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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

1,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,103
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 43
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:
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(Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hoppy red, significant whitish beige head on brownish body. Hoppy aroma including C hopn and other hops. Above average carbonated, very bitter not balanced, thin mouthfeel. Not satisfying acidic citrus finish, although some caramel in there. Tatebuds demolished.

Sammy, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.4%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up at Vintage Estate in Ohio. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very ugly muddy copper color with a brownish hue. Short off-white head comes and goes quickly and leaves a touch of lacing behind. The nose brings forward some piney and citrus hops along with a bit of sweet bready malt. The flavor is fairly hoppy, though there's too much sweetness falling in behind it. Mouthfeel is medium with adequate carbonation. Good bitterness in the finish, though again it's too sweet. Pretty drinkable and I'd have it again, though not likely something I would purchase again.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

nmann08, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface as well as thick rings of lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light aromas of pine resin hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: There are initial flavors of caramel and malty sweetness in the taste, however these are balanced out by the underlying hops, which lend some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it has a good balance and the hops prevent it from becoming overly sweet, despite all of the caramel and malty flavors. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

metter98, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a prodigious head that retains and laces, with gobs of foam sticking to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Citrus and piney notes blend with the biscuity malts

Taste: After a brief visit from the biscuity malts, the piney flavors kick in, along with some caramel underpinnings that arrive, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer is equal parts caramel and piney hops with just a touch of buttery diacetyl that can be detected on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced amber, that is hopped up enough to be quite enjoyable

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rustic orange with infusions of red and amber. Within in the beer can be seen abundant, fine-bubbled carbonation rushing up to a golden ecru head of firm foam. The upper surface resembles Godzilla's hide--athough a bit less crusty--and an acceptable amount of lace is deposited in sudsy shards.

I'll admit, I'm easy. I love the smell of napalm in the... no wait, that was from Apocalypse Now. I love the smell of hops in the morning (and the afternoon and the evening). Cascazilla has a wonderously hoppy nose of sweet, sassy, brassy, caramel-like, citrusy goodness. I... am... powerless... to... resist...

Amazingly enough, the beer actually tastes like a hoppy-as-hell red ale rather than an IPA. I'm not sure what accounts for that impression, I'll just have to trust my palate. The caramel malt backbone is solid and is more than big enough to support all the fruity, juicy hops.

Cascazilla is more hoppy, relative to the malt at least, than any red ale in recent memory (with the possible exception of Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale). Sticky pine sap works in concert with white grapefruit peel, the whole drenched in sugar syrup. It lacks a certain something that would put it into orbit flavor-wise, but I'm more than satisfied by what's in this bottle.

The medium body/mouthfeel has a pleasing, smooth slickness about it and is helped by a light hop scum that adheres to the tongue and builds with each successive sip. A big thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

According to the label, I just finished a "monstrously hoppy red ale". I've had very few of Ithaca's beers, but it's hard for me to imagine that any of them are better than this. It is my considered opinion that the amber/red ale style needs a swift kick in the ass. Who better to provide it than the city-destroying, hop monster... Cascazilla.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Likely the best of the Ithaca beers that came in their variety pack. A very hop-forward Amber.

The pour brings a deep amber color with moderate haze, likely from dry-hopping. Off white foam forms a light head and holds firm at a sheet across the top of the glass.

Citrusy aromas of grapefruit and spicy pine notes come to life on a dry caramel malt and light toast maltiness. Low on fruitiness, the beer has a very clean and simplified aroma.

Flavors of sun kissed malts, mild toast, and Cracker Jacks candy round out the grain profile while grapefruit, orange peel, and fresh cut grasses provide the hoppy balance. Bitterness takes precedence, which is a bit odd for a Red Ale. Aside from some grain flavors in the end, this is a clean and refreshing beer.

The beer has an aggressive bite that keeps it from becomming smooth and easy to drink. But the beer isn't as thin or grainy as many from the brewery.

A good Red Ale that showcases hops rather than malts. Aggressive in bite and bitterness.

BEERchitect, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and hoppy bitter notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a nice mix between some citrus and bitter hops with a solid dry caramel malt with limited sweetness and light resinous notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Easily drinkable and a bit more complex then a plain bitter attack on the palate.

Phyl21ca, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a nice trade a while back and had really been itching to try it. I left it in the fridge for a long while, as I overlooked it time and again. Well last night and after a long drive home I decided now was the time and I broke this one wide open. Poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 09/09/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, reddish tinted amber taking front stage. Nice bit of sediment in the bottom and some light cloudiness just worked its way into the sample. Good bit of carbonation could be seen streaming skyward throughout the session and a very nice two inch head of white graced the top. Easy receding left behind about a half inch of white that just nestled its way down to the surface.

The aroma was loaded down with hops as one would expect. Rich notes of citrus, orange and tangerine mostly were by far the dominant notes on this one. Some light biscuit in the middle and a very grainy presence persisted well into it. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of orange, tangerine, and nice touches of all over this thing. Nice bready middle to the profile and a long, drawn out bitter finish capped it off quite well. Easy to session with a medium body and a profile that was hoppy, yet smooth.

Overall I thought this was a very nice hoppy red ale. I would have no issues at all with drinking this one over and over again. Definitely something to look forward to after a long day. I would have to recommend this one very highly.

mikesgroove, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a just off-white head. A nice citrus hop quality to this one. Orange and grapefruit hops with a nice bit of piney hop character, too. Under that is a fair amount of caramel and sweet malt. The flavor is a bit on the sweeter side, but there still is some good citrus and pine hop flavor and bite to it, just a moderate bitterness. Medium in body and carbonation.

womencantsail, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour of this beer is a nice looking red color with decent tan head on top. The smell has a really good hoppy aroma with some sweet caramel on the nose. The taste gives off a nice sweet flavor at first is kind of semi sweet with a pleasant hoppy bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and rather enjoyable. It's a good brew, it's worth trying again.

Knapp85, May 21, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy red ales have become fairly common of late, with some of them going a little bit over the edge. Cascazilla, however, does it right.

It looks great in the glass with a clear, crimson-accented deep copper color. The frothy then creamy bone-white head holds quite well, and leaves behind sticky rings of craggy lace.

The nose is bright and citrusy with lots of grapefruit over a delicately sweet and bready caramelish malt base.

In the flavor there's just enough caramelish and biscuity malt to lend it an edge of sweetness; just enough bright and citrusy hops to give it a juicy zest without becoming resinous; and just enough bitterness to balance it without blowing out your tastebuds. It's full-flavored but not overdone, satisfying with each sip while retaining drinkability. A subtle touch of buttery diacetyl helps to round it and accentuate the malt. Leafy and mildly grassy hops linger in the finish along with a moderate bitterness.

In the mouth, the dextrinous medium body is smooth across the palate with a median, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall, it's a very nicely balanced and well-rounded ale with a good amount of drinkability. Very nicely done!

NeroFiddled, May 13, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber red tone forms thick creamy textured light beige head that lasts for a good while before settling specks of lacing all around the pint glass. Aroma contains deep pine with tree bar accents and a flow grapefruit rind bitterness coming my way also a flowery herbal essence with a noticeable light caramel malt presence just barely peeking through. Flavors upfront with hop bitterness and flavor more pine tree bark earthy floral tones as well and yes the grapefruit appeal seeks through as well, barely any maltiness to balance out the aggressive nature of the hop additions this brew has to offer bitterness comes of somewhat one dimensional in the finish. Mouthfeel is in the light to medium body range pretty thin actually for all of the hop character this brew has to offer I was expecting more oily textures and carbonation packs a spritzy zing as well not as moderate as I would prefer from a brew like this. Drinkability is decent but I would get bored with no interplay between malt and hops the bitterness really lacquers onto the old palate and I could definitely go for some more balance here, decent overall worth a try of course.

WVbeergeek, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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, there’s 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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but fairly dark ruby with some tan head. Nose is sticky sweet with a good amount of hops. Flavor is smooth with slightly firm hops with a sweet tone. Touch of wood there as well. A hint of bitter on the edge. Feel is nice with the carbonation on the tongue and good with the liquid feel too. Overall very drinkable. A smooth and even red ale. Well worth trying, just not an overly inventive beer.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with at least 2 finger widths of off-white poofy foam. It eventually settles down some and retains very well, leaving some huge lacing down the the sides of the glass. Very nice looking beer. Aroma is huge with the fresh, floral smell of Cascade hops and some light sweetness.

Taste is a fresh hop bite up front with a nice undercurrent of citrus, malt sweetness, and spice. Finshes sweet at first and then with some ligering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light but still contains some fairly lively carbonation.

The great smell, taste, and easy drinking of this guy make this a winner in my book. Next time, I'll pick up a six pack, instead of just the one single. This went down way too fast.

Kegatron, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Melbatoast93, cheers Hart!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Some breadyness & pineyness

T: Bready with with some toffee & citrussy hops up front. Earthy hops & caramel as this warms, along with dryness & leafy hops. Finishes with some oakyness & earthy hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, but I expected more hop profile from a beer of this name. A good amber to be sure

russpowell, Sep 11, 2008
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Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.