Caldera IPAMarch 1, 2008 Ashland, OR
Caldera Brewing Co. Ashland, OR Available: OR Caldera is the first craft brewery in beer-crazy Oregon to join the growing number of craft brewers releasing their beer in cans. ABV: 6.1 ABW: 4.9 Color: n/a Bitterness: n/a Original Gravity: 1057
Despite their image, cans have advantages over other packages: no light allowed, lighter, cheaper, safer, more disposable. Here, a golden color is lighter than original IPAs, bright with a hearty, deep ecru head; lingering and luscious. A hop cluster bomb, Humulus lupulus is omnipresent both on the nose and the palate with a long, lingering, pleasantly medicinal aftertaste. We planned a picnic, packed our panniers with spicy BBQ ribs and red beans and rice. With a couple of cans of Caldera, we dined with real class.
- Charles Finkel
An Oregon IPA poured from a can that looks like a T-shirt you’d wear to a Grateful Dead concert has some serious hops expectations to live up to. Caldera IPA doesn’t disappoint. The nose is delightfully bright and fresh, a floral blend of citrus and pine, with an impression of grapefruit growing beside bready flavors that balance the persistent hop character. “Light on the whip” into the finish, managing to leave a big impression without seeming heavy handed. Easily cut through a rich Stilton cheese soup I put it up against.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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