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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 jameswaldo:
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jameswaldo

New York

4.71/5  rDev +36.9%
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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Double Zilla from Ithaca Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.