Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 76
Gots: 113 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Ratings: 1,155 | Reviews: 496
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +1%

Pretty good beer. Poured with a large thick cream colored long-lasting head, good leasing and a slightly hazy honey amber color. Aroma is fresh beer, malt and hop resin. Flavor is like aroma and all qualities of sweet bitter and acid are well-balanced. Body is very good perhaps just a touch soft. Good drinking beer.

Photo of Redneckwine
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip

Appearance - Glowing amber orange, opaque, 2 finger head leaves lots of sticky lacing

Smell - Piney, grapefruit hops mingling with a bit of toasty, caramel sweet malts

Taste - More piney, grapefruit hops right up front, pine resin, moderate bitterness, slight alcoholy fusel notes, some semi-sweet malts creep in to balance with honey, caramel, and toastiness. Finishes off dry with moderate resin bitterness.

Feel - Medium body, gentle carb gets the job done, nice and smooth

Overall - A solid IPA. Tasty, west coast vibe with plenty of piney grapefruit hops going on - but just kinda says "typical" to me. Thing is, the typical craft IPA these days is pretty damn good.

Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev +1%

Paid $.29 for a single of this at TW in Chantilly after receiving $2 off my previous purchase.

Appearance: this is a beautifully clear, copper ale with a billowing, white head. Lacing was intricate throughout the British pint glass.

Smell: loads of citrus (i.e., grapefruit, oranges) followed swiftly by piney hops.

Taste: a superb blending of biscuits, fruit, sweet malt (think bread with honey), and a solid (warming) finish. There is a lot going on with this IPA!

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated with an excellent finish.

Overall: I'd heard really good things about this beer but had put off buying one for whatever reason. Well, not anymore; this stuff is a great representative of the style. The fact that it's out of a can is even more reason to enjoy. From the east coast to the west--Thanks Caldera!

Photo of jdixon302
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Love this beer, one of favorites.

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.

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +1%

A: Bronze, darker, dehydrated urine color, pretty transparent. 2+ fingers of white frothy head, good consistent lacing

S: pleasant pine smell, clean hops

T: quick bitterness that vanishes quick and becomes a pleasant, earthy taste. A little bit of pine and taste and then a random, raw can sugar after taste that is a little pungent.

M: midweight body, oily and stays in your mouth for awhile

O: solid IPA. Bitter but not too bitter and a little sugary finish. Not in my top 5 IPAs but I would definitely drink again.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Medium gold to orange. 2 finger of fluffy white head. Retention 5+ minutes. Fingers are foggy when viewed from behind. Very consistent lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, mango, orange is tempered by resinous pine needles. Solid malt presence as well.

M: Pretty smooth, just short of slick and creamy. More oily in feel. Medium body. Fitting carbonation level.

T: Good apricot flavor, orange, and grapefruit providing moderate acidity. Very well balanced as orange blossom honey and biscuity pale malts come into play. Lasting pine hop bite.

Photo of stcules
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper color, good perlage, good foam, creamy.
In the smell a good fresh hop. But easy and pleasant, not too overwhelming. Tangerine, lightly resinous.
More intense taste, citric and resinous, quite bitter. Pleasant.
Relatively light body. Easily drinkable.
In the aftertaste the citrussy note dominates.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a hazy orange with a nice white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of pine and citrus, with maybe a touch of malt. The aroma follows the taste with hop-forward pine, grapefruit and a bit of sweetness. The malt does a nice job of moderating the hops without overwhelming them. Medium mouth with lots of aftertaste. I can't believe it's taken me so long to try this one. It's a very good IPA.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a re-review. The original review follows the new one:

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 3+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy with pine behind it and a touch of toffee;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mildly bitter ending;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not my style of IPA, but is well within the style guidelines; very different from my first tasting;

My original review with the original scores:

A: cloudy; bronze - a little darker than I expected; 2 finger egg shell head that receded slowly leaving a spotty film; nice lacing; (3.5)

S: balanced; hops are predominant, especially pine, but malt is clearly there; pineapple in the background; (3.5)

T: earthy, not at all like the nose; very little bitterness; an odd sweetness in the finish - not malty, more sugary - off putting; (3)

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; (3.5)

O: really liked it until I tasted it; when I expected it to get bitter, it got sweet instead; no date on can; perhaps it was old; I'll try it again as some point; (3.25)

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great NW IPA. My can was about 3 months old.
A: a lovely red golden slight haze color with good off-white lacing. S: piney hops with some citrus. Not too much malt. T: pretty much aligns with the smell. M: balanced carbonation., no oily aftertaste. O: a nice example of a good NW IPA. Definitely would buy again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a lightly hazy, darker orange. Off-white, foamy cap. Leaves chunks and dots of lacing.

S-Aroma seems to be a little dead; maybe a sliver past it's prime. Still, there is a solid citrusy hop pop here. A bit piney as well. Also some other fruity hop aromas. Caramel malt.

T-Flavor is essentially the same animal but a bit more lively. An above average IPA that may be a little old. I can still taste it's essence and I like what it's contributing.

M-Medium everything: body, bitterness, carbonation.

O/D-I can tell it's older than I want it to be but it was still a good IPA. Will need to revisit

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark red, copper color.

White head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Caldera has done a great job and sealed it in i can!

Orange, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit pine, and sweet caramel malt. Bitterness at the end.

Great body and medium carbonation.

A really good Westcoast-IPA !

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that is slowly reducing to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mango, passion fruit, floral, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: Pretty much same as above. Balanced with a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, mild lingering hop bitterness, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty standard West Coast IPA. Nice hop characteristic and balance to the beer. Out of a can too.

Photo of tillmac62
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

COD 1/27/14 Pours a slightly hazy amber with a hint of red. Outstanding massive head and lasting lacing. The nose is an exceptional blend of grapefruit and other tropicals against a rich caramel sweetness with just a touch of spruce. The body is medium with an almost slick texture. The carbonation level is a bit above normal, which aids the finish. The hop flavor profile is well balanced with malt sweetness. It begins with a grapefruit sweetness, progresses to spruce/pine and flows to a moderate tart bitterness. The finish is a blend of tart bitterness and caramel sweetness over a light dank note.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange/tan in color with a nice amount of foam, Caldera IPA emits a fragrant nose of orange and grapefruit, plus some pine. The foam leaves a small amount of lace as it slowly falls apart, but it maintains an off- white layer of bubbly coating all the way to the final sip. The body of the beer is clear and looks very clean.

This IPA is hop- accented, with flavors of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and soft pine with a touch of tropical fruit. Backing up the hoppy dance is an ensemble of caramel malts that help keep everything in check and balance out the beer quite nicely for its style.

I like what this IPA offers. It’s not as extremely hoppy and bitter as certain other IPA, but it has the character you expect from the style. There is a nice dose of bitterness, but it doesn’t go overboard and the malt and hops are better balanced than expected. It’s a tasty IPA overall and I can’t wait to open a second can.

Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from the Total Wine Palm Desert CA for $2.25

Appearance - Clear amber/gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruits, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, grapefruits, and hops. There is also some apricot and a honey/malty sweetness.

Overall - My can is from November, so a little out of date. But still a solid IPA with a good amount of fruity sweetness and hop bite.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 2/9/14

Appearance: Pours almost entirely clear, some chill haze, deep orange and copper with some light amber - pours with a medium-sized head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice spots of lacing though

Smell: Hello, Simcoe? (maybe?) - lively and hoppy, with a lot of citrus and some pine - orange, grapefruit, and a touch of lemon - orange and grapefruit juice - grass and some pine - a vague spiciness - caramel and pale malts - undercooked biscuits and toasted bread

Taste: Actually pretty balanced for something from the West Coast - big hop presence, with orange and grapefruit - citrus flesh and juice, with a touch of pith - moderate bitterness - some grass, pine resin, and some herbal/spicy notes - caramel malts, with some pale flavors in the background - toasty biscuits - crystal malt - a little mint in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, nicely carbonated, kind of watery but in a good way

Overall: Solid and somewhat memorable

This is a tasty IPA. It's not the best I've ever had, but that statement is not particularly meaningful in the IPA category. This has some nice citrus, pine, and mint. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an orange/amber with a white head.

S: Fresh orange juice/zest, a little pine, in the nose.

T: A bit floral, pine, orange, very fresh-tasting, and delicious.

M: Medium bodied, not overly carbonated.

O: This is a great IPA, nice and citric. I think cans are great for keeping in the freshness and keeping out the light. Delicious beer, try it.

Photo of kemoarps
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another in a slew of very pretty IPAs I've been drinking lately. Amber body, pillowy off white head, good retention, good lacing.

Up front I get... Something kind of abrasive, but I can't quite put my finger on it. There's a caramel juiciness hiding behind... whatever it is, as well as some citrus hops.

The undetermined -- is that what they are talking about when they say it smells like cat pee (I don't have cats...)? -- does not continue into the taste, where the caramel undertone and juicy tropical fruits take more of a front seat. Towards the back end it gets a steeper bitterness, maybe some pine, but still a lot of citrus.

Very smoothe and drinkable. Good carbonation, I wouldn't describe it as sweet per se, but it is very soft and easy drinking, despite the definite hop bitterness on the finish. Certainly a viable IPA that I would gladly drink again, but I'm VERY glad I picked it up in Portland at literally half the price for a six pack as what it costs in St Louis.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caldera IPA has a thick, creamy, slightly off-white head, a mostly clear, orange appearance, with powdery white sediment suspended throughout, and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of very pronounced, piney hops and rich, sweet white bread. Taste is of the same, with an strong, but not overwhelming bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat slick, and a bit prickly. Caldera IPA finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and not the least bit alcohilic. Overall, this is outstanding.

RJT

Photo of Omnium
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can > Tulip Glass

A - Poured out a cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy khaki head, some mild lacing
S - Very grassy, earthy, a little citrus zest
T - Unbearable amount of diacetyl, completely repulsive, its unreal to thing this thing would ever have been produced. It took me all I had to finish half of this thing. I couldnt even tell any other flavor at how much buttery gross flavor this thing had.
M - Oily and slick, coats your palate.
O - This thing is an outright joke, I would have liked to tried it without the palate-obliterating level of diacetyl, because it might have been ok, but this one was totally drain-worthy.

Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head slowly settles to a little more than a quarter inch frothy layer above a bright clear copper to bronze colored beer.

Pine and a bit of citrus hops and quite a bit of caramel malts in the aroma of this IPA.

Light caramel undertones compliment the fresh pine and light citrus hops very well in the taste of this drink.

Light dryish aftertaste with a slight lingering of light caramel and pine needles with this medium bodied beer.

Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked but the malts seem to balance this beer and make it a pretty good drink despite not being as hoppy as desired.

Photo of Brad007
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mild copper color with a two-finger head that fades quick to leave a touch of lacing on the edges.

Lots of pine resin in the nose. Some sweet malt in the backbone as well.

Hits the taste buds hard with an enveloping bitterness that even has a spicy kick to it. Malt like baked bread makes it even more memorable.

Bitterness isn't too sharp on the mouth. The carbonation level is high, albeit in a more relaxed manner. It compliments the bready malt at the end.

Very good. My buddy recommended this IPA and he wasn't far off.

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.