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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004)
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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.

Photo of JMD71
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap: Carbonation clings to the glass when poured. Pours an old gold/amber color. Not as red as most red ales I've sampled. Head thick when poured but falls back to a thin layer. Looks very carbonated.

Ar: Strong malty aroma stands out with some hops present in the nose. Sour cherries, cotton candy. Aroma very faint...

Ta: Wow! Hops are dominant here without being overwhelming. Not overly bitter. Hoppy, malty middle. Bitterness fades in the finish.

Mo: Light to medium bodied. High carbonation lends crisp feel. Clean & refreshing on the palette.

Dr: Highly drinkable. Very easy & smooth going down. A few would be a cinch....

Comments: The bottle describes this as a "monstously hoppy red ale". That is right on the money. This has been the best red ale I've tried to date. Very good! Bold flavors in perfect balance. Only downside is the lack of aroma.

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

So this bottle was in a mixed six in the back of the beer cage at work when I took over the beer buying...the six pack was labeled samples....It had at least been there for eight months because I remember seeing it when I started at the store back in august.

Pours a hazy murky amber brown color with lots of bubbles...ruby red tints around the curves of the glass, a huge tan colored head that overflowed out of my mug. Sticky ringy, thick lace all around the mug...overall a beautiful beer.

Spicy, herbal, dank, hoppy and some caramel to back it up...cascade hops are present as well as some others...spiced in the way that a nice ipa picks up spice.

Nice big hops in the beginning and the middle of the body, but the beer finishes out with a nice caramel slightly sweet finish. Great for the winter the spicy hops in the front of the sip definitely give this beer a unique complexity....extremely well balanced. I can only imagine how good this thing is when its fresh.

Medium bodied tongue coating, bubbly, and refreshing...overall an excellent brew even with some age on it...hopefully I can find some more of these....I will be looking into Ithaca Beer for my store, and am now even more excited about my trip to Ithaca next month.

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.

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper, with a red hue. Thin head,good retention,and lacing was very good. Smell is malty, but yet has an earthy hop sent as well. Body is medium with some carbionation. Taste is very much like an IPA. Malt, but with a good balance of citrus hops. This beer was put in a six pack of partly sunny I bought in July! I'm glad I finally got around to trying it!

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

This was on tap as well at Red's in Seneca Falls. If you're expecting a normal red ale, you're in for a surprise. This brew has a very generous amount of hops which makes it almost like an IPA. Color is a golden red with a foamy off -white head. Smell is hoppy/citrusy. Taste is bitter due to the hops with some sweetness as well due to the caramel malt. Definitely a unique ale, give this one a try.

Photo of Fish113d
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I originally bought this beer for the bottle not expecting much, but I was pleasantly suprised throughout the tasting.

Poured chilled from a bottle into a pint glass it pours a copper color with ruby tint. A two-finger high frothy head sits atop of the body. After sustaining itself for a few minutes, the head leaves behind a clingy white surface layer with soem lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly of hops on my nose first but followed by some slight fruity malts and a hint of toasted almonds. Sweet caramel hits my tastebuds first with a resin-hop flavor following that helps balance out the sweetness of the caramel. Maybe some slight fruit in there, but nothing to really write home about. Although this beer was rather sweet, a constant bitterness "lays in the weeds" and sneaks in throughout helping the balance. Without it, it'd be too sweet really. Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Prickly carbonation, as expected hits my tongue with a medium body. Maybe a bit of alcohol detected as well. Drinkability is solid, and it IS a tasty brew, but it may be just a bit too sweet drink more than a bottle or two. With a little more "Zilla" (hops) this one would balance better and be a ridiculously drinkable brew. Still, try it. I'm glad the beer matched the bottle.

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