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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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of HelpMeBloody
1/5  rDev -72.2%

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 slow3v
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of madtowndmb1
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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 gonzo000
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of hinemk76
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dspinler
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 hopley
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Horbar
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of BltByKrmn
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of james582
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of justintcoons
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Reddish copper with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Has a pretty cloudy appearance.

Smoky, woody, toffee and grapefruit.

Smoked cherrywood (?) and some alcohol heat. Caramel and sugar backbone with notes of toffee. Moderate hop bitterness with grapefruit zest and dried pine needles.

Medium-plus bodied, warming and oily.

Not bad but definitely not what comes to mind for an Imperial Red IPA. Expect a smoked American Barleywine and you'll enjoy it much more.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to NewBewBB for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Best by January notched on the label. Pours A semi-hazy mahogany with a loose, quarter-inch, khaki-colored head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus and malty notes. Taste is not what I expected - citrus, tobacco, smoked malt, an herbal/medicinal quality and ethanol at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body with an even carbonation and a light oiliness. A mild residual heat is present at the finish. Overall, my preference is for the standard Cascazilla. This one just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jagrbombz69
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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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 scoot64
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best Before January notched on the label.

Pours out a very deep red color, almost opaque, a small, but retentive light tan head. Spotty lacing.

All about the malt in the aroma, stone fruit like sweet maltiness. alcohol heat, more and more as it warms. A bit of a earthy, spiciness, perhaps from the hops.

Again, quite malty. Alcohol is more subdued in the taste put still is quite warming with each swallow. Burnt caramel, sweet, stone fruits, slightly spicey, earthy hops. More sweetness than bitterness

Sticky, big bodied beer.

Not that enjoyable of a beer, really more of a strong ale or barleywine than a DIPA. Kind of puts shame to regular cascazilla which is a really good beer and way more focused on the hops than this malt bomb.

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Photo of baklo
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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