Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

very good
510 Reviews
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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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 datalager
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can. It is attractive, with a clear amber body, and a frothy head that leaves nice fat lacing. Smell is good for a brew cold out of the fridge. Bready, slight spruce. Wow!!! Flavor is fantastic!!! Bitter, citrusy, piney, malty...a perfect blend! Mouth feel is also right on. Overall I put this in the top West coast IPA's that I've had. Impressive. "May I please have another!?!"

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy copper peach color off white head thin dissipates quickly some lacing
Smell grapefruit orange peel hops piney nose.
Taste mild hoppy flavor slightly floral fairly juicy not super hoppy I was a little disappointed wanted a little more hops
Feel smooth light bodied IPA little twang from the hops on the backend
Overall a decent beer i would have again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Time to bleed this brew. Canned on 7/8/15.

Look is nice, with a honey colored body; 80% opaque. Head is large and in charge, popcorn colored and 4 fingers leaving tons of lace to gawk at. Wouldn't change much here.

Um, tons of armpit and onion in the aroma, with a faint hiss of grapefruit/pineapple. A little bit of lemon/citrus too, can't quite put my finger on it, but imagination must be utilized in order to get past the initial stanky vagina of death smell. A touch of potato, a touch of biscuit malt.

Taste is pretty damn solid, albeit a sipper; with a great hop-forward flavor but more juicy than bitter; the entire essence of the hop is used, not just as a bittering agent. A strong amount of lemon, with a bit of buttery cracker, biscuit malt, and a touch of adhesive.

The feel is easily the best part. It's cohesive, concentrated, and substantial. Creamy, dense, thick. It fills the mouth but doesn't overwhelm it. Great carbonation, great feel.

Overall this is an IPA I'd recommend all the time if it were available in the area. It's hop forward but not too bitter, and utilizes all of the positives of the IPA style. Great job, Caldera!

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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 Apellonious
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 0z can (unable to determine date) poured into a plastic cup.

A - cloudy, hazy orange with visible sediment.

S - citrus, pine and grass.

T - follows the nose, with some backend malt sweetness. Grass and dirt, tinge of bitterness on the finish.

M - carbonation medium low, somewhat creamy.

O - based on the sediment and muted hop profile, this may be slightly past its prime, but was still quite enjoyable.

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

L: Drank from a can so can't give an accurate statment.

S: Hops right off the nose, with a slight sweetness and maltyness.

T: Hops with a nice malt taste. The hops aren't over powering which is nice because I don't really like IPA's very much.

F: High carbination and easy drinking.

O: A easy drinking IPA that is easy to drink and a nice starter for beginners.

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Photo of aleigator
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean orange color, with a big, bubbly head, which stays around for minutes.

Smells of a leafy dankness, amped up by juicy orange and biscuity malts. Develops a pleasant lemon note, which sets itself on top of the flavor foundation of the beer.

Exhibits a medium carbonation with a very creamy mouthfeel, leading to a distinct bitterness, wrapped up by cakey malts, still resulting in a very refreshing, easy drinking beer.

Tastes of dough bread with a whiff of earth, completed by zappy lemon peel. The flavors develop a nice sweetness right before the swallow, resulting in a luscious grapefruit and orange savor, balanced by now pungent lemons. Reveals a short period of an aqueous quality during the finish, soon joined by lemon infused grass, which creates a very long lasting bitterness on the tongue.

While its beginning is almost similar to the Caldera Pale Ale, this beer creates a more distinct hop bite towards its finish, which evokes a nice depth of flavors, as the malts now have found a worthy antagonist. It reverses basically the roles, now the malts accentuate the hops, while it was the other way round in the APA version. Nontheless, malts put up a good fight, lending a lot of character to the beer, creating a challenging, hop defined beer, which is composed in a very intriguing and clean way.

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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 interzen
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml (12 US fl oz) can poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark amber, almost copper red with a cream, fairly tight foamy head. Small amount of lacing left behind, settling down to a foam ring.

Smell: Plenty of citrus (grapefruit and orange), fruit and pine resin - this is a genuine American IPA after all. There's a candy sweetness there too, which reminded me a bit of some Belgian dubbels and certainly a bit unexpected in an IPA. If there are malt aromas in there then they're pretty well obscured by the hops and fruit.

Taste: Very resinous and hoppy, so nothing really unexpected there - the candiness definitely lingers though, and there's a sweet edge to it which sticks around with the bitterness. Not unpleasant by any means, but definitely different.

Feel: Quite 'full', but that could be due to the sweetness - decent amount of carbonation which helps to give the hops a bit of an edge. Nicely bitter finish.

Overall: A pretty solid 'West Coast' IPA - this is noticeably different from the mid-west/East Coast beers I've had, with more of an emphasis on the resinous hop flavours. I'm drinking this on a hot (by UK standards, at least) day and it's going down very nicely indeed - pretty solid for an American IPA and an excellent summer beverage.

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

Dark for an IPA. Pretty white head. Smell is hoppy but not strong. Taste is balanced. Feel is normal, good carbonation. Overall a solid IPA. Nothing to write home about but won't disappoint.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into pint glass a ways back (from notes)

A clear amber liquid with a plenty of bubbles that grow in size, two fingers of cream colored foam sits around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings

S mango, orange marmalade orange creamsikle, leafy hops grapefruit, a little candy like, pretty solid

T sweet soft caramel, pine and lemon rind, candied hops, decent and drinkable but I preferred the nose

M medium bodied, less carbonation then expected, just a little gritty in the mouth, sticky on the lips, rind ad pine linger

O good but not great, easy drinking IPA though just nothing to really set it apart from the masses

A good beer but I can't see myself buying another 18$ 6 pack with much better IPAs on the same shelf for less money

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear amber color and a tall tan colored head. Can I call this one IPA Orange? Not really.

Smells malty and it is 3 feet from my nose. Malty with mostly a pine hop scent. Smells a bit like a pine board.

Starts out neutral and a bit savory on the tongue. Taste is malt pine and wood. Besides the pine I'm getting flowers and herbs from the hop and a faint taste of chamomile tea. One of the tamer IPAs this doesn't wear your taste buds out. Bitter after taste in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and user friendly IPA, this is something you can drink 6 of at a time no problem.

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Photo of Roby923
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinkable, not super hoppy. Overall, a good ale but not memorable. A good option for those looking for a dialled-down version of the IPA. On tap from Olympic Provisions.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a malt, hops, yeast and fruit aroma.
Appearance- Pours an amber color with a nice white head.
Taste- Really good hop and fruit flavor
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- A real good American IPA, this is the second beer I have had from Caldera and I am two for two with great taste!! well done.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, another surprising west coast arrival on Alberta store shelves - those reps sure must be having fun doing their jobs!

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a thin band of sudsy bike chain lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, zesty orange and white grapefruit rind, wet pine forest floor, and further lightly boozed-up tropical punch notes. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, a bit of semi-sweet toffee, orange cream, grapefruit soda, a reduced pine needle astringency, and the same rockin' and a rollin' tropical fruit notes from the nose.

The carbonation is quite light and beguiling in its come-hither frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops, haven taken one look, and feigning injury, turning tail and fleeing. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the bitter pine and citrus character complementing the draining biscuity maltiness.

A pretty decent rendition of this Left Coast staple - no surprise that this brewery is much closer to Northern California, than it is to Portland, for what it's worth. Easy-drinking, good and hoppy, and with an import sixer price that is less egregious than the norm around here - happy camping in summer '15, ladies and germs!

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden edges give way to a deep burnt-orange heart as Caldera settles into a shaker-pint, keeping quick-bubbling along its thin head, allowing for very solid lacing along the glass as swigs are consumed. And this is a very swiggable IPA: nicely juicy and fresh, with its substantial hopping feeling not the albatross but the elevating factor in an IPA that smells like fresh mountain air—crisp, almost mercurially clean, with only hints of snow-dressed pine and shrubs—and tastes surprisingly buoyant despite only medium amounts of effervescence.

Besides the hopping, the malt is sweet, but not overly so, with excellent balance and just enough pillow for the pine-and-herb hop-forward nature of this beer, and no additional weight added; this allows Caldera to be a bit atypically "juicy", as far as IPA juiciness goes—tasting almost like pine nettles and barks were somehow directly juiced, then a small measure sweet marjoram and a dash of honeysuckle were thrown into the mix, bubbles were introduced, and: voilà, this beer. In other words: it's extremely sure-handed, and therefore exceedingly sessionable, with the cauldron-master deserving plaudits for this excellently executed, very true-to-conventions (in the best of ways) American IPA.

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

Looks a bit cloudy with a red hue and tight bubbles, funky can label that looks like a reggae music poster
Smells a bit musty
Taste is hoppy and firm back end taste not too biter but full of flavor with some tart fruit tones like dried apricot
The feel of the taste lasts on your tongue
Overall this is a great beer i'm enjoying it

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, copper colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: sweet fruit salad, mango, pineapple, papaya, fruity West Coast, juicy

T: only a bit of the fruit comes through in the taste, quite sweet, grapefruit peel bitterness on finish

M: sticky with medium carbonation

O: aromatic hop smell is very nice, wish the flavor was as complex and powerful, color is a bit too red, good mouthfeel

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Photo of jmbranum
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in 12 Oz can in okc. Poured into a glass and enjoyed in Amtrak sleeper car en route to Chicago.

Attractive orange-amber clear liquid with giant foamy off white head.

Aroma is a full mix of hops and malt.

Flavor is a bit muddied to me. A bunch of hops, but too many bitter and enough floral for my taste. Very rich but not in balance. The different notes don't play well together.

Very full mouthfeel.

I would have liked this one better with more sprucey and floral notes.

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Photo of Erockruns
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drink this beer when brewing my own because to me, it tastes exactly like the hoppy wort I'm in the middle of boiling and it fits the situation perfectly. It has a nice pine/malt touch but I think it's pretty hop-forward for a standard IPA....I guess that's considered more West Coast although I just call it good. It took 4 cans of these to really understand the intricacies but I'm glad I stayed patient. It's a solid beer but probably somewhere in the middle of the massive craft IPA group. I doubt I'll see it again in the Northeast but you never know. Found it at a gas station in Warren, VT while snagging some Lawson's Sip of Sunshine.

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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 JackieKu
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml can. BB 2015/10. Poured into ISO wine tasting glass.
A: Gold to amber. Clear. With great amount of foam and nice retention.
S: The aroma is a bit weak for an IPA. Probably because the sample is not refresh. I got some grapefruit and honey.
T: The flavor is quite good despite the aroma was not intense. The hops/malts are really balanced well. Dry.
M: Medium to light bodied. Creamy.
O: Fairly good IPA but somewhat expansive.

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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 JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is a dark honey color with a foamy cream colored head that doesn't recede too soon. Nice lines of lacing.

Aroma: Cedar, spices, wood, hops.

Taste: A ton of bitter grapefruit rind, woody cedar, bitter hops, and black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Thick.

Overall: Sticky and really bitter. Not my thing.

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Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
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