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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 44
Gots: 68 | 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

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Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - golden amber on the cark side. Nice fluffy head, from the carbination. Then it simmered down. lls.

smell - I smell a some malt but more hops in this beer.

taste - Bitterness through, lots of hops here.

mouthfeel - Medium body with carbination.

drinkability - I'm not intot the biterness. Too much hops for me, but I can drink it. For a hoppy beer it is a good rank.

Since my review the losest review is a 3.9 that is pretty good. Lots of raves on this beer. Love the beer label

Photo of crwills
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Poured a clear, brownish red into a pint glass. Straightforward grapefruit aroma, strong citrus hops, and some mild floral elements. Taste was surprisingly well balanced considering the hop-emphasis on the label. Tasty cascade hops with great, bready malt backbone. Clean, tangy citrus aftertaste and a solid mouthfeel round out this very well done red ale.

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

Pours out a beautiful reddish-copper color with a good size white head that lasts. The smell is great! Hops and citrus with some other fruits coming out as well.

Taste is so very smooth with great balance. Crisp hops, citrus and grassy notes come through. A very well done ale. Aftertaste lasts for a good 15 seconds. Not as dry as most ales in this catagory and is a bit more sweet.

A wonderful beer that I would buy again anytime. Well done.

Photo of williamherbert
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light but deep red. Fluffy and pillowy head. Clear but not weak. Good, healthy lace.

Wonderful hoppy smell. Fragrant and citrusy. Deep bitter red malt is a mild and fitting counterpoint. Strong aroma. Some alcohol smell too.

Excellent malty base with a layer of hops that are outstanding. Beautiful combo of deep, roasted malt and citrusy hops; unique and delicious. Bitterness of malt is totally dulled.

Medium-thick and creamy. Very smooth; milky. It's an outstanding drink. Hops are delicious but they don't ruin the taste buds.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Warning: If you drink this one cold, it will taste terrible. Let it warm. Or else.

This beer poured an orange hard candy and amber color with a nice thin creamy white head that left some nice spots of lace.

Smells of milk and caramel with a lovely pineapple sourness to balance things out a bit. (Cold, it smelled flat, much like cardboard)

Tastes of a bit-o-honey and oatmeal with a charming woody nectarine hop that carried with it a bit of radish. Very pleasant. (Cold, it was utterly unbalanced and painfully dry)

The mouth feel was slightly heavy and creamy with just a touch of sandy carbonation. Smoooth. (Cold, it was slick and fizzy)

Let this one warm folks! I should also add that I found this at a gas station in Watertown NY while visiting my brother. What a gem. It’s drinkability is off the charts.

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

Cascazilla falls somewhere between a big IPA and red ale. It's a mix between Killian's Irish Red and Stone Ruination IPA, a pretty unlikely combination.

Cascazilla looks more orange than red. Color aside, the first smell screams hops with big citrus aroma. The flavor follows up with more citrus and spicy hops and mild caramel grains. It's no doubt bitter, but it won't ruin any palettes like some other brews. It also doesn't drink too heavy like some full-flavored beers.

All in all, Cascazilla is a great beer for anyone in love with hops but doesn't like the high alcohol that tends to accompany highly hopped brews

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Viggo!
Pours with nice big round bubbles, froathy head that would settle slightly from an initial two-finger level. Clear body, deep copper colour. A fine hoppy aroma - smells nice and fresh, green hops with plenty of citruis notes. A nice mouthfeel, void of alcohol but also seemingly absent is the hops - they just don't show up in the flavour like they did in the aroma. A serious lack of bitterness! Serious lack! Little breadyness. The beer has malt but its nothing exciting or overly tasty. While some of the aroma hops comes through a little, the malts do nothing do contribute to the flavour. All it seems to do is hold up the hops - actually it seems to take away from them and work against the beer.

Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear red color with moderate slightly off-white head. Attractive lacing displayed.
Smell is full of hops, hops, and more hops. Close your eyes and you are in a pine forest.
Taste is hops, hops, and more hops. Close your eyes and you are eating a pine tree. Just enough malt to give a bit of balance, but this beer is all about hops.
Finish is dry and bitter, but a bit more of the malt comes through as the beer warms.
A very nice enjoyable beer.

Photo of shamrock7
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascazilla is a good name for this beer because of it’s monstrous taste. A great blend of tastes. It’s a a red ale with a hoopy middle and a caramel finish. It’s pours nicely and has a dark reddish/brown color. Just looking at it you know it’s going to be good. I’ve had it both in a bottle and on tap and I would recommend either.

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

Poured clear, amber, and brown with a medium tan head. The head gives way to silky, sticky lacings.

HUGE, sweet malt in the nose. There are some citrus, hop notes along with some sweet dough and spiciness. However, the malt overshadows these scents.

Again, the taste is dominated by a large malt backbone with ample amounts of caramel. Orange peel, spicy pepper and citrus greet a moderate hop bitterness. The finish is slightly sweet and fruity. While this is somewhat out of balance and a disappointment if you were looking for insane hops, I think the flavor works.

EDIT: As this glass warms, the hop bitterness really starts to shine through the malt. I made the mistake of drinking this straight out of the fridge. My second bottle warmed for a good hour on the counter and was far more balanced with a more predominate, citrus, hop bitterness.

Full bodied with a slightly viscous mouthfeel, this is a very drinkable brew.

Again, not the hop monster that it advertises itself to be but a solid beer none-the-less.

Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.