Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,276 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:
1,276
Reviews:
510
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
183
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,276 |  Reviews: 510
Photo of Schmaltzy
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium amber color with a 1-2 finger head with some lacing.

S - You get hit with the regular Pine and Citrus but also some sweet malt on the back end

T - Flavor was thinner than some IPA's but still nice with the Pine and Citrus, almost a little too much malt on the back end for me and not as smooth as I would have hoped.

M - Crisp IPA light/medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Pretty Good. The best canned IPA I have had, although it was my first canned IPA.

Next time I think I would rather have two Pliny's to a six pack of this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stradling the fence of an American Amber Ale and an IPA, this beer definately has a sweet side.

Pouring a firm amber color and with brilliant clarity, the beer carries an impressive foamy off-white head, retains well, and laces even better. A quentessential IPA look, but even a mild haze would have been alright.

Caramel richness and piney, grassy, citrusy scents swirl for a somewhat succulent but pungent and sharp hop scents adorn the rim for a balanced and inviting aroma.

Flavors of sun kissed barley malt, deep caramels (almost toffee) and bread crust give a much richer malt contribution to flavor than I'm used to in an IPA. But the hop allow for a zesty flavor of grapefruit, orange zest, fresh cut grass, and spruce that are signature IPA flavors. With no off flavors, esters and phenols to a minimum the beer is well brewed- but the malty rich recipe gives me reason to ponder.

Sweetness in taste result in a creamier and richer body. Creaminess early lingers well into the mid palate and finish before the hops and alcohol force a terse dryness very very late.

A very good beer but the caramel sweetness makes the beer attempt balance where IPA's should be the showcase for hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness. Maltiness also interferes with the body and hinders the crisp and dry attributes needed for greatness in the style.

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Photo of Morockm
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nUgZ
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper color with a 3 finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops, malt, alcohol, and also the aroma of tea. There's something about the smell that I don't quite like...maybe the tea smell.

T: Fairly heavy malt flavors but with enough hops to balance it out. Nice bitterness in the finish. Somewhat piney flavor.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A little lighter than my ideal IPA but very easy to drink.

O: Overall, this is a very drinkable IPA. Nice balance and good flavor. Lighter than my usual IPA's and the smell leaves something to be desired. A good option for when bottles won't work.

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Photo of vandeir_bochi
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. SIngle purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Clear amber-orange with 1-2 finger, off-white head with average retention but lots of lacing.

S: Complex and sumptuous aromas of pine, citrus, sweet caramel and pale malt, tropical fruit, and leaf all come through to present a most appetizing brew.

T: the flavor does not deliver fully on the promising smell and it is dominated by earthy, leafy bitterness that leaves all complexity behind. The malt flavors peek through to a minor extent with some balancing sweetness. This is a great beer for hopsheads who like pure raw bitterness hitting them in the mouth.

M: Pretty slick and coating with low-medium carbonation and a spicy-bitter aftertaste.

D: A not bad, not great IPA that won't win any awards for value. It will win for rawness and unrestrained bitterness, which, even though I like hoppy IPAs, is not my favorite combination.

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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 brewskifan55
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet

A: hazy amber with an off-white head with plenty of staying power. Significant lacing.

S: grapefruit-y hops, earthy. Grainy. Citrus.

T: Smooth, bitter hops that don't bite. Light caramel malts that blend for a very pleasant combo. Grassy. Citrus-y.

M : light to medium. Dry finish.

O: Great IPA. One I would seek out again. Thanks, Cliff.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Pours three fingers of foamy head on a clear straw body.
The aroma has pine and lemon, then a bright spot of mango and pineapple.
The taste has moderate pine and lemon bitterness, balanced by big malt. Short bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Slightly hazy, deep amber with a two finger, off-white head.

Smell. Lemon and orange rinds with a little herbal earthyness

Taste. Bitter pink grapefruit with a good hit of caramel malt, A little acrid on the tongue but turns into a nice bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-strong carbonation. A little thin and a little warm alcohol.

Drinkability. A good drinker. Seems a bit acidic, but a good long hoppy finish keeps me gulping this one down.

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Photo of Rage42
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark red, copper color.

White head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Caldera has done a great job and sealed it in i can!

Orange, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit pine, and sweet caramel malt. Bitterness at the end.

Great body and medium carbonation.

A really good Westcoast-IPA !

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Photo of BendMTB
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Cycle69
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Bell's Tulip

Many thanks to a great fellow BA, 4balance.

A: Pours a copper-orange color with a slightly off white 2finger head.

S: Smells of pine and hops. A tiny bit of citrus is lingering about.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, some piney hop bite with a citrus finish.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

O: Overall a decent IPA in a can. It doesn't quite hold up to some IPA's, but it's easy drinking with great flavor. Also, It's in a CAN!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a re-review. The original review follows the new one:

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 3+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy with pine behind it and a touch of toffee;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mildly bitter ending;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not my style of IPA, but is well within the style guidelines; very different from my first tasting;

My original review with the original scores:

A: cloudy; bronze - a little darker than I expected; 2 finger egg shell head that receded slowly leaving a spotty film; nice lacing; (3.5)

S: balanced; hops are predominant, especially pine, but malt is clearly there; pineapple in the background; (3.5)

T: earthy, not at all like the nose; very little bitterness; an odd sweetness in the finish - not malty, more sugary - off putting; (3)

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; (3.5)

O: really liked it until I tasted it; when I expected it to get bitter, it got sweet instead; no date on can; perhaps it was old; I'll try it again as some point; (3.25)

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Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger off white head that has decent retention. The head is frothy and bubbly with a little lacing on the head. The color of the beer is copper color with dark reddish hues. The clarity of clear with some carbonation bubbles.

Nose: There is a good pine, floral bouquet, and grapefruit with some citrus. There is a nice toasty malt. Other aromas are solvents and yeast.

Taste: A nice hop flavor that is pine floral, and grapefruit with some citrus. The malt is a strong backbone with a toasty note. Other flavors is solvents, yeast, and there is a tinny note.

The mouth feel is astringent and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium full. This is a good IPA but there is a metalic note that is off putting. Good beer overall.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head slowly settles to a little more than a quarter inch frothy layer above a bright clear copper to bronze colored beer.

Pine and a bit of citrus hops and quite a bit of caramel malts in the aroma of this IPA.

Light caramel undertones compliment the fresh pine and light citrus hops very well in the taste of this drink.

Light dryish aftertaste with a slight lingering of light caramel and pine needles with this medium bodied beer.

Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked but the malts seem to balance this beer and make it a pretty good drink despite not being as hoppy as desired.

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Photo of Dirt286
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pour was a deep copper with a slight hazy ruby tint. fluffy cloud like head with decent retention and lacing

huge malts with a slight citrus and floral hop scent. mainly orange and pineapple.

bitter up front, a strong pine bitterness with bits of earthy and citrus bitterness. a bit of white grapefruit, orange, and sweet biscuit malts.

very full bodied with proper carbonation. the perfect bite to accompany the flavors.

not bad, has a lot of deep bitterness and is a solid IPA. i would prefer some floral flavors but that is just me. the price here would have me thinking twice about getting more but i would have no issues drinking this again.

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Photo of branimal9
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - cloudy orange-gold with an off-white head that dissipates slightly as it sits. lacing is quite nice though - by the end of the glass, i could find the exact level the beer originally poured to.

aroma - pineapple & marmalade hops. honey as well.

taste - hops taste as they smelled -- slightly bitter & citrus. good malt balance. finish is nice & dry.

mouthfeel - fairly full bodied.

drinkability - quite high. full flavored, but light enough to enjoy more if you'd like. i've had a few of these the last couple weeks at my kickball games. makes for a great portable craft choice.

newly available to those of us in south carolina, this is a tasty choice for those looking for a brew with both full flavor and the portability of a can. will most assuredly enjoy again.

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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 BuckyFresh
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying this tasty brew!

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz can into a large wine glass. This beer ranges in color from golden at the bottom of the glass, to ruby/amber at the top. There's a nice pillowy, khaki one-finger head that recedes at a snail's pace. Great lacing clings to the edges of the glass. Some moderate carbonation is visible in the glass.

Smell: Citrus and pine hop aroma is offset by some sweeter fruit scents and nice caramel malt presence. I'm also getting a touch of bready influence.

Taste: The hops are pretty unrelenting in this one. The malt holds its own though, and breaks through the bitterness a bit at the end. There is actually a touch of sugary sweetness just as the bitterness wears off. The influence is brief and barely finds its way through the hops, but it is a nice counterpoint to the bitter onslaught.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely well balanced. The hops are strong enough to state their case, but subdued enough to let the other flavors have their turn.

Drinkability: A very solid, session-beer contender. I love the can too!

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Photo of beerpirates
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tonmeister
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured in a 16oz Goose Island glass

Appearance: reddish amber with a thick white head

Smell: Malty, Lemony, earthy, No Hop Presence, so not a hoppy IPA. I can tell from the smell.

Taste: This tastes really good. Its very smooth. Not what I was expecting from an IPA. Very unique taste. Tastes follows nose.

Mouthfeel: thin bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, This is a well balanced IPA, it goes down very smooth. I personally would say this is more towards a Pale Ale Style just because it's lacking in the explosive hops, but nonetheless this is a really good brew. I would definitely buy this again. Perfect for a session Beer.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,276 ratings.
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