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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.

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Reviews: 508 | Ratings: 1,261
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally starting to see this much hyped brewery show up here in the Fourth Corner. The Amber and Pale I tried weren't all that thrilling so I didn't have much in the way of expectations for the IPA. Well it turned out to be just an average example of the style. It's worth a shot if you see it, but it's not great.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Full bronze. big light tan head. brilliantly clear.

S-Some toasty malt. Light citrus hop aroma. Not a lot going on.

T-Carmelly malty. Firm bitterness but more balanced to the malt than their Pale ale. Not much in the way of hop flavor. Lots of bitterness but not much flavor.

M-medium bodied. medium carbonation. No alcohol burn.

D-An average tasting IPA. Needs more hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness and malt are spot on. Still not a bad 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 sendsilk
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can recieved in a recent trade as en extra.

A: Decent head, takes a minute or so to settle down. Very clear light orange colored beer. Some lacing.

S: Fruity scents with not too much hops present in the nose.

T: This beer just is not a solid example of the style. Really not much of a hop presence at all. With what I have heard about Caldera 'Old Growth' I was hoping this would be a pleasant surprise. I'd skip this one if I was looking for a solid IPA

M: Low to medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

O: Move along, nothing to see here.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled can into a glass. An extra courtesy of bvc. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear amber body with active carbonation up the glass. Has an inch off-white head with good retention, and it leaves some spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hops, with a slight resiny and earthy/dirt/grass undercurrent to it that is a bit of a turnoff.

T: As the nose suggests, the taste is dominated by citrus hops, with pine coming second. Caramel malt fleshes out the mid-taste, but toward the end, an earthy and grassy blend takes over and pulls throught into the aftertaste. There is a lingering resiny bitterness as a result.

M: Sticky, with bitter resin coating the mouth. Sometimes I like this, but here it's too grassy and earthy to enjoy.

D: I really wanted to try this, and I'm glad I did -- because I'm satisfied that I don't need to have it again. It's apparently pretty pricey, and there's nothing in here that justifies that to me.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured copper and bright with light carbonation. One finger of fluffy beige head. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Citrus and toffee, fairly light.

T - Citrus, strong grass, some toffee, pineapple. Not great, just seemed standard.

M - Medium body and good carbonation with a bitter pineapple finish.

O/D - This beer was alright. Seemed like a run of the mill American IPA with no one element really surprising me at all. A little underwhelming and plain. Nothing special but a decent enough IPA.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a nice head on the pour but the coloring is a much lighter and watery looking amber color than that is expected of most IPA's. The smell is pretty nice. Mostly sweet pineapple but the hops aren't that noticeable. Very sugary as well. But I do have to give it points for being pretty strong in the nose even if it isn't showing bitterness. The bitterness is fairly sharp in the front but it fades into a kind of cheapish sweet corn and cereal like lager. Aftertaste also leaves a lot to be desired. Actually after the initial bitterness there really isn't much other flavor besides the corn and more bitterness. Pretty one dimensional. A bit too overcarbonated and kind of leaves a bad feel in your mouth. Well it is easy drinking. I can give it that. Heard a lot of good things about this beer. It failed to impress me. No canned/best by date so who knows how fresh it is. At $12 a six pack this beer is total fail! I didn't even see the price til it rang up and I thought it was a mistake and had to look at the screen to make sure. Even if it was pretty good that price is pretty bad.

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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 velosuds
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.49. My first craft beer from a can.

A-Clear amber-orange with 1 1/2 finger, off-white head with average retention and moderate lacing. Very pleasing appearance.

S-Piney hops with some citrus aroma present. Very inviting.

T-Somewhat disappointing since the flavor does not match well with expected smell and is dominated by earthy bitterness that is ultimately unbalanced. I couldn't discern any malt backbone. Very bitter, persistent after taste. Not very pleasant. Unsure about freshness, but this has not been a concern from the seller/distributors. I like hoppy IPAs, but prefer balance too. Balance was absent.

M-Begins well but ends up being harsh because of the after taste. Low to medium carbonation gives is it a smoothness that is unfortunately emasculated by the bitterness.

D-An average West Coast IPA. Okay, but I won't buy again. The bitter aftertaste nearly gave me heartburn.

If offered one to drink I would drink it but only after concluding nothing better is available. A bit pricey compared to better Oregon brewed IPAs. I bought this today because I wanted to try some different IPAs on hot day in the Willamette Valley. Overall, I was nonplussed.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. canned poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark gold to light amber body with a substantial white head. The foam sticks to the glass and the lacing is decent.

Smell - I get hops, some grapefruit and some pine. It's more of a biscuit malt aroma, though. Kinda smells like an ESB.

Taste - Hops at first, more pine in the flavor than in the smell. Malty behind it. Biscuit malts and a touch of caramel. Not sweet at all, but malty nonetheless. Tastes like an ESB, too.

Mouthfeel - Just a tad heavier than medium bodied. Feels heavier because of low carbonation. Has the feel of an ESB, too!

Overall - Not as hoppy as I would like from an IPA. Better than the other Caldera beer I've had, though. Not something I'd look for.

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Photo of mjl21
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can poure into a snifter. Purchased from Bear Creek Beers in Medford, OR for $1.65. Comes in at 6.1%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a fairly clear amber with orange and peach highlights. Has a 3/4 finger off white head that fades fast into a small filmy patch.

S-It is a tad weak in the nose. It almost seems like it was not dry hopped. It reminds me more of bittering hops. There is some grapefruit and pine as well as some biscuit malt and some caramel malt.

T-The first part of each sip is pretty good. There is a bracing level of grapefruit bitterness that hits fast. It is definitely earthy/herbal tasting with a tad bit of malt sweetness in the middle. It finishes with some medicinal flavor and leaves an aspirin aftertaste. It also feels a little roasty.

M-It is thinner bodied and the carbonation is fine. It has a roasty and dry aftertaste.

D-The medicinal/aspirin taste is not my thing.

It is hard to tell if this is how it is supposed to taste based on the fact that there is no bottling info on the can. I would only try this again if I knew it was fresh.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My main man woodychandler comes through with yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, not much else. Taste is also all hops, dry and bitter, not much else coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of seeswo
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can pours that golden-brownish color common to malt forward IPAs. Nice big off-white head leaves sticky remnants all over the glass. The nose is mild caramel malts with a restrained, slightly grapefruit hop presence. The taste is pretty mild. Some lightly tropical, but mostly generic bitterness is largely overshadowed by the heavy caramel malt presence (though not a big sweetness - this beer is pretty dry). Seems somewhat out of balance. Mouthfeel is strong in carbonation and a medium body with some malty stickiness. Overall, this is a very drinkable, very (caramel) malt forward IPA with a mild tropical/generic bitterness. Not nearly my favorite, but not bad. I would call it pretty distinctly average.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I dont believe that I tasted the freshest can, I didnt see a date on the can, so cant affirm or deny. Poured from can into a pilsner glass. Nice orange color which fades to yellow on the outside of the beer. 1/4 inch head that laced the whole glass. Picture alone, this looks like an amazing beer.
Smell was barely apparent. I tried several times to get any aroma at all. I do pick up a faint aroma of orange, pineapple and other citrus notes. No pine smell at all.
Taste is average. Not anything surprising or breath taking. No real note supercedes the rest. Faint hints of orange and citrus fade to a very faint sign of pine on the end.
I rated the mouthfeel better after reading the abv. For having 6.1%, its very easy to drink.
My overall attitude of this beer is that it is ok. Not a great one, and not a bad one. Then again I have no idea how fresh my sample was.

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Photo of corby112
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark golden copper/amber color with dark ruby red edges hen held to a light source and a massive frothy three finger off-white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of pineapple, range peel, mango along with subtle earthy pine, subtle light fruit and alcohol.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice balance of sweet citrus, earthy hops and malt backbone. Not overly bitter with hints of grapefruit and pineapple as well as some pine needle and biscuit/graham cracker malt. Slightly dry finish. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. There was no date on the can so I'm not sure how fresh it was, and thinking my can was a touch old based on my perception vs some of the other reviews.

Aroma - slightly cloudy, murky copper, decent foam that faded quickly but left some lacing around the top of the glass

Smell - very little hop aroma, maybe just a hint of citrus and a little more pine, but really had to work to smell it

Taste - malty sweetness then bitterness, but nothing outstanding in the way of distinct flavors

Mouthfeel - decent carbonation, lower alcohol for an IPA, easy to drink

Overall - I had this at a tasting not too long ago and remembered it being much better, so I'm thinking the can I bought may have been old. That said this is a decent IPA, nice that it's in a can, but also nothing stands out about it, either.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Orange-y, light amber. Lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Nice citrus hop aroma that’s pretty minimal of a NW IPA, a nice chance.

Taste: Malt flavor is rapidly replaced with a pretty bitter lasting hop finish. T

Mouthfeel: darn easy drink....

Drinkability: Tasty beer, I’d drink this again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Golden orange color with nice chunky foam head. Good lacing. Strong hop aroma with fruityness to it.
Taste is of bitter hop bite with some malts. Slightly soapy and lightly fruity.
Mouthfeel is dry and bitter...
Its ok...not great and not missing this brew in NY. Sorry caldera, but not for me.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always interested in a can.

Appearance - A deep copper/amber color. Very clear. Half inch of white soapy head. Laces well.

Smell - Some grapefruit hops, with a touch of pine. Also a little sweet malt. The hops are a little subdued.

Taste - Follows the smell. There is some nice hops up front, but the malt really comes through at the end. There is a real sweetness, and a little burnt maltiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty decent, it's a nice beer, but nothing special.

This is a maltier "east coast" style ipa. It's a pretty good beer, but not necessarily my favorite.

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Photo of icehawk
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bread, spice, citrus
Appearance: Dark amber with robust foamy white head
Taste: A bready, slightly sweet forepalate that leads to bitterness
Palate: Medium mouthfeel, with a lot of maltyness. Slightly bitter finish.
Overall: Fairly malty, bordering on a belgian style ipa.

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Photo of woemad
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Bottles in Millwood for $1.69. No freshness date. First time I'd seen this beer.

Poured a golden orange color with a creamy, two-inches of off-white head. Strings of lace were seen clinging to the sides of my glass.

The nose was citrusy in a grapefruity sort of way, with some peppery notes. Definitely seemed like a WCIPA.

A bit more herbal in the taste than in the nose, and there's a pineyness that didn't seem to come through in the aroma, all in addition to the citrus noted in the nose. Bone dry finish. While diverse in terms of hoppiness, the malts seem a little too anemic for the beer's own good, and the hops aren't beefy enough to be a true scorcher of an IPA.

Fairly light bodied, though with a mouthfeel that is mildly slick with hop resin.

A mediocre IPA. Beefing up the malts to provide a bit more counterpoint would improve it. Should I find myself in Ashland, I'll give this a try on tap. For now, I'm glad I tried it, but this won't make me switch from Laughing Dog's IPA (my local, go-to IPA)anytime soon.

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Photo of harrymel
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can date:unk

A: Pours a copper ale with two fingers of peanut head which falls slowly to a thick quilt of the same. Cobweb lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Mango and papayas with some citrus notes and some resinous notes as well. Malts are sweet and subdued.

T: Lightly bittered, oxidized malts. Some raisin notes and some nice citrus (grapefruit and orange) flavors. The malts are quite oxidized and that's just not cool. Not bad, but not great either.

M: Medium bodied with surprisingly low carb. Lightly slick finish.

O: About average. Good nose, but taste is nothing to call home about. Decent hit for a can.

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Photo of Phelps
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a small snifter.

Light sunset orange color with perfect clarity and a grayish-white head that deposits speckles of lace.

Honeyed biscuits and spicy hops in nose. Clean, understated and balanced.

Caldera’s website says this was brewed with Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo -- which has me confused, because my taste buds are calling these hops earthy and spicy, with none of the usual snap of American-grown hops. Perhaps it’s the abundance of malt throwing things off — there’s a lot of toasty biscuits, bread and uncooked pale barley before the clean, dry finish.

The medium body exhibits a very light touch of carbonation and soft silky fizziness. Lightly bitter.

I found Caldera’s IPA very similar to their pale, with maybe a half step up in each category. While both beers are enjoyable enough, they lack the hoppy bite I crave in American-brewed versions of this style.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Resiny lemon and orange pith up front. Clean fermentation character. Moderate pine notes as well.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a sticky off-white head that retains well.

Flavor: More pithy orange and lemon hop notes up front. Balance is to the bitterness. Background cracker-like malt base. Finish is nice and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly oily. No astringency.

Overall impression: The hops seemed a little subdued and not that fresh. It wasn't bad but nothing to remember either.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 20 Jul 2009.

Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Extra large fizzy beige head. Light carbonation. Faintly hazy golden orange color. Citric and buttery toffee aroma. Grapefruit pithiness to start and throughout. Moderate caramel and toastiness. Somewhat buttery (A is ok with that in an IPA). Bittersweet lingering aftertaste. Moderate ethnanol. Medium body.

Just don't like the butteriness in IPAs...

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