CascaZilla | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by shippos on 07-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,228
Reviews:
586
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
116
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of bgraybill
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured froma 12oz bottle to a standard 12oz pub mug.

Deep amber w/ a rocky 1 inch head, ample lacing present.

Smells like pure cascade hop; like getting hit in the face w/ a burlap bag full of fresh cascade!

Taste is exceptionally balanced cascade hop and caramel malts. Ithica did not skimp on ingredients w/ this one. As it warms more malt characteristics come through beyong the dominant hop profile. Very smooth and silky quality in the finish. I'm falling in love w/ it, the fourth bottle is just as good as the first.

This beer would be admired by those who enjoy the american IPA variety as well as those who like a good classic american strong ale. This beer represents a nice balance between the two characteristics in my humble opinion.

Cheers!

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Photo of orcasteve
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is as good as it gets, this is big and hopy and well balenced with the malt hitting sweet up front and fades effertlessley into hops. this beer should be out all year long insted of just seasonal, i always pack away a case for hibernating in the winter. the only porblem with this beer is that when it is served it only lasts for a few sips befor i find it gone. TRY THIS, ITS FINOMIANAL!!!

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought mine at the brewery, while visiting Ithaca--go there if you are near. Cascazilla has an immediately evident hops aroma, and taste, but is not bitter at all.

I've been comparing pale ales around the country, this past summer, and bought this for it's "monster dose of hops." Cascazilla has the hops and "nose" to compare to,say, Pyramid Brewery's "Thunderhead" IPA, but without the "dryness;" I think your sister would like it!

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of roan22
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a clear reddish orange hue, with two inches of luscious, off white, creamy foam at the top. It dissapates after a while but the lacing left is immaculate.

It smells like a pine forest...and citrus fruit. maybe a touch of booze which isnt a bad thing at all.

The taste of this red hoppy ale is juicy and really bitter, so flavorful just like I like it. Also backed up appropriate level of malts to make it not too puckery. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel is not sticky, and the massive amount of hops used leave a bitterness on my tongue which lasts a long time.

Drinkability also gets a five since I can drink more than one in a session, as its below 7%. Such a wonderful beer. This and the Flower Power. Cheers!

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4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Deep Ellum - 16oz pour.

A - Deep red chestnut with one finger of solid, creamy off-white foam that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing all the way down.

S - Caramel, cherry pie, lemon zest, resiny pine.

T - Rich, slightly sweet malt, caramel, pine, lemon, some grapefruit. Puckering, zesty bitterness lingers long after the last sip.

M - Sensuous, full body; gentle carbonation.

D - Amazing. This is one hell of a beer.

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Photo of bwyker
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Colors range from a golden-yellow at the stem of the glass, up to a firery auburn at the surface, topped with a tan ring of foam. Grapefruit citrus with piney hops in aroma. More earthty hops in the taste, followed by a sweet fruity finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky, but overall very refreshing. I can see this becoming a regular. Plenty of hop character, not too sweet, and a modest amount of alcohol.

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4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a thin white head with decent retention, leaving a little lacing. Body was a deep amber with good clarity.

S: Aroma was full of fresh pine and plenty of it. Outstanding.

T: Flavor was spectacularly hoppy with notes of citrus and some pine. Thanks to a good amount of caramel malt, it remained in balance. Delicious.

M: Just short of medium bodied - similar carbonation. Hop oils coat the tongue.

D: Thank God my friend took my keys. The 7% abv was perfectly masked. Normally at Coopers (Scranton) I switch from beer to beer, but this one was too good to switch away from. Its biggest flaw is that it's not available in OK.

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Photo of rarevos
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper red with a thin head, less than a finger's worth. Disappeared quickly.

S: Wonderfully grapefruity. Doesn't have the sticky sweetness of the aroma of actual grapefruit juice, as it's cut by a slight woodsiness. Aroma is appealing and appetizing.

T: Holy hops. Just, wow. Not as strong as an IPA, but this is distinctly hoppier than most amber ales I've had. The finish moves from fruity to hoppy to lightly smoky and warming at the very end. Terrific, rustic finish.

M: Drank it without food, so can't speak to how it stands up to a meal. Not too bubbly.

D: Quickly becoming a favorite, regardless of season. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of Will46andbrew
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a big Red Ale fan, but when it's rediculously hopped...I'm all over it! The taste is pretty smooth, with a great hopped character. It's not bitter at all, which is always a good thing. Overall it's a great beer with a great taste. If you like hoppy, this is for you.

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Photo of Jkelly315
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
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