Style: American IPA
Package: Can into Pint
Location: Citywide Downtown S.B.
Aroma: Not much to this one with very faint hints of floral hops and citrus, maybe a little grassy.
Appearance: A medium amber color with a thick creamy white head that leaves a thick top that follows the beer all the way down the glass.
Taste: Muted grassy hops, orange, balanced well with sweet malt and finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light feel to it with mild carbonation.
Overall: Not a bad brew overall, but not great either. Checking Caldera’s site on this, it claims to have an assertive hop profile and 94 IBUs. I’m thinking this can traveled a long way and sat for quite some time before being sold to me, because I am not picking up much bitterness or hops. Someone could have told me this was a pale ale with IBUs around 50-60, and I would have believed it. Still, it was an enjoyable beer, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for others from this brewery.
Notes: My first experience with Caldera, and first ever craft beer from a can. Now I know what some of you are thinking, “Craft Beer in a can, how can it be?” From what I’ve read, not only is there a special liner that protects the beer from a metallic flavor, but it also does a better job at preserving it than bottles do. They are also easy to travel with, are accepted in more locations, chill quicker and are fully recyclable. Bell’s is also about to start canning some of their beer, and I can’t wait to compare.
Back to the beer… This IPA is brewed with Premium 2-Row, Munich and Crystal Malts, along with Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo hops.