CascaZilla | Ithaca Beer Company

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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 Lepley
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured clear reddish-brown with two fingers of tan head, no retention.
S: Hops, never had a red ale that smelled so hoppy. Floral, Sweet.
T: Spicy, mallty, bitter, citrus, and definitely hoppy for a red.
M: Smooth.
D: I was impressed with this ale. I didn't expect the hoppiness from a red. Definitely wortyh checking out.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured a clear reddish amber. Two finger head with an semi-aggressive pour. Just off white with good retentention. Some visible carbonation. Leaves all the way down the glass.

Smell: Smells of sweet syrupy/oily/resiny hops. Citrus and pine, with grapefruit coming out the most.

Taste: Tastes moderately hoppy, not as big as it smells. Some bitterness from the hops, but balanced very well with the sweetness. Slightly malty/bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but very filling. Very smooth for a "hoppy" ale. Some carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Good moderately hoppy ale. Easy to drink because of the balance, but hard to drink a lot because its filling. Thought it might be a little hoppier though.

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Photo of cleeze
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great addition to a recent trade.

Appearance was a dark amber, with a nice frothy head and showed some bad ass lacing.

Smell was a great mixture of citrus and floral notes. Smells amazing. Hops shine through as well.

Taste was straight up hops. Great bitterness.

I deffinatly could put back a few of these

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Photo of rhinos00
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle I picked up in New York into a Founder's pint glass.

A- Amber, very similar to the color of maple syrup. Two fingers width off white head formed and dissipated as the beer was consumed.

S- Very nice smelling beer. Had floral, citrus qualities (granted it was very subtle) mixed with a sweet malt backbone.

T- Attempted to follow the nose, but just fell short. The taste had the beginnings of something great, but the the finish of each sip was weak. One second the flavor was there and before you knew it, it was gone.

M- A little watered down to me. Would have preferred a little more body to this one.

D- Really drinkable. Once the beer warms up, the sweet aroma really comes out.

Overall, a good beer. If the taste would have just continued and followed through the sip it would have been much more enjoyable.

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Photo of jpaltan
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep amber color with generous amount of head and lacing. smell is incredible with lots of hops and floral notes. some grapefruit and spicy citrus there too. taste is malty up front and then the hop bitterness comes and takes over at the end. taste is kind of perfumey at the end with the floral hop flavor, but it doesn't really detract from the enjoyableness of the beer. mouthfeel has enough carbonation to carry the alcohol and bitterness. quite drinkable.

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Photo of trbergman
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Deep Ellum - 16oz pour.

A - Deep red chestnut with one finger of solid, creamy off-white foam that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing all the way down.

S - Caramel, cherry pie, lemon zest, resiny pine.

T - Rich, slightly sweet malt, caramel, pine, lemon, some grapefruit. Puckering, zesty bitterness lingers long after the last sip.

M - Sensuous, full body; gentle carbonation.

D - Amazing. This is one hell of a beer.

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Photo of olmatty
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a tall, creamy, beige head that settles gradually to one finger of merengue-like foam. Liquid is a dark orange amber.

Smell- Slight aroma of sour dairy and sweet maltiness invaded by a yeast and a not unpleasant unfermented wort

Taste- Firm biscuity maltiness with a hint of sour and flavor of the aforementioned unfermented sugars, smothered by an aggresive, bitter invasion of hops and graham grackeriness that remain in the mouth among sour malt for quite some time.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium bodied with very small, tingly bubbles

Drinkability- Flavorful and balanced enough to retain interest for a session of several.

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Photo of Pencible
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark amber with white head. It smelled like caramel and red barley malt, with a bit of sweet honeysuckle and copper hops. It tasted like brown sugar and caramel malt, with some red barley and copper hops. It was somewhat oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty tasty red ale that was nice and clean. It had good body and was very easy to drink. It was sweeter than I expected, and was fairly basic, but it was definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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 +14.7%
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 +14.1%
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 +6%
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 +0.8%
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 +15.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -4.5%
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 +4.7%
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 +6.5%
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 +11.3%
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 +2.6%
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 +6%
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 -9.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +17.8%
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 +8.6%
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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CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,236 ratings
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