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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Photo of thebeerisgood
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Not much to this one with very faint hints of floral hops and citrus, maybe a little grassy.

Appearance: A medium amber color with a thick creamy white head that leaves a thick top that follows the beer all the way down the glass.

Taste: Muted grassy hops, orange, balanced well with sweet malt and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light feel to it with mild carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad brew overall, but not great either. Checking Caldera's site on this, it claims to have an assertive hop profile and 94 IBUs. I'm thinking this can traveled a long way and sat for quite some time before being sold to me, because I am not picking up much bitterness or hops. Someone could have told me this was a pale ale with IBUs around 50-60, and I would have believed it. Still, it was an enjoyable beer, and I'll be keeping an eye out for others from this brewery. (868 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can picked up today at the COOP... poured into my Delirium goblet... nice eggshell white head atop a crystal clear lite amber brew.. good lacing..

Nose is pretty fresh smelling CCC hops... pale malts and a very minor caramel is way in the background.

Flavor has a fair amount of toasty malts with it.. the hops are mainly in the front with bittering and more in then in the back close toward the finish with some pithy citrus skin... mid-palate is more about the malts.. toasty with minor some lesser caramel.. mouthfeel is a tad heavier than expected.. sorta full with a good carbonation that still leans toward the creamy side of things.

A good IPA that I think is very drinkable, but seems to not find a real identity in the traditional American IPA style.. don't get me wrong, this is a pretty nice beer.. but the maltiness seems a tad high and maybe too pronounced with toastiness and caramel.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/4 (926 characters)

Photo of PeteVenkman
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Never heard of this before but it's a canned IPA so why not it pours a bronzed amber hue with a creamy two finger head and clingy lacing around the sides of glass,the smell is very malty it's caramel,toffee,marzipan,a touch of blood orange and boiled candy,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes just like the aroma with hints of sweet caramel,toffee,butterscotch and that's where the sweetness ends and the pine,blood orange bitterness begins and it really does save the brew for me it's quite an obvious collision of sweet malts and bitter hops where they all make themselves known yet know where they stand,overall a nice IPA which allows each ingredient to shine In their own right and a good one for the novice palette to IPA land cheers. (767 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is a dark honey color with a foamy cream colored head that doesn't recede too soon. Nice lines of lacing.

Aroma: Cedar, spices, wood, hops.

Taste: A ton of bitter grapefruit rind, woody cedar, bitter hops, and black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Thick.

Overall: Sticky and really bitter. Not my thing. (338 characters)

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass. Don't know the dting on this but have seen it at my bottle store for a while now and don't know if it's been siting around for awhile. Nice just over and inch head. White. Thick. Heavy malt. Fruit. Apple. Pineapple. Slight pine. Transparent. Wouldnt try again. Not bad but expected a little more for the price. Overall not too bad. (361 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My thirst is getting to me, so why not an IPA to quench it? On to the beer:

It's all good in looks; dense head, iron orange color in my glass, good retention. The nose is the expected NW IPA dose of lychee, grapefruit, and pine sap. As suggested the nose, this IPA goes towards the "dirty hop" side. Big smack of grapefruit, pine, lingering hop bitterness on the palate, and a hint of orange. The aftertaste of sap lingers softly. The beer has a smooth body with carbonation that doesn't seem like it's there. In all respects, a respectable IPA. (546 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours copper with a 2 finger white head. Nice rings of small bubbles remain on the glass.

S- caramel, lemon, orange, some spice and pine.

T- toasted caramel, slight onion, citrus and good amount of pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some effervescence tingles the tongue.

O- ok ipa. Not sure how fresh this is so won't bash it too much. Not a fan of the onion flavor and could use a little more citrus. (472 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer struck me as a very malt-forward IPA; lots of caramel was evident from start to finish in both its aroma and flavor. Even it's color, in a different sense, could be described as caramel. It was a pretty good beer, but I prefer my IPAs to be a little more hop dominant, and a little less malty. I enjoyed it, but I didn't think it was anything to write home about.

Color was a dark rich amber color, with a good amount of head. Aroma was malt first, with lots of caramel notes and some hoppiness. Flavor was exceedingly balanced, more like an amber ale than an IPA, with the hops just barely peeking out from behind more caramel flavor. Mouthfeel was light, crisp, and pleasant. Quite a satisfying beer, but it didn't really scratch my itch for hops.

A huge thank you to JaBier for gifting me a can of this beer; otherwise I probably never would have tried it. (871 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - hazey orange in color with a rocky white head which quickly dissipates to a thin film.

S - the nose is rich with hops. piney and fruity. sweet caramel malt notes and some cherry esters.

T - clean, lightly sweet malt upfront followed by some piney bitterness and a long cherry/sweetish finish.

M - smooth, creamy, a touch watery and a full zippy carbonation.

O - nice IPA with lots of piney notes but could've had a bit more bitterness on the tongue. (460 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can that says: "keep cool, just like you"... into a Surly pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white head with poor retention, leaving a rather thick, patchy white film floating at the top. Beer is a clear reddish orange. Lacing is frothy, layered, appropriate for a beer this style.

S: Cane sugar, citrus, piney hops. Fresh but very subtle. Not an overwhelming nose by any measure. Slight sourness is also detectable.

T: Opens very crisp, refreshing. Piney hop character presents itself towards the middle as the beer warms a bit. Citrus and cane sugar sweetness is present at the back but is overtaken quickly by an astringent, hoppy bite. Finish is a leafy bitterness, as if I've chewed
a hop nugget. Aggressive!

M: Light bodied, good carbonation but rather smooth. Watery and very refreshing though the finish is a bit overwhelming which takes away from the feel a bit.

D: Light bodied and crispness make this beer more drinkable than it should be. A very unbalanced IPA in my opinion which is not for me, but nevertheless appreciable. I'd reach for it if it was around, but this is a one shot deal for me. A solid beer. (1,165 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Very clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass, showing striking relief near the top of the glass.

S: Peppery and astringent herbaceous hops suggest dryness, with lesser tropical and citrus fruit also detected.

T: Begins dry, with earthy black pepper that seems to be associated with the aromatic hops from the smell. Esters are barely detectable, blending in with and complementing the hops. The fruit flavors give off a funky tropical quality, like durian. Acidity is restrained--detectable but never distracting. Husky toasted grain becomes more assertive in the middle, and moderate bitterness develops in the finish amidst continuing malt and slightly astringent hops.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and slightly sticky on the palate, with very low carbonation.

D/O: It seems like many of the IPAs made by the smaller production breweries struggle almost predictably with some facet of the style--all in the pursuit to be unique in order to stand apart from the pack. This contribution from Caldera is fairly unique in its qualities, but it manages to stay appealing. Its abv is on the low side of the normal range for the style, adding to its approachable nature. Look for interesting pepper and off-center tropical fruit, but don't expect anything too extreme--this is a beer that still aims to please. (1,427 characters)

Photo of dougfur
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orangy color with a decent head. Smell is fairly strong and all oniony hops. The taste is similar. It's a well balanced, well brewed beer, but I can't dig the oniony flavor. If you like Deviant Dales, you'll probably like this one a lot too. A tad on the bitter side too. (286 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber with hints of orange with big tan foamy head with good retention and uneven lacing. Big citrus hop aroma. Big bitter grapefruit up frony with good caramel mellowing backbone. Smooth, silky feel with a low carb feel despite the big foamy head.

A good overhopped IPA that's pleasant yet slightly one dimensional. Not worth $13.50/6 pack unless you really need a good IPA in a can. (385 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I wasn't overly impressed with this one because it seems to be lacking in hops, a key ingredent in the making of IPA's.
Perhaps it's old, perhaps not. It's the chance you take with beer stores.
It didn't look too bad. It had hazy clarity and a tall beige head that receeded slowly.
In the aroma all I got was sweet caramel malts. I tried to sniff out some hops but could not.
In the taste one finds sweet caramel malts and then some hoppy bitterness which was quite intense. The bitterness comes through about half way.
Drinks smooth and gentle. It's clean with a bitter ending.
Overall I need hops. This beer I could find none. (628 characters)

Photo of Finatic
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a chilled Founders pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a nice white, frothy head that recedes very slowly. Excellent lacing retention throughout the glass.

S: Huge tropical notes up front with grapefruit being the main scent. I also can smell traces of pine and some orange and malt.

T: I taste more orange than the scent gives off. Not as much pine and or grapefruit as the scent had suggested. This beer has a massive sweet malt backbone.

M: A bit too syrupy for my liking, medium bodied and it has nice carbonation.

O: Not what I look for in an IPA and quite honestly for the price not worthy of an elite IPA status IMO. (659 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. A little surprised at the rating here.

Pours a copper, reddish orange. Definitely not the familiar yellowish, golden orange of most IPAs. Large off-white head.

Smells faintly of pine, more strongly of ... well, citrus. Not quite grapefruit, just citrus-y. And there's maybe a whiff of malt. Well, maybe not.

There's a strange toasted after-taste to the malt, and the hop flavoring is a touch muted. Really more like a pale ale than an ipa to me, though not quite that either. Some grapefruit, some random-y citrus notes, and a touch of sweet malt.

Decent, but nothing to write home about. (597 characters)

Photo of dbmernin83
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Outta the can, into a pint. Good lace, head. Foggy copper.
Citrusy hops, tropical fruit malts, delicious. Balanced for an IPA, but still hoppy. A signature Colorado IPA.
Appropriate carbonation. Crisp. Dry finish. Canned IPA this good is a beautiful thing (256 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super clear orange body with a frothy sticky head that lasts the whole beer, very impressive appearance. Smells sweet, pine, citrus, biscuity, earthy. Taste is very malty with very little bitterness which i was not expecting as this is an IPA and should have more hop profile the taste. A little too malty for my liking. (320 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/3/2010. Can. Pours a clear deep orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of piney, grassy hops, some citrus and tropical fruits. Flavor of caramel malt and light citrus upfront with a bitter hops finish. Decent IPA, rather on the bitter side. (257 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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? (906 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark woody amber, just under an inch of tan head.

Smells of sticky sweet pine, fairly heavy on the malt, some sweet stone fruit or maybe light strawberry or something. Smells good but maltier than I'd like.

Taste is more bitter than I expected from the nose, good dose of pine, some light fruitiness again that's hard to place. Pretty heavy on malt again but much more balanced by bitterness than it smelled. Actually more malty than sweet really.

Fairly thick body, more than I usually like in IPAs, but good carbonation too that keeps it from being syrupy or cloying. Solid.

Solid ipa, maltier than I like my IPAs but pretty balanced and drinkable, a good option for a six pack for a party or something.

7.1/10 (732 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share

A - Pours a hazy amber-copper hue, with a rocky off-white head.

S - Some citrus-y and evergreen hop aroma is available, but it is pretty tame.

T - The flavor is much more potent than the aroma. There is a very classic West Coast dankness that is melded at first with the rich malt, but then separates itself and stands apart, with great herbal and leafy hop flavors lingering intensely on the finish.

M - IPA. Good.

D - Not the best of the West, but pretty good. (505 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wierd tasting IPA, thrown in a trade. Starts OK, and then residual odd hop flavours. Medium yellow body, a quarter inch of white foam. A little hop aromas. Not skunky, but just another AMerican IPA to me, with moe astringency than balance. A bit aggressive carbonation. (269 characters)

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