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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

1,068 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 64
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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 rangerred
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium brown with a one finger thick white head. Very good head retention with ok lacing.

The aroma is very different from what I was expecting. It is very earthy with hints of pine thrown in. Musty and dank. There is quite a bit of malt as well.

The taste closely follows the aroma with earth and pine making up the majority of the flavor. Burnt caramel and toast along with some biscuit. Slightly resiny with bitterness only on the moderate side and a fairly sticky finish.

Overall, a unique IPA that seems more British than American and is very malt-forward. Very good nonetheless and worth picking up.

rangerred, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Tonmeister
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured in a 16oz Goose Island glass

Appearance: reddish amber with a thick white head

Smell: Malty, Lemony, earthy, No Hop Presence, so not a hoppy IPA. I can tell from the smell.

Taste: This tastes really good. Its very smooth. Not what I was expecting from an IPA. Very unique taste. Tastes follows nose.

Mouthfeel: thin bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, This is a well balanced IPA, it goes down very smooth. I personally would say this is more towards a Pale Ale Style just because it's lacking in the explosive hops, but nonetheless this is a really good brew. I would definitely buy this again. Perfect for a session Beer.

Tonmeister, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of midnitesun11
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

midnitesun11, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of jriggins6
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

jriggins6, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

tbryan5, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of PortlandSunDevil
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

PortlandSunDevil, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of andyfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In the darker part of the IPA range, copper with a root beer float head.

Nicely balanced floral hops and crystal malt on the nose.

Taste follows the nose, nicely balanced IPA. NIce flowery pine hop flavor without being overly bitter. Closely following is the caramel, without being overly sweet.

Full bodied for sure. Some lingering acidic hoppy coating.

As IPAs in a can go, it's pretty good. Side by side, I'd probably still go with 21st Amendment's Brew Free or Die, but in its absence, I'd definitely buy this again.

andyfrancis, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of DaveR514
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

DaveR514, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

dpodratsky3, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of pschie1
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

pschie1, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Adkins1203, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

BMart, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of 67couple
4/5  rDev +1%

67couple, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of calcutron
4/5  rDev +1%

calcutron, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of leprakhan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

leprakhan, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev +1%

jakecattleco, May 31, 2013
Photo of HopsInPop
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

HopsInPop, May 31, 2013
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz single for $2.75. Caldera IPA just came to New Orleans this month.

A: Look is somewhere between Celebration and Zoe: dark amber with a huge head, glorious froth, and tons of lacing.

S: Very unique. Gingerbread, caramel, butterscotch. Very floral also.

T: Salty and malty on front end -- not my thing -- but then the hop wave is clean and subtle and nicely floral.

M: Mellow carbo; standard APA/IPA feel, maybe a little thin.

O: Caldera IPA probably isn't something I'll return to regularly given the price point, but the taste profile is extremely unique. The Red IPA crowd will appreciate.

ZethOfTheNorth, May 29, 2013
Photo of DrewShalvoy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DrewShalvoy, May 28, 2013
Photo of BRLockwood
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

BRLockwood, May 27, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet

A: hazy amber with an off-white head with plenty of staying power. Significant lacing.

S: grapefruit-y hops, earthy. Grainy. Citrus.

T: Smooth, bitter hops that don't bite. Light caramel malts that blend for a very pleasant combo. Grassy. Citrus-y.

M : light to medium. Dry finish.

O: Great IPA. One I would seek out again. Thanks, Cliff.

brewskifan55, May 27, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden amber with an off-white finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - Juicy hop aroma with a very faint caramel touch. Earthy and floral.

Taste - Juicy upfront, hinting at pineapple and orange, with moderate tones of caramel, earth and floral character hitting their strides by mid-taste. Residual bitterness in the finish, reminiscent of orange pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Remarkable smoothness and ease of drinking. It's going down faster than I can write this review!

Overall - With no freshness date, it's hard to determine just how old this IPA is, but it doesn't seem to be in its prime; the hops feel quite muted. Good as it was, but I'd like to re-review this one with a can I know is fresh.

TheSixthRing, May 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

BeerDreadz, May 27, 2013
Photo of immobileman
4/5  rDev +1%

immobileman, May 22, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1%

InspectorBob, May 22, 2013
Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.