Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

491 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 491
Hads: 1,167
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005

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Reviews: 491 | Hads: 1,167
Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a half inch, slightly off white head sitting on top. Good retention, and some spotty lace is present.

The aroma is pretty good. There's a nice hop presence which gives a really good dose of citrus. I don't have much else to say about it, but the nose is very pleasant.

The taste is decent. A nice hop presence gives a decent dose of citrus. There's a very nice bitterness on the finish. It is a pretty balanced IPA IMO. I get a good malt presence, kind of a raw grain feel. I think they use a very similar malt bill in their amber and pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a very fine bubble.

Drinkability is pretty high. The alcohol is easily managed and well incorporated into the beer. The flavor profile is pleasing as well making for an enjoyable experience. (822 characters)

Photo of erikm25
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden orange with subtle amber tinting. Head is a huge off white bubble of fluff. Even with a careful pour the head rose up with a mighty fury. Retention is strong and the lacing coats around the glass. This is a great looking beer.

S: Crisp with pine and lemon citrus hops. This is pure bitter hops with no real malt aromas to be found. Grapefruit and peppered orange slush. Spiced apples and limes. Hints of fresh herb and cannabis.

T: This is a juicy lemon crisp beer with black pepper finish. Solid hops taste that is strong but not overwhelming. Much like the nose this is crisp and refreshing tasting. Slight buttery malt backdrop but overall this is all about the hops. Leaves a strong bitter aftertaste that goes perfect with some spiced foods.

M: Juicy with perfect carbonation. Sticks all around the mouth.

D: Since I have been in a can craft beer zone recently this psychedelic yellow six pack caught my attention. These drink quickly and easily. A little pricey at $10.99 a six but it ended up being a pretty good investment. Very impressive IPA. New Valis album goes well with a number of these. (1,131 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a goblet - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with well, orange highlights .The head soars to 3" and has an ivory hue to it. It shows great retention and tons of foamy lace gets left behind on the glass. Tons.

Smell: Piney and citrusy hops are strong. It smells like Centennial or nugget hops. It's hard to discern the malts that are lying behind the hops. Very fresh, especially from a can. No metal aromas!

Taste: King of mineral and earthy, doesn't really live up to the aroma. Still quite tasty though.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, earthy, yeasty and a little boozy. Lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: A good IPA. Not good, but very drinkable and worthy of a sample. I would revisit. (724 characters)

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

Pours a nice orange/copper/goldish-amber with a finger or two of creamy head into a tumbler.

Lively aromas of citrus and pine with a bit of toast and caramel coming through.

Well balanced, juicy, sweet middle with a dry finish. A west coast by way of the east coast IPA. Caramel and toasted notes balancing resiny hop flavors... but the bulk of the flavor is hop.

Creamy with a nice lift to it.

One of those IPAs that always seems greater than the sum of its parts. Everything is good, but it's not a true hop explosion that really gets me excited. On the other hand, this is a truly drinkable and enjoyable IPA. If this were my local, I'd have a sixer of this around a lot of the time.

Thanks, Wackyfoot. (710 characters)

Photo of wnh
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, crisp orange-tinted amber. Huge (two to three finger) rocky, foamy, off-white head that's taking it's time diminishing.

Nose is a pleasant balance of citrus and pine, both sweet and earthy at once. The hops are clear, but frankly are less enticing that it seems they ought to be. Nothing about how this beer smells turns me away, but there's not much to really draw me in.

Caldera IPA is surprisingly mild on first sip, with the pine and citrus hop balance eventually coming through. Relatively subtle but clear bitterness complements the beer without overtaking it. Pleasant lingering mild bitterness in the finish, with an overall sense of earthiness.

Light to medium bodied, leaning toward light. Slight drying effect makes me want another sip. A solid, drinkable beer, and the light body actually boosts the drinkability rating. Still, for $14.99 a six-pack I'll gladly stick with something else. This is a good IPA, but not good enough to command such a price. (1,022 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark orange in color with a one-finger tan head which lingers a second then drops away leaving a few small specks of lace. Sweet malts and oily hops rise pleasantly to the nose. Some subtle pine is mixed in. Tastes of bright fresh citrusy hops and the malt backbone does it's job evening things out well. Not as big on the hops as many other IPA's, but being that it comes in the can this one begs to be taken to the lake or to the beach as it has just enough taste to keep things interesting, and the fact that it's in a can is fookin' cool. (547 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz can from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a full amber color, a mixture of brown and yellow that results in an dull orange hue. A luxurious head of nearly two fingers has laced in spades.

S: The aroma is strong, even fresh out of the can. Thick grapefruit and pine notes battle to attention. An odd malt aroma, very vegetal and regurgitated. It tempers the beauty of the hops.

T: This is an IPA that fires on all cylinders. The hops are fresh, loaded with citrus and pine flavor. The bitterness is fairly low but it is there, lingering below the surface. The caramel grains stand out, pairing nicely with the hops.

M: The IPA really hits the spot with a large hop profile that bites as it soothes. A good beer that screams West coast IPA.

D: A very quaffable ale that doesn't skimp on the hops. Too bad the nose was a little offputting. (848 characters)

Photo of madtappers
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

one word WOW! this has to be one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, the hop profile is well preseved inside its 12 oz can.

Pours a warm copper color with a huge floral aroma of hops. I would say the freshness of the hops makes it almost over hopped and hard to drink. But, it is a must for any hop head to try.

Not your average canned beer...try one you love it or hate it... (379 characters)

Photo of dukew456
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Pours a hazy amber with golden tones on the side of the glass. A nice billowy, two-finger head forms,(and sticks around) possibly the result of a forced hard-pour from the can.

A big dose of piney, earthy hops hits hard up front in the nose. The resiny qualities of the aroma subside after a bit, and a sweet malt backbone comes through towards the end.

Up front, this beer has a very bitter, resiny hop thwack, as much as several "DIPA's" I've had. There's also a fruitiness from the hops that complements the sweet malt backbone very well, as well as helping this be a very balanced beer. Moderate carbonation makes this medium-light on the palate and refreshing.

Solid West Coast IPA, and probably the coolest looking can on the market. (797 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with a thin white head and really good retention.

S-Plentiful grapefruit hops with a solid malt backbone.

T-Does not live up to the promise of the nose but still pleasant. Sweet malt in the front with a solid earthy hop finish.

M-Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

D-Nicely drinkable.

HV (326 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with a two-finger head. Decent retention. Nice lacing. Nice carbonation.

Nice pine aroma. Some grapefruit-pineapple to the nose as well but mainly pine.

Very nice flavor. Slightly roasted dry finish with just a twinge of fruitiness. Excellent bitters all the way through. Slightly thin feel, though.

Overall, very nice. (340 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, auburn/amber color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. Sweet notes of grapefruit and orange peel.

T - It was very peppery and spicy with a smooth burnt toast maltiness. Some subtle citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Here in the Midwest the price tag was a bit high, though. (448 characters)

Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as the look goes on this one, it looks kinda copper as I stare down into the can. Its a caldera baby, celebrate the can and drink from it.

This is a nice smelling ipa, moderate amount of pine, and citrus. Smells like cascade hops.

As far as taste its not scrape your tongue hoppy, but it is definitely flavorful. Has the bitterness in the corners of your mouth feeling. Its piney and floral.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and a bit dry.

Overall a very well rounded session ipa. (478 characters)

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

12oz single, shipped by blackistopheles

served appropriately with dinner

appearance: cool can. poured into an imperial pint glass, light copper-amber body with a foamy beige cap and pretty strong lacing. somewhat cloudy

smell: light citrus, floral hops, grapefruit and light pine

taste: pretty good canned IPA that i would definitely purchase if it were available (good canned beers are quite valuable for the baseball and football seasons). this one is a modest but very pleasant ipa - quiet floral, fading hops, grapefruit, tea, caramel malt base

mouthfeel: light bitterness, medium body, no alcohol to be found

drinkability: good (638 characters)

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

poured into a tulip from a can with a two finger head and a deep copperish golden color with a slight reddish hue.

smells like a slight twinge of alcohol and a floral yet citrusy hop aroma. and a sugary sweet malt backbone.

Taste is bitterup front with a citrusy tongue with a sweet malt finish. relly quite impresive for my first craft beer from a can. super complex and tasty as hell.

Mouth is suprisingly clean with a bite in the front. drinks moderately and really suprised me. For the cost I can't say it's worth it. 14.99 a six pack is steep for this one but it is a damn fine beer. (592 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a a Chouffe Flute

A-Very deep nice amber/dark copper laces thick and sticky down the glass, very sexy looking in the glass.

S-very floral bitter hop smell. Grapefruit notes very citrusy.

T-Much like the nose great bitterness in the front middle and back. Has a nice sweet malt quality in the middle, almost like a sweeter orange flavor very subtle but adds alot.

M-Medium body near perfect on the carbonation.

D-Only reason this is not a 5 is the price everything else about this beer on this section is flawless. (541 characters)

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

On tap at the EOU faculty lounge in The Big.

Light orange body under one finger slowly dissapating white head, exceptional lacing. Floral hops in the nose with light sweetness of malt, not too sweet. A very nice balance of grassy, grapefruit hops with delicate malty overtones on the taste buds. Nice carbonation in mouthfeel, and a very drinkable brew. A very pleasant surprise, looking forward to trying this in cans on a hot summer day. (440 characters)

Photo of dakid618
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking 12oz can poured into pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with tons of frothy head and gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very piney hoppy smell. Taste is a slap in the tongue with pine followed by orange citrus. Amazing hop profile on par with super hopped double/imperial IPA's. Light dry mouthfeel that really dries out your mouth. Great drinkability hindered only by the hop blast that will quickly leave your taste buds dulled. Overall this is an amazing IPA that blows my mind every time I drink it. (528 characters)

Photo of Kraken
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/9/09

Ohh Baby!! Love reviewing canned beer. I have been looking forward to this one for about a week now.

Poured from a bright yellow can into a 16ox pint glass. Firm pour yields a 1/8 inch head that holds for a while. Lacing is pretty good. Color is a caramel/copper amber.

Nose- Deep pine, and Floral citrus, orange, some lemon and grapefruit. Gooey caramel.

Taste- Whoa, very nice. Lots of pine. Smooth caramel. Bitter pithy grapefruit, lemon zest. Some light sweetness. Grainy smoothness. Pronounced bitterness. Finishes with some nice floral citrus, lots of candied orange. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- active, slightly oily.

Drinkability- Good. Very hoppy. I love canned beer. (692 characters)

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

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, some sweet malt, and some earthy malt. Overall, a very tasty IPA and by far the best beer I've ever had from a can. This was practically mind blowing for me to really enjoy a canned beer. Definitely worth a try! (476 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can a slightly-hazed amber gold with a huge frothy off-white head.

Juicy aroma of grapefruit and pine hops and sweet, bready malts.

Hoppy bitterness upfront with the grapefruit and pine. Sweet malts and caramel offer a good balance.

Lighter bodied, crisp and dry, with a moderate carbonation.

A super sessionable and flavorful IPA from Caldera. A bit steep at $12 a sixer, but then again, I'd much rather have one of these outdoors than most other options. (477 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with a can.

Pours a clear amber color with 3 fingers of tall foamy off-white head. Great retention leaves lots of lacing stick. Smells of caramel, pine, grapefruit, and spicy hops. Tastes of toasted grains, caramel, citrus fruits, and bitter spicy and earthy hops in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Crisp and balanced with a nice woodsy bitter finish. Easy to drink and enjoyable. A solid sessionable IPA that has me looking forward to trying more stuff from Caldera. (523 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can I picked up at State Line this past weekend.

A: In my Duvel glass, this IPA sits a rather dark amber with an off-white head with good retention and gorgeous lacework.

S: On the nose, there's some heady and bitter pine with some grapefruit pungency. The balance leans towards the bittering hops on this one. Malt presence is light and is easily countered by some citrus and spicy aroma hops

T: Opens up with plenty of bitterness - pine, grapefruit and white pepper. Hop flavor is moderate with a little bit of citrus. Thin malt backbone with a hint of caramel sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter

M: Fairly light in body with good hop bitterness, soft carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. The finish could be improved if there was some resiny character from the hops.

D: This is fairly enjoyable, the bitterness just might be a bit high for my palate (862 characters)

Photo of gabeerfan
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a swap from some BA friends. Cool, hippy art can. Pours a clear medium amber with a pillowy, almost nitro-looking head that stays put.
The first aroma is hops, as you would expect in a West Coast IPA. Lots of grapefruit and pine, a little bit of grass. Brown sugar and lightly toasted bread malts are present.
Flavors mimic the aroma pretty closely. Lots of grapefruit, pine and grass. The malts come through more than in the aroma.
Medium bodied. Somewhat low carbonation, again resembling a nitro beer. A little sticky/oily.
Pretty drinkable. Nice flavors and body. Not too boozy, but not quite sessionable.
A quality entry in a crowded beer style. I was glad to try it, but there are just as many good ones available locally too. (745 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark gold, almost amber ale with a nice, dense, bubbly head that descends slowly and leaves nice lacing. The head revives with a swirl.

S - Pine and grapefruit with a touch of wet leather.

T/M - Hops and leather with a touch of pine and grapefruit. Nicely supportive carbonation. The trick was to let it warm up a bit. As it warmed, it became more complex and rich. When it was cold it came across as a bit thinner so choose/make your preference.

D - The alcohol is in check. If you choose to drink it cold it's ideal as a warm weather ale. Otherwise, enjoy it with seafood (e.g., mussels). Yum. (602 characters)

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.