Caldera IPA
Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera IPACaldera IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #1,306
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3.96 | pDev: 9.85%
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Caldera IPACaldera IPA
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thin head, but very nice golden amber color. The aroma has a faint malty smell. The full flavor is nice, but I could do without the malty finish. However, overall a solid IPA.

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ZipDipper from California, Jul 27, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a very generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good India Pale Ale

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VABA from Virginia, Apr 28, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a nice hazy light amber. Almost a pinkish tint. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Barley, caramel. Some pine, but otherwise not too much hoppy smell. Curious for an IPA

T: Some very definite hop notes throughout. There's something there that's muting that flavor, though I can't quite pick out what that is. Possibly some barley maltiness.

O: Pretty one note and not great in any facet. My review differs from many of the other reviewers so maybe I got a bad can.

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penguinsgoboom from California, Jan 02, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper filtered, with a moderate amount of champagne like carbonation, and a half finger of off white head.

Smells very Malt forward, with hints of black tea and stone fruit.

The taste follows the nose to a T. It ends with a dull, lingering bitterness. Light body, with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Medford Oregon today, and I’m drinking it in Redding California today December 9, 2018.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Dec 10, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber. Lots of piney sap and some candied citrus. Sticky sweet caramel malt with a hop residue. Overall run of the mill--not too exciting, not terrible.

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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber gold, very clear, rocky white head with good lacing and retention.

Pine sap more than needles, earthy, with a touch of caramel and bready sweetness.

Flavor follows with a very rustic quality to it. Citric rind adds balance to the sharp pine presence.

Smooth, earthy, and bitter. Well carbonated with a dry finish.

A good IPA in the classic West Coast vein. Surprisingly reminds me more of the inimitable Sierra Nevada Pale Ale more than an IPA though. Cheers.

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4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oregon brews some of the best craft beers in the USA - easily said, if you take the classic West Coast beers and add an extra twist to them you get Oregon beers.
This Caldera IPA is also exceptional: pours with a lovely honey-like golden amber color and the smell is just amazing. Earth, more pine and a slight citrusiness is what you get, but if you smell it longer you can decipher different kinds of hops in there, which is amazing, I never had such thing before!
The taste is a rich, perfectly balanced hoppy IPA: you have enough malts all the way that escort the taste all the way from the beginning to the end and you always get a bit of malt sweetness along with the fruitiness - and very well balanced because it never gets too sweet not too malty. Very pale ale malt-like. Then about the hops: could be that Oregon pulls one of their originals here that resemble Citra but is different, much pinier, or it is Centennial, not sure - but the feeling is awesome: you have a constant hop intensity and on the top of it all you get another layer of different hops, as if it was lingering above the rest. Could be the hops used during cold hopping? This is very intensive and brings a smile on your face. The complexity and perfect brewing mastery is outstanding, it is a great experience to sip this beer. No wonder why Oregon is outstanding, they really have sonething different there than anywhere else...

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monkist from Hungary, Dec 13, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy burnt golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing speckled the glass nicely. The smell had a sweet to bitter citrus rind with a sharp pine rolling in to balance. The taste was mainly a sweet to bitter blend of citrus and pineyness. A lingering bittersweet pine invades in the aftertaste and leads to a bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation pounded appropriately to provide a nice harshness strutting over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can courtesy of Rnewt pours a clear, light copper color with a tight-bubbled off-white head. Meh retention and some decent lace.

Nose is pine, caramel hops and maybe a touch of grapefruit rind. Smells old school PacNW IPA for sure.

Taste has the usual simcoe/centennial hop flavors and plenty of bitterness, but what is really impressive is the creamy malt flavors and body. Its really well done with biscuit, light caramel and grainy malt stealing the show. Im not typically a fan of malty IPAs but this one has a little something special going for it with the creamy body, fine carbonation and smooth malt profile.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-deep amber can pour with 1 cm of fine foam. Aroma is sweet malt. Flavor base is deep, toasted malt with some caramel. The hop bite is significant, resin, pine and a touch of citrus are noted. I am enjoying this IPA and would pick it up again.

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Bluecrow from New York, Jun 21, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours s pale amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, eggshell, moderately lasting head that leaves webs of chunky lace. Aroma is caramel malt, floral forward, grapefruit & pine hops. Nicely balanced. Taste is malt forward. Caramel followed by floral & citrus hops. Bitter finish & aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied moderate carbonation smooth but average.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a can found in a shop in Norman OK. Perfectly decent old school west-coast IPA, with plenty of piney and earthy hops, a little citrus edge, and some slightly sweet doughy and caramel malts. In a crowded field, this one doesn't stand out to me, but it isn't bad either.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, Oct 24, 2016
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3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice biting IPA, but with a touch of a sweet finish. Pours clear amber with a nice robust creamy head. Aroma is complex, sweet malt, honey, toffee, caramel, no sign of the hops that are to come. Taste comes in with a nice malt flavor, hops riding the wave on to the taste buds at the finish. Enjoyable throughout.

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stevoj from Idaho, Sep 20, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- clear coppery color, thin head that dissipates kinda quickly, nice lacing left behind
S- malt, piney hops
T- mostly piney hops but well balanced
M- medium bodied
D- very good, I would drink it again. A good example of a west coast IPA from the Pacific Northwest.

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jeffjeff1 from California, Sep 12, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber/copper/orange with a medium creamy head that leaves lots of film/spotting around the glass. Nose is a milder melon/pine than expected with a bit of earthy quality as well. Taste is rounded/malty up front with bitter hops building and overtaking. Mint at the finish. Overall a solid beer that is not in your face but remains interesting.

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3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in can, nice. Phrasing. . .

A real light orange/yellow appearance, 1/2" white head. Mild Oregon berry fruitiness and citric grapefruit hop aroma.

Taste is an active lifestyle ipa, this isn't weighed down heavy with crystal malt or or shit ton of fancy proprietary hops. Its a standard west coast ipa before the citra/mosaic/new zealand explosion of stuff. Might have simcoe and amarillo, but that's as new as it gets, other than that drops some pale toasted malts with Columbus and Cascade hops I would suspect. Always enjoyable stuff.

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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice west coast IPA. Dark color, slightly lighter than an amber. The smell is actually a little more antlers than I expected. The taste is relatively mild for a west coaster, with slightly less citrus/grapefruit and more generic bitterness.

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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma, May 08, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. This beer is very clear, and is amber/orange in color. A beautiful, foamy head with substantial lacing. The aroma is toasted malt, licorice, orange, and grain. The flavor is malty up front with some hops bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the watery side, but it's clean and the bitterness is not too intense. The malt balances the hops well and make this an excellent IPA.

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Skrumpy from Oregon, Apr 25, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, copper in color, with one inch head and high carbonation. Taste is pine resin, toffee, light citrus, and some toasted malt. This beer makes for a bitter above average sipper. Tasty, but there are others I prefer in the style. Unsure if I would pick this up again.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Apr 10, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks clear orange with a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smells like orange, grapefruit, pine and sweet malt. Light to medium mouthfeel. The taste is massive citrus and pine with a decent malt sweetness. Good solid beer.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Mar 30, 2016
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3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

MEH. Didn't really get any hops on this. Near the end of its shelf life, so that's probably why. I hate that I'm becoming a date snob, but it does make a difference.

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moysauce from Illinois, Mar 26, 2016
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4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can. It is attractive, with a clear amber body, and a frothy head that leaves nice fat lacing. Smell is good for a brew cold out of the fridge. Bready, slight spruce. Wow!!! Flavor is fantastic!!! Bitter, citrusy, piney, malty...a perfect blend! Mouth feel is also right on. Overall I put this in the top West coast IPA's that I've had. Impressive. "May I please have another!?!"

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datalager from Connecticut, Jan 09, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy copper peach color off white head thin dissipates quickly some lacing
Smell grapefruit orange peel hops piney nose.
Taste mild hoppy flavor slightly floral fairly juicy not super hoppy I was a little disappointed wanted a little more hops
Feel smooth light bodied IPA little twang from the hops on the backend
Overall a decent beer i would have again.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Jan 01, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Time to bleed this brew. Canned on 7/8/15.

Look is nice, with a honey colored body; 80% opaque. Head is large and in charge, popcorn colored and 4 fingers leaving tons of lace to gawk at. Wouldn't change much here.

Um, tons of armpit and onion in the aroma, with a faint hiss of grapefruit/pineapple. A little bit of lemon/citrus too, can't quite put my finger on it, but imagination must be utilized in order to get past the initial stanky vagina of death smell. A touch of potato, a touch of biscuit malt.

Taste is pretty damn solid, albeit a sipper; with a great hop-forward flavor but more juicy than bitter; the entire essence of the hop is used, not just as a bittering agent. A strong amount of lemon, with a bit of buttery cracker, biscuit malt, and a touch of adhesive.

The feel is easily the best part. It's cohesive, concentrated, and substantial. Creamy, dense, thick. It fills the mouth but doesn't overwhelm it. Great carbonation, great feel.

Overall this is an IPA I'd recommend all the time if it were available in the area. It's hop forward but not too bitter, and utilizes all of the positives of the IPA style. Great job, Caldera!

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Dec 19, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber-red color. Mild haze that clears up after a short bit. Cream colored head is dense and about 1 finger high. Head dissipates quickly but leaves a later of cream behind. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt and earthy/piney hops. Pepper, cream, lavender.

Taste starts with earthy hops followed by malt. Caramel, heavy biscuit, and oak. Pine and hints of citrus.

Medium body with a creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness.

An IPA with really big hop and malt both. Really nice mouth feel.

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leroybrown10 from Missouri, Nov 07, 2015
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