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Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

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Caldera IPACaldera IPA
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3.94/5
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1,286 Ratings
Caldera IPACaldera IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,409
Reviews:
513
Ratings:
1,286
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 1,286 |  Reviews: 513
Photo of leroybrown10
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of brewskifan55
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet

A: hazy amber with an off-white head with plenty of staying power. Significant lacing.

S: grapefruit-y hops, earthy. Grainy. Citrus.

T: Smooth, bitter hops that don't bite. Light caramel malts that blend for a very pleasant combo. Grassy. Citrus-y.

M : light to medium. Dry finish.

O: Great IPA. One I would seek out again. Thanks, Cliff.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours three fingers of foamy head on a clear straw body.
The aroma has pine and lemon, then a bright spot of mango and pineapple.
The taste has moderate pine and lemon bitterness, balanced by big malt. Short bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Slightly hazy, deep amber with a two finger, off-white head.

Smell. Lemon and orange rinds with a little herbal earthyness

Taste. Bitter pink grapefruit with a good hit of caramel malt, A little acrid on the tongue but turns into a nice bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-strong carbonation. A little thin and a little warm alcohol.

Drinkability. A good drinker. Seems a bit acidic, but a good long hoppy finish keeps me gulping this one down.

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Photo of Rage42
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark red, copper color.

White head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Caldera has done a great job and sealed it in i can!

Orange, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit pine, and sweet caramel malt. Bitterness at the end.

Great body and medium carbonation.

A really good Westcoast-IPA !

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Photo of BendMTB
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Cycle69
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Bell's Tulip

Many thanks to a great fellow BA, 4balance.

A: Pours a copper-orange color with a slightly off white 2finger head.

S: Smells of pine and hops. A tiny bit of citrus is lingering about.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, some piney hop bite with a citrus finish.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

O: Overall a decent IPA in a can. It doesn't quite hold up to some IPA's, but it's easy drinking with great flavor. Also, It's in a CAN!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a re-review. The original review follows the new one:

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 3+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy with pine behind it and a touch of toffee;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mildly bitter ending;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not my style of IPA, but is well within the style guidelines; very different from my first tasting;

My original review with the original scores:

A: cloudy; bronze - a little darker than I expected; 2 finger egg shell head that receded slowly leaving a spotty film; nice lacing; (3.5)

S: balanced; hops are predominant, especially pine, but malt is clearly there; pineapple in the background; (3.5)

T: earthy, not at all like the nose; very little bitterness; an odd sweetness in the finish - not malty, more sugary - off putting; (3)

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; (3.5)

O: really liked it until I tasted it; when I expected it to get bitter, it got sweet instead; no date on can; perhaps it was old; I'll try it again as some point; (3.25)

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Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger off white head that has decent retention. The head is frothy and bubbly with a little lacing on the head. The color of the beer is copper color with dark reddish hues. The clarity of clear with some carbonation bubbles.

Nose: There is a good pine, floral bouquet, and grapefruit with some citrus. There is a nice toasty malt. Other aromas are solvents and yeast.

Taste: A nice hop flavor that is pine floral, and grapefruit with some citrus. The malt is a strong backbone with a toasty note. Other flavors is solvents, yeast, and there is a tinny note.

The mouth feel is astringent and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium full. This is a good IPA but there is a metalic note that is off putting. Good beer overall.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head slowly settles to a little more than a quarter inch frothy layer above a bright clear copper to bronze colored beer.

Pine and a bit of citrus hops and quite a bit of caramel malts in the aroma of this IPA.

Light caramel undertones compliment the fresh pine and light citrus hops very well in the taste of this drink.

Light dryish aftertaste with a slight lingering of light caramel and pine needles with this medium bodied beer.

Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked but the malts seem to balance this beer and make it a pretty good drink despite not being as hoppy as desired.

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Photo of Dirt286
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pour was a deep copper with a slight hazy ruby tint. fluffy cloud like head with decent retention and lacing

huge malts with a slight citrus and floral hop scent. mainly orange and pineapple.

bitter up front, a strong pine bitterness with bits of earthy and citrus bitterness. a bit of white grapefruit, orange, and sweet biscuit malts.

very full bodied with proper carbonation. the perfect bite to accompany the flavors.

not bad, has a lot of deep bitterness and is a solid IPA. i would prefer some floral flavors but that is just me. the price here would have me thinking twice about getting more but i would have no issues drinking this again.

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Photo of branimal9
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - cloudy orange-gold with an off-white head that dissipates slightly as it sits. lacing is quite nice though - by the end of the glass, i could find the exact level the beer originally poured to.

aroma - pineapple & marmalade hops. honey as well.

taste - hops taste as they smelled -- slightly bitter & citrus. good malt balance. finish is nice & dry.

mouthfeel - fairly full bodied.

drinkability - quite high. full flavored, but light enough to enjoy more if you'd like. i've had a few of these the last couple weeks at my kickball games. makes for a great portable craft choice.

newly available to those of us in south carolina, this is a tasty choice for those looking for a brew with both full flavor and the portability of a can. will most assuredly enjoy again.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into a Sam Adams pint glass. No date on the can.

Golden/copper and clear. Nice head. Some lacing.

Smell is peach-like fruit, pine, grass, caramel.

Flavor is earthy and fruity hops, peach, citrus, some pine. Malt backbone is noticeable but unobtrusive. Quite balanced and not terribly hoppy.

Thick mouthfeel, feels much heavier than the ABV, more like DIPA.

Overall this is a tasty IPA. I wish it were dated, because I'd like to know how close to fresh this is. But it's a good balanced IPA, with a nice hop character and sturdy malt backbone.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying this tasty brew!

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz can into a large wine glass. This beer ranges in color from golden at the bottom of the glass, to ruby/amber at the top. There's a nice pillowy, khaki one-finger head that recedes at a snail's pace. Great lacing clings to the edges of the glass. Some moderate carbonation is visible in the glass.

Smell: Citrus and pine hop aroma is offset by some sweeter fruit scents and nice caramel malt presence. I'm also getting a touch of bready influence.

Taste: The hops are pretty unrelenting in this one. The malt holds its own though, and breaks through the bitterness a bit at the end. There is actually a touch of sugary sweetness just as the bitterness wears off. The influence is brief and barely finds its way through the hops, but it is a nice counterpoint to the bitter onslaught.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely well balanced. The hops are strong enough to state their case, but subdued enough to let the other flavors have their turn.

Drinkability: A very solid, session-beer contender. I love the can too!

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Photo of beerpirates
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tonmeister
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured in a 16oz Goose Island glass

Appearance: reddish amber with a thick white head

Smell: Malty, Lemony, earthy, No Hop Presence, so not a hoppy IPA. I can tell from the smell.

Taste: This tastes really good. Its very smooth. Not what I was expecting from an IPA. Very unique taste. Tastes follows nose.

Mouthfeel: thin bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, This is a well balanced IPA, it goes down very smooth. I personally would say this is more towards a Pale Ale Style just because it's lacking in the explosive hops, but nonetheless this is a really good brew. I would definitely buy this again. Perfect for a session Beer.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a hazy orange with a nice white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of pine and citrus, with maybe a touch of malt. The aroma follows the taste with hop-forward pine, grapefruit and a bit of sweetness. The malt does a nice job of moderating the hops without overwhelming them. Medium mouth with lots of aftertaste. I can't believe it's taken me so long to try this one. It's a very good IPA.

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Photo of Lunch
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. can acquired in a trade as an extra with volatilesther (Thanks!) into my Stone Levitation tulip at the appropriate temperature (02/02/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, darker shade of golden, amber with three fingers of an off-white head with great retention and some sticky and patchy lacing.

S: Nice aroma of bitter, citrus hops along with a slight caramel and bready malt backbone.

T: Clean and fresh taste of bitter hops with some citrus tones and layers of a bready, caramel malt. Simple, straightforward, yet pleasing and well done flavor profile.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate and slick/creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down.

D: very drinkable as it is well balanced, clean and fresh.

Overall this was a solid American IPA from Caldera and one that is quite sessionable. Thanks again Esther!

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Photo of Crabbicuss
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass.

A - Deep Amber color with a healthy head and most decent retention. Thick spotted lacing climbing down various sides of the glass.

S - A large upfront hit of citrus with some pine notes hiding behind some sweet caramel malt essence.

T - Right of the bat, a major hit of citrus with a follow up of some semi-sweet flavor (pineapple). Mildly sweet malty transition to the finish with a late note of Piney Hop(s) and lemon.

M - Nice body, slightly above average in carbonation, but seems to be missing a little in the transition from introduction to finishing edge, I suppose the "carryover."

D - By far the best canned IPA I've had to date, especially for the price. Certainly drinkable and pretty hoppy. I like the start and finish but was left wanting just a little more in the middle. Overall a pretty decent beer and easy to enjoy as a "session" beer.

My prescription: Get it if you can and try a few. It runs with the common theme of West Coast IPA's though IMHO it's just slightly weaker in overall flavors and finish.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedWolfBeerLover
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skrib09
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

copper or amber in color. pretty clear with an off-white hop head forming on top.

smells of pine up front and a hit of citrus zest toward the back.

taste is refreshingly hopped. malty sweetness amongst the pine, resins, and citrus.

mouthfeel is crispy with a slight bite. definetly drinkable.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,286 ratings
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