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Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 02-21-2005

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Reviews: 509 | Ratings: 1,261
Photo of Taybeh
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a can found in a shop in Norman OK. Perfectly decent old school west-coast IPA, with plenty of piney and earthy hops, a little citrus edge, and some slightly sweet doughy and caramel malts. In a crowded field, this one doesn't stand out to me, but it isn't bad either.

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Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice biting IPA, but with a touch of a sweet finish. Pours clear amber with a nice robust creamy head. Aroma is complex, sweet malt, honey, toffee, caramel, no sign of the hops that are to come. Taste comes in with a nice malt flavor, hops riding the wave on to the taste buds at the finish. Enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- clear coppery color, thin head that dissipates kinda quickly, nice lacing left behind
S- malt, piney hops
T- mostly piney hops but well balanced
M- medium bodied
D- very good, I would drink it again. A good example of a west coast IPA from the Pacific Northwest.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in can, nice. Phrasing. . .

A real light orange/yellow appearance, 1/2" white head. Mild Oregon berry fruitiness and citric grapefruit hop aroma.

Taste is an active lifestyle ipa, this isn't weighed down heavy with crystal malt or or shit ton of fancy proprietary hops. Its a standard west coast ipa before the citra/mosaic/new zealand explosion of stuff. Might have simcoe and amarillo, but that's as new as it gets, other than that drops some pale toasted malts with Columbus and Cascade hops I would suspect. Always enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice west coast IPA. Dark color, slightly lighter than an amber. The smell is actually a little more antlers than I expected. The taste is relatively mild for a west coaster, with slightly less citrus/grapefruit and more generic bitterness.

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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 tigg924
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, copper in color, with one inch head and high carbonation. Taste is pine resin, toffee, light citrus, and some toasted malt. This beer makes for a bitter above average sipper. Tasty, but there are others I prefer in the style. Unsure if I would pick this up again.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks clear orange with a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smells like orange, grapefruit, pine and sweet malt. Light to medium mouthfeel. The taste is massive citrus and pine with a decent malt sweetness. Good solid beer.

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Photo of moysauce
3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

MEH. Didn't really get any hops on this. Near the end of its shelf life, so that's probably why. I hate that I'm becoming a date snob, but it does make a difference.

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Photo of datalager
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can. It is attractive, with a clear amber body, and a frothy head that leaves nice fat lacing. Smell is good for a brew cold out of the fridge. Bready, slight spruce. Wow!!! Flavor is fantastic!!! Bitter, citrusy, piney, malty...a perfect blend! Mouth feel is also right on. Overall I put this in the top West coast IPA's that I've had. Impressive. "May I please have another!?!"

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy copper peach color off white head thin dissipates quickly some lacing
Smell grapefruit orange peel hops piney nose.
Taste mild hoppy flavor slightly floral fairly juicy not super hoppy I was a little disappointed wanted a little more hops
Feel smooth light bodied IPA little twang from the hops on the backend
Overall a decent beer i would have again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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 leroybrown10
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Apellonious
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 0z can (unable to determine date) poured into a plastic cup.

A - cloudy, hazy orange with visible sediment.

S - citrus, pine and grass.

T - follows the nose, with some backend malt sweetness. Grass and dirt, tinge of bitterness on the finish.

M - carbonation medium low, somewhat creamy.

O - based on the sediment and muted hop profile, this may be slightly past its prime, but was still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Drank from a can so can't give an accurate statment.

S: Hops right off the nose, with a slight sweetness and maltyness.

T: Hops with a nice malt taste. The hops aren't over powering which is nice because I don't really like IPA's very much.

F: High carbination and easy drinking.

O: A easy drinking IPA that is easy to drink and a nice starter for beginners.

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Photo of aleigator
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean orange color, with a big, bubbly head, which stays around for minutes.

Smells of a leafy dankness, amped up by juicy orange and biscuity malts. Develops a pleasant lemon note, which sets itself on top of the flavor foundation of the beer.

Exhibits a medium carbonation with a very creamy mouthfeel, leading to a distinct bitterness, wrapped up by cakey malts, still resulting in a very refreshing, easy drinking beer.

Tastes of dough bread with a whiff of earth, completed by zappy lemon peel. The flavors develop a nice sweetness right before the swallow, resulting in a luscious grapefruit and orange savor, balanced by now pungent lemons. Reveals a short period of an aqueous quality during the finish, soon joined by lemon infused grass, which creates a very long lasting bitterness on the tongue.

While its beginning is almost similar to the Caldera Pale Ale, this beer creates a more distinct hop bite towards its finish, which evokes a nice depth of flavors, as the malts now have found a worthy antagonist. It reverses basically the roles, now the malts accentuate the hops, while it was the other way round in the APA version. Nontheless, malts put up a good fight, lending a lot of character to the beer, creating a challenging, hop defined beer, which is composed in a very intriguing and clean way.

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Photo of muldersha
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had from a 12oz can purchased in Portland, OR. The can artwork definitely evokes some Grateful Dead artwork. The overabundance of leafy hops on the label makes me assume that I'm supposed to smoke a spliff while enjoying this canned brew.

Pours a light golden to amber/orange color with a velvety and creamy looking white head. Really good retention and impeccable chunky lacing throughout.

Rich, dank aromas of Yeti sweat, Mary Jane, cucumber, orange rind, citrus, quail egg, bitter herbs, grass, dandelion, and boots muddy with laterite soils.

Medium bodied and aggressively bitter and herbal on the palate. Persistent bitter herbal flavors carry through to the finish. Maybe a hint of citrus peel.

It's hard to tell if this is beer is actually serious. However, I am super eager to try it with some roasted meats. I could see it going very well with bird. However, on its own, just too much bitter swampiness. Not a lot of focus or clarity of expression.

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Photo of interzen
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml (12 US fl oz) can poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark amber, almost copper red with a cream, fairly tight foamy head. Small amount of lacing left behind, settling down to a foam ring.

Smell: Plenty of citrus (grapefruit and orange), fruit and pine resin - this is a genuine American IPA after all. There's a candy sweetness there too, which reminded me a bit of some Belgian dubbels and certainly a bit unexpected in an IPA. If there are malt aromas in there then they're pretty well obscured by the hops and fruit.

Taste: Very resinous and hoppy, so nothing really unexpected there - the candiness definitely lingers though, and there's a sweet edge to it which sticks around with the bitterness. Not unpleasant by any means, but definitely different.

Feel: Quite 'full', but that could be due to the sweetness - decent amount of carbonation which helps to give the hops a bit of an edge. Nicely bitter finish.

Overall: A pretty solid 'West Coast' IPA - this is noticeably different from the mid-west/East Coast beers I've had, with more of an emphasis on the resinous hop flavours. I'm drinking this on a hot (by UK standards, at least) day and it's going down very nicely indeed - pretty solid for an American IPA and an excellent summer beverage.

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Photo of cherche
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark for an IPA. Pretty white head. Smell is hoppy but not strong. Taste is balanced. Feel is normal, good carbonation. Overall a solid IPA. Nothing to write home about but won't disappoint.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into pint glass a ways back (from notes)

A clear amber liquid with a plenty of bubbles that grow in size, two fingers of cream colored foam sits around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings

S mango, orange marmalade orange creamsikle, leafy hops grapefruit, a little candy like, pretty solid

T sweet soft caramel, pine and lemon rind, candied hops, decent and drinkable but I preferred the nose

M medium bodied, less carbonation then expected, just a little gritty in the mouth, sticky on the lips, rind ad pine linger

O good but not great, easy drinking IPA though just nothing to really set it apart from the masses

A good beer but I can't see myself buying another 18$ 6 pack with much better IPAs on the same shelf for less money

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear amber color and a tall tan colored head. Can I call this one IPA Orange? Not really.

Smells malty and it is 3 feet from my nose. Malty with mostly a pine hop scent. Smells a bit like a pine board.

Starts out neutral and a bit savory on the tongue. Taste is malt pine and wood. Besides the pine I'm getting flowers and herbs from the hop and a faint taste of chamomile tea. One of the tamer IPAs this doesn't wear your taste buds out. Bitter after taste in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and user friendly IPA, this is something you can drink 6 of at a time no problem.

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Photo of Roby923
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinkable, not super hoppy. Overall, a good ale but not memorable. A good option for those looking for a dialled-down version of the IPA. On tap from Olympic Provisions.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a malt, hops, yeast and fruit aroma.
Appearance- Pours an amber color with a nice white head.
Taste- Really good hop and fruit flavor
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- A real good American IPA, this is the second beer I have had from Caldera and I am two for two with great taste!! well done.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, another surprising west coast arrival on Alberta store shelves - those reps sure must be having fun doing their jobs!

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a thin band of sudsy bike chain lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, zesty orange and white grapefruit rind, wet pine forest floor, and further lightly boozed-up tropical punch notes. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, a bit of semi-sweet toffee, orange cream, grapefruit soda, a reduced pine needle astringency, and the same rockin' and a rollin' tropical fruit notes from the nose.

The carbonation is quite light and beguiling in its come-hither frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops, haven taken one look, and feigning injury, turning tail and fleeing. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the bitter pine and citrus character complementing the draining biscuity maltiness.

A pretty decent rendition of this Left Coast staple - no surprise that this brewery is much closer to Northern California, than it is to Portland, for what it's worth. Easy-drinking, good and hoppy, and with an import sixer price that is less egregious than the norm around here - happy camping in summer '15, ladies and germs!

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