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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

897 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%


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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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 05:27:02 | More by Teleweizen2
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dougfur

New York

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-24-2013 01:30:16 | More by dougfur
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 11:53:17 | More by micromaniac129
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

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.

Serving type: can

07-15-2009 23:57:31 | More by BeerBelcher
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2010 00:46:39 | More by SpeedwayJim
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-17-2010 15:38:02 | More by ktrillionaire
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 06:08:38 | More by DoubleJ
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Bfarr

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-29-2010 20:54:07 | More by Bfarr
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beagle75

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-01-2011 15:02:26 | More by beagle75
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

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.

Serving type: can

01-02-2012 04:14:18 | More by HOPPYKC
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

10-03-2012 01:18:05 | More by kawilliams81
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WeisGuy

New York

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

a - pours a deep burnt orange color, two-finger off-white head with very good retention and lacing, almost perfectly clear

s - big amounts of lemony and tangerine citrus notes mixed with bready/grainy aromas

t - very well-balanced, much like the smell, lots of lemon and other citrus on the palate with a substantial amount of graininess for a backbone, pretty strong lasting bitterness on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, very dry on the finish

d - the dryness of the finish is somewhat hard on the palate, but nothing that would limit a hophead, the real hit to drinkability comes from the lack of depth in flavor, this isn't a bad beer, just not all that interesting

Serving type: can

09-07-2009 05:02:36 | More by WeisGuy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: can

11-26-2009 07:18:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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PeteVenkman

California

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.

Serving type: can

02-23-2010 17:48:17 | More by PeteVenkman
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Hazy amber, holding it up to the light results in great colors, gold, orange, brown, the haze makes it look interesting, the head is super creamy, eventually settles to just a slight film, but it laces great

S: Aroma is all hop, light and grassy, some resin and very light tangerine too, pretty mild though for an IPA

T: Flavor is even more subdued that the aroma, more like a pale ale, there is hardly any punch to the hops, the flavor is pleasant enough, but its just some light resin with a hint of some fruitiness but way less than the aroma, easy to drink, but a let down for sure

M: Lower carbonation, tastes like a well served draft beer, which I like, makes it easy to drink, body is medium

O: A great beer, easy to drink, smooth, flavors are pleasant, the kind of beer you want on a hot day when you need something refreshing. It does not live up to the IPA style though in my opinion. As it warms you can sense the alcohol and its definitely strong enough to be an IPA. However, in flavor and bitterness it is a pale ale. Just drink it when you want a pale and you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 03:27:22 | More by dpodratsky3
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ADZA

Australia

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-01-2013 14:09:24 | More by ADZA
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-copper body with a small, bubbly white head.

Smell: Aroma of caramel malts with an herbal, citrus hop presence.

Taste: Mild caramel malt flavor and sweetness. Zesty citrus hops and the taste of fresh herbs. A pinch more of those caramel malts reemerge for the overall bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Whaddya know, it's a fairly good IPA.

Serving type: can

12-16-2007 21:48:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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seaoflament

California

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hoppiness for sending me this nice extra.

Pours a nice amber color, between a caramel and apple juice hue. A soft inch of foam quickly forms and trickles slowly to a thin layer, leaving behind some lacing on the side of the glass.

Very decent hop aroma. There seems to be a good balance of citrus fruits and pine aromas. The traditional grapefruit is there along with some bitter orange and maybe some tangerine and nectarine. The toasted malt aromas and caramel tries to peek from behind the hops but so far it's mostly hops on top. A touch of bread dough and slightly spicy hops.

Taste is of bitter citrus, citrus zest, and pine with a slightly metallic flavor in the finish. Toasted malts and toasted bread with just a hint of caramel make up the malt backbone. I'm getting a lot of lemon flavor on the finish.

Medium mouth-feel, nothing major to complain about, pretty decent.

Serving type: can

03-08-2008 21:00:07 | More by seaoflament
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

06-23-2009 01:43:35 | More by tempest
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from can into a Delerium Tremens tulip. Pours a hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that slowly subsides to minimal. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, and pine. The flavor was of malt and a load of hops. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice IPA from a can no-less. Definitely worth seeking out if you are an IPA fan as it is quite drinkable and enjoyable. I will be having another in the near future.

Serving type: can

07-01-2010 20:42:44 | More by thagr81us
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leedorham

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A - Amber in color with a thick, off-white head.

S - Not as much hop aroma as I had hoped. There is some citrusy hop aroma and a bit of stickiness to it.

T - better hop character in the taste. Good malt backbone to balance the hops. The finish is a bit chalky and biscuity.

M - The biscuitiness interferes with the mouthfeel to me. A bit too thick on the tongue for an IPA.

D - Nothing unpleasant about the way this one goes down. Alcohol is well masked and the carbonation level is right where it needs to be.

Serving type: can

08-06-2010 01:35:18 | More by leedorham
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass - thanks to mrmiles for this during the nice cans II BIF

A - Pours a somewhat hazed burnt orange with a finger high frothy head, leaving plenty of lacing around the glass in ring formations. Film retains over the beer.

S - Fairly strong hop aroma with a touch of sweeter malts.

T - Biting pine hops along with some grapefruit citrus tang. A bit of malt base attempts to creep through but the bitter hops seem to overpower the balance. Finishes with long lasting, lingering bitter, dry hops.

M - Medium bodied, very sticky and dry though.

D - Pretty easy drinking, abv is masked well.

Decent IPA - glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: can

10-17-2010 00:22:00 | More by xnicknj
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NWer

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can an aggressive pour into a chalice. Looks nice. Dark golden clear color with a decent head. Lace layers nicely on the side of the glass.
Aroma is very pleasing building anticipation and expectations.
The taste isn't quite there however. The citrus is there - to a fault. A little too bitter with an unpleasing aftertaste.
It's good, just not quite ready for the big time. With all the great beers Oregon has to offer the competition is too tough to rate this beer among the best.
If they smooth out the edges with a little balance this can be a great beer.

Serving type: can

05-28-2011 01:06:32 | More by NWer
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mactrail

California

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive coppery amber in the tall snifter. Nice scent of flowery, aromatic hops. Usual cap of foam and decent carbonation in the mouth. Nose of pine and a touch of caramel.

Big hops with lots of resiny and pine flavors. Fairly bitter, but not as excessive as lots of IPAs. Relatively drinkable. Some warm malt along with the earth flavors. Not as dank as some current hoppy beers. Slightly sharp, but has a mellow approach. Light bodied.

12 oz can from Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 05:06:07 | More by mactrail
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can. I can not think who sent this too me for the life of me. I need to start putting names with beers I get in! Review from notes.

A- Pours semi-hazy orange/reddish color. One and a half light tan/offwhite head that stays for a little while. Nice soapy lacing hat slides down the glass.

S- Tropical fruit (pineapple) upfront along with other citrusy hops. Light bready malts in the background. Very light earthy floral hops...these could have been a little more in the aroma in my opinion.

T- Nice bitter hop bite right off the bat which I didn't foresee. Light malt sweetness in the middle and toward the end. Bitter hop again in the end but not quite as big as in the front. Also a light medical alcohol taste which was a little distracting.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Good carbonation for the style. Hops left a trainwreck of bitterness on the palate. Some hop resin stuck around after each sip. Light tropical fruit in the aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable IPA in my book. The light alcohol taste kind of brought the taste down a half point in my review but after some sips it went away. Nothing is over the top about this IPA and I would easily make this my session beer if it was near me.

Serving type: can

12-21-2009 00:41:26 | More by alleykatking
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