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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 45
Gots: 69 | 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 LordAdmNelson
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber red color with off-white head that has decent retention and lacing. Nose is more barleywine in style, in my opinion--some nice caramel and rye malts with big citrus hop presence. CascaZilla--smells like Cascade hops, surprise surprise.

Hop bill in the taste is a bit unexpected, I'm getting piney hops here. Some initial bitterness, followed by the piney kick, and some lingering sweetness from the malt. Something here just isn't right, not exactly what I thought I was getting myself into. I would like a bigger body on this one, but also with a bit more carbonation, though I'm not sure if I can have that. Decent drink, I'll have to revisit it in the future.

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

12oz bottle courtesy of shrek806 thanx bro.

A: poured amber with burgundy hues and a 2 finger light brown head that left nice sticky lacing.

S: had a creamy malty aroma with hints of nuts, caramel, and booze.

T: chocolate nutty flavors up front with sweet malts and a nice crisp bitter finish.

M: creamy medium body with light carbaonation and a nice crisp bitter finish.

D: red ales are not my favorite but this one was really tasty and went down great. I hope I can get my hands on some more.

Photo of horshack7
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A little bit of a dark amber mahogany color with about one and half fingers worth of sour dough bread like head that has nice rentention and leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma: Hops upon more hops. Remarkably cirtusy sweet fruit grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. A twinge of dryness in the nose. A little bit of sweetness from the malts rounds it out.

Taste: A smooth sticky mouthfeel with a nice bit of chewyness. The citrus notes are great with a little bit of a dryness towards the back end. A little bit of caramel malty sweetness.

Notes: This one is highly drinkable a great find from a great brewery. Cheers.

Photo of capaneus
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

(A) poured into a verboden vrucht goblet. it's quite dark though not opaque with a reddish chestnut color. a one-finger creamy off white head quickly recedes leaving impressive lacing.

(S) smell is a strong suit of this beer. the hops are present with a strong sour tangerine smell that's really very nice. fruity esters show up with a fruity fresh apple smell. smells great!

(T) pronounced hop bitterness with a complex citric flavor. finish could be a touch sweeter for my preference, but it finishes slightly sweet/nearly dry.

(M) mouthfeel is balanced and superb: substantial enough to linger on the palate without being too heavy. it's very smooth due to the subdued carbonation yet there is a slight alcohol warming sensation - which I don't mind at all.

(D) i wouldn't guzzle these per se, but definitely would seek them out and drink a sixer 1 or 2 at a time. great beer.

Photo of GoodBeerInc
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would like to thank my dad for picking up this beer in a mix 12 pack. The other three beers were good as well as the Cascazilla.

Upon pouring the beer into my glass I see a dark amber, reddish, orange color with zillions of tiny bubbles making their way up the side of my glass. A nice pillow like head rests on top of the beautiful liquid. The head is off white leaving some lacing on the side of my glass.

The nose is terrific! A nice balance of hops and roasted and caramel malts. Hops are citrusy, and spicy and piney. The malts gives nice roasted, bread, sweet, and caramel aroma.

This is one tasty beverage. Cascazilla is very well balanced between the incredible hope flavor and bitterness and they sweet malts. I am not much of a hop head but do enjoy a good dose when they are balanced out as well as in this beer. Sweet and Bitter at the same time.
This is medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel. The hop bite lingers for the duration on your tongue but the sweet malts rinse it off with every sip.

I see myself sitting down with another bottle or two of this finely crafted beer in the very near future. It was a pleasure to drink and is highly recommended.

Please check out my video review: www.youtube.com/user/goodbeerinc

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

This is right up there with Nugget Nectar as far as I'm concerned, given the style. Not a style that most do too well, this is one that I enjoy quite a lot. I could have sworn I reviewed it years ago but somehow neglected to do so.
On the darker side of the spectrum; much more red than amber. A rich and pretty red at that Leaves some white lacing on the glass.
Smells are tart citrus and lightly fruity, almost sweet.
The initial taste is a tart, almost sour pucker assault on the palate, a la an authentic cask ale, then retreats a little bit. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but invites one to come back for more. Grapefruit and cranberry style bitterness, as well as fruityness, along with some red and dark berry flavor.
I'd be happy to get this again. Loads of flavor for around $9 a six pack. Those that enjoy hop flavor of the grapefruit variety should check this out.

Photo of mstyne
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of a six pack from Hoosick Street Beverage. Serious aroma as soon as the cap comes off; bread, malty, and sharp hop scents. A really nice dark amber/red coloring, as one would expect from this style. Minimal head that was gone before I had a chance to take a sip, but still enough for some lacing around the inside of my Long Trail pint glass.

Although I was expecting an overpowering IPA flavor with a name like Cascazilla, the 'hoppiness' is toned down somewhat, but not to the detriment of the brew. There is indeed a nice hop flavor but it falls off extremely quickly. A good, refreshing offering from Ithaca. Maybe difficult to enjoy more than two in a single session, but definitely worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, red/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops, bread

Taste: citrus hops with bread and caramel

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a lingering bitterness that starts in the middle

Drinkability: A decent but not memorable red ale. I could have another one or just as easily pass on it.

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with an inch of creamy tan foam. Average retention and lace. Not bad at all.

S: Pretty even mix of caramel malt and clean, spicy hops. Simple and pleasant.

T: Follows the nose precisely: sweet caramel malt and some fruity, spicy hops. THe hops aren't quite prominent enough to ensure a bitter finish - plenty of residual sugars here. For something that promises to be "monstrously hoppy," I'd like a bit more bitterness on the finish. Still, pretty tasty.

M: Smooth medium body with a decent amount of rather hesitant carbonation. Again, pleasant but not impressive.

D: While a bit sweeter than I'd like, this is definitely a pleasure to drink.

Notes: I'm such a fan of Flower Power that I expected this to be a similarly hop-centered beer, just with a bit more color and body from the malt. Maybe this was a slightly older bottle, but the hops really didn't add much. That said, there was nothing unenjoyable about this beer, and it's a very tasty amber ale. Just don't expect monstrous hop presence.


Photo of westy66
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass with a little haze and a nice rich amber/red color. less than a 1/4 inch of head. good tasting, a tiny bit of sweetness. reminds me of the red rye, but not quite as hoppy. good hop flavor, just not the citrus hop that i like best. id buy again.

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with orcasteve. Poured a nice, rich deep red with an inch of tan head that had low retention but good lacing.

The aroma was very sweet, with some sharp hop notes. The flavor was also malty sweet, with that sharp bite of Cascade hops across the tongue. The body was good, reasonably full, but a little bit sticky. Drinkability was pretty good, depending on your tolerance for the sticky-ness.

Overall, a solid and enjoyable beer from a very good brewery.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Tight bubbled head, kind of fizzy, but stays around 1. fingers, creamy and off white, beer is deep amber/brown, some hints of burgundy

S: Nice and juicy, fruity hops, definitely has that nice amber ale sweet malt background that makes it smell gooey, some slight roast in the malt too

T: Has a ton of hops, however the entire time you can taste that malt in the background, big juicy cascade hops, it is definitely a one note hop flavor but thats what it is supposed to be, a ton of cascades

M: A little carbonation sting, makes it hard to pinpoint the exact body

D: Good

Notes: If you like cascade hops then you need to try this beer. It isn't the best amber ale you will ever try, but it is near the top of the list especially if you like this hop profile.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown/reddish color with a full thick foamy head. Some lacing

S- Smells of a typical red ale. Caramel malts, delicate hop aroma- nothing special, but above average.

T- Taste is very good upfront. Hop flavor is very nice and the bitterness is balanced very well with the malts. Finishes nicely with hops. Again, nothing above and beyond, or crazy, for a red ale, but I would still rate this as an above average choice for the genre.

M- Nothing special about the mouthfeel. It leaves my mouth with a slightly acidic feeling at the end of each drink.

D- I am currently drinking this with dinner, but look forward to taking the rest of my 6-pack out to a party tonight. Great drinkability.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. I find myself enjoying red ales more and more with each choice. Not the BEST one I have had, but I thoroughly enjoy it! Would definitely buy again after trying some others first.

Photo of Naugled
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Deep brown/red color, crystal clear, with a thin tan head.

Smell of both big malts and big hops apparent.

Very malt caramel forward taste, has a strong bitterness but follows the malt, pretty good balance for a big beer. Reminds me of an old ale with subtle notes of dark fruits, plums and prunes. With aging the bitterness should subside and make this beer even better.

Nice rice mouth feel and has ok drinkability.

IMO this is a good cellaring beer, it should get better with age.

Photo of morimech
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a large tan head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma consists of a little Cascade hops, and that is about all. Kind of weak. But more hops come through in the flavor. Nice hoppy elements of citrus and pine. Malt gives a nice semi-sweet backbone for the hops to work off of. Not just another hoppy one-trick pony. Bitterness is moderately high. No sign of alcohol. A good body and carbonation. Maybe it could use a little more substance. A very good red ale that has good balanced elements. Rivals the best from the West Coast.

Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coppery amber color with full fluffy off-white head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing. Smell is of pine resin and light molasses. Taste is a big rush of bitter piney hops, backed by a sweet and bready carmel malt presence. Mouthfeel is suprisingly creamy, medium bodied, smooth and not overly drying on the end. Slight bitter aftertaste. Nice beer, not to complex and maybe just a touch too bitter. Big Hops and Big Malts tgether make a pretty good beer.

Photo of lovindahops
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into ithaca excelsior!

A- dark, dark amber with a great head of foam. Foam is thick, but not much for lacing

S- fantastic. Sweet malt and piney hops. Very impressive

T- the malt is the initial hit and followed by some strong hops. Bitterness at the end

M- medium bodied and creamy

D- the body of the beer and the scent was very impressive. The beer is very drinkable as well. Good brew

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a clear red/amber with a 2 figer sticky white head. Big pine notes on the aroma. Up front this is a hop bomb with lots of sweet citrus and piney back bone. The hops linger into the finish without overpowering. Cascazilla is medium in body and average carbonation. A damn good imperial red ale.

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

A = Pours solid red with a 1-inch head that lingers as pond scum might. Head is beige, with various-sized bubbles: some small and tight with others larger and loose. Leaves gorgeous lacing through the drink.

S = Cascade hops (obviously!) are foremost in the form of citrus and pine; sweet malt then dominates.

T = Hop-forward with a deep malty backbone for durable support. Great balance between hops and malt.

M = Really nice oily thickness in the mouth, giving way to a gentle astringency.

D = This is a beer that I could drink all day long. The balance -- just perfect -- makes it a refreshing gulper of which I do not tire quickly.

Photo of blackie
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: curvy dogfish pint, big beige head atop a deep orange-amber ale, really nice retention and heavy lace

s: moderately hopped - a blend of muted citrus and grassy tea, bready toffee malt body, light toast

m: moderate carbonation, medium body, smooth

t: bready malt body with some toffee and toasted grain, grassy citrus hop profile, a malty amber with a healthy hop counterbalance, but I'd like to see the hops a little more vivid/resinous, light-moderate bitterness

d: not bad

single from the Foodery, NL, Philadelphia

Photo of TonyReaves
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first local beer I tried at a restaurant upon getting to Syracuse last weekend, and I made sure to grab a six-pack on the way out of town.

Pours a warm red/amber, but I couldn't get any head out of it. Maybe half a finger after pouring straight into a pint glass.

Smell is piney, grapefruity hops, with some toasty breadiness underlying. Very appetizing.

Tastes great. Classic American red with sweet caramel malt overtaken by herbal, fruity, piney hoppiness. The malt starts the quaff with ample sweetness but quickly makes way for a bitter finish. Reminds me of a slightly sweeter Nugget Nectar.

But this doesn't have quite the palate-cleansing carbonation of Nugget Nectar, which is the main reason this experience isn't as good. But it's close.

I don't know if I could stick to these in a session. The sweetness is pretty high, and I think I'd switch to something else after a couple of these.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is citrusy hops with some malt. The aroma is subtle. The flavor is orange, pine and juicy citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Off tap at the brewery this beer was an amber/copper color with ruby highlights. The one-finger, khaki-colored head retained well leaving clingy and streaky lacing. The aroma was nice, a balance of Cascade hops (citrus/pine) and caramel malt. The flavors were huge and hoppy without being overwhelming. Lots of grapefruit hops, citrus zest and biscuity malt The mouthfeel was smooth, the body was medium and the carbonation average. Defined and yet sessionable. The 7% was well-concealed. A confusing Red Ale in the sense that it almost came off as an APA or IPA, but still enjoyable.

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft served in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/ruby body that sits perfectly clear in my glass with a light brown sudsy head atop. Good retention and lacing seems like it will stick (and it does fairly well). When the head falls, I'm left with no film but a crescent moon shaped ring along the edge of the glass.

S: The aroma is a blast of cascade hops as the name would suggest. Grassy, piney and floral with little to no citrus quality. Toasted grainy, caramel malts are prominent too. Overall, the aroma was good but a bit of a let down.

T: The taste follows the nose, and while being far from exceptional, it is still decent. Finishes bitter with respectable flavor duration.

M: The mouthfeel has a restrained fizzy carbonation. Also a little underwhelming.

D: I think the name suggests something more monstrous than what the beer delivers. After a few very solid offerings from Ithaca, I was a bit let down in several departments. Overall, a quality brew but it is clear that my anticipation got the best of me. But hey, a 3.6 aint bad.

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

(Served in an American pin glass) best before jan (of any year?) A- This beer has a deep reddish brown slightly dense body with a strong carbonation racing to a thin film of tan foam.
S- The big pine bite has hints of Christmas trees and a slight pungent quality followed by a fruit punch hop note to the hoppy finish.
T- This beer has a light toasted malt flavor followed by a big pine hop flavor. The finish is a dandelion bitter bite that lingers for a bit. As the hops settle down a sweet malt and caramel undernote comes through in the taste.
M- This beer has as light mouthfeel with a slippery texture but no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice depth to the hops but the main player is the pungent bitterness which is to strong and kicks you in the teeth. The malt backbone is good and is a welcome addition as the beer warms.

Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.