Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

491 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 491
Hads: 1,167
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
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 IronLover
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Big billowy off-white head with decent retention. Burnt orange in color. Medium bodied with an oily feel and aggressive carbonation. Solid caramel malty aroma with a hint of citrusy grapfruit hop flavor near the finish.
Orange citrus flavores up front that transitions to bitter pine hop flavor that quickly follows thru the middle and to the finish. Noce caramel malt undertone throughout. Decent hop character and balance but lacked the hop intensity of a really goof IPA. (518 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12Oz can purchased from 'Beers of Europe' here in the UK. Poured the beer into a 'Hoegaarden' Grand Cru glass.

looked good, huge cream coloured head sat on top of a dull, hazy, dark amber/orange body. The head produced some heavy lacing and tried to stay throughout the tasting.

The nose was of yeasts and hops along with some grain type esters.

The hops from the aroma take over the taste completely, a real bitterness hits the mouth and throat. Why do they (or is it you?) have to over hop everything in the US when they brew an IPA? There really is no need to do so. It isn't as bad (hop wise) as some I've reviewed, but still too hoppy for my tender tastebuds.

It is true to the American IPA style and I think one of the better examples I've had (I am not a huge fan of the style though). (796 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent pour from the can produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a light amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, orange / red tinged, full copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely hoppy, though not aggressively so, there is also a fair amount of malt character that accentuates a sticky hop character. Aromas of candied orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, caramelized oranges, some touches of pine and green herbal notes and, towards the finish, a touch of cracker like grain and lightly toasted malt.

Slightly sweet, somewhat light bodied, but definitely hoppy. A nice bitterness clings to the palate and lingers for quite some time in a long, bitter, dry finish. Up front the bitterness takes on a decidedly herbal note with touches of hemp, biting pine flavors and a bit of herbal / green-grassy notes. This is definitely nice and quaffable, it is not overly sweet nor thick for an IPA, though the hop character definitely tends to cling to the palate. The first sips, as well as sips where I have gone and done something else for a while, have a much more prominent citrus hop character (with orange zest, grapefruit notes, kumquat and perhaps a touch of lychee); otherwise the herbal and bitter hop flavors dominate.

The flavor is much more harsh and aggressive than the aroma suggested, but it will certainly still be enjoyable for the hop heads out there. A solid IPA, that could actually use a touch more malt, or to dial back the herbal and bitter hop character.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions (1,597 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper color, good perlage, good foam, creamy.
In the smell a good fresh hop. But easy and pleasant, not too overwhelming. Tangerine, lightly resinous.
More intense taste, citric and resinous, quite bitter. Pleasant.
Relatively light body. Easily drinkable.
In the aftertaste the citrussy note dominates. (310 characters)

Photo of kels
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't really think much of other Caldera brews I've had, but heard good things about this one and thought it would be worth a try.

Pours a nice, slightly hazy, toasted ruby-brown color. There's visible carbonation running throughout, feeding a short, well-retained white head. There's a tremendous amount of sticky white lace that marbles the sides of the glass without any signs of fading.

Smell is all hops - aromas of grapefruit rind and earthy, musky hops come through. There's only the slightest indication of sweetness from the malts.

Taste definitely reflects the largely hop-forwardness of the aroma. The bitter citrus rind presence in most detectable in the aftertaste, and a hint of the piney, oily sticky hops hits the tongue early on. There is more of a malt foundation in the taste, but it is hardly sweet - more toasty, full and warm. The aftertaste is really nice; it makes me want to wait between sips to enjoy it a little more. Feel is bright and perfectly carbonated - not too much and not too little. It fills the mouth and spreads the flavors around the palate very well.

This is one highly drinkable beer. I was tempted to drink it from the can because you don't see that all that often with crafts. I went for the glass, and enjoyed every last drop. Definitely recommended for a try. It is a solid, everyday IPA. (1,342 characters)

Photo of grover37
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance (4.5): Slightly cloudy dark orange with a finger and a half of cream colored head. Gold around the edges. Great lacing after the head reduces to a thick film.

Smell (4): Bready malt and citrus and pine hops. Some darker crystal malts probably account for the darker color and more pronounced rounded, caramel scent. The hops really open up once it warms.

Taste (3.5): Bitter upfront with grapefruit and not yet ripe oranges. A bit thin in the middle and not much there. Nice flavors on the finish with a lot of bitterness and some resinous piney flavors that linger with the residual sweetness. Very nicely balanced for as bitter as it is.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium bodied and medium to low carbonation. A nice resinous mouthfeel that lingers.

Drinkability (3.5): I could drink a couple of these but probably all night. Pretty bitter for a regular IPA, but that's not hugely detracting for me. (909 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint

An amber colored body with some orange highlights. A firm two finger cap with very good retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

The aroma is bright. Ruby red grapefruit, pine resin and floral hops on top of a sweet caramel malt bed. Slightly more hop forward than malt forward on the nose.

A little bit more of a balance here. It's like east coast meets west coast in one can. Big grapefruit and pine with sturdy caramel holding down the back end.

Sticky and resiny on the feel, medium body with good carbonation.

This guy has some nice attributes. Some bold hop flavors and aromas, but they strike a good balance with the malt. (667 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce can from a sixer I picked up at Abe's for $11. Poured into my Ithaca shaker glass. The IPA appears a super clear golden amber color with about a finger of off white foam. The head leaves a nice looking lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of bready, caramel malt, perfume, a bit of bitter grapefruit pith, lime, lemon, lightly toasted rolls. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. I thought this would be super fresh and hoppy since this brewery just came into PA a week or so ago. I was a bit let down, especially judging by the reviews here. Needs more hops... (581 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, amber/orange with a 2-finger, thick, white head that leaves moderate, splotchy lacing.
The smell is both fruity and malty, malt dominates.
Taste is fruity, citrus hops up front then overtaken by a strong malt flavor and finishes with bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium, well-carbonated at first but low later.
Drinkability is fine. I like it and many of those who like IPAs will also. (400 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a body of orange/copper that held a light haze and sat beneath two inches of creamy,bone white foam that left thin strands of lacing after showing moderate head retention.

S-Soft,sweet citrus,apricot preserves,toffee malt
and some flowery hop qualities with a touch of pine on the finish.

T-More sweet citrus,dried apricots,soft pine,caramelized grains and some raw,leafy hop qualities.Good hop bitterness but a slightly generic malt base.

M-Light bodied with a lasting but moderate bitterness.

O-A good canned IPA.Definitely not a six pack worthy of a $12 price tag but good none the less. (606 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz yellow can.

It pours a clear amber with a soapy lookign white head.

The smell is mediocre. There is some herbal character and some light citrus.

The flavor has a nice bitterness, the flavor is pretty much jsut bitterness. Not a ridiculous amount, but it doesn't have much sweetness to balance. It is mostly piney.

It is an odd one, doesn't bring much smell, but packs a nice flavor. (392 characters)

Photo of NWer
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can an aggressive pour into a chalice. Looks nice. Dark golden clear color with a decent head. Lace layers nicely on the side of the glass.
Aroma is very pleasing building anticipation and expectations.
The taste isn't quite there however. The citrus is there - to a fault. A little too bitter with an unpleasing aftertaste.
It's good, just not quite ready for the big time. With all the great beers Oregon has to offer the competition is too tough to rate this beer among the best.
If they smooth out the edges with a little balance this can be a great beer. (566 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can. I can not think who sent this too me for the life of me. I need to start putting names with beers I get in! Review from notes.

A- Pours semi-hazy orange/reddish color. One and a half light tan/offwhite head that stays for a little while. Nice soapy lacing hat slides down the glass.

S- Tropical fruit (pineapple) upfront along with other citrusy hops. Light bready malts in the background. Very light earthy floral hops...these could have been a little more in the aroma in my opinion.

T- Nice bitter hop bite right off the bat which I didn't foresee. Light malt sweetness in the middle and toward the end. Bitter hop again in the end but not quite as big as in the front. Also a light medical alcohol taste which was a little distracting.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Good carbonation for the style. Hops left a trainwreck of bitterness on the palate. Some hop resin stuck around after each sip. Light tropical fruit in the aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable IPA in my book. The light alcohol taste kind of brought the taste down a half point in my review but after some sips it went away. Nothing is over the top about this IPA and I would easily make this my session beer if it was near me. (1,212 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive coppery amber in the tall snifter. Nice scent of flowery, aromatic hops. Usual cap of foam and decent carbonation in the mouth. Nose of pine and a touch of caramel.

Big hops with lots of resiny and pine flavors. Fairly bitter, but not as excessive as lots of IPAs. Relatively drinkable. Some warm malt along with the earth flavors. Not as dank as some current hoppy beers. Slightly sharp, but has a mellow approach. Light bodied.

12 oz can from Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach. (491 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hoppiness for sending me this nice extra.

Pours a nice amber color, between a caramel and apple juice hue. A soft inch of foam quickly forms and trickles slowly to a thin layer, leaving behind some lacing on the side of the glass.

Very decent hop aroma. There seems to be a good balance of citrus fruits and pine aromas. The traditional grapefruit is there along with some bitter orange and maybe some tangerine and nectarine. The toasted malt aromas and caramel tries to peek from behind the hops but so far it's mostly hops on top. A touch of bread dough and slightly spicy hops.

Taste is of bitter citrus, citrus zest, and pine with a slightly metallic flavor in the finish. Toasted malts and toasted bread with just a hint of caramel make up the malt backbone. I'm getting a lot of lemon flavor on the finish.

Medium mouth-feel, nothing major to complain about, pretty decent. (894 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-copper body with a small, bubbly white head.

Smell: Aroma of caramel malts with an herbal, citrus hop presence.

Taste: Mild caramel malt flavor and sweetness. Zesty citrus hops and the taste of fresh herbs. A pinch more of those caramel malts reemerge for the overall bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Whaddya know, it's a fairly good IPA. (455 characters)

Photo of madtappers
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
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... (379 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in 12 Oz can in okc. Poured into a glass and enjoyed in Amtrak sleeper car en route to Chicago.

Attractive orange-amber clear liquid with giant foamy off white head.

Aroma is a full mix of hops and malt.

Flavor is a bit muddied to me. A bunch of hops, but too many bitter and enough floral for my taste. Very rich but not in balance. The different notes don't play well together.

Very full mouthfeel.

I would have liked this one better with more sprucey and floral notes. (483 characters)

Photo of leedorham
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A - Amber in color with a thick, off-white head.

S - Not as much hop aroma as I had hoped. There is some citrusy hop aroma and a bit of stickiness to it.

T - better hop character in the taste. Good malt backbone to balance the hops. The finish is a bit chalky and biscuity.

M - The biscuitiness interferes with the mouthfeel to me. A bit too thick on the tongue for an IPA.

D - Nothing unpleasant about the way this one goes down. Alcohol is well masked and the carbonation level is right where it needs to be. (552 characters)

Photo of Erockruns
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drink this beer when brewing my own because to me, it tastes exactly like the hoppy wort I'm in the middle of boiling and it fits the situation perfectly. It has a nice pine/malt touch but I think it's pretty hop-forward for a standard IPA....I guess that's considered more West Coast although I just call it good. It took 4 cans of these to really understand the intricacies but I'm glad I stayed patient. It's a solid beer but probably somewhere in the middle of the massive craft IPA group. I doubt I'll see it again in the Northeast but you never know. Found it at a gas station in Warren, VT while snagging some Lawson's Sip of Sunshine. (651 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass - thanks to mrmiles for this during the nice cans II BIF

A - Pours a somewhat hazed burnt orange with a finger high frothy head, leaving plenty of lacing around the glass in ring formations. Film retains over the beer.

S - Fairly strong hop aroma with a touch of sweeter malts.

T - Biting pine hops along with some grapefruit citrus tang. A bit of malt base attempts to creep through but the bitter hops seem to overpower the balance. Finishes with long lasting, lingering bitter, dry hops.

M - Medium bodied, very sticky and dry though.

D - Pretty easy drinking, abv is masked well.

Decent IPA - glad I was able to try it. (666 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Hazy amber, holding it up to the light results in great colors, gold, orange, brown, the haze makes it look interesting, the head is super creamy, eventually settles to just a slight film, but it laces great

S: Aroma is all hop, light and grassy, some resin and very light tangerine too, pretty mild though for an IPA

T: Flavor is even more subdued that the aroma, more like a pale ale, there is hardly any punch to the hops, the flavor is pleasant enough, but its just some light resin with a hint of some fruitiness but way less than the aroma, easy to drink, but a let down for sure

M: Lower carbonation, tastes like a well served draft beer, which I like, makes it easy to drink, body is medium

O: A great beer, easy to drink, smooth, flavors are pleasant, the kind of beer you want on a hot day when you need something refreshing. It does not live up to the IPA style though in my opinion. As it warms you can sense the alcohol and its definitely strong enough to be an IPA. However, in flavor and bitterness it is a pale ale. Just drink it when you want a pale and you won't be disappointed. (1,138 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from can into a Delerium Tremens tulip. Pours a hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that slowly subsides to minimal. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, and pine. The flavor was of malt and a load of hops. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice IPA from a can no-less. Definitely worth seeking out if you are an IPA fan as it is quite drinkable and enjoyable. I will be having another in the near future. (506 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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 (700 characters)

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.