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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

1,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 63
Gots: 58 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

deweese, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of garuda
3.84/5  rDev -3%

A - Clear copper body, white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - All around good IPA with pine hops up front with the caramel/bready malt providing a nice backbone. Finishes bitter with hop flavor, never getting too sweet.

M - Medium body, medium carb, smooth and creamy, finishes dry

O - Simple straightforward IPA. Drinks easy, no off-flavors, up front pine hops with a little citrus.

garuda, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of tut2528
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

tut2528, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

JeffTheJuice, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

mdillon86, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of vashooter
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Serving : 12 ounce can from Total wine served in a tulip (large one)

Appearance : Beautiful clear dark honey color, about what I would expect from an IPA, nice 2 fingers of head when poured into glass subsiding to a small half inch of sticky head that seems to want to hang out with me.

Smell: Is not quite as hoppy as a BIG IPA but lots of caramel blending, hop notes are somewhat subdued as the beer warms up but more hop nose when first poured.

Taste: Initially straight malt, sweet but, lots of hop character that is not overpowering or rude. No hint of Diacetyl or vegetable notes in my sample. Actually this beer is well made and well balanced, not as large as a lot of IPA's that rely on brutish hop levels with out good malt balance.I actually think there might be some demarra sugar in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Actually reminds me of a cross between an ESB and a IPA, the sweetness is there but the hops are there also, just not in your face hops. Warming to the tongue with a little bitterness in the finish. Wonderfully balanced beer. Someone put a lot of love into this recipe.

Overall: I give it a 4.5, However this can become one of my favorites very easily. Cheers

vashooter, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

pjs234, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

ESeab, Jan 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a pretty dark woody amber, just under an inch of tan head.

Smells of sticky sweet pine, fairly heavy on the malt, some sweet stone fruit or maybe light strawberry or something. Smells good but maltier than I'd like.

Taste is more bitter than I expected from the nose, good dose of pine, some light fruitiness again that's hard to place. Pretty heavy on malt again but much more balanced by bitterness than it smelled. Actually more malty than sweet really.

Fairly thick body, more than I usually like in IPAs, but good carbonation too that keeps it from being syrupy or cloying. Solid.

Solid ipa, maltier than I like my IPAs but pretty balanced and drinkable, a good option for a six pack for a party or something.


AlexFields, Jan 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

2dogbrew, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of rawfish
3.88/5  rDev -2%

Amber with three fingers of rocky and whipped head forming excellent lacing all over the glass, very nice beer.

Caramel, whole grain bread, husky and raw malt. Pine, green tea, and earthy hops hints of pineapple and caramelized onion, very rugged.

Husky malt, bready and grainy that complements the earthy and herbaceous hop profile. More tea leaves, bitter herbs and pine. Dull lasting bitterness that dries and scrubs the palate.

Medium bodied and lower end carbonation, works very well with the flavors here. No hint of alcohol and dries perfectly.

Flavorwise it doesn't wow like some other ipas but it's memorable for other reasons, it seems raw and built for the outdoors from the canned beginning. Balanced and earthy, very tasty one of the better cans out there.

rawfish, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

devlishdamsel, Jan 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

freduardo, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

QuamLaetus, Dec 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Fresh, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

AleVana, Dec 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TeachChefs, Dec 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Satkins, Dec 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Keith238, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ryser2k, Dec 16, 2012
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.