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Double Zilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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hopley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-22-2014 04:36:54 | More by hopley
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Horbar

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

01-11-2014 16:54:34 | More by Horbar
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BltByKrmn

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

01-11-2014 05:09:59 | More by BltByKrmn
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james582

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -70.8%

01-09-2014 14:43:00 | More by james582
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Reddish copper with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Has a pretty cloudy appearance.

Nose
Smoky, woody, toffee and grapefruit.

Taste
Smoked cherrywood (?) and some alcohol heat. Caramel and sugar backbone with notes of toffee. Moderate hop bitterness with grapefruit zest and dried pine needles.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, warming and oily.

Overall
Not bad but definitely not what comes to mind for an Imperial Red IPA. Expect a smoked American Barleywine and you'll enjoy it much more.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 14:17:46 | More by justintcoons
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to NewBewBB for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Best by January notched on the label. Pours A semi-hazy mahogany with a loose, quarter-inch, khaki-colored head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus and malty notes. Taste is not what I expected - citrus, tobacco, smoked malt, an herbal/medicinal quality and ethanol at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body with an even carbonation and a light oiliness. A mild residual heat is present at the finish. Overall, my preference is for the standard Cascazilla. This one just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:13:42 | More by Jwale73
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-29-2013 16:47:39 | More by KevinGordon
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jagrbombz69

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-28-2013 22:05:52 | More by jagrbombz69
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CBodamer

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-28-2013 16:43:13 | More by CBodamer
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-28-2013 16:09:49 | More by pathman
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.29/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, dark golden copper color that appears almost grown in the glass with a two finger, off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly floral hop aroma that's overpowered by a prominent sweet malt profile. Not much about the nose of this beer reminds me of an IPA/hoppy beer. Hardly any hop character at all with lots of sweet and leathery malt character. Sweet caramel and toffee with hints of bread, biscuit and dark fruit. Pretty bland.

Medium body with a blast of stale dirty hops that lingers over a prominent malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Earthy, soil-y and extremely bitter with piney, grassy hops countered by sweet and leathery malt notes. Hints of shoe leather and creek water followed by subtle caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit and stale bread. Astringent metallic finish that leaves a really unpleasant aftertaste. I'm not sure how old this beer is at this point but it isn't very good at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 09:41:04 | More by corby112
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber/brown into a chilled pint glass. Minimal tan head, which dissipated somewhat quickly. Decent if uneven lacing. On the nose, the malt dominates, with tones of burnt tangerine/orange and earthy spiciness. On the palate, the malt and the alcohol overwhelm the hops, but there is plenty going on here. Toffee, nutmeg, charred fruit. The power of the malt and alcohol may frustrate DIPA fans in search of "balance" here, but I kind of liked this nevertheless. Different in a good way. An interesting deviation from the expected path. Not sure I'd buy this in bottle on a regular basis, but I would love to try it on tap (I suspect it would fare better in that format).

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:38:10 | More by JohnParadee
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scoot64

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-28-2013 03:21:29 | More by scoot64
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dogfishandi

New York

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best Before January notched on the label.

Pours out a very deep red color, almost opaque, a small, but retentive light tan head. Spotty lacing.

All about the malt in the aroma, stone fruit like sweet maltiness. alcohol heat, more and more as it warms. A bit of a earthy, spiciness, perhaps from the hops.

Again, quite malty. Alcohol is more subdued in the taste put still is quite warming with each swallow. Burnt caramel, sweet, stone fruits, slightly spicey, earthy hops. More sweetness than bitterness

Sticky, big bodied beer.

Not that enjoyable of a beer, really more of a strong ale or barleywine than a DIPA. Kind of puts shame to regular cascazilla which is a really good beer and way more focused on the hops than this malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 19:29:28 | More by dogfishandi
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baklo

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-27-2013 16:45:40 | More by baklo
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-22-2013 06:14:22 | More by mmulebarn
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

12-20-2013 13:37:52 | More by bvlaminck
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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-20-2013 01:42:34 | More by sneaks2210
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Vietmeier

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-19-2013 14:39:22 | More by Vietmeier
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GuitarIPA

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

12-15-2013 02:11:14 | More by GuitarIPA
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Joe_Detweiler

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-15-2013 02:10:05 | More by Joe_Detweiler
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-15-2013 01:10:07 | More by LarryMyers
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-13-2013 23:23:32 | More by tobelerone
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-13-2013 14:53:02 | More by Axnjxn
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zimm421

Ohio

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Appears a dark amber color, which is almost brown, with a nice red hint. The head is tan, but not as thick as expected. Some lacing left on the glass.

The nose is full of caramel, brown sugar and floral hops. The malts are overwhelming here, with a noticeable lack of hops in the nose. The taste is very similar and complex on the malt side. Again lots of caramel, with nuttiness and brown sugar. The hops are again tough to locate in this, but there is some floral and citrus character there. This just doesn't work for me...

The mouthfeel is full bodied, low on carbonation, and finishes slightly sticky. Overall, this is interesting and not something you see everyday. That being said, the flavor combinations do not work for me. The overwhelming malt character, combined with a load of hops makes this overpowering, and gives the beer no focus.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:23:59 | More by zimm421
Double Zilla from Ithaca Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.