Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.95/5 rDev +28.9%
Poured froma 12oz bottle to a standard 12oz pub mug.
Deep amber w/ a rocky 1 inch head, ample lacing present.
Smells like pure cascade hop; like getting hit in the face w/ a burlap bag full of fresh cascade!
Taste is exceptionally balanced cascade hop and caramel malts. Ithica did not skimp on ingredients w/ this one. As it warms more malt characteristics come through beyong the dominant hop profile. Very smooth and silky quality in the finish. I'm falling in love w/ it, the fourth bottle is just as good as the first.
This beer would be admired by those who enjoy the american IPA variety as well as those who like a good classic american strong ale. This beer represents a nice balance between the two characteristics in my humble opinion.
07-22-2009 18:11:43 | More by GordonQuid
4.88/5 rDev +27.1%
this is as good as it gets, this is big and hopy and well balenced with the malt hitting sweet up front and fades effertlessley into hops. this beer should be out all year long insted of just seasonal, i always pack away a case for hibernating in the winter. the only porblem with this beer is that when it is served it only lasts for a few sips befor i find it gone. TRY THIS, ITS FINOMIANAL!!!
08-12-2008 16:51:46 | More by orcasteve
4.75/5 rDev +23.7%
I bought mine at the brewery, while visiting Ithaca--go there if you are near. Cascazilla has an immediately evident hops aroma, and taste, but is not bitter at all.
I've been comparing pale ales around the country, this past summer, and bought this for it's "monster dose of hops." Cascazilla has the hops and "nose" to compare to,say, Pyramid Brewery's "Thunderhead" IPA, but without the "dryness;" I think your sister would like it!
09-17-2006 23:22:06 | More by PJKSR02
4.72/5 rDev +22.9%
Enjoyed on tap at Deep Ellum - 16oz pour.
A - Deep red chestnut with one finger of solid, creamy off-white foam that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing all the way down.
S - Caramel, cherry pie, lemon zest, resiny pine.
T - Rich, slightly sweet malt, caramel, pine, lemon, some grapefruit. Puckering, zesty bitterness lingers long after the last sip.
M - Sensuous, full body; gentle carbonation.
D - Amazing. This is one hell of a beer.
01-08-2009 21:44:25 | More by trbergman
4.68/5 rDev +21.9%
Appearance is a clear reddish orange hue, with two inches of luscious, off white, creamy foam at the top. It dissapates after a while but the lacing left is immaculate.
It smells like a pine forest...and citrus fruit. maybe a touch of booze which isnt a bad thing at all.
The taste of this red hoppy ale is juicy and really bitter, so flavorful just like I like it. Also backed up appropriate level of malts to make it not too puckery. Brilliant.
Mouthfeel is not sticky, and the massive amount of hops used leave a bitterness on my tongue which lasts a long time.
Drinkability also gets a five since I can drink more than one in a session, as its below 7%. Such a wonderful beer. This and the Flower Power. Cheers!
06-26-2008 06:23:59 | More by roan22
4.65/5 rDev +21.1%
Colors range from a golden-yellow at the stem of the glass, up to a firery auburn at the surface, topped with a tan ring of foam. Grapefruit citrus with piney hops in aroma. More earthty hops in the taste, followed by a sweet fruity finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky, but overall very refreshing. I can see this becoming a regular. Plenty of hop character, not too sweet, and a modest amount of alcohol.
08-18-2006 19:22:50 | More by bwyker
4.63/5 rDev +20.6%
A: Poured a thin white head with decent retention, leaving a little lacing. Body was a deep amber with good clarity.
S: Aroma was full of fresh pine and plenty of it. Outstanding.
T: Flavor was spectacularly hoppy with notes of citrus and some pine. Thanks to a good amount of caramel malt, it remained in balance. Delicious.
M: Just short of medium bodied - similar carbonation. Hop oils coat the tongue.
D: Thank God my friend took my keys. The 7% abv was perfectly masked. Normally at Coopers (Scranton) I switch from beer to beer, but this one was too good to switch away from. Its biggest flaw is that it's not available in OK.
05-08-2008 03:21:23 | More by OKCNittany
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
I'm not a big Red Ale fan, but when it's rediculously hopped...I'm all over it! The taste is pretty smooth, with a great hopped character. It's not bitter at all, which is always a good thing. Overall it's a great beer with a great taste. If you like hoppy, this is for you.
12-27-2006 20:56:21 | More by Will46andbrew
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
Attracted by the name alone, I had this beer on tap for the first time a few weeks ago and haven't been able to quit it yet. It pours an amber color without much head. The Cascazilla smells malty and toasted and it tastes like hop heaven. f'ing delicious!
04-29-2011 19:28:48 | More by CRumple
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
A: Pours a copper red with a thin head, less than a finger's worth. Disappeared quickly.
S: Wonderfully grapefruity. Doesn't have the sticky sweetness of the aroma of actual grapefruit juice, as it's cut by a slight woodsiness. Aroma is appealing and appetizing.
T: Holy hops. Just, wow. Not as strong as an IPA, but this is distinctly hoppier than most amber ales I've had. The finish moves from fruity to hoppy to lightly smoky and warming at the very end. Terrific, rustic finish.
M: Drank it without food, so can't speak to how it stands up to a meal. Not too bubbly.
D: Quickly becoming a favorite, regardless of season. A wonderful beer.
06-14-2006 23:28:03 | More by rarevos
4.58/5 rDev +19.3%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is hoppy and sweet, with the sweetness being that of citrus along with some caramelized malt in the background.
T: A nice burst of hops comes out first and is quickly balanced by the fruity citrus sweetness and decent malt character. Even though the hops presence is strong, it fades after you swallow and leaves a sweet after-taste, which is one of the few characteristics that make this beer different from an IPA.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, theres a good kick to it, this beer has all of the qualities that make it a good one to stick with for the duration of an evening.
02-01-2007 05:25:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.