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
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:
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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Reviews: 578 | Hads: 1,181
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear red-orange. Two inch white head settles shortly. Jagged, clumpy rings of lacing cement themselves onto the glass.

S: Fragrant pine needles, citrus fruits, fruit punch, caramel, and bread. A good nose, but a bit understated.

T: Plant-like, green, pithy, and dank hop tastes up front. Mild pine resin and pine needles. Suggestions of melon- honeydew and watermelon. Bitterness builds mid palate with a biting pine tar and grapefruit rind taste. Malt tastes of caramel and bread with a hint of grain. Finish is bitter, oily, plant-like hops and a touch of grain.

M: Medium bodied. Very lush, creamy, and well rounded. Seltzery carbonation has a scrubbing effect, and it adds a little crispness. Great mouthfeel.

O: One of the more memorable American reds I've had in a while. This one is right at the end of its optimal freshness period, but it's still drinking very well. (951 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent ruby brown, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Good deal of citrus hops, caramel malt and a tad bit of grass.

T-Balance of caramel malts and citrus hops. The finish has some bitterness, not over powering but well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, a tad on the watery side though.

O-A wonderful beer, not as good as Nugget Nectar but the everyday availability is a huge plus. (404 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not enjoying this bottle as much as the draught had in the Ithaca region (where bottle was purchased).

Hazy, dark amber with limited head and lacing. malt-forward aroma with surprisingly heavy oak tannins. Flavour is also malt-forward, with a dusky roasted backbone. None of the citrus or pine hop tones I remember enjoying on tap.

Believe this is a specific bottle issue - storage or bottling - rather than a recipe issue or problem with the beer itself. Will definitely try again, but may well purchase a single next time... (529 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: reddish brown body. half finger of tan head.

s: nice bouquet of hops and sweet malts.

t: citrus hops and caramel malts with some bread in the background.

m: medium body starts out crisp from the hops then kinda melts into a smooth caramel body. decent carbonation and a little dry on the finish.

o: very good. really glad laxer8811 sent this! (349 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a relatively clear dark red (mahogany) color with a one finger head, modest retention and nice white lacing.

Smells like Cascade hops and some sweet malt.

Taste is very nice- mellow caramel malts are livened by bright citrus hops. Exceptionally smooth tasting. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very very pleasant- medium body with light fuzzy carbonation. An incredibly drinkable beer that I would like to come back to. (471 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a cloudy, dark, amber color. The head has an average thickness.

When I look at an amber beer I expect it to smell a certain way and this beer falls within those expectations. There is nothing exceptional about the smell. It is appealing but not outstanding.

The taste is outstanding! I like a hoppy beer and this beer has a really nice mixture of hops, sweetness (brown sugar), nuttiness (classic red ale flavor), and malt. Really refreshing and complex; I can taste multiple flavors with every sip...or gulp!

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. It is very smooth for a hoppy brew with a 7% ABV.

Overall this beer is very good. The smell doesn't do the flavor justice, but in all other aspects the beer is nice. (732 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, drank this one on 2/23/12 at paradise by the slice.
This beer was served in a pint glass, it had a amber color body with 2" tan head. The smell was malty with nice a hop background to it. The taste is of bitter hops and some malt and fruit notes on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel was nice a smooth and overall a really good beer. (358 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Three Heads Brewing pint glass:

A-Ruby Red, decent head and lace

S-Hoppiness comes through, maybe some hint of fruit

T-very good, hops up front, then some interesting stuff in back, fruit and malt mainly

M-good, low astringency, clean finish

O-very solid offering from Ithaca (315 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to rusty red with a dense, creamy beige head. There is a thin film of lacing marked by rings as the head follows each sip.

The aroma has pine resin with an orange background. This one is hop forward and spicy.

A Roosterfish pint glass contains this hoppy beer with moderate bitterness as anticipate from the aroma.
The malts are toasted, rounding out some sense of balance. The finish is long, subtle and earthy.

Chewy with well-tamed alcohol and modest carbonation. Cascazilla is rather clean and refreshing, reminiscent of a pilsner.

With lots of flavor, this one could easily be sessionable were it not for the high alcohol. As it is, it pairs well with meaty pasta.

Age is no friend to this beer, as is my experience with the bottled version. (768 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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! (601 characters)

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.46/5  rDev -36.8%
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 (1,051 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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 (505 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of keanex
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,240 characters)

Photo of DrewV
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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+. (492 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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!!! (532 characters)

Photo of animalchin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (380 characters)

CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.