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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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86
very good

1,077 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 41
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004)
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Dantes

New Jersey

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 Beer’s brews tend to be very distinctive. The hops used don’t 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: Here’s 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 doesn’t have the classic “Cascade” flavors. No, it doesn’t, because the name “Cascazilla” probably refers to Cascadilla Gorge and Creek that run through Ithaca, and not necessarily to Cascade hops, (or it’s a combination thereof). Ithaca Beer does use Cascade and I wouldn’t 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 Ithaca’s 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 Ithaca’s 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 didn’t last 15 minutes. However the Pale Ale probably makes a better session beer.

Backwash: Maybe I’m way off the mark, but this is now IB’s 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 you’ll be missing some pretty interesting, flavorful beers. I for one haven’t 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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Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.