Caldera IPA | Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera IPACaldera IPA
BA SCORE
3.94/5
1,285 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
Ranking:
#5,224
Reviews:
513
Ratings:
1,285
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
187
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Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ElGordo
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland. Pours a slightly hazy golden color topped by a beautiful creamy white head. Nice, creamy lacing all the way down the glass. Nose of fresh, spicy hops and a touch of light sweet malt. Palate is redolent of spicy hops, light sweet malt, and notes of pine, black pepper, grass, and just a hint of bready sweetness. Body is absolutely perfect - rich, creamy, and without the syrupy character that many stronger IPAs tend to carry. Man, I chose the right one here. I'd drink this every day if it were available where I live.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper in color with a deep haziness. You can pick out some carbonation through the fog of the glass. Light lacing and and about an 1/8 of an inch head.

S: Slightly muted in the nose with hints of sweetness. Others here call it "candy", but I'm getting a "butter-like" aroma. Light citrus and pine notes are there as well.

T: The taste is very different in the sense I am getting the same "butter-like" note on the back end, just behind the classic West Coast IPA tastes of citrus fruit and pine.

M: Oily with light carbonation. Enjoyably bitter on the sides if my tongue. There is a light foaminess that coasts my mouth which leaves a pony aftertaste.

O: A very well made West Coat IPA. I would definitely buy again. With the distinct flavor, I could optically pick this one out of line z

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured a mostly clear dark rust orange color with a two finger fluffy head that sticks around for a little while and left webbed lace

S- Huge grapefruit, citrus peel, big pineyness, some floral notes, pretty pungent and aromatic

T- Big citrus hop flavor, pronounced caramel malt character, some earthy and light piney notes, some soapy flavor, lingering bitterness

M- Light to medium bodied, a little lower carbonated than other IPAs, and lighter in body, finishes a little watery

O- Well apparently it is International IPA day, not like I need an excuse to drink one but thought I would crack open a canned IPA from my new home state of Oregon. I love the aroma on this one, a little lighter boided than I like for the style but this could be a great hot summer outdoors beer.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Sazz9
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Proteus93
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright yellowish amber with a nice stickiness to the head, though retention is a little flaky and quick to recede.

S: Woody and piney... a hint of spiciness. Almost like a dash of raw nutmeg has been added to the hoppy blend. Quite kind on the nose

T: A pungent IPA... woody, earthy, musty flavours. Some spiciness, and a little citrus rind. No real sweetness or "malt balance" on this one... pretty much straight up bitter.

M + D: Moderate carbonation, a rather heavy but creamier body. Flavour is good, but maybe a bit one-dimensional in some ways. If the price were better, I'd come back to this one again, but like the Pale Ale, it simply is not at this time.

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Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Dave1999
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Brewski
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jooler
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this was old. Really malty taste.

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Photo of brandonld23
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Zaximus
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours copper with a 2 finger white head. Nice rings of small bubbles remain on the glass.

S- caramel, lemon, orange, some spice and pine.

T- toasted caramel, slight onion, citrus and good amount of pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some effervescence tingles the tongue.

O- ok ipa. Not sure how fresh this is so won't bash it too much. Not a fan of the onion flavor and could use a little more citrus.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canning craft brew - I'm a fan. Accessability. You would think it would bring the prices down but thats okay I guess.

From can to pint glass

A: Pours a darker caramel color pale with some orange tints to it. Massive khaki tan head due to bad pour on my part but sticky icky lacing fo' sure!

S: Instant pop of the top is burst of sweet mango and tangerine aromas. Candied orange rinds. Is this a friggin orange soda? I cant get over the smells of citrus oils here. Best fruity and floral nose in an IPA I have come across in a while. Better than Flower Power maybe.

T: Taste is intense hop bitterness that is just danky hops, resiny pine, and blasts of citrus. Grassy and sassy. I love it! Malts hardly detectable at first but the hops do settle down fairly quickly and give way to this sweet caramelly malt goodness. Soft caramel and sweet cracker. Nice bittery dry finish. Delciousness out of a can.

M: Sticky resinous hops do coat the tongue but overall pretty creamy in texture and peppers out the palate on the finish.

D: Pretty damn nice IPA out of a can I must say. Snowboarding, camping, fishing...they all just got even better. More please.

All I got to say is I need to get up to Oregon.

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Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of leftoverburrito
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JeffKowalek
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer struck me as a very malt-forward IPA; lots of caramel was evident from start to finish in both its aroma and flavor. Even it's color, in a different sense, could be described as caramel. It was a pretty good beer, but I prefer my IPAs to be a little more hop dominant, and a little less malty. I enjoyed it, but I didn't think it was anything to write home about.

Color was a dark rich amber color, with a good amount of head. Aroma was malt first, with lots of caramel notes and some hoppiness. Flavor was exceedingly balanced, more like an amber ale than an IPA, with the hops just barely peeking out from behind more caramel flavor. Mouthfeel was light, crisp, and pleasant. Quite a satisfying beer, but it didn't really scratch my itch for hops.

A huge thank you to JaBier for gifting me a can of this beer; otherwise I probably never would have tried it.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6'r of these at Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach for $10.00 - kinda steep, but i'm a sucker for canned beer. I drank them all out of the can so I can't really go into any detail on the beer's appearance, so i just averaged it with the rest of the critique.

A: I'm sure it was good.

S: Sweet and grassy with a bit of malt, but the hops really dominate which is nice.

T: Nice grassy kinda piney hop bight right off the bat with some grapefruit flavor in there too, then mellows a bit which allows the maltiness to come through at the end.

M: Medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium, mellow carbonation but not under-carbonated by any means, someone used sticky to describe the mouthfeel and that's a real good way to describe it.

D: All I can say is that I think this has to be one of the most drinkable IPA's out there. They seem to just go down like nothing- the can doesn't hurt this attribute by any means.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,285 ratings
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