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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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86
very good

1,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 42
Gots: 56 | 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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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
Photo of rickyleepotts
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

I have no idea what this beer is going to smell or taste like. Until I grabbed this from the fridge, I didn't even know this was on the list. I landed this beer in a trade a few weeks ago, and it has been starring at me every time I open the fridge. I have never heard of the Ithaca Beer Company, either. This is the only beer from them on the list, which, after learning about their beers, is fine by me. They named their pale ale… well, they named it Pale Ale. They do have a clever name for their wheat beer, but this is apparently their most popular.

They also mention hop heads, which has me excited. Most red ales don't impress me. You need to take it to a double red to get me excited. However, they keep bringing up the hops. Fine by me. Bring it on. Cheers!

In the Glass: It looks like an American red ale. It has a nice copper color to it, and the beer produced a nice thin white head. The lace is pretty impressive, too. The beer is quite cloudy. Oh, and I just noticed some hop on the label. Fun!

Nose: Not a lot of hops in the aroma. There is a nice somewhat fruity finish. It's like a fruity spice. On a second whiff I am picking up some hoppy character. Not like a pale ale or an IPA, but there are some noticeable hops in there. Let's drink.

Flavor: Yeah, that has a TON of hop flavor. I would never know that was a red ale in a blind taste test. The hops are quite muted in the finish, though. The hops really start as soon as the beer hits your mouth, but as soon as you swallow the hops are gone.

Hang on… Sheryl is talking about the hops. She isn't a big fan of hops. One day!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. It drinks like a good beer should. You would never know it was 7% ABV. If you want to get a true sense of the hops used in this, swish the beer around a little bit. The hops really come forward. The beer becomes overly carbonated when doing that, so be careful.

Aftertaste: Unless you move the beer around in your mouth a little bit, you aren't getting much in terms of an aftertaste here. It does have a nice drying thing going on… but nothing to write home about. If I lived in Ithaca, New York I would drink this stuff, but only as a daily drinking beer. It's not quite a session beer, but you could get away with it if you like hops.

This is the first, and maybe the last beer that I will have from the Ithaca Beer Company. I might need to chug a Ruthless Rye before I go to bed! Cheers!

rickyleepotts, Jul 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Came to the table a deep copper with a slight chilled haze a thinner but well retained white head.Nice intermingling of caramel malt and healthy dose of those cascades with the cascades holding a slight edge.Caramel malt hits up front with some doughy notes but the big pine and grapefruit character comes thru to dominate into a long finish.Very easy to drink and packed withat cascade goodness,I went picked up a couple of sixers after having this.

oberon, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of Marty
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Take the maltiness of a good red ale and mix it with the bite of hops. I dig the concept. This beer pours a deep copper color with a medium-large ammount of tan head that stuck around for a while, leaving a tiny bit of lace on the glass interior. Aroma is deep, brassy and malty. This beer is hoppy, and I like it!

Marty, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Zakk, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

woodchipper, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of JMD71
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Ap: Carbonation clings to the glass when poured. Pours an old gold/amber color. Not as red as most red ales I've sampled. Head thick when poured but falls back to a thin layer. Looks very carbonated.

Ar: Strong malty aroma stands out with some hops present in the nose. Sour cherries, cotton candy. Aroma very faint...

Ta: Wow! Hops are dominant here without being overwhelming. Not overly bitter. Hoppy, malty middle. Bitterness fades in the finish.

Mo: Light to medium bodied. High carbonation lends crisp feel. Clean & refreshing on the palette.

Dr: Highly drinkable. Very easy & smooth going down. A few would be a cinch....

Comments: The bottle describes this as a "monstously hoppy red ale". That is right on the money. This has been the best red ale I've tried to date. Very good! Bold flavors in perfect balance. Only downside is the lack of aroma.

JMD71, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Received as an extra in a trade from bwyker...

This is a pretty high octane beer for an amber ale...

Pours with a smallish offwhite head, reduced to a thin layer that wants to hang around. Caramel, amber color with a bit of chill haze.

Pretty nice smell, nice and strong. Loaded with citrus and floral aromas. Citrus flavors are some grapefruit and some apricot hints. Sweet and kinda fruity overall. Attractive smell though.

Taste is interesting, quite balanced. A bit of sweet bread malts come out under the citrus and floral hops. A good dosing of grapefruit mainly, with some bitter citrus rinds. Quite bitter overall though, pretty good stuff. Seems to be missing a bit of complexity and the malts and hops don't blend too harmoniously.

Decent mouthfeel, medium bodied, low carbonation. I'd like a bit more carbonation to crisp this up a bit. Drinkability is good, fairly filling beer which limits how many I would have in a sitting, but good flavor and aroma would make me have one of these every now and then.

blitz134, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of heddar33
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.83/5  rDev 0%

A - Dark red/brown with a cream head

S - Roasted caramel and frutiness from the hops

T - Caramel, fruitiness, chocolate, and a bitter finish

M - Medium with a medium amount of sticky carbonation

O - This is a good beer that is drinkable with nice flavor, mouthfeel. It is really easy to drink and well balanced.

3HovsepiansBrews, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DWolf, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

generallee, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +11%

nstroup, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

TimoP, Mar 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

77apm, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

What a surprise this was. I didn't know what to expect from it when I bought it. Poured a bright shiny copper color and extremely clear. Formed a 3/4 inch head which quickly dissipated, leaving behind little to no lacing at all. The aroma is what initially blew me away. Wow! Extreme grapefruit, sweet malts, maltball candies, extremely floral aroma. Then the sipping began and again a bright smile shone across my face. This is my kind of beer. Sweet maltiness with cascade hops all over the place. Grapefruit, piney, and a touch of brown sugar. Comparable to a DFH 90-Minute IPA "light" would be a good description. Extremely tasty brew. Mouthfeel is a medium, velvety body ending a bit dry. The carbonation is somwhere between light and medium...just enough to be subdued but enough to be noticed as well. I am glad I picked this six-pack up on a blind whim and will definitely be coming back to it in the future. I'll have to try out the other Ithaca brews as well. Well done.

Doomcifer, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating, but it does have a Japanese horror film inspired label, a red hop spitting dragon and everything! Pours dark honey amber, creamy dark tan head, showing nice retention and also well dispersed, layered and fragmented lacing. Strong hoppy nose, burning the ole' nostrils with hop oil goodness. This is a pleasantly malty ale, hops quite present but not over powering. Notes of whole wheat, rye and, flowery, grainy, piney hops. Large and flavorful brew. Sort of reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. Sweet, creamy MF. Malty/hoppy/tasty. Seek this one out and enjoy-well done Ithaca

Billolick, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

Thanks to HappyHourHero for this one of many.
Pours a clear rust brown w/ a half a finger of fluffy, bubbly white head...looks real white for a red...is it those NY hops?
Lacing is thin, but real tight...slides back down very rapidly w/ just a thin layer clinging on.
Smell is carmelized malts w/ fruity hops as well...also detect oranges and even a hint of allspice.
Taste is, as expected...hoppy. I was hoping for this when I noticed the neon red hop flower on the label. There is nothing overpowering as far as hops go, but this is one of the most bitter red ales I have had to date. The malt keeps this fine offering balanced, that's for sure.
Mouthfeel is thin and the aftertaste is very refreshing...no bitterness lingering...very fresh.
Definitely a session brew...I was glad to see the ABV% pushing to 6.5...very hidden.
Ithaca does it again...now if they can only work their distribution into my area.

warriorsoul, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Guinnsslvr, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, red/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops, bread

Taste: citrus hops with bread and caramel

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a lingering bitterness that starts in the middle

Drinkability: A decent but not memorable red ale. I could have another one or just as easily pass on it.

tigg924, May 12, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is citrusy hops with some malt. The aroma is subtle. The flavor is orange, pine and juicy citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of westcott
4/5  rDev +4.4%

westcott, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped-on cap.

Coppery color with a deep reddish hue and a light haze with a 1" creamy off white head that falls to a thin creamy coating.Not much lacing with low carbination.

Clean.pleasing citrus/pine aroma on the moderate side expected more of an intense hop nose. Light hints of malt and some berry-like fruittyness.

Strong citrus/pine blast a bit of a suprize after the moderate hop nose. Sugary carmell maltiness with some slight fruitiness.A sharp hop bite throughout. Very hoppy lacking any kind of balance,would have liked a bit more maltiness myself.

Tangy,juicy,mouthfeel with a bit of grainyness. Seems to get more drinkable with every sip. The verdict is still out on the drinkability.
A hopheads beer i'd have to say !

jcdiflorio, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle poured into a sample glass.

Pours a cloudy red with a small white head. Nose is sweet and hoppy with a bit of earthy tones.

Taste is sweet and hoppy with a good amount of bitterness but still being sweet and drinkable. Body is a bit light and watery although still quite tasty.

kingcrowing, Nov 08, 2009
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Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.