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Double Zilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.31%
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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11-23-2013 23:44:16 | More by kjkinsey
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-23-2013 23:44:07 | More by Texasfan549
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Evarigan

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-21-2013 23:44:44 | More by Evarigan
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9%

11-20-2013 22:41:02 | More by dgherm
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

11-20-2013 18:06:18 | More by Stevedore
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Thickfreakness

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-20-2013 05:25:27 | More by Thickfreakness
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-20-2013 01:56:57 | More by Fahz
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egrace84

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

11-19-2013 02:18:36 | More by egrace84
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Altrurian

New York

4.46/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice terra-cotta hue, short tan head, minimal cling. Intense, unusual, but altogether pleasant persimmon aroma. The beer's taste is difficult to categorize--maybe that of an Earl Gray tea, heavy on the bergamot, with a grapeskin and orange peel finish. Rich texture. This one might never find its niche, but I like it a lot. Here's to Ithaca for pushing the envelope.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:44:26 | More by Altrurian
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to JayORear for sharing this one.

Best before 1/2014.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and adhesive bandage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but the bandage flavor I am getting is a bit odd.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:06:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

11-18-2013 21:08:50 | More by bbrown12
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Minnesota

1/5  rDev -70.9%

11-18-2013 03:40:29 | More by Petcha
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phooky

New York

3.75/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2013 03:30:36 | More by phooky
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red with chestnut brown hues and a bit murky. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a thin, wispy cap. Huge sweet malty aroma with floral and ripe citrus hop notes. Not sure if it's the combination of malt and pungent hops but there are definite smoky notes in the aroma as well. Medium bodied with even, tangy carbonation through the middle. Intense caramel malt and pungent hop flavors struggle to find balance. The result is intense, slightly smoky, undiscernible flavors that made this a little difficult to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 21:00:30 | More by IronLover
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GennyCreamAle

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a well rinsed Turbinator.
A: deeeppp ruby red, almost stout dank. thin tan head with 2 mm disk that persists. minimal lacing. Bricky patches on head persist. Little active carbonation, very still. No suspended solids visible through haze and opaqueness/darkness.

S: Bitter citrus. Grapefruit. Bitter under-ripe mango. Some malts, like caramel. Very faint bready yeast.

T: Strong bittering agents. Malt is sweet and reminds me of toffee. Bitter agents subside,then flood back as less bitter citrus and more of a mango. Buttery/diacetyl at swallow/finish barrier.

M: Smooth, buttery, toffee with medium body. Bitter/buttery outbreath with bitter orange, then some malt sweetness. Hot & boozy, some rich bitter tropical butter at ultimate outbreath. When warm, gets very pronounced.

O: Tasty. not complex for complexity sake, but interesting enough to have more. buttery notes are different for a DIPA of this bitter/strength.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:41:18 | More by Scrapss
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Deeps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

11-17-2013 01:28:38 | More by Deeps
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours brown with a one finger light tan head. Lacing is nice, but this is dark dark dark.

S- very dank aroma. Tobacco seeps through as well. Not very appealing for an IPA IMO

T- not much bitterness. Lots of sweetness. Mild hoppiness - tastes more like a malty barleywine

M- medium bodied, but the alcohol is well-hidden

O- not the type of beer I'm into at all, too much of the "red" not not enough of the "IPA"

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 01:25:50 | More by bigfnjoe
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/hazy orange without much of a head, and minimal lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts mixed with some pine hops, caramel/toffee, a little alcohol ester, mixed in spices and red rye.

Taste - First sip starts out with a roasty malt flavor mixed with some piney hops. Sweet caramel along with some bitter hops. Has a bit of a herbal note mixed in with some brown sugar. Warm and strong.

Mouthfeel - Thick and strong, tongue gets the malts and pine hops. Palate gets more of the same with a bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is malty, piney and bitter.

Overall - Pretty good, but a very strong beer. Its a one two punch of roasty malts, then piney hops with minor spices and sugars mixed in. Its a beast of a beer, and im glad its a 12oz bottle. Worth a drink, closer to a strong ale then a dipa for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 00:22:27 | More by wvsabbath
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Bilco

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +9%

11-16-2013 00:15:37 | More by Bilco
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy very dark auburn in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that pine resin hops aren't nearly as prominent and there are stronger flavors of malts with notes of roasted malts and hints of caramel and toffee along with slight hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Little, if any crispness is noticeable.
O: This beer reminds me a lot like a Black IPA and less of an Imperial IPA, except that it doesn't have nearly as much in the way of roasted malt flavors. It hides its alcohol well and tastes more like an 8% abv beer instead of 11%.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:11:25 | More by metter98
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JLapadura

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

11-15-2013 01:57:09 | More by JLapadura
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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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Yeroc

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2013 21:13:26 | More by Yeroc
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Double Zilla is labeled an imperial red IPA, if you ask me it's bordering into barleywine country. Pours a deep ruddy mahogany amber brown almost completely opaque. Light khaki tan head forms nicely, leaves speckled thin lacing evenly. Aroma dark fruits, big raisin, over ripened plums, caramelized malt sugars all combine in the nose. Flavor bright fruit juice, thing figs, raisins, hints of nearly burnt sugars drizzled over orange peel zest. A bit cloying as it warms but really melds, hops, alcohol presence, and big over powering malts better than most big beers like this one. Hop bitterness runs deep with citric, pine, and herbal earthy notes. Mouthfeel is surprisingly easy to handle, but it's a sipper. A bit rough on the palate lingering bitterness seems more like a fresh Bigfoot Barleywine, than an imperial red IPA. Overall, I'm so glad I got some of the Box of Hops, great encompassing sampler something for every beer geeks must have super fresh Flower Power, fantastic DIPA, intriguing black IPA, with this beast of beer known as Double Zilla.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 17:20:47 | More by WVbeergeek
Double Zilla from Ithaca Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.