Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Best before April. Picked up bottle from friends who had come to visit from NY. I see this beer around a lot, and I have had it before, so this is like coming back to HopDevil and giving a review. (Which I still need to do.)
Poured into a pint glass, Cascazilla displays an impressive three fingers worth of thick tan/peach colored foam on top of a hazy crimson colored beer. The head pops away and leaves a solid coating of lace on the side of the glass. Can you tell this beer is well-hopped??
Immediate whiff of citrus peel! It's very prominent, and is layered on top of butterscotch and baked bread, with maybe a hint of bubblegum and naval oranges. It has been dry-hopped with Cascade (duh) and Amarillo, and this makes the aroma that much more aromatic.
Cascazilla crosses the tongue with bitter oranges up front, sticky resinous hops, and a good balance of toasted bread in the finish. The finish is also accented by notes of orange peel and a lingering minty quality in the aftertaste.
Medium body, decent carbonation that lends a softer mouthfeel, and a serious bitter finish that coats your tooth enamel.
A very good beer, that is a solid example of the style, with an intense hop profile that steals the show, and enough malt to counter-balance the intense bitterness. Not terribly "drinkable" per se, since the alcohol is pretty high here, but it is good for a round or two. It would pair well with some carrot cake for sure!
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 17:17:37 | More by MusicaleMike
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Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
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