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

on tap at the Tea and Taproom in Albany.

A: Reddish but see through.

S: Hop aroma up front. A little fruity but masked by hops.

T: Smoooth first, then nice and hoppy. A bitter citrusy hop.

M: Smooth and somewhat bubbly. Medium bodied and semi dry finish.

D: Very good and very hopppy red ale. I like this beer and have had my share. Glad to see it on tap and welcome most anything by Ithaca.

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Photo of zachary80
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a shaker, starting at 40 degrees

The beer has an excellent thick, creamy tan head, and a brownish-red hue. Strong lacing left down the glass.

The smell is very good: strong citrus and pine; cascade hops dominate the smell.

The taste is great and left me wishing I had more than one bottle. Hoppy, but a little too sweet for my preference.

The alcohol is definitely not noticeable, and the beer is a little thin. I don't consider either of these to be significant problems, and the beer just leaves me wanting more, more, more.

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This red ale pours clear with a small but noticeable off whitish head. Very heavy with Cascade hops but at that right point where its enough without being too much. Its mellowed off towards the end by a slight caramel flavor but overall a super crisp tasting beer. I wish they made a cologne because this beer smells fantastic!

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured slowly into a pint glass.

A- Dark ruby color with a brown hue. Some copper. Decent white head not much lacing.

S- Cascade hops (obviously), resiny, floral, and bold.

T- No notes of alcohol. This one is a hop bomb. Grapefruit, oranges, lemon, bitter pine. Some weak malty caramel notes but they were very faint. This was a one dimensional brew.

M- Medium bodied- carbonated- tingly.

D- Sessionable brew here. The hops are the star but like I said before, one dimensional.

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Photo of m1ked
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another growler from WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours a clear dark bronzey coor with a hefty off white 4 finger thick foamey head that hangs around for a while. Some nice lacing too.

S- Starts off with piney hops for sure, some mild sweet grains. There is a little musty odor in there.

T- Like the nose starts off with piney, spicey hops, a touch of grapefruit zest. A gentle fade into mildly perceptable malt sweetness.

M- Mild bodied with a good amount of carbonation that in combination with the spicey hops gives a prickly sensation.

D- This is a nice hoppy red/amber- not a rel standout. I personally enjoy the malt biased ambers more. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys hoppier beers.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My last of the sixer from this summer. What a delicious beer!

Appearance - slightly hazy orange/amber. Lots of creamy manila foam, leaving a blanket of lace all over.

Aroma - for a 7%er, tghis smells like a big barleywine. Chewy, juicy orange and mango, yummy.

Taste - even, biscuity grain opening, segued smoothly by some citrusy, not very bitter hops. They had a little more bite back in the summer, but now they show off more of a citrusy leafy flavor. Hmm, a barleywine-light perhaps, lol. Some mild hop snap on the swallow but not much. Still delicious though. The finish does dry out some, mild hoppiness pervading.

Mouthfeel - pretty regular body for the abv, I was a little surprised. Good carbonation, a little gassy but not too much.

Drinkability - it's hard for these to hang around long, they are too drinkable for their own good. And they are good!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Best by February notched on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a loose, two inch off-white head. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch cap with delicate spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose reveals citrus and some floral hops. Taste follows nose on a clean malty backbone, which provides some body while allowing the hops character to stand out. Mouthfeel is light-medium and lively with a partially dry and palate cleansing finish. I had the opportunity to have this on draft last week and was blown away by the flavor and drinkability. Truly a top notch amber.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into unibroue tulip. Aroma is a nice burst of sweet malts and hops, some heat noted in nose. Taste is along the same lines, pretty nice. Nice masking of the abv in the taste. Pretty good balance of malts and hops. Solid offering.

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Photo of kegger22
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca Cascazilla Red Ale is red/brown in color with a half inch, beige head that dissolves to a collar.

The aroma is more citrus hops and to a lesser extent, malt sweetness.

A nice balance of flavors make up the taste, citrus and malt battling it out, and citrus hops the ultimate winner over caramel malt.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability is good due to a satisfying taste and reasonable ABV of 7.00.

Cascazilla is a solid red ale, one that I'd recommend and will sample again.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: very thick and creamy head, light brown with a slight red hue

Nose: complex spicy and hops

Taste: effervescent, hoppy, crisp

Mouthfeel: crisp and does not linger

Drinkability: I can drink this all day long.

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

12oz bottle served in an oversized wine glass

A - poured a solid finger of tight frothy light khaki colored foam. beer is a sharp bold amber color, clear with decent amount of bubbling. moderate lacing down the glass.

S - smells of cascade hops, strong caramel, touches of pine and grassy hops. nice balance.

T - starts off with a flash of the caramel sweetness before the cascade hops fly through the palate. malts fight back before the pine grassy notes take hold. a good kind of unabashed aggressiveness all around as the flavors fight for attention.

M - medium bodied with a huge stickiness and quite chewy, weird kind of thinning out near the end is a bit of a dissappointment. very mild alcohol burn.

D - im a big fan of cascade so this was quite pleasant for me. not my favorite red but a yummy sipper.

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Photo of STEG
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from an Ithaca brewing company sampler poured into a sam smiths pint glass. Smells real friuty and florally, a lot like froot loops actually. Taste is more of the same but with a very hoppy piney background. club soda like carbonation and easy drinkability make this a real nice beer almost sessionable.

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Photo of Buckeyes67
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has grown on me since I started drinking craft beers. It has a nice amber appearance and is clear. It has a flowery smell to it and the hops are just right when you take a drink. It sits nicely on your palate not to heavy and it flows smoothly. I would put this in my top 3 beers from this company.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Pours a reddish copper color with a fluffy white head with moderate retention. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy, nice citrus and fruity flavors with some caramely sweet malt as well. Taste is hoppy at first bit the sweet caramel flavor of the malt really comes through as well. The bitterness nicely balances out the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel as medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Nice drinkability, no flavors are overpowering and I could drink several of these without getting bored with the flavors.

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Photo of degerbah
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a kind of rusty amber with two fingers of head. Huge flowery hop aroma that is almost overpowering each time I bring the glass up to my mouth. The taste isn't as quite as hoppy the aroma but is still extremely strong. Slightly metallic at first but as I continue through the beer I become more accustomed to the taste and it seems to be better balanced. Fairly easy to drink, especially for the alcohol content.

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Photo of kels
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is on a bottle poured into pint glass. The pour is a rusty shade of reddish-brown with a 1 finger, well-retained head of tan, tightly packed, tiny bubbles. The beer has moderate clarity with a good deal of carbonation running throughout. Lots of specks and splotches of sticky lace remain on the walls of the glass throughout the drink.

The aroma of the beer is hard to detect. There's a light, toasty grain presence, and a hint of grapefruit hops. That's about it. Nice smell, but not too big nor well-defined.

Hops are definitely the forward flavor in this beer. There's a definite citrus hop presence throughout the drink, from the first sip to the aftertaste. There's more of a grassy hop presence initially that fades fast, giving way to the sweet, slightly caramelized malts and toasty grains that provide a backdrop in this beer.

The feel of the beer is okay. It is pretty well carbonated, but still somehow on the thin side. It goes down quickly and smoothly, and all the remains behind is a citrus-rind bitterness and slight stickiness. It is definitely drinkable, and while not my favorite in the style, I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of Pinto21
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice heads forms on the pour, then receds fairly quickly. Perfect amber colour.

Smell is all cascade, citrus with hint of pine, with carmel malts coming through in the end.

Caramel malts that is then hit by the cascade hops, then a sweet end to it. The bitterness still lingers around though. Not overy bitter though. A nice hop taste to it. A very well crafted brew that show cases cascade hops and balances it with caramel malts.

Nice mouth, ok for an Imp amber. Woulda like a bit more to it though.

A nice Imp amber but I think Troegs Hopback tastes better, more of a malt backbone and hop presence in it. Cascazilla has a bigger ABV but i wouldnt have guessed it. I think it could be more ramped up and be amazing

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Photo of almychristopher
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice red color with a thick off white head that recedes to rocky lacing rather quickly. the aroma presents a nice bready malt aroma backed nicely by citrus hops. the taste follows with a nice balance of the sweet biscuit malt flavor and pine hop bitterness. the medium body and the good co2 make this a beer that I never pass up in the tasting room.

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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascazilla's a really attractive copper color. It's moderately hazy, but has an orange tint to it with a little backlighting. It's topped with a large, fluffy off-white head. It stands over two and a half fingers tall and is very slow to recede. Thick, sticky chunks of lace line the glass as it descends.

The nose is good. Hops are strong in the mix and have a blend of citric and piney qualities. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange are all noted. Pine smells really nice in here, too. Whatever the hop profile is, it's a winner. There's also a healthy amount of caramel malt sweetness present. However, hops win the day and smell stronger. That's a recipe for success in the hoppy amber part of the world. Alcohol is not noted at all.

The flavor profile is likewise very good. I'm on the fence with the score. Hops are a rather intense part of the flavor throughout. They're very citric and feature grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors primarily. They also have a tasty pine flavor and are very dry. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem very bitter. I like the hop flavor, but wish it had more bitterness. Caramel malts are sweet and balance it out a little. Ultimately, the hops survive. At least the flavor does. Alcohol is blended well and is barely noticeable. It finishes dry and citrusy. The score suffers a little from the lack of bitterness, but this is still very good beer.

Cascazilla has a medium body and is smooth. Carbonation is a just a little high and prevents it from reaching a creamy feel. Drinkability is good. A strong argument could be made for awarding the next highest score here. This stuff goes down easy and has a really good flavor. I like it a lot. It's not too scary at 7% abv either.

Ithaca Brewing makes some impressive beer. Cascazilla's no exception. The only complaint I have is that it's not very bitter. I'd like it even more if it had more of a bitter kick to it. Otherwise, it's spot-on for a hopped up Amber Ale. This is damn good stuff that's well worth seeking out. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque amber color. Starts off with two fingers of head and demonstrates good retention by maintaining almost a finger the entire time. Lots of foamy lacing down the sides of the glass. Looks good.

S: Smells like a hop bomb with some floral aromatics mixed in. Daunting, but appealing.

T: A big hop taste is all I really get. It seems as if some sweetness is trying to break through, but never quite makes it. Despite the big hop flavor it isn't overly bitter.

M: Medium body with lots of bite from the carbonation and hops. Leaves your mouth and tongue tingling.

D: This brew is good. I'm not exactly impressed, but it performs respectably in all categories. I wish there as a little more flavor, but I guess it is supposed to be a hop bomb. I would drink this again, but probably won't seek it out.

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

Pours a clear caramel with a light white head that settles on the sides after settling. Sweet hoppy citrus scent and malt aroma with some pine.

Tastes like a red ale with a healthy dosing of hops. Nice citrus and pine combination. Sweet malt body with medium mouthfeel. Definitely drinkable as the hops balance nicely in this red ale.

Last but not least, this label says stay away, minus the Ithaca beer co. It appears almost like a mighty morphin power ranger label with a dragon spewing fire out of his mouth with hops in the flames. +1 for originality , -3 for label cheese

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a sample glass.

Pours a cloudy red with a small white head. Nose is sweet and hoppy with a bit of earthy tones.

Taste is sweet and hoppy with a good amount of bitterness but still being sweet and drinkable. Body is a bit light and watery although still quite tasty.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, pours a deep ruby color that when held up to light produces golden amber hues. The head is thin and evaporates quickly.

Hops pour out of this beer, much more than expected from a red ale. Floral and citrusy (grapefruit) hops are the dominant aromas. All in all, this smells more like an IPA than it does a Red or Amber Ale.

Grapefruit and floral hops evident in the nose impart some nice bittering qualities to this beer, and it catches me a bit off guard. Didn't expect so many hops...but as I drink, I find that this beer is balanced as hell. Caramel notes come forth from the crystal malts and give a great sticky backbone to this over-hopped red ale.

Smooth and crisp with a bit of a resinous malt feel in the middle and end of the sip. Nicely textured and thoroughly interesting, the only thing that knocks this beer's rating down a bit is its representation of the style. Not quite a sessioner (7%, even though you'd never know it), but I drank these all night.

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Photo of aaronh
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber body topped by a thick, long-lasting head. Aroma is heavy on malt at first, then a nice pop of rosin followed by another blast of sweetness. Flavor is a wonderful mix of grapefruit and tangerine blended with pine balanced by caramel and biscuit malt flavors. Borders on a typical IPA of 8-10 years ago for bitterness. One of the more balanced beers I've had with regards not being well hopped but not numbing to the taste-buds. Mouthfeel tends to get a little aggressive carbonation-wise. Drinkability is good. Six-packs don't last too long. This has been a go-to dependable beer for a few years for me.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Monstrously Hoppy Red Ale" - Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled dated 11/7/08. This beer is more brown than red. Brownish soapy head forms. Head falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Beer is relatively clear with a slight haze. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Smell is a mixture of malt and subtle pine like hops. Malt is forward, hop aroma dissipated with the head.

This beer tastes a lot like an ESB. There is a lot of malt, not a lot of hop. The hop flavors exist entirely as bitterness and almost an aftertaste. The malt character is nice and although unexpected, pleasant. I really enjoy this beer. Mouthfeel is full (like an ESB), drinkablility high. Overall a pretty decent beer.

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