Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Package: ½ gallon screwtop growler (and draught pints)
Cost: $5 growler refill at the brewery; $3.50 pints at The Chapter House
Presentation: Shaker pint glass at ~45º
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber brown; with a densely foamy, off-white head. Carbonation appears very fine, with tiny bubbles streaming through the glass. Head resolved down slowly, lacing the glass pretty thickly.
Smell: Ithaca Beers brews tend to be very distinctive. The hops used dont have that overwhelmingly citrusy, grapefruity character. Instead, they express a very floral, fresh, herbaceous aroma that intrigues with its spiciness. They also tend to balance the hops very well with a nice cushion of hops. Overall, this beer smells quite similar to the Flower Power IPA, with more intensity.
Taste: Heres where the beer departs from the Flower Power IPA, while still bearing a family resemblance. The flavor extraction here is much stronger, with the higher alcohol levels and greater hopping levels intensifying the hops balance beyond the more English-like Flower Power. One reviewer commented that this beer doesnt have the classic Cascade flavors. No, it doesnt, because the name Cascazilla probably refers to Cascadilla Gorge and Creek that run through Ithaca, and not necessarily to Cascade hops, (or its a combination thereof). Ithaca Beer does use Cascade and I wouldnt be surprised if they were used in this beer; but as usual, Ithaca has expressed the floral, fruity, and spicy characterstics, which I really like. In a way, this beer seemed like a baby version of Ithacas Double IPA. Finishes fruitily and long.
Mouthfeel: Exhibits a medium to rich mouthfeel and body, with the now-expected smooth carbonation. Encourages a full savoring of the flavors before swallowing.
Drinkability: I think most of Ithacas beers are amongst the most drinkable in their categories, and this is no exception. Despite the relatively high ABV, this is very quaffable and provides much of the flavor impact of the Double IPA at a lower ABV level. Much like a British ESB, this can be quite a session beer. Our first growler didnt last 15 minutes. However the Pale Ale probably makes a better session beer.
Backwash: Maybe Im way off the mark, but this is now IBs best beer, aside from the super-limited Double IPA. Ithaca Beer has chosen to explore a fairly consistent (and I think very successful) house style rather than making another West Coast IPA clone. If you crave citrusy, grapefruity flavors, you might want to look elswhere; but youll be missing some pretty interesting, flavorful beers. I for one havent had too many American micros that really do finesse as well as Ithaca does, and these latest beers have improved upon the slight lack of flavor concentration apparent in some earlier beers (actually the whole line seems to have improved, especially the reformulated Pale Ale).
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2004 18:46:54 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
BB April. Poured into a tulip glass, big thunderous head on this, tan and lightly copper. Beer itself is a dark rudy brown, very hazy, with some visible carbonation. Good head retention and lacing.
S - strong citrus aromas, ruby grapefruit, caramel syrup, rose florals, oranges, lots of lovely hoppy aromas, with some mouthwatering malty notes as well. Florals play a nice part and elevate the caramel malts, very inviting with a lot of aspects going on.
T - grapefruit juice, orange, cherries, toasted caramel, raisin bread, starts mild and unassuming before the plethora of hoppy citrus and caramel malts wash over the palate. Biscuit malts, and a decent rolling bitterness with citrus rind, and smooth carbonation (a bit astringent). Does a great job of melding the caramel sweetness and complexity with a solid hoppy profile, exactly what I would expect for this style and this one near hits it out of the park. I think with some different hops included this could be even better.
M - balanced, with a moderate full body, lots of caramel and bready malt with a moderate carbonation to carry through, finish is dry with a solid hop bitterness. Sessionable with a solid punch to it. No hint of alcohol astringency.
Well worth trying, really nice mix of flavours, all balanced really well, complexity opens up really well. Just a well put together beer that offers a very good example of what a Red IPA can be all about. Very nice, would have again. Cascade hops work really well here, citrus and florals come through strongly.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 02:25:18 | More by mick303
3.61/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
The beer comes in a dark murky copper color.
The beer has a good bready malt and caramel sweetness. The hops are of red grapefruit, some piney hops, herbal qualities.
Well balanced, but slightly pushed back on the hops as in not being extremely hoppy. However, still a good beer with hoppy flavors and a nice malty body.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2014 04:40:11 | More by dar482
Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
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