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Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

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509 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 02-21-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
509
Ratings:
1,265
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
15.66%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
179
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 509 | Ratings: 1,265
Photo of JClarson
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Nice off white head. Rich coppery color.

S- Sweet pine, melon, and candy.

T- Hops smack you in the face on first sip and follow through on the finish. The sweetness from the aroma doesn't carry through to the palate as I expected it would.

M- Dry and delicious with a hoppy aftertaste. Slight sweetness after licking the lips.

O- Wonderful brew. Classic west coast style IPA. Hops are prevalent and last all the way to the last drop. If you consider yourself an "IPA guy" this is a must try. Very hard to find by me on the east coast.

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Photo of dukew456
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Pours a hazy amber with golden tones on the side of the glass. A nice billowy, two-finger head forms,(and sticks around) possibly the result of a forced hard-pour from the can.

A big dose of piney, earthy hops hits hard up front in the nose. The resiny qualities of the aroma subside after a bit, and a sweet malt backbone comes through towards the end.

Up front, this beer has a very bitter, resiny hop thwack, as much as several "DIPA's" I've had. There's also a fruitiness from the hops that complements the sweet malt backbone very well, as well as helping this be a very balanced beer. Moderate carbonation makes this medium-light on the palate and refreshing.

Solid West Coast IPA, and probably the coolest looking can on the market.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from can.

A: Slightly hazy burnt orange color with a frothy sticky off white head, very sticky lacing.

S: Big pine and grapefruit hop aroma with some sweet malts.

T: Lots of pine up front with a nice mixing of hops and malt in the middle, although staying strong on the hop side throughout. The finish is dry and bitter with a pronounced grapefruit flavor, as well as a some bell pepper.

M: Medium body, crisp medium-high carbonation, dry finish. This IPA has bite but is still very drinkable. Could be due to a slightly low ABV.

O: I thought this was a very very good IPA. Definitely my favorite in a can so far. Not a bad price either. I found this to be very similar to another IPA that costs at least $2 more for a six pack.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a rich off-white head. Trailing lace nearly covers the glass.

The smell is of pine, herbal spicing, some medicinal notes, perfumy, with orange and grapefruit. A nice, complex hop aroma!

The taste is of an herbal, aspirin-ish, bitterness with grapefruit and orange. Alcohol comes through in a peppery way. Slight metallic (steely) notes accompany the caramel backing.

Medium-bodied.

This is a nicely done, hoppy IPA, even for the style, with a solid caramel backing. Despite slight metallic/steely notes and slight show of the abv, this one disappears "too" quickly and is certainly worth seeking out if you're a follower of the hops! A nice IPA in a can - I'm a happy man!

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Photo of samie85
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours an orange/amber color with a dense, pillowy, white, one finger head.

S-Grapefruit, pine and mango with some pineapple and light carmale notes.

T-Bitter pine, pineapple, some grapefruit with light malt and a dry bitter finish.

M-Pretty crisp and dry in the mouthfeel with medium body and pirckly, but low carbonation.

D-Really nice IPA. It has most of the things that I look for in an IPA: some malt backbone, a nice bitter hop burst and a great fragrant nose.

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Photo of johnnycros
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

As one other reviewer noted..."good drinking beer". It runs along the lines of Alchemy Ale to me, and very smooth easy to drink IPA that doesn't hit you hard in the mouth.

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Photo of BigMike
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A light golden orange color. Very clear with almost 2 fingers of creamy rich pillowy head.

This thing smells like candied hops. Lots of orange citrus covered in caramel.

Tastes alot like the aroma only a bit on the lighter side. The citrus is there, the caramel is there and there is also a small amount of floral notes as well.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp bitter finish.

Overall this is an excellent canned IPA that i could drink all day long.

Notes: Review taken from notes written on 5-25-10

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dirty orange/shiny body, finger white head,
excellent lacing

S: big grapefruit, peach, pine,

T: grapefruit/peach, big earthy pine,
long slow bitter/sticky finish

M: med body, oily/big sticky mouth

O: Another fine Caldera beer, great
everyday. Big flavor American IPA.
Will get again+highly recommend.

WELL DONE, PICK SOME UP!

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Photo of lnashsig
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Augustgarage for this trade.

Poured into my dogfish head snifter glass from can. Huge head on this can- almost overflows the 20 oz glass. Head stays for about 3 minutes, and then heavy lacing surrounds the glass. Smell- pine, grapefruit, bread, some lemon and pineapple citrus flavors are present. Taste- I got more pine and heavy hop scent on the nose than I do on the first taste, but it is backed by a nice and mellow malt background. This is not a hop monster, but is very mellow and pleasant. Mouthfeel: syrupy, luscious, nice carbonation. Drinkability: this IPA is very drinkable- very mellow, and overall impressive.

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Photo of hoppyhobby
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a frothey tan head with a deep and beautiful copper body. Excellent lacing.

S: Slight, hoppy, piney aroma.

T: Citrusy with piney hops. Crisp and not real bitter but it does have a slight bite with lasting flavor. The hops definitely comes through. A nice IPA that doesn't knock you over. Typically what an IPA is suppose to be.

M: Lightly carbonated, smooth and thin. Not watery or oily.

D: Refreshing and while not a session beer, you can easily enjoy a couple of these without any problems. One of the better canned micro-brews that I have tried.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours a hazy copper color, with a very small head. Not much lacing. The aroma is very hop forward, notes of citrus. Everything good about the nose gets ramped up a notch in the taste. Huge grapefruit and orange flavors, good malt backbone and a really nice hop finish. Medium bodied, carbonation is good. An incredibly drinkable IPA, will definately seek out again!

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In a pint glass. Clear amber, nice yellowish head.

S: Piney, citrusy hops. Malty, bready, herbal.

T: Like smell. Bitter. I like this.

MF: Like most beers for me, not remarkable; standard for the style.

D: Very drinkable. It's a little pricey and only sold by the can. But if it were cheaper/sold in 6 packs here I'd definitely pick up a sixer.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey golden with a thick creamy off white head... Lots of active carbonation and good lacing as well... This just looks like a good IPA...

Very strong and pungent aromas of citrusy grapefruit hops all the way here... Very very citrusy aromas here, very West Coast as others have said... This smells ridiculously delicious...

Juicy citrusy hops explode across the palate right off the bat and finish with a lingering grapefruit finish that has me ready for each successive sip... Very delicious IPA here... Its juicy as hell, grapefruit, pineapple, orange... All mixed in together... Really nice...

Overall, a truly classic IPA and one that I will be buying regularly from now on.. Its solid as hell and delicious....

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Photo of Pelican5
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can | $10 for sixer

Turned onto this this by my local WF beer guy, thanks Trev!

A : clear, reddish, light copper

S : apricot, pineapple, citrus, some pine.

T : Full flavored and well rounded, west coast with a tad more malt backbone. Hop bitter front and finish, grapefruit and more citrus, dried apricot middle.

Overall : Juicy and well balanced. A bit more of a midwest flavor than some of the other west coast ipas. Every sip leaves me wanting more. Very, very nice IPA and is in my current rotation along with Sculpin, Inversion, Red Chair. For $10 a sixer its a no brainer. Underrated.

Cheers ~

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Photo of beerdedking
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH pint glass. Looks like a nice fresh hop IPA, such as Celebration. Murky orange/copper poured to a half inch creamy head. Love the lacing as it disappears down my gullet...

Aroma wafting toward me reveals all the IPA scents: citrus, pine, with a hint of rising bread.

Many of the previous reviews state a syrupy consistency, and I agree it is syrupy, however, if your a DIPA lover, you won't mind it a bit. Chugs more like a DIPA which I love.
You'll get whacked up front with a nice citrus profile before a light sweet malt and lingering bitterness take over. The bitterness is just right leading you to raise your glass in another slug creating a nice drinkabillity which many IPAs do not nail.

Carbo is a touch soft which is my only knock here, but like I said the feel is heavier like a DIPA

Overall, this is a great IPA and will absolutely have again...

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Photo of PDXHops
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, poured into a tulip.

Body is a bright see-thru amber orange with a finger of pretty fluffy off-white head. Visible stream of constant carbonation up the middle of the tulip. Retention and lacing are good

Smells tasty. Fresh squeezed OJ and grapefruit juice up front with pine in the background. Some caramel maltiness, but not enough to obscure the hops.

Really nice flavor profile. The fresh orange and grapefruity from the nose carries over and is joined by a bit of pineapple. The sweet malt backbone is fairly substantial up front, yet there's a toasty element to it as well. Steadily dries out, and pine creeps back in for a puckery and spicy finish.

Nice juicy mouthfeel. Medium yet fluffy body, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Excellent brew, another winner from Caldera.

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Photo of climax
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The can oozed with creamy foam before I poured it. needledd to say the head was soft and creamy. It sat atop the cloudy caramel/orange body for a good amount of time before sinking. It left an excellent wall of lace, topping it all off.

The nose had a good complex hop aroma, just a tad short on intensity. Hints of pineapple, fresh tomato vines, fresh grass, and a dash of astringency and metallic twang make up the one-sided hop aroma.

The flavor is excellent. It takes what the nose started and cranks it up a notch. Passion fruit sweetness meets a bold herbal grassy profile, and the two work together great. Malt knows its roll.... the shy pale toasty backbone. The finish is bone dry with grassy bitterness.

This one is pretty dry right from the get-go. The carbonation is perfect and keeps it feeling on the light and crisp side. My mouth needs the constant reinforcement of another drink. Great IPA, out of a can!

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Carapils scent along with a huge citrus hop aroma. There is a light breadiness as well. The taste is very good. It's light with a damn bitter hop taste. It's loaded with citrus goodness. The malt bill provides some balance, but this is a hop heavy beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great session IPA. It refreshingly hoppy and easily drinkable.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light copper color with hints of red. Two and a half fingers of off-white head that sticks around for awhile and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Strong grapefruit aroma up front. Underlying tones of pine, caramel, and slightly fruity.

Taste: Citrus and piney hops make their presence known up front, followed by a rich caramel malty character that's slightly biscuity. Some hints of tropical fruit also come through, and finishes with a huge tart grapefruit bitterness. Beautifully balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and oily. Coats the mouth with hop oils. Pretty high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking IPA. Refreshing and delicious.

Final Notes: A delicious IPA that comes in a can. What more could you ask for? Has enough flavor for pairing against a spicy meal, but refreshing enough for tailgating, fishing/camping trips, days at the country club, and the like. A good all-around beer.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with about one and a half fingers of creamy, white colored, head that has great retention. Aroma is of caramel, grapefruit, herbal hops, and toasted grain.

This is a very hoppy beer. Lots of citrus and pine are present. A touch of caramel is in the background. There is a sharp lingering bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied and an easy drinker. A very nice IPA and its made even nice by the fact it comes in a can. Perfect for a round of golf or other outside activities.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an orange/amber with a white head.

S: Fresh orange juice/zest, a little pine, in the nose.

T: A bit floral, pine, orange, very fresh-tasting, and delicious.

M: Medium bodied, not overly carbonated.

O: This is a great IPA, nice and citric. I think cans are great for keeping in the freshness and keeping out the light. Delicious beer, try it.

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Photo of kylehayworth
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber in color, the head was amazing. Slighly off white head, with enough retention to balance the can on it if I wanted to.

S: Lots of citrus and piney hops.

T: Wasn't sure what to expect from my first "real" can of beer. It was very well balanced. You had a good citrus and piney resin working together on this one.

M/D: It had good carbonation, the end was mildly bitter and oily.

I thought this was a great first for me.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland. Pours a slightly hazy golden color topped by a beautiful creamy white head. Nice, creamy lacing all the way down the glass. Nose of fresh, spicy hops and a touch of light sweet malt. Palate is redolent of spicy hops, light sweet malt, and notes of pine, black pepper, grass, and just a hint of bready sweetness. Body is absolutely perfect - rich, creamy, and without the syrupy character that many stronger IPAs tend to carry. Man, I chose the right one here. I'd drink this every day if it were available where I live.

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Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pours a chill hazed medium amber body with a creamy two finger beige head. Good retention and some sticky patch lace.

Bold aroma of pine and tropical citrus. Tangerine and mango come to mind. Undertones of melting caramel.

Creamy medium body is nicely carbonated. Hop resins are felt on the tongue.

Taste has a dominant pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. Solid caramel malt backbone supports the aggressive hops. Some of the tropical citrusy notes of the aroma emerge as it warms. Finishes dry and bitter.

Topnotch! Nicely balanced and very tasty.

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Photo of Spikester
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured amber from the can. Nice one inch head with plenty of lacing. Aroma is earthy citrus hops and a bit of sweet malt.
Flavor is usual hops citrus and pine in this case.
Nice balance of hops and malts with hops dominating.
Good mouthfeel not too watery.
Amazingly good canned beer!
Highly recommended if you enjoy IPA's.
Try the APA also.
Update: 10/15/2015: This beer was canned three weeks ago and my opinion of it has increased quite a bit.
A better appearance three plus fingers of off white head that lasts. Good lacing. Smell is richer than my 2008 can. And flavor is where another with a big improvement. Rich piney floral hops dominate and a good amount of bready and caramel malts that try to keep up. Very nice IPA.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,265 ratings.
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