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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 40
Gots: 50 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004)
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-16-2011 03:53:05 | More by virinow
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 00:53:12 | More by HopStoopid120
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 18:19:44 | More by Burt
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-15-2011 17:17:56 | More by paulmcm
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 16:26:03 | More by mjtiernan
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 02:33:10 | More by Exiled
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-15-2011 01:52:41 | More by whartontallboy
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-15-2011 01:18:30 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 23:58:24 | More by Lawnboy33
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2011 23:37:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 23:05:39 | More by Adamostella
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 22:45:36 | More by Elfastball7
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 22:40:42 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 18:38:20 | More by thebouch01
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-14-2011 17:10:21 | More by seanwhite
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:36:33 | More by TheMultiYeast
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:01:14 | More by animalchin
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 20:13:44 | More by jmarsh123
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a Luettich balloon-style tulip. Best-by date of January, I think, but I’m not sure because the paper notch was like a centimeter to the right of “December”; going with January because some Flower Power I had recently was best-by in January and they were purchased at the same time, same place.

Appearance (4.5): This bastard froths up to a very fat, three-finger light tan head that takes its sweet time falling. Part of me is entertained, part of me is annoyed for moving so slowly. The body is a dark, dark red—like garnet. Not quite clear, with a slight haze. Serious lacing happening on the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.5): Bright, sweet citrus like a sugary slices of orange and grapefruit, mixed with some grassy, floral notes. That’s about it, no real malt presence felt in the nose.

Taste (4.0): Moderately bitter, particularly in the herbal end of the spectrum, with not a ton of malt to back it up. I’d like this to be a bit richer and sweeter. What malt is there is lightly toasted and bready, like crackers but heavier on the toast. Sweetens just a little as it warms. Bitter-herbal aftertaste lingers for a while; no real yeast note is present, which I expected for a hoppy American Amber. Thankfully, it smoothes out a bit as it continues to warm.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Not too thick or oily, unfortunately, but it’s certainly quaffable.

Overall (3.5): I’m a little surprised, honestly. I’ve had CascaZilla a number of times in the past, and enjoyed it enough that I’ve considered it something of a sleeper. This was good, but not exactly what I remember. I’ll still buy it in the future, because I’ve got faith in you, Mr Zilla.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:07:43 | More by fmccormi
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark copper with a tan head with very good retention
S-caramel and citrus hops
T- big citrus hop flavor and throws the balance off a bit. Caramel malt profile comes through in the finish but still a bit soft.
M-medium bodied, carbonation lower than expected
O- not bad but a little bit off. Hop profile is great but the malt struggles to come through. Not bad but could be better

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:16:32 | More by atr2605
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber with a thin off white head that clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, citrus, and also spicy with some malty bready aromas peaking through.

Taste: Complex blend of flavors ranging from bready malts and spicy characteristics with piney and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied, which makes it pretty easy to drink, even though you want to savor it. The carbonation is moderate.

Overall: I've always enjoyed beers from Ithaca and this beer is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:20:45 | More by jamescain
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber body, trace tan head, tight lacing around

S: grapefruit, bread, biscuity, malt

T: grapefruit, pine, solid bready malt, long mild oily bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Usually not a fan of amber/red ales, this is
interesting. I would recommend this brew.


Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 20:20:18 | More by BeerLover99
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and hoppy bitter notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a nice mix between some citrus and bitter hops with a solid dry caramel malt with limited sweetness and light resinous notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Easily drinkable and a bit more complex then a plain bitter attack on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 18:36:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles snifter (that I'm carrying around on tour). Label notched Best Before O (october, obviously), though the year was not included. I'm assuming it's a fresh beer though.

Got this at The Lemon Grove in Youngstown, OH. Had to try it out since I know the wife of Greg Graffin (singer, Bad Religion) works at Ithaca Beer Co. They're my favorite band, so this was a nice little random find.

Appearance - Dark cloudy brown with a hint of ruby backlighting. Big two finger tan head with good retention.

Smell - Mild hop. The hop is mostly spicy, and not so much musky, which is a great change-up. Delicate malt; some banana is faintly detectable.

Taste - A balanced explosion of flavor in the first sip. Moderately hoppy. A good type of astringency for once. Totally fits the beer. Lemon peel.

Mouthfeel - Clean and refreshing and palate cleansing, as if it were light bodied. But not watery, especially because of the slightly chewy head. The head really helps balance this beer. I recommend a high pour in a good glass to keep it around as long as possible - but that goes without saying.

Overall Drinkability - Pleasantly surprised by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 19:54:56 | More by ZenAgnostic
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy dark amber, off-white head retains decently leaving thick lacing at the top.

Smell is faint light fruits and a bit of earthiness, taste was an improvement. Nice light fruity hops - grapefruit, citrus, some peach, some earthy and floral, bitterness is low. Big toasty malt backbone. Mouthfeel felt a bit on the thin side but was fine overall.

A nice red ale. Nice hop profile without being a bitter hop bomb, good malt balance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 18:09:04 | More by Chico1985
Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.