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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

499 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 499
Hads: 1,217
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 76
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
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Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent pour from the can produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a light amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, orange / red tinged, full copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely hoppy, though not aggressively so, there is also a fair amount of malt character that accentuates a sticky hop character. Aromas of candied orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, caramelized oranges, some touches of pine and green herbal notes and, towards the finish, a touch of cracker like grain and lightly toasted malt.

Slightly sweet, somewhat light bodied, but definitely hoppy. A nice bitterness clings to the palate and lingers for quite some time in a long, bitter, dry finish. Up front the bitterness takes on a decidedly herbal note with touches of hemp, biting pine flavors and a bit of herbal / green-grassy notes. This is definitely nice and quaffable, it is not overly sweet nor thick for an IPA, though the hop character definitely tends to cling to the palate. The first sips, as well as sips where I have gone and done something else for a while, have a much more prominent citrus hop character (with orange zest, grapefruit notes, kumquat and perhaps a touch of lychee); otherwise the herbal and bitter hop flavors dominate.

The flavor is much more harsh and aggressive than the aroma suggested, but it will certainly still be enjoyable for the hop heads out there. A solid IPA, that could actually use a touch more malt, or to dial back the herbal and bitter hop character.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of pjwilson
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awsome yellow can caught my eye. Bought at the Sacramento Co-op which is behind my house.

a: I drank the first two out of the can. For some reason I really like drinking out of a can. Pours a nices light brown color in to a pint glass. Has a full head.

s: Leans on the bisquity side. I'm feeling Nectar IPA here. Good, dirty, malty nose

taste: Really nice bend of malts and hops here. Again can't help but think of nectar IPA, one of my favorites. This beer hits the spot with that wonderful mix of malt and hop flavors.

m and d: The drinkablity is great due to the light mouth feel on this beer.

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Photo of koopa
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden pumpkin color with a 2 finger beige creamy head that looks like rocky whipped cream only not as bright white. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots and lots of grapefruit from the hops. Extremely well done. Not overbearing but undeniably grapefruit rind goodness.

Taste: Closer to a pale ale with a lot of grapefruit character. Not sure if its chinook hops or cascade that are being used here.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for my liking.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to throw these 6.1 ABV cans back.

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Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very pale, clear golden color. It was served to me with craggy, sticky head that stuck around for awhile.

s: Big piney hop nose with a little lemon.

t: This tasted very fresh. Sweet flavors of toffee and then a big piny hop blast at the end.

m: Fabulous carbonation, long lasting. Perfect.

d: One of the best IPAs I've tried. Great stuff.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a completely clear golden orange color with a firm off-white/light-orange cap of puffy foam. Lots of bubbly and sticky lace left behind. Lazily carbonated.

S: Big piney hop nose right off the bat. I also pulled out aromas of orange, caramel, grapefruit, tangerine, and a pinch of pineapple. Also noticed a medicinal/aspirin type aroma that was strangely apealing.

T: Big bitter pine with a fine coating of toasted malt and caramel. This sports a plethora of citrus and tropical fruit flavors with elements of cut grass and metal.

M: Spicy astringency that's balanced by the sweet and creamy caramel malt. Finish turns bitter and dry with an underlying peppery hop quality that keeps things pretty interesting.

D: This was a very nice surprise. This IPA drinks exceptionally well. Excellent balance between bitter & dry hops and sweet maltiness.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can as an extra from flexabull in a trade - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a healthy-looking clear orange amber-bodied brew. A mild pour coaxed a good one-plus finger white foamy head with above average staying power that leaves some sticky, creamy lacing as it fades away, sort of randomly thrown across the sides of the glass. Very good start.

Aroma: Great west coast aroma. That one-two citrus-pine combo is so traditional for a reason - it smells great. This one's not overstated, and compliments the roasted, sticky, doughy malt backbone well.

Taste: Expertly balanced. It's not too bitter or too malty, and the maltiness isn't too sweet or too dry. Hop profile is a little milder than I'd like, but more so than a lot of IPAs - I'm just very demanding of my hops, I suppose. Leafy floral notes, pine, and lots of grapefruit makes for a good hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, fairly fluffy, but very even and creamy, precisely what you'd expect from the look of the head. Carbonation is precise and pronounced, a little prickly, and the hop oils increase the slickness factor ever so sightly.

Drinkability: A great, drinkable, sessionable IPA in a can that hits all the right notes without knocking any of them out of the park. But that's not what you're looking for with this one. Portable, tasty, aromatic, pleasant looking ... this one definitely comes recommended, and many thanks to flexabull for sending this one my way.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caldera IPA flows out of the can into a nice clear orange/light amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Nose smells of west coast hoppage and some malts. Taste follows, good grapefruit hop flavor with some spiciness in there as well. A good malt backbone, but not overwhelmingly sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty much just what it should be, but could be just a touch thinner. Drinkability is very good here, as this one is defenitley summer slammable. Overall a good beer, solid session IPA, and a good option for those seeking craft portability. Its not Oskar Blues, Its not Surly, but its still craft beer in a can baby.

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Photo of beereality
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can....Dropped hard into my imperial pint produces a big white fine head, over a hazy apple juice looking fluid. Crisp citrus smell with a hop presence as well. I taste hops right up front, with a dry bitter citrus finish. Much better as it warms. The head pretty much disappeared, but left some nice lacing. I can absolutely get a subtle tangerine smell from the beer, but a strong smell from the can. This is a very good canned beer. I wish I could buy it around here.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden copper color. A thick foamy one finger head.

S- A wonderful smell of sweet grapefruit is strongly coming through.

T- The sweet taste didn't come though in the taste. The taste is a bit on the maltier side. The hops taste does give some DIPA's a run for their money. The hoppyness is very much there and it is good.

M- The beer is smooth and easy in the mouth. A little drying of the tongue, but not too bad.

D- Easy to drink, don't have to choke it down.

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Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 8 ounce ikea globe.

Appearance, is copper orange & hazy with a strong white foamy head, which recedes revealing a curtain of lace behind.

Aroma, is noticable with citrus hops with some green 'earth-like' notes, and a waft of minor malt finish. To the tongue an orange citrus with a pine finish and some earthy tones, with a nice malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is mild to medium.

Overall a nice welcome to the scene at least for a newbie to Caldera such as myself.

Cheers

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-amber with a slight haze to it. The eggshell colored head retains remarkably well, leaving a ton of sticky lace behind.

Smell: Floral with a bit of resiny pine and grapefruit. Great hop aroma with no noticeable malt presence.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty but very dry. Floral and resiny hop flavors follow, leading way to a bitter finish with a hint of grapefruit. The medium-light body and restrained ABV make this one seriously drinkable IPA.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caldera IPA is my new best friend. And I'm wondering if the can has something to do with it.

For decades canned beer deserved the stigma attached to it. The aluminum adversely impacted the taste, lending a tawdry metallic quality that was the hallmark of industrial beer production. This problem has been solved in recent years by coating the inside of the can with a food-grade polymer that effectively keeps the beer off the aluminum. No more unsavory beer can taste.

Today it's not merely a matter of acknowledging that canned beer "works." It's now prudent to ask whether it's an altogether better idea than beer in a bottle. And Caldera's IPA is a fine candidate for the notion that canned beer is an idea whose time has come.

Caldera IPA's aroma is floral and leafy. The leaf is so fresh it's almost sticky. It imparts a tall airy head of majestic suds amid lively carbonation in a sunny topaz color. The body is vivid and clear though marred by a few wayward flocs.

The taste reminds me of Fire Station 5 with perfectly posited bittering that takes your hand and walks you through a lush garden of herbal hop flavor. Piney, peachy elements interweave from an ideal balance of hop flavor and malty sustenance. And the mouthfeel is flawless - plush, meandering, and exquisitely quaffable. Even the head delights in its own fluffiness.

An ideal go-to beer for any occasion.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a trade with BeerZack - thanks man!

Poured a 12oz can into a snifter

Appearance - Produced a creamy 1 finger head that lasted for quite a while before dissipating to a thick crown across the surface of the brew. Light lacing is left behind as the head shrinks. It is a hazy transparent golden orange color.

Smell - Damn, this smells pretty awesome. The scent of candied orange explodes out of the glass. Almost like Sunkist orange soda spiked with hops - but without the artificial orange scent. Very bright. Citrus rind and sugar and the primary scents that I detect.

Taste - The taste is nice, but nowhere near as nice as the scent. Citrusy hops and slight cracker-like malts make an appearance in the initial flavor, with a thin sugary sweetness in the middle and then runs flat - all before a surge of bitter hops rounds out the backend and aftertaste. It isn't balanced by any means - but it is tasty. If only it tasted as good as it smelled.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is pretty nice. There is are tiny, very fine textured carbonation bubbles that prick the tip of your tongue as you sip, and then runs creamy by the time it hits the back of the throat. I would have enjoyed a little more carbonation in the backend to liven things up, but I always enjoy a beer that can be both crisp and creamy at the same time.

Drinkability - This is a very solid brew. It is a nice, easy drinking beer, but I wish that it had a more balanced flavor - or at least a flavor that tasts as good as it smells. The hops seen to be a little out of whack - I would have enjoyed a more prevalent malt profile. But it smells awesome, and I do get my hop fix. If this was available in Texas, I could easily see this becoming a part of my regular beer rotation.

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Photo of JDV
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from Beerzack. Thanks!
Pours Semi-clear reddish amber witha big lasting chunky whitish head that leaves lots of lacing. Smell is sweet fruity, fresh and hoppy. Very nice. Taste is smooth with fruity caramel and fresh citrusy, and sweet orange flavored hops and bitter citrus rind. Nice and strongly bittered which lasts in the finish but with a light lingering sweetness too. Very good IPA.

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Photo of woemad
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Bottles in Millwood for $1.69. No freshness date. First time I'd seen this beer.

Poured a golden orange color with a creamy, two-inches of off-white head. Strings of lace were seen clinging to the sides of my glass.

The nose was citrusy in a grapefruity sort of way, with some peppery notes. Definitely seemed like a WCIPA.

A bit more herbal in the taste than in the nose, and there's a pineyness that didn't seem to come through in the aroma, all in addition to the citrus noted in the nose. Bone dry finish. While diverse in terms of hoppiness, the malts seem a little too anemic for the beer's own good, and the hops aren't beefy enough to be a true scorcher of an IPA.

Fairly light bodied, though with a mouthfeel that is mildly slick with hop resin.

A mediocre IPA. Beefing up the malts to provide a bit more counterpoint would improve it. Should I find myself in Ashland, I'll give this a try on tap. For now, I'm glad I tried it, but this won't make me switch from Laughing Dog's IPA (my local, go-to IPA)anytime soon.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cool from a 12 oz can into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours crystal clear with a fluffy off-white head that leads loads of lacing on the glass. Nice orange light-amber color bordering on light coppery tone.

Aroma is just loaded with citrusy, tangerine hops. Not much subtlety there.

Flavor is a lot more complex. There's tangerine, pine, and floral hops. A touch of caramel and a touch of maltiness, and even a touch of grassiness. Nicely "balanced" (for what it is) but practically speaking, still hop-heavy.

Mouthfeel is suitably bitter, but not near the max of the style, and has a nice dry finish--refreshing compared to many heavy, sugary IPAs in its class.

Drinkability is good, but the bitter front and dry finish might actually go better with a bit less flavor and aroma. This is a nice complement to their Pale Ale, one of my favorite beers, and I think I like this one's hop bill even better.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rayjay for the extra in a trade.
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice, tight white head that laces like glue.
Smells of massive amounts of hops, damn near all of them. Lots of citrus and pine, with some caramel malt as well.
Tastes wonderfully hoppy, tons of pine and citrus yet an almost grainy note, also slightly vegetal. There is a lot of malt here to back things up, there's a nice tight carbonation and it feels dense.
Very easy to drink on after an evening of flying frizbee.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice creamy one-finger plus off-white head, lots of nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, big hop note, citrus/pines, and caramel. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, with some nice citrus/pine tones, with some caramel thrown in. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very solid IPA (in a can too), definitely recommended.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass, the liquid is i nice gold with good carbonation. The head is almost 2 fingers off white and leaves good lace.

The smell is earthy hops, plenty bitter for the stlye.

The taste is mildly bitter, and has a good malt back bone.

The mouthfeel is very good, I like the better then medium body as well as the level of carbonation.

The drinkability is good really worth a try. Prosit, MK

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Photo of libertygrails
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright, colorful 12 oz. can poured into yer average pint glass.

Pint: Color is dark straw. Aggressive pour yields a light head that reduces quickly. Moderate carbonation. Loads of cloudy-white lacing down the glass.

Nose: Ahhh...ye olde tell-tale Simcoe and Centennial THC-esque resiny/floral hops. Very sweet and estery! Lovely.

Taste/Palate: Sharp, grassy/floral/resiny hops with light malt couples for a nicely refreshing Ale. Liquid sunshine...truth in advertising here, folks.

Mouthfeel: Not to heavy/not to light. Really nicely balanced here. Gimme another quaff. This IPA goes down very, very easy.

Drinkability: The perfect PNW Summer Session IPA. The best IPA i've had out of a can/as good or better than many in bottles. Don't let the packaging keep you cuz i can't find anything not to like here. A clear Blue Ribbon IPA. I'll be coming back. Thanks to you, Caldera Brewing. Another brew worthy of inclusion in the proud pantheon of PNW hoppy Ales. Try one. You'll drink two, maybe three?

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Photo of ccrida
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a nonic, the Caldera's IPA is a clear bronze with a moderate sized white head that quickly fades to a thick skim, leaving scattered lace. Like their Pale Ale I just reviewed, this is the first time I've ever not had this beer in a can, but I'm not nearly as impressed. Served at fridge temp.

Smell is pure, resiny cannabis - ah, Oregon! To be more specific, it's more of the cat piss style, which you probably won't care for unless you have the mental association. I was just working on my goggle tan at Mt. Ashland this past Wednesday, and by the number of heads goofing off with me on a work day, it's obvious this town operates on a slightly slower speed. With a smell like this, I think Caldera's trying to remind us there's always time to chill...

Taste is pungent, resiny hops, firm malt backbone with a big bitter finish. The slightest touch of sweet caramel malt loses the battle to the big buds, which pack enough lupin to knock out Bobby Brown on a 3 day coke binge.

Mouthfeel is creamy but dry and crisp, with a heavier body.

Drinkability is average. I like a lot more hop flavor then bitterness, and this IPA is pretty much the opposite, and a bit thick for my taste as well. I'll still give it bonus points for the can, not to mention that dank aroma that I never noticed from the can.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-copper, or weak iced-tea in color with fine foamy covering that leaves some nice lace.

Nice perfumy cascade-like aroma. Some citrus, pine and floral hops.

Assertively hoppy. Lots of woodsy pine and some citrus peel. Kinda astringent bitter finish.

Slightly stingy aggressive carbonation does not help the already astringent character of the beer.

Pretty drinkable, despite the astringent impression.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.