Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #46
Ranked #19,731
3.83 | pDev: 10.7%
Dec 25, 2022
Jul 14, 2004
Very Good
Notes: The name CascaZilla (Cas-kuh-zil-uh) is a play on both the name of a gorge in Ithaca called Cascadilla and the monster amounts of Cascade Hops we use to make the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma of this beer comes from fresh American hops. CascaZilla gets its distinctive red color from a healthy portion of caramel malt, which also lends to the beer, a hearty body and sweetness. It is a hoppy red ale!
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Rated: 3.87 by avisong from Virginia

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep amber. Thin tan foam. Hoppy aroma. A great blend of hops and malt to start. A little sweet with a bitter hop finish. We'll balanced. More of an old school brew. One of the best red ales you can get.
Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by StrangerTides from New York

Jul 30, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2020
Rated: 3.55 by Seshin from California

May 13, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by McSeal from Connecticut

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Oct 02, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Arg914 from New York

Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 3.35 by cgmjr_bsb from Brazil

Jun 23, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jan 20, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by ProNR from Florida

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by bcsbeer from Florida

Sep 28, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by Iphilo4life from New York

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by neliam24 from New York

Aug 04, 2018
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a big creamy head that doesn't last and a hazy dark orange body. Nose features balanced notes of bread and pine.
The flavor features balance as well, with solid hop notes, including citrus and juicy pine make this pretty enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is stiff and fits this beer well. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one but this is both stronger and tastier than you think at first.
Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 3.64 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by Bluecrow from New York

Jul 01, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by arrowsmith_ from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by O-Meg from New York

Jun 16, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by Qwest_35 from Florida

Apr 15, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by cyber_phoenix from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2018
Rated: 4 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I'm curious about the classification of this beer - Ithaca calls it a "Red India Pale Ale" on the bottle, but that doesn't quite seem accurate to me.

The beer pours a red-tinged brown color with a nice clean head of white foam, maybe a finger's width. It reeks of malt and light hoppiness. The taste confirms - the beer is quite rich with a pronounced malt presence. It's quite creamy and sweet. In a blind test, I'd have called this a red or amber before I would have guessed IPA. Regardless of intent, it's a decent beer.
Feb 28, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by mtnwesdew from New York

Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by TheIPAHunter from California

Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 3.53 by Chipotle from New York

Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by ShepardCommander from Virginia

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Zaktcc from Maryland

Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 3.16 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by Khaack from New York

Oct 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: dark reddish brown with a thin white head.
Smell: floral notes, grapefruit, buisciits, bread.
Taste: floral, then buisciits and bread to more floral citrus notes.
Feel: medium, nothing too weak or strong.
Overall: Solid IPA
Oct 26, 2017
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Reviewed by haines710 from Delaware

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked up a single bottom at the supermarket. Had never seen this beer before in the area we don't get a lot of Ithaca. Seemed like a fun beer but ended up not being my thing. Poured into a pint glass with a very faint thin head. Very faint hoppy aroma. Malty dry taste that is pretty smooth and easy to drink. Dark cloudy Amber beer that is just very interesting to me.
Sep 16, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by BFCarr from New Jersey

Sep 14, 2017
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap in Baltimore, erroneously listed as "Caskzilla."

Pours more brown than amber, with a decent sized head.

Aroma is medium-strength--a bit surprising, considering its name and ABV--and also, surprisingly, malt forward.

Tastes peaty and nutty up front, moving into a Cascade-heavy middle, and then some grassy nodes on the finish. It does an impressive job of disguising its ABV but overall it's kind of boring.
Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was, obviously a rugged malty dark red to embittered brown color with a thick finger and a half’s worth of white foamy head that roamed around the glass. Rich semi-thick foamy lace presented itself nicely around the glass. The aroma started with fresh bitter piney hop oils. Floral and herbal and earthy hops flow into a rugged malty arrangement. Definitely has that "green" hoppy bitterness about it, with leaves, somewhat dry. The flavor dryly keeps the hops over top of the malts, full and fueling a dry malty rich aftertaste. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Good level carbonation. Fulfilling dryness hits my tongue. Overall, pretty good amber ale with a bit more hops than expected.
Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by VonZipper from New York

May 16, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by digitalflood from New York

Mar 31, 2017
Rated: 3.44 by Bigfoot from New York

Feb 12, 2017
CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1263 ratings