Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,275 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 02-21-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,275
Reviews:
510
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
182
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,275 |  Reviews: 510
Photo of weerezboy
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a standard pint.

A - Vibrant bright orange with a medium head. It leaves a perfect sipwise lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Grapefruit is what I get mostly with a sweet malty backbone. Surprisingly, I don't get very many hops in the nose.

T - Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. There is some sweet malt with that and a bursting hops finish. Pine and citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing.

M - Nice and carbonated. The combo of the sweet malt and tart grapefruit give this a thicker feel than I think it actually has. Dry on the finish.

O - This is one of my favorite beers to drink by the pool in the summer. The combo of the slick yellow can and the citrusy, refreshing taste make it perfect for this. A good beer that I will always come back to.

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Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of daliandragon
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up today over at The Beer Dispensary in Apex. It has been a rainy, cruddy day and I just felt like picking up an IPA or four, so here we are. I have never heard of this Oregon brewer so I'm hoping for the best.

I love the color; an electric orange with a cloudy, almost opaque body. The head dies a little early for my tastes and the lacing doesn't look exceptional. The nose is very fruity for an IPA, with grapefruit, pineapple, and the ubiquitous pine.

Plenty of flavor up front here, mostly of the withering hop variety, but something seems a little off and the finish seems to fizzle rather than pop. The mouthfeel is thick and (I never say this) could probably benefit from additional carbonation. Not bad at all, but slightly disappointing. Definitely glad I gave it a try, however.

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Photo of beerbully
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A-Clear copper with a substantial head rising to the top of the head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a rather thick lacing

S-Faint citrus notes, somewhat bready, and floral, some sweetness

T-grapefruit, some mild bubble gum sweetness, taste is stronger than the nose a bit of a dry lemony finish

M-A bit dry, thin and crisp,

O-good solid IPA. very drinkable, good flavor with the convenience of a can

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Photo of dlbrockmiller
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top and was greeted with the most wonderful pineapple/grapefruit smell. It poured a bright clear amber color. The taste was even better than the smell, pineapple grapefruit caramel pine in a can. Thought it had great depth and balance, really good beer and will definitely buy again!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking, clear, dark gold brew with a thick and fluffy cream-colored head. Sticky lacing. Nose is pure pineapple heaven, sweet, juicy, and citric. Smells just about perfect for my tastes.

Flavor follows the nose. A pineapple bomb with a bit more assertive bitterness than detected in the aroma. Subtle sting of onion and saltiness beneath it all. Slightly creamy, medium body with lively carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of pineapple and a little aspirin bitterness. As it warms a soapy, skunky note emerges - skunk weed that is, not "skunked beer."

Holy crap this is a good IPA, I'm going back for more than just the single can I picked up today. Really up my alley - strong fruity flavor, good bitterness that doesn't overwhelm everything, a touch of sweetness with the malt held in check really well. As it opens up dank, resinous, weedy flavors and smells emerge. A pothead's chronic/kind-bud IPA if there ever was one.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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 pdxbeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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 MacQ32
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice translucent darker orange with a nice finger of off white/light caramel colored head, poured ~20+ minutes ago, still has a nice layer of head. Lacing is dense. Awesome

S - Lots of citrusy hop aromas, a little bit of malty caramel sweetness. Grapefruit and oranges dominate

T - Really bold, bitter and citrusy. Simple but very well balanced

M - Medium bodied at a warmish 50-55 degrees. When cold its somewhere between light and medium bodied. Refreshing, drinkable, nicely carbonated

O - This is a great IPA, can't believe I've never noticed this one before, definitely worth grabbing from time to time

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Photo of jreamer
4/5  rDev +1%

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 IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Finatic
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a chilled Founders pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a nice white, frothy head that recedes very slowly. Excellent lacing retention throughout the glass.

S: Huge tropical notes up front with grapefruit being the main scent. I also can smell traces of pine and some orange and malt.

T: I taste more orange than the scent gives off. Not as much pine and or grapefruit as the scent had suggested. This beer has a massive sweet malt backbone.

M: A bit too syrupy for my liking, medium bodied and it has nice carbonation.

O: Not what I look for in an IPA and quite honestly for the price not worthy of an elite IPA status IMO.

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Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into duvel snifter
A - pours a deep amber, very lively, large white head that stays for a bit, very good looking beer
S - huge citrus notes, absolutely amazing smelling beer
T - amazing citrusy grapefruits and oranges amazing IPA, absolutely, the bitterness is perfectly balanced
M - very smooth, creamy, easy to drink
O - the best IPA I have ever had, absolutely amazing beer

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Photo of SpillyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of freemancw
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kavon
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep apricot hue with a huge, beautiful, sudsy cream-colored head; lacing is great

S: Lots of wonderful citrus from the hops: peach, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and tea leaves with a slightly grassy and grainy malt undertone

T: Hops are a touch more muted than aromas indicated but still plenty of citrus, tea leaves, pine, and weed

F: Quite creamy upfront and finishing pretty well--though a touch thin

O: A nice hop-forward IPA in a can, which you can never get enough of; something I'd like to try even fresher and something I will definitely come back to

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Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,275 ratings.
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