Double Zilla | Ithaca Beer Company

Double ZillaDouble Zilla
188 Ratings
Double ZillaDouble Zilla

Brewed by:
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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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of jameswaldo
4.71/5  rDev +37.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Altrurian
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
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 +29.2%
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 +26%
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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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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 +19.3%
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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4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
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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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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Double Zilla from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 188 ratings
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