Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

very good
1,283 Ratings
Caldera IPACaldera IPA

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 02-21-2005

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, auburn/amber color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. Sweet notes of grapefruit and orange peel.

T - It was very peppery and spicy with a smooth burnt toast maltiness. Some subtle citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Here in the Midwest the price tag was a bit high, though.

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

Thanks to kels for hooking me up with a can of this in a recent in-person trade. Pour is from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty vibrant copper color and starts with about a 1 finger of slightly off-white head that fades to a pretty full and thick skim; body is clear and shows strong carbonation; a prety full curtain of lacing holds tight to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A lot of nice and bitter hops like a good IPA should have - tons of pine and bitter citric fruit peel. Straightforward, no questions to be asked.

Taste: I'm impressed - Caldera's Pale Ale was a real let down, but this is quite solid; lots of bitter hops right up front -- very piney and that citric fruit peel that is oh so nice and bitter and not juicy at all (not that juicy is bad either, but this one is straight up bitter); faint malt presence offers a little bit of sweetened balance, but the bitter dominates; fairly strong metallic aftertaste, but it's still really good and doesn't downplay the solid flavors too much.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation makes it feel very crisp and lively; body isn't thin, but not quite thick either -- about where I would like an IPA; a nice stickiness from all that hop resin coats the roof of the mouth quite nicely.

Drinkability: Actually, I could probably drink this all day; nice solid bitter flavor with a crisp and refreshing body; would be great for a hot summer day, but I can't complain about drinking it when it's 15 degrees outside either...

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

Picked up a six pack of this one in a recent trade. Pours out a nice orange color with a smallish head. Aromas of oranges, pine and hops. On the palate, this one is very hoppy and enjoyable to drink. Another nice canned beer, enjoyable in the summer sun.

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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.

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

12oz CAN into a regular kitchen glass, looking forward to this one.

Caldera IPA boasts a kinda bright orange with some shiny bronze shades within. A clean looking beer with no haze at all. Two fingaz worth of off white foam that is quite creamy looking and condensed. A bunch of lace on the glass.

The hops take up most of the nose with a big grapefruit bite and some pale malts to back it up with a sweet scent, slight caramel. Not very bold but smells like the makings of a decent IPA.

Tropical fruit on top of a nice malty layer. Grapefruit, pineapple, others, some bisquit giving malt. I'm really liking the balance on this, it's pretty much even. Some grassy earth towards the end. This really reminds me of Lagunitas IPA.

The feel is smooth and a bit bitter, but nothing too much. Carb is just right not very high or overly crisp, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A thick mat of nearly-white head collapses to a still-impressive thin, but dense cap on top of a clear copper body.

Bright, citric hops like fresh lime zest and juicy orange with just a touch of pine. Plenty of malt character too with a solid dose of warm, toasted Munich malt. Caramel is there too but it just smooths out the edges of the beer and softens the blow of the supposed 90+ IBUs. Speaking of which, this IPA drinks more like a 60 IBU beer thanks to the malt support, which can be good or bad depending on your hoppy beer imbibing preferences. I, personally, like my IPAs both ways. More balanced seems to work well for a beer only pushing 6% ABV.

A great beer in a can. Not such a rarity these days, but still nice to see. The only detractor is the $11/sixer price, which makes it hard for this to compete with some of the bigger hop-happy brewers like Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rayjay for the extra in a trade.
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice, tight white head that laces like glue.
Smells of massive amounts of hops, damn near all of them. Lots of citrus and pine, with some caramel malt as well.
Tastes wonderfully hoppy, tons of pine and citrus yet an almost grainy note, also slightly vegetal. There is a lot of malt here to back things up, there's a nice tight carbonation and it feels dense.
Very easy to drink on after an evening of flying frizbee.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from can to my Brooklyn imperial pint glass. Singlt layer of tight laced off-white head fades to barely covering the brew within a few minutes.
S: Sharp citrus and pineapple hop aroma. A tiny bit of hop astringency. Characteristic hop sweetness is appealing.
T: The same sweet and sharp hop flavors are found here. Very similar to HotD Blue Dot. Almost a piney flavor.
M: Smooth and a tad away from creamy. Very delicious flavors last on your palate.
D: Great beer. I would love to open up a few cans of this brew on a hot day. I'll have to grab a few more. Wish it was readily available here.

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

a-light, bubbly head, decent retention

s-nice citrus, slightly hoppy aroma

t-nice citrus bitterness, with some grapefruit lingering on the tongue, still quite balanced.

m-feels great, decent carbonation with a fairly bitter, dry finish.

d-easy to drink, perfect IPA for weekend bbqs with a nice balance but some hoppy and citrus bittnerness to keep you goin.

o-definitely a beer I keep on hand regularly. Especially when I don't feel like cracking open a bomber, this fits the bill perfectly, plus what's not to love about how friendly cans are to mini fridges.

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

On tap at the EOU faculty lounge in The Big.

Light orange body under one finger slowly dissapating white head, exceptional lacing. Floral hops in the nose with light sweetness of malt, not too sweet. A very nice balance of grassy, grapefruit hops with delicate malty overtones on the taste buds. Nice carbonation in mouthfeel, and a very drinkable brew. A very pleasant surprise, looking forward to trying this in cans on a hot summer day.

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

Can as an extra from flexabull in a trade - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a healthy-looking clear orange amber-bodied brew. A mild pour coaxed a good one-plus finger white foamy head with above average staying power that leaves some sticky, creamy lacing as it fades away, sort of randomly thrown across the sides of the glass. Very good start.

Aroma: Great west coast aroma. That one-two citrus-pine combo is so traditional for a reason - it smells great. This one's not overstated, and compliments the roasted, sticky, doughy malt backbone well.

Taste: Expertly balanced. It's not too bitter or too malty, and the maltiness isn't too sweet or too dry. Hop profile is a little milder than I'd like, but more so than a lot of IPAs - I'm just very demanding of my hops, I suppose. Leafy floral notes, pine, and lots of grapefruit makes for a good hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, fairly fluffy, but very even and creamy, precisely what you'd expect from the look of the head. Carbonation is precise and pronounced, a little prickly, and the hop oils increase the slickness factor ever so sightly.

Drinkability: A great, drinkable, sessionable IPA in a can that hits all the right notes without knocking any of them out of the park. But that's not what you're looking for with this one. Portable, tasty, aromatic, pleasant looking ... this one definitely comes recommended, and many thanks to flexabull for sending this one my way.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear copper with a creamy and generous off-white head that laces and leaves a constant blanketing while drinking. The nose presents huge notes of caramelized sugar, dripping citrus fruits, and blended booze. Similar characteristics come forward in the taste with an initial rush of tropical citrus fruits that mellow into a sweet caramel candy bitterness and finishes with a biting bitter booziness. It's medium bodied, sweet-bitter balanced, well carbonated, slightly boozy, but all around drinkable when decanted and given ample time to breathe/warm a bit. Definitely an IPA worth trying for the price, format, and availability.

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Photo of LukeD23
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of derdtheterd
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cool from a 12 oz can into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours crystal clear with a fluffy off-white head that leads loads of lacing on the glass. Nice orange light-amber color bordering on light coppery tone.

Aroma is just loaded with citrusy, tangerine hops. Not much subtlety there.

Flavor is a lot more complex. There's tangerine, pine, and floral hops. A touch of caramel and a touch of maltiness, and even a touch of grassiness. Nicely "balanced" (for what it is) but practically speaking, still hop-heavy.

Mouthfeel is suitably bitter, but not near the max of the style, and has a nice dry finish--refreshing compared to many heavy, sugary IPAs in its class.

Drinkability is good, but the bitter front and dry finish might actually go better with a bit less flavor and aroma. This is a nice complement to their Pale Ale, one of my favorite beers, and I think I like this one's hop bill even better.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of captaincoffee
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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Photo of sliverX
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Woody!
Poured a very orange/copper brew with 1 finger of head that faded quickly leaving decent lacing.
Smell was light citrusy/pine hop combo.
Taste was bigger on the pine but accented with nicely with citrus
Mouthfeel was medium to full nice and chewy for an IPA
Drinkability is good something you could put a few back of and relax with nothing that made me go WOW I need to get this again though.

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Photo of Beeracuse
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of qchic
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden peach color with a frothy long lasting ivory head. Smells of earthy grassy hops and a little citrus. Great tasting with plenty of bitterness and some grapefruit. Just enough of a malt backbone to let those grassy hops shine. A medium-bodied and flavorful IPA available in a can that reminded me of a nicer version of 60 min. If the price point were lower, I'd drink this a ton.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a trade with augustgarage. Thanks again!

FWIW, this shit is WAY better than that other canned IPA, Dales Pale Ale.

A- Copper, honeysuckle gold, nice head, good retention and lacing.

S- Floral hops, grapefruit comes up quickly behind it, very nice. West coast all the way.

T- Very nice. A good hop bite and a decent malt backbone that provides a bit of caramel sweetness that blends nicely. A bit of spice, grassiness, and some lemon zest round out the floral and citrus hops.

M- Good carbonation, hops are hoppy (duh) and stick with you for a while. Leaves quite the lasting impression.

D- Sessionable. Tasty. A winner in my book. Another worthy contender in the IPA royal rumble. First place? Nope. But it can hold its own, a damn fine beer.

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Photo of crbnfbr
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Had at the Flying Saucer in Nashville

Poured a crisp burnt orange with 2 fingers of bright white head. Slowly faded into a thin film but produced excellent lacing.

Big pine notes with some prominant mango notes. Solid caramel malt finish

Taste follows the nose. Great pine resin taste up front with some delicious mango backing it up

A little light in the body for my taste... Good amount of carbonation. Drying hoppy aftertaste. Produced a little bit of hop dragon breath.

Overall, a tasty and refreshing IPA. Great smell and taste but a little on the thin side for my taste. Would not turn another one down by any means. Definitely worth trying

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

12oz can, no date/batch code. Just arrived in town, so I'm assuming it is quite fresh.

Pours lightly hazy orange amber with a good two finger foamy white head that leaves some foamy rings of lacing and holds a light foamy cap.

Aroma features a good deal of citrus, mostly orange/tangerine alongside some papaya, mango, melon, grapefruit, also a lot of pine, a little floral and grassy, a little sweet bready malt. Good strength.

Flavor is able to retain some of the citrus fruitiness of the nose, but not all, more resinous hops on the tongue, pine, floral, and a fair bit of sweet bready malt, kinda surprised by the level of sweetness here for an IPA but does help keep it balanced. Fair bitterness on the finish but the sweetness sticks around as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and sticky, medium carbonation.

Very glad to finally try this and it is an excellent well-balanced IPA. The nose is by far my favorite aspect...very nice. While this isn't a straight up hop bomb like a Smuttynose IPA, this one is very well balanced and quite drinkable. Can't wait to try their Pale!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a can of this after seeing that it's got such a positive amount of reviews. The beer poured out as a clear yellowish gold color, it has a pretty good looking soapy head on it. The lacing is a little sticky but not too much. The smell of the beer has a really nice malty and hoppy aroma. The hops smell bright and fruity. The taste of the beer was pretty good. The hops were definitely in there ready to hit ya in the mouth. The malt cleaned up the mess in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall it was a pretty good IPA.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,283 ratings.
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