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Double Zilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.6%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Twice the experience of Cascazilla, we brewed Double Zilla with too many malts to list and an excess of American hops. Russet color, aggressively hoppy aroma & flavor, rich body, and fiery finish.

(Beer added by: MisSigsFan on 10-17-2013)
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Reviews by Kendo:
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Kendo

New York

3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is brown with a half-finger tan-colored head that's gone quickly. No lacing.

S: Nice blend of malt - caramel and toffee - and hops - citrusy.

T: Frankly, I think this beer should be categorized as an American Strong Ale, a la Stone Double Bastard, rather than as a Double/Imperial IPA. Very quickly I become aware of the high alcohol (11% ABV) content, as a warming sensation toward the back end. Up front I get a lot of toffee, brown sugar and caramel malt, with some dark fruits underneath. It is quickly overwhelmed, however, by a touch of hop bitterness and then the alcohol. There's also a sense of smoked peat or smoked malt lingering in the aftertaste, reminding me of a Scotch or Scottish Ale. Drying alcohol esters at the finish are there in force.

M: Carbonation is active but fine-bubbled. Heft is on the heavy side.

O: OK. Don't even think of comparing this to your standard DIPA. Think more along the lines of a Lagunitas Brown Shugga or Stone Double Bastard, though with the alcohol more predominant here. A decent winter warmer as a high octane sipper, but I wouldn't seek this out on its own (it came with the Box of Hops). On the bright side, I should be moderately toasted shortly.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 22:35:20 | More by Kendo
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Pours darker than I thought it would. Almost a muddy brown. Ruby around the edges. Thick tan head with mild retention. Thick sediment throughout. Murky and no visible carbonation.

Aroma is big and fruity. Apples and pears followed by grapefruit. Huge caramel and toffee follow. This is a realy sweet-smelling beer...almost barleywine-like. I smell a good amount of booze as well which isn't surprising considering this Ba.d Larry is 11%. I like the nose on this one.

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Double Zilla from Ithaca Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.