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 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 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.


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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 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 BB1313
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy dark copper; small off-white head that fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are very sweet. Lots of caramel malts and dark fruits. Lots of raisins, fig, dates, and prunes. Some subtle alcohol notes in the nose as well. Flavors are very big and bold. The flavors seem to really match the nose. More dark fruits. It's not quite boozy, but it's pretty close to it. It definitely has a warming sensation to it. Extremely earthy flavors. There's not much hop flavor, but there's a ton of hop bitterness. There's also some pine resin in the mix. The flavors aren't as sweet as I anticipated. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It's slick and syrupy; active carbonation. This is a very heavy and robust beer. It's fitting for the fall season. This is definitely a sipper. The flavors and aromas do open up as it warms up.

I'm a huge fan of Cascazilla, so I was really anxious to try this. I'm not going to call it a mess at all, it's just odd and takes a bit of getting used to. I really am trying to like this, but I'm not too crazy about this one. I do appreciate them going all out and swinging for the fences. Big beers are fun to drink, and this is no exception, I just wish everything was more refined.

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