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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,108 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 68
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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

Appearance - This is a shiny bronze in color with a modest head that showed good retention and left some nice lattice work on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The hops are deep, rich, and complex here and quickly surpass the good malty base of this ale. There's a beautiful orange citrus here that isn't too sweet but more like the aroma of a fine orange liqueur. The stiff pine gives a contrasting compliment to the citrus and a bit of lemongrass to complete the puzzle.

Taste - The big malt base, almost like a DIPA, comes on much stronger at the taste and is amazingly able to hold its own against these huge, complex hops. The pine from the nose steps back a bit on the tongue but otherwise this ale tastes like it smells.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with some large bitterness that is tempered by the light toffee sweetness of the malts. The carbonation is rightly light and overall this IPA has a terrific mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This is a big, complex IPA that seems like a double until you notice that the ABV is just slightly over 6%.

Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from adamharbaugh.

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Very nice copper color with a big frothy head. Head retention is very good and the lacing is solid.

S: Heavy grapefruit and pine notes. Very fresh and pleasant.

T: The hops are very juicy and oily.

M: Very full and creamy, nothing harsh of note.

D: A very east to drink IPA that I could have more without a problem.

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

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Pours a pretty amber-golden with a nice head a very pretty lacing. Smells delicious -- fresh and hoppy, citrus and floral and more hoppy.

Taste is some honey up front and floral throughout with a strong hoppy bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very slightly filmy, very slightly sticky. Very drinkable. Very pleasant. Nice to have a good beer in a can for those occasions where you can't use glass.

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

Thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with a can of this.

A-Bright golden copper with a thick light tan/off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left copious lace.

S-Sharp spicy citrus and pine hop aroma with a bit of apricot. Backed up with light sweet biscuit malt.

T-Spicy citrus hops with other tropical fruit notes. More assertive peppery bite lying on top of a nice bed of sweet biscuit malt.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp with nice lingering spicy hop bite.

D-A hop forward, every day drinking IPA that has plenty of flavour to make you happy. Good job, could use a touch more citrus---->or maybe I need a fresher can? Will certainly visit again.

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

I had this at Arena's Cafe in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured from the chilled can into a pint glass.

A - A medium copper-like peach tea shade w/ a proud 3 fingers of cream, rocky headed w/ very fine bead and good lacing.

S - A crisp, tropical hop odor w/ a pine and pineapple(orange according to octopus87)aroma w/ hints of light apricot and grapefruit in the nose w/ mild pepper.

M - A crisp, juicy and mild sweet feel w/ a moderate carbonation level. Medium bitterness and slight spiciness w/ a resinous accent and residual bitterness in the finish

T - The taste is smooth w/ a spiced hop flavor that is fruity w/ hints of pineapple, mango and orange zest. There is a malt backbone that anchors the flavor w/ mild grain and sweetness in the taste. There are flavors that remind of peach w/ a slight spicy pepper mellow flavor. The beer creates nice hop burps as I near the end of the glass which can only mean I was refreshed by the taste.

D - I found this to be a very drinkable ale, a fine IPA w/ out any 'hop assault', but hoppy enough to satisfy your average hop fan. Still bitter flavored and refreshing -an almost "must try" IMO.

Photo of wmthorne
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprised by the hoppy taste from this can.
Consumed at a bar called the Tin Can in St. Louis.

Citrus notes in the initial smell gives way to a hoppy and well carbonated first drink. I also pick up a little banana aroma.

I drank this brew straight from the can which probably didn't assist the experience but it us definitely a drinkable ipa. As previously stated it is quite hoppy for a can which is refreshing.

I am not able to get this at home so I am glad that I tried it.

Photo of mbunje
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a Trippy Graphic Yellow Can into a Sam Adams glass. No brewed on date. Purple ring around the top points out all the advantages cans have over glass for outdoor activity.

A - Medium copper, clear, not much carbonation present, head was small and disappears rather quickly.

S - Pale bready malt, citric hops. Not overpowering, but definitely there.

T - Citric hops beat out the malt from the get go. If you are a hop head, you will like this for just a "regular" IPA. Bitter in a good way.

MF - Light to medium bodied. Crisp. Dry. Very nice.

D - $8.99 per six'r = $1.50 per 12oz. Cans a 0.5 adder too. So very drinkable given the price, medium body, and can.

Overall - This is a great IPA can or not. Can doesn't give any residual metalic taste that I can pick up (when drinking from a glass). I will take this over a pour into a red plastic cup at the beach (I will test that theory tomorrow!)

Good one. Got to try others from Caldera.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a deep burnt orange color, two-finger off-white head with very good retention and lacing, almost perfectly clear

s - big amounts of lemony and tangerine citrus notes mixed with bready/grainy aromas

t - very well-balanced, much like the smell, lots of lemon and other citrus on the palate with a substantial amount of graininess for a backbone, pretty strong lasting bitterness on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, very dry on the finish

d - the dryness of the finish is somewhat hard on the palate, but nothing that would limit a hophead, the real hit to drinkability comes from the lack of depth in flavor, this isn't a bad beer, just not all that interesting

Photo of Genghis22
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No Canned on Date

A - Pours a rich amber color. Completely clear, with minimal head.

S - Sweet hoppy syrupy smells. Hints of piney resin.

T - Piney, resin, floral hops. No noticeable citrus qualities. Finishes very dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Just right for an IPA.

D - Nothing I would go out of my to get again, but nothing I'd turn down either. This is a solid IPA. Not a lot to rant about, both positive and negative. The flavors are pretty one dimensional, bitter piney hops, no citrus undertones that I enjoy so much.

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

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber, nice finger sized white head, good head retention, solid lace, nice look all around.

S: Oranges/Simcoe, tropical fruit, pine, a very pretty smell, but understated, could be great.

T: Heavy citrus dominates - orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pine in the finish. Like the Pale, the malt is very light, I like the hop profile a lot more in this one as compared to the Pale.

M: Soft carbonation - perhaps from the can, medium-bodied.

D: Pretty standard Northwest IPA, a fine drinking beer, not going to wow you.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with about one and a half fingers of creamy, white colored, head that has great retention. Aroma is of caramel, grapefruit, herbal hops, and toasted grain.

This is a very hoppy beer. Lots of citrus and pine are present. A touch of caramel is in the background. There is a sharp lingering bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied and an easy drinker. A very nice IPA and its made even nice by the fact it comes in a can. Perfect for a round of golf or other outside activities.

Photo of HalfFull
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. can. Pours clear and deep golden/copper in color and offers a nice bubbly half inch of off white head. This settles to a surface cap in a minute or two but doesn't hold up to offer any lacing with the carbonation heading for the hills by half glass.

Nice blend of hops on the nose with some orange citrus and fresh cut pine, with a certain resiny quality in that regard. Hops are quite light and become a bit more elusive over time. Some clean fruity malt notes accompany. Good quality but not quantity.

Smooth in flavor and light in body as predicted from the nose. Finishes with a distinct and lingering orange flavor and just a hint of bitterness follows. Decent unobtrusive feel and drink.

This is an IPA 'Lite' for me. Light hops and malts, well balanced yes, but very light bodied for the style. Would have dubbed this an APA. Wonder what their Pale is like?

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

355ml can bought online from Beersofeurope.com

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), some candied peel, piney / grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread, light rubberiness...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), perfumed, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - Another excellent US IPA... recommended...

Photo of vacax
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into pint glass. No dating.

Pours light amber or transparent copper with a one and a half finger white head. Plenty of bubbles rising to the top. Good retention and good lacing.

Aroma is of floral and earthy hops, candied oranges, and fruit juice. Tastes of grassy and piney hops with a touch of orange rind. Malt sweetness adds some balance, but not a lot. West Coast in terms of bitterness, but not a lot of aromatic or fruity hops. Finish has lots of bitter floralness. Medium bodied and sticky with full carbonation.

Very similar to the pale ale, but with more hopping and more malts. I thought initially this was better, but then realized I would rather have less of this flavor since I don't particularly enjoy it. Not enough malt to be "balanced" but not floral or fruity enough to be a tasty San Diego style either. So-so.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was torn on this one. Drink it from the can, as it was meant to be drank, or pour into a glass. Well, I went with a glass. Old habits die hard....

Pours a golden copper color with half an inch of off-white head. Nice lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma, even after it warms, doesn't give me anything but grapefruit and tangerine hops. The scent, while very nice for an IPA, just seems muted. I guess I just want it more in my face and not so much like a sachet of hops thrown in a drawer. Make sense?

The flavor is more in my face...and I like it! I wish I could give this one a 4.25 cuz that is where I feel it belongs. Nice and bitter hops come out in a wide range of citrus flavors. It's pretty damn bitter, but that is why I like it. A bit earthy at the end. Also had a taste of powdered aspirin right at the finish. The finish keeps it from getting to that 4.5 for me.

Medium bodied. Average carbonation. Bitter, drying aftertaste screams for you to take another sip and I'll gladly oblige. Another canned beer worthy of any tailgating, camping, golfing, outdoor event of your choosing where bottles are frowned upon. I think I found another can to sit along side Dale's and Gordon in the beer fridge.

Photo of qchic
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden peach color with a frothy long lasting ivory head. Smells of earthy grassy hops and a little citrus. Great tasting with plenty of bitterness and some grapefruit. Just enough of a malt backbone to let those grassy hops shine. A medium-bodied and flavorful IPA available in a can that reminded me of a nicer version of 60 min. If the price point were lower, I'd drink this a ton.

Photo of mjl21
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can poure into a snifter. Purchased from Bear Creek Beers in Medford, OR for $1.65. Comes in at 6.1%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a fairly clear amber with orange and peach highlights. Has a 3/4 finger off white head that fades fast into a small filmy patch.

S-It is a tad weak in the nose. It almost seems like it was not dry hopped. It reminds me more of bittering hops. There is some grapefruit and pine as well as some biscuit malt and some caramel malt.

T-The first part of each sip is pretty good. There is a bracing level of grapefruit bitterness that hits fast. It is definitely earthy/herbal tasting with a tad bit of malt sweetness in the middle. It finishes with some medicinal flavor and leaves an aspirin aftertaste. It also feels a little roasty.

M-It is thinner bodied and the carbonation is fine. It has a roasty and dry aftertaste.

D-The medicinal/aspirin taste is not my thing.

It is hard to tell if this is how it is supposed to taste based on the fact that there is no bottling info on the can. I would only try this again if I knew it was fresh.

Photo of cerveza5150
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/reddish with a soapy, foamy head. Lots of bubbles of small carbonation.

S: Pine, citrus, and grapefruit all the way, almost to the point of smelling like a Fresca! (how's that for an obscure reference). The malt is also noticeable in the form of a little fruitness.

T: Wow! The hops pack a whallop both in the nose and in the finish of the taste, but the sweet malt coats the tongue and the throat and balances out nicely. The aftertaste of so many hops does take down the mouthfeel a bit, but the taste is definitely...tasty!!!

M: The hops sting a bit, even in the mouthfeel, but the malt is moderately thick, which helps wash everything down. The only drawback I can see is that the hops stick around so much in the aftertaste. It wants me to drink more, but it still is a little surprising.

D: This is a good IPA. Almost like a Firestone Pale Ale supercharged; the hops are front and center, and the malt does its job to try and balance it, but the overall impression is HOPS. I like this, and like the idea of cans, but this is NOT for folks who don't like it bitter!!

Photo of beerswamie
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked up a six-pack because I have been hearing good things about this beer.

A- dont know much since I drank it out of the can.
T- Wow this stuff is great! the pine taste and citrus just explode in your mouth at the first drink.

Unfortunately only one store carries this in my area and it is a bit of a trip but well worth it for one of the best beers out of a can you ever had.

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

The hops-adorned label just called to me...and it's in a can, which I fully support. So it pours into the glass a lovely toasty bronze-rust color, with a crazy-fluffy head that looks like the top of a root-beer float. Lasts a long while too.

Nose is ultra-hoppy...very much veering into the fresh fabric-softener breeziness area. Not much else behind it, but gotta love it.

Flavor is delightful hoppiness all the way. Bright, breezy, a bit intense but not overwhelming. The malts carefully and successfully offer backup, or maybe more of a foundation than anything, as the prickly, colorful hops continue to be the magical ingredient with each sip. A little green, a little leafy, and very, very nice unless you're not into hops. A slight twist of graininess that reminds of rye carries through, especially into the finish. Also some candy-like sweetness, especially with a little warming.

Mouthfeel is neither here nor there. Not much to say about it, but it's fine. It's a medium-bodied beer with some prickly carbonation and a bit of stickiness.

A very solid IPA, and a very drinkable west-coast version of the style. It's not over-the-top while still exuding the character of its region, and the ABV makes it completely manageable if you're wanting several in a row.

Photo of webbcreative
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured Cooper colored with withe 3 finger head.
S= sweet Carmel, citrus, piney, with nice hop aroma.
T=sweet Carmel, with big hop flavor and nice hop bite, sweet finsih with a long lingering bitterness, but not an overpower kind of bitter, it's pretty tame, it just there. Also some grapefruit flavor in there as well.
M=nice big full body, maybe even a little too much for an IPA, but I like it personally.

Overall, great IPA in my opinion, easily one of the top 5 IPAs that we get I'n the state, although, I'm not sure I'd that's exactly a complent to he beer, or a knock on my state....at any rate, I will be buying this like nobody business.

Thanks caldera for coming to oklahoma!

Photo of Tdizzle
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack at BevMo! Cypress.

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear light-copper color with a sticky head of foam that reduces to a thin layer over the beer. Each sip leaves some web-like lacing along the inside of the glass.

S- Piney, oily hop aromas with a malt backing that has a slight element of fruity sweetness but mostly smells of rich crakerish grain. There's a corse, almost metallic note to the smell, much like most of Sierra Nevada's beers. In fact, Caldera's IPA smells very much like a Sierra Nevada beer. Celebration Ale comes to mind.

T- Lots of bitter grapefruit flavor. Grainy, bready malts provide minimal balance. Pithy flavors of melon rind lead the way to a dry finish that leaves a hoppy and slightly metallic bitterness lingering on the palate.

M- The mouthfeel is very full-bodied with some nice fizzy carbonation that complements the thick and somewhat oily texture.

D- The 6.1% ABV makes it easy to have a few of these in a row, but I would have liked a little more fruity sweetness in the flavor to balance out the big bitterness.

A very tasty IPA. Bring on the canned beers!

Photo of d0ggnate
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from can to my Brooklyn imperial pint glass. Singlt layer of tight laced off-white head fades to barely covering the brew within a few minutes.
S: Sharp citrus and pineapple hop aroma. A tiny bit of hop astringency. Characteristic hop sweetness is appealing.
T: The same sweet and sharp hop flavors are found here. Very similar to HotD Blue Dot. Almost a piney flavor.
M: Smooth and a tad away from creamy. Very delicious flavors last on your palate.
D: Great beer. I would love to open up a few cans of this brew on a hot day. I'll have to grab a few more. Wish it was readily available here.

Photo of velosuds
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.49. My first craft beer from a can.

A-Clear amber-orange with 1 1/2 finger, off-white head with average retention and moderate lacing. Very pleasing appearance.

S-Piney hops with some citrus aroma present. Very inviting.

T-Somewhat disappointing since the flavor does not match well with expected smell and is dominated by earthy bitterness that is ultimately unbalanced. I couldn't discern any malt backbone. Very bitter, persistent after taste. Not very pleasant. Unsure about freshness, but this has not been a concern from the seller/distributors. I like hoppy IPAs, but prefer balance too. Balance was absent.

M-Begins well but ends up being harsh because of the after taste. Low to medium carbonation gives is it a smoothness that is unfortunately emasculated by the bitterness.

D-An average West Coast IPA. Okay, but I won't buy again. The bitter aftertaste nearly gave me heartburn.

If offered one to drink I would drink it but only after concluding nothing better is available. A bit pricey compared to better Oregon brewed IPAs. I bought this today because I wanted to try some different IPAs on hot day in the Willamette Valley. Overall, I was nonplussed.

Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. SIngle purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Clear amber-orange with 1-2 finger, off-white head with average retention but lots of lacing.

S: Complex and sumptuous aromas of pine, citrus, sweet caramel and pale malt, tropical fruit, and leaf all come through to present a most appetizing brew.

T: the flavor does not deliver fully on the promising smell and it is dominated by earthy, leafy bitterness that leaves all complexity behind. The malt flavors peek through to a minor extent with some balancing sweetness. This is a great beer for hopsheads who like pure raw bitterness hitting them in the mouth.

M: Pretty slick and coating with low-medium carbonation and a spicy-bitter aftertaste.

D: A not bad, not great IPA that won't win any awards for value. It will win for rawness and unrestrained bitterness, which, even though I like hoppy IPAs, is not my favorite combination.

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.