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Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good
506 Reviews
Caldera IPACaldera IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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:
506
Ratings:
1,254
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 506 | Ratings: 1,254
Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange-amber with a towering head of persistent, lumpy foam. Sugary citrus zestiness, green pine, and a crackery/doughy note in the nose. Very smooth hoppy flavor. It doesn't smack you in the face with any sort of brashness, just lovely fresh hops...orange and pine (definitely some Simcoe in there) with a gradualy increasing bitterness that tends to stick to the inside of the mouth. Not particularly "bright", it leans more towards the dark and dank side with just the right amount of malty sweetness and a touch of honey. Medium bodied, oily, and bitter. Very nice!

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from a 12oz can. My first official gusher I believe. After 1 second of cracking the mouth open the beer gushed out. Probably lost 1/2 - 1 oz. Pours a light amber body with nice orange hues. Big, sticky, lightly off-white head that retains well and leaves beautiful lacing

S - obviously hop-forward with citrus notes or orange and lightly grapefruit. Somewhat sweet but not overly sugary/syrupy. Nice and crisp.

T&M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Big citrus notes of orange a lemon and bittering hop balance. Sweet enough to be really tasty without being cloying. Great citrusy aftertaste. Good malt backbone to bring it all together.

O - Great beer that is full-flavored yet easy to drink. Could definitely have a few of these in a sitting

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

316th review on BA
can to pint
No dating on can

App- Dark amber orange with a gentle 1 1/2 finger pancake head. Big cling in the glass.

Smell- Little bit of crystal malt with some caramel sweet, maybe a pinch of graprefruity IPA'ness.

Taste- A very well done IPA. Malty backbone with a spicy, fruity, candy like chew to it.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Fruits with a little pepper. Good stuff.

Drink- I will have this again. A good IPA from a can.

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

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy, nice copper color with a two finger of khaki, foamy, rocky head that has fantastic retention. Big sticky sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Nose is subtle but juicy hop citrus notes with a hearty malt backbone with some pineapple notes.

T: Taste is a big burst of citrusy hops at the forefront. Grapefruit bitterness abound. Mingled with a slight fruity, pineapple and hop presence. The grapefruit really lays throughout the beer, even when a nice hearty caramel malt begins to come in. Finish has a subtle more grassy note hop with a slight lemon peel taste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice slick and oily, but kind of dries in the finish.

D: Goes down dangerously easy, very tasty, nice kick, not too filling, great representation of style. I could sit with this for an evening.

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

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass. Beer is orange and clear. Tight white head forms and when it falls away leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is medium.

Aroma is good but pretty simple. It is piney hop aroma and not much else, I may detect a little sweetness. It is attractive.

Clean drinking beer, good bitterness all at the back finishes nearly completely. I would describe this as well balanced. As you drink it the aftertaste builds on you slightly, still a very drinkable beer. Body is medium, which is fine. I like this IPA.

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

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Beautiful transparent amber, half finger off white head and some decent lacing

S - Huge hop and huge malt. Slightly sweet malt, huge sapling hop, citrus fruit, big floral, pine and something in this maybe more than one thing is toasted, roasted or something along those lines

T - So bitter up front, hops, citrus hops, floral hops and hops, hops hops. A bit of resin. Nice balanced malty backbone, toasted, earthy and bitter through and though

M - Weed and resin! Puckers the whole mouth with glorious bitterness and a bit of sweet at the end. Sticky and lingers for a long while

D - This is not your average IPA. This is a hop and bitterness beast. Amazing smells and tastes, but if you are frightened of bitters, stay away. If you are like me, enjoy

Final thought - If you like hops, bitterness and weed, this IPA is for you

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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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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.
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