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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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86
very good

1,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,103
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 43
Gots: 56 | 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 UA8
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruby color with a thick khaki colored head.

S- A bit light on the nose overall but hints of citrus hops, and roasted caramel malts.

T- Leads with a touch of citrus and some kind of smoky flavor. Finishes with a semi sweet malt character and a bit of rind.

M- A touch over carbonated, but nice and round.

D- A solid effort but having had this in the bottle and on draft. The draft is a touch less balanced with bitter hops being more pronounced but the flavors are also less concentrated.

UA8, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Hophead101
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 3.9.09 (post midnight) at home while working.

great head - off white, with superb lacing. hazy awesome reddish copper color nice looking beer. smell is hoppy with some cherries, not much smell, struggled to find something.

slightly sweet taste, hoppy throughout but not 'monstrously' hoppy. hops come and go and don't linger. good medium body taste, the flavor spreads well throughout.

Hophead101, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initially purchased & consumed in December. Worked on a couple extras sixers throughout the winter. BB notch of March. First fresh examples of this beer I've ever had in a bottle. Wow.

Ommegang anniversary glass. Light tan lathered head, sticky/scummy lace over a filtered rich dark bourbon amber.

Smell is predominately toasted grains & caramel(lots), spiced sharply with pine & orange rind. Caramel to the point of being honey-ish. Alcohol is quite noticeable for 7%.

Taste is mainly honey, toasted/burnt grains, & husks upfront, with juicy grassy & floral hops making their way in. Some tangerine rind. Not monstrously bitter at all, but very much the pronounced taste of unripened(green) fruit. A big detractor is that the alcohol is all there.

Carbonation is lower then I'd like, body is a bit grainy & slick as well. It finishes dry though, with a hint of remaining bitterness.

Great one at a time, & as a decent substitution for when Nugget Nectar isn't in season.

PEBKAC, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-copper, off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, caramel and light grains.

T: Pine, citrus & grass from the hops, nice toffee from the malts, good bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate body is smooth with carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: A hop-forward, but relatively balanced red... quite drinkable.

Derek, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Morey
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish-brown with a nice light tan head that settles to a bubbly and somewhat thick lace after a couple of minutes. The head has some nice stick too.

Smells of burnt sugar and roasted malts.

This beer is pretty well balanced with the hops and malts both coming through nicely. Hops are noticable and pleasent, but they don't hang around in the aftertaste. Almost has some characteristics of a porter.

This beer goes down pretty smooth. I could do a six pack of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: A well made red ale for sure. However, not quite as good as Red's Rye, or Nosferatu.

Morey, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of agirlnamedjess
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Poured a reddish amber color with a white head that didn't leave too much lacing. The smell was hoppy that followed with hints of citrus fruit. The taste was the same it was slightly bitter with hops and citrus, then finished with a nice malty flavor. Medium body very fresh taste good carbonation.
It was very drinkable. Very good red ale!

agirlnamedjess, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish color into a tulip at around 50 degrees. bone white head a couple fingers deep. head stayed around pretty well and left some lacing around the glass.
Hoppyiness is front and center, a little malt in the background, barely perceptible.
Taste is very hop oriented as well, not so much bitter as just plain hoppy. The aroma and flavoring hops are certainly the defining characteristics of this beer.
The mouthfeel is pretty good, well carbonated and pretty smooth. Easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden, a well balanced brew.

grayburn, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ordinary Joe's in Oakville, pours a beautiful dark amber in color, nice red highlights, beautiful size head and nice retention. Aromas peeking through are nice cascade hop properties, grapefruit, mango and a nice zip of some malt sweetness. This one taste like your traditional red, a nice dose of malt is backed by a huge amount of fruity hops, nicely balanced and presented well to the palete. Nice carbonation on this one, the malt smooths it out a bit but the hops take over on the finish. I liked this brew alot, has great balance and was tasty to the last drop. Will defintley have this again, an awesome brew from the guys at Ithaca.

thespaceman, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of bhalter8
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, once again, to Reagan1984 for tossing this in on a recent trade. Pours a nice, deep red color with a dense, foamy white 1 finger head. Decent lacing left as that head slowly recedes. Smells delicious! If you are a hop head like me that is, a strong, sweet citrus hops aroma. Oddly that strong hop punch is a little muted in the flavor, as the sweet malts of the red ale style kick in to balance the bitter out. As stated, this is a amber/red, so I guess I should roll back my hops hopes, but that smell was so strong. Nice complexity to the taste, though, with that sweet and bitter battle in your taste buds. Fair amount of carbonation holds me back from being able to take too many of these, but a nice, somewhat new take on the style.

bhalter8, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poored a clear copper brown, a thin filmy white head, nice lacing
smell is pine with some citrus and all hops
the taste follows the nose with a bit of a malty bread like backbone to it
mouthfeel is medium bodied and drying to the mouth due to the hops and bitterness
as for drinkability well if hops are your goal in life this would be the red ale for you no doubt, was a bit more pronounced in the hop flavor when I had it on tap at CNY brewfest

sliverX, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, reddish toned orange with a 1 finger head of white fluff that slowly fades. Tubular rings of lacing are left around the glass, as the bubbly collar sticks around.
Smell is of citrusy, herbal, mildly spicy hops, followed by caramel, honey, and toasted biscuit.
Taste is of homestyle biscuits and sugary grapefruit with a slap of gooey honey. Pretty well balanced.
Mouthfeel is, again, well balanced. Medium bodied, chewy, enough hops to keep me coming back with a nice malty backbone. This goodness mellows out to a nice, smooth, creamy finish.

weeare138, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of duffextracold
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- orangish-amber. very thin head. left a little lacing.

S- Lots of hops, with some sweet malt aromas. a hint of dried fruit, like maybe banana or pineapple.

T- A blast of bitter hops up front, with some sweet malt struggling to get through. as it warmed up, the malt seemed to shine a little more, balancing the beer a little better, but its still quite bitter.

M- nice & bubbly. a bit syrupy.

D- Not bad. A tad too bitter to drink a lot of, but that's what it's supposed to be.

duffextracold, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap in a bar in the Philadelphia area. Armock sent me a bottle, as well - thanks Anthony!

Pours amber with a white head that has great retention, leaving lacing.

The smell is of grapefruit, tangerine, some pine - classic "C-hop" aroma. Spicy with a touch of caramel.

The taste is of sweet citrus - grapefruit. Hoppy, but on the sweet side. The hops have a firm caramel backing.

It has a creamy, smooth, medium-to-full body.

A bit strong, even for abv (which I would have guessed to be slightly higher than it is) as the alcohol does have a sharpness to it.

This is a nicely hopped, yet not too bitter, red ale that is very enjoyable. I liked it a bit more on tap than in the bottle, but still a delicious hoppy brew!

jwc215, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a 6 pack into a penn pilsner pint glass. Pretty fresh.

A- Cascazilla pours a deep amber color with red highlights. A semi thick one inch white head came up leaving minimal lacing on the way down. Very clear with no sediment.

S- A bunch of toasted malt with some bittering hop flavor probably cascade. Some banana with very bready and earthy scents coming from this. Some grapefruit in the smell.

T- A very hoppy red ale indeed. The bitterness of this is a bit off putting but is toned down by some toasted malt. Some grapefruit not much though but very citrusy, some pine. Some additional sweetness may be coming from an addition of sugars but i cant tell for sure.

M- A very bitter brew that is uncompromising. Maybe a little more malt would of rounded this a bit tighter. This has a medium mouth to it with some carbonation. A bit of an oil and slickness to it when i'm on my 2nd bottle. A bit of alcohol with warming. Pretty decent.

D- If I was out of nugget nectar and wanted a hoppy amber I would go to this before others in the style. I could only drink two bottles in a sitting as this got a bit to bitter for my taste. This has a very dry finish to itself.

BARFLYB, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a frothy off-white head. Laces well. Nice hop aroma, some herbs, a bit of citrus, sweet smoked malts. Smells pretty complex and sophisticated. Biscuit malt provides the backbone for flavours of pine resin and citrus. Medium mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness due to the hop oils. Really good drinkability - to me this is an IPA in everything but name.

Tasted this again a few months later, and I still think this is a solid offering. The hops really shine, but are well balanced by the malt. I also like the funky bottle.

bobsy, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a medium off-white head that quickly fades to a foamy swirl. Minor lace smatterings.

Smells sweetly of grapefruit hops and caramel malt.

Very sweet and fruity. Sweet, cherry flavored malt with citrus hops. Some hop bitterness at the end as well. Very syrupy mouthfeel made this beer seem like drinking a melted Luden's cherry coughdrop. Cascazilla seems to want to be part of the new big-ass hoppy amber style that seems to be catching on (Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Lagunitas Mondo Red, etc.) but falls short. Just be yourself little buddy. I think there's a metaphor in there somewhere.

donkeyrunner, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with thick light-tan colored head was formed from a hard pour. Some ruby highlights hints to it being a red ale.
S: Fresh herbal, floral hops hit the nose first. Bitter roasted malt with a husky grain aroma. Some sweet burnt toffee smell as well.
T: Citrus and floral hops combine with a smooth, mellow malt profile. Only semi sweet and somewhat overpowered by the hops but not in a bad way. A bit astringent in the finish.
M: Smooth light to medium body for this one. Carbonation is moderate not overpowering.
D: Very generously hopped red ale! Good flavor and drinkability. Hops definitely coat the tongue here. Some good strength and crisp freshness make this one very worth trying.

scottbrew4u, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Lepley
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured clear reddish-brown with two fingers of tan head, no retention.
S: Hops, never had a red ale that smelled so hoppy. Floral, Sweet.
T: Spicy, mallty, bitter, citrus, and definitely hoppy for a red.
M: Smooth.
D: I was impressed with this ale. I didn't expect the hoppiness from a red. Definitely wortyh checking out.

Lepley, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured a clear reddish amber. Two finger head with an semi-aggressive pour. Just off white with good retentention. Some visible carbonation. Leaves all the way down the glass.

Smell: Smells of sweet syrupy/oily/resiny hops. Citrus and pine, with grapefruit coming out the most.

Taste: Tastes moderately hoppy, not as big as it smells. Some bitterness from the hops, but balanced very well with the sweetness. Slightly malty/bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but very filling. Very smooth for a "hoppy" ale. Some carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Good moderately hoppy ale. Easy to drink because of the balance, but hard to drink a lot because its filling. Thought it might be a little hoppier though.

jonziefle, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of cleeze
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great addition to a recent trade.

Appearance was a dark amber, with a nice frothy head and showed some bad ass lacing.

Smell was a great mixture of citrus and floral notes. Smells amazing. Hops shine through as well.

Taste was straight up hops. Great bitterness.

I deffinatly could put back a few of these

cleeze, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle I picked up in New York into a Founder's pint glass.

A- Amber, very similar to the color of maple syrup. Two fingers width off white head formed and dissipated as the beer was consumed.

S- Very nice smelling beer. Had floral, citrus qualities (granted it was very subtle) mixed with a sweet malt backbone.

T- Attempted to follow the nose, but just fell short. The taste had the beginnings of something great, but the the finish of each sip was weak. One second the flavor was there and before you knew it, it was gone.

M- A little watered down to me. Would have preferred a little more body to this one.

D- Really drinkable. Once the beer warms up, the sweet aroma really comes out.

Overall, a good beer. If the taste would have just continued and followed through the sip it would have been much more enjoyable.

rhinos00, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep amber color with generous amount of head and lacing. smell is incredible with lots of hops and floral notes. some grapefruit and spicy citrus there too. taste is malty up front and then the hop bitterness comes and takes over at the end. taste is kind of perfumey at the end with the floral hop flavor, but it doesn't really detract from the enjoyableness of the beer. mouthfeel has enough carbonation to carry the alcohol and bitterness. quite drinkable.

jpaltan, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of trbergman
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Deep Ellum - 16oz pour.

A - Deep red chestnut with one finger of solid, creamy off-white foam that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing all the way down.

S - Caramel, cherry pie, lemon zest, resiny pine.

T - Rich, slightly sweet malt, caramel, pine, lemon, some grapefruit. Puckering, zesty bitterness lingers long after the last sip.

M - Sensuous, full body; gentle carbonation.

D - Amazing. This is one hell of a beer.

trbergman, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a tall, creamy, beige head that settles gradually to one finger of merengue-like foam. Liquid is a dark orange amber.

Smell- Slight aroma of sour dairy and sweet maltiness invaded by a yeast and a not unpleasant unfermented wort

Taste- Firm biscuity maltiness with a hint of sour and flavor of the aforementioned unfermented sugars, smothered by an aggresive, bitter invasion of hops and graham grackeriness that remain in the mouth among sour malt for quite some time.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium bodied with very small, tingly bubbles

Drinkability- Flavorful and balanced enough to retain interest for a session of several.

olmatty, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark amber with white head. It smelled like caramel and red barley malt, with a bit of sweet honeysuckle and copper hops. It tasted like brown sugar and caramel malt, with some red barley and copper hops. It was somewhat oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty tasty red ale that was nice and clean. It had good body and was very easy to drink. It was sweeter than I expected, and was fairly basic, but it was definitely enjoyable.

Pencible, Dec 24, 2008
Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.