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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

499 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 499
Hads: 1,216
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 76
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
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Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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 corby112
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark golden copper/amber color with dark ruby red edges hen held to a light source and a massive frothy three finger off-white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of pineapple, range peel, mango along with subtle earthy pine, subtle light fruit and alcohol.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice balance of sweet citrus, earthy hops and malt backbone. Not overly bitter with hints of grapefruit and pineapple as well as some pine needle and biscuit/graham cracker malt. Slightly dry finish. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary.

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

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a moderate effervescence and a tiny touch of haze. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam with a touch of orange. Nice.

Smell: big piney, citrusy, grapefruity hops. Just what I expect from a West Coast IPA.

Taste: citrusy hops on top of a pretty substantially malty base with a hint of biscuit. Bitterness is big but quite smooth. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and a good creaminess for the style. Works for me!

Overall: a tasty and accessible West Coast-type IPA. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking, clear, dark gold brew with a thick and fluffy cream-colored head. Sticky lacing. Nose is pure pineapple heaven, sweet, juicy, and citric. Smells just about perfect for my tastes.

Flavor follows the nose. A pineapple bomb with a bit more assertive bitterness than detected in the aroma. Subtle sting of onion and saltiness beneath it all. Slightly creamy, medium body with lively carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of pineapple and a little aspirin bitterness. As it warms a soapy, skunky note emerges - skunk weed that is, not "skunked beer."

Holy crap this is a good IPA, I'm going back for more than just the single can I picked up today. Really up my alley - strong fruity flavor, good bitterness that doesn't overwhelm everything, a touch of sweetness with the malt held in check really well. As it opens up dank, resinous, weedy flavors and smells emerge. A pothead's chronic/kind-bud IPA if there ever was one.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My main man woodychandler comes through with yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, not much else. Taste is also all hops, dry and bitter, not much else coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/20/11
*From notes

A: A lovely darker shade of amber-orange. A good pour yields a two finger head and decent lacing. From the looks of things, this is filtered.

S: Resinous, a bit dank and fruity.

T: Piney, yet there's some tropical fruit which kicks around the walls of my mouth. Golden toasted grains and some earthiness wrap things up.

M: Extremely creamy. It really feels luscious.

O: Caldera's IPA is yet another solid entry into one of my favorite styles. It ain't at the top of a prestigious list, but it's certainly one I've got qualms quaffing. This is one I've reached for before, and will again. If you see (fresh) cans of this, do yourself a favor and check it out.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally starting to see this much hyped brewery show up here in the Fourth Corner. The Amber and Pale I tried weren't all that thrilling so I didn't have much in the way of expectations for the IPA. Well it turned out to be just an average example of the style. It's worth a shot if you see it, but it's not great.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a sticky off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma features a good dose of toasted and biscuity malt with some piney hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with a lingering piney hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, Caldera IPA is another solid PNW IPA that packs the hops. Recommended.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into pint glass a ways back (from notes)

A clear amber liquid with a plenty of bubbles that grow in size, two fingers of cream colored foam sits around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings

S mango, orange marmalade orange creamsikle, leafy hops grapefruit, a little candy like, pretty solid

T sweet soft caramel, pine and lemon rind, candied hops, decent and drinkable but I preferred the nose

M medium bodied, less carbonation then expected, just a little gritty in the mouth, sticky on the lips, rind ad pine linger

O good but not great, easy drinking IPA though just nothing to really set it apart from the masses

A good beer but I can't see myself buying another 18$ 6 pack with much better IPAs on the same shelf for less money

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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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great copper color with large offwhite head that dies slow and leaves an immense ring down glass. Smell is strong; piney hops w/ citric notes and touch of spice and a sturdy malt base of caramel and some roasted malt as well. Smooth medium body, borderline creamy, with a great citric hop bite and minor sharp carbonation for a cutting beer. Balanced with minor sweet caramel and some roasted/toasted/dry malt feel so you get that pleasure of both citric notes (w/ a touch of pepper or coriander taste) and some sticky sweetness. A real dry, hearty finish lets you know you are drinking a well-balanced and made IPA and while not the greatest beer ever it is rock solid for an IPA w/ that wet, grassy, almost veg like feeling IPAs from the northwest have. A must try for anyone.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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

Can. Great for shooting empty bottles in the desert. Orange color. Yummy dry hop aroma, fruity too.

Good taste, not tongue numbing hops or bitterness, just the right amount for an active outdoor lifestyle for this ipa. Right amount of sweetness. Not heavy on the palate at all. Good summer ipa. Nothing outlandish mouthfeel wise. $10 a 6 was difficult at first, but seems to be a decent price after all.

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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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an orangey color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, hops, and a slight maltiness.

T: Tasted of hops, pine, citrus, and some caramel malt. A very Western-type flavor for an IPA.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer that helps to dispell the myth that only bad beers come in cans.

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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

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from Brickskeller in Washington DC.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large citrus and leafy hop aromas with light amounts of pale and caramel malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by bright citrus hop and earthy leafy hop flavors. Near the end of the sip the malt flavors take over and have a grainy quality before giving way to a solidly bitter and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the can quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd been looking forward to trying this IPA for a while and it didn't disappoint. Well worth a shot.

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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

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Photo of tbeckett
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured copper and bright with light carbonation. One finger of fluffy beige head. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Citrus and toffee, fairly light.

T - Citrus, strong grass, some toffee, pineapple. Not great, just seemed standard.

M - Medium body and good carbonation with a bitter pineapple finish.

O/D - This beer was alright. Seemed like a run of the mill American IPA with no one element really surprising me at all. A little underwhelming and plain. Nothing special but a decent enough IPA.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint

An amber colored body with some orange highlights. A firm two finger cap with very good retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

The aroma is bright. Ruby red grapefruit, pine resin and floral hops on top of a sweet caramel malt bed. Slightly more hop forward than malt forward on the nose.

A little bit more of a balance here. It's like east coast meets west coast in one can. Big grapefruit and pine with sturdy caramel holding down the back end.

Sticky and resiny on the feel, medium body with good carbonation.

This guy has some nice attributes. Some bold hop flavors and aromas, but they strike a good balance with the malt.

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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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date but there's a sticker, no doubt put there by the liquor store, that say 2/12/2013.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2 finger off-white head that retains a good long time before eventually making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large tuft of surface foam. .

S- Moderately hoppy aroma with a great deal of cereal grain sweetness from the malt. It has just as much citrus punch to it as it does caramel and brown sugar.

T- Such a delicate balance between subtle yet effective hops and that wort-like sweet barley flavor. Notes of caramel as well as grapefruit. Bitterness is strong and lingers but is fully complimented by the malt backbone.

Sharp and oily from the hops with a bit of creaminess from the malts. Medium carbonation and a notch above medium for the body.

O- I use malts and hops a lot in contrast for this review because this is a prime example of the two fused together nearly seamlessly. An excellently balanced IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a nonic, the Caldera's IPA is a clear bronze with a moderate sized white head that quickly fades to a thick skim, leaving scattered lace. Like their Pale Ale I just reviewed, this is the first time I've ever not had this beer in a can, but I'm not nearly as impressed. Served at fridge temp.

Smell is pure, resiny cannabis - ah, Oregon! To be more specific, it's more of the cat piss style, which you probably won't care for unless you have the mental association. I was just working on my goggle tan at Mt. Ashland this past Wednesday, and by the number of heads goofing off with me on a work day, it's obvious this town operates on a slightly slower speed. With a smell like this, I think Caldera's trying to remind us there's always time to chill...

Taste is pungent, resiny hops, firm malt backbone with a big bitter finish. The slightest touch of sweet caramel malt loses the battle to the big buds, which pack enough lupin to knock out Bobby Brown on a 3 day coke binge.

Mouthfeel is creamy but dry and crisp, with a heavier body.

Drinkability is average. I like a lot more hop flavor then bitterness, and this IPA is pretty much the opposite, and a bit thick for my taste as well. I'll still give it bonus points for the can, not to mention that dank aroma that I never noticed from the can.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.