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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company


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very good

1,033 Ratings
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Ratings: 1033
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%

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 angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/17/11

Appearance: Pours somewhere between a dark red and a brown - starts with a beige head, fades to average lacing

Smell: Hoppy, with red ale malts - citrus rind, herbal, a little floral - malts smell sweet, like a sweet bread or a sweet bread crust

Taste: A nice mix of hops and malt - not particularly hoppy, but good - some bitterness, some citrus, some pine, herbal notes - malts are nice, sweet, without being too sweet - toasted, sweet bread, caramel malts - a touch of dark fruits, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, but a bit too wet

Overall: Good, with nice malts and nice balance

I've had better red ales, but I really like what Ithaca did here. I just have the same issues I have with Flower Power. This needs to dry out. Otherwise, it's adequately interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 06:56:42 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of AdamBear


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-dark amber colored with a nice cream colored head

S-hoppy with a good spicyness. medium strength. some caramel.

T-comes in with an aged hoppiness along with some of the spices. its a smooth taste but not a very strong one. slightly complex the after-taste is mostly spicy.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-i thought this one going to be one of those red ales that borderline an IPA, but its definitely more of a red ale. its slightly complex, and sort of balanced, but i'm just not a huge fan of this. it doesn't have a lot going for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:29:50 | More by AdamBear
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served unto a pint.

Appearance: dark but clear amber, white head is maybe 1/4 off the body.

Smell: grapefruit, and light hops not too potent seems to dissipate quickly.

Taste: Grapefruit, and malty...not too bitter but just enough to say yum.

Mouth: medium carbonation, I can't say this was the smoothest beer. It might just comes rough around the edges but overall just crisp and I can't really complain.

Overall: Pretty good, not as smooth but I'm not complaining. Made to be something comfortable enough that you'll to really like it but not enough to call great. Hope you all enjoyed. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 23:21:50 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark red/brown with a cream head

S - Roasted caramel and frutiness from the hops

T - Caramel, fruitiness, chocolate, and a bitter finish

M - Medium with a medium amount of sticky carbonation

O - This is a good beer that is drinkable with nice flavor, mouthfeel. It is really easy to drink and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:24:13 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
Photo of womencantsail


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a just off-white head. A nice citrus hop quality to this one. Orange and grapefruit hops with a nice bit of piney hop character, too. Under that is a fair amount of caramel and sweet malt. The flavor is a bit on the sweeter side, but there still is some good citrus and pine hop flavor and bite to it, just a moderate bitterness. Medium in body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 08:44:04 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

2.42/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice red color that is perfectly clear and has a ton of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of creamy light brown colored head that dissipates rapidly and leaves spotty lacing around the glass
S: umm pretty interesting scent here, im picking up fresh meats, ham maybe? and something deep like molasses and deep malts, also a slight alcohol tinge
T: musty taste, begins with malts then moves into an odd musty taste that really just isn't the best, actually left and alcohol tinge in my nose which was odd, kind of tastes like a tree, not woody like other beers but for some reason it is definitely reminding me of a tree in a not so pleasant way
M: medium carbonation, leaves an actually pleasant silky feeling on the mouth, kind of sticky and the alcohol tinge is only slight, brief and in the nose
O: the best parts about this beer were the parts that i put a little else stock in, scent and taste were just off putting and unpleasant, not the best one from ithaca, actually, the worst one ive had from them

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:34:31 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - murky dark amber color with fluffy beige head

Smell - citrus, grapefruit, caramel, pine

taste - sour, dank citrus, grapefruit, malt sweetness, caramel

mouthfeel - bitter upfront, sour/sweet sensation in the middle, medium carbonation, medium bodied

overall - this may be a different beer fresh, a bit off as it doesn't really conform to style as other entrants into the category. Fits better into the IPA category versus an Amber Ale. decent beer, though.

Price Point - $1.99/12oz single

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:14:09 | More by keithmurray
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark amber/brown colour with an average size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There isn't much carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - Hops, caramel, malts, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and its has a fairly sugary sweet flavour. I can taste malts, caramel and a lots of hops. There is also quite a bit of a citrus blast with this beer... grapefruits and oranges. It ends with a malty sweet hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - One of the better beers that Ithaca makes for sure. As much as I enjoy their Flower Power I think that this might be the best beer I've had from them. I'm looking forward to drinking the rest of my 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 15:02:04 | More by spinrsx
Photo of mlazzaro


3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Very hazy redish color with a creamy khaki colored head. Remarkable head retention. Smell is surprisingly lacking. My nose is literally in the head and I can't smell a thing. At least it's clean and not bad smelling. Flavor is very familiar. Solid bitterness, not scorching or lingering. Body supports hoppiness of the beer, thin-medium w/ light sweetness. Sugar is caramelized - dark flavored. Minimal malt character. Hops are as advertised very "cascadie", with a citrus-grapefruit-must flavor. I enjoy this beer much more on the cooler side. Not surprised by the ABV, it does have an overall booziness. Fortunately, I'm a sucker for Big Hopped Red Ales. I would love to have a freshy from closer to the brewery, this one might be a touch old.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 18:32:15 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of BranfordBound


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16, poured into a NEBCO pint.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a two finger tan head that fades fast and leaves only spotty lacing.

Smells of very sweet and slightly rich malts. Some fruit in there as well. Pine hops linger in the back.

Starts very sweet and malty with touches of caramel and apricots. Hops come in at the end with restrained bitterness. Hops are earthy and herbal.

Partly dry mouthfeel, lighter side of medium bodied.

Not really a hoppy beer, but a good example of a red, nonetheless. Easily consumed and leaves room for another.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 03:38:09 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of keanex

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy mahogany with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Slightly tropical piney smell not very strong though.

T: An earthy piney flavor, not as bitter as I was expecting, oak hints in here as well.

M: Rather syrupy with not much carbonation.

O: I think this may be old, maybe not fair to review it under these conditions, but I'll be revisiting this when I can assure it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:15:23 | More by keanex
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 10/28/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice dark mahogany color. It has a finger of light tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a sheet of sticky lace behind on the glass. The nose is of caramel malts and juicy fruits up front. There are some piney hop aromas that come out as well. Also, there are some notes of toffee, citrus, and a bit of earthiness. The taste starts off with some nice toasted malt flavor. There is also some good flavors of caramel, toffee, and there is a nice bit of fruitiness. There is some earthiness and a nice mild hop presence that comes through as well. The finish leaves a bit of lingering sweetness and mild hop bitterness. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some good sweetness here that is nicely balanced out by the mild hop bitterness. There is some earthiness as well. There is some good drinkability here. I could easily drink a six pack of this. The flavor is really nice and it never gets boring. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and a good representation of the style. I enjoyed this one and I definitely recommend trying it out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 13:00:38 | More by JizackFH
Photo of DrewV

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Garnet-colored liquid with a foamy off-white 1-finger head.

S: A nice mix of carmel malts, piney hops, and a small amount of citrus.

T: Typical red ale with a bit more malt base. I detect some roastiness that blends nicely.

M: Finely carbonated, but has a thin consistency. Not bad for the style, though.

O: I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is a decent beer all around. Not something I would regularly stock in my fridge, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. A solid B-B+.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 18:26:38 | More by DrewV
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from bottle into pint glass. Hazy brown with tiny rising bubbles and a fading white head. Nice lacing along the glass.

Smells like sugar coated hop cones. Citrus hop aroma and toasty malt presence are 50/50.

Taste is also a perfect 50/50 yet very hoppy for the style. Cascades are running wild in this beer and I love it. Citrusy earthy bitterness know their place with a strict whiplash of caramel malts. A slightly bitter, grassy aftertaste.

Medium bodied with stinging carbonation

A VERY well done red ale. CASCAZIRRA!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:36:33 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of animalchin

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A decently bodied dark red presentation with a dim white head at first. Relaxes into a thin surface but with plenty of very thin lacing.

S - Bready caramel malt upfront followed by very nice citrus Cascade (Casca?) hop character. A sweetness that starts out dim but grows also comes in.

T - Hoppy as hell for a red ale. The Cascades certainly take over the overall taste, but a thicker sweetness from the caramel malt makes for a very nice mixture. A little extreme on both ends, but quite impressed how the mixture comes together.

M - Decently bodied, controlled carbonation. Has a little bit of heaviness throughout.

O - A pretty big beer here. I remember being introduced to this while spending a year at Ithaca College before I got into craft, and being in disbelief about the strength. Four years later, my palate has expanded into higher strengths, but this is still nothing to sneeze at.

A great beer from Ithaca, always a good call.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:01:14 | More by animalchin
Photo of jmarsh123


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small 1/2 finger tan head.

Some bright citrus tones with a solid caramel malt background in the nose.

Starts off with a slight citrus flavor which is quickly taken over by a bit of roasted caramel malt. Finishes slightly floral, bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel and carb are right around the norms.

A bit maltier than my preference, but still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 20:13:44 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of fmccormi

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a Luettich balloon-style tulip. Best-by date of January, I think, but I’m not sure because the paper notch was like a centimeter to the right of “December”; going with January because some Flower Power I had recently was best-by in January and they were purchased at the same time, same place.

Appearance (4.5): This bastard froths up to a very fat, three-finger light tan head that takes its sweet time falling. Part of me is entertained, part of me is annoyed for moving so slowly. The body is a dark, dark red—like garnet. Not quite clear, with a slight haze. Serious lacing happening on the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.5): Bright, sweet citrus like a sugary slices of orange and grapefruit, mixed with some grassy, floral notes. That’s about it, no real malt presence felt in the nose.

Taste (4.0): Moderately bitter, particularly in the herbal end of the spectrum, with not a ton of malt to back it up. I’d like this to be a bit richer and sweeter. What malt is there is lightly toasted and bready, like crackers but heavier on the toast. Sweetens just a little as it warms. Bitter-herbal aftertaste lingers for a while; no real yeast note is present, which I expected for a hoppy American Amber. Thankfully, it smoothes out a bit as it continues to warm.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Not too thick or oily, unfortunately, but it’s certainly quaffable.

Overall (3.5): I’m a little surprised, honestly. I’ve had CascaZilla a number of times in the past, and enjoyed it enough that I’ve considered it something of a sleeper. This was good, but not exactly what I remember. I’ll still buy it in the future, because I’ve got faith in you, Mr Zilla.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:07:43 | More by fmccormi
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark copper with a tan head with very good retention
S-caramel and citrus hops
T- big citrus hop flavor and throws the balance off a bit. Caramel malt profile comes through in the finish but still a bit soft.
M-medium bodied, carbonation lower than expected
O- not bad but a little bit off. Hop profile is great but the malt struggles to come through. Not bad but could be better

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:16:32 | More by atr2605
Photo of jamescain


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber with a thin off white head that clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, citrus, and also spicy with some malty bready aromas peaking through.

Taste: Complex blend of flavors ranging from bready malts and spicy characteristics with piney and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied, which makes it pretty easy to drink, even though you want to savor it. The carbonation is moderate.

Overall: I've always enjoyed beers from Ithaca and this beer is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:20:45 | More by jamescain
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber body, trace tan head, tight lacing around

S: grapefruit, bread, biscuity, malt

T: grapefruit, pine, solid bready malt, long mild oily bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Usually not a fan of amber/red ales, this is
interesting. I would recommend this brew.


Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 20:20:18 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and hoppy bitter notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a nice mix between some citrus and bitter hops with a solid dry caramel malt with limited sweetness and light resinous notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Easily drinkable and a bit more complex then a plain bitter attack on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 18:36:43 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles snifter (that I'm carrying around on tour). Label notched Best Before O (october, obviously), though the year was not included. I'm assuming it's a fresh beer though.

Got this at The Lemon Grove in Youngstown, OH. Had to try it out since I know the wife of Greg Graffin (singer, Bad Religion) works at Ithaca Beer Co. They're my favorite band, so this was a nice little random find.

Appearance - Dark cloudy brown with a hint of ruby backlighting. Big two finger tan head with good retention.

Smell - Mild hop. The hop is mostly spicy, and not so much musky, which is a great change-up. Delicate malt; some banana is faintly detectable.

Taste - A balanced explosion of flavor in the first sip. Moderately hoppy. A good type of astringency for once. Totally fits the beer. Lemon peel.

Mouthfeel - Clean and refreshing and palate cleansing, as if it were light bodied. But not watery, especially because of the slightly chewy head. The head really helps balance this beer. I recommend a high pour in a good glass to keep it around as long as possible - but that goes without saying.

Overall Drinkability - Pleasantly surprised by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 19:54:56 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Chico1985


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy dark amber, off-white head retains decently leaving thick lacing at the top.

Smell is faint light fruits and a bit of earthiness, taste was an improvement. Nice light fruity hops - grapefruit, citrus, some peach, some earthy and floral, bitterness is low. Big toasty malt backbone. Mouthfeel felt a bit on the thin side but was fine overall.

A nice red ale. Nice hop profile without being a bitter hop bomb, good malt balance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 18:09:04 | More by Chico1985
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark amber with big frothy head that lasted a while. Excellent lacing.

S: Hop aroma up front. Some toasted malt and fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Very floral hop flavor, but not too bitter. I like this.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Soft carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, great hop aroma and flavor, feels wonderful, and looks fantastic. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:55:59 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of ONUMello


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Deep brown; one-finger head
S: Initial aromas of pine- classic Cascade hops, then as I inhale deeper it morphs into molasses. Overall a bit muted, though.
T: Mix of pine, orange peel, burnt sugar, and a little earthy/floral thing.
M: Not bad, though just a hair disjointed, like it can't make up its mind whether it wants to hit you with hops or be smooth. Enjoyable, long finish.
O: I like this. It's bold, unique and makes its presence known. With a little more integration it could go from good to stellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:44:28 | More by ONUMello
Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,033 ratings.