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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 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
Photo of kemoarps


3.91/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 06:01:40 | More by kemoarps
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fine glass of ipa here, well made, well hopped, and excellent fall drinking. however, it lacked any distinctive element to make it memorable from the rest. great reddish hue to this, clear and copper, with an inch of soapy white foam, weightless yet dense. the nose has a good malt backbone, red and caramel malts give it a little more depth than convention mandates, and the hops used appear to be diverse and abundant. the flavor confirms what the nose suspected, a slightly sweet hoppy treat, with more balance and body than I personally need in an ipa, but striking bitterness on the back end is well received. too filling for more than a few, carbonation is right where is should be, and the aftertaste is long and hop forward. overall a nice first beer from caldera for me, but it didn't stand out as anything unique.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 18:56:32 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of micromaniac129


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I wasn't overly impressed with this one because it seems to be lacking in hops, a key ingredent in the making of IPA's.
Perhaps it's old, perhaps not. It's the chance you take with beer stores.
It didn't look too bad. It had hazy clarity and a tall beige head that receeded slowly.
In the aroma all I got was sweet caramel malts. I tried to sniff out some hops but could not.
In the taste one finds sweet caramel malts and then some hoppy bitterness which was quite intense. The bitterness comes through about half way.
Drinks smooth and gentle. It's clean with a bitter ending.
Overall I need hops. This beer I could find none.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 11:53:17 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of FLima


3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick off-white head with a decent retention.
Sweet bready malt and fruity aroma. Notes of caramel.
Well rounded flavor. Notes of grapefruit, tropical fruits, slightly toasted malts which are quite present and caramel with hints of pine and resin. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
Not a heavy weight IPA, more malty and relatively mellower on the hop area, but extremely well balanced and perfectly executed.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 03:53:51 | More by FLima
Photo of DrDemento456


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

Mixed and matched this can yet like others I am not sure how old it is.

A - Well I got little to no yeast particles so I assume it can't be more than 3 months old. Color is a hazy amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head that stays around for a while.

S - Smell is mostly subdued but has a nice edge of grapefruit hops. Really nothing beyond that and not really strong either.

T - Well it's not bad the grapefruit taste is juicy enough without being bitter or cloying and balancing sweet cracker malts seem to give it a great finish. Quite tasty,

M - Despite the sessionable ABV it seems a tad medium in body yet still tasty.

Overall this beer seems pretty good probably great fresh. Not terrible old though.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 04:11:11 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

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

Creamy two finger plus head, off-white with a mostly uniform surface, slight dimpling, nice retention, almost no larger bubbles, the lacing is wispy yet clings well. Coppery colored liquid, as close to brown as orange, clean and transparent, the bubbles are extremely miniscule and loosely arrayed. Straightforward nose of pine, grapefruit citrus, flowers and cocoa, sizable chunk of peach, apricot, guava fruit scents, very persistent and large in scale with no heat nor burn, just real easy to sniff. Medium-bodied with a touch more foaminess than one might prefer, does give it a pleasingly soft texture. As in the nose keeps it simple with pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine, lemongrass and flowers. Not as sweet as the the scents suggest, has a dry tacky feel. The cocoa and malt provide pockets of relief and rest. The pineapple, apricot, nectarine, papaya fruit somewhat demure but finish well. On the whole balanced while favoring the hops and tart aspects. No problem putting down two to three in a row, good sessionability for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 20:35:01 | More by farrago
Photo of drewba


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mages64 & psiweaver for hitting a perma-want in the partners BIF!

A – Orangey-rust with a fantastic fluffy cream colored head. Great head retention which hangs around for a good 10 minutes. There are two fairly prominent floaties in here; not sure if they're hops, or pieces of Oregon.

S – The aroma is a little subdued, but what I'm getting out of it, I like. Lots of really earthy pinecones and trees, orange marmalade, light grass and a fair amount of caramel dipped bread.

T – I don't see a date on the can, but I think this might be on the older side. BUT, being just over the hill doesn't stop this from being delicious. The hop profile is on the mild side, but maintains for the entire taste with fresh cut grass, lemon soda, barely bitter grapefruit and spruce. The malt that backs all of that up comes out in toasted nuts, lightly sweet caramel, hearty rye bread. There is a really nice balance going on here – while I would like the hops to stand up a little more, the malt profile is still second fiddle. But even though the malt characteristics take a backseat to the hops, the nut+caramel bread combo is fantastic.

M – No problems here – medium bodied, a touch on the syrupy side with an understated carbonation pop.

O – Easily a beer I could drink by the six pack. Also would be good for a newer ipa drinker who need some malt balance and isn't bitter to the point of no return.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:51:07 | More by drewba
Photo of coldriver


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Good head and lacing, pours a deep amber. Aroma is citrus piney hops, with a bit of toffee. Taste has a great hop profile, bitter piney yet plenty of flavorful citrus fruit as well. Dry finish, medium viscosity. Overall a very nice west coast style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 20:04:13 | More by coldriver
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Slightly hazed orange-amber with a towering head of persistent, lumpy foam. Sugary citrus zestiness, green pine, and a crackery/doughy note in the nose. Very smooth hoppy flavor. It doesn't smack you in the face with any sort of brashness, just lovely fresh hops...orange and pine (definitely some Simcoe in there) with a gradualy increasing bitterness that tends to stick to the inside of the mouth. Not particularly "bright", it leans more towards the dark and dank side with just the right amount of malty sweetness and a touch of honey. Medium bodied, oily, and bitter. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:55:22 | More by wedge
Photo of Klym


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

Bought a 6 pack at my local grocery store. Poured into a stone nonic.

A very pretty and pretty tastey IPA. Comes through with some thick texture and dark fruit flavor initially and transforms into juicy hops finishing with a tad of extreme bitterness. A really well rounded, perfectly B+ IPA that is very cost effective if you're looking for something to knock a few back of and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:17:58 | More by Klym
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


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

Bright and Hazy unfiltered red-orange honey color with a light creamy off-white head.

Smell: Big amount of spicy floral aroma. Rose hip, lavender and citrus. Green grass, tomato and cucumber. Firm toasted biscuit malt base. Fresh baked bread and buttered croissant.

Taste: Natural garden grasses and flowers. Leaf. Pine. Very tasty with subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied slighty chewy malts . Light with a bittersweet finish.

Overall: Very good unique IPA. I like the whole flower quality. A little on the high price end and not very available in my area. I'd love to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 06:16:45 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this very nice IPA on-tap at Brewer's Haven in Boise, Idaho after I had completed a little beer shopping. Poured amber with a nice head and great lacing. Smells very fruity with candied orange peel and grapefruit pith. The taste is very full, with bitter hops, breadiness. Sharp pine and earth in the hop profile. A little chewy in the mouth, but ovarall this is dry, bitter, and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 20:20:35 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Dope


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

A: Nice amber color with quite an impressive head. About what you'd expect from a good IPA :)

S: Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, lemons, etc..

T: Surprisingly non-bitter. Tastes closer to an APA than an IPA. Nice clean grapefruit with a bit of bitterness on the back end (but not too much).

M: Surprisingly light. Carbonation suits it perfect to keep it crisp.

O: Overall pretty impressive for a beer I've never heard of. Not too hoppy, not too malty, not too bitter, just does everything pretty well (but not amazingly, admittedly).

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 05:06:52 | More by Dope
Photo of bluejacket74


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there is a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is herbal and citrusy hops, along with a bit of sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly hops with some sweet malt noticable too. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with moderate carbonation. It's easy enough to drink. I think it's a good solid IPA. I'd buy this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 23:40:45 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of shand


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

Poured from a 12oz can into a nonic. Thanks to BA redbird.

This brew pours a cloudy golden-amber color crested with two fingers of head that retains well and leaves great lacing. The smell is great. Hops, grapefruit, and some caramel malts. A normal IPA nose, but done well. The taste is that of a well-done, well-balanced IPA. The malts and hops are quite harmonious, neither taking over too far. There's some ever present grapefruit here as well. The aftertaste does bring in a great deal of hop resin over malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. Just a well-done IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:35:58 | More by shand
Photo of LukeD23


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice sunburnt orange. Subtle head is off white and minimal.

Aroma - Lots of citrus, and tangy aromas, a little bit of dankness. I get clementine and tangerine, apricot, and a little peach.

Flavor - solid bitterness with a crisp hop flavor. I get a good earthy flavor with a nice caramel note in the backround. Good malt backbone with biscuit and cracker dry notes.

Overall- good everyday drinker IPA. Lots of hop goodness with a solid malt flavor to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 01:38:34 | More by LukeD23
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