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Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

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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
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Reviews: 509 | Ratings: 1,265
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%.

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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 Roman5150
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

tried out of can, prety damn good, this review is poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Orangish Ruby Amber color, large white fluffy head, lots of lacing

Smell: grapefruit, citrus, very piney (simcoe hops possibly?)

Taste: lots of hop flavor bursting out right away, followed by a smooth dry somewhat bitter finish. lots of grapefruit and earthy pines. Also got some lemon notes at the beginning.

Mouthfeel: pretty light on the carbonation, sits very light, very refreshing

Overall: A solid, hoppy, west coast IPA, I honestly think I like this one out of the can better. Is that weird? The cool looking cans caught my eye, so i gave it a try, and it's probably gonna be another buy. However, I don't think I'd purchase this if Stone IPA was also available, or even Ruination.

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Photo of drewba
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mages64 & psiweaver for hitting a perma-want in the partners BIF!

A – Orangey-rust with a fantastic fluffy cream colored head. Great head retention which hangs around for a good 10 minutes. There are two fairly prominent floaties in here; not sure if they're hops, or pieces of Oregon.

S – The aroma is a little subdued, but what I'm getting out of it, I like. Lots of really earthy pinecones and trees, orange marmalade, light grass and a fair amount of caramel dipped bread.

T – I don't see a date on the can, but I think this might be on the older side. BUT, being just over the hill doesn't stop this from being delicious. The hop profile is on the mild side, but maintains for the entire taste with fresh cut grass, lemon soda, barely bitter grapefruit and spruce. The malt that backs all of that up comes out in toasted nuts, lightly sweet caramel, hearty rye bread. There is a really nice balance going on here – while I would like the hops to stand up a little more, the malt profile is still second fiddle. But even though the malt characteristics take a backseat to the hops, the nut+caramel bread combo is fantastic.

M – No problems here – medium bodied, a touch on the syrupy side with an understated carbonation pop.

O – Easily a beer I could drink by the six pack. Also would be good for a newer ipa drinker who need some malt balance and isn't bitter to the point of no return.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great NW IPA. My can was about 3 months old.
A: a lovely red golden slight haze color with good off-white lacing. S: piney hops with some citrus. Not too much malt. T: pretty much aligns with the smell. M: balanced carbonation., no oily aftertaste. O: a nice example of a good NW IPA. Definitely would buy again.

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Photo of skrib09
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

copper or amber in color. pretty clear with an off-white hop head forming on top.

smells of pine up front and a hit of citrus zest toward the back.

taste is refreshingly hopped. malty sweetness amongst the pine, resins, and citrus.

mouthfeel is crispy with a slight bite. definetly drinkable.

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Photo of beerbully
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A-Clear copper with a substantial head rising to the top of the head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a rather thick lacing

S-Faint citrus notes, somewhat bready, and floral, some sweetness

T-grapefruit, some mild bubble gum sweetness, taste is stronger than the nose a bit of a dry lemony finish

M-A bit dry, thin and crisp,

O-good solid IPA. very drinkable, good flavor with the convenience of a can

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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 generalnotsew
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a nice head on the pour but the coloring is a much lighter and watery looking amber color than that is expected of most IPA's. The smell is pretty nice. Mostly sweet pineapple but the hops aren't that noticeable. Very sugary as well. But I do have to give it points for being pretty strong in the nose even if it isn't showing bitterness. The bitterness is fairly sharp in the front but it fades into a kind of cheapish sweet corn and cereal like lager. Aftertaste also leaves a lot to be desired. Actually after the initial bitterness there really isn't much other flavor besides the corn and more bitterness. Pretty one dimensional. A bit too overcarbonated and kind of leaves a bad feel in your mouth. Well it is easy drinking. I can give it that. Heard a lot of good things about this beer. It failed to impress me. No canned/best by date so who knows how fresh it is. At $12 a six pack this beer is total fail! I didn't even see the price til it rang up and I thought it was a mistake and had to look at the screen to make sure. Even if it was pretty good that price is pretty bad.

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

Pours a dark amber with a moderate head. Smell is pretty nice! Pine and tropical fruits. Taste starts with a nice blend of bitter pine and fruit punch, without being overly sweet. Pretty dry finish, medium-light mouth. This is a nice little surprise and drinkable but not complex enough to be interesting beyond one. But overall for what it is, Caldera has a winner.

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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.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a pint glass.

Appears orange with a touch of gold. Foamy head present.

Smell is underwhelming. Don't puck up too much on the hops front.

Taste is good. There's sone hops with a tasty malt balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Nice!

Overall a pretty hoof experience. I'd have this again.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful vibrant and clearish copper with a solid finger and a half of off white chunky head. Head fell to a skim but coated and laced beautifully.

S: Rich and dank with pineapple, grapefruit and sappy pine.

T: The juicy ripe fruit comes on early with more pineapple and apricots. The fruit fades into a chalky bite and then flows into a long bite of bitterness with leafy piney hops. Makes the tongue stand up and leaves an aspirin type chalkiness on the palate. You can tell the malts are fighting for their life but they keep it balanced and punch through with some grain notes.

M: A full version of medium with some sizzling carbonation.

O: Very good. I could kill a couple of these. Thanks to the President for surprising me with this one.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the 27 Public House in Spokane, brought in a can and poured into a pint glass.

Poured a nice copper/ burnt orange. nice half inch white head that laced well for most of the pint.

Smelled like dried apricot and hops, hint of malt in the background in teh aftermath

Tasted like it smelled, very nice balance of hops and malts, with dried fruit in there too.

Drank 2 cans very easily, and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Total suprise, and a good find

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Photo of JTahoe
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Uber Tavern, poured in a standard pint.

A - Amber-gold with nice off-white head that leaves pretty decent lace sticking all over the glass.

S - snappy pine and citrus rind.

T - Pine resinous and bitter herbal hops with nice grainy backbone.

M - nice coating medium body with risp carbonation and fry finish.

D - Fairly layered for a somewhat straight forward flavor profile, revealing itself over time which makes it more drinkable than it seems at first.

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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 Freethyhops
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a- pours a light orange amber color with a great off white head. it left some heavy lacing along the side of the glass and showed good retention.

s- massive acidic citrus; orange, mango, grapefruit. a robust bouquet of hop aroma with the citrus leading, a heavy floral influence with a bit of pine in there too

t-the citrus is front and center just as in the aroma but it has a much bigger pine influence with a distinctive heavy amount of Simcoe hops. the finish is moderately-highly bitter with a bit of breadiness.

m- medium bodied. a bit low on the carbonation for the style. a good bit of dryness in the finish.

d- a great beer that keeps you reaching for the glass. I definitely need to get more of this stuff. with no alcohol to be found in the taste it would be exceptionally easy to drink a fair share of these.

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Photo of AEK
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Copper coloured clear ale with a foamy white head. Head retention was brilliant.

S. Buttery, slightly musty, some fruit - perhaps melon and some orange

T. Malty, hoppy. A faint touch of scotch in the maltiness.

M. Medium bodied, oily.

D. Another thumbs up to my third canned beer from this brewery but considering that I 'go' for higher ABV beers I would have to rank this as my least favourite of the three Caldera beers I have had but still would not refuse another one.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Outta the can, into a pint. Good lace, head. Foggy copper.
Citrusy hops, tropical fruit malts, delicious. Balanced for an IPA, but still hoppy. A signature Colorado IPA.
Appropriate carbonation. Crisp. Dry finish. Canned IPA this good is a beautiful thing

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Photo of JCaweinstein
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 Sam Adams PP glass. Pours an cloudy yellow with a one finger, foamy white head, which dissipates very quickly. Some nice lacing going down the glass.

Smells of caramel malts and not picking up much of the hops in the nose but my sense of smell at the moment is not the best.

At first taste I get a little hop bitterness followed by caramel with a big piney, resinous hop finish. This is a very tasty IPA.

Medium bodied with very bold flavors. This beer leaves behind that resinous, piney hop flavor after the beer has been swallowed.

I really like this beer. It is most certainly a hop lovers delight. It's fairly low ABV could allow one to drink down a few of these in one sitting. However, the price could limit the number of times I try this, at over 16$ for a sixer.

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

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 8 ounce ikea globe.

Appearance, is copper orange & hazy with a strong white foamy head, which recedes revealing a curtain of lace behind.

Aroma, is noticable with citrus hops with some green 'earth-like' notes, and a waft of minor malt finish. To the tongue an orange citrus with a pine finish and some earthy tones, with a nice malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is mild to medium.

Overall a nice welcome to the scene at least for a newbie to Caldera such as myself.

Cheers

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my snifter.

A - A clear golden orange, slightly burnt red color body with a medium frothy light white head.

S - Very nice and big citrus hop smell that is smooth and sweet. Very pleasant.

T & M & D - Great fruit sweetness up front that is refreshing and almost minty cool. Then some bigger malty sweetness on mid palate and the slight fruit acidity cleans the end and brings in some slight airy floral notes. The mouth is light and very drinkable, I go back to refreshing.

O - Awesome IPA and I love the can. They really pull of the style well. One of my favorites that I come back to often.

-Cheers

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Photo of dannydetox
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a sixer of these cans for the drive to punk rock bowling since the bright yellow can looks quite innocent - an ideal road beer. the packaging makes me think of grapefruit soda...

as for the beer itself, well, it is ok. i think i like it better out of the can, but this review is for one poured into a sam adams glass. darker amber color with a decent inch of head that stuck around until the end. smell is a mix of caramel malts with some floral, fruity hop qualities. not much citrus or pine like i would expect from a west coast brew, the caldera ipa reminds me of the english approach. pleasingly bitter on the finish. the 6.1% abv makes this one an easier drink with a lighter body and mouthfeel. good as a roadie if you value discretion, but there are many superior ipas for less than the $11 per six price tag. i think next time i will opt for the equally inconspicuous point the way ipa from local brewers golden road; they make a six pack of talls for the same price.

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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 mugglesandhops
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super clear orange body with a frothy sticky head that lasts the whole beer, very impressive appearance. Smells sweet, pine, citrus, biscuity, earthy. Taste is very malty with very little bitterness which i was not expecting as this is an IPA and should have more hop profile the taste. A little too malty for my liking.

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