Double Zilla - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by Kendo:
3.69/5 rDev +7.6%
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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3.78/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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.
Taste follows suit except much more caramel-forward. In fact, this starts out like drinking straight caramel. Toffee in the background. The aforementioned. fruits pop up here and there but, for the most part, this is a sweet and boozy beer. Undeniable amber malt presence with a juicy finish.
Feels thick and kinda flat on the tongue. Goes down smooth with just a hint of alcohol. Typical of imperial ambers or English barleywines.
Overall pretty darn tasty. ABV is pretty well hidden. Considering the fact that this was in their Box of Hops I was expecting a more hop-forward brew. Actually not much in the hop department. Not quite as good as say Lagunitas' Imperial Red or Oskar Blues' G'Knight but still pretty tasty. If it were available in a 6 pack I would buy it...if only every now and then
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 23:59:19 | More by MistahBeah
Double Zilla from Ithaca Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.