CascaZilla | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

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!

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Reviews: 591 | Ratings: 1,254
Photo of daliandragon
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
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

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Photo of haines710
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +4.5%
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 Deschene2k
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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 +4.7%
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 agreenman19
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Czarkazm
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like it was bottled 8/10/2015. Pours a clear, dark orange/amber color with an average sized off white head. I left a good deal of sediment with the remaining 1/3 of the bottle. The aroma is of toasted caramel, candied orange, spicy pine and earthy hops, bread dough, cedar. Medium bodied mouth feel, nice balance, much more enjoyable than I expected at nearly 3 months out. Good sweet toasty caramel backbone, with citrus zest, grapefruit bitterness, pine resin, and dried apricots on the flavor.

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

9/4....pours deep crimson brown with white foam, some stickiness. Toffee nose, faint. Roasty toasted caramel toffee bready amber ale taste with a subtle bitter that balances out the sweet. Quite good.

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Photo of mkh012
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ithaca Beer Company. This was definitely my favorite of the beers I tried- the rest were enjoyable but nothing special.

This beer pours a nice deep red. Nothing overwhelming on the nose- just some caramel malts and of course the hops. I've never been a huge fan of red ales, but this was one of the better ones I've had. The hops were balanced perfectly by the malts. Very smooth and easy finish. The flavor profile was a bit one note I suppose, but I really enjoyed it regardless. I would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of Elimav
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really good red ale which I usually don't particularly like. However, this one has been heavily hopped and is quite tasty. One of my favorites at the brewery.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No freshness date, but a Total Wine (receipted?) sticker that reads 03/9/15

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and copper red in color with a khaki, finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds with a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Caramel with a thick wooden tone. Light floral notes. A hint of toasted malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Heavy caramel and woody notes. A bit of floral character peaks through mid-taste along with some metallic twang. Fair roasted malt notes hit near the finish and bleed through with faint chocolate and coffee character, and a trace of citrus and spice hop character in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium with moderate carbonation. Smooth texture, then a crisp, mostly dry finish.

Overall - Decent flavor profile, but lacks a nice citrus bite that would really make it pop. Maybe add some citra or mosaic? Otherwise pretty good.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; deep reddish amber; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thick collar; OK lacing;

S: earthy;

T: cascade hops for a moment, then caramel takes over; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I expected more - pretty much one note; not enough hop character for a beer with "monster" hops;

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good to very good beer. Red in color with a one finger head that reduces to a film of bubbles covering the enter top of the beer throughout. Liked the flowery hoppy backbone. Needed more IPA type punch. Smell of flowery hops and a bit of malt. Solid Red IPA. Smooth.

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Photo of SSS
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-I did not get much aroma besides standard beer
S-Basic brown with a very subtle red tint
M-Good medium carbonation
T-Balanaced malt sweetness and feint hop bitterness, although not much hop flavor detected.
O-Modestly above standard commecial beers. I was hoping for more punch

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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 garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up on our trip to VT. Bought at a Wal-mart and I was carded. Should I be flattered or hurt?
The aroma has lost some of it's hop punch in the passing weeks. Still there but malt character shows greater presence. Grassy hop and rich kinda' sweet caramelly malt. Rich - did I say that already?
Nice full tan head and a cloudy reddish amber liquid.
Good mix of malt and hops. Nice bitterness bite without excess but good stamina. Clear malt richness and not too sweet. Clear hop flavor of a grassy nature in middle through the finish.
Heavier body and nice mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Solid. Very solid.

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Photo of Br0wnsfn31
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.. NO DATE ON THE BOTTLE Although there was a January through December list on the lable.. no month was marked..

A- The best feature of this beer is the way it looks in a glass.. beautiful dark amber color with a finger of head that is not anticipating as fast as other beers.. with some noticeable lacing along the glass

S- Sweet Carmel with a hit of citrus hop aroma.. the smell is delightful even though its very faint for a 7% Red Ipa..

T- Lots of carmel sweetness up front and fiinishes with a grapefruit hop taste in the back end.. not very impressive

M- not overly carbonated but when cold it does go down alittle harsh.. as it warm up the better the beer gets

O- I had this beer last summer and really didnt stand out to me.. its not a bad beer by any means but there are alot better red ipas out there.. i recommend it to people who like malty ipas..

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before April. Picked up bottle from friends who had come to visit from NY. I see this beer around a lot, and I have had it before, so this is like coming back to HopDevil and giving a review. (Which I still need to do.)

Poured into a pint glass, Cascazilla displays an impressive three fingers worth of thick tan/peach colored foam on top of a hazy crimson colored beer. The head pops away and leaves a solid coating of lace on the side of the glass. Can you tell this beer is well-hopped??

Immediate whiff of citrus peel! It's very prominent, and is layered on top of butterscotch and baked bread, with maybe a hint of bubblegum and naval oranges. It has been dry-hopped with Cascade (duh) and Amarillo, and this makes the aroma that much more aromatic.

Cascazilla crosses the tongue with bitter oranges up front, sticky resinous hops, and a good balance of toasted bread in the finish. The finish is also accented by notes of orange peel and a lingering minty quality in the aftertaste.

Medium body, decent carbonation that lends a softer mouthfeel, and a serious bitter finish that coats your tooth enamel.

A very good beer, that is a solid example of the style, with an intense hop profile that steals the show, and enough malt to counter-balance the intense bitterness. Not terribly "drinkable" per se, since the alcohol is pretty high here, but it is good for a round or two. It would pair well with some carrot cake for sure!

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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single poured into a porter glass. purchased last week from CJ's Doghouse in Lansdale. BB date...Decemeber...thanks again CJ's for selling me another old beer. upon further inspection there are plenty of floaters. since its not the fault of the brewer I will try to pretend the beer is within the BB date.

A-a hazy dark amber/ruby color. huge head with the pour but recedes quickly. nice lacing.

S-hops, sweet malts, some spices, grapefruit

T-caramel sweetness. hoppy. pine. the malt is more present here than most IPAs. hence the "Red." not that it makes but I approve

M-medium bodied. for the most part the same consistency as standard IPAs, but with a little more creamy feels.

O-maybe its bias since I grew up a half hour from Ithaca, but I really enjoyed this beer. despite the past BB date. I haven't had a ton of Red IPAs, but I enjoyed the added malt that was present. a ton of flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of mick303
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB April. Poured into a tulip glass, big thunderous head on this, tan and lightly copper. Beer itself is a dark rudy brown, very hazy, with some visible carbonation. Good head retention and lacing.

S - strong citrus aromas, ruby grapefruit, caramel syrup, rose florals, oranges, lots of lovely hoppy aromas, with some mouthwatering malty notes as well. Florals play a nice part and elevate the caramel malts, very inviting with a lot of aspects going on.

T - grapefruit juice, orange, cherries, toasted caramel, raisin bread, starts mild and unassuming before the plethora of hoppy citrus and caramel malts wash over the palate. Biscuit malts, and a decent rolling bitterness with citrus rind, and smooth carbonation (a bit astringent). Does a great job of melding the caramel sweetness and complexity with a solid hoppy profile, exactly what I would expect for this style and this one near hits it out of the park. I think with some different hops included this could be even better.

M - balanced, with a moderate full body, lots of caramel and bready malt with a moderate carbonation to carry through, finish is dry with a solid hop bitterness. Sessionable with a solid punch to it. No hint of alcohol astringency.

Well worth trying, really nice mix of flavours, all balanced really well, complexity opens up really well. Just a well put together beer that offers a very good example of what a Red IPA can be all about. Very nice, would have again. Cascade hops work really well here, citrus and florals come through strongly.

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Photo of dar482
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark murky copper color.

The beer has a good bready malt and caramel sweetness. The hops are of red grapefruit, some piney hops, herbal qualities.

Well balanced, but slightly pushed back on the hops as in not being extremely hoppy. However, still a good beer with hoppy flavors and a nice malty body.

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CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,254 ratings