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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,096 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 68
Gots: 84 | 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 Florida9
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange in color. Very slight chill haze. Forms a very large yellowish colored head that quickly reduces to a good quarter inch of very stable foam. Surprisingly, not much lacing.

S: not very aromatic, but what is there is a blend of pine and earthy hops.

T: Taste is much better than the aroma. Mild caramel malt backbone followed by a very light sweetness, some citrus hops, a bit of orange, and a little grapefruit. Finishes with a mild piney bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: A well crafted, easy drinking everyday IPA from a can.

Photo of bosox941827
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC - only place in this area that sells it. Poured into a 0.5L Ayinger glass ("Echte Bierkultur Geniessen") from a 12oz. can. Had a sip of this one golfing and had to give it a proper review.
A - nice, slightly hazy dark orange/amber color. A nice rocky head forms off the pour and a thin layer clings to the glass and hangs around all the way down.
S - Nice hoppy nose off this one, with some maltiness mixed in.
T - Funny how your brain needs to adjust when drinking out of a can; first sip of this was during a round of golf, right out of the can and my first thought was, "wow, this is GOOD beer" because you're expecting something thin and watered down. A "proper" tasting confirms my first sip; poured into a glass, this is a damn good, drinkable IPA. Nice hint of sweetness up front which is quickly run over by a nice rindy, bittery-y flavor which hangs around on the tongue for quite a while between sips.
M - This drinks pretty smooth; carbonation is pretty low but the bitterness hangs around for a while (in a good way).
Damn solid IPA; highly recommend grabbing it if you spot it somewhere (especially you East Coasters).

Photo of LSUPT
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date. Poured to a Duvel tulip.
Hard pour yields 2 full inches of white head that hangs on for a while leaving very sparse lacing. Really nice medium amber color with a slight chill haze.

Smell is mostly malty with some tropical fruit and floral notes. I swear other cans from the 6-pack had a fuller nose though. Taste is really good similar to the nose with a nice pine finish, sticky and resiny with a full bitterness. Mouthfeel is perfect: medium carbonation and medium body.

Very enjoyable brew overall and extremely drinkable. I do feel there were inconsistencies between cans though, but I still very much enjoyed this one.

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kemoarps
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another in a slew of very pretty IPAs I've been drinking lately. Amber body, pillowy off white head, good retention, good lacing.

Up front I get... Something kind of abrasive, but I can't quite put my finger on it. There's a caramel juiciness hiding behind... whatever it is, as well as some citrus hops.

The undetermined -- is that what they are talking about when they say it smells like cat pee (I don't have cats...)? -- does not continue into the taste, where the caramel undertone and juicy tropical fruits take more of a front seat. Towards the back end it gets a steeper bitterness, maybe some pine, but still a lot of citrus.

Very smoothe and drinkable. Good carbonation, I wouldn't describe it as sweet per se, but it is very soft and easy drinking, despite the definite hop bitterness on the finish. Certainly a viable IPA that I would gladly drink again, but I'm VERY glad I picked it up in Portland at literally half the price for a six pack as what it costs in St Louis.

Photo of cantal
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wildwood_Brew
3.92/5  rDev -1%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged this on a recent trip to DC, as you cannot get this in Ohio.

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a mug. Pours a very clear amber orange, with a 1 inch off-white thick head, that is slow to reduce. Leaves a fair amount of lacing around the sides as the beer is drained from the glass.

Has a slightly spicy aroma, with hints of citrus and some grassiness.

Has a grainy malt taste, with grapefruit pith and oak leaves. Has a rather hoppy finish, which is neither piney nor citrusy, but is just simply better.

Has a softer mouth feel you would expect, with almost soapy texture and they dry finish.

I like the IPA. It has a nice hop character which is uncomplicated, and a softer mouth feel that makes it quite drinkable. I also like the look of this can, and could easily see bringing this on a camping trip if it were readily available.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely orange-tan color, great lasting head, and plenty of lacing.

A nice biscuit-malt aroma with crisp, fresh hops.

Tastes like a great malty background with delectable hoppy bitter flavors dancing on your tongue. No shortage of pine or grapefruit either. Very balanced and flavorful.

Easy to drink, with a good blend of ingredients producing a rich, smooth beer creation. Definitely a likable brew.

Photo of Josiah2729
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Orange with 3 finger white head that settled to 1/2 inch. Excellent lacing throughout, clear with minimal effervescence.

Smell: Citrus and Pine, slight malt aroma

Taste: Citrus and Piney hops, slightly sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation.

Overall: Delicious IPA with a strong hop presence that is not overpowering, great beer.

Photo of tut2528
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

once again, thanks to Jaap for sending me this one!

A: pours a deep dark orange with some brownish hints to it. pours a nice 1/2 fingers worth of head formation that dissipates rather quickly, but with a couple swirls of the glass, it quickly rises again.

S: awesome citrus (orange peel and lemon zest), some grapefruit, pineapple and even mango. terrfically balanced with a blast of hops. i also pick up on a sweet caramel backbone that holds this brew together.

T: big earthy hop bitterness, sweetened malt and a subtle peppery spice in there as well. the fruits aren't as nearly prominent here as they were in the nose, which is probably the most suprising aspect.

M: big carbonation, solid medium bodied, the palate is left with the dry hop bitterness and a slight touch of citrus.

O: if you like big bitter hopped up brews, this one is a must try. the aroma of this brew is amazing with the big tropical fruits, and I wish it carried over into the taste. Instead, as previously mentioned, the hops become the dominant player and the fruits take the back seat. Nonetheless, this is a great beer, that is has fairly high drinkability.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange/tan in color with a nice amount of foam, Caldera IPA emits a fragrant nose of orange and grapefruit, plus some pine. The foam leaves a small amount of lace as it slowly falls apart, but it maintains an off- white layer of bubbly coating all the way to the final sip. The body of the beer is clear and looks very clean.

This IPA is hop- accented, with flavors of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and soft pine with a touch of tropical fruit. Backing up the hoppy dance is an ensemble of caramel malts that help keep everything in check and balance out the beer quite nicely for its style.

I like what this IPA offers. It’s not as extremely hoppy and bitter as certain other IPA, but it has the character you expect from the style. There is a nice dose of bitterness, but it doesn’t go overboard and the malt and hops are better balanced than expected. It’s a tasty IPA overall and I can’t wait to open a second can.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Eggshell white head that pours ferociously but disapates quickly leaving foamy lacing. Not too many noticeable bubbles.

Big time grapefruit and piney hops hit the nose immediately, caramel and some yeasty characteristics.

The aroma matches the taste quite accurately. Sweet caramel with bready yeast mixes with piney and grapefruit hops. Slight metalic bitterness is noted as well but is quite tasty nonetheless.

Light body, light but noticeable carbonation. Very easy to drink although there is a lasting dry bitterness feeling but it leaves the mouth moist.

This is a pretty straight forward IPA with the bitter hops being the main focus but there is enough sweetness to smooth it out. This is definitely a worthy IPA to check out for Hopheads.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can into the Duvel tulip. Dark orange, amber and nearing a light brown. Reddish tones. Head is fairly thin and fizzy.

S: Smells fantastic. Big piney hops along with a nice malt backbone. A bit of tart citrus and some grapefruit. Some peaches and grapes.

T: Good hop bitterness, sweet fruits from the nose turn into rather bitter fruits on the palate. Grapefruit and some unripe orange. Citrus rind and zest.

M: Slick and a bit malty on the tongue. Carbonation is just about right, doesn't bite back quite enough.

D: Easily drinkable beer, love the hop/malt balance, especially for a west coast IPA. Great beer that I continue to revisit.

Photo of wmthorne
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprised by the hoppy taste from this can.
Consumed at a bar called the Tin Can in St. Louis.

Citrus notes in the initial smell gives way to a hoppy and well carbonated first drink. I also pick up a little banana aroma.

I drank this brew straight from the can which probably didn't assist the experience but it us definitely a drinkable ipa. As previously stated it is quite hoppy for a can which is refreshing.

I am not able to get this at home so I am glad that I tried it.

Photo of 510a
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz single for $2.75. Caldera IPA just came to New Orleans this month.

A: Look is somewhere between Celebration and Zoe: dark amber with a huge head, glorious froth, and tons of lacing.

S: Very unique. Gingerbread, caramel, butterscotch. Very floral also.

T: Salty and malty on front end -- not my thing -- but then the hop wave is clean and subtle and nicely floral.

M: Mellow carbo; standard APA/IPA feel, maybe a little thin.

O: Caldera IPA probably isn't something I'll return to regularly given the price point, but the taste profile is extremely unique. The Red IPA crowd will appreciate.

Photo of FLima
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick off-white head with a decent retention.
Sweet bready malt and fruity aroma. Notes of caramel.
Well rounded flavor. Notes of grapefruit, tropical fruits, slightly toasted malts which are quite present and caramel with hints of pine and resin. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
Not a heavy weight IPA, more malty and relatively mellower on the hop area, but extremely well balanced and perfectly executed.

Photo of bigaltemple
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep copper color. Big, rocky, off-white head slowly settles to a half finger width. Great retention. Large patches of lace stick around after every drink.

Lots of malt sweetness. Caramel and some honey. Hops come through subtly, with some citrus and very mild floral aspects.

Much like the nose, sweetness is first and foremost. Bready malt. Finishes with a floral/herbal bitterness. No long lingering aftertaste. Drinks too easily and quickly to leave any. Medium body with mild carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Like this one. Great summer beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a sticky off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma features a good dose of toasted and biscuity malt with some piney hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with a lingering piney hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, Caldera IPA is another solid PNW IPA that packs the hops. Recommended.

Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a copper slight haze color with a 1 finger head..smell is citrus and pine with hops and malt..taste is the same its a pine hit first with some floral hops and sweet malts.a bitter finish in the back of the mouth..this ipa is pretty tasty if you like a pney crisp ipa with some sweet malts..i could drink a couple of these no problem..but would not be my choice of ipas when looking for one

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Somebody_Else
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drunk straight out of the can so IDK about the appearance.

The smell was very light. Kind of lager-y from cold to end-o'-can.

The taste started out fairly nondescript, straight out of the refrigerator, but as with most IPAs, the flavor opened up quite a bit after a few minutes at room temperature. There was an odd cheese-like component to the taste -- sort of an aged Swiss or Gruyere. I see where another reviewer mentioned a "butter" flavor so I don't feel completely out of touch with this observation. Odd but not bad at all.

The mouthfeel was great and the best part of this beer was the lingering hops oils on the tongue. Great after-taste!

Overall, not a first pick, but a reasonable sailing bear as it's in cans and only 6.1% ABV so suitable for drinking all day on a summer's sail. That cheese flavor would make me hesitant to give to a newbie as an introduction to hoppy IPAs but other than that, pretty durn good!

Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours amber orange with a decent finger of off white head.
S: grapefruit and light pine, and floral hop. There is some malt sweetness in the background.
T: a nice tounge coating hop, that is piny, a citrus cross between grapefruit and orange. Malt is light but nicely sweet.
M: coating hop, though the malt is light in the mouth, good carbonation.
O: canned beer is really starting to grow on me, and leaves me impressed enough to try calderas other offerings

Photo of Yagman3000
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a pint glass.

Appears orange with a touch of gold. Foamy head present.

Smell is underwhelming. Don't puck up too much on the hops front.

Taste is good. There's sone hops with a tasty malt balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Nice!

Overall a pretty hoof experience. I'd have this again.

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.