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:
1,229
Reviews:
587
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
118
For Trade:
2
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Photo of mynie
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of digitalflood
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigfoot
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timtac
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stephan16
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nwhittin
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Deschene2k
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't sure what I was in for with "zilla" nomenclature. This is definitely a hoppy ale but nothing like some of the hopped up IPAs. Good clean strong hop notes. Nice full bodied mouth feel from the malts with just a touch of sweetness. A pleasant combination of site, taste, smell and mouth feel.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in July 2016. Nice that the bottle is dated. Drank about 3 months after "Packaged" date.

Appearance: Deep amber with tan head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a nice film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with a strong hops aroma, and includes citrus, pepper, and pine smells.

Taste: There is a noticeable hops flavor, as expected. There is good bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus. There is some sweetness from the malts. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium alcohol, which matches the 7% posted.

This is a smooth medium-bodied beer, and that is easy to drink. It is less bitter than their Creeker IPA, but more hopped than typical red ales. It is a good Red Ale, and I would drink this again.

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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

Photo of RancidAggro
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of epyon396
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wilson_Looker
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of agreenman19
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - murky muddy brown.

S - sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, but not too overpowering.

T - subdued flavor. Caramel sweetness with a lingering hop bitterness. Chocolate orange. Some pine, candied fruits.

F - medium mouthfeel with an underlying silkiness.

O - deep rich flavorful amber. Packs a little more punch than the usual stuff but still nothing to write home about.

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CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,229 ratings.
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