Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
89
very good
509 Reviews
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
Reviews:
509
Ratings:
1,265
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
15.66%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
179
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 509 | Ratings: 1,265
Photo of madtappers
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

one word WOW! this has to be one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, the hop profile is well preseved inside its 12 oz can.

Pours a warm copper color with a huge floral aroma of hops. I would say the freshness of the hops makes it almost over hopped and hard to drink. But, it is a must for any hop head to try.

Not your average canned beer...try one you love it or hate it...

 379 characters

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.

 797 characters

Photo of sholland119
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with a thin white head and really good retention.

S-Plentiful grapefruit hops with a solid malt backbone.

T-Does not live up to the promise of the nose but still pleasant. Sweet malt in the front with a solid earthy hop finish.

M-Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

D-Nicely drinkable.

HV

 326 characters

Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with a two-finger head. Decent retention. Nice lacing. Nice carbonation.

Nice pine aroma. Some grapefruit-pineapple to the nose as well but mainly pine.

Very nice flavor. Slightly roasted dry finish with just a twinge of fruitiness. Excellent bitters all the way through. Slightly thin feel, though.

Overall, very nice.

 340 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, auburn/amber color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. Sweet notes of grapefruit and orange peel.

T - It was very peppery and spicy with a smooth burnt toast maltiness. Some subtle citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Here in the Midwest the price tag was a bit high, though.

 448 characters

Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as the look goes on this one, it looks kinda copper as I stare down into the can. Its a caldera baby, celebrate the can and drink from it.

This is a nice smelling ipa, moderate amount of pine, and citrus. Smells like cascade hops.

As far as taste its not scrape your tongue hoppy, but it is definitely flavorful. Has the bitterness in the corners of your mouth feeling. Its piney and floral.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and a bit dry.

Overall a very well rounded session ipa.

 478 characters

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, shipped by blackistopheles

served appropriately with dinner

appearance: cool can. poured into an imperial pint glass, light copper-amber body with a foamy beige cap and pretty strong lacing. somewhat cloudy

smell: light citrus, floral hops, grapefruit and light pine

taste: pretty good canned IPA that i would definitely purchase if it were available (good canned beers are quite valuable for the baseball and football seasons). this one is a modest but very pleasant ipa - quiet floral, fading hops, grapefruit, tea, caramel malt base

mouthfeel: light bitterness, medium body, no alcohol to be found

drinkability: good

 638 characters

Photo of naterock
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip from a can with a two finger head and a deep copperish golden color with a slight reddish hue.

smells like a slight twinge of alcohol and a floral yet citrusy hop aroma. and a sugary sweet malt backbone.

Taste is bitterup front with a citrusy tongue with a sweet malt finish. relly quite impresive for my first craft beer from a can. super complex and tasty as hell.

Mouth is suprisingly clean with a bite in the front. drinks moderately and really suprised me. For the cost I can't say it's worth it. 14.99 a six pack is steep for this one but it is a damn fine beer.

 592 characters

Photo of SpecialK088
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a a Chouffe Flute

A-Very deep nice amber/dark copper laces thick and sticky down the glass, very sexy looking in the glass.

S-very floral bitter hop smell. Grapefruit notes very citrusy.

T-Much like the nose great bitterness in the front middle and back. Has a nice sweet malt quality in the middle, almost like a sweeter orange flavor very subtle but adds alot.

M-Medium body near perfect on the carbonation.

D-Only reason this is not a 5 is the price everything else about this beer on this section is flawless.

 541 characters

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the EOU faculty lounge in The Big.

Light orange body under one finger slowly dissapating white head, exceptional lacing. Floral hops in the nose with light sweetness of malt, not too sweet. A very nice balance of grassy, grapefruit hops with delicate malty overtones on the taste buds. Nice carbonation in mouthfeel, and a very drinkable brew. A very pleasant surprise, looking forward to trying this in cans on a hot summer day.

 440 characters

Photo of dakid618
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking 12oz can poured into pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with tons of frothy head and gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very piney hoppy smell. Taste is a slap in the tongue with pine followed by orange citrus. Amazing hop profile on par with super hopped double/imperial IPA's. Light dry mouthfeel that really dries out your mouth. Great drinkability hindered only by the hop blast that will quickly leave your taste buds dulled. Overall this is an amazing IPA that blows my mind every time I drink it.

 528 characters

Photo of Kraken
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/9/09

Ohh Baby!! Love reviewing canned beer. I have been looking forward to this one for about a week now.

Poured from a bright yellow can into a 16ox pint glass. Firm pour yields a 1/8 inch head that holds for a while. Lacing is pretty good. Color is a caramel/copper amber.

Nose- Deep pine, and Floral citrus, orange, some lemon and grapefruit. Gooey caramel.

Taste- Whoa, very nice. Lots of pine. Smooth caramel. Bitter pithy grapefruit, lemon zest. Some light sweetness. Grainy smoothness. Pronounced bitterness. Finishes with some nice floral citrus, lots of candied orange. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- active, slightly oily.

Drinkability- Good. Very hoppy. I love canned beer.

 692 characters

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, some sweet malt, and some earthy malt. Overall, a very tasty IPA and by far the best beer I've ever had from a can. This was practically mind blowing for me to really enjoy a canned beer. Definitely worth a try!

 476 characters

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can a slightly-hazed amber gold with a huge frothy off-white head.

Juicy aroma of grapefruit and pine hops and sweet, bready malts.

Hoppy bitterness upfront with the grapefruit and pine. Sweet malts and caramel offer a good balance.

Lighter bodied, crisp and dry, with a moderate carbonation.

A super sessionable and flavorful IPA from Caldera. A bit steep at $12 a sixer, but then again, I'd much rather have one of these outdoors than most other options.

 477 characters

Photo of HopDerek
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with a can.

Pours a clear amber color with 3 fingers of tall foamy off-white head. Great retention leaves lots of lacing stick. Smells of caramel, pine, grapefruit, and spicy hops. Tastes of toasted grains, caramel, citrus fruits, and bitter spicy and earthy hops in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Crisp and balanced with a nice woodsy bitter finish. Easy to drink and enjoyable. A solid sessionable IPA that has me looking forward to trying more stuff from Caldera.

 523 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can I picked up at State Line this past weekend.

A: In my Duvel glass, this IPA sits a rather dark amber with an off-white head with good retention and gorgeous lacework.

S: On the nose, there's some heady and bitter pine with some grapefruit pungency. The balance leans towards the bittering hops on this one. Malt presence is light and is easily countered by some citrus and spicy aroma hops

T: Opens up with plenty of bitterness - pine, grapefruit and white pepper. Hop flavor is moderate with a little bit of citrus. Thin malt backbone with a hint of caramel sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter

M: Fairly light in body with good hop bitterness, soft carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. The finish could be improved if there was some resiny character from the hops.

D: This is fairly enjoyable, the bitterness just might be a bit high for my palate

 862 characters

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

Got this on a swap from some BA friends. Cool, hippy art can. Pours a clear medium amber with a pillowy, almost nitro-looking head that stays put.
The first aroma is hops, as you would expect in a West Coast IPA. Lots of grapefruit and pine, a little bit of grass. Brown sugar and lightly toasted bread malts are present.
Flavors mimic the aroma pretty closely. Lots of grapefruit, pine and grass. The malts come through more than in the aroma.
Medium bodied. Somewhat low carbonation, again resembling a nitro beer. A little sticky/oily.
Pretty drinkable. Nice flavors and body. Not too boozy, but not quite sessionable.
A quality entry in a crowded beer style. I was glad to try it, but there are just as many good ones available locally too.

 745 characters

Photo of pinotboy007
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark gold, almost amber ale with a nice, dense, bubbly head that descends slowly and leaves nice lacing. The head revives with a swirl.

S - Pine and grapefruit with a touch of wet leather.

T/M - Hops and leather with a touch of pine and grapefruit. Nicely supportive carbonation. The trick was to let it warm up a bit. As it warmed, it became more complex and rich. When it was cold it came across as a bit thinner so choose/make your preference.

D - The alcohol is in check. If you choose to drink it cold it's ideal as a warm weather ale. Otherwise, enjoy it with seafood (e.g., mussels). Yum.

 602 characters

Photo of mtrentm
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can to a pint glass.

A: Light rust orange copper color with a one-finger white yellowish hued head. Nice sticky lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Not a blast of hops on the nose as expected from a NW IPA but improves as it warms. Smelling of grapefruit, oranges & a smell ever so familiar to when I lived in Eugene (Ganja).

T: Amazing flavor! Starts out off-dry kind of sweet, then BAM the hops hit! Very nice bitterness with pine & citrus flavors & a little bit of that Ganja flavor from the nose. Finishes with some caramel & great bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied, with a nice refreshing crispness.

D: Very drinkable IPA, always a go to favorite since I love the bitterness it provides!

 724 characters

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice off-white head over a light amber colored beer, good retention and light lacing

s: nice nose of tropical fruit juice hops, grassy, not as vivid as some but certainly pleasant with aromas of pineapple and passionfruit, pale base malt supports lightly sweet caramelized sugars

m: carbonation on the lighter side of medium, medium body, smooth

t: pale and caramel malts provide a base for a leafy tropical hop flavor, malts are a pretty weak, my only knock on this one...could use a touch more grainy caramel for balance and to increase flavor complexity, moderate to high grapefruit bitterness

d: no problem, a solid ipa

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

6//24/2013: The hops I get now are more woody, musty, bruised citrus, and allium. Still, a nice beer and the profile is interesting. Gonna leave the scores be.

 840 characters

Photo of jdoncbus
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclederby!

Poured into Sam Adams BL glass. Pours honey color, hazy, good amount of carbonation with a fluffy three finger head. As the head slowly decreases, clings heavily to the side of the glass; nice show.

A rather tame aroma consisting of grass, floral-pine, sourdough, with a touch of funk. Images of that candy I got every Halloween, bottlecaps, creep into my head.

Piney, earthy hops attack the palate; more flower than citrus in this NW IPA. Just enough caramel and bready malt to provide a little balance with touches of butterscotch. The finish is a grassy, bitter greens that drys the mouth to Sahara like levels. A touch of alcohol too.

The can tells the story with a handful of hops boiling a black pot, did I mention the can? A tasty brew that cures whatever ails 'ya; hophead elixir. I could drink a lot more of this and dig the 6.5%.

 867 characters

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.

 350 characters

Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into nonic.

Crystal clear honey amber hue with a thick two finger head that seems to last forever.

The malts are well hidden behind very aromatic piney hops. A little bit of honey is in the background. Though the hops are sharp, the seem slightly subdued.

Toasty grains set the base, which linger throughout. The hops provide a citrusy and bitter flavor, with a little bit of lingering sweet fruit. Full bodied.

This one seemed to disappear from my glass quickly. Very drinkable and well rounded. I like this one a little better than their Pale Ale, although both are good. Recommended.

 599 characters

Photo of bbothen
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/rust like color with a bubbly 2 finger deep head. Lots of sticky webbing left on glass as it's drank...drunk..drinken...drunken...

Somewhat subdued hoppy aroma, tropical orange & citric aromas, malts come through well, bisquit, toast. Nice.

Toasty, bready malts give way to the nice hoppiness, grapefruit, orange peel, lime zest, some caramel sweetness, somewhat herbal.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, juicy, yeah juicy.

Another highly drinkable brew from Caldera. Wish I had access to this all the time. Would be frequently in my camping stock & disc golf bag.

 596 characters

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear caramel amber with a couple fingers of poofy off-white head. A thin and foamy layer of retention flares up very nicely, leaving a big creamy cascade of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is rich with a ton of tropical fruit character, along with floral notes, spice, and some bread.

The taste is a moderatley bitter and spicy hop profile that is well balanced by citrus and toasted bready malts. I'm not getting a lot of sweetness out of the backbone but it's enough to even things out. Finishes with a dry lingering combo of bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely mellow and creamy feel. Very easy feeling overall.

I've been wanting to try some of Caldera's offerings and this didn't disappoint. Nicely balanced IPA flavors with a big drinkibility and I love the fact that this is in cans. Nice!

 882 characters

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,265 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe