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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

1,068 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 64
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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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.

Yagman3000, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of charmcityboh
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip. Nice pour, perfect carbonation, nice medium head, solid lacing.
Aroma is a perfect IPA balance of malt and citrusy piney hops. Taste matches aroma perfectly, this is a very balanced IPA.
One weakness for me is the mouthfeel is the slightest bit thin. For all the flavor and aroma I would like it a bit "chewier".
Very solid IPA.

charmcityboh, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this can up while in Nashville, Tennessee. The Caldera is not available in Illinois at this point, so I was excited to try a new West Coast IPA and this was no disappointment.

APPEARANCE: Brilliant gold-copper in color with a quarter-inch, very homogeneous and bubbly, white head. Not bad retention, as it slowly faded over the course of a minute or so.

SMELL: Pine and floral aromas dominate the smell, but mild malt and grapefruit smells are present as well.

TASTE: This is a hoppy, bitter beer and it is delicious. The hops dominate from start to finish in this beer and balance is a relative term in this case, however, there are enough grapefruit and floral flavors to ensure that the hops don't completely destroy the palate. Very dry all the way through, particularly in the aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: Well carbonated, the Caldera sparkles from start to finish while it dries and bitters the whole way through.

DRINKABILITY: This is what a West Coast IPA is supposed to be all about - bold, bitter and biting. This is not a beginner beer, it is for the seasoned hop head who can appreciate every IBU packed into this brew.

StoneTSR, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours orangish golden with a nice white head. Aroma has some pine, a nice dose of citrus, a little tropical, and some easy going toast. Flavor follows suit. A crisp, lightish medium mouthfeel. Overall, bought a sixer of this blindly and glad I took the gamble. This a great IPA and one I will happily drink again.

denver10, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for two dollars, never heard of this brewery and went out on a limb when trying this one

Poured into my Russian River pint glass with a golden copper color and a 1/2 silky white head that held its ground for about five minutes, left lots of lacing as most West Coast IPAs seem to do

Smell was lots of floral accents, strong piney hops, different kinds of citrus, particularly lemons and grapefruit, some malt was also evident in the aroma

Taste was nice and dry like I like my India Pale Ales, hops attacked at the beginning and the finish, remaining bitter the entire time through, some sweetness was caused by the citrus but malt was not really there because of how dry this taste was, another great beer out of a can with a distinct taste, floral parts made this one better than a lot of generic IPAs, nice long lasting and crisp finish

Nice full body and just the right amount of carbonation give this one a good mouthfeel

Could drink a six pack of these because they are light and only six percent, cannot wait to try other beers from this brewery in the future

Floydster, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-23 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Almost clear, orange-amber with a 2-finger off-white head with big bubbles and moderate lacing.

S - Fairly strong aroma that can be smelled 18" away. Sweet malt, citrus and hop floral.

T - Much like the aroma. Sweet bread and fruit followed by a dash of orange flesh a touch of spice and finally orange rind bitterness doesn't dominate. A pleasant, well-balanced bitter-sweet taste although it doesn't blow my hair back.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A bit syrupy with some prickle

O - I enjoyed this brew. It has a lot of flavor for being 6.1% ABV.

Tucquan, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of cerveza5150
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/reddish with a soapy, foamy head. Lots of bubbles of small carbonation.

S: Pine, citrus, and grapefruit all the way, almost to the point of smelling like a Fresca! (how's that for an obscure reference). The malt is also noticeable in the form of a little fruitness.

T: Wow! The hops pack a whallop both in the nose and in the finish of the taste, but the sweet malt coats the tongue and the throat and balances out nicely. The aftertaste of so many hops does take down the mouthfeel a bit, but the taste is definitely...tasty!!!

M: The hops sting a bit, even in the mouthfeel, but the malt is moderately thick, which helps wash everything down. The only drawback I can see is that the hops stick around so much in the aftertaste. It wants me to drink more, but it still is a little surprising.

D: This is a good IPA. Almost like a Firestone Pale Ale supercharged; the hops are front and center, and the malt does its job to try and balance it, but the overall impression is HOPS. I like this, and like the idea of cans, but this is NOT for folks who don't like it bitter!!

cerveza5150, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of macktbone
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

macktbone, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of lstokes
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a great head and lacing, plus it's in a can! Love it when beers are in cans. It smells piney and earthy and gains in the taste. Earthy Munich malts balance with a lot of citrusy and herbal northwestern hops, with some metallic and peppery notes sneaking in to make a solid but not outstanding IPA. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel, but very drinkable overall.

lstokes, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of drewba
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mages64 & psiweaver for hitting a perma-want in the partners BIF!

A – Orangey-rust with a fantastic fluffy cream colored head. Great head retention which hangs around for a good 10 minutes. There are two fairly prominent floaties in here; not sure if they're hops, or pieces of Oregon.

S – The aroma is a little subdued, but what I'm getting out of it, I like. Lots of really earthy pinecones and trees, orange marmalade, light grass and a fair amount of caramel dipped bread.

T – I don't see a date on the can, but I think this might be on the older side. BUT, being just over the hill doesn't stop this from being delicious. The hop profile is on the mild side, but maintains for the entire taste with fresh cut grass, lemon soda, barely bitter grapefruit and spruce. The malt that backs all of that up comes out in toasted nuts, lightly sweet caramel, hearty rye bread. There is a really nice balance going on here – while I would like the hops to stand up a little more, the malt profile is still second fiddle. But even though the malt characteristics take a backseat to the hops, the nut+caramel bread combo is fantastic.

M – No problems here – medium bodied, a touch on the syrupy side with an understated carbonation pop.

O – Easily a beer I could drink by the six pack. Also would be good for a newer ipa drinker who need some malt balance and isn't bitter to the point of no return.

drewba, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of allenm8
3.96/5  rDev 0%

allenm8, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of prokopt2
3.96/5  rDev 0%

prokopt2, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/20/11
*From notes

A: A lovely darker shade of amber-orange. A good pour yields a two finger head and decent lacing. From the looks of things, this is filtered.

S: Resinous, a bit dank and fruity.

T: Piney, yet there's some tropical fruit which kicks around the walls of my mouth. Golden toasted grains and some earthiness wrap things up.

M: Extremely creamy. It really feels luscious.

O: Caldera's IPA is yet another solid entry into one of my favorite styles. It ain't at the top of a prestigious list, but it's certainly one I've got qualms quaffing. This is one I've reached for before, and will again. If you see (fresh) cans of this, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Rhettroactive, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of irishgurl4
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer in Can ≠ Meh

After year's of corporate programming by Bud, Miller, and Coors, I have come to associate beer in cans as being "meh." Even when I see craft brews in cans I can't help but think "meh beer." But as I sit here sipping a Caldera IPA I am having a cognitive dissonance moment. This beer comes in a can AND it tastes GOOD. Whoa.

Mind = Blown. To review ...

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

A: Pours a deep honey color with a good two finger head that sticks around quite awhile before dissipating into a thin layer on top.

S: Smells of citrusy hop goodness.

T: My tongue is braced for hops but wait, what is that? Is that malt? Yes, yes it is! There's a nice malt backbone running through this thing that finished with a good does of citrusy hops. Nicely balanced.

M: A good medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Bitter goodness lingers on the palate.

D: In one word, very. The balance between the malt and hops is just right.

Overall, I give Caldera IPA a noms and a hat tip for being in a can. :)

irishgurl4, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky head that fizzes out quickly, leaving only the sorriest dots of foam on the sides of the pint glass I have ever seen

Smell: Whoa, that's one rank odor; sure, there is a bit of grapefruit, but there also is something in there that is a cross between wet wool socks after a hike and a cat's litter box

Taste: Fortunately, the taste is much better; starts out with with a hint of caramel that becomes infused with a minty grapefruit juice aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors dry out the palate, even though there is plenty of residual sugar that rests on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just hold your nose and enjoy this beer; it's fine stuff

brentk56, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ibrew2or3 AKA McLargeHuge

A: Pours a nice light bright golden yellow/orange hue with a small fizzy head. There is little retenion and spotty lace.

S: Nice big hop aroma. There is a huge blast of grapefruit and a bit of grass. A touch of sweet malt lurks beneath.

T: This one starts nice and bold. A big blast of grapefruit right from the start. Some malt cuts thru do tone things down in the middle, but the finish is nice and bitter.

M: Medium body with great carbonation.

D: Perfect summer brew for Florida as it comes in a can. One of the best canned IPA's out there.

tpd975, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of erikm25
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

erikm25, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First micro brew for me in a can. Cool logo but with no freshness date. It pours a amber color with a nice sea foam head. The smell is strong of hops. The taste hits you with a dry hop appeal with a huge hop profile. It leaves a stinging pleasant aftertaste as it journeys down the throat. I really like the uniqueness of the this American IPA profile.

cswhitehorse, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium brown with a one finger thick white head. Very good head retention with ok lacing.

The aroma is very different from what I was expecting. It is very earthy with hints of pine thrown in. Musty and dank. There is quite a bit of malt as well.

The taste closely follows the aroma with earth and pine making up the majority of the flavor. Burnt caramel and toast along with some biscuit. Slightly resiny with bitterness only on the moderate side and a fairly sticky finish.

Overall, a unique IPA that seems more British than American and is very malt-forward. Very good nonetheless and worth picking up.

rangerred, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Durge
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep rusty amber color with a muscular off-white pillow of foam on top and plentiful lacing. The aroma is a somewhat light but tasteful blend of allspice and leafy pine hops. The flavor brings a nice blend of pine hops and nutty bright malt sweetness. There's a hint of orange citrus bite but overall this is a fairly mellow, highly drinkable IPA with solid hop action and generally enjoyable flavor. Medium bodied with a luscious feel.

Durge, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this Oregon brewery now in my area.Poured a deep hazed burnt orange with a tight formed slight off white crown that held well,big citric aromas with a bit of pine resin,a biscuit dough aroma lends a little maltiness to the mix.Deep grapefruit rind flavors really stand out,this is a true American ipa with its hop forward profile,a lightly sweet biscuit dough malt base stands up well to the big hop presence.A solid beer,to me what an American ipa should be.

oberon, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Hooray! for canned craft beer. We really love this format and how quickly it is spreading throughout the US. Options are great, especially when you are in no glass zones such as poolside, on a boat, on the beach--and also simply for the fact that the can is a great space saver.

Stodgy off-white head, the sticky mass shows its great retention as it stays strong all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Clear copper-penny hue; a few bubbles race to the top. Citric, pine and black tea hop aroma. Hint of melon, estery alcohol and sweet toasted malt in the background. Lots of smoothness to go around--extremely smooth. Slightly chewy medium body shows the malt is not just going to sit back while getting pummeled by the hops. Mild cookie-like sweetness from the malt has a faint toasted graininess to it. Hops come in with a controlled but precise bitterness, strong but still leaving some balance. Big minty hop flavor very slowly dissipates with citric rind, evergreen, black tea leaves and a sweet Mandarin orange flavor. Finishes a little bittersweet with a rock-solid hop flavor and sweet biscuity maltiness.

This is a great example if you are looking to try a Pacific Northwest (PNW) India Pale Ale. Hops all around, both in bitterness and flavor, with enough malt to keep everything in balance. Nothing over the top. It's simply a great IPA--and it's in a can.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. Darker than expected. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of grapefruit and pine notes.

The flavor is similar. The predominant flavor is some resiny pine from the hops but I also get some grapefruit. The toffee and caramel malt backbone balance out the beer nicely and keep the bitterness level fairly low for a west coast IPA.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Mora2000, Feb 05, 2011
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.