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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 44
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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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

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Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004

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Photo of washburnkid
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er of this, and they lady checking me out promised it to be a very hoppy experience.

A: Cloudy caramel and light brown. The frothy head is 3 fingers tall and beige in color. There's a hearty finger of retention for most of the session and a ton of lacing. I love it.
S: Bready malt is both sweet and spicy. I can't get hops to pull through too much here. The aromas are really basic and not all that impressive, but I'm looking forward to the flavor either way.
T: Hops definitely come out more in the flavor, though only mildly at first. Spiciness is full-fledged in the flavor, with pepper and cinnamon coming in and out. The bready/yeasty profile is there, and it's too big for me. Hops are floral mostly and come out more with warmth, and the bitters really linger here. The hops hide and appear at different sips. Strange, but good.
M: Light to medium body with higher carbonation. There is so much residual bitterness lingering on my palate. It really balances out that sometimes overwhelming bready malt.
D: This is a beer that I would love to have on tap. Like...today.

Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark ruby red/copper color with a one finger frothy off-white head that slowly receeds into a lasting cap that coats the pint with soapy rings of lacing.

Hoppy piney floral aroma with a hint of rye and a nice caramel biscuity malt backbone.

Very bitter and hop forward with a strong resinous piney hop mouthfeel. Caramel malt backbone with some biscuit notes and a slight touch of rye. The strong bitterness of the hops lasts throughout lingering over the malt backbone into a resinous bone dry piney hop finish.

Photo of Vancer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer sent courtesy of naproxen in the Naked Beer Geek BIF - thanks again! My first beer from Ithaca, so the bottle makes it to my wall of fame!

Arrived with a bright amber / copper into the Bitburger pilsner glass, massive tan head volcanoed up with a hard pour. Sticky laces clinging to the sides like gorilla glue.

Hoppy, resinous, woody aspects in the aroma and quaff. Just a small hint of doughy bread in the finish. A sharp and crisp drinking brew, very tasty and enjoyable in the STL summer heat. No hint of a surprising 7% load o' alcohol.

A sturdy drinking beverage, glad to have tried it.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Damn sexy looking in my pilsner glass. Big off white head that stands out above the rim. It sits atop a slightly hazed, deep red almost apple cider colored body. The head retention is phenomenal, as it leaves absurd amounts of lace. This is the kinda stuff I wish all beers had.

S- Bready, buscuity malts underlie a sweet, juicy hop presence. So far Im not totally buying the "monstrously hopped" claim.

T- At front its alot like the nose. Bready malts rule at first. They do, however, give way to some hops. The hops arent brutally bitter or piney or resinous or any of that. Instead they are crisp and juicy.

M- Medium body, little carbonation, crisp finish that approaches dry.

D- The ABV is what I, as a Barleywine/RIS fan, would consider on the low side. But no matter who you are you will agree that the ABV is undetectable. In the end I dont agree with the claim of "monstrously hopped", but instead I find a quite nicely balanced and crisp, SEXY looking red.

Photo of WalrusJockey
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- cloudy dark orange, with piles of bone colored head.

S- rich, thick aromatic hop aroma full of grapefruit and oranges and other tropical fruits, all competing to smell sweeter than the last. A faint, sweet, roasted malt aroma is noticeable in the background.

T- bracing hops plunge into a bitter wash over the palate. This gradually gives way to an increasingly sweeter and sweeter orange flavor, and a bit of roasted malt. Swallow is oddly bitter-sweet, but that passes almost instantly into a clean, watery finish. Not much malt presence, for the style.

M- fairly light body, combined with a fairly high carbonation makes this a very crisp, bracing beer. Combined with the bitterness and the almost lack of an aftertaste, it is an odd combination, but makes the beer a sudden assault, with no sustained attack.

D- not bad. This isn't my favorite beer in the style, but something about it makes it hard to put the glass down.

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

On cask into pint @ Cambridge Commons.

Deep red-amber hue with a one finger eggshell color head, which stays up and never settles (common characteristic of cask ale).

Very floral hops, with citrus aromas and a little pineapple. The hops hide the malt aromas pretty well.

Very light grain flavor, somewhat dry, with a little caramel. The hops linger for a while, adding some citrus and grapefruit. Full bodied, lower cask-style carbonation.

Very good red ale, almost like an Irish Red. The hops were the highlight of the beer. Recommended.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from Cuzco. Thanks and cheers! Best buy August date on bottle.

Pour is quite the sight to behold. Three fingers of thick, lasting off white head over a murky red/brown liquid and insane amounts of carbonation in my nucleated glass.

Scent is a citrusy hop monster. Very light malt background. Good.

Taste mirrors the scent but a bit more subdued. The caramel malt gets a little more room to shine, but cascade hops are the star here.

Mouth is passable, medium in body and carbonation.

While slightly subdued than some IPAs that I am used to, this is still a quality drink.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep dark cloudy red with a massive tan head. It took a few minutes to get this one poured, and the lacing was huge. This is a beautiful beer. Smells of malt and hops. Tastes of citrusy hops mixed with sweet malt flavor in a nice balance of the two. Hoppy amber ale, that's what it says and that's what you get. As I worked my way through it, the flavors tended to get in the way of each other a little bit, as I was hoping one or the other would assert itself, but that never happened. Could have been a bit more complex, but still a fine drinkable beer.

Photo of atremains
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a 2 finger head that's leaves a massive ammount of lacing. Nose is hoppy with a caramel sweetness and some baked goods. Taste is the same but not as strong as the nose. Sweetness is upfront. The mouthfeel is on the weak side. Good brew but nothing to make it stand out over other choices available.

Photo of david18
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is all of a sudden everywhere and I'm not sure why. It has somehow become the local brew in new york city and I suspect because it's contract brewed somewhere around here. Anyway, not a bad beer but nothing to get crazy over. Decent color, good drinkability but not much else that distinguishes it from the many other choices out there.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to tapoutjoe for the kind extra...12 oz. bottle poured into SN pint glass (best before August 09)...

huge khaki colored head with good lacing and excellent retention...dark orange body with some hazy ruby hues skirting the edges...with an enormous billowing sticky cap, this is a gorgeous brew!

tons of bready malts and caramel with a strong doese of citrus, hops are a bit subdued, but it still retains a spicy pepperiness (cocoa???)

sweet...unique...not a whole lot else going on...some muted citrus and spruce, some bready malts with a biscuity feel to it...a tinge of hops near the end...

a bit of good carbonation, but it feels a tad watery at times...

no offputting flarors and pretty damn good for the most part...

you can tell that it's dying off, but there is just enough of it left to tell how good it was in it's hay day...need a fresher one to double check on that...

Photo of stewart124
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The huge off-white head catches my eye first and it isn't going away. Dark amber in color with noticable carbonation.

To say that there is a huge amount of hops in the nose would be an understatement. Lots of pine and pungent grapefruit.

Very sweet in taste. Lots of caramel sweetness and a lingering bready sweetness. The hops are quite bitter but add a very nice amount of pine to the beer. The bitterness is a bit milder than I initially picked up and expected. Bits of pear and apple can be found in the flavor along with an almost toffee-like sweetness. Pretty complex.

The mouthfell is medium but still has some chewiness.

A very nice amber ale and easy to drink. It's nice to see a beer that can be so complex with just a single hop.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured froma 12oz bottle to a standard 12oz pub mug.

Deep amber w/ a rocky 1 inch head, ample lacing present.

Smells like pure cascade hop; like getting hit in the face w/ a burlap bag full of fresh cascade!

Taste is exceptionally balanced cascade hop and caramel malts. Ithica did not skimp on ingredients w/ this one. As it warms more malt characteristics come through beyong the dominant hop profile. Very smooth and silky quality in the finish. I'm falling in love w/ it, the fourth bottle is just as good as the first.

This beer would be admired by those who enjoy the american IPA variety as well as those who like a good classic american strong ale. This beer represents a nice balance between the two characteristics in my humble opinion.


Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. s a clear deep amber red color. The fluffy looking head is about an inch thick when pured, settling to a very nice surface coating about 10 minutes later with some very nice lacing indeed as well. Aromas of citrus and piney cascade hops followed by a nice biscuit like malty sweetness. The taste is the same, the sweet biscuit malt flavor with hints of caramel hit my palate first, giving way to subtle citrus and piney bittering cascade hops. A simple beer flavor wise, but very good! Very well balanced I thought. This beer certainly coats the inside of your mouth. Has a smooth, crisp, sort of frothy mouthfeel with a medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable in the way well crafted beers are meant to be.


Photo of FickleBeast
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Chapter House pint glass (when in Rome). Cool label.

A - Reddish-copper in color, pours with three fingers of greenish-white head. I have to let the foam settle to fit it all in a pint glass. Copious lacing.

S - Monstrously hoppy aroma, grassy, pine.

T - Initially you taste the maltiness, but your palate is quickly ovwhelmed by a pleasant hop bitterness. There is a lot of residual sweetness that is steamrolled by the hop flavor.

M - viscous and syrupy, this one lingers in your mouth after you swallow

D - very quaffable, great hop flavor, good malt presence, this beer has it all.

A fantastic offering by the folks at Ithaca Beer Company. Was estatic to see this at my local beer store.

Photo of klewis
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before July with no year

A: Pours a clear red with a massive, foamy head. Great sustain and massive lacing. As good as it gets.

S: Yep. That's cascade.

T: Strong taste of caramel and Vienna malts. Nicely balanced with the hops, which provide a background piney flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky with a long-lasting flavor.

D: Quite nice. Perfectly balanced, flavorful, and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a prodigious head that retains and laces, with gobs of foam sticking to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Citrus and piney notes blend with the biscuity malts

Taste: After a brief visit from the biscuity malts, the piney flavors kick in, along with some caramel underpinnings that arrive, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer is equal parts caramel and piney hops with just a touch of buttery diacetyl that can be detected on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced amber, that is hopped up enough to be quite enjoyable

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

Photo of imaguitargod
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a VERY large head with typical amber red ale coloring and a decent amount of lacing. At first the Carmel malts come out, then the roasted malts, followed by citrus hops (cascade), then a smooth sweetness and finally summed up into a hop bitterness. Coats the tongue slightly but over all a very drinkable beer. Would love to see how this tastes on top.

~Jonathan Passow

Photo of Brew33
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at a tasting recently, it was one of very few that stood out to me. It's basically a hopped up Amber. The aroma is all Cascade hops. The beer was pretty balanced, the malts were slightly smoky. Perfect malt profile for and Amber/Red. Highly drinkable for 7%. A really nice beer that I hope to be enjoying more of soon.

Photo of cavedave
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful red amber, clear, thick looking, topped by two fingers of beige foam. The head slowly recedes to a half inch cap, and leaves arms and spots of lace upon my pint glass.

The nose is an understated mix of yeast, floral, bitter, and piney citrus. Smelling it gives a pleasant tingly feeling. Successive sniffs reveal more of an herbal earthiness to it.

The taste is a wow followed by another wow. Caramel and bitter start the sip, which slides through sweet florals, citrus, alcohol, hints of pine, and finishes marvelously dry and long with bitter and earthy herbosity Not as complex as other, different styles ferrsure, but it is complex as any of this style I've tried. Wonderful flavor, can't say it heartily enough, this beer fucking rocks my taste buds.

Medium bodied, pleasantly resinous, light in the mouth, but could clear out a bit better. Mouthfeel is this beer's weakest point. Or should I say least awesome point?

Hard to rate drinkability for this overly-broad style which includes many delicious lighter bodied beers of lower ABV, but the taste makes it highly drinkable in my book.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- clear rusty reddish brown with light khaki very hoppy looking head. shriveled and pock marked with a ton of lace with webs and tendrils, this one is very mean looking.

S- definite cascade nose, full of orange and grapefruit, some toasted caramel malt. however what is there is rather weak and diluted.

T- something about the flavor doesn't sit well with me either. tastes generic and bland compared to many super hopped reds i've had. this one has more actual hop flavor than sheer bitter pungency and that is a good thing, but it just seems... deflated. the beer is still dated very fresh too. orange peel, grapefruit, woodsy, burnt caramel, burnt toffee, herbal, somewhat meaty, finishes toasty and hoppy with decent bitterness and raw hop aftertaste.

MF- feel is rich and nice for a red, astringent and acrid, a little oily, still crisp on the swallow. medium carbonation.

D- i'm a huge part-time hop-head but this one seems lackluster for me. megalon wins.

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

Never seen or heard of Ithaca before until they just started popping up everywhere in my area the past week or so ago. A monsterously hoppy red ale sounds like it would hit the spot right now. Here is my review:

A: Very deep amber color. Large, foamy tan head that leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

S: You definetly get a strong citrus and herbal hop aroma. Lots of toasted malts in the smell.

T: This beer is very complex and balanced. Lots of flavor going on here. The hops are citrusy with a hint of grassyness to them. Then the malt backbone kicks in with a strong toasted malt presence. A bit of caramel sweetness and some earthy undertones. Probably one of the best tasting Amber Ales I have had.

M: Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Finish is a little bitter and dry. Nice overall.

D: This is a stronger Amber Ale with a lot of malt and hop character. Drinks very nicely, but not exactly a session beer.

So far, my first impression with Ithica is a nice one. I find Amber Ales kind of boring, but this has just enought flavor punch to warrent a high recommendation. Not the best Amber I have had, but easily hangs with the best of them.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled in april,poured into a clean pint glass.beer is amber with a nice fluffy white head that sticks with the beer all the way down.beer has a nice amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

smell is herbal hops with a hint of alcohol in the back and a little bit of caramel.taste is slightly bready and nutty with a firm hop bitterness at the end.finishes pretty clean.has moderate carbonation and is somewhat creamy.i could probably have a few of these,however it's not my style,i suppose.

overall,a pretty solid beer.always glad to have new offerings in ohio.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown in color. A dirty, frothy head forms on the pour of about two inches.
Smell is hops and just a bit of malt. Flavor consists of a bunch of hops. Very bittering and rough. There's a very ample malt backbone to support the hops. Very full and thick on the mouthfeel. Enjoyable and very bitter.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with red highlights, good clarity, and a big fist of floppy sloppy bubbly light beige head that rose above the rim. Tons of lace.

Nose upfront is biscuit, with a citrus tang dancing around the edges.

Caramel sweetness slices across the tongue. Its quickly persued by citrusy juicy hops stomping from the sides. Hop tingle lasts well into the afterlife.

Firm medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable.

Hoppy reds/ambers are a nice thing, and while this isn't Troegs level, its a tasty treat and invites a revisit.

Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.