Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.53/5 rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Coming full circle, we kicked off this year's Penn State Brew Fest weekend with a brew we raved about at last year's event. Word was the demand had the State College distributors ordering cases only days after the event ended... indeed worth a year's wait. Dark ruby red body with medium effervescence--uneven off-white brownish head in a pint glass, opaque but intimidating... robust hops intrude immediately, appropriate to the bottle's label...beautiful malt balance with spruce, toasted caramel and occassional peat scents for complexity...heavy, full-bodied, warming rush...actively effervescent and crunchy palate... "monster" hops early, mega malt late hammering like twin pistons on the tongue--rich, pucker-sweet and a bit of smoke(?)...BIG taste but again, balanced beyond the predictable "I ate a Christmas tree" feeling that we sampled from others at the event. Now, in a 12 oz. and without the pressure of comparison, truly this beer is a standout in the style.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2008 20:42:33 | More by dacrza1
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