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Caldera IPA

2 Ratings: 3.0
An IPA brewed by Caldera Brewing Company in Ashland, Oregon.

Available in 12 oz. cans and kegs.  A West Coast-style pale ale balancing plenty of hops with a malty backbone.      Grist: Premium Two Row, Light Munich, Crystal   Hops: Cascade   Original Gravity: 1.050   … see full wiki

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1 review about Caldera IPA

No Cheap Beer In This Can

  • Feb 22, 2010
Rating:
+5



Commercial Description:

An American-style India Pale Ale brewed with plenty of body and an assertive hop profile.
Grist: Premium Two Row, Munich, Crystal
Hops: Crystal, Galena, Centennial
Original gravity: 1.057   ABV- 6.1%


Review:
I prefer cans over bottles,  mainly because they prevent the the beer from being light stricken and have lower dissolved oxygen levels. Cans do not cause beer to taste metallic- that's a myth. Now to the beer.

Sampled at about 45 degrees. Pours a medium orange amber with a thick foamy off-white head and webby lacing. Very inviting aroma of floral hops and fruity ale esters.
Medium bodied with average carbonation with a slight earthy mouthfeel. This has a bold malt profile, which produces notes of caramel, bread, and a hint of brown sugar. The maltiness is countered by a very assertive grapefruit rind and tea like bitterness. The attenuation is perfect by getting just the right amount of sweetness to balance things out. Dry and long hoppy finish. Once this beer gets to about 55 degrees (cellar temp), it melds a little more on the palate and takes on a slight British character.

This is like a marriage of IPAs, with maltiness from the east coast and aggressive hop bitterness from the west coast. It's a little pricey for six here in Nashville, but  you do get what you pay for. I would happily purchase again.


Recommended Food Pairing:
Pepper Jack Cheese, Vintage Cheddar, Thai Food, Cajun dishes, Wings, Grilled Salmon

Value:
at $10.99 per six plus tax, this is pricey (thanks to TN beer tax laws).

Beer Audience: Hopheads, but approachable to the casual craft beer drinker

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February 23, 2010
Thanks for the tip. I am still learning my way around and your comments are helpful. I should also note that bottles are better for long term aging or "cellaring", but for beers that need to be fresh as possible- cans are better.
February 26, 2010
No problem!  And while I'm at it, here's another tip... You can reply directly to a comment by pressing the "reply" button underneath the comment.  That way, the original poster will get a notification of your response ;)

That's some interesting trivia about beer.  Thanks!
 
February 22, 2010
Nice review, Smitty!  I did not know that there was a difference between beer in a can and beer in a bottle, but that's interesting.  The way you describe this beer makes it sound interesting, too, and I love that it's brewed in gorgeous Ashland!  Thanks for the food pairing recommendations, too :)

By the way, if you look to the right of this page, you'll noticed that I added some information in the wiki, plus some tags and attributes.  The more you complete in that section, the easier it is to archive your review on the site.  For instance, tagging this topic "beer" will automatically place this review in Lunch's beer archive.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I'd be more than happy to answer them! :)
 
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