Double Zilla | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
188
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
18.33%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to JayORear for sharing this one.

Best before 1/2014.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and adhesive bandage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but the bandage flavor I am getting is a bit odd.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy very dark auburn in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that pine resin hops aren't nearly as prominent and there are stronger flavors of malts with notes of roasted malts and hints of caramel and toffee along with slight hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Little, if any crispness is noticeable.
O: This beer reminds me a lot like a Black IPA and less of an Imperial IPA, except that it doesn't have nearly as much in the way of roasted malt flavors. It hides its alcohol well and tastes more like an 8% abv beer instead of 11%.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 RblWthACoz
2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Aw crap. I had one drain pour already tonight and I might be heading for two. That hasn't happened in a very long time.

Pours almost as dark as a brown ale. Sticky nose that almost seems like hairspray. I'm barely drinking it so it's sitting here and the smell is mildly repugnant.

Tastes like watered down hairspray. Boozy and way too sickly sweet off malts. It's a mess. Not worth the effort or money at all.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely the biggest miss from Ithaca Box of Hops. Just not all that good.

Pours out a rusty looking red, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells quite sweet and boozy, with some pine-sol like hop flavors.

Just a chore to drink this one down. Incredibly unbalanced and boozy, more like a shitty barleywine than an imperial amber IPA. Some cloyingly sweet malt flavors, a bit of piney hops try to poke through, lots of bitterness.

Sticky, syrupy, sweet mouthfeel, not all that drinkable due to alcohol. Low carbonation.

Pass.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a nice copper color with a wispy head.

Smell: big caramel flavors with a load of hop bitterness.

Taste: very big malt sweetness here, along with some fruit and brown sugar sweetness. The bitterness is big, but the sweetness still dominates. Alcohol is very noticeable and warming here.

Mouhtfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste consisting of the sweetness and bitterness.

Overall: this was a very slow sipping beer that I felt was a bit too sweet and boozy despite the large dose of hop bitterness. This would probably go better as a dessert beer, as opposed to a mid afternoon beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 BARFLYB
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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 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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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of corby112
2.31/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, dark golden copper color that appears almost grown in the glass with a two finger, off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly floral hop aroma that's overpowered by a prominent sweet malt profile. Not much about the nose of this beer reminds me of an IPA/hoppy beer. Hardly any hop character at all with lots of sweet and leathery malt character. Sweet caramel and toffee with hints of bread, biscuit and dark fruit. Pretty bland.

Medium body with a blast of stale dirty hops that lingers over a prominent malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Earthy, soil-y and extremely bitter with piney, grassy hops countered by sweet and leathery malt notes. Hints of shoe leather and creek water followed by subtle caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit and stale bread. Astringent metallic finish that leaves a really unpleasant aftertaste. I'm not sure how old this beer is at this point but it isn't very good at all.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very hazy brownish red. Very turbid. Thinner head leaves webby lacing.

A-Smells a bit like saltwater taffey. Banana flavored? Quite sweet. Some perfumey hops. Loads of caramel. Malt forward but I enjoy the overall aroma.

T-The flavor is like licking a band-aid. Rich, deep caramel with some odd woody flavors. Medicinal hops. Marzipan. Very different. Doesn't taste anything like any sort of DIPA. Spicy hops.

M-Hot and a bit sticky. Induces slow sipping. Soft carbonation.

O/D-Interesting. It's pretty harsh. This is a monster of a beer. It's gonna be hard to put back the other 2 bottles of this from the variety pack but I sadistically am looking forward to it.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Double Zilla from Ithaca Beer Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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