Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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Reviews: 493
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 77
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
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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 Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date but there's a sticker, no doubt put there by the liquor store, that say 2/12/2013.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2 finger off-white head that retains a good long time before eventually making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large tuft of surface foam. .

S- Moderately hoppy aroma with a great deal of cereal grain sweetness from the malt. It has just as much citrus punch to it as it does caramel and brown sugar.

T- Such a delicate balance between subtle yet effective hops and that wort-like sweet barley flavor. Notes of caramel as well as grapefruit. Bitterness is strong and lingers but is fully complimented by the malt backbone.

Sharp and oily from the hops with a bit of creaminess from the malts. Medium carbonation and a notch above medium for the body.

O- I use malts and hops a lot in contrast for this review because this is a prime example of the two fused together nearly seamlessly. An excellently balanced IPA.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper colored beer with a nice sticky off-white head with some orange hues. Classic Western IPA aroma of loads of citric hops. Also some mildly herbal aromas but this beer is all about the C-hops. Well balanced yet still hoppy. Grapefruit, pinecones and fresh mint in the flavor. Medium to full bodied and wayyy too drinkable. I looked down and my glass was empty. A great IPA in a can, what's not to love. Oh yeah, we can't get it in NC that's what's not to love.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Djeucalyptus for these! Poured from the can to a tulip. Fairly clear pale orange with a sticky, long lasting head. Lots of lacing. Fairly pungent resiny, piney aromas. Taste is very piney right away. Good hop bite and very crisp and clean feel. Just a great, easy drinking ipa- right up there with other great ones as far as drinkablity. Great beer!

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Photo of unclederby
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA from a can, oh man. This is a good beer.

I opted for the DFH pint glass here and the ale pours out a crystal clear orange with a copper grapefruit hue. A white two-finger head tops off a good looking beer. Nice lacing.

Tantilizing bouquet: floral and perfumey hops accented by a strong citrus presence. The overall effect of hops and malt is sweet and tangy.

Flavors are nicely balanced with just a slight bent towards the hoppy side. Orange and grapefruit mingle with spicy and floral and it's all about centennial hops. Whatever it's hop makeup, it's tasty.

It's weighty on the palate with a somewhat grainy texture and ample carbonation.

I could drink this regulary, it's damn good and I'm tempted to compare it to Two Hearted Ale. Seriously.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice clear copper hue with 1 finger off white bubbly head. Good carbonation coming up.

S - All citrus and pine hops initially, mostly pine. After the initial aroma, the malt base comes through more. Mostly caramel malts.

T - Pine and citrus tastes follow the aroma. Caramel malt flavor is very prominent. First few sips are mostly bitter, but as I keep tasting it, the malt is coming through more and more. Very rich malt flavor with the pine and citrus notes balancing it perfectly. Flavor is much more complex than I was anticipating.

M - Medium bodied, very good carbonation. Not as oily as most IPAs. Finish is bitter and citrus.

D - Great drinkability. Very well rounded and a very smooth malt base to make this one extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first one poured with an incredibly large off white head with great retention. I was very careful the second time. Color was a hazy copper
Smelled of bubble gum and citrus.
Tastes like it smells, with a hint of lime. The grapefruit biterness kicks in at the end.
Well carbonated, smooth, nicely balanced between malt and hops.
A fine example of an American IPA. Highly recommended.

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

Found this on vacation at the piggly wiggly in Myrtle Beach, SC. What a pleasnt treat /suprise!Tasted great even right out of the can.Appeared to have a deep golden color kind of darkish. Smelled nice and hoppy and fruity small bit of floral.Taste was straight up IPA wich is a great thing in my book.Mouth was smooth and pleasant with a nice amount of hops bitterness.These babies have a drinkability that is very nice,went down real nice in the heat and the cans were a big plus for transportation.Wish this brew was around my area!!!!

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

Great looking, clear, dark gold brew with a thick and fluffy cream-colored head. Sticky lacing. Nose is pure pineapple heaven, sweet, juicy, and citric. Smells just about perfect for my tastes.

Flavor follows the nose. A pineapple bomb with a bit more assertive bitterness than detected in the aroma. Subtle sting of onion and saltiness beneath it all. Slightly creamy, medium body with lively carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of pineapple and a little aspirin bitterness. As it warms a soapy, skunky note emerges - skunk weed that is, not "skunked beer."

Holy crap this is a good IPA, I'm going back for more than just the single can I picked up today. Really up my alley - strong fruity flavor, good bitterness that doesn't overwhelm everything, a touch of sweetness with the malt held in check really well. As it opens up dank, resinous, weedy flavors and smells emerge. A pothead's chronic/kind-bud IPA if there ever was one.

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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 any rate, I will be buying this like nobody business.

Thanks caldera for coming to oklahoma!

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Photo of cbak999
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an amber color with a two finder head that is retained for a good 5-10 minutes. The beer is almost as clear as a lager...not cloudy at all.

S - very strong citrus smells.

T - similar to the smells, the first predominant taste is citrusy. After that, you get a hint of caramel. Then the hops come through and leave a nice bitterness finish.

D - I love this IPA. It's one of my favorites! It's exactly how a west coast IPA should taste. The only issue could be a slight lack in carbonation.... But I find that true of most craft can beer I try.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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

a: This was a very pale, clear golden color. It was served to me with craggy, sticky head that stuck around for awhile.

s: Big piney hop nose with a little lemon.

t: This tasted very fresh. Sweet flavors of toffee and then a big piny hop blast at the end.

m: Fabulous carbonation, long lasting. Perfect.

d: One of the best IPAs I've tried. Great stuff.

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Photo of alabamatie
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Midtown Wine & Spirits in Nashville. I love that this is a quality IPA in a can! It pours a somewhat hazy caramel color and is loaded with hops. I though it had hints of grapefruit and was well balanced. This beer was easy to drink and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of dlbrockmiller
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top and was greeted with the most wonderful pineapple/grapefruit smell. It poured a bright clear amber color. The taste was even better than the smell, pineapple grapefruit caramel pine in a can. Thought it had great depth and balance, really good beer and will definitely buy again!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into an imperial pint glass from a 12 oz can.

A - Pours a strong slightly hazy copper color with some nice orange hints. There is a nice soapy and sticky head on this one that is nice and white and is about 1 inch tall.

S - Delicious grassy hop notes up front. Some cannabis and some nice citrus notes are perceived. There is some nice biscuit malt in the nose as well but mostly it is a delicious grassy and grapefruit hop nose.

T & M - starts off with some nice bready malt that is then quickly followed by some nice citric and grassy/spicy hop notes. Wow. This is delicious and it comes form a can. Im disappointed I hadn't had this before since it is readily available in St. Louis. It has some nice grapefruit hop hints mixed in with the bready malt. It also has some nice tangerine notes that are citric and sweet at the same time. The body is nice and light with some crispness and a great clean and dry bitter finish.

D - It is very drinkable and yummy with great flavor and good ABV.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of kevinmkirk
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped in at one of my favorite gourmet beer spots on my way home from work the other night; low and behold, I spot an IPA in a can. In a CAN!

If I hadn't had two, I wouldn't be able to report on color. I simply had to experience this straight from the can. Why? To me, canned beer is typically reserved for frat boys, red necks, and those who live under a bridge, so the inherent conundrum of a can to my lips with a tasty IPA flowing across my palate was too hard to resist. As confusing as it was, I must say, it was worth it!

Caldera IPA - can #2

Nice burned orange color with a good two-finger head thanks to a quick pour. Good lacing all the way through to the bottom of the glass.

Strong floral hop, lots of citrus on the nose.

Very tasty! I think I'll have another.

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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.

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

Caldera IPA is my new best friend. And I'm wondering if the can has something to do with it.

For decades canned beer deserved the stigma attached to it. The aluminum adversely impacted the taste, lending a tawdry metallic quality that was the hallmark of industrial beer production. This problem has been solved in recent years by coating the inside of the can with a food-grade polymer that effectively keeps the beer off the aluminum. No more unsavory beer can taste.

Today it's not merely a matter of acknowledging that canned beer "works." It's now prudent to ask whether it's an altogether better idea than beer in a bottle. And Caldera's IPA is a fine candidate for the notion that canned beer is an idea whose time has come.

Caldera IPA's aroma is floral and leafy. The leaf is so fresh it's almost sticky. It imparts a tall airy head of majestic suds amid lively carbonation in a sunny topaz color. The body is vivid and clear though marred by a few wayward flocs.

The taste reminds me of Fire Station 5 with perfectly posited bittering that takes your hand and walks you through a lush garden of herbal hop flavor. Piney, peachy elements interweave from an ideal balance of hop flavor and malty sustenance. And the mouthfeel is flawless - plush, meandering, and exquisitely quaffable. Even the head delights in its own fluffiness.

An ideal go-to beer for any occasion.

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

Bright, colorful 12 oz. can poured into yer average pint glass.

Pint: Color is dark straw. Aggressive pour yields a light head that reduces quickly. Moderate carbonation. Loads of cloudy-white lacing down the glass.

Nose: olde tell-tale Simcoe and Centennial THC-esque resiny/floral hops. Very sweet and estery! Lovely.

Taste/Palate: Sharp, grassy/floral/resiny hops with light malt couples for a nicely refreshing Ale. Liquid sunshine...truth in advertising here, folks.

Mouthfeel: Not to heavy/not to light. Really nicely balanced here. Gimme another quaff. This IPA goes down very, very easy.

Drinkability: The perfect PNW Summer Session IPA. The best IPA i've had out of a can/as good or better than many in bottles. Don't let the packaging keep you cuz i can't find anything not to like here. A clear Blue Ribbon IPA. I'll be coming back. Thanks to you, Caldera Brewing. Another brew worthy of inclusion in the proud pantheon of PNW hoppy Ales. Try one. You'll drink two, maybe three?

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Photo of mcsquint
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.

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Photo of Cresant
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of da_beers
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Great orangish amber pour with two fingers of off white head. Good amount of carbonation coming up. Nice head retention.

S - Great floral hops off the bat. Has a tangy scent of fruit as well. Lemony/citurs. Nice malt characteristics as well.

T - Very nice. not an ordinary hop exploded IPA (nice change). Nice earthy/floral notes from hops. Has a bright flavor too, from the citrus characteristic. Sweet malts are balanced perfectly.

M - Medium body, great across the palate. Very smooth. Good carbonation level.

O - Impressed. I like this west coast IPA out of Oregon. Has a very nice hop/malt balance, but not killer on the hops, very nice.

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-amber with a slight haze to it. The eggshell colored head retains remarkably well, leaving a ton of sticky lace behind.

Smell: Floral with a bit of resiny pine and grapefruit. Great hop aroma with no noticeable malt presence.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty but very dry. Floral and resiny hop flavors follow, leading way to a bitter finish with a hint of grapefruit. The medium-light body and restrained ABV make this one seriously drinkable IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from Tiklmelmo courtesy of the Hometown BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by strong but not over-powering and very complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.