Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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
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