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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company


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very good

1,033 Ratings
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Ratings: 1033
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%

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:
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(Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004)
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Photo of MusicaleMike


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 17:17:37 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of Zetcha7x


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 03:54:34 | More by Zetcha7x
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:25:18 | More by mick303
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:54:52 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of Mullinger1980


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 22:21:18 | More by Mullinger1980
Photo of scotorum


3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:35:29 | More by scotorum
Photo of aaron72

New York

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:07:04 | More by aaron72
Photo of Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:46:53 | More by Glennlawless
Photo of FLima


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:18:38 | More by FLima
Photo of MikeWard


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 05:11:20 | More by MikeWard
Photo of Omnium


3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 18:22:23 | More by Omnium
Photo of 57md


3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 05:48:51 | More by 57md
Photo of emyers


3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:23:48 | More by emyers
Photo of Roguer


3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Almost opaque dark red, really brown with red highlights. Two fingers of cream-colored head. Slick lacing, and decent retention.

S - Lovely hop nose off of this. Citrus, some peel. Toast and caramel malts, while we're at it, and possibly some piney hops. Fairly subdued overall, though; a balanced nose.

T - Whoa, heavy, heavy on the malts; caramel, toast or biscuit, even some sweet, dark fruitiness. But the hops...where did they go? All that was promised in the nose seems to be hiding. A little bit of fresh orange peel seems to be the only hops remnant.

M - Light and thin. No sting, but no oily residue, either. Hides the alcohol fairly well.

O - Yet another beer in my "I think I got ripped off with some old beer at Sunoco Aplus" series. The malts match exactly with what I'd expected from what Ithaca calls a "Red IPA." And honestly, if they left IPA off the bottle, this is a fine amber ale. But they didn't, and the hops are still present in the nose, but not so much the taste.

Thus, my overall will fall as an inbetween-er: for an amber ale, it's pretty tasty. For an IPA, it's a little disappointing. Yet again, I find myself hoping to get a fresh bottle and see if my opinion changes, or if this is just indicative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:57:53 | More by Roguer
Photo of rickyleepotts


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 04:56:02 | More by rickyleepotts
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a McDonald's collector glass (I'm...away from my glassware at the moment). Deep amber/red with a thin white head that fades into a thin disc of foam. Smell is nice and malty, with a generous helping of hops as well. Taste is bitter and crisp hops, with a clean malt background that has a slightly odd sweet twang to it (horrific memories of Cortland Red Dragon are resurfacing) but it doesn't stay long enough to ruin the beer. Overall I think the hop flavor could be more complex, but it's a fine drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:48:43 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a moderate sized light beige head. Beer is a deep brown that looks a little orange/reddish in light. Head has okay retention and leaves moderate lacing. Smells of caramel malt, pine, and a bit of orange.

Taste starts with pine, then moves to a dark caramel malt, finished with citrus. Has a malty, citrusy aftertaste. Has a moderate/heavy body with slightly above average carbonation for a Red Ale / Red IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 22:23:59 | More by JG-90
Photo of hopley


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Appearance is a nice amber, pours with an inch of head which settles to nothing - limited lacing.

S - I'd say average - a little grapefruity

T - The thing that stands out the most to me is I) the grapefruit taste and ii) the bitterness. Really good taste.

M - Medium body.

O - A good coiffing beer. Nothing amazing about it - not outstanding but not bad at all. Not something I'd buy again (like its cousin - Ithaca Flower Power), but not something I'd scoff at either.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 00:28:42 | More by hopley
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, amber with ruby highlights. An off white head of creamy foam that fell slowly and left a cap with some fine , sticky lace. Nose is toasted malt, fat, sweet and nutty. There is the faintest whisper of chocolate. Light yeast. Hops are earthy with orange, grapefruit and dark fruits behind that. Light sweet pine and a little dank and oak as it warms. Taste is mellow and malt forward with toasty caramel, bread and grain. Toffee sweetness. Hops are oily and bitter with some light sweet pine, citrus and floral. Body is a little on the heavy side with a little butter and prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with a short lived bitter on the back palate and another whisper from the chocolate as the malt steals the show again to bring it to bittersweet. It’s not boozy but it is rich.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 12:30:54 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Gatch


3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber hue with an off white, fluffy, soapy head. Plenty of lace and great retention.

S: The nose is mostly sweet malt but there's a nice hop presence. Not enough to be considered a "Red IPA," though.

T: Pretty balanced between hops and malt. Not as Cascade heavy as the name implies but it is a Red so there should be plenty of malt and the hop profile is unique.

M: Smooth and sweet with lots of flavor. Barely enough of a hop presence to live up to its name.

O: Solid Red IPA that had all the qualities you look for but nothing exceptional. And not enough hops to be considered a true "Red IPA."

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 00:35:41 | More by Gatch
Photo of Flounder57


4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is an amber copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel malts, mango, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste: Pretty tasty beer. The tropical and citrus hops blend well with the caramel and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and very enjoyable.

Overall: This is a very tasty red. Such a nice springtime beer that is good to drink and share with other red ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 20:17:02 | More by Flounder57
Photo of oline73


3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber with a small amount of off white head. The head sticks around more than I would have guessed. The nose has some nice citrus hops in it as well as a touch of malt spice. I found the taste to be more interesting than the smell. The citrus peel hops are stronger and the malt backs them up nicely. I'm also getting a mild fruity undertone. The body is medium and the finish is slightly slick.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 02:59:12 | More by oline73
Photo of scootny

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dusky brownish red with a light covering and some lace. Mild grapefruit and citrus. Caramel sweetness with a toasted whole grain bread underpin. Light yeast fruit esters. Taste is lovely and feel is surprisingly cask like. Mild and smooth hop bitterness with a toasted caramel malt core. An almost English fruitiness in the yeast. No alcohol in the taste. Finish is quite clean and dry with light grapefruit and faint coffee note. Feel is like the name says. Mildly carbonated but perfectly so. Supple and highly drinkable. A super beer that hides its abv well so beer careful.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:15:03 | More by scootny
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip glass. There was about two fingers of foam that disappated quickly above the reddish beer.

Off the top I pick up a really good dose of the piney cascade hops. I like the way this beer smells.

The flavor falls off a little bit. The malt still comes through, but the hops aren't as present in the taste of this beer. The balance is a little off in this one.

This is a pretty good beer. I'd like to get a really fresh version of this to re-review it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:35:29 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a very hazy, amber red body with a thick off-white head that exhibits medium retention and leaves some uniform lacing.

S- Very floral, yeasty, citrus, slightly tropical. Caramel and toffee. I can tell it's fresh. Quite inviting.

T- Starts off with a piney, floral hop bite that transcends into a malty caramel and toffee flavor.

M- Slightly watery, which is really the downfall of this beer in my opinion. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking, tasty red ale which a nice hop-malt balance. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 21:32:29 | More by gcamparone
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Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,033 ratings.