Double Zilla | Ithaca Beer Company

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Double ZillaDouble Zilla

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Twice the experience of Cascazilla, we brewed Double Zilla with too many malts to list and an excess of American hops. Russet color, aggressively hoppy aroma & flavor, rich body, and fiery finish.

Added by MisSigsFan on 10-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.71/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got 3 Double Zillas in the beautiful Box of Hops 12-pack, definitely the prettiest box this IPA-lover has seen in a beer store anywhere. The bottle had a good scum of sediment on bottom, and as I like yeast and figured the double would cope with it well, I gently swirled all sediment into suspension before pouring into a pint glass with an inch head. Cloudy mahogony with fairly persistent light tan head looks just right for a red ale gone wild.
Smelled yeast, slight whiff of ethanol, nice hops and malty goodness.
Tastes all over the mouth and back of throat, with good bittering and sweetish malt balancing around a sneaky heavy duty booze burn that tells me one of these rascals per day is plenty. The hops bitter hangs on a few minutes after swallowing, just as I like in an IPA.
Carbonation is just right, the hops dominating tongue and cheeks as malty yeasty booze tingles gently inside the heavy hops whacking.
Wish this was a regular year-round brew! It feels like it would cellar well for many months, but please don't try this yourself until I get a few more boxes in my basement.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice terra-cotta hue, short tan head, minimal cling. Intense, unusual, but altogether pleasant persimmon aroma. The beer's taste is difficult to categorize--maybe that of an Earl Gray tea, heavy on the bergamot, with a grapeskin and orange peel finish. Rich texture. This one might never find its niche, but I like it a lot. Here's to Ithaca for pushing the envelope.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into imperial pint glass; darker brown/ruddy color, like lighter cola or dark tea, and clear, with a moderate white head that fades after a bit into nothing, leaves slimy lacing as it moves around.
Smells unique; sweet bread, banana, fermented fruit, light hint of booze, nutty malt, sneaky floral hops.
Taste is like Casca Zilla on steroids, but more refined; sweet malt, big overhang of booze floating around the mouth, and a slight puff of pine and floral hops at the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, finishes semi-sticky and bitter.
Overall, this is a red ale that is stronger than a lot of imperial stouts. Why it's listed as an imperial IPA I'm not sure; I assume it exceeded the %abv for a regular amber/red ale, which really is another reason there ought to be a double/imperial amber/red ale style on here (as if there weren't enough brewers making them anyway). Anyways, it's a great sipping beer, really transcends the style. Great stuff.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours hazed and with a tea like color that sports ruby red hues around the edges. Had a finger of foam that fell slow enough to a thin layer on top then a thin ring. Shimmering wet lace but not much of it and alcohol legs. It's 11 percent abv.

The nose is similar to the original Cascazilla and I really like that. It greets you with the dry scent of cocoa powder. It's light with a touch of malt sweetness and a floral hops that is shear perfume. They don't blast out at you with any one fruit but give a gentle overall fruity quality that reminds one of sweet grapes. It's woody and the the malt has a touch of crusty bread on it. There's a faint hint of char and that's a surprise. I thought I noticed a trace of cinnamon and a little burnt grain. No alcohol on the nose. There is a touch of pine but it's so very light.

It drinks so light you keep looking at it. It has a nice fruity hop quality without oil, and without an aggressive bitter. The dryness of the grain is firm and the bread is soft. The alcohol adds dryness too. The malt sweetness is light and the fruit is also light and bright. There is a touch of smoke in the finish and that makes the cocoa powder dance on the palate. It smells like some kind of woody tree with a bright floral scent. The alcohol is warming and it's a touch boozy. I like it like that. The body of the beer is like silk and without too much bitter it goes down so easy. It smells and tastes a little like cognac. Superb.

Very well done! I would buy this again. And it appears to be food friendly as I have paired it with lobster bisque and it was light enough to not mask the cream or the delicate lobster. I also had that with garlic tuscan bread and the burnt grain and crusty bread in this took the light garlic flavor very well. Congratulations Ithaca this one is great!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark amber red color with a thin, creamy layer of tan/cream colored foam and very sticky lacing.

S - Malt forward with a slight bit of spice, a hint of cherries, and a little floral with some nuttiness.

T - Very interesting flavor that blends roasted malt in the form of some smoked malt and cherries with the hops adding some floral and light citrus. For 11% there's almost no burn whatsoever.

M - Full bodied, thick, a little syrupy, slick, velvety, and boozy.

O - It would be very interesting to try this beer after a year to see how it ages, it's a red ale unlike anything I've ever had before and is very unique - makes for a great sipper in a snifter. I don't like red ales at all but this is enjoyable. Would rather drink this than the regular 'Zilla. The aroma is really light for a beer of this strength and pulled my overall score down, however, coming from a hop head, I prefer this one over the Creeper in the Box of Hops. Why? There are so many D-IPA's out there and Creeper is good (reminds me a little of Dirt Wolf), however, this one hits a niche that often gets overlooked and Ithaca rose to the challenge. IMO, this one is the winner in this year's Box of Hops...please add this one to the rotation, Ithaca.

At the time of my review it's rated an "87" - ....should be in the 90's instead.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber/brown into a chilled pint glass. Minimal tan head, which dissipated somewhat quickly. Decent if uneven lacing. On the nose, the malt dominates, with tones of burnt tangerine/orange and earthy spiciness. On the palate, the malt and the alcohol overwhelm the hops, but there is plenty going on here. Toffee, nutmeg, charred fruit. The power of the malt and alcohol may frustrate DIPA fans in search of "balance" here, but I kind of liked this nevertheless. Different in a good way. An interesting deviation from the expected path. Not sure I'd buy this in bottle on a regular basis, but I would love to try it on tap (I suspect it would fare better in that format).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed ruby color with a light off white head. Just a bit of lacing, as the head dies to a ring on this big assed beer.
Aroma of rummy sugar and slightly citrusy like meringue pie.
In the taste, piney and earthy, with fresh citrus pairing with a slight malt. Strong bitterness and an almost melon like taste from the malty sugars and tropical notes.
For an 11% brew this is well balanced and a testimony to fine brewing.
Overall, this is a helluva beer. Big hops, big malt, big taste.

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Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours an unexpectedly deep ruby brown with a beige two-finger head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Aroma: Big sweet (almost candied fruit, caramel?) malt presence blends very nicely with fruity malt notes.

Taste: Sweet malt notes initially, followed up by hop fruitiness and bitterness. Hop presence is muted compared to malt body.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Excellent, really interesting beer. Malt presence is huge, and almost overpowers hops, but somehow manages not to. Very nice, and dangerously drinkable for 11%.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a well rinsed Turbinator.
A: deeeppp ruby red, almost stout dank. thin tan head with 2 mm disk that persists. minimal lacing. Bricky patches on head persist. Little active carbonation, very still. No suspended solids visible through haze and opaqueness/darkness.

S: Bitter citrus. Grapefruit. Bitter under-ripe mango. Some malts, like caramel. Very faint bready yeast.

T: Strong bittering agents. Malt is sweet and reminds me of toffee. Bitter agents subside,then flood back as less bitter citrus and more of a mango. Buttery/diacetyl at swallow/finish barrier.

M: Smooth, buttery, toffee with medium body. Bitter/buttery outbreath with bitter orange, then some malt sweetness. Hot & boozy, some rich bitter tropical butter at ultimate outbreath. When warm, gets very pronounced.

O: Tasty. not complex for complexity sake, but interesting enough to have more. buttery notes are different for a DIPA of this bitter/strength.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very unique brew...a great beer for the cold months...a dark garnet with cloudy sediment...the nose contains smoked malts, spicy herbaceous hops, and hints of pine and caramel...

Flavored to Mach...not overly bitter...a sweet winey juicy taste...very different...probably the most interesting beer I've ever tasted...

Very apparent strength...the smoke is there...and I really like it...this is too complex for one review so I will follow up as I taste additional bottled...will probably age this for a while...

Give it a try...a definite cure for a fatigued palette...

Will follow up soon...


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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Double Zilla is labeled an imperial red IPA, if you ask me it's bordering into barleywine country. Pours a deep ruddy mahogany amber brown almost completely opaque. Light khaki tan head forms nicely, leaves speckled thin lacing evenly. Aroma dark fruits, big raisin, over ripened plums, caramelized malt sugars all combine in the nose. Flavor bright fruit juice, thing figs, raisins, hints of nearly burnt sugars drizzled over orange peel zest. A bit cloying as it warms but really melds, hops, alcohol presence, and big over powering malts better than most big beers like this one. Hop bitterness runs deep with citric, pine, and herbal earthy notes. Mouthfeel is surprisingly easy to handle, but it's a sipper. A bit rough on the palate lingering bitterness seems more like a fresh Bigfoot Barleywine, than an imperial red IPA. Overall, I'm so glad I got some of the Box of Hops, great encompassing sampler something for every beer geeks must have super fresh Flower Power, fantastic DIPA, intriguing black IPA, with this beast of beer known as Double Zilla.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/hazy orange without much of a head, and minimal lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts mixed with some pine hops, caramel/toffee, a little alcohol ester, mixed in spices and red rye.

Taste - First sip starts out with a roasty malt flavor mixed with some piney hops. Sweet caramel along with some bitter hops. Has a bit of a herbal note mixed in with some brown sugar. Warm and strong.

Mouthfeel - Thick and strong, tongue gets the malts and pine hops. Palate gets more of the same with a bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is malty, piney and bitter.

Overall - Pretty good, but a very strong beer. Its a one two punch of roasty malts, then piney hops with minor spices and sugars mixed in. Its a beast of a beer, and im glad its a 12oz bottle. Worth a drink, closer to a strong ale then a dipa for sure.

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Into Tulip

Appearance- Dark red, off white head

Aroma- Deep malts, fruity hops, caramel, toffee, hoppyness there but really not the major player

Flavor- Dates, dark fruits, herbal floral hops, good bitterness but sweetness cuts through, toffee, and deep malty notes, acohol warmth

Mouthfeel- on the heavier side but drinkable, medium carbonation

Overall- Hard to imagine this as double zilla, as the regular is a totaly different beer. This drinks like a barelywine. Props to Ithica for trying this out. Its really quite good, as far as hoppy double red the hops are a bit more subdued but if you forget the lable its awesome, my first of the box of hops and its very tasty.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this as part of the box of hops mixed case, enjoyed chilled in a tulip

The color is dark rust with thick hazed look and light tan head which collapses to a ring of beads. Lace collects in a wave pattern on the glass. The smell has a slight woody aroma with slight caramel and floral accent, pretty strong malt aroma for the style, but considering the original beer that was 'doubled' it makes sense. The feel is very good with slight malt up front with subtle bitter texture that builds toward the middle with moderate warmth and mild sweetness with some bitterness lingering after the swallow with relatively high alcohol influence.

The taste is good with mild pine and caramel combo with somewhat zesty ruby red taste in the forefront with a mild toasted taste and slight woody almost smoky flavor with more smoked IPA beginning to occur to me as it warms with slight tangy citrus emerging to with alcohol flavor pretty apparent, yet not overpowering. Overall this is a complex brew to me it lacks the hops to be considered a true Imperial IPA, but it sure is a strong ale with a ton of flavor - pretty balanced and drinkable for 11%

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before January notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear amber brown with a dense two finger slightly tanned head. Little too dark to see any visible carbonation. Just a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as I would expect but instead a malty brew that has a pretty strong fermented fruit aroma. Earthiness to it as well.

T: This is a strong malt forward beer with a pleasant hop backing. Bitterness from the hops linger long into the aftertaste. A nice dark fruit taste reminds me a bit of a belgian abbey ale. ABV is noticeable.

M: Medium to full body with average carbonation. Dry finish from the hop. A tad hot from all the alcohol in this one.

Overall it comes off much more like a barleywine than anything else. A serious beer for those who like them bold. Picked up another mix pack just to stash the three of these.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours darker than I thought it would. Almost a muddy brown. Ruby around the edges. Thick tan head with mild retention. Thick sediment throughout. Murky and no visible carbonation.

Aroma is big and fruity. Apples and pears followed by grapefruit. Huge caramel and toffee follow. This is a realy sweet-smelling beer...almost barleywine-like. I smell a good amount of booze as well which isn't surprising considering this Ba.d Larry is 11%. I like the nose on this one.

Taste follows suit except much more caramel-forward. In fact, this starts out like drinking straight caramel. Toffee in the background. The aforementioned. fruits pop up here and there but, for the most part, this is a sweet and boozy beer. Undeniable amber malt presence with a juicy finish.

Feels thick and kinda flat on the tongue. Goes down smooth with just a hint of alcohol. Typical of imperial ambers or English barleywines.

Overall pretty darn tasty. ABV is pretty well hidden. Considering the fact that this was in their Box of Hops I was expecting a more hop-forward brew. Actually not much in the hop department. Not quite as good as say Lagunitas' Imperial Red or Oskar Blues' G'Knight but still pretty tasty. If it were available in a 6 pack I would buy it...if only every now and then

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice fresh smelling beer with bright wet hops. The appearance is quite dark and borderline stout though it is a russet brown color. No head formed on the pour with the exception of a small collar and of course no lacing.
The taste wasn;t that great. It was malty but it was also very bitter. The finish is dry and bitter with a dose of warming alcohol.
Overall it's a one and done.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce to a tulip glass

A- hazy deep deep mahogany brown with a small white head that thins to a nice slight lacing

S- deep rich brown sugar, caramel, a fruitiness with a slight pine, a really nice dark fruit flavor coming through on the finish, fig and raisins, a nice breadiness all around.

T- Sweet bready caramel up front, a touch of those dark fruits, touches of toffee, some hops start to shine through mid mouth with a orange character followed by grapefruit on the finish. a layer of alcohol seems to be swiming through every inch of the sip, sometimes in a good way to help warm and wrap it up and sometimes sharp and cutting

M- Full bodied, bready, sweet, low carbonation.

O- a good brew with even better potential, this really drinks like a barleywine to me, its decent now, but im willing to bet some age will help all these malts find their place and wrap up the complexity a bit more, so ill buy some more and throw some in cellar, and enjoy some fresh.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I suspect this is mis-categorized on the site. It's definitely not an imperial IPA.

Pours rich amber with little head visible and only small bubbles--clear. Smell is extremely rich and complex: malt and caramel sweetness, some piney citrus hoppiness in the background and a sharp alcohol twang. Smells very much like a barleywine.

Taste starts off rich and sweetly malty, followed up with significant alcohol bite, and subdued hoppiness (given the malt profile). A lot of roast notes in the finish. Finishes with lingering caramel sweetness and a touch of bitterness. The roast is a bit excessive for my taste--in fact, the beer tastes like a nice american barleywine with the exception of that roastiness.

Mouthfeel is rich and heavy, almost syrupy, as a barleywine should be. Low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth, but not harsh alcohol flavors at all. I figured this was around 7-8% until I checked the site.

Overall a decent beer. If I enjoyed roast, I might rate it higher, but the roast note detracts from both the hops and the maltiness for me. Wouldn't seek this one out on that account. Good beer if you like that, though.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is murky amber, opaque, cloudy, tan head that presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and froth with some good lacing.

Aroma is caramel, quickly overtaken by a stronger booziness, some toffee, then big hops, grapefruit, pine linger on the finish.

Taste is booze forward, some heat from that flavor, but the caramel flavors overtake quickly, get to the edge of cloying then hops take over and the bitterness compenstates. the flavor is somewhat muddled, booze, caramel, hops, but they are distinguishable. Hops seem to be grapefruit forward then piney on the finish and lingering flavor. The amount of booziness does not indicate 11%, but hard to get by without it at this level - it is not deterrent or off flavor.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between a dipa and a barleywine, flavors seem to fresh for barleywine but the lingering near cloying sweetness is similar.

Overall, a good brew, pushing the limits on some exteremes but flavorful and interesting.

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Photo of Kendo
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is brown with a half-finger tan-colored head that's gone quickly. No lacing.

S: Nice blend of malt - caramel and toffee - and hops - citrusy.

T: Frankly, I think this beer should be categorized as an American Strong Ale, a la Stone Double Bastard, rather than as a Double/Imperial IPA. Very quickly I become aware of the high alcohol (11% ABV) content, as a warming sensation toward the back end. Up front I get a lot of toffee, brown sugar and caramel malt, with some dark fruits underneath. It is quickly overwhelmed, however, by a touch of hop bitterness and then the alcohol. There's also a sense of smoked peat or smoked malt lingering in the aftertaste, reminding me of a Scotch or Scottish Ale. Drying alcohol esters at the finish are there in force.

M: Carbonation is active but fine-bubbled. Heft is on the heavy side.

O: OK. Don't even think of comparing this to your standard DIPA. Think more along the lines of a Lagunitas Brown Shugga or Stone Double Bastard, though with the alcohol more predominant here. A decent winter warmer as a high octane sipper, but I wouldn't seek this out on its own (it came with the Box of Hops). On the bright side, I should be moderately toasted shortly.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't really the biggest fan of Cascazilla but this was based on an older bottle with sediment. With little sediment and a best by January at least this one is under 6 months old.

A - Pour is a very deep hazy amber brown with a solid 2 inches of mocha tinted head. I am in awe they were able to get this much carbonation for an 11% brew.
S - Smell is of strong pine and caramel like malts. Not overall sweet so I guess it has some woody hints to it. Amazingly no ethanol choking the nostrils so it may not taste terrible.
T - Body is pretty malts mostly some alcohol bite but nothing too extreme. Taste like double Nugget Nectar in a way with a strong caramel base and mild pine almost citrus bite.
M - Not bad it drinks with a medium to heavy body so it really doesn't hide the ABV well. Still it's a great beer.

Overall it was a very enjoyable beer very high octane yet balanced enough to drink. I still find "The Creeker" a perfect example of balance and hops but this is still better than the Cascazilla I had. Worth trying once.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass. Color was of rich mahogany: deep, dark brown with reddish hues on the outside at the base. A thick, 1-finger tan head emerged, then left with just a thin ring around the outside. No lacing.

S: Aroma similar to better scotch ales I've had, perhaps with a bit more hop notes. Lots of malt, with strong esters of alcohol and almost a banana/maraschino cherry hint. Other smells include tawny port, some grass notes, caramel, and a touch of coffee.

T: Big flavor in the mouth: smoky up-front, with a fruity middle and dry woodsmoke finish. Lot's to wrap one's palate around with this big beer. There's a lot of woodsmoke in this, and some oakiness to it as well. Notes of banana peel, cranberries, strong alcohol notes, almost brandywine-like in flavor profile.

M: Syrupy, with an alcoholic hotness. The best part of this mouthfeel is that fresh smoke that comes through your nose on the swallow: it's very distinct and vivid, as if you just swallowed a lit match. Overall, this feel is a bit on the syrupy side for me, with not much in the way of volume or texture in the mouth.

O: This is not an imperial IPA. It is an Imperial RED IPA, which makes a big difference. The malt profile takes a step forward, and the hops are almost nonexistent in the flavor. It's big and bold and sweet and smokey all at the same time. Definitely a one-and-done beer, and at 11% abv, you don't need much more.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to the one, utopiajane. Thanks, Maria!

This pours a surprisingly dark red, auburn? It looks very hazy and brings a 2 finger head of foam and some nice lacing.

Lots of caramel malt on the nose but equally...lots of fruitiness that I pick...cherries...out of my hat..err..nose. There's also a strange smokiness I'm getting that reminds me of some of the Scotch Ales I've had before. A plus?

Bitter starts my tasting off. Caramel malt follows closely behind and there IS a cherry flavour here that I notice, once again, when I swish the beer in my mouth. Swishing reveals all sorts of good things and..sometimes bad things. Now there's a roasted maltiness I'm tasting that compliments the caramel goodness. Then things go kind of south for me; the smoke I mentioned in the smell is beginning to become noticeable. I'm not a fan of Scotch Ales mostly for this.

Great mouthfeel and quite smooth for the abv. If only that darn smoke...

I prefer Cascazilla.

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Photo of jhartley
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass.

Dark rust-red-brown body with a fluffy tan head full of small tight bubbles. Leaves great lacing down the sides.

Smells of malts: bready and fruity. Hops: pine and dank ness. A burnt char smell comes through as well.

Tastes of the huge amount of malts and hops comes out at once. A bitterness followed closely by a sweet malt.

A fizzy carbonation helps out with the heavy malt and bitter hops.

Listed as a Red DIPA on the label and having a huge malt bill and a ton of hops this is pretty tasty. Not a beer that you could sit back and chug down; with an 11% abv you could get into trouble quickly, but it's still a brew you can easily drink.

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Double Zilla from Ithaca Beer Company
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