Double Zilla - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by jameswaldo:
4.71/5 rDev +37.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I got 3 Double Zillas in the beautiful Box of Hops 12-pack, definitely the prettiest box this IPA-lover has seen in a beer store anywhere. The bottle had a good scum of sediment on bottom, and as I like yeast and figured the double would cope with it well, I gently swirled all sediment into suspension before pouring into a pint glass with an inch head. Cloudy mahogony with fairly persistent light tan head looks just right for a red ale gone wild.
Smelled yeast, slight whiff of ethanol, nice hops and malty goodness.
Tastes all over the mouth and back of throat, with good bittering and sweetish malt balancing around a sneaky heavy duty booze burn that tells me one of these rascals per day is plenty. The hops bitter hangs on a few minutes after swallowing, just as I like in an IPA.
Carbonation is just right, the hops dominating tongue and cheeks as malty yeasty booze tingles gently inside the heavy hops whacking.
Wish this was a regular year-round brew! It feels like it would cellar well for many months, but please don't try this yourself until I get a few more boxes in my basement.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2013 23:41:59 | More by jameswaldo
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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.