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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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very good

897 Ratings

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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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Photo of WVbeergeek


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears semi haze copper orange body glows when held to the light, large bubbled off white head clings to my pint with thick chunky even lacing between each sip. Aroma is chalk full of hops grapefruit, floral, and piney varieties blend wonderfully tickle the nose with citrus peel like fury. As it warms more of a complex earthiness with mild tree bark notes ring out but underneath all those hops a subtle layer of malt sugars arise bringing out sweet candy like notes. Flavor is upfront with brash bitterness yet enough malt sweetness comes out to party, this is west coast style IPA all the way. Hop bitterness reigns supreme with grapefruit citrus peel bitterness and more of that earthy dirt layer coming through. Mouthfeel the hop bitterness consumes your palate it really sticks around it makes you feel like you have to scrape the hops off your tongue, I love it. Once again I love the can format, this is great to get this much hop flavor out of a near 6%abv brew coming right out of a can. Next time I hit up an outdoor event where drinking takes place I will remember this beer and wish I had at least a case on hand. Very green yet biscuit malts and mild caramel twang make so drinkable the palate gets used to those brash bittering hops and adjusts to all the other flavors my palate has a found it's equilibrium and no shit this is an outstanding IPA in a can. Hoppier than Gordon DIPA.

Serving type: can

02-23-2008 17:43:06 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of unclederby


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA from a can, oh man. This is a good beer.

I opted for the DFH pint glass here and the ale pours out a crystal clear orange with a copper grapefruit hue. A white two-finger head tops off a good looking beer. Nice lacing.

Tantilizing bouquet: floral and perfumey hops accented by a strong citrus presence. The overall effect of hops and malt is sweet and tangy.

Flavors are nicely balanced with just a slight bent towards the hoppy side. Orange and grapefruit mingle with spicy and floral and it's all about centennial hops. Whatever it's hop makeup, it's tasty.

It's weighty on the palate with a somewhat grainy texture and ample carbonation.

I could drink this regulary, it's damn good and I'm tempted to compare it to Two Hearted Ale. Seriously.

Serving type: can

02-19-2008 00:53:06 | More by unclederby
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The whole canned microbrew thing is really taking off. With Surly, Caldera, and others now proving that canned beer can be as good or better than bottles, I tihnk in another 5 years the market will explode.

Brick/rusty orange flows into my pint glass from the brightly designed can. Smaller head, though the lacing sticks to the side of my glass with tenacity.

Aroma is a bit weak compared to other PacNW IPA's. However, after the brew warmed up a bit, there was a noticable improvement in the strength. Noticed hops of course. More sweet florals that other IPAs. Grapefruit, lemon, cannabis.

Flavor was superb. For the first second, I notice a sweet smoothness. Then the hops set in and I am awash in bitter pine and citrus. Again, cannabis notes as well. The finish has caramel and bitter earthen/soil characteristics.

I really like this one, and get no metallic or other "can"-like flavors. (not that I expected to). I've got a 6-pack, and I would like to drink at leas tone straight from the can, it seems like the thing to do.

Serving type: can

02-14-2008 05:34:39 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of Dubbercody


3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Orange-y, light amber. Lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Nice citrus hop aroma that’s pretty minimal of a NW IPA, a nice chance.

Taste: Malt flavor is rapidly replaced with a pretty bitter lasting hop finish. T

Mouthfeel: darn easy drink....

Drinkability: Tasty beer, I’d drink this again.

Serving type: can

01-01-2008 04:47:59 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of Floydster


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: can

11-12-2007 07:33:41 | More by Floydster
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished brew kettle coppery orange with butter rum edges. The good looking crown is some combination of ivory, ecru and pale orange. It has the look and leaves the lace of a beer that contains a generous amount of hop resins. At least I hope so.

The nose is nicely hoppy, but it isn't explosively hoppy. I blame the fact that the brewers decided to use too much Munich and crystal at the expense of pale malt. The hops (Crystal, Galena, and Centennial) provide grapefruit and orange esters, along with a strong whiff of ganja. Close to excellent, but no cigar. Edit: by the last ounce... cigar.

I feel the same way about the flavor... at least after two mouthfuls. Who knows what time, warming and the rest of the can might accomplish? These guys definitely love to hop their beer, but then that's almost a requirement in Oregon, isn't it? I wish the website listed the IBUs. I'm thinking 70ish.

The sturdy malt backbone, again, contains a healthy amount of toasted earthiness from the Munich and steely caramel from the crystal. It also provides an underlying sweetness that keeps things from being more arid on the back end than they already are. Caramel-soaked orange and grapefruit pith and peel zings across the tongue with each mouthful, leaving shallow alpha acid furrows rather than deep trenches.

The mouthfeel is IPA medium; perhaps a bit more full due to a wonderful creaminess as it gains a few degrees. The amount and feel of the carbonation strikes me as just about right. Are all 12 ounces gone already?

Prior to Surly blowing the entire concept sky-high, Caldera Pale Ale was my favorite canned beer. IPA is at least as good. It's a terrific, drinkable beer that I have no trouble recommending to anyone, hophead or not. If you have a few slots to fill in your Liquid Solutions order, you could do much worse than to fill them with either Caldera Pale Ale or Caldera IPA.

Serving type: can

11-11-2007 14:49:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Bierguy5


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, 6.1% ABV. Thanks to mcallister for bringing this back from the northwest journey!

Slightly hazy, copper color, with some gold streaks. Nice fluffy white head. Great retention, and lace as one might expect from a northwest IPA.

Nice blast of hops up the nose, grapefruit, tangerine, floral and pine. Smells quite fresh. Good amount of malty notes in the nose as well.

Fair amount of sweetness up front, along with a decent blast of citrusy, floral and slightly piney hops. Seems to fade into a bit of grassy flavor as well. Very nice.

Good body, very easy to drink. This seems pretty solid to me, and an easy drinker.

Serving type: can

10-15-2007 20:01:38 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of blakesell


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mcallister for hooking it up with this can.

Poured from 12oz can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy dark orange with a nice frothy head with large bubbles filling about a 3 finger head. A chill haze is present, light lacing.

Smell- Big floral hop smacks me right in the face, this smells like a nice fresh IPA. Smells like there is a decent amount of malt on this one to balance as well.

Taste- Rich fluffy hops and a very nice light malt bringing in the rear. This is a nice balanced IPA, there is a bit of metallic can character as well.

Mouthfeel- The metallic flavor comes in and lingers on the mouthfeel. The carbonation seems to wear down quite a bit as well. Still a medium bodied, crisp beer.

Drinkability- The drinkability on this IPA is quite good. This is the sort of beer one could stand to have by the 'suitcase' although it has more of the maturity for the established craft beer drinker. Great swilling beer.

Serving type: can

09-30-2007 19:29:32 | More by blakesell
Photo of mcallister


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lovely pour colored similarly to unpolished copper. The head is a pillow of sustained goodness. Off white, and just won't go away. A beer that when you take a sip the head sticks on your mouth for a foam mustache. Thick completely engulfing lace completely down the glass.

Damn I love the canned beers. Fresh smack of in your face hops. Lovely floral tones with a piney aspect with a hint of stone fruits. A thick caramel toffee really brings things together and adds a sense of sweetness to the aroma.

Very floral and perfumey on the finish. Slightly lacking on the mid palate and on the finish a gritty almost metallic hop bitterness. Caramel malt rests behind the floral tones and could be a little more pronounced. A bit of peach and blood orange also say hello.

Mouth is lacking the creamy thickness that more malting could have brought and it dissapoints. This beer just barely misses from being great, otherwise a very solid IPA.

Serving type: can

09-19-2007 21:53:02 | More by mcallister
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2007 02:54:53 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of weeare138


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy, light orange with a small white head that fades into a mild collar and film. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is nice of citrusy hops, along with some notes of pine sap and herbs.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel and citrus notes battling it out with a mild spiciness going on in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, sweet up front, and bitter on the end.

Serving type: can

09-14-2007 15:35:59 | More by weeare138
Photo of msubulldog25


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz.can to a pint glass; lists on the label at 6.1% ABV. That lemon-yellow package, though new on the maket, is already easy to spot... Another classic phrase regarding keeping the beer at a proper temperature: "Live Product. Keep Cool, Just Like You".

A: Pours a light amber color and immaculately clear with almost 4-fingers of billowing sandy tan-colored head. Fades to about 1/2-finger. What remains is both rocky and creamy, full of both bubbles and crust. Hardly any carbonation and a faint suspended haziness.

S: Aroma is all citrus, full of pithy grapefruit and traces of lemon and sweeter orange. What caramel malt there is is folded into a neat envelope of juicy hops.

T: Pithy bitterness sprays from this IPA from the first taste. There is very little malt getting through here; this is an fairly unbalanced hop explosion. Lots of grapefruit bitterness and pine resin - very little caramel malt or other sweetness getting through.

M: Medium mouthfeel, but with a long-lasting hoppy cling. This has orange, grapefruit and pine nesting on the center and back of the tongue. Carbonation is low and somehow the mouthfeel is fleeting and just a little thin.

D: A good IPA, certainly worthy of grabbing one (or a 6-pack) if in Oregon. I think hopheads will really enjoy the full citrus-hop flavor from this, although I found it just a little one-dimensional/overbearing. A flavorful IPA I'd certainly have again, however...

Serving type: can

09-05-2007 06:00:53 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of kevinmkirk


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped in at one of my favorite gourmet beer spots on my way home from work the other night; low and behold, I spot an IPA in a can. In a CAN!

If I hadn't had two, I wouldn't be able to report on color. I simply had to experience this straight from the can. Why? To me, canned beer is typically reserved for frat boys, red necks, and those who live under a bridge, so the inherent conundrum of a can to my lips with a tasty IPA flowing across my palate was too hard to resist. As confusing as it was, I must say, it was worth it!

Caldera IPA - can #2

Nice burned orange color with a good two-finger head thanks to a quick pour. Good lacing all the way through to the bottom of the glass.

Strong floral hop, lots of citrus on the nose.

Very tasty! I think I'll have another.

Serving type: can

09-02-2007 00:47:03 | More by kevinmkirk
Photo of genog


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bronze/amber color with a thick, creamy, fluffy white head. Dies down and leaves a lot of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is highly, bitterly hopped. I think I can smell mt. hood hops, pine, black pepper, grass/weedy smell, earthy. Taste is completely bittering with a smooth body. Black pepper in the taste, as well as that earthiness to it. Light carbonation brings out the slight malty flavors. Mostly though its pretty hoppy.

Serving type: can

08-23-2007 03:15:38 | More by genog
Photo of franksnbeans


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burned orange with a creamy head that dies somewhat quickly and little to no lacing. Smells like a hop bomb with strong citrus, rind and a tiny bit of floral. Blows away your taste buds with hops and a bite of citrus. The balance isnt as great as it could be but this sure is tasty, especially if you are a hop head. Finishes wonderfully dry and bitter but doesnt linger too long on the tongue. Carbonation is perfect. A very drinkable and delicious IPA....and from a can no less.

Serving type: can

08-17-2007 03:56:54 | More by franksnbeans
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