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: 118 | 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 BigMike
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A light golden orange color. Very clear with almost 2 fingers of creamy rich pillowy head.

This thing smells like candied hops. Lots of orange citrus covered in caramel.

Tastes alot like the aroma only a bit on the lighter side. The citrus is there, the caramel is there and there is also a small amount of floral notes as well.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp bitter finish.

Overall this is an excellent canned IPA that i could drink all day long.

Notes: Review taken from notes written on 5-25-10 (534 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dirty orange/shiny body, finger white head,
excellent lacing

S: big grapefruit, peach, pine,

T: grapefruit/peach, big earthy pine,
long slow bitter/sticky finish

M: med body, oily/big sticky mouth

O: Another fine Caldera beer, great
everyday. Big flavor American IPA.
Will get again+highly recommend.

WELL DONE, PICK SOME UP! (335 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Augustgarage for this trade.

Poured into my dogfish head snifter glass from can. Huge head on this can- almost overflows the 20 oz glass. Head stays for about 3 minutes, and then heavy lacing surrounds the glass. Smell- pine, grapefruit, bread, some lemon and pineapple citrus flavors are present. Taste- I got more pine and heavy hop scent on the nose than I do on the first taste, but it is backed by a nice and mellow malt background. This is not a hop monster, but is very mellow and pleasant. Mouthfeel: syrupy, luscious, nice carbonation. Drinkability: this IPA is very drinkable- very mellow, and overall impressive. (635 characters)

Photo of hoppyhobby
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a frothey tan head with a deep and beautiful copper body. Excellent lacing.

S: Slight, hoppy, piney aroma.

T: Citrusy with piney hops. Crisp and not real bitter but it does have a slight bite with lasting flavor. The hops definitely comes through. A nice IPA that doesn't knock you over. Typically what an IPA is suppose to be.

M: Lightly carbonated, smooth and thin. Not watery or oily.

D: Refreshing and while not a session beer, you can easily enjoy a couple of these without any problems. One of the better canned micro-brews that I have tried. (566 characters)

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours a hazy copper color, with a very small head. Not much lacing. The aroma is very hop forward, notes of citrus. Everything good about the nose gets ramped up a notch in the taste. Huge grapefruit and orange flavors, good malt backbone and a really nice hop finish. Medium bodied, carbonation is good. An incredibly drinkable IPA, will definately seek out again! (408 characters)

Photo of Jimbo87
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In a pint glass. Clear amber, nice yellowish head.

S: Piney, citrusy hops. Malty, bready, herbal.

T: Like smell. Bitter. I like this.

MF: Like most beers for me, not remarkable; standard for the style.

D: Very drinkable. It's a little pricey and only sold by the can. But if it were cheaper/sold in 6 packs here I'd definitely pick up a sixer. (350 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey golden with a thick creamy off white head... Lots of active carbonation and good lacing as well... This just looks like a good IPA...

Very strong and pungent aromas of citrusy grapefruit hops all the way here... Very very citrusy aromas here, very West Coast as others have said... This smells ridiculously delicious...

Juicy citrusy hops explode across the palate right off the bat and finish with a lingering grapefruit finish that has me ready for each successive sip... Very delicious IPA here... Its juicy as hell, grapefruit, pineapple, orange... All mixed in together... Really nice...

Overall, a truly classic IPA and one that I will be buying regularly from now on.. Its solid as hell and delicious.... (728 characters)

Photo of Pelican5
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can | $10 for sixer

Turned onto this this by my local WF beer guy, thanks Trev!

A : clear, reddish, light copper

S : apricot, pineapple, citrus, some pine.

T : Full flavored and well rounded, west coast with a tad more malt backbone. Hop bitter front and finish, grapefruit and more citrus, dried apricot middle.

Overall : Juicy and well balanced. A bit more of a midwest flavor than some of the other west coast ipas. Every sip leaves me wanting more. Very, very nice IPA and is in my current rotation along with Sculpin, Inversion, Red Chair. For $10 a sixer its a no brainer. Underrated.

Cheers ~ (627 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH pint glass. Looks like a nice fresh hop IPA, such as Celebration. Murky orange/copper poured to a half inch creamy head. Love the lacing as it disappears down my gullet...

Aroma wafting toward me reveals all the IPA scents: citrus, pine, with a hint of rising bread.

Many of the previous reviews state a syrupy consistency, and I agree it is syrupy, however, if your a DIPA lover, you won't mind it a bit. Chugs more like a DIPA which I love.
You'll get whacked up front with a nice citrus profile before a light sweet malt and lingering bitterness take over. The bitterness is just right leading you to raise your glass in another slug creating a nice drinkabillity which many IPAs do not nail.

Carbo is a touch soft which is my only knock here, but like I said the feel is heavier like a DIPA

Overall, this is a great IPA and will absolutely have again... (878 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 climax
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The can oozed with creamy foam before I poured it. needledd to say the head was soft and creamy. It sat atop the cloudy caramel/orange body for a good amount of time before sinking. It left an excellent wall of lace, topping it all off.

The nose had a good complex hop aroma, just a tad short on intensity. Hints of pineapple, fresh tomato vines, fresh grass, and a dash of astringency and metallic twang make up the one-sided hop aroma.

The flavor is excellent. It takes what the nose started and cranks it up a notch. Passion fruit sweetness meets a bold herbal grassy profile, and the two work together great. Malt knows its roll.... the shy pale toasty backbone. The finish is bone dry with grassy bitterness.

This one is pretty dry right from the get-go. The carbonation is perfect and keeps it feeling on the light and crisp side. My mouth needs the constant reinforcement of another drink. Great IPA, out of a can! (925 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Carapils scent along with a huge citrus hop aroma. There is a light breadiness as well. The taste is very good. It's light with a damn bitter hop taste. It's loaded with citrus goodness. The malt bill provides some balance, but this is a hop heavy beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great session IPA. It refreshingly hoppy and easily drinkable. (551 characters)

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light copper color with hints of red. Two and a half fingers of off-white head that sticks around for awhile and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Strong grapefruit aroma up front. Underlying tones of pine, caramel, and slightly fruity.

Taste: Citrus and piney hops make their presence known up front, followed by a rich caramel malty character that's slightly biscuity. Some hints of tropical fruit also come through, and finishes with a huge tart grapefruit bitterness. Beautifully balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and oily. Coats the mouth with hop oils. Pretty high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking IPA. Refreshing and delicious.

Final Notes: A delicious IPA that comes in a can. What more could you ask for? Has enough flavor for pairing against a spicy meal, but refreshing enough for tailgating, fishing/camping trips, days at the country club, and the like. A good all-around beer. (935 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an orange/amber with a white head.

S: Fresh orange juice/zest, a little pine, in the nose.

T: A bit floral, pine, orange, very fresh-tasting, and delicious.

M: Medium bodied, not overly carbonated.

O: This is a great IPA, nice and citric. I think cans are great for keeping in the freshness and keeping out the light. Delicious beer, try it. (354 characters)

Photo of kylehayworth
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber in color, the head was amazing. Slighly off white head, with enough retention to balance the can on it if I wanted to.

S: Lots of citrus and piney hops.

T: Wasn't sure what to expect from my first "real" can of beer. It was very well balanced. You had a good citrus and piney resin working together on this one.

M/D: It had good carbonation, the end was mildly bitter and oily.

I thought this was a great first for me. (436 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland. Pours a slightly hazy golden color topped by a beautiful creamy white head. Nice, creamy lacing all the way down the glass. Nose of fresh, spicy hops and a touch of light sweet malt. Palate is redolent of spicy hops, light sweet malt, and notes of pine, black pepper, grass, and just a hint of bready sweetness. Body is absolutely perfect - rich, creamy, and without the syrupy character that many stronger IPAs tend to carry. Man, I chose the right one here. I'd drink this every day if it were available where I live. (569 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pours a chill hazed medium amber body with a creamy two finger beige head. Good retention and some sticky patch lace.

Bold aroma of pine and tropical citrus. Tangerine and mango come to mind. Undertones of melting caramel.

Creamy medium body is nicely carbonated. Hop resins are felt on the tongue.

Taste has a dominant pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. Solid caramel malt backbone supports the aggressive hops. Some of the tropical citrusy notes of the aroma emerge as it warms. Finishes dry and bitter.

Topnotch! Nicely balanced and very tasty. (557 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a little thin looking weak ice tea color with two fingers of slightly off-white suds and lots of lacing.
Smell is strong citrus and grapefruit rind. This is a great smelling beer.
Taste is piney and grapefruity with slight sugar.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a big hop brew. Not sticky at all. Very quaffable.
Overall I would have to give this a 4 even though it's really in the 4.12 range.
Only reason not to give it a 4.5 is the cost of this stuff. 16 dollars in Ky. (483 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with pumpkin highlights and a dense cream and orange head of foam that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Citrusy and minty C-hops with plenty of caramely malt. It must be the can, the hop fresh flavors are off the charts with plenty of juicy grapefruit and orange backed with enough caramel malt to balance but still be hop forward. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A really nice session IPA. (413 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thanks, tjensen3618!

Amber-orange pour with around a finger of white foam. Retention is decent, with some pretty nice lacing left on the glass.

Pungent hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit, mostly pineapple. Some malt sweetness and light piney touch. Definitely what I expect from a west coast IPA. Some caramel, too.

Good hop flavor. Very pithy. Light sweetness up front, then citrus peel bitterness. Nice hoppy beer without being overwhelmingly bitter.

Medium-light body. Fairly low carbonation level. Smooth, ridiculously easy drinker. Very, very good IPA. (591 characters)

Photo of haddon
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark golden color with large white frothy head. nice carbonation bubbles released throughout. lots of lacing down the nonic.

lots of hops on the nose. mostly pineapple with orange peel, spice and a very light sweet malt hint on the end.

citrus all over the place... grapefruit & pineapple. nice clean finish with a good bitter aftertaste.

medium body with a good carbonation bite. again, clean, fresh finish.

this is a really good ipa. nice hop profile that is clean and balanced. could drink this all day. Caldera hit a home run with this one. The only drawback to this one is the price. Too expensive at $13 a sixer. (630 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a a Chouffe Flute

A-Very deep nice amber/dark copper laces thick and sticky down the glass, very sexy looking in the glass.

S-very floral bitter hop smell. Grapefruit notes very citrusy.

T-Much like the nose great bitterness in the front middle and back. Has a nice sweet malt quality in the middle, almost like a sweeter orange flavor very subtle but adds alot.

M-Medium body near perfect on the carbonation.

D-Only reason this is not a 5 is the price everything else about this beer on this section is flawless. (541 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold with a 2 finger head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Floral hoppy aromas, salty biscuits, and a whiff of ginger.

Malty biscuit flavor, then a strong taste of bitter greens/green pepper, with a lingering grapefruit finish. Hops are a bit numbing on the tongue.

Body is light and the carbonation is enough to give this a moderately creamy mouthfeel.

Eminently drinkable beer, for those who like their IPAs with a bitter green hop taste. (505 characters)

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams PP glass. Pours an cloudy yellow with a one finger, foamy white head, which dissipates very quickly. Some nice lacing going down the glass.

Smells of caramel malts and not picking up much of the hops in the nose but my sense of smell at the moment is not the best.

At first taste I get a little hop bitterness followed by caramel with a big piney, resinous hop finish. This is a very tasty IPA.

Medium bodied with very bold flavors. This beer leaves behind that resinous, piney hop flavor after the beer has been swallowed.

I really like this beer. It is most certainly a hop lovers delight. It's fairly low ABV could allow one to drink down a few of these in one sitting. However, the price could limit the number of times I try this, at over 16$ for a sixer. (799 characters)

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