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Saturday, March 20th 2010

Caldera IPA
(Caldera Brewing Company)

We finally managed to get our hands on some of this much talked about, hop laden, aluminum imprisoned, IPA from the hippy town of Ashland, Oregon. I can remember going to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland on a Junior High field trip and thinking to myself what a cool and funky town. Now, quite a few years later I am intrigued by the beer from there and Caldera's canned offerings.

From the Caldera site:

"An American-style India Pale Ale brewed with plenty of body and an assertive hop profile."

Here we go...

Pour - bright, bright, glowing orange and yellow in color. Wow, it is a sight to behold. Big, fluffy, stark white head rests on top protecting the "goods".

Aroma - pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin orange, lemon, powdered sugar and caramel malt. Lots of nice citrus and tropical fruit flavors but not so much piney-ness. 

Taste - graprefuity, tropical fruity, bittersweet and tongue drying. Plenty of malty sweetness backing up this dry mouth inducing IPA. The hop profile is very pungent and fresh coming from the can and this one lives up to its billing as one of the better canned IPAs on the market (of which there are more and more). Great job to all those at Caldera! Keep up the good work and I look forward to trying your other canned offerings. 

Overall - great IPA in a can! Very drinkable and well balanced (which is what really makes this one stand out). Fresh hop flavors is well preserved in the can and the overall drinkability is excellent.

Note - Do you like hoppy beers? Do you like good beer in cans?

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Caldera IPA
Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Caldera Brewing Company
Ashland, Oregon  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Premium two-row, Munich and Crystal
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo
ABV: 6.1%
IBUs: 94
Date: March 20th, 2010

Posted by Russ

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Labels: , American IPAs