinBrew (Gil) Thank you so nice and from a Can !!! no less.

A nice brew seek it out it.

S - Nice blown away really nice perhaps because it was from a can.

T - has a nice smell that I think most idpas reach for.

M - chewy nice a sweet canned brew.

D - would have again and again so nice I love canned microbrew.

Casey10, Mar 07, 2010
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
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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