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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 jasonjlewis
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big red color. 1 1/2 fingers of head with great lacing.

Toasty malts come out in a big way in this one and blend beautifully with cascades that have a bit of a spicy pepperyness with some citrusyness.

Big toasted malts come out. The malt backbone is superb. The caramel malts combine with the cascade citrusy/spicyness to create an absoultely wonderful beer.

The beer maintains such a nice crispness and fullness. The way the malts are used and the way that the combine with the cascades are absolutely amazing.

Photo of desertbronze
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12 oz. bottle of this beer in a trade with oracsteve.

Amber color with good clarity poured into a clear pint glass. Big fluffy white head left lace all the way down the glass.

Great hoppy nose with sweet undertones. Hop aroma lasts to the bottom of the glass.

Assertive hop flavor on the forefront and a sweet, sugary finish. Good balance for a highly hopped amber beer.

This beer leaves a slightly syrupy coating on the tongue. Just a little too sweet in the finish. Good drinkability and goes down easy for a big amber beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a thick, creamy off white head. The head had a great deal of structure and nice retention. Beer was a deep amber with more brown tones and a slight orange hue. A good amount of carbonation was visible.

Aroma was floral and with a grapefruit (citrus) twang. You can also pick up a subtle roasted nature in the aroma, but not too much.

Taste was assertive and rather nice. There was an initial burst of both hop bitterness and a roasted malt bite. Some subtle fruit flavors were then present in the middle, before it ended with a hop bit that lingered nicely. You are also left with a bit of a burnt taste in your mouth.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and there is a nice tingle to the carbonation.

Drinkability is nice and I like it more as it warms slightly.

A good beer.

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

Had a few Ithaca beers on a drunken night in Rochester a few years back, and only remember that they were quite tasty. Got this one in a BIF from orcasteve and glad he sent it. It has really been a while since I've had a good amber.

A-What else to say, but amber. Clear. Lacing trails all the way to the bottom. Light head that doesn't last, except around the edges.

S-First thought, banana bread. Sweet malts. Some hops. Maybe some candy sugars.

T-Well, everything that is in the smell, I found in the taste. The banana bread sweetness is very subtle, the hops bite and the malts and candy sugars finish out balancing the beer.

M-Very sticky. Tingles all the way down.

D-Wish I had more than 12oz. This was a good beer and will look for again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer... period.

The first time I had it I knew I'd be coming back to this one often. A super hoppy, well balanced red ale. The hop flavors and aroma's are perfect and make for a very drinkable beer. Add in the fact it's available all year and isn't expensive and it makes it even better.

Photo of chemmie
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark mahogany color with a thick white head with a ton of stickyness. The smell is of a ton of hops with a lot of light malts right there with it. The hops come through mostly in the taste, but the malts linger in your mouth a little longer. Reminds me of a bizzaro Lagunitas Lucky 13, where I got the malts first, then the hops. Overall, a really good hoppy amber.

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

Nice dark amber colored body with a one finger white head.

Bready malts and citrusy hops

Piney hop taste in the end of the sip.Malt ties it all in together.Nice taste.

Nice carbonation and perfect mouthful.

Nice beer and one I will for sure have again.

Photo of Chinon01
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dense head and some moderate lacing.

Smell - Nose is grain and sweet malt and maple syrup.

Taste - Light and similar to nose but balanced. Hops peak throughat the finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Nice mouthfeel and killer drinkability

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

Cascazilla had a great nice orange color with a thick white head that laced nicely throughout the pint. The smell was a great blast of cascade hops and the flavor didn't disappoint. This beer hit the tongue with a nice mouthful of hops and finish with a cascade flavor that slowly faded but never became bitter. The body was nice and not too thick. This is a drinkable beer that could sneak up on you fast!

Photo of madmanjf
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap on several occasions in various places. It's always been consistent.

(A) Pours a dark red with a decent amount of head on it.

(S) Hops ... can't miss it. Very floral but not in a citrus way

(T) Hops :) It's actually very well blanced with pleanty of malt to back up the bitter hoppiness

(M) Smooth and not acidic

(D) For the style, I'd have to say it's very drinkable. I can definately have more than one of these. If you're a hop-head like I am, you could almost concider it a session beer, but probably most would disagree with me.

I recently had this beer following Captain Lawrence Reserve Double IPA which is a close proximity. Both are excellent; however, this one was slightly more drinkable ... and interestingly are different styles. Perhapse a closer compare would be to Keegan Hurrican Kitty.

Photo of younger35
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth in his Fight Club BIF package. This will officially be my first brew from Ithaca. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a dark murky maroon brown with a very nice two finger bright white head that recedes very slowly, if at all. Loads of spotty spider web like lacing.
Smell- Plenty of hops in this "Monstrously Hoppy Red Ale" indeed! Bright and citrusy with loads of pineapple, apricots and grapefruit. Semi sweet smelling with some sugary sweet malt and brown sugar. Something reminiscent of red licorice and cotton candy seem to be in every Imperial Red Ale and this one isn't excluded. The alcohol isn't overwhelming but present.
Taste- Oranges and pineapple seem to flood my mouth with there citrusy goodness. Very hoppy and somewhat bitter its sweet enough to keep everything in check. Some of that cotton candy and red licorice sweetness that I always seem to get out of these Imperial Reds. The malt is more of a doughy type graininess than a caramel maltiness which seems a bit odd. The finish is full of lightly sweet oranges and bubblegum. The alcohol is covered pretty well.
Mouthfeel- Has a really big body with a slick oily feel. Carbonation is a bit light with some slight warming as it goes down.
Drinkability- This brew reminds me of Ports Shark Attack Red Ale with a bit more of a candy aspect. The hops are the star of the show (like you'd expect) and are put together really well. I have like 5 more Ithaca brews left from Adam and I can't wait to try the rest. Thanks again!

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Melbatoast93, cheers Hart!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Some breadyness & pineyness

T: Bready with with some toffee & citrussy hops up front. Earthy hops & caramel as this warms, along with dryness & leafy hops. Finishes with some oakyness & earthy hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, but I expected more hop profile from a beer of this name. A good amber to be sure

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a nice trade a while back and had really been itching to try it. I left it in the fridge for a long while, as I overlooked it time and again. Well last night and after a long drive home I decided now was the time and I broke this one wide open. Poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 09/09/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, reddish tinted amber taking front stage. Nice bit of sediment in the bottom and some light cloudiness just worked its way into the sample. Good bit of carbonation could be seen streaming skyward throughout the session and a very nice two inch head of white graced the top. Easy receding left behind about a half inch of white that just nestled its way down to the surface.

The aroma was loaded down with hops as one would expect. Rich notes of citrus, orange and tangerine mostly were by far the dominant notes on this one. Some light biscuit in the middle and a very grainy presence persisted well into it. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of orange, tangerine, and nice touches of all over this thing. Nice bready middle to the profile and a long, drawn out bitter finish capped it off quite well. Easy to session with a medium body and a profile that was hoppy, yet smooth.

Overall I thought this was a very nice hoppy red ale. I would have no issues at all with drinking this one over and over again. Definitely something to look forward to after a long day. I would have to recommend this one very highly.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Rich copper color with 1 inch tan head. Lacing was left as the head disappeared. Smells of citrusy hops. Well balanced taste of biscuity malt and citrusy/piney hops. Finishes dry without much of an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy. Overall a very well balanced beer and suprisingly easy to drink.

Photo of animal69
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a part of the ithaca sampler, nice they slipped this one in, pours a clear, deep copper color w/ a thin head that disappeared immediately leaving little lacing in my goblet, giving a 3.5 anyway as it could be the glass ; a strong piney grapefruit-like aroma, some cereal grain & toffee and roasted nut notes, but is overpowered by the hops ; a rich flavor, nice well balanced hop bite backed up by a bready malt backbone, very good piney/citrus hop flavor, blends well with the nutty/caramel notes midway, a bit of mineral in the finish ; a med. body, kinda flat tho. more co2 would benefit this beer ; a pretty damn good brew, may as well be classified as an IPA for all i'm concerned...

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

Best By October; Sampled August 2008
A sharp pour produces a three finger-thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a clear, deeply red stained, dark amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear fully red, copper color. As I pour this really sticky, huge aromas of crystal malt waft from my glass. A closer inspection yields an ample hop character that helps to tame the crystal malt abuse; the hops contribute bright aromas of candied grapefruit peel, tangelo and some light lychee notes. The crystal malt character contributes toasty malt notes, sticky caramelized grain touches and a sort of toffee / brown sugar sort of Maillard-type note. The aroma is not nearly as bad as that first pure whiff of crystal malt suggested and is actually somewhat more balanced towards the hop character than that of malt.

Quite frothy and a bit over carbonated, the beer definitely foams a bit as it hits my tongue. Once this is vigorously swirled to a more manageable carbonation level I can notice that sweet, caramelized malt notes accentuate a sticky, citrus character reminiscent of tangelo zest and grapefruit. There are some notes of pine here as well, but these come in more towards the finish where there is also a substantial, but well tempered by the malt, hop bitterness. As the beer warms in my glass the crystal malt flavors become more pronounced; lots of caramelized malt sugars, sticky, with some astringent grain notes and an almost bitter malt character.

Not bad, but the focus on the crystal malt character can be a bit much at times. If I wasn't focusing on tasting this beer the over-use of crystal malt really wouldn't bother as much as it does.

Photo of bonbini26
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Waterfront Grill in Brooklyn 08-26-08

A- dark Red/Amber with a nice foamy head

S- WOW awesome hoppy, sweet, piney, citrus nose...i had the bartender pour me a sample of it, just from smelling it i knew i wanted a pint of it

T- a tasty hopped up red ale, caramel malt body, fruity, juicy hop taste

M- light hoppiness at 1st then it sticks and builds to the tongue with each sip

Overall, an awesome red ale, a lot more hopped up, while at the same time very balanced.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best before Oct '08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear reddish/amber color with a tan head that lasted a bit, leaving sheets of lacing.

S - citrus rind hop aroma with a hint of caramel malt.

T - good balance of hops and malts, nice dry finish.

F - medium bodied, mild carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel.

D - very good, easy drinking brew, crisp and clean. I enjoyed this beer and recommend it to all, don't let the name scare you away.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this from the Ithaca Variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Brywn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark amber body with a large tan head on top. The retention was ok and left good amounts of lacing.
Smell:There was a lot of herbal spicy notes contrasted with a sweet undertone.
Taste: Very spicy, almost hot. Not distinguishing features from the hops, just damn spicy.
Mouthfeel: Rigid.
Drinkability: Good to better.
Don't drink and review.

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

first drank this at bobbique in ny on tap . picked up a case on mini vacation in pittsburgh . looks great in my brooklyn lager pint glass . nice color nice creamy head . drinks real good i dont know about a all night session but one real good beer . problem easy to find in pa then my homestate of ny .

Photo of dacrza1
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming full circle, we kicked off this year's Penn State Brew Fest weekend with a brew we raved about at last year's event. Word was the demand had the State College distributors ordering cases only days after the event ended... indeed worth a year's wait. Dark ruby red body with medium effervescence--uneven off-white brownish head in a pint glass, opaque but intimidating... robust hops intrude immediately, appropriate to the bottle's label...beautiful malt balance with spruce, toasted caramel and occassional peat scents for complexity...heavy, full-bodied, warming rush...actively effervescent and crunchy palate... "monster" hops early, mega malt late hammering like twin pistons on the tongue--rich, pucker-sweet and a bit of smoke(?)...BIG taste but again, balanced beyond the predictable "I ate a Christmas tree" feeling that we sampled from others at the event. Now, in a 12 oz. and without the pressure of comparison, truly this beer is a standout in the style.

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

Thanks to orcasteve for this extra.

Maybe the corniest most 1st edition jurrasic parkish VHS movie cover looking label art I have ever seen, but the beer inside is what matters. Pours a very nice looking clear super ruby red with a very nice off white fluffy head. Nose is hops and some creamy malt. Taste follows with a good portion of hops and some nice creamy malt backbone. An odd fruity taste through the middle. Mouthfeel is on the viscous side for an amber, but I kind of like it. Drinkability is quite good, despite the viscosity of the brew. Overall a very drinkable good amber, that would probably be somewhat of a regular in my fridge if it were available. Nothing really amazing, but a good hop presence and a solid amber ale. One and a halmber really. Good brew.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber brown color with lighter highlisghts around the edge. Thich foamy khaki colored head with good retention and lacing.

S - Light sweet aroma with hints of cirusty malts. Not a very strong aroma at all but the hops are the dominant smell.

T - Very sweet taste of caramel and biscuits. A hop bitterness with citrus flavors come through in the middle. Finished sweet with light hints of milk chocolate. Very interesting flavor profile. A little too sweet for my liking but still a very good tasting beer.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a crisp smoothness. Very easy drinking.

Photo of Mit
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: The smell is a nice smoky hoppy aroma. Suggests a very complex beer.

A: A very nice dark reddish colour. I found the head to linger a little and leaves a nice light froth on top to accentuate the tastes.

T: Initial taste is quite creamy with a nice hoppy finish. Nothing too complex I'm afraid the smokey hop notes are still there but not a ton more. I found it very tasty with just those things present.

M: As one would probably expect the Cascazilla has a nice mouthfeel befitting an IPA. Started out a medium weight but I found it got a little lighter near the bottom of the glass.

D: I could drink this beer all day. The hoppiness is perfect and delicious with a slight chill on a summer day.

I have had this on Tap at the Moosewood in Ithaca as well and if you can get it that way I highly suggest it. But if bottles are all you can grab than they will do just fine.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Reddish color with small head and tiny lacing.
The aroma is floral hops and malts.
The taste is Piney"BIG BOY HOPS",malts, fruit(grapefruit) notes and sweetness derived from a caramel flavor. There was some alcohol,but not much and it did not distract me from the hops.
The feel was medium body and carbonation and it was a little bitter in the finish as I expected it to be. Smooth and well balanced.

Notes: A good beer. Good bang for the buck.

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