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CascaZilla | Ithaca Beer Company

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3.82/5
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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
Ranking:
#12,899
Reviews:
589
Ratings:
1,234
pDev:
10.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
122
Trade:
2
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2.07/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Excited I finally found single of this.

Appearance - Heavier on the brown side than I expected. No real hints of red at all. Just sort of a dirty sour looking caramel. Chunks of yeast floating around everywhere.

Smell - Smells like your standard red ale. Slightly sour with hints of caramel. Just sort of plain, honestly.

Taste - Slightly sour with hints of light fruits. A zesty citrus that seems slightly skunked. very musty tasting.

Mouthfeel /Drinkability - As stated, quite musty. Drinkability is high. But there were actually solid chunks of yeast that got stuck in my teeth. It just sort of tastes like a musty, slight sour and mellowed red ale. On my list of red ales, this is very low.

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2.08/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as variety pack from Westy's in Mechanicsburg, PA.

A- a dirt red cloudy appearance.

S- N/A

T- very dry and bad aftertaste

M-It felt like i was eating powder

D-i put it down but i wont have another.

I am just not a very big fan of Red Ales and that might be the case of the poor review but i really did not enjoy this beer and will not be having it again.

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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle acquired through trade with jchow79 and poured into standard curved shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a very deep orange, almost *brown*... very dark for an IPA. Frothy off-white head, about 1 finger in size, sits on top.

S: Very malty-sweet and earthy, with a mild scent of pine hops.

T: Earthy flavors and the taste of sweet-and-sour sugars that I find to be so prevalent in East Coast IPAs. Some pine bitterness on the back end. For me, the sugars are just overpowering. What I want out my IPA is lots of hops. Bitter hops, oily grapefruit presence, citrus hops, ect. This beer just doesn't have much of any of that.

M: Reasonably good carbonation and lots of tongue coating with the sugars and hops.

D: This isn't my kind of IPA. Just not enough bitterness or grapefruit hops in them for my liking.

This beer reminds me a lot of a Dogfish IPA, particularly 90 Minute. A lot of my friends love Dogfish 90. I'd recommend this beer to any of them. But much like Dogfish 90 (and most East Coast IPAs, for that matter), this one just isn't for me.

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2.41/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aromas are of pine and citrus hops, bready malts. Would have expected/hoped for a little more caramel additions.

The taste is pale malt and typical Cascade/citrus hops. Forgettable at best. The mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall this is a decent but not memorable red ale. I could have another one or just as easily pass on it, on second thought pass all together.

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2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointed, not really a good beer.

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2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice red color that is perfectly clear and has a ton of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of creamy light brown colored head that dissipates rapidly and leaves spotty lacing around the glass
S: umm pretty interesting scent here, im picking up fresh meats, ham maybe? and something deep like molasses and deep malts, also a slight alcohol tinge
T: musty taste, begins with malts then moves into an odd musty taste that really just isn't the best, actually left and alcohol tinge in my nose which was odd, kind of tastes like a tree, not woody like other beers but for some reason it is definitely reminding me of a tree in a not so pleasant way
M: medium carbonation, leaves an actually pleasant silky feeling on the mouth, kind of sticky and the alcohol tinge is only slight, brief and in the nose
O: the best parts about this beer were the parts that i put a little else stock in, scent and taste were just off putting and unpleasant, not the best one from ithaca, actually, the worst one ive had from them

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Yardhouse in Dedham, Massachusetts.

A-beige head and a murky light brown body.

S-sweet cream smell and a floral hop scent

T-very profound hoppy front, some sweet grain finish

M-medium

D-not a bad beer. I bit too hoppy for my taste in relation to the style. I would have it again but with reservations.

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2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of soulforpeanuts (thanks, Rick!) into a perfect pint.

A - Nice rocky couple of fingers of head, pours a hazy amber. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Somewhat muted, but I get some semblance of hoppiness and sweet malt. Not bad by any means, but a bit of a letdown after trying Flower Power.

T - Again with the muted flavors. There's definitely a sweet malty backbone, and somewhere in there are some piney hops, but you really have to search. It might be an old bottle, as there is a bit of an oxidized flavor.

M - Definitely on the full-bodied side, and pretty sticky.

D - This would be a beer I could drink more of if the flavors and aroma were better, despite the higher abv.

O - Nice enough, but there are many superior examples out there to spend my money on.

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2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Typical red ale color. Orange amber. Decent amount of head that quickly dissipates.

S: Hops, pine floral combo. Some hints of flowers as well

T: Hops hit you at first but as you drink the beer they diminish (or your taste buds do) the malt helps balance this out a little bit.

M: Medium body with a slight syrupy feel. From the hops maybe?

D: Definitely a hopheads beer. I had one and I need no more. The hops actually were not as overwhelming as you would think. I have had better beers from Ithaca.

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2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

$1.66 price per bottle for this.

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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,234 ratings
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