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Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

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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
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179
For Trade:
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Reviews: 509 | Ratings: 1,265
Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 2/9/14

Appearance: Pours almost entirely clear, some chill haze, deep orange and copper with some light amber - pours with a medium-sized head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice spots of lacing though

Smell: Hello, Simcoe? (maybe?) - lively and hoppy, with a lot of citrus and some pine - orange, grapefruit, and a touch of lemon - orange and grapefruit juice - grass and some pine - a vague spiciness - caramel and pale malts - undercooked biscuits and toasted bread

Taste: Actually pretty balanced for something from the West Coast - big hop presence, with orange and grapefruit - citrus flesh and juice, with a touch of pith - moderate bitterness - some grass, pine resin, and some herbal/spicy notes - caramel malts, with some pale flavors in the background - toasty biscuits - crystal malt - a little mint in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, nicely carbonated, kind of watery but in a good way

Overall: Solid and somewhat memorable

This is a tasty IPA. It's not the best I've ever had, but that statement is not particularly meaningful in the IPA category. This has some nice citrus, pine, and mint. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an orange/amber with a white head.

S: Fresh orange juice/zest, a little pine, in the nose.

T: A bit floral, pine, orange, very fresh-tasting, and delicious.

M: Medium bodied, not overly carbonated.

O: This is a great IPA, nice and citric. I think cans are great for keeping in the freshness and keeping out the light. Delicious beer, try it.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another in a slew of very pretty IPAs I've been drinking lately. Amber body, pillowy off white head, good retention, good lacing.

Up front I get... Something kind of abrasive, but I can't quite put my finger on it. There's a caramel juiciness hiding behind... whatever it is, as well as some citrus hops.

The undetermined -- is that what they are talking about when they say it smells like cat pee (I don't have cats...)? -- does not continue into the taste, where the caramel undertone and juicy tropical fruits take more of a front seat. Towards the back end it gets a steeper bitterness, maybe some pine, but still a lot of citrus.

Very smoothe and drinkable. Good carbonation, I wouldn't describe it as sweet per se, but it is very soft and easy drinking, despite the definite hop bitterness on the finish. Certainly a viable IPA that I would gladly drink again, but I'm VERY glad I picked it up in Portland at literally half the price for a six pack as what it costs in St Louis.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caldera IPA has a thick, creamy, slightly off-white head, a mostly clear, orange appearance, with powdery white sediment suspended throughout, and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of very pronounced, piney hops and rich, sweet white bread. Taste is of the same, with an strong, but not overwhelming bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat slick, and a bit prickly. Caldera IPA finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and not the least bit alcohilic. Overall, this is outstanding.

RJT

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Photo of Omnium
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can > Tulip Glass

A - Poured out a cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy khaki head, some mild lacing
S - Very grassy, earthy, a little citrus zest
T - Unbearable amount of diacetyl, completely repulsive, its unreal to thing this thing would ever have been produced. It took me all I had to finish half of this thing. I couldnt even tell any other flavor at how much buttery gross flavor this thing had.
M - Oily and slick, coats your palate.
O - This thing is an outright joke, I would have liked to tried it without the palate-obliterating level of diacetyl, because it might have been ok, but this one was totally drain-worthy.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep rusty amber color with a muscular off-white pillow of foam on top and plentiful lacing. The aroma is a somewhat light but tasteful blend of allspice and leafy pine hops. The flavor brings a nice blend of pine hops and nutty bright malt sweetness. There's a hint of orange citrus bite but overall this is a fairly mellow, highly drinkable IPA with solid hop action and generally enjoyable flavor. Medium bodied with a luscious feel.

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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 Brad007
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear copper with a creamy and generous off-white head that laces and leaves a constant blanketing while drinking. The nose presents huge notes of caramelized sugar, dripping citrus fruits, and blended booze. Similar characteristics come forward in the taste with an initial rush of tropical citrus fruits that mellow into a sweet caramel candy bitterness and finishes with a biting bitter booziness. It's medium bodied, sweet-bitter balanced, well carbonated, slightly boozy, but all around drinkable when decanted and given ample time to breathe/warm a bit. Definitely an IPA worth trying for the price, format, and availability.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fine glass of ipa here, well made, well hopped, and excellent fall drinking. however, it lacked any distinctive element to make it memorable from the rest. great reddish hue to this, clear and copper, with an inch of soapy white foam, weightless yet dense. the nose has a good malt backbone, red and caramel malts give it a little more depth than convention mandates, and the hops used appear to be diverse and abundant. the flavor confirms what the nose suspected, a slightly sweet hoppy treat, with more balance and body than I personally need in an ipa, but striking bitterness on the back end is well received. too filling for more than a few, carbonation is right where is should be, and the aftertaste is long and hop forward. overall a nice first beer from caldera for me, but it didn't stand out as anything unique.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I wasn't overly impressed with this one because it seems to be lacking in hops, a key ingredent in the making of IPA's.
Perhaps it's old, perhaps not. It's the chance you take with beer stores.
It didn't look too bad. It had hazy clarity and a tall beige head that receeded slowly.
In the aroma all I got was sweet caramel malts. I tried to sniff out some hops but could not.
In the taste one finds sweet caramel malts and then some hoppy bitterness which was quite intense. The bitterness comes through about half way.
Drinks smooth and gentle. It's clean with a bitter ending.
Overall I need hops. This beer I could find none.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love the sorta Macedonian flag thing they've got going on behind the cauldron, eh? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, very light caramel, pine resin, light leek, and a nice helping of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the pine (now a touch earthier) and the caramel-y biscuit balanced very nicely, while still allowing the hops to have their full say. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and drying finish. Overall, a nice IPA, one that shows that even the West Coast knows how to balance an IPA.

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Photo of dwren89
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: good clarity, amber orange, but leaning more towards amber with thick moussey off white head

Aroma: biscuit and toast notes with some floral and pine hop notes. Well balanced aroma but not particularly aromatic

Taste: surprisingly malty for an IPA. Well developed toast and biscuit notes that finish nicely bitter and hoppy with some balanced pine and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: full and smooth. A very comfortable and easy drinking beer that has good carbonation and full mouthfeel

Overall: A pretty solid IPA overall, I wouldn't put it in my top 10 but its not bad. Good balance and well developed malt character but lacking in some hop flavor that I was desiring when I bought this IPA.

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Photo of dougfur
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orangy color with a decent head. Smell is fairly strong and all oniony hops. The taste is similar. It's a well balanced, well brewed beer, but I can't dig the oniony flavor. If you like Deviant Dales, you'll probably like this one a lot too. A tad on the bitter side too.

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Photo of da_beers
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Great orangish amber pour with two fingers of off white head. Good amount of carbonation coming up. Nice head retention.

S - Great floral hops off the bat. Has a tangy scent of fruit as well. Lemony/citurs. Nice malt characteristics as well.

T - Very nice. not an ordinary hop exploded IPA (nice change). Nice earthy/floral notes from hops. Has a bright flavor too, from the citrus characteristic. Sweet malts are balanced perfectly.

M - Medium body, great across the palate. Very smooth. Good carbonation level.

O - Impressed. I like this west coast IPA out of Oregon. Has a very nice hop/malt balance, but not killer on the hops, very nice.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick off-white head with a decent retention.
Sweet bready malt and fruity aroma. Notes of caramel.
Well rounded flavor. Notes of grapefruit, tropical fruits, slightly toasted malts which are quite present and caramel with hints of pine and resin. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
Not a heavy weight IPA, more malty and relatively mellower on the hop area, but extremely well balanced and perfectly executed.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep copper color. Big, rocky, off-white head slowly settles to a half finger width. Great retention. Large patches of lace stick around after every drink.

Lots of malt sweetness. Caramel and some honey. Hops come through subtly, with some citrus and very mild floral aspects.

Much like the nose, sweetness is first and foremost. Bready malt. Finishes with a floral/herbal bitterness. No long lingering aftertaste. Drinks too easily and quickly to leave any. Medium body with mild carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Like this one. Great summer beer.

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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

Can
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 ADZA
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Never heard of this before but it's a canned IPA so why not it pours a bronzed amber hue with a creamy two finger head and clingy lacing around the sides of glass,the smell is very malty it's caramel,toffee,marzipan,a touch of blood orange and boiled candy,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes just like the aroma with hints of sweet caramel,toffee,butterscotch and that's where the sweetness ends and the pine,blood orange bitterness begins and it really does save the brew for me it's quite an obvious collision of sweet malts and bitter hops where they all make themselves known yet know where they stand,overall a nice IPA which allows each ingredient to shine In their own right and a good one for the novice palette to IPA land cheers.

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Photo of McStagger
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Aggressive pour leads to three fingers slightly-darker-than-eggshell white. Fairly dark, hazy orange. Carbonation is moderate. Retention is above average. Lacing is stellar.

S: Big, big malt outta this one. Lot of toffee, some caramel. Little bit of hay, and barnyard. Not a lot of hop presence. What is there is leafy and woodsy, with mild fruitiness.

T: Oregon IPA, we meet again. Honeyed malt meets the palate, which slides into a woody, earthy hoppiness. Very balanced, with much more maltiness than I am used to. The bitterness finally comes through on the end, but it is fairly brief. The malt maintains the edge here, being slightly toasty, with the hops bringing on more of a leafy and earthy presence and a touch resinous. Very little citrus and no tropical or stone fruit. Aftertaste has more citrus, with the bitter rind coming through.

M: Full on the mouth without being too cloying.

O: Solid IPA. Malt heavy, without a lot of fruitiness, but this seems to be standard with Pacific Northwest style IPA's. Still, fun to try something new!

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Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden honey hue with a settled down off-white merengue crown that actually lasts.

Aromas are of mild hop, over-ripe pineapple and malt. Very fresh aroma; like cool morning dew in a hop lea. Dryer sheet material.

Huge bitter hopleaf front with a semi-sweet heavy malt support. And of course tropical fruits noted.

Mouthfeel is creamy, satiable, and cuurushable! Just 'nuf carbonation.

Maybe a tad maltier than I prefer, but not a big deal-just nice to change IPAs up. Solid IPA overall that I would buy again.

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

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is clear coppery-orange with a 2-finger bubbly off-white head that sticks around for awhile. Some bubbly lace left on the side of the glass.

S: Citrusy hops. Not terribly strong in the nose, but it smells good for an IPA. Some caramel malt underneath.

T: Caramel malt foundation is followed up by hops - citrusy and even a touch grassy. Finishes minerally with some lingering sweetness underneath. More like an APA in some ways than an American IPA.

M: Medium in heft, modestly creamy in feel.

O: Good. Not blown away by it, but it's good.

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Photo of JimKal
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours into both a tulip and a SA Perfect Pint. It forms a magnificent two+ finger head. In fact, with the SA perfect pint I have to be careful because, with the head, it fills it to the brim. Dark gold with a fluffy white head.

S: Big citrus hit for me

T: This is very hop forward and impressive given its relatively low ABV for a big IPA. Not much pine but a lot of citrus notes.

M: a wonderful balance of bitter and carbonation leads to an above average mouthfeel.

O: This is becoming one of my favorite IPAs. It will be a constant presence in my fridge.

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Photo of rangerred
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium brown with a one finger thick white head. Very good head retention with ok lacing.

The aroma is very different from what I was expecting. It is very earthy with hints of pine thrown in. Musty and dank. There is quite a bit of malt as well.

The taste closely follows the aroma with earth and pine making up the majority of the flavor. Burnt caramel and toast along with some biscuit. Slightly resiny with bitterness only on the moderate side and a fairly sticky finish.

Overall, a unique IPA that seems more British than American and is very malt-forward. Very good nonetheless and worth picking up.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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