Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera IPACaldera IPA
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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 jdense
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of qchic
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of AEK
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Copper coloured clear ale with a foamy white head. Head retention was brilliant.

S. Buttery, slightly musty, some fruit - perhaps melon and some orange

T. Malty, hoppy. A faint touch of scotch in the maltiness.

M. Medium bodied, oily.

D. Another thumbs up to my third canned beer from this brewery but considering that I 'go' for higher ABV beers I would have to rank this as my least favourite of the three Caldera beers I have had but still would not refuse another one.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, 6.1% ABV. Thanks to mcallister for bringing this back from the northwest journey!

Slightly hazy, copper color, with some gold streaks. Nice fluffy white head. Great retention, and lace as one might expect from a northwest IPA.

Nice blast of hops up the nose, grapefruit, tangerine, floral and pine. Smells quite fresh. Good amount of malty notes in the nose as well.

Fair amount of sweetness up front, along with a decent blast of citrusy, floral and slightly piney hops. Seems to fade into a bit of grassy flavor as well. Very nice.

Good body, very easy to drink. This seems pretty solid to me, and an easy drinker.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a vast amount of foam with awesome retention, which is off white in color. The body is clear and dark copper colored.

Aroma is pint and floral along with some toffee notes.

The brew's taste is a bit sweet in he way of caramel upfront, and quickly dives into a piny finish.

Feels oily slick from the beginning to the end, but with a mild warm finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of NoHipTee
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was light, clear with a small small head which is surprising since I had just vigorously poured it into a cold glass from the can.

Smell was very good. A hoppy fresh scent that was just what I want an IPA to smell like.

The taste left me wanting. Not very complex.

Mouthfeel was also a little lacking. The smell had my mouth prepared for something better.

Not a bad beer. Not a beer I would go out of my way to find.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The hops-adorned label just called to me...and it's in a can, which I fully support. So it pours into the glass a lovely toasty bronze-rust color, with a crazy-fluffy head that looks like the top of a root-beer float. Lasts a long while too.

Nose is ultra-hoppy...very much veering into the fresh fabric-softener breeziness area. Not much else behind it, but gotta love it.

Flavor is delightful hoppiness all the way. Bright, breezy, a bit intense but not overwhelming. The malts carefully and successfully offer backup, or maybe more of a foundation than anything, as the prickly, colorful hops continue to be the magical ingredient with each sip. A little green, a little leafy, and very, very nice unless you're not into hops. A slight twist of graininess that reminds of rye carries through, especially into the finish. Also some candy-like sweetness, especially with a little warming.

Mouthfeel is neither here nor there. Not much to say about it, but it's fine. It's a medium-bodied beer with some prickly carbonation and a bit of stickiness.

A very solid IPA, and a very drinkable west-coast version of the style. It's not over-the-top while still exuding the character of its region, and the ABV makes it completely manageable if you're wanting several in a row.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this one as an extra from one of those awesome West Coast BAs! Thanks!

This one pours a nice golden color with an off-whie head. Nice lacing that lasts.

Upon popping the top I was hit immediately by a cascate of hoppy smells coming from the can. Smells delicious with the malt to balance things nicely.

The taste follows the nose with a nice, crisp finish.

In the mouth this one is nice and creamy.

This is a highly drinkable beer. It has a nice hoppy dry finish that keeps your mouth wanting more.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass, the liquid is i nice gold with good carbonation. The head is almost 2 fingers off white and leaves good lace.

The smell is earthy hops, plenty bitter for the stlye.

The taste is mildly bitter, and has a good malt back bone.

The mouthfeel is very good, I like the better then medium body as well as the level of carbonation.

The drinkability is good really worth a try. Prosit, MK

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80% out of 100 with 1,285 ratings
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