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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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1,122 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 44
Gots: 61 | 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 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.

PreacherPowell, Sep 29, 2007
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.

BattleRoadBrewer, Sep 05, 2007
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!

ohoove, Sep 01, 2007
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.

Slatetank, Aug 29, 2007
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.

crookedhalo, Aug 26, 2007
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.

smcolw, Aug 19, 2007
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.

meatyard, Aug 07, 2007
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!

DrinkinBuddy, Aug 07, 2007
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.

jjayjaye, Aug 02, 2007
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.

beermanbrian, Jul 13, 2007
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 !

jcdiflorio, Jul 11, 2007
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!

tugdriver7, Jul 04, 2007
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.

genog, Jun 26, 2007
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.

SixpointJMH, Jun 18, 2007
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.

lackenhauser, Jun 18, 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 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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ("monstrously") hoppy red ale with good fruit flavors and a nice mouthfeel.

A- Pours out a burnt orange with a finger of white head that dissapears rather quickly. Lacing is medium in strength.

S- I found the hop smell of this beer to be suprisingly complex. First pine sifts to my nose, followed by grapefruit and orange, followed by even lighter berry tones. Not a lot of malt in the nose, except are bare essence of spice, as if there was a pinch of wheat thrown in.

T- The first thing out of the gate is the hops. Again the Cascades lend a strongly pine and grapefruit taste. The malt comes out a little more in the taste as a heavier breadiness- a soda cake. The alcohol is not well hidden but it seems to add some Scotch like characteristics- a hint of tobacco without the smoke, and just a smidgen of vanilla.

M- This brew lends a lager like mouthfeel which sits on your tongue for a while. This is contrasted by a good deal of sweetness from lingering sugars.

D- It's interesting, it's complex. I would love to have more malt flavor in this beer but it is sort of a toned down IPA which I think would be great for some occasions.

zdk9, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne and NutBrown for this brew.

Pours a deep clean/clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, slightly piney, a nice touch of grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, hoppy/malty, nice touch of grapefruit/piney, and healthy dose of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty amber ale, glad I have another bottle of it, highly recommended.

Wasatch, May 27, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 4th Ave Pub. A beautiful pour -- crimson/ruby with a solid off-white head, well-retained with rings and lace. Smelled strongly of Cascade hops -- grapefruit and pine -- matched exquisitely with sweet bready malts. Tasted much the same, well balanced, with the sweets up front and the hops providing a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Nice medium body, good carbonation, and a dry finish -- a very impressive showing from Ithaca on a beer that could be formulaic -- my new standard for hoppy red ales!

jbsteiny, May 25, 2007
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 markgugs
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

acquired in a trade with jah noth, 12 oz. bottle poured into a tall tulip glass

A: Hard pour produces a beautiful deep burnt orange & blood red sunset color, with 3-finger rocky, dirty white head. Lots of lacing left behind.

S: Extremely pine hops dominate and overwhelm. Actually rather one-dimensional, the hops are all you smell. Slightly medicinal right up front.

T/M: Thankfully more balanced than the aroma let on. A tiny bit of sweetness up front gives way rapidly to a tart, hoppy body, and an extremely bitter, lingering finish. A bit tangy, a but thin, but overall well made and an easy drinking beer.

D: If you can handle the bitter hop blasts, this is a beer you could put a few back in a sitting.

markgugs, May 11, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascazilla pours an orange amber with a quickly dissppearing head. Aroma is big and hoppy, but there is also a sweet fruity malt smell. Flavor is all hops upfront, tastes like I'm chewing on a fresh cone. The cascade hops make themselves obvious, citrusy and slightly herbal. For all the hop flavor, the bitterness is nice and well rounded, and it goes well with the malt flavor. A nice hoppy take on the American Red.

ericj551, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of mobud
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Dark red with little head that disappears quickly. The beer is clear with active carbonation.

S- Piney hop s smell with a sweet apple-like crispness.

T- Hop resin taste with a great red ale base. The sweetness balances well with the hop bomb within.

M- Medium mouthfeel with oily hops impact that beats up your tongue.

D- A very drinkable beer for those who love hops and I am one. The different base for the hops (red ale vs IPA) throws a curve, but is well worth finding and drinking. Can wait for my next trip to the area to get a case of the stuff.

mobud, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tea colored amber with a massive off-white head that becomes very sticky in it's wake.
Aroma is toasted amber malts and a nice hop finish.
Taste...Hmmmm....the way it should be. Toasted amber malt sweetness overcome by citrus hop bitterness at the end.
Nice refreshing mouthfeel and VERY clean aftertaste.
It reminds me of Widmer's W'06 which was the best big red I'd had.
This is wonderful.
Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the opportunity to try this.

IntriqKen, Apr 07, 2007
Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.