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Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

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89
very good
506 Reviews
Caldera IPACaldera IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 02-21-2005

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Reviews:
506
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1,254
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3.96
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9.85%
 
 
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Photo of BrewerB
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a coworker for trading this bottle to me. She's a big IPA fan and this beer came well-recommended.

Slightly clear with a moderate haze, medium orange. Two-finger off-white collapsed thin but retaining well with lacing. Pervasive tropical fruity hops, mango and pineapple. Supporting toasted malt makes an appearance, too. Mild herbal notes in the background. Moderate level of toasted malts, herbal hops, medium level of bitterness. Fruity hops sneak in the back-end Medium, dry finish with a lingering hop bitterness. Medium-light bodied with a moderate/moderate-high level of carbonation.

Great hop nose and a well-formed flavor make this a good example of the IPA style. Could use more diversity in the flavor department.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love the sorta Macedonian flag thing they've got going on behind the cauldron, eh? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, very light caramel, pine resin, light leek, and a nice helping of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the pine (now a touch earthier) and the caramel-y biscuit balanced very nicely, while still allowing the hops to have their full say. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and drying finish. Overall, a nice IPA, one that shows that even the West Coast knows how to balance an IPA.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently picked up a sixer on the boss's dollar for a company opening day tailgate - not out of character that I was the only one to enjoy one at the time. But this is my first poured into a pint, getting a good look nad whiff.

Pours a pretty amber, with a good 1/4" of off-white head - and while it dies down, I can already tell that it's going to leave a good lace.

The nose seems somewhat muted, but I can pick up grapefruit, and a bit of pine.

Somewhat bracing in its bitterness - significant grapefruit that really lasts. A very crisp pine flavor comes through as well. Quite hoppy, but no associated burn.

A little viscous on the tongue, tucking into each crevasse in the mouth. Good carbonation - really leads the tongue to enjoy the hoppiness.

I think I enjoyed it better from the can while on the parking lot before a baseball game earlier this week - there was something really refreshing about enjoying a good beer from a can, right along side a brat off the grill. Either way, an easy drinker.

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Photo of Kraken
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: good clarity, amber orange, but leaning more towards amber with thick moussey off white head

Aroma: biscuit and toast notes with some floral and pine hop notes. Well balanced aroma but not particularly aromatic

Taste: surprisingly malty for an IPA. Well developed toast and biscuit notes that finish nicely bitter and hoppy with some balanced pine and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: full and smooth. A very comfortable and easy drinking beer that has good carbonation and full mouthfeel

Overall: A pretty solid IPA overall, I wouldn't put it in my top 10 but its not bad. Good balance and well developed malt character but lacking in some hop flavor that I was desiring when I bought this IPA.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass at about 40-45 degrees.

Shows an orange-like copper in the pint with a nice white froth. Citrus and pine hops jump out of the glass with orange, lime, dried apricot, subtle peach (I know...it's weird, but that's what I got), pine, and easy hop leaves followed by a clear caramel, biscuit, and a touch of cereal grains. On the palate, there is a medium hop bitterness that shows fron the beginning through the finish that is smooth, but a little lean and kind of weak for an IPA. Although the beer is very smooth, balanced, and easy to drink, I was looking for more of a hop presence from this beer (being that's it's a west coast style IPA). Overall, it's a solid IPA that is very easy to drink, but one that left me looking for more.

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Photo of mcallister
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a darker-than-straw honey color, with some hop haze and carbonation visible. Retained about a finger of off-white rocky head. Very true to the style in appearance.

Smell: Nothing overwhelming but nothing off here, either. Hops, citrus, some grassy-floral componenets as well. To me the malts took a back seat, without letting the hops being overwhelming or one-dimensional. Soft-smelling, I would call it.

Taste & mouthfeel: Essentially the same as the nose, with a grapefruit-like flavor as the main culprit. Hop bitterness makes your tongue tingle initially, and the sharp grapefruit levels out into a slight lingering bitterness. The malts are light and toasty but seem distant. Again, a little 'soft' but not one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is extremely crisp and it dries you out on the back end. I consider this a light bodied beer.

Disgustingly drinkable.

Edit to Note: I was just getting over a cold when I tried this, so I will re-review in the future. If this really is as bitter and hop-forward as some of the other reviewers are saying, I will be upping my grade for this beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured a mostly clear dark rust orange color with a two finger fluffy head that sticks around for a little while and left webbed lace

S- Huge grapefruit, citrus peel, big pineyness, some floral notes, pretty pungent and aromatic

T- Big citrus hop flavor, pronounced caramel malt character, some earthy and light piney notes, some soapy flavor, lingering bitterness

M- Light to medium bodied, a little lower carbonated than other IPAs, and lighter in body, finishes a little watery

O- Well apparently it is International IPA day, not like I need an excuse to drink one but thought I would crack open a canned IPA from my new home state of Oregon. I love the aroma on this one, a little lighter boided than I like for the style but this could be a great hot summer outdoors beer.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No Canned on Date

A - Pours a rich amber color. Completely clear, with minimal head.

S - Sweet hoppy syrupy smells. Hints of piney resin.

T - Piney, resin, floral hops. No noticeable citrus qualities. Finishes very dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Just right for an IPA.

D - Nothing I would go out of my to get again, but nothing I'd turn down either. This is a solid IPA. Not a lot to rant about, both positive and negative. The flavors are pretty one dimensional, bitter piney hops, no citrus undertones that I enjoy so much.

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Photo of IronLover
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Big billowy off-white head with decent retention. Burnt orange in color. Medium bodied with an oily feel and aggressive carbonation. Solid caramel malty aroma with a hint of citrusy grapfruit hop flavor near the finish.
Orange citrus flavores up front that transitions to bitter pine hop flavor that quickly follows thru the middle and to the finish. Noce caramel malt undertone throughout. Decent hop character and balance but lacked the hop intensity of a really goof IPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12Oz can purchased from 'Beers of Europe' here in the UK. Poured the beer into a 'Hoegaarden' Grand Cru glass.

looked good, huge cream coloured head sat on top of a dull, hazy, dark amber/orange body. The head produced some heavy lacing and tried to stay throughout the tasting.

The nose was of yeasts and hops along with some grain type esters.

The hops from the aroma take over the taste completely, a real bitterness hits the mouth and throat. Why do they (or is it you?) have to over hop everything in the US when they brew an IPA? There really is no need to do so. It isn't as bad (hop wise) as some I've reviewed, but still too hoppy for my tender tastebuds.

It is true to the American IPA style and I think one of the better examples I've had (I am not a huge fan of the style though).

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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

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Photo of stcules
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper color, good perlage, good foam, creamy.
In the smell a good fresh hop. But easy and pleasant, not too overwhelming. Tangerine, lightly resinous.
More intense taste, citric and resinous, quite bitter. Pleasant.
Relatively light body. Easily drinkable.
In the aftertaste the citrussy note dominates.

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

Didn't really think much of other Caldera brews I've had, but heard good things about this one and thought it would be worth a try.

Pours a nice, slightly hazy, toasted ruby-brown color. There's visible carbonation running throughout, feeding a short, well-retained white head. There's a tremendous amount of sticky white lace that marbles the sides of the glass without any signs of fading.

Smell is all hops - aromas of grapefruit rind and earthy, musky hops come through. There's only the slightest indication of sweetness from the malts.

Taste definitely reflects the largely hop-forwardness of the aroma. The bitter citrus rind presence in most detectable in the aftertaste, and a hint of the piney, oily sticky hops hits the tongue early on. There is more of a malt foundation in the taste, but it is hardly sweet - more toasty, full and warm. The aftertaste is really nice; it makes me want to wait between sips to enjoy it a little more. Feel is bright and perfectly carbonated - not too much and not too little. It fills the mouth and spreads the flavors around the palate very well.

This is one highly drinkable beer. I was tempted to drink it from the can because you don't see that all that often with crafts. I went for the glass, and enjoyed every last drop. Definitely recommended for a try. It is a solid, everyday IPA.

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Photo of grover37
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance (4.5): Slightly cloudy dark orange with a finger and a half of cream colored head. Gold around the edges. Great lacing after the head reduces to a thick film.

Smell (4): Bready malt and citrus and pine hops. Some darker crystal malts probably account for the darker color and more pronounced rounded, caramel scent. The hops really open up once it warms.

Taste (3.5): Bitter upfront with grapefruit and not yet ripe oranges. A bit thin in the middle and not much there. Nice flavors on the finish with a lot of bitterness and some resinous piney flavors that linger with the residual sweetness. Very nicely balanced for as bitter as it is.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium bodied and medium to low carbonation. A nice resinous mouthfeel that lingers.

Drinkability (3.5): I could drink a couple of these but probably all night. Pretty bitter for a regular IPA, but that's not hugely detracting for me.

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

A 12 ounce can from a sixer I picked up at Abe's for $11. Poured into my Ithaca shaker glass. The IPA appears a super clear golden amber color with about a finger of off white foam. The head leaves a nice looking lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of bready, caramel malt, perfume, a bit of bitter grapefruit pith, lime, lemon, lightly toasted rolls. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. I thought this would be super fresh and hoppy since this brewery just came into PA a week or so ago. I was a bit let down, especially judging by the reviews here. Needs more hops...

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

Pours out a clear, amber/orange with a 2-finger, thick, white head that leaves moderate, splotchy lacing.
The smell is both fruity and malty, malt dominates.
Taste is fruity, citrus hops up front then overtaken by a strong malt flavor and finishes with bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium, well-carbonated at first but low later.
Drinkability is fine. I like it and many of those who like IPAs will also.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a body of orange/copper that held a light haze and sat beneath two inches of creamy,bone white foam that left thin strands of lacing after showing moderate head retention.

S-Soft,sweet citrus,apricot preserves,toffee malt
and some flowery hop qualities with a touch of pine on the finish.

T-More sweet citrus,dried apricots,soft pine,caramelized grains and some raw,leafy hop qualities.Good hop bitterness but a slightly generic malt base.

M-Light bodied with a lasting but moderate bitterness.

O-A good canned IPA.Definitely not a six pack worthy of a $12 price tag but good none the less.

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Photo of crossovert
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz yellow can.

It pours a clear amber with a soapy lookign white head.

The smell is mediocre. There is some herbal character and some light citrus.

The flavor has a nice bitterness, the flavor is pretty much jsut bitterness. Not a ridiculous amount, but it doesn't have much sweetness to balance. It is mostly piney.

It is an odd one, doesn't bring much smell, but packs a nice flavor.

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Photo of NWer
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can an aggressive pour into a chalice. Looks nice. Dark golden clear color with a decent head. Lace layers nicely on the side of the glass.
Aroma is very pleasing building anticipation and expectations.
The taste isn't quite there however. The citrus is there - to a fault. A little too bitter with an unpleasing aftertaste.
It's good, just not quite ready for the big time. With all the great beers Oregon has to offer the competition is too tough to rate this beer among the best.
If they smooth out the edges with a little balance this can be a great beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can. I can not think who sent this too me for the life of me. I need to start putting names with beers I get in! Review from notes.

A- Pours semi-hazy orange/reddish color. One and a half light tan/offwhite head that stays for a little while. Nice soapy lacing hat slides down the glass.

S- Tropical fruit (pineapple) upfront along with other citrusy hops. Light bready malts in the background. Very light earthy floral hops...these could have been a little more in the aroma in my opinion.

T- Nice bitter hop bite right off the bat which I didn't foresee. Light malt sweetness in the middle and toward the end. Bitter hop again in the end but not quite as big as in the front. Also a light medical alcohol taste which was a little distracting.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Good carbonation for the style. Hops left a trainwreck of bitterness on the palate. Some hop resin stuck around after each sip. Light tropical fruit in the aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable IPA in my book. The light alcohol taste kind of brought the taste down a half point in my review but after some sips it went away. Nothing is over the top about this IPA and I would easily make this my session beer if it was near me.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.
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