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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 44
Gots: 66 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004)
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Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a ridiculous, extreme hoppy beer just from the label and the marketing. I was pleasantly surprised by the modestness and moderateness of this beer. It pours a very clear amber with a soapy type head that laces and somewhat retains. The smell is hoppy resin, pine notes, some soapy aromas that detract somewhat. I can't quite figure out what the added smells are about. The beer is moderately carbonated, nicely hopped, but quite well balanced until the finish where the hops do impose themselves above all else. You will get a light to medium bodied beer that has that very nice hop resin taste and texture. There are some malts to balance things out. The aftertaste is a bit sharp, but would you expect anything less from a beer that labels itself as "monstrously hoppy?" Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

I had this beer two days later on-tap at Red Bones in Davis Sq. in Somerville, MA. This beer is very good, and I would add some overall points to the beer. The dry maltish backbone very much complements this beer, and the piney hop resin notes do come through quite nicely. There is also more of a creamy mouthfeel with the beer on tap.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascazilla pours a clear copper color with a small off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving only a couple spots of lace behind.

The aroma is hoppy with a strong pine smell and some sugary sweetness mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy with a mild carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor has a nice balance of sweet malt and hops. Notes of pine and citrus are balanced with some sweet and bready malt flavors. Once gone some of the pine hop flavors linger on the palate.

This is a well balanced beer that is easily drinkable for 6.5% ABV. However, like all hoppy beers it's better to drink this one fresh.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally wanted to try this beer based upon an ad in some beer magazine, marketing works. I like the label with a lizard breathing fire and red hops. Cool name too, I assume this is heavily hopped with cascades based upon the name. The color id a nice orange red. It has a very nice malty and hoppy smell like a good barleywine almost. The taste is chewy, some malts and finishes with a nice hop bitterness that is quite enjoyable. Thanks to Wasatch for the trade, this is enjoyable.

Photo of aerozeppl
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Typical red ale color. Orange amber. Decent amount of head that quickly dissipates.

S: Hops, pine floral combo. Some hints of flowers as well

T: Hops hit you at first but as you drink the beer they diminish (or your taste buds do) the malt helps balance this out a little bit.

M: Medium body with a slight syrupy feel. From the hops maybe?

D: Definitely a hopheads beer. I had one and I need no more. The hops actually were not as overwhelming as you would think. I have had better beers from Ithaca.

Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass on 11/13/07. Best if by date on bottle: 12/8/07.

A - Pours a murky, yet effervescent burnt umbra with tinges of orange and ruby. Tiny off-white head. Lots of bubbles! Thin lacing decorates the glass sparsely.

S - Cascade hops right up front with some caramel maltiness and just a touch of alcohol. Not as much of a hoppy nose as I was expecting.

T - Nice balance of hops and malts. Hops are largely citrusy with perhaps some piney notes. The hops don't linger for too long. They get the job done and get out of there. Malt seems sweet with hints of caramel and some breadiness.

M - This is very smooth for a hoppy ale. Creamy mouthfeel. This beer goes down easy. Hops aren't harsh at all. Smoothness covers the mouth evenly.

D - Quite drinkable red ale with a nice hop profile that's not overbearing. I tried this beer at the Harrisburg Brewer's Fest, which led me to seek out this offering from Ithaca. It's quite tasty and well-balanced, though not quite the hop monster as I was expecting. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of jmalex
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice gift from some friends who went to Ithaca. Tonight is finally the night to drink it.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very clear reddish amber into a shaker pint. The head starts small and drops immediately to a very thin collar and small hazy patch.

SMELL: Cascades. Citrusy, resinous cascades. A slight toasted malt aroma comes through slightly, but mostly it's cascades.

TASTE: Again, it's a hell of a lot of cascades. The malt background just doesn't come up to meet it. It's slightly sweet on the finish with caramel and toasted malts, but the hops are quite overpowering.

MOUTHFEEL: It's medium-light bodied and the carbonation is quite low. It's a bit on the watery side.

DRINKABILITY: Just not a fan of this. It goes down easy enough, but it's a bit too out of balance for me.

Yeah, I'll be passing on this one from now on. I suppose it's decent, but there is much better available.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a variety case.

A: The amber ale is a dark copper color, brown even and looking like a glass of iced tea.

S: The nose is full of hops, thick and juicy, resiny with pine and citrus elements. The aroma is big enough that you could convince me that this is an IPA.

T: The hop profile is the winner here, strong and citrusy with some grassy dirty flavors. The hops coat the tastebuds, leaving a lasting grapefruit flavor long after the sip is gone. The hops are softened by the caramel body, lending some much-needed malt to the mix.

M: The mouthfeel is excellent, thick with hops and a solid malt base. A surprising taste that kicks you squarely in the mouth.

D: The abv is apparent but it doesn't diminish the strength of the beer. This is another nice hopped up red ale, in the same mold as Nugget Nectar.

Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very decent beer but where is the line between hoppy amber and IPA. Aside from color this could likely be believable as either.

Appearance: Served a reddish copper with an off white head and moderate lacing.

Smell & Taste: Cascade hops. Surprise surprise. It is a very focused beer. The nose and mouth are almost souly about the cascade but it deviates slightly to showcase some caramel, biscuity malt and bread dough, and then all is washed over again by cascade hop flavors of grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel: It is almost medium body but not quite, and certainly light and crisp on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a hophead beer. Tasty, focused and lives up to its name.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of PreacherPowell
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As this is my first review (after belonging a year and a half), I'll stick with the Bro's form.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a best before sep-oct (right on the edge with this one).

Appearance: Crystal clear, when held up to the light, a golden to amber color, maybe a hint of red. Off white head, med bubbles, not very dense. Leaves a bit of lace, not very sticky.

Smell: Pine and citrus up front, a little flowery, and after some sloshing a light biscuity malt, but very faint.

Taste: All american IPA here, nice and piney, grapefruit bitterness lingering but not overpowering. Slick mouthfeel, finishes with the IPA pucker.

Notes: I really like the IPA/Red ale combo, I love the idea of giving the hops something to really play with. I just wish this had a bit more malt character. This might benefit from a category change or addition. That being said, I'll be getting a few friends turned on to this one.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served around 40F into a shaker pint.

Pours nicely, not much body, generating a fluffy beige head that subsides pretty quickly but leaves a nice film instead of disappearing completely. Good lacing rings all the way down. Color is halfway between amber and brown, slightly orange, no red, and rather hazy.

Aroma is grapefruity and slightly medicinal, not much maltiness there in the nose.

Taste is nicely balanced between bitterness, malt flavor and hops flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, it's well-fermented for the IPA-level 6.5% ABV. Leaves interesting spiciness on the lips.

A decent beer overall. Technical details do take away too much from drinkability and enjoyment of the brew.

Photo of ohoove
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went from the Ithaca apricot wheat to the Cascazilla and I might just say WOW! Medium copper / amber color hidden uinderneath a fluffy white head that faded quickly but left behind some exceptional lacing. This brew would fool you if it wasn't for the label ,smell and taste mimick that of a quality IPA- pine and grapefruit aromas with a slight bitter finish. Good mouthfeel, creamy and alittle oily.A really good beer, I want more!

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple pints at Brewhouse grill in CampHill, Pa.
Served cold in a Franzikaner wheat glass.
A - A deep clear copper w/ amber highlights and a thin cream head that leaves a smattering of lace.

S - Deep pungent citrus of cascade hops w/ pine and a bit of floral character in the mix.

M - Light on the tongue w/ the crisp hop and carbonation. Refreshing and a linger hoppy oily texture.

T - Swells of pine needle-like bitterness and citrus spread out across the tongue. A light malt taste gives the hops a substantial foundation to stand up. Great spiced taste lingers on w/ the hop bitterness.

D - A quality ale, appealing to the eye and nostrils. A very tasty cascade flavor and bitterness. Great w/ fish and chips, the red ale cuts through the grease and really refreshes w/ citrus and bittering qualities. The carbonation level and feel really benefit the overall taste and sessionability is high. After the first two I was still craving more.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice tawny copper color with a two-fingered light beige head that lasts for a good half minute. Decent lacing. Aroma is predominantly piney and citrusy hops, but you can sense a underlying caramelly malt backbone to the ale. The malt comes through in the flavor with some caramel sweetness, and is complemented nicely with a decent bite from the hops. A faint bit of berry at the tail end of the sip. A moderately dry finish. Maybe a bit overcarbonated, but I'm not put off by it. I find it hard sometimes to get really get into red ales, but this one's really good provided you're a fan of the hop. I've had it on-draught as well and the carbonation seems to be at a better level than that of the bottle.

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color and very clear. Excellent lace considering the head dies quickly leaving a thin level of bubbles.

Mostly malty aroma. The hop

Stronger hop bitterness than expected from the smell. The malt is still present providing a pleasant balance. Above average body, high carbonation despite this.

Smooth mouthfeel, yet the hop creates a nice contrary bite. I hate giving straight scores but this beer merits the consistancy.

Photo of meatyard
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark red-amber with a couple fingers of hesd that falls quickly leaving light lacing and a thin cover.
The smell is a very plesant mix of sweet hoppiness.
The taste is sweetish maltiness with a mild bitterness from the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium thick.
Drinkability is very nice, it's not high in ABV and is tasty.

This is a very pleasant beer, easy to drink and is good in all characteristics.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a draft glass a deep redish amber with a fair 1 finger head. Head disappeared relatively quick leaving little lacing throughout. Scent is a slightly citrus revealing a hint of piney shadowing. Taste is definately up my alley: nice citrus, grass, and pine balance. Very pleasing to have such a nice hoppy bite in a red ale. If you are a hophead, and also fond of red ales, and you haven't had this one try it!

Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and a moderately dark amber color with less than a finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly without much lacing. The smell is nice and strong, a rich caramel malty sweetness, almost syrupy, with a less prevalent floral hop character. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a slight bitterness from the hops, far from a hop-bomb that the "-zilla" leads on to be. Full flavored, the mouth and the nose are quite similar. Taste is malty but with less caramel than the nose, with a measured citrus hop character. My tastes have really changed and my memory is slipping; my first experience was draft and i remember thinking it had more of a hoppiness to it. I'm glad that i pulled this one off the shelf. I plan on snagging a sixer or growler next opportunity at the brewery.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze color with the slightest of a red tint. Thin white cap that leaves some thin trails of lace. Smell is very hoppy, some citrus but mostly piney. Taste the same as smell, with the hops continuing to dominate. In my opinion the hops is a little overdone and becomes somewhat metalic as you drink. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Overall this beer is what it says it's going to be, a blast of hops. While I love a well done hop bomb this one just dosn't have enough balance to really make me exited about it. It's good but just not great.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped-on cap.

Coppery color with a deep reddish hue and a light haze with a 1" creamy off white head that falls to a thin creamy coating.Not much lacing with low carbination.

Clean.pleasing citrus/pine aroma on the moderate side expected more of an intense hop nose. Light hints of malt and some berry-like fruittyness.

Strong citrus/pine blast a bit of a suprize after the moderate hop nose. Sugary carmell maltiness with some slight fruitiness.A sharp hop bite throughout. Very hoppy lacking any kind of balance,would have liked a bit more maltiness myself.

Tangy,juicy,mouthfeel with a bit of grainyness. Seems to get more drinkable with every sip. The verdict is still out on the drinkability.
A hopheads beer i'd have to say !

Photo of tugdriver7
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of an Assortment 12-pack (4 different Ithaca brews) I picked-up at the Beer Zoo outside Hershey PA. Hopheads rejoice. Your perfect beer has arrived. Gorgeous red/brown color with thick foamy head. Citrus of hops present in the smell. Nice carbonation that you notice when the beer hits your tongue; and then the hops kick in. Wow. Amazing flavor, but a little much for any but the most serious hops lover. I noticed that, after swallowing, I could open my mouth and the saliva glands were still pumping like crazy. Flavor-zilla. Beware, but enjoy!

Photo of genog
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in a trade from beertruth

poured into my 12 oz mug an amber color with a white bubbly 1inch head which ended up leaving a much thinner white head.

Smell is of toasted, roasted malty scents.

The taste is smooth. Malty, but it lacks more flavor than that.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, fairly hearty amber colour with a mid sized head that has minimal but decent retention and stickiness to it.

The aroma is a tad sweet from some caramel notes, but also provides a healthy dose of a hop aroma. There's a good amount of citrus here along with some pine notes as well.

The flavour has many of the same qualities as the aroma. Caramel malt notes are still present but there's now more of a general bread-like taste to this one, where it's not as sweet as the aroma had led on. Even the hop flavours are a bit more down to earth, with the citrus giving way a bit to pine and grass flavours, to provide for a very nice, but more rugged flavour overall (although sweetness still does creep through quite nicely). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very refreshing.

This was a nice first beer to try from Ithaca. It's a hoppy red ale with a lot of flavour that's well balanced with the malt. I could easily drink this one again, and often at that. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, somewhat muted orange in color. Quite foamy at first. Low aroma-I was expecting more. Somewhat grassy and citrusy. Big Cascade flavor though not as pronounced as I had thought it would have. Nice mellow malt sweetness. Good hop bite in the finish. I am thinking Nugget Nectars little brother. Good body. Very drinkable beer. Not as pronounced as say, SN Celebration. However, having been blasted by hops so much recently it is nice to see a regular pale ale with a liberal but sensible dose of hops. Not too shabby.

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber red color with not to much head. I can smell the hops from here. Big hop aroma and some sweetness with it. It has a nice flavor big hop, kinda sticky sweet, but in a good way. Can this be, I am starting to like red ales, although there are tons of hops in it.

Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.