CascaZilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 578
Hads: 1,181
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 47
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004

The name CascaZilla (Cas-kuh-zil-uh) is a play on both the name of a gorge in Ithaca called Cascadilla and the monster amounts of Cascade Hops we use to make the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma of this beer comes from fresh American hops. CascaZilla gets its distinctive red color from a healthy portion of caramel malt, which also lends to the beer, a hearty body and sweetness. It is a hoppy red ale!
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a McDonald's collector glass (I'm...away from my glassware at the moment). Deep amber/red with a thin white head that fades into a thin disc of foam. Smell is nice and malty, with a generous helping of hops as well. Taste is bitter and crisp hops, with a clean malt background that has a slightly odd sweet twang to it (horrific memories of Cortland Red Dragon are resurfacing) but it doesn't stay long enough to ruin the beer. Overall I think the hop flavor could be more complex, but it's a fine drinkable beer. (525 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a moderate sized light beige head. Beer is a deep brown that looks a little orange/reddish in light. Head has okay retention and leaves moderate lacing. Smells of caramel malt, pine, and a bit of orange.

Taste starts with pine, then moves to a dark caramel malt, finished with citrus. Has a malty, citrusy aftertaste. Has a moderate/heavy body with slightly above average carbonation for a Red Ale / Red IPA. (415 characters)

Photo of hopley
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Appearance is a nice amber, pours with an inch of head which settles to nothing - limited lacing.

S - I'd say average - a little grapefruity

T - The thing that stands out the most to me is I) the grapefruit taste and ii) the bitterness. Really good taste.

M - Medium body.

O - A good coiffing beer. Nothing amazing about it - not outstanding but not bad at all. Not something I'd buy again (like its cousin - Ithaca Flower Power), but not something I'd scoff at either. (477 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, amber with ruby highlights. An off white head of creamy foam that fell slowly and left a cap with some fine , sticky lace. Nose is toasted malt, fat, sweet and nutty. There is the faintest whisper of chocolate. Light yeast. Hops are earthy with orange, grapefruit and dark fruits behind that. Light sweet pine and a little dank and oak as it warms. Taste is mellow and malt forward with toasty caramel, bread and grain. Toffee sweetness. Hops are oily and bitter with some light sweet pine, citrus and floral. Body is a little on the heavy side with a little butter and prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with a short lived bitter on the back palate and another whisper from the chocolate as the malt steals the show again to bring it to bittersweet. It’s not boozy but it is rich. (796 characters)

Photo of Gatch
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber hue with an off white, fluffy, soapy head. Plenty of lace and great retention.

S: The nose is mostly sweet malt but there's a nice hop presence. Not enough to be considered a "Red IPA," though.

T: Pretty balanced between hops and malt. Not as Cascade heavy as the name implies but it is a Red so there should be plenty of malt and the hop profile is unique.

M: Smooth and sweet with lots of flavor. Barely enough of a hop presence to live up to its name.

O: Solid Red IPA that had all the qualities you look for but nothing exceptional. And not enough hops to be considered a true "Red IPA." (609 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Humungous 22oz pour. Deep garnet in color. Sports a coarsely hung off-white head of an inch. Laying slathered on-top for awhile.

Forward notes of pine and tangy grapefruit. Ruggedly toasted in the malt backbone. Earthy and bitter aromas. Perhaps some bitter orange and a hint of cooked rhubarb.

Dry profile with earthy hops with tea and pine notes. Unripe citrus without the sour. Pithy and savory. Notes of bitter greens and mollusk shell. Sounds strange, but it's like an oyster IPA... or maybe I'm nuts. Latent bitterness, but not spicy. Alcohol under veil here. Definitely not that hoppy. Earthy notes accentuate that balancing malt toastiness. Carbonation is a medium-plus. Viscosity is a little weak. Not a whole lotta body.

Doesn't hold a candle to Flower Power. Needs some more fruitiness, but the umami notes are delightful. (836 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy copper color with a one half finger white creamy head. The has a pretty nice level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a toasted malts and a lighter caramel smell. Mixed with these aromas are notes of some hop being of a citrus and pine nature, but with some lighter aromas of a floral nature as well.

Taste – The taste starts out with A toasted malt flavor with a bit of a caramel malt sweetness. Upfront there are some flavors of citrus hop being of a more grapefruit flavor. As the taste advances however, some more hop flavors begin meeting the tongue, overwhelming the little bit of grapefruit hop. Hop flavors of a pine and floral nature then find their way to the tongue. These mix with an almost roasted cocoa like flavor as well as some more sweetness at the end to leave a moderate resinous and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier body is quite nice for accentuating the hoppier pine and floral tastes at the end of the brew as well as the toasted malt flavors mixed with a bit of rye that are in the base of the brew.

Overall - A decent American amber. It has a nice hop flavor blend starting with more of a citrus and developing more of a pine later on. (1,469 characters)

Photo of BigRedGator
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerful and smooth. The color is dark coppery red and the carbonation is very fine and small. So smooth, rich and hoppy. The rich flavor and full body blend wonderfully with the alcohol content so that you would never guess it is as strong as it is. Not until you finish the second beer. The best of Ithaca. (308 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is an amber copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel malts, mango, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste: Pretty tasty beer. The tropical and citrus hops blend well with the caramel and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and very enjoyable.

Overall: This is a very tasty red. Such a nice springtime beer that is good to drink and share with other red ales. (610 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brickwood Bar and Grill in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark reddish-orange, with a one inch head, and lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, caramel malt, pine, and orange. Smells very pungent.

This is a hop attack! Very bitter, but not unpleasantly so. The malt backbone is strong, as typical for a hoppy amber, with toasted bread and caramel. The hop attack is varied, with lots of pine, grapefruit, black pepper, and orange. Very tasty.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

One of Ithaca's better beers for sure, love it. (598 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber with a small amount of off white head. The head sticks around more than I would have guessed. The nose has some nice citrus hops in it as well as a touch of malt spice. I found the taste to be more interesting than the smell. The citrus peel hops are stronger and the malt backs them up nicely. I'm also getting a mild fruity undertone. The body is medium and the finish is slightly slick. (479 characters)

Photo of ranger60
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap at Southside Grille in South Bound Brook, NJ

Appearance - beautiful copper coloer with a nice creamy head.

Smell - picking up the pine, nothing unusual.

Taste - the hops come through, if not strong, and the malt is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - nice feel, not too carbonated.

Overall - very drinkable. Had it after a Yards Brawler Pugilist, so it came across as much more flavorful. (400 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dusky brownish red with a light covering and some lace. Mild grapefruit and citrus. Caramel sweetness with a toasted whole grain bread underpin. Light yeast fruit esters. Taste is lovely and feel is surprisingly cask like. Mild and smooth hop bitterness with a toasted caramel malt core. An almost English fruitiness in the yeast. No alcohol in the taste. Finish is quite clean and dry with light grapefruit and faint coffee note. Feel is like the name says. Mildly carbonated but perfectly so. Supple and highly drinkable. A super beer that hides its abv well so beer careful. (579 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip glass. There was about two fingers of foam that disappated quickly above the reddish beer.

Off the top I pick up a really good dose of the piney cascade hops. I like the way this beer smells.

The flavor falls off a little bit. The malt still comes through, but the hops aren't as present in the taste of this beer. The balance is a little off in this one.

This is a pretty good beer. I'd like to get a really fresh version of this to re-review it. (477 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a very hazy, amber red body with a thick off-white head that exhibits medium retention and leaves some uniform lacing.

S- Very floral, yeasty, citrus, slightly tropical. Caramel and toffee. I can tell it's fresh. Quite inviting.

T- Starts off with a piney, floral hop bite that transcends into a malty caramel and toffee flavor.

M- Slightly watery, which is really the downfall of this beer in my opinion. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking, tasty red ale which a nice hop-malt balance. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out. (638 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Dec 2012...better drink up! Served at around 40-45F.

Pours semi-hazy copper/red with a two finger off-white light beige head that recedes to a small foamy cap and leaves some decent lacing behind.

Aroma is piney, citrusy, somewhat earthy hops, good malt of dark fruit and caramel. Good strength.

Flavor is caramel malt, dark fruits (black cherries), decent hop kick with some citrus and resinous hops, mild sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness, a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little sticky, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good hoppy Amber Ale. It’s right at the best-by date so I bet the hops would be really nice if fresher. (670 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by December (in the fridge since June)

A: Dark amber/red color with a 1/2 finger creamy, light tan head that coats the glass and leaves tons of lace.
S: Pine in front with citrus in the back combined with a distinct sweetness
T: Sharp hoppy bitterness that is quickly blended with caramel sweetness.
M: Round mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation
O: A very good example of an American Red ale, I wish it was 6% vs. 7% so I could keep drinking. I'm not usually a fan of this style, but it turns out to be great as the weather gets cold. Given we have a lot more cold ahead of us, I wish I had more of these in the fridge. Worth trying. (686 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real noticeable and wonderful forming head, light tan in appearance giving to thin bubbles and large in it's creation. Body provides a bit of dull but nice brown somewhat red amber appearance. Pretty solid looking brew, great retention and clumpy.

Great simple nose on this. Toasty malts with a sweetness controlled and a little subdued. Some faint hop floral like action. Milk chocolate is hiding in the background just so slightly. Real nice.

Boy this is rich. A real nice chocolate like blast here, probably matching the thick body of high abv to go with it. Not boozy either. Mild hop action on this, but mostly a good simple malt forward milky chocolate angle.

Overall, really dig this, don't care if this is hoppy or not, just a solid good amber. (806 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears a clear reddish brown with a big off white head that settles slowly and leaves rings of lacing.

S: Toasted malt with some deeper roastiness and a smack of citrus and pine from the hops.

T: Brown sugar-like sweetness with some caramel and coffee undertones coming through. Then the grapefruit and spice character of the hops comes in and finishes dry and bittersweet. Some alcohol is felt in the chest but not so much the taste.

M: Medium body with a nice, fine carbonation and a sticky hop cling all over the mouth. Very nice.

O: Excellent amber ale. (565 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a red amber color with a smallish off-white head and some lacing

S-sweet malt, slight citrus, bread, hint of pine

T-sweet malt and bread, caramel, some citrusy hop character and bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation

O-a decent amber ale, but a tad on the sweet side for me and lacking some of the complexity of other ambers (Zoe, Nugget Nectar) (386 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1406th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

Best by: May notched on label
Extra from Tony32408

App- A bit of a mix of browns, ambers, and a small red orange hue with a off khaki one finger head with very little cling.

Smell- A bit of a mix of hoppy creamy with a good malt backbone. A bit of pepper witha tinge of citrus.

Taste- It was a nice beer. Had some good balance and some well rounded hops. Wasnt the standard amber that America considers (FT). A strong citrus flavor with a bit of pepper like the nose.

Mouth- A lighter medium with a creamy medium carbonation. Had a residual hop kick.

Drink- A really nice extra. I could see this being amazing fresher. Always next time. (682 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber-brown with a nice head of tan colored foam on top. Tiny pieces of sediment in the body. Nice complexity in the body. Good appearance all around.

S: Lots of toasted grain smell. Borderline coffee smell. Little bit on hops, but mostly the roasty, toasty, smoky smell. For an Amber Ale right on the Imperial edge this isn't my favorite smell. Not bad, but I'm looking for something akin to Nugget Nectar or Zoe.

T: Taste better than the smell. Hoppy, rich, fruity flavor is the first to strike followed by the roasted grains. Not as sweet as some of the Imperial Amber Ales out there. This is more bitter. I like this, but again, I'd choose others first.

M: Nothing bad to speak of here. Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation. Very buttery actually. Not a lot of chewiness. Almost a 4.5, but doesn't quite make it there.

O: Good beer -- would love to try this fresh on draft. This drink by date of July. So, should still be good according to label. Not a bad showing by Ithaca. But, just not at the level of Nugget Nectar, which is better. (1,074 characters)

Photo of argock
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by Nov notched on label. Purchased by my good friend Pat N at the brewery in Ithaca.

A: Murky amber with thick, 2-finger light beige lace with good retention and copious lacing.

S: Dank hops with herbal, earthy character meet a lot of higher kilned crystal malts. There is a bready maltiness to the aroma that is nice.

T: The flavor unfortunately sends the hops needle almost all the way towards dankness as the hopping comes across as herbal, earthy, dark and plant-like. This is not cascades as I would like them to be. I imagine this beer is highly dry-hopped, and the grassy herbal character derives from this mainly. The malt component comes through with a big dose of bready pale malt and some C80-120 crystal malts and a good bit of malt toastiness to provide some roundness. There is nothing wrong with the crafting of this beer -- I simply am not a fan of the dank, herbal, grassy hops character of this beer.

M: Very smooth and coating with relatively low carbonation and medium+ body.

O: A great beer for those who enjoy earthy, grassy, dank hoppiness and round malting. Not my cup of tea unfortunately. (1,178 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 5/12 thanks to the guy at the store for putting this together for me so my brother could grab it for me while in Long Island. He either didn't no his stuff or purposely screwed me. Pours a deep amber with a half inch off white head, that leaves some lace. Smell is carmel, pine, apricot, and grass. Taste is similar, with a kind of stale apricot and carmel finish, not bad for being a little old. Body is medium, enough life, not really dry, and drinkable enough. Will edit my review if I have fresh. I have been burned before when having someone pick it up or online orders. This is why I normally avoid getting IPAs or DIPAs with out someone giving the date. (701 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a pint glass that didn't leave much head retention. the body was a clear reddish-brown color.
s - bready, caramel and toffee dominate with a hint of floral hops.
t - the flavor is the same as the aroma.
m - medium thickness, creamy.
o - solid beer but this is one of my favorite styles and it didn't stand up to others i have had. (374 characters)

CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
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