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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company


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Ratings: 1031
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 dar482

New York

3.61/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 04:40:11 | More by dar482
Photo of JamesShoemaker


4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 18:55:43 | More by JamesShoemaker
Photo of thecheapies


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Humungous 22oz pour. Deep garnet in color. Sports a coarsely hung off-white head of an inch. Laying slathered on-top for awhile.

Forward notes of pine and tangy grapefruit. Ruggedly toasted in the malt backbone. Earthy and bitter aromas. Perhaps some bitter orange and a hint of cooked rhubarb.

Dry profile with earthy hops with tea and pine notes. Unripe citrus without the sour. Pithy and savory. Notes of bitter greens and mollusk shell. Sounds strange, but it's like an oyster IPA... or maybe I'm nuts. Latent bitterness, but not spicy. Alcohol under veil here. Definitely not that hoppy. Earthy notes accentuate that balancing malt toastiness. Carbonation is a medium-plus. Viscosity is a little weak. Not a whole lotta body.

Doesn't hold a candle to Flower Power. Needs some more fruitiness, but the umami notes are delightful.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 04:10:50 | More by thecheapies
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3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy copper color with a one half finger white creamy head. The has a pretty nice level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a toasted malts and a lighter caramel smell. Mixed with these aromas are notes of some hop being of a citrus and pine nature, but with some lighter aromas of a floral nature as well.

Taste – The taste starts out with A toasted malt flavor with a bit of a caramel malt sweetness. Upfront there are some flavors of citrus hop being of a more grapefruit flavor. As the taste advances however, some more hop flavors begin meeting the tongue, overwhelming the little bit of grapefruit hop. Hop flavors of a pine and floral nature then find their way to the tongue. These mix with an almost roasted cocoa like flavor as well as some more sweetness at the end to leave a moderate resinous and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier body is quite nice for accentuating the hoppier pine and floral tastes at the end of the brew as well as the toasted malt flavors mixed with a bit of rye that are in the base of the brew.

Overall - A decent American amber. It has a nice hop flavor blend starting with more of a citrus and developing more of a pine later on.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 01:00:33 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerful and smooth. The color is dark coppery red and the carbonation is very fine and small. So smooth, rich and hoppy. The rich flavor and full body blend wonderfully with the alcohol content so that you would never guess it is as strong as it is. Not until you finish the second beer. The best of Ithaca.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 01:36:10 | More by BigRedGator
Photo of ranger60

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap at Southside Grille in South Bound Brook, NJ

Appearance - beautiful copper coloer with a nice creamy head.

Smell - picking up the pine, nothing unusual.

Taste - the hops come through, if not strong, and the malt is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - nice feel, not too carbonated.

Overall - very drinkable. Had it after a Yards Brawler Pugilist, so it came across as much more flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 18:06:16 | More by ranger60
Photo of MDDMD


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a red amber color with a smallish off-white head and some lacing

S-sweet malt, slight citrus, bread, hint of pine

T-sweet malt and bread, caramel, some citrusy hop character and bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation

O-a decent amber ale, but a tad on the sweet side for me and lacking some of the complexity of other ambers (Zoe, Nugget Nectar)

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 02:35:25 | More by MDDMD
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, drank this one on 2/23/12 at paradise by the slice.
This beer was served in a pint glass, it had a amber color body with 2" tan head. The smell was malty with nice a hop background to it. The taste is of bitter hops and some malt and fruit notes on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel was nice a smooth and overall a really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 19:05:11 | More by chefhatt
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served unto a pint.

Appearance: dark but clear amber, white head is maybe 1/4 off the body.

Smell: grapefruit, and light hops not too potent seems to dissipate quickly.

Taste: Grapefruit, and malty...not too bitter but just enough to say yum.

Mouth: medium carbonation, I can't say this was the smoothest beer. It might just comes rough around the edges but overall just crisp and I can't really complain.

Overall: Pretty good, not as smooth but I'm not complaining. Made to be something comfortable enough that you'll to really like it but not enough to call great. Hope you all enjoyed. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 23:21:50 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of BranfordBound


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16, poured into a NEBCO pint.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a two finger tan head that fades fast and leaves only spotty lacing.

Smells of very sweet and slightly rich malts. Some fruit in there as well. Pine hops linger in the back.

Starts very sweet and malty with touches of caramel and apricots. Hops come in at the end with restrained bitterness. Hops are earthy and herbal.

Partly dry mouthfeel, lighter side of medium bodied.

Not really a hoppy beer, but a good example of a red, nonetheless. Easily consumed and leaves room for another.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 03:38:09 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of JizackFH

New York

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

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 10/28/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice dark mahogany color. It has a finger of light tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a sheet of sticky lace behind on the glass. The nose is of caramel malts and juicy fruits up front. There are some piney hop aromas that come out as well. Also, there are some notes of toffee, citrus, and a bit of earthiness. The taste starts off with some nice toasted malt flavor. There is also some good flavors of caramel, toffee, and there is a nice bit of fruitiness. There is some earthiness and a nice mild hop presence that comes through as well. The finish leaves a bit of lingering sweetness and mild hop bitterness. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some good sweetness here that is nicely balanced out by the mild hop bitterness. There is some earthiness as well. There is some good drinkability here. I could easily drink a six pack of this. The flavor is really nice and it never gets boring. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and a good representation of the style. I enjoyed this one and I definitely recommend trying it out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 13:00:38 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Chico1985


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

Poured a slightly hazy dark amber, off-white head retains decently leaving thick lacing at the top.

Smell is faint light fruits and a bit of earthiness, taste was an improvement. Nice light fruity hops - grapefruit, citrus, some peach, some earthy and floral, bitterness is low. Big toasty malt backbone. Mouthfeel felt a bit on the thin side but was fine overall.

A nice red ale. Nice hop profile without being a bitter hop bomb, good malt balance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 18:09:04 | More by Chico1985
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2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Yardhouse in Dedham, Massachusetts.

A-beige head and a murky light brown body.

S-sweet cream smell and a floral hop scent

T-very profound hoppy front, some sweet grain finish


D-not a bad beer. I bit too hoppy for my taste in relation to the style. I would have it again but with reservations.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 00:51:08 | More by jneiswender
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

On tap at Paddy's in Hornell, NY

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with minimal head. Caramel and nutty malts come through on the nose with a some mild hops coming through as well. Taste is a nice balance of malt and citrusy hops with a nice nutty finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth; well carbonated. I rather enjoyed this amber ale, will probably have it again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 11:23:23 | More by tdm168
Photo of CRumple

New York

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 19:28:48 | More by CRumple
Photo of jampics2


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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Third beer of the night last night at the Yard House, Dedham, as my drink with my dinner. Served on tap into a pint glass. Dark reddish orange color. Not much head. Mix of hops and malt in the nose. Taste was pretty straight forward. Malty body, with a hit of hops at the end on the palate. Mouthfeel was smooth, and hid the 7% abv sort of well. Overall this beer was good with my burger, but really just seemed like an average red ale. I guess I had higher expectations due to the reputation I've heard about this beer in the past.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 23:55:38 | More by morebeergood
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one fresh on tap at the comfortable confines of the Chapter House in Ithaca. From the pint glass this shows a slightly orange-ish brown wth a fair light oatmeal colored head that leaves a nice trail of lace. The aroma offers a pleasing malt vinegar and citrus brightness. The flavor is mellow caramel malt with a nice citrus bite that finishes bright with solid carbonation for a tingly and somewhat chalky feel. There's some grassiness to it, toffee and a vague smoke hidden in there. Just a very drinkable hoppy brew that is refreshing and satisfying. Nice to finally try it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 07:08:40 | More by Durge
Photo of sybilyang

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep malty amber color - I've had this beer in many ways (btl, tap, and tap at the brewery). Have never been disappointed. This is a hoppy beer, much more mellow and balanced than Flower Power. The maltiness is a good match for the level of hops, but that seems to be its only purpose, to help tone down the hops a bit. A better food beer than Flower Power I think.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 20:27:19 | More by sybilyang
Photo of timfelix

New York

4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at the brewery just outside of Ithaca NY.
Show up and they let you try all their beers. In general they are all good to excellent.
The Cascazilla has a wide variety of flavor. quite unique. malty, hoppy, sweet and bitter all in one. Some strong flavors but they make a great flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 21:39:17 | More by timfelix
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

Amber with good clarity and a moderate beige head with good retention. Good lacing as it empties. The aroma is caramel malts and floral hops. The flavor is balanced with caramel, bread, biscuits and a lingering bitterness. It's got a creamy texture and a nice low to moderate carbonation.

I liked the flavor but I thought it could use more hops. Maybe the keg I sampled from had been around a while but I expected more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2010 10:34:26 | More by GJ40
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was one of the better amber ales I've come across, but nothing I would spend money on again. Maybe I'm not an amber ale aficionado.

Average look to start, with cask/real ale features. Amber/tawny color, slight chill haze. Bit of a dense, creamy, sloppy-soap bubble thing with the head. Lacing languid.

Fruity esters and citrusy hoppiness greet the nose, with some light toasted grain tickling the nosehairs in the end.

Smooths over the tongue with a full-ish, puffy feel - fruity, crystal/cara- malt profile. The hops are a good bit resiny, firm, citrusy-spicy bitterness... sweet/toasty grain and English yeast roundness.

It's okay - no stand-out qualities (though the 7% hardly seemed to show up in any facet - notable, I suppose) - a cheap six-pack beer (provided I can sniff it out cheap). But, really, it was a one-pint stand.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 04:43:14 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of afksports

New York

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Washington Commons back in August at the start of the BeerQuest (Read: start of drunkenness).

From notes: It's bubbly. It's red. It's got a great name. It's... OK. Pours an amber reddish hue, fairly clear, lots of head that stays. Smells like malts, hops, and brown sugar. Taste follows. I suppose it's the Cascade hops that stand out the most. Mostly remarkable is the highly carbonated feel keeps it sitting in your mouth with the dullishly-done style. Drinkable enough, if reds are your thing. They aren't mine.

Initial grade was a B-... upon further consideration... yeah.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 02:53:39 | More by afksports
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Pony Bar in NYC.

Pretty ruby hue with a moderately sized head. Decent lacing and retention. Nice blast of Cascade hops in the aroma as well as the taste. The initial flavor is very hop forward, followed by a sturdy malt backbone with appropriate sweetness. The feel is great. The alcohol sneaks up on you, as it's hidden quite well. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 05:37:14 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decently balanced. Malty core with light hop finish. Much maltier than I was expecting with a name like cascazilla, sits much heavier and is much sweeter and not quite as dry as I was expecting, but still picked up lots of fruit notes. Over all a vert drinkable beer. Much sweeter finish, rather than a dry bitter hop finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 17:34:42 | More by despainmakesbeer
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Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.