Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass for around $5.
The first time I had this beer was right before Ithaca came to Ohio. My friend helped put together the deal, so he came to a Browns game with a cooler full of Ithaca beers that the brewmaster had sent him a few days earlier. Cascazilla was one of those beers, and it was an experience. I've found, however, since that day that this beer can suck if it's too old. As in more than a month or so. And I've been searching to review only a fresh glass full. Finally, I have one that rivals that first encounter back in the day.
The beer looks nice in the glass. It's an orange-brown with red notes and an off-white, billowing head that leaves surprisingly little lace.
The smell is where this starts heating up. There's some crystal, sweet caramel and huge toasted malt notes that are literally smothered in hops. Grapefruit and orange impressions follow, pure cascade candy.
The taste is pure fire-breathing awesomeness. The malt base is sublime, with just enough sweetness, toast and breadiness to support the hop rampage. And that rampage happens on cue, with huge pine and grapefruit flavors exploding from every angle as the utility lines go down. People scream, but the onslaught of bitterness never rages out of control. Instead, things are kept grounded and the hops never get out of control.
The mouthfeel is a touch on the sticky side, but the medium body has enouygh carbonation from being slick to a flaw. Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew when it's this green. Fear not, beer drinking people. This monster won't be toppling over buildings in your city any time soon. It's not that fierce. But it is a great cross-over take on a hoppy American Red ale and one I'll be seen swigging any time it's fresh.
Serving type: on-tap
04-18-2011 14:12:04 | More by jampics2
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