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
90
outstanding

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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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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of gabeerfan
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of mtrentm
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can to a pint glass.

A: Light rust orange copper color with a one-finger white yellowish hued head. Nice sticky lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Not a blast of hops on the nose as expected from a NW IPA but improves as it warms. Smelling of grapefruit, oranges & a smell ever so familiar to when I lived in Eugene (Ganja).

T: Amazing flavor! Starts out off-dry kind of sweet, then BAM the hops hit! Very nice bitterness with pine & citrus flavors & a little bit of that Ganja flavor from the nose. Finishes with some caramel & great bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied, with a nice refreshing crispness.

D: Very drinkable IPA, always a go to favorite since I love the bitterness it provides!

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

a: nice off-white head over a light amber colored beer, good retention and light lacing

s: nice nose of tropical fruit juice hops, grassy, not as vivid as some but certainly pleasant with aromas of pineapple and passionfruit, pale base malt supports lightly sweet caramelized sugars

m: carbonation on the lighter side of medium, medium body, smooth

t: pale and caramel malts provide a base for a leafy tropical hop flavor, malts are a pretty weak, my only knock on this one...could use a touch more grainy caramel for balance and to increase flavor complexity, moderate to high grapefruit bitterness

d: no problem, a solid ipa

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

6//24/2013: The hops I get now are more woody, musty, bruised citrus, and allium. Still, a nice beer and the profile is interesting. Gonna leave the scores be.

Photo of jdoncbus
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclederby!

Poured into Sam Adams BL glass. Pours honey color, hazy, good amount of carbonation with a fluffy three finger head. As the head slowly decreases, clings heavily to the side of the glass; nice show.

A rather tame aroma consisting of grass, floral-pine, sourdough, with a touch of funk. Images of that candy I got every Halloween, bottlecaps, creep into my head.

Piney, earthy hops attack the palate; more flower than citrus in this NW IPA. Just enough caramel and bready malt to provide a little balance with touches of butterscotch. The finish is a grassy, bitter greens that drys the mouth to Sahara like levels. A touch of alcohol too.

The can tells the story with a handful of hops boiling a black pot, did I mention the can? A tasty brew that cures whatever ails 'ya; hophead elixir. I could drink a lot more of this and dig the 6.5%.

Photo of Jimbo87
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In a pint glass. Clear amber, nice yellowish head.

S: Piney, citrusy hops. Malty, bready, herbal.

T: Like smell. Bitter. I like this.

MF: Like most beers for me, not remarkable; standard for the style.

D: Very drinkable. It's a little pricey and only sold by the can. But if it were cheaper/sold in 6 packs here I'd definitely pick up a sixer.

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

12oz can into nonic.

Crystal clear honey amber hue with a thick two finger head that seems to last forever.

The malts are well hidden behind very aromatic piney hops. A little bit of honey is in the background. Though the hops are sharp, the seem slightly subdued.

Toasty grains set the base, which linger throughout. The hops provide a citrusy and bitter flavor, with a little bit of lingering sweet fruit. Full bodied.

This one seemed to disappear from my glass quickly. Very drinkable and well rounded. I like this one a little better than their Pale Ale, although both are good. Recommended.

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

Pours an orange/rust like color with a bubbly 2 finger deep head. Lots of sticky webbing left on glass as it's drank...drunk..drinken...drunken...

Somewhat subdued hoppy aroma, tropical orange & citric aromas, malts come through well, bisquit, toast. Nice.

Toasty, bready malts give way to the nice hoppiness, grapefruit, orange peel, lime zest, some caramel sweetness, somewhat herbal.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, juicy, yeah juicy.

Another highly drinkable brew from Caldera. Wish I had access to this all the time. Would be frequently in my camping stock & disc golf bag.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear caramel amber with a couple fingers of poofy off-white head. A thin and foamy layer of retention flares up very nicely, leaving a big creamy cascade of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is rich with a ton of tropical fruit character, along with floral notes, spice, and some bread.

The taste is a moderatley bitter and spicy hop profile that is well balanced by citrus and toasted bready malts. I'm not getting a lot of sweetness out of the backbone but it's enough to even things out. Finishes with a dry lingering combo of bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely mellow and creamy feel. Very easy feeling overall.

I've been wanting to try some of Caldera's offerings and this didn't disappoint. Nicely balanced IPA flavors with a big drinkibility and I love the fact that this is in cans. Nice!

Photo of aforbes10
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack of cans from the Davis, Ca Co-Op. Pours a nice reddish amber with a strong white head of fine bubbles. Head thins to a milky skin. Laces uniformly but in a bit of a watery manner. Smells strongly of grapefruits, oranges and pine needles. Hop oils on the nose smell great and work well with a nice sweet smelling malt undertone. Flavor is more grapefruit, and quite bitter. Hops are strong and tasty and nearing the amount of bitterness i generally consider to be too much, but without quite getting there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Drinks very well; another good beer in a can.

Photo of Proteus93
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright yellowish amber with a nice stickiness to the head, though retention is a little flaky and quick to recede.

S: Woody and piney... a hint of spiciness. Almost like a dash of raw nutmeg has been added to the hoppy blend. Quite kind on the nose

T: A pungent IPA... woody, earthy, musty flavours. Some spiciness, and a little citrus rind. No real sweetness or "malt balance" on this one... pretty much straight up bitter.

M + D: Moderate carbonation, a rather heavy but creamier body. Flavour is good, but maybe a bit one-dimensional in some ways. If the price were better, I'd come back to this one again, but like the Pale Ale, it simply is not at this time.

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

nice burnt orange with a white head that holds fairly well and leaves very pretty lace. nose and taste consist of piney, citrusy and maybe peachyish hops with a caramelly backbone. decent mouthfeel, a little thicker would be good for me, but there is no doubt this is a first class ipa. tons of competition keep the ratings down, but i could knock these back all night and be in sweet hophead bliss the whole time.

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can.

Poured a medium amber color with an averagd sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earthy, floral, and citrus. Tastes of pine, citrus, and some caramel. Nice grapefruit bitter finish. A vert nice IPA and from a can too!

Notes from: 09/14/07.

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can courtesy of Reino poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a small creamy white head that dissipates slowly to a sizable ring and leaves sporadic lacing.

The aroma is well balanced with the citrus showing out up front with some grapefruit, orange peel and some grassy hops. There is a also a fairly big caramel sweetness balancing it out.

The taste has the same citrus hops up front with grapefruit in the forefront, but it seems to be a bit earthier than the aroma suggests with a sturdy malt backbone that gives way to a finishing bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly prickly with strong carbonation.

This is a very drinkable IPA and one of the better beers in a can I've had in a while. Very tasty.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the 27 Public House in Spokane, brought in a can and poured into a pint glass.

Poured a nice copper/ burnt orange. nice half inch white head that laced well for most of the pint.

Smelled like dried apricot and hops, hint of malt in the background in teh aftermath

Tasted like it smelled, very nice balance of hops and malts, with dried fruit in there too.

Drank 2 cans very easily, and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Total suprise, and a good find

Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with some friends at a homebrew meeting.

A - Pours light golden, 2 fingered head, and dissipates fast.

S - Grass, pine, and honey.

T - Grass, pine and honey again.

M - Bitter, lets you know it's an IPA and it ain't messing around.

D - Good, but average Joe would need to appreciate and expect a bitter beer.

Photo of maximum12
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So...not only does ThirstyHopHead agree to send me two bottles of the 2008 Abyss in a recent trade, but he drops three beers I've never heard of in as extras. Including Caldera IPA. Not only never heard of the brew, no clue the brewery even existed.

The pour is the initial use of a Flying Fish glass that marcpal sent me recently. Clearly he read my mind about the need for smaller glasses in the house. Thanks Marc!

The 12 oz. goes into the tulip with about an ounce or so to spare. The smell knocks me for a loop, a bitter, disgusted, angry, fucked-up hophead's dream searing my nostrils. I was kind of looking at this as a nice, gentle way to start off the night. What did I get myself into?

Ah, I see. I got myself into a kick-ass IPA I've never heard of before. The taste is aggressively hopped, pleasantly oily, bitter, sharp, clean, & all the things a good IPA claims to be. Wow. First-class IPA. Really, really good.

I could drink these all night.

Thanks Mr. Hophead, I am going to put this on my wants list hoping people will drop a can or two in as extras. The only thing preventing me from trading for it is the existence of a local brew, Surly Furious, maybe you've heard of it. This is...almost...no. I can't even type it. It's close. Great beer.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Djeucalyptus for these! Poured from the can to a tulip. Fairly clear pale orange with a sticky, long lasting head. Lots of lacing. Fairly pungent resiny, piney aromas. Taste is very piney right away. Good hop bite and very crisp and clean feel. Just a great, easy drinking ipa- right up there with other great ones as far as drinkablity. Great beer!

Photo of ArrogantB
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can courtesy of Unclejedi, thanks! nice orange color with a foamy, sticky white head. Smells hoppy, resin, catty, nice. The taste is nicely balanced with the hops not really taking over just blending in to the picture. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Another example of good beer in a can.

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

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.

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.

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