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!

Added by shippos on 07-14-2004

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 08/08/08. Bottle, best by 10/2008. Pours a dark brown/amber with a small white head. Aroma of bitter hops and light sweet malt. Flavor is pretty similar- nice light sweet malt (quite malty for an IPA) and light, slightly piney hops. Not so hoppy for an IPA per se; it flirts with being an amber ale, ASA, and IPA. Regardless of classification, it was a decent brew and pretty tasty.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of Grandwazoo
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App - Beautiful deep amber-red color...perfectly clear. Creamy thick head

Nose - Rich caramel and toffee with citrus

Taste - pleasantly sweet tones of caramel and pumpernickel build with a nice burst of mocha and just a hint of apricot, with a long slow dissolve into a nice rich hoppy finish.

Feel - Bathes the tongue in flavor and then fades nicely into a very enjoyable and long aftertaste. Well balanced carbonation

Drinkability - balanced, and totally yummy. This is god stuff!!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very clear, solid amber brew is topped with a thin white head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is a bit sweet-- like pineapple. There is a bit of medium malt in the nose and perhaps a bit of wood. It is a smooth, almost creamy, medium-light beer with a well-blended and well-balanced flavor. It has a piny wooden flavor; well bittered. It has a rather quick aftertaste. Bold, yet refined.
(rated Mar 1, 2007)

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Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Major thanks to BA Lum for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a light tea brown with a huge 2 finger head that left behind pretty sticky lacing. The aroma is some of the most floral hops I have ever had the pleasure of smelling. Brown sugar and loose-leaf tea are also there in the aroma. The taste once again in floral hops up front but finishes pretty watery. Its like a big burst of flavor that melts away into nothingness. The mouthfeel is a bit dry for me but not overwhelming by any sort of measure. I think if I lived in Ithaca's distribution area, this could definitely become a go to beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven. The beer was dark orange colol with a rocky head. The smell was less hoppy than I'd hoped with the Cascazilla name, but actually pretty well put together for a hoppy amber ale. Lots of malt balances out the smell. Both components come through big in the taste, loads of ingredients but not really a mess, just strong flavors of hops with a solid malty backbone. The body could be a little thicker in my opinion, to complement the flavors, but it was OK. The beer felt stronger than the 7% ABV it has, otherwise I would have scored drinkability higher.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first impression of this beer was the toffee in the nose. My friend sharing this one with me didn't get toffee at all, but I did.

Second was the fresh cascade hop in the nose.

Then the beautiful clear ruby red color. The off white head stays and is persistant, with nice lace.

IN the aroma is a little hop spice but not peppery, caramel, some toasted malts, and of coarse citrus.

THe flavor is the same as above. A lot of flavor in this beer. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a dry finish.

Very drinkable, I could have a few of these.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish/amber color. Poured a 3 finger vigorous light tan head with good retention. Ample lacing in thick sheets.

S: Cascade hops, citrus rind and lemon. Foiundation of caramel malt.

T: Floral hops and slightly sweet malt in very nice balance. Pleasanly dry, lightly bittered finish.

M: Medium body. Carbonaton in good balance. Smooth slick feel that cleans-up in the finish.

D: Very easy drinking beer; crisp and clean.

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Photo of pwoods
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this. Quick notes.

A: Dark amber, decent head and retention. Good lacing.

S: Big Cascade hops presence, obviously. Fruity and lightly resinous.

T/M: Good bitterness level and more of the big Cascade presence. Malts are sweet to balance with a toasted nutty side. Body is medium with decent carbonation.

D: Drinks easy but just kind of gets lost with all the other Cascade heavy beers out there.

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

Many thanks to ironbike1 for this one.

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear amber gold with a bubbly, quick fading off-white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, melon, and floral hops.

The taste is much like the aroma. Sweet malts, caramel, biscuit, really floral hop notes, and a touch of earthiness. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, clean and smooth, and lightly carbonated.

Very nice. An amber ale that is much like an IPA. A quality drinker from Ithaca. I'm glad I have five more to enjoy.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head. Some nice lacing and medium retention. A mix of red and orange colors.

Smells great, lots of grapefruit/piny hops, caramel malts and a bit of spice.

Tastes of citric hop bitterness, a bit of sweet malts and spicy hops. I found the mouthfeel to be lacking a little depth.

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Photo of Cresant
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Best by Dec. Thanks to RblwACoz for this one. The pour created a tall firm head. The body was a rich red/chestnut color. Clear of sediment. Sticky lace remains through the drink.

Smell was Remarkably malty. Roasty. Metallic. Almost porter-like in the aroma. Light pungent hops. Floral. Resin.

Taste was fruity, like hard candy. There was a "wirey" bitterness but this was balanced with some sweetness. Light nuttiness. Very drinkable. This one impressed me more as I drank it.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. There was a nice amount of huskiness in the body which smoothed out in the finish.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an average off-white dense head, that settled into a cap. The brew has a nice juicy hop aroma, some grapefruit. In my opinion this is what amber ales need. The taste is of a toasted biscuit malt, with an earthy stale grass hop flavor, light citrus/lemony hops as well. Again, I like the hop presence in an amber ale. The ale has a moderate body with soft carbonation leading to a silky feel; finishes with a hoppy bitterness. One of the more flavorful amber ales. Good hop presense but not enough where you would consider this an IPA.

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Photo of hermesch
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

*disclaimer: I went to college in Ithaca and absolutely adore this place, so this is not an unbiased review...

Pours a deep, hazy red, quite nice.

Up front nose brings to mind a double IPA: piney hops, faint malt.

Taste is like an IPA and Red Ale got in on in the back seat of a Chevy, and there's nothing wrong that!

Good mouthfeel...lower on carbonation then expected.

I don't think I could drink more than two in a sitting, but that might be a personal thing with me well-hopped brews. I'm sure others will enjoy

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ithica Cascazilla

A: snifter. Pours a deep rich amber/mahogany color. Nice light tan head, decent retention and moderate lacing.

S: wonderful aroma of cascade hops, deep caramel aromas of malts.

T: big cascade hop flavor, with some huge crystal and caramel malts. Great flavor but not as bold as expected. Decent malt backbone.

M: medium bodied at best. Good rep of the style, decent hop finish, but lighter than expected. Lower carbonation level.

D: very easy drinking red ale. Solid brew.

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Photo of memory
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a light amber head and good lacing.
Hop nose doesn't overwelm but mixes with a sweet malt smell.
Sweet malt taste is balanced by the cascade and chinook hops leaving a nice long finish on the mouth. This is a nice session brew going down perfect with my pizza.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big red color. 1 1/2 fingers of head with great lacing.

Toasty malts come out in a big way in this one and blend beautifully with cascades that have a bit of a spicy pepperyness with some citrusyness.

Big toasted malts come out. The malt backbone is superb. The caramel malts combine with the cascade citrusy/spicyness to create an absoultely wonderful beer.

The beer maintains such a nice crispness and fullness. The way the malts are used and the way that the combine with the cascades are absolutely amazing.

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Photo of desertbronze
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12 oz. bottle of this beer in a trade with oracsteve.

Amber color with good clarity poured into a clear pint glass. Big fluffy white head left lace all the way down the glass.

Great hoppy nose with sweet undertones. Hop aroma lasts to the bottom of the glass.

Assertive hop flavor on the forefront and a sweet, sugary finish. Good balance for a highly hopped amber beer.

This beer leaves a slightly syrupy coating on the tongue. Just a little too sweet in the finish. Good drinkability and goes down easy for a big amber beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a thick, creamy off white head. The head had a great deal of structure and nice retention. Beer was a deep amber with more brown tones and a slight orange hue. A good amount of carbonation was visible.

Aroma was floral and with a grapefruit (citrus) twang. You can also pick up a subtle roasted nature in the aroma, but not too much.

Taste was assertive and rather nice. There was an initial burst of both hop bitterness and a roasted malt bite. Some subtle fruit flavors were then present in the middle, before it ended with a hop bit that lingered nicely. You are also left with a bit of a burnt taste in your mouth.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and there is a nice tingle to the carbonation.

Drinkability is nice and I like it more as it warms slightly.

A good beer.

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

Had a few Ithaca beers on a drunken night in Rochester a few years back, and only remember that they were quite tasty. Got this one in a BIF from orcasteve and glad he sent it. It has really been a while since I've had a good amber.

A-What else to say, but amber. Clear. Lacing trails all the way to the bottom. Light head that doesn't last, except around the edges.

S-First thought, banana bread. Sweet malts. Some hops. Maybe some candy sugars.

T-Well, everything that is in the smell, I found in the taste. The banana bread sweetness is very subtle, the hops bite and the malts and candy sugars finish out balancing the beer.

M-Very sticky. Tingles all the way down.

D-Wish I had more than 12oz. This was a good beer and will look for again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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 chemmie
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark mahogany color with a thick white head with a ton of stickyness. The smell is of a ton of hops with a lot of light malts right there with it. The hops come through mostly in the taste, but the malts linger in your mouth a little longer. Reminds me of a bizzaro Lagunitas Lucky 13, where I got the malts first, then the hops. Overall, a really good hoppy amber.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber colored body with a one finger white head.

Bready malts and citrusy hops

Piney hop taste in the end of the sip.Malt ties it all in together.Nice taste.

Nice carbonation and perfect mouthful.

Nice beer and one I will for sure have again.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dense head and some moderate lacing.

Smell - Nose is grain and sweet malt and maple syrup.

Taste - Light and similar to nose but balanced. Hops peak throughat the finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Nice mouthfeel and killer drinkability

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascazilla had a great nice orange color with a thick white head that laced nicely throughout the pint. The smell was a great blast of cascade hops and the flavor didn't disappoint. This beer hit the tongue with a nice mouthful of hops and finish with a cascade flavor that slowly faded but never became bitter. The body was nice and not too thick. This is a drinkable beer that could sneak up on you fast!

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Photo of madmanjf
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap on several occasions in various places. It's always been consistent.

(A) Pours a dark red with a decent amount of head on it.

(S) Hops ... can't miss it. Very floral but not in a citrus way

(T) Hops :) It's actually very well blanced with pleanty of malt to back up the bitter hoppiness

(M) Smooth and not acidic

(D) For the style, I'd have to say it's very drinkable. I can definately have more than one of these. If you're a hop-head like I am, you could almost concider it a session beer, but probably most would disagree with me.

I recently had this beer following Captain Lawrence Reserve Double IPA which is a close proximity. Both are excellent; however, this one was slightly more drinkable ... and interestingly are different styles. Perhapse a closer compare would be to Keegan Hurrican Kitty.

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CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,228 ratings.
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