Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Caldera IPACaldera IPA
Very Good
1,286 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,286 |  Reviews: 513
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.

 553 characters

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.

 523 characters

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.

 633 characters

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.

 364 characters

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!

 1,157 characters

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.

 431 characters

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.

 1,274 characters

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.

 509 characters

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

 424 characters

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.

 848 characters

Photo of mcdsports
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the can at SAVOR 2011.

Pours a clear golden color with an average white head and a slight amount of white lacing on the way down. The nose brings quite a bit of citrus hop character, mostly tending toward grapefruit. Quite nice. The flavor has just a touch of malt in the background and is instead focused on a fairly-heavy hop presence. Orange and grapefruit come through and perhaps a bit of a floral character. Medium body with good bitterness. Nice and dry. Solid brew.

 480 characters

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

The look of this is pretty freaking nice, the coolest part about the look is the contrast between the head and the body. The head is almost completely white, and the body is a reddish, orangey, amber color, it looks more like an amber than an IPA, but the head color and body color look really nice together. I can tell the head is a solid one, it is clearly leaving good lacing, it didn't hang around too long though. If it had better head retention I would probably give this a 4.5, but since that head went a little fast, 4. Nice citrusy hops on the nose, along with a very clean smell. The beer just smells super clean and fresh, like they used really good water or something. You can also pick up a nice malt note in there, it is pretty distant, but for sure there. Maybe some grapefruit in here too, not sure. The smell is very nice though, it smells like a very good IPA. Well on the taste, it for sure has enough hops, it's not a weak IPA, that's for sure. The taste is really just like I detected it would be on the smell, it's really big on the hops, and it has a very small malt note in the back end. Frankly I'm surprised at how much more hop there is than malt, I guess I just haven't had a really good (or hoppy, if you will) IPA in a while. Not super complex other than the basic tastes, but it is super well done none the less. The mouthfeel is also pretty good, nice solid feel to it, not too big, not too small, just right. Drinkability is a little low just because it is so damn bitter, but I can't be upset about that, that just means it's a good beer! Overall a damn good beer, not extraordinarily complex, but a very well done beer, there is really nothing wrong with this beer at all.

 1,707 characters

Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 1/30/10

Courtesy of jamdugan

Medium amber color with tangerine highlights. 1/2 inch head thins pretty quickly to a large patch of bubbles. Swirling brings back a decent layer, though ultimately retention is thin. Good amount of lacing.

Floral aromas around the edges are interwoven with hints of pine. Citrus is worked in too, with notes of grapefruit pith, lemon zest & maybe a spot of orange or tangerine. Not a whole lot of predominant malts, just a little sugar cookie sweetness.

The hop profile is very clean. Quite tasty without exhibiting lots of bitterness. The nose seems to be a good indicator, as there's a tendency toward floral & mild pine notes upfront; moderately dense citrus notes are more notable in the middle. Tangerine, lemon & grapefruit fill it out nicely. Faintest of toasty malt in the back; honestly, it's negligible. Maybe a hint of caramel.

Medium-light body gets a little heavier as it warms. Rather low carbonation, but it works for this beer, allowing for expressive flavors. Mild bitterness lingers on the finish.

Very enjoyable from start to finish. Nothing to complain about with this beer. I would drink it regularly if I had access to it.

 1,205 characters

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

A: Nice amber color with quite an impressive head. About what you'd expect from a good IPA :)

S: Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, lemons, etc..

T: Surprisingly non-bitter. Tastes closer to an APA than an IPA. Nice clean grapefruit with a bit of bitterness on the back end (but not too much).

M: Surprisingly light. Carbonation suits it perfect to keep it crisp.

O: Overall pretty impressive for a beer I've never heard of. Not too hoppy, not too malty, not too bitter, just does everything pretty well (but not amazingly, admittedly).

 540 characters

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

Very tasty ipa in can. Upon warming, hoppiness gets a little metallic. Bitter, resin finish lingers. Malt aroma not a favorite of mine (Munich?) but malt flavors good and dry. This can doesn't taste very fresh, I'll have to score a fresh one. Also curious to see what like in botlle or on tap

 292 characters

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

I got this beer from Tilley4. Thanks Jason!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a bone white head that left trails of lacing.

S - citrus rind and a slab of butter rolled in dirt.

T - bitter citrus rind upfront with some buttery notes before getting dry and tart on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a biting feel and smooth carbonation.

D - goes down quick and easy.

 416 characters

Photo of awalk1227
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/4/10 Got in a trade from ILikeBrew, thanks Micah for some Pacific Northwest Beer!

Poured into Alchemist Brewery pint glass

A: Pours clear dark orange with an inch of soapy head. Hangs to the glass pretty well to the bottom.

S: Caramel malts, grapefruit, some pine resin

T: Mild fruit up front, then the caramel/toasted malts in the middle. Finishes dry and bitter, nice punch.

F: Slightly less than medium, with lower carbonation than I'd prefer.

D: Pretty low carbonation for the big IPAs I'm used to drinking, so I could definitely do a few of these in a night.

 581 characters

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. can into a nonic pint glass at Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Hazy and very bright, sunny orange-amber color beneath a creamy and frothy two-finger head of white foam which left some good chunky lacing in its wake.

S: Very hoppy, bright and piney with some spicy, herbal additions and mild, tea-like scent.

T: Fresh, fruity and juicy hops grip the palate almost from the get-go. A hot cereal-like malt flavor keeps things balanced at first, before that tea-like, herbal bitterness creeps back in, making the approach to the bitter finish a bit more mild.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with enough balance to keep things in check before the bitter finish.

O: A very nice canned American IPA that showcases some of that Pacific Northwest flair in the form of piney, spicy, almost spruce-like and citrusy bitter hops through and through. The 6.1% ABV keeps a strong enough malt backbone on this brew to make it a little creamier in the finish, which was nice to have.

 1,019 characters

Photo of Mweddle
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Prost76
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brad007
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mild copper color with a two-finger head that fades quick to leave a touch of lacing on the edges.

Lots of pine resin in the nose. Some sweet malt in the backbone as well.

Hits the taste buds hard with an enveloping bitterness that even has a spicy kick to it. Malt like baked bread makes it even more memorable.

Bitterness isn't too sharp on the mouth. The carbonation level is high, albeit in a more relaxed manner. It compliments the bready malt at the end.

Very good. My buddy recommended this IPA and he wasn't far off.

 539 characters

Photo of Roman5150
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

tried out of can, prety damn good, this review is poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Orangish Ruby Amber color, large white fluffy head, lots of lacing

Smell: grapefruit, citrus, very piney (simcoe hops possibly?)

Taste: lots of hop flavor bursting out right away, followed by a smooth dry somewhat bitter finish. lots of grapefruit and earthy pines. Also got some lemon notes at the beginning.

Mouthfeel: pretty light on the carbonation, sits very light, very refreshing

Overall: A solid, hoppy, west coast IPA, I honestly think I like this one out of the can better. Is that weird? The cool looking cans caught my eye, so i gave it a try, and it's probably gonna be another buy. However, I don't think I'd purchase this if Stone IPA was also available, or even Ruination.

 781 characters

Photo of MattR2014
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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

 574 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.