Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

491 Reviews
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90
outstanding

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Reviews: 491
Hads: 1,167
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 118 | 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 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 czechsaaz
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of hop aroma. Mostly citrus but I get some woody variety too. There's a caramel malt underneath with a hint of esters but it's pretty much hops.

Nice orange color and very clear. Started out with a big off-white head that fades immediately to a little layer of wispy foam over the top of my glass.

Very pleasant right off. It started out very bitter with citrus hop oils but there's a solid caramel malt flavor that fights through. Each sip has a great bitter/sweet interplay of hops and malt. I get a hint of roast malt in the aftertaste but then there's a lingering hop bitterness.

Nice full body with a creamy carbonation level.

Good stuff in a can. A nice well balanced IPA. (688 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 PDXHops
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, poured into a tulip.

Body is a bright see-thru amber orange with a finger of pretty fluffy off-white head. Visible stream of constant carbonation up the middle of the tulip. Retention and lacing are good

Smells tasty. Fresh squeezed OJ and grapefruit juice up front with pine in the background. Some caramel maltiness, but not enough to obscure the hops.

Really nice flavor profile. The fresh orange and grapefruity from the nose carries over and is joined by a bit of pineapple. The sweet malt backbone is fairly substantial up front, yet there's a toasty element to it as well. Steadily dries out, and pine creeps back in for a puckery and spicy finish.

Nice juicy mouthfeel. Medium yet fluffy body, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Excellent brew, another winner from Caldera. (805 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a big tan head. Smells of citrus. Taste is very citrusy up front, with a nice caramel malt middle, and an herbal, smoky hop finish. Nice bitterness that clings to your tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is great, several of these in a row wouldnt be difficult. A super choice for an IPA which conveniently comes in a can. (387 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a robust head and moderate lacing. The aroma is strong, immediately apparent from several feet away - malty and fairly conventional IPA aroma, perhaps a bit of Amarillo hops or something similar. The flavor is pleasant and grainy, with a sharp hop bitterness and a nutty, toasty edge. Again, this seems seems strongly suggestive of Amarillo, with a sharp orangy character, particularly of the bitterness, which seems like that dry, bitter character from Orange zest. The mouthfeel is smooth and clingy, leaving that citric bitterness firmly planted on teh tongue.

A good beer. (601 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Big rocky batter like light tan head... Rich caramel color... Faint traces of slow to moderate paced carbonation... Loads of stickiness on the sides of the glass...

S - Full and rich piney hop aroma up front... Sweet caramel and butter toffee... Quite inviting....

T - The hops are upfront and potent, but far from over powering... Mostly piney with trace amounts of grapefuit and sweet citrus... A dense malt backbone permeates throughout... Caramel... Toffee... Biscuit... A tad of honey...

M - Medium bodied and fluffy... A lush creaminess... Just the slightest bit of carbonation on the tongue... A faint bitterness lingers throughout...

D - Terrifically complexities and flavor, especially for the 6.1% ABV... A very underrated IPA... (750 characters)

Photo of macktbone
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice bright red color with a pretty foamy head. Lace is allready showing off and trying to get me to take a sip before finishing the sentance.

S- Heavy citrus blend with a sweet finish. Smells like a much hoppier beer than an IPA.

T- Much maltier than the nose lets on, sweeter too. I taste a lot of grain and oils. Slightly buttery.

M- Truely a medium bodied sample. Not watery but definatley not full either.

D- Good pick up from the store as something new. Not something I would recommend to a friend as a must try, but a maybe try for those looking to try new IPAs.

Thanks Caldera...another decent brew from Oregon. (627 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, bright orangish-brown in color. Thick, foamy off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing. Very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Strong, citrusy hop aroma domainates the nose. The malts do provide ample balance with a very bready and caramel laced sweetness. Primarily grapefruit with just a hint of tangerine in the nose.

T - Strong citrusy bitterness right off with lots of grapefruit especially. There is a strong sweetness as well mid-drink with a big caramel taste. Some candied fruit notes come in late before the drink finishes with a dominan citrusy bitterness. Another well crafted IPA from Oregon.

M/D - Medium bodied, a little sticky. Bitterness sticks with you long after the beer is gone. Good carbonation. (765 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks goes out to the awesome BA from the NW who sent me this as a kick ass extra. I had been wanting to try this for a while now. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/26/2009.

The pour was very nice. Deep amber in color with a nice clarity to it. A big head of white coming up and over the top and settling down with a good amount of side glass lacing. Big aroma of fresh hops on this one. Just a huge nose of grapefruit, pineapple and hints of orange peel. Deep and resionous, almost sticky just in the aroma. As the first sip hits, not as sharp and pungent as the aroma, but seriously this was a good IPA. Nice and tight with the fresh hops letting your lips stick to your teeth. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit leading the way but fading into a nice mid palate of buttery malts. Nice medium feel and an easy, very smooth sessionability.

Overall this was excellent. A very easy to drink, very nice and very hoppy west coast IPA. I would go for this one again any day! (1,014 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brew...and what a goodie!

Over a finger of off-white head lingers over a translucent amber. The head lives a good amount of sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas of floral and herbal hops with a sweet but bready maltiness as a distance backbone. Earthy notes in both the aroma and taste. Tons of bitter residuals linger on the palate, thanks in part to a medium mouthfeel. This is a delicious IPA, and I look forward to grabbing more cans from this brewery! (485 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled can into a glass. An extra courtesy of bvc. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear amber body with active carbonation up the glass. Has an inch off-white head with good retention, and it leaves some spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hops, with a slight resiny and earthy/dirt/grass undercurrent to it that is a bit of a turnoff.

T: As the nose suggests, the taste is dominated by citrus hops, with pine coming second. Caramel malt fleshes out the mid-taste, but toward the end, an earthy and grassy blend takes over and pulls throught into the aftertaste. There is a lingering resiny bitterness as a result.

M: Sticky, with bitter resin coating the mouth. Sometimes I like this, but here it's too grassy and earthy to enjoy.

D: I really wanted to try this, and I'm glad I did -- because I'm satisfied that I don't need to have it again. It's apparently pretty pricey, and there's nothing in here that justifies that to me. (942 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 skrib09
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

copper or amber in color. pretty clear with an off-white hop head forming on top.

smells of pine up front and a hit of citrus zest toward the back.

taste is refreshingly hopped. malty sweetness amongst the pine, resins, and citrus.

mouthfeel is crispy with a slight bite. definetly drinkable. (295 characters)

Photo of mcsquint
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a half inch, slightly off white head sitting on top. Good retention, and some spotty lace is present.

The aroma is pretty good. There's a nice hop presence which gives a really good dose of citrus. I don't have much else to say about it, but the nose is very pleasant.

The taste is decent. A nice hop presence gives a decent dose of citrus. There's a very nice bitterness on the finish. It is a pretty balanced IPA IMO. I get a good malt presence, kind of a raw grain feel. I think they use a very similar malt bill in their amber and pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a very fine bubble.

Drinkability is pretty high. The alcohol is easily managed and well incorporated into the beer. The flavor profile is pleasing as well making for an enjoyable experience. (822 characters)

Photo of erikm25
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden orange with subtle amber tinting. Head is a huge off white bubble of fluff. Even with a careful pour the head rose up with a mighty fury. Retention is strong and the lacing coats around the glass. This is a great looking beer.

S: Crisp with pine and lemon citrus hops. This is pure bitter hops with no real malt aromas to be found. Grapefruit and peppered orange slush. Spiced apples and limes. Hints of fresh herb and cannabis.

T: This is a juicy lemon crisp beer with black pepper finish. Solid hops taste that is strong but not overwhelming. Much like the nose this is crisp and refreshing tasting. Slight buttery malt backdrop but overall this is all about the hops. Leaves a strong bitter aftertaste that goes perfect with some spiced foods.

M: Juicy with perfect carbonation. Sticks all around the mouth.

D: Since I have been in a can craft beer zone recently this psychedelic yellow six pack caught my attention. These drink quickly and easily. A little pricey at $10.99 a six but it ended up being a pretty good investment. Very impressive IPA. New Valis album goes well with a number of these. (1,131 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 errantnight
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/copper/goldish-amber with a finger or two of creamy head into a tumbler.

Lively aromas of citrus and pine with a bit of toast and caramel coming through.

Well balanced, juicy, sweet middle with a dry finish. A west coast by way of the east coast IPA. Caramel and toasted notes balancing resiny hop flavors... but the bulk of the flavor is hop.

Creamy with a nice lift to it.

One of those IPAs that always seems greater than the sum of its parts. Everything is good, but it's not a true hop explosion that really gets me excited. On the other hand, this is a truly drinkable and enjoyable IPA. If this were my local, I'd have a sixer of this around a lot of the time.

Thanks, Wackyfoot. (710 characters)

Photo of wnh
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, crisp orange-tinted amber. Huge (two to three finger) rocky, foamy, off-white head that's taking it's time diminishing.

Nose is a pleasant balance of citrus and pine, both sweet and earthy at once. The hops are clear, but frankly are less enticing that it seems they ought to be. Nothing about how this beer smells turns me away, but there's not much to really draw me in.

Caldera IPA is surprisingly mild on first sip, with the pine and citrus hop balance eventually coming through. Relatively subtle but clear bitterness complements the beer without overtaking it. Pleasant lingering mild bitterness in the finish, with an overall sense of earthiness.

Light to medium bodied, leaning toward light. Slight drying effect makes me want another sip. A solid, drinkable beer, and the light body actually boosts the drinkability rating. Still, for $14.99 a six-pack I'll gladly stick with something else. This is a good IPA, but not good enough to command such a price. (1,022 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark orange in color with a one-finger tan head which lingers a second then drops away leaving a few small specks of lace. Sweet malts and oily hops rise pleasantly to the nose. Some subtle pine is mixed in. Tastes of bright fresh citrusy hops and the malt backbone does it's job evening things out well. Not as big on the hops as many other IPA's, but being that it comes in the can this one begs to be taken to the lake or to the beach as it has just enough taste to keep things interesting, and the fact that it's in a can is fookin' cool. (547 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz can from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a full amber color, a mixture of brown and yellow that results in an dull orange hue. A luxurious head of nearly two fingers has laced in spades.

S: The aroma is strong, even fresh out of the can. Thick grapefruit and pine notes battle to attention. An odd malt aroma, very vegetal and regurgitated. It tempers the beauty of the hops.

T: This is an IPA that fires on all cylinders. The hops are fresh, loaded with citrus and pine flavor. The bitterness is fairly low but it is there, lingering below the surface. The caramel grains stand out, pairing nicely with the hops.

M: The IPA really hits the spot with a large hop profile that bites as it soothes. A good beer that screams West coast IPA.

D: A very quaffable ale that doesn't skimp on the hops. Too bad the nose was a little offputting. (848 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 dukew456
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Pours a hazy amber with golden tones on the side of the glass. A nice billowy, two-finger head forms,(and sticks around) possibly the result of a forced hard-pour from the can.

A big dose of piney, earthy hops hits hard up front in the nose. The resiny qualities of the aroma subside after a bit, and a sweet malt backbone comes through towards the end.

Up front, this beer has a very bitter, resiny hop thwack, as much as several "DIPA's" I've had. There's also a fruitiness from the hops that complements the sweet malt backbone very well, as well as helping this be a very balanced beer. Moderate carbonation makes this medium-light on the palate and refreshing.

Solid West Coast IPA, and probably the coolest looking can on the market. (797 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with a thin white head and really good retention.

S-Plentiful grapefruit hops with a solid malt backbone.

T-Does not live up to the promise of the nose but still pleasant. Sweet malt in the front with a solid earthy hop finish.

M-Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

D-Nicely drinkable.

HV (326 characters)

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