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CascaZilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 580
Hads: 1,191
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 47
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004

The name CascaZilla (Cas-kuh-zil-uh) is a play on both the name of a gorge in Ithaca called Cascadilla and the monster amounts of Cascade Hops we use to make the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma of this beer comes from fresh American hops. CascaZilla gets its distinctive red color from a healthy portion of caramel malt, which also lends to the beer, a hearty body and sweetness. It is a hoppy red ale!
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Photo of mkh012
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ithaca Beer Company. This was definitely my favorite of the beers I tried- the rest were enjoyable but nothing special.

This beer pours a nice deep red. Nothing overwhelming on the nose- just some caramel malts and of course the hops. I've never been a huge fan of red ales, but this was one of the better ones I've had. The hops were balanced perfectly by the malts. It was hoppy but had a very smooth and easy finish. The flavor profile was a bit one note I suppose, but I really enjoyed it regardless. I would definitely drink this one again. (560 characters)

Photo of Elimav
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really good red ale which I usually don't particularly like. However, this one has been heavily hopped and is quite tasty. One of my favorites at the brewery. (160 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No freshness date, but a Total Wine (receipted?) sticker that reads 03/9/15

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and copper red in color with a khaki, finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds with a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Caramel with a thick wooden tone. Light floral notes. A hint of toasted malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Heavy caramel and woody notes. A bit of floral character peaks through mid-taste along with some metallic twang. Fair roasted malt notes hit near the finish and bleed through with faint chocolate and coffee character, and a trace of citrus and spice hop character in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium with moderate carbonation. Smooth texture, then a crisp, mostly dry finish.

Overall - Decent flavor profile, but lacks a nice citrus bite that would really make it pop. Maybe add some citra or mosaic? Otherwise pretty good. (946 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; deep reddish amber; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thick collar; OK lacing;

S: earthy;

T: cascade hops for a moment, then caramel takes over; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I expected more - pretty much one note; not enough hop character for a beer with "monster" hops; (341 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (239 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good to very good beer. Red in color with a one finger head that reduces to a film of bubbles covering the enter top of the beer throughout. Liked the flowery hoppy backbone. Needed more IPA type punch. Smell of flowery hops and a bit of malt. Solid Red IPA. Smooth. (275 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-I did not get much aroma besides standard beer
S-Basic brown with a very subtle red tint
M-Good medium carbonation
T-Balanaced malt sweetness and feint hop bitterness, although not much hop flavor detected.
O-Modestly above standard commecial beers. I was hoping for more punch (281 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an enormous hoppy red beer that ive been way too sick on one too many times in life, but every time i go back to it i cant help being impressed with it. its a frothy feeling beer, only a touch sweet from the red grain, and super hoppy like a west coast ipa. its got a real cascade hop profile, and is both oily and bitter at the same time. the beer has a sticky feel with its big body and all these hops, but it finishes rather dry for what it is. if you arent a totally gung-ho hop head, this beer probably isnt for you. its a total hop overdose, and even a couple of these will have you feeling silly. this was way ahead of its time i think, and is only now starting to get recognition for being the beast that it is. not ithacas best, but certainly one of me more distinctive india pale ales on the market. (809 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up on our trip to VT. Bought at a Wal-mart and I was carded. Should I be flattered or hurt?
The aroma has lost some of it's hop punch in the passing weeks. Still there but malt character shows greater presence. Grassy hop and rich kinda' sweet caramelly malt. Rich - did I say that already?
Nice full tan head and a cloudy reddish amber liquid.
Good mix of malt and hops. Nice bitterness bite without excess but good stamina. Clear malt richness and not too sweet. Clear hop flavor of a grassy nature in middle through the finish.
Heavier body and nice mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Solid. Very solid. (634 characters)

Photo of Br0wnsfn31
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.. NO DATE ON THE BOTTLE Although there was a January through December list on the lable.. no month was marked..

A- The best feature of this beer is the way it looks in a glass.. beautiful dark amber color with a finger of head that is not anticipating as fast as other beers.. with some noticeable lacing along the glass

S- Sweet Carmel with a hit of citrus hop aroma.. the smell is delightful even though its very faint for a 7% Red Ipa..

T- Lots of carmel sweetness up front and fiinishes with a grapefruit hop taste in the back end.. not very impressive

M- not overly carbonated but when cold it does go down alittle harsh.. as it warm up the better the beer gets

O- I had this beer last summer and really didnt stand out to me.. its not a bad beer by any means but there are alot better red ipas out there.. i recommend it to people who like malty ipas.. (889 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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! (1,442 characters)

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single poured into a porter glass. purchased last week from CJ's Doghouse in Lansdale. BB date...Decemeber...thanks again CJ's for selling me another old beer. upon further inspection there are plenty of floaters. since its not the fault of the brewer I will try to pretend the beer is within the BB date.

A-a hazy dark amber/ruby color. huge head with the pour but recedes quickly. nice lacing.

S-hops, sweet malts, some spices, grapefruit

T-caramel sweetness. hoppy. pine. the malt is more present here than most IPAs. hence the "Red." not that it makes but I approve

M-medium bodied. for the most part the same consistency as standard IPAs, but with a little more creamy feels.

O-maybe its bias since I grew up a half hour from Ithaca, but I really enjoyed this beer. despite the past BB date. I haven't had a ton of Red IPAs, but I enjoyed the added malt that was present. a ton of flavor and very drinkable. (922 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB April. Poured into a tulip glass, big thunderous head on this, tan and lightly copper. Beer itself is a dark rudy brown, very hazy, with some visible carbonation. Good head retention and lacing.

S - strong citrus aromas, ruby grapefruit, caramel syrup, rose florals, oranges, lots of lovely hoppy aromas, with some mouthwatering malty notes as well. Florals play a nice part and elevate the caramel malts, very inviting with a lot of aspects going on.

T - grapefruit juice, orange, cherries, toasted caramel, raisin bread, starts mild and unassuming before the plethora of hoppy citrus and caramel malts wash over the palate. Biscuit malts, and a decent rolling bitterness with citrus rind, and smooth carbonation (a bit astringent). Does a great job of melding the caramel sweetness and complexity with a solid hoppy profile, exactly what I would expect for this style and this one near hits it out of the park. I think with some different hops included this could be even better.

M - balanced, with a moderate full body, lots of caramel and bready malt with a moderate carbonation to carry through, finish is dry with a solid hop bitterness. Sessionable with a solid punch to it. No hint of alcohol astringency.

Well worth trying, really nice mix of flavours, all balanced really well, complexity opens up really well. Just a well put together beer that offers a very good example of what a Red IPA can be all about. Very nice, would have again. Cascade hops work really well here, citrus and florals come through strongly. (1,533 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark murky copper color.

The beer has a good bready malt and caramel sweetness. The hops are of red grapefruit, some piney hops, herbal qualities.

Well balanced, but slightly pushed back on the hops as in not being extremely hoppy. However, still a good beer with hoppy flavors and a nice malty body. (322 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Alchemist becher glass. Best before March (hopefully 2014).

Appearance- I can't say this beer looks nice. It's a cloudy/murky reddish brown with no real head and a mild ring of lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell- Fruit forward red. Caramel malts, stone fruits, light roast(?), smooth piney/floral hops.

Taste-Cascade all the way! Start is pure Cascade citrus/pine then the malt comes in smoothly and finishes with a slightly bitter stone fruit. No booze taste.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean, and real easy to drink. Medium-light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall- Quite pleased with this brew. It's definantly no Flower Power, but it's a nice easy drinking hoppy red. (712 characters)

Photo of Mullinger1980
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy reddish amber. Aroma has toasty caramel, light citrus, raisin, and other dark fruits. Taste is sweet caramel and chocolate, plum, and light hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish. Overall, a delicious, well-crafted beer. The main drawback is the malt overwhelms the hop characteristics. There are some complex flavors here with roasted malts, fruity esters, and a nice hop mix. (427 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label is dated 2012 with a "Best By" of Sept.-Oct. If that is Oct. 2012 wow this is an old one. Only bought recently in a mixed six.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Nearly clear ruby amber, finger thick offwhite head receded to even surface foam and densly patterned lacing.

s: Mild pine hops.

t: Medium malt with definite hop balance. Hop presence may be muted by age but is still above average for an IPA..

m: Moderate.

o: A very good red IPA, tasty and drinkable. If this is really over a year old, I'm impressed with its staying power. (572 characters)

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint sized pour at Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton, NY.

A - good looking beer, dark throughout, cloudiness pervades. Deep oranges, mostly brownish-red, very little head, recedes quickly. Light doesn't penetrate it very much.

S - very nice. The hop profile is nicely balanced with the sweeter malts and the spice. There's something savory here.

T - very nice too. Balanced is the first word that comes to mind, perhaps a little watery, but otherwise delicious. There's a big malt forward taste, but it moves quickly into some of the bittersweet character of the hops. Finish is light.

M - a little sticky, but otherwise good. This beer is balanced, but the balance gets a little bland at times. 7% is surprisingly high for the taste.

O - definitely a good beer, one of my favorite offerings by Ithaca so far. This one strikes a nice balance with its ingredients, rather than their other beers, in which certain ingredients tend to dominate. (943 characters)

Photo of aaron72
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i poured this beer into a goose island pint glass... it seemed like a fitting glass.

the appearance is cloudy & murky dark amber or reddish in color with a decent tan head. the head fades into a nice lacing on the glass. looks appetizing to me!

the smell is malty & sweet with some fruit.

i really dig this beer! Ithaca's beers have become some of my favorite session style beers! for me it has lots of balanced sweetness & hop character.

the mouthfeel draws me in sip after sip... smooth.

overall, cascazilla is not to big & not too small & they go down nice & easy. it's easy to drink but has some alcohol content. it seems to me like a good candidate to be enjoyed from a heavy pint glass! (698 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pint glass.

A - brown with an offwhite two finger head. Frothy. nice spotty lacing left while drinking

S - All malt, some roasty caramel going on. not getting much of the hops at all. A tinge of chocolate too.

T - a malty espresso finish. Some earthy and soily hops but mostly dark malt. real drinkable, real tasty.

M - Slightly creamy. medium body.

Overall, for a red ipa. i was expecting a lot of malt which a got with a minimal amount of hopping. for the style this is a real nice brew. if i ever see this on tap somewhere i would get it. (564 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color with a foamy head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Nice citrus aroma with notes of pine, toasted malts, red fruits and caramel.
What a delicious flavor, balanced but still quite hoppy and malty. Notes of caramel, toasted malts, earthy, pine, floral and citrus hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste with its lingering taste and some hidden chocolate.
Medium body with natural carbonation. A bit sticky and hard to believe that it contains 7% abv.
So far Ithaca hasn’t disappointed me. This is a great beer, hoppy but caramel malt is very present in its flavor, not only giving body to sustain its hoppy profile. (646 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. gift from an Ithaca University grad. Label was a bit confusing, best by October (no year on the notching,) elsewhere on the label 2012 Ithaca. So...is this over a year old? We'll see.

Poured fairly enthusiastically, and was rewarded with a 2 finger foamy head, which only dissipated slightly during the drink. Lots of carbonation, amber copper coloring to the body. However, LOTS of floaties here, which the carbonation kept mixing around. Lacing was thick and foamy all the way down.

Was almost scared to take a whiff, but, surprise, surprise, nice hoppy smell with some sweetness from the malts. Checked the floaties again, yep, they're still there. Time for a swig.

Taste...not bad at all, getting nice maltiness on the top of the tongue mixed with hop bitterness on the back and sides. How'd they do that?

Mouth was a bit thin, and oddly enough, no tingling from the obvious carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. Guessing that it must have been best by October 2013, since I cant't believe hop taste would have hung around for a year. Sediment finally settled (was a long drink), possibly malt? Have enjoyed this on draft in the past, and would have it again. Hopefully with less floaties. (1,253 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy brown, not really red at all, 1 finger of thin fizzy off white head. No lacing.
S - Big citrus, grapefruit and pine hop aroma, toasted bready malts, some caramel, dark dried fruits.
T - Taste is bold, kinda tart and sweet from the citrus and the malts, has a bit of floral mix as well.
M - Kinda soapy and sticky at the same time, but overall a medium feel.
O - A decent red IPA, but nothing I"d put in my top 5 for sure. The tartness is a bit much. (493 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy reddish-copper with a finger of fluffy beige head. The head stuck around for a decent amount of time and left some nice lace rings behind. The nose has both malty and hoppy notes. Malt is featured in the flavor profile along with a touch of caramel. The finish is a bit of a downer; nevertheless, it is clean and slightly bitter.

This is a solid and very drinkable red, but can't quite compete with the top tier reds out there. (443 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber-brown with a one inch fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Health dose of citrus/grapefruit and grassy hops up front. The malt kicks in next with caramel malt and toasted bready malts. Very nice balance between the hops and malt - they play quite well together.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but with a bit more grassiness. It's one of those things that can happen with cascade hops, and it throws the balance off a bit with this one. Still a very good flavor profile overall between the citrus hops and the well-developed malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: Very well done red IPA. Nails the malt-hop balance, which can be difficult to do well for the style. (813 characters)

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