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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
Ranking:
#12,908
Reviews:
589
Ratings:
1,234
pDev:
10.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
122
Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hoppy red, significant whitish beige head on brownish body. Hoppy aroma including C hopn and other hops. Above average carbonated, very bitter not balanced, thin mouthfeel. Not satisfying acidic citrus finish, although some caramel in there. Tatebuds demolished.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an enormous hoppy red beer that ive been way too sick on one too many times in life, but every time i go back to it i cant help being impressed with it. its a frothy feeling beer, only a touch sweet from the red grain, and super hoppy like a west coast ipa. its got a real cascade hop profile, and is both oily and bitter at the same time. the beer has a sticky feel with its big body and all these hops, but it finishes rather dry for what it is. if you arent a totally gung-ho hop head, this beer probably isnt for you. its a total hop overdose, and even a couple of these will have you feeling silly. this was way ahead of its time i think, and is only now starting to get recognition for being the beast that it is. not ithacas best, but certainly one of me more distinctive india pale ales on the market.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour of this beer is a nice looking red color with decent tan head on top. The smell has a really good hoppy aroma with some sweet caramel on the nose. The taste gives off a nice sweet flavor at first is kind of semi sweet with a pleasant hoppy bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and rather enjoyable. It's a good brew, it's worth trying again.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer... period.

The first time I had it I knew I'd be coming back to this one often. A super hoppy, well balanced red ale. The hop flavors and aroma's are perfect and make for a very drinkable beer. Add in the fact it's available all year and isn't expensive and it makes it even better.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface as well as thick rings of lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light aromas of pine resin hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: There are initial flavors of caramel and malty sweetness in the taste, however these are balanced out by the underlying hops, which lend some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it has a good balance and the hops prevent it from becoming overly sweet, despite all of the caramel and malty flavors. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Likely the best of the Ithaca beers that came in their variety pack. A very hop-forward Amber.

The pour brings a deep amber color with moderate haze, likely from dry-hopping. Off white foam forms a light head and holds firm at a sheet across the top of the glass.

Citrusy aromas of grapefruit and spicy pine notes come to life on a dry caramel malt and light toast maltiness. Low on fruitiness, the beer has a very clean and simplified aroma.

Flavors of sun kissed malts, mild toast, and Cracker Jacks candy round out the grain profile while grapefruit, orange peel, and fresh cut grasses provide the hoppy balance. Bitterness takes precedence, which is a bit odd for a Red Ale. Aside from some grain flavors in the end, this is a clean and refreshing beer.

The beer has an aggressive bite that keeps it from becomming smooth and easy to drink. But the beer isn't as thin or grainy as many from the brewery.

A good Red Ale that showcases hops rather than malts. Aggressive in bite and bitterness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a prodigious head that retains and laces, with gobs of foam sticking to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Citrus and piney notes blend with the biscuity malts

Taste: After a brief visit from the biscuity malts, the piney flavors kick in, along with some caramel underpinnings that arrive, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer is equal parts caramel and piney hops with just a touch of buttery diacetyl that can be detected on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced amber, that is hopped up enough to be quite enjoyable

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber with a small amount of off white head. The head sticks around more than I would have guessed. The nose has some nice citrus hops in it as well as a touch of malt spice. I found the taste to be more interesting than the smell. The citrus peel hops are stronger and the malt backs them up nicely. I'm also getting a mild fruity undertone. The body is medium and the finish is slightly slick.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and hoppy bitter notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a nice mix between some citrus and bitter hops with a solid dry caramel malt with limited sweetness and light resinous notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Easily drinkable and a bit more complex then a plain bitter attack on the palate.

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Photo of Boone757
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mothman
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

Pours 1 finger of creamy khaki head. Good retention with some thick lace. Color is a hazy amber copper.

Aroma: Floral earthy hops, grapefruit citrus, pineapple, and orange. It has some caramel malt and a bit of bready flavors.

Taste: All malts up front. Bready, biscuity, and caramel. Some grassy hops with a little citrus kick. A bit of alcohol shows as well.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and chewy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, not the best take on the style. A bit too malty for my liking. Not something I want to drink a lot of.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy red ales have become fairly common of late, with some of them going a little bit over the edge. Cascazilla, however, does it right.

It looks great in the glass with a clear, crimson-accented deep copper color. The frothy then creamy bone-white head holds quite well, and leaves behind sticky rings of craggy lace.

The nose is bright and citrusy with lots of grapefruit over a delicately sweet and bready caramelish malt base.

In the flavor there's just enough caramelish and biscuity malt to lend it an edge of sweetness; just enough bright and citrusy hops to give it a juicy zest without becoming resinous; and just enough bitterness to balance it without blowing out your tastebuds. It's full-flavored but not overdone, satisfying with each sip while retaining drinkability. A subtle touch of buttery diacetyl helps to round it and accentuate the malt. Leafy and mildly grassy hops linger in the finish along with a moderate bitterness.

In the mouth, the dextrinous medium body is smooth across the palate with a median, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall, it's a very nicely balanced and well-rounded ale with a good amount of drinkability. Very nicely done!

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice rich head rises up to a little over a finger and fades at a medium pace over the murky brown slight reddish hue auburn color.

THe nose brings lots of fresh hops and nice malts, some piney hops and citrus with even a little grapefruit and earthy hops. Some nice toasty malts in the background add a touch of sweetness. With that is plenty of oak, a nice toasty oak character and little vanilla, and very light bourbon.

Taste brings more of the same, but starts with more of the malts this time. A light red and toasty malt flavor, semi sweet, and little creamy. Some lighter hops this time come, with a very light pine and citrus. Some bitterness as well, but light. WIth all that is some oak, not as much as the nose, but there. A little vanilla and touch of a dark fruit.

The mouth comes with a light creamy feel and medium body with good carbonation.

It finishes semi bitter with a little earthy and spicy hop addition this time, some light creamy malts as well, and dries off quite a bit. Almost no oak anymore, but just a hint of the vanilla. Actually, as it lingers more of the oak starts to shine through. A light lingering fruit flavor too.

Overall a decent beer, the oak and hops play pretty well, tasty, not the best beer in the world but tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is hoppy and sweet, with the sweetness being that of citrus along with some caramelized malt in the background.

T: A nice burst of hops comes out first and is quickly balanced by the fruity citrus sweetness and decent malt character. Even though the hops presence is strong, it fades after you swallow and leaves a sweet after-taste, which is one of the few characteristics that make this beer different from an IPA.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, there’s a good kick to it, this beer has all of the qualities that make it a good one to stick with for the duration of an evening.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came to the table a deep copper with a slight chilled haze a thinner but well retained white head.Nice intermingling of caramel malt and healthy dose of those cascades with the cascades holding a slight edge.Caramel malt hits up front with some doughy notes but the big pine and grapefruit character comes thru to dominate into a long finish.Very easy to drink and packed withat cascade goodness,I went picked up a couple of sixers after having this.

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CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,234 ratings
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