CascaZilla | Ithaca Beer Company

1,231 Ratings

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 GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured froma 12oz bottle to a standard 12oz pub mug.

Deep amber w/ a rocky 1 inch head, ample lacing present.

Smells like pure cascade hop; like getting hit in the face w/ a burlap bag full of fresh cascade!

Taste is exceptionally balanced cascade hop and caramel malts. Ithica did not skimp on ingredients w/ this one. As it warms more malt characteristics come through beyong the dominant hop profile. Very smooth and silky quality in the finish. I'm falling in love w/ it, the fourth bottle is just as good as the first.

This beer would be admired by those who enjoy the american IPA variety as well as those who like a good classic american strong ale. This beer represents a nice balance between the two characteristics in my humble opinion.


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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. s a clear deep amber red color. The fluffy looking head is about an inch thick when pured, settling to a very nice surface coating about 10 minutes later with some very nice lacing indeed as well. Aromas of citrus and piney cascade hops followed by a nice biscuit like malty sweetness. The taste is the same, the sweet biscuit malt flavor with hints of caramel hit my palate first, giving way to subtle citrus and piney bittering cascade hops. A simple beer flavor wise, but very good! Very well balanced I thought. This beer certainly coats the inside of your mouth. Has a smooth, crisp, sort of frothy mouthfeel with a medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable in the way well crafted beers are meant to be.


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

12 oz bottle poured into a Chapter House pint glass (when in Rome). Cool label.

A - Reddish-copper in color, pours with three fingers of greenish-white head. I have to let the foam settle to fit it all in a pint glass. Copious lacing.

S - Monstrously hoppy aroma, grassy, pine.

T - Initially you taste the maltiness, but your palate is quickly ovwhelmed by a pleasant hop bitterness. There is a lot of residual sweetness that is steamrolled by the hop flavor.

M - viscous and syrupy, this one lingers in your mouth after you swallow

D - very quaffable, great hop flavor, good malt presence, this beer has it all.

A fantastic offering by the folks at Ithaca Beer Company. Was estatic to see this at my local beer store.

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Photo of klewis
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before July with no year

A: Pours a clear red with a massive, foamy head. Great sustain and massive lacing. As good as it gets.

S: Yep. That's cascade.

T: Strong taste of caramel and Vienna malts. Nicely balanced with the hops, which provide a background piney flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky with a long-lasting flavor.

D: Quite nice. Perfectly balanced, flavorful, and a pleasure to drink.

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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 imaguitargod
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a VERY large head with typical amber red ale coloring and a decent amount of lacing. At first the Carmel malts come out, then the roasted malts, followed by citrus hops (cascade), then a smooth sweetness and finally summed up into a hop bitterness. Coats the tongue slightly but over all a very drinkable beer. Would love to see how this tastes on top.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of Brew33
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at a tasting recently, it was one of very few that stood out to me. It's basically a hopped up Amber. The aroma is all Cascade hops. The beer was pretty balanced, the malts were slightly smoky. Perfect malt profile for and Amber/Red. Highly drinkable for 7%. A really nice beer that I hope to be enjoying more of soon.

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Photo of cavedave
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful red amber, clear, thick looking, topped by two fingers of beige foam. The head slowly recedes to a half inch cap, and leaves arms and spots of lace upon my pint glass.

The nose is an understated mix of yeast, floral, bitter, and piney citrus. Smelling it gives a pleasant tingly feeling. Successive sniffs reveal more of an herbal earthiness to it.

The taste is a wow followed by another wow. Caramel and bitter start the sip, which slides through sweet florals, citrus, alcohol, hints of pine, and finishes marvelously dry and long with bitter and earthy herbosity Not as complex as other, different styles ferrsure, but it is complex as any of this style I've tried. Wonderful flavor, can't say it heartily enough, this beer fucking rocks my taste buds.

Medium bodied, pleasantly resinous, light in the mouth, but could clear out a bit better. Mouthfeel is this beer's weakest point. Or should I say least awesome point?

Hard to rate drinkability for this overly-broad style which includes many delicious lighter bodied beers of lower ABV, but the taste makes it highly drinkable in my book.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- clear rusty reddish brown with light khaki very hoppy looking head. shriveled and pock marked with a ton of lace with webs and tendrils, this one is very mean looking.

S- definite cascade nose, full of orange and grapefruit, some toasted caramel malt. however what is there is rather weak and diluted.

T- something about the flavor doesn't sit well with me either. tastes generic and bland compared to many super hopped reds i've had. this one has more actual hop flavor than sheer bitter pungency and that is a good thing, but it just seems... deflated. the beer is still dated very fresh too. orange peel, grapefruit, woodsy, burnt caramel, burnt toffee, herbal, somewhat meaty, finishes toasty and hoppy with decent bitterness and raw hop aftertaste.

MF- feel is rich and nice for a red, astringent and acrid, a little oily, still crisp on the swallow. medium carbonation.

D- i'm a huge part-time hop-head but this one seems lackluster for me. megalon wins.

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

Never seen or heard of Ithaca before until they just started popping up everywhere in my area the past week or so ago. A monsterously hoppy red ale sounds like it would hit the spot right now. Here is my review:

A: Very deep amber color. Large, foamy tan head that leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

S: You definetly get a strong citrus and herbal hop aroma. Lots of toasted malts in the smell.

T: This beer is very complex and balanced. Lots of flavor going on here. The hops are citrusy with a hint of grassyness to them. Then the malt backbone kicks in with a strong toasted malt presence. A bit of caramel sweetness and some earthy undertones. Probably one of the best tasting Amber Ales I have had.

M: Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Finish is a little bitter and dry. Nice overall.

D: This is a stronger Amber Ale with a lot of malt and hop character. Drinks very nicely, but not exactly a session beer.

So far, my first impression with Ithica is a nice one. I find Amber Ales kind of boring, but this has just enought flavor punch to warrent a high recommendation. Not the best Amber I have had, but easily hangs with the best of them.

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

bottled in april,poured into a clean pint is amber with a nice fluffy white head that sticks with the beer all the way has a nice amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

smell is herbal hops with a hint of alcohol in the back and a little bit of caramel.taste is slightly bready and nutty with a firm hop bitterness at the end.finishes pretty clean.has moderate carbonation and is somewhat creamy.i could probably have a few of these,however it's not my style,i suppose.

overall,a pretty solid beer.always glad to have new offerings in ohio.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown in color. A dirty, frothy head forms on the pour of about two inches.
Smell is hops and just a bit of malt. Flavor consists of a bunch of hops. Very bittering and rough. There's a very ample malt backbone to support the hops. Very full and thick on the mouthfeel. Enjoyable and very bitter.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with red highlights, good clarity, and a big fist of floppy sloppy bubbly light beige head that rose above the rim. Tons of lace.

Nose upfront is biscuit, with a citrus tang dancing around the edges.

Caramel sweetness slices across the tongue. Its quickly persued by citrusy juicy hops stomping from the sides. Hop tingle lasts well into the afterlife.

Firm medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable.

Hoppy reds/ambers are a nice thing, and while this isn't Troegs level, its a tasty treat and invites a revisit.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent amber with minimal head. Aroma of oily pine resin with a deep earthy backbone. The taste is reverse, with a malty front and a hint of hops in the back. Medium bodied and a touch sticky in the finish. A grand amber.

Pretty much as good as it gets in the style. Ive been following the style since my first nugget nectar, which reallys falls more in the IPA side. This is a good beer, in a similar class as Founders Red Rye, GF Hop Head Red, etc.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the River Street Alehouse for happy hour. $2 for a standard shaker "pint". Appears a hazed rich crimson/copper color with about a finger of off white foam. The head leaves a thin lace in it's path as I sip my way to the bottom of the glass. All types of hop notes going on in the nose and flavor - earthy, piney, citrus such as lemon and grapefruit, and a respectable amount of sweet caramelized malts, slightly spicy. This red ale is at it's worst, medium bodied and amply carbonated. A tasty, hoppy amber.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Best before July 09

A: Pours a relatively clear, rust-red color with a one-finger dallop of creamy, light-tan colored foam. The head recedes quickly to a thick tan ring that leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass. Carbonation is quite active.

S: Rather bracing aromas of piney hops with hints of caramel and pineapple. As it warms, earthy aromas come out as well as hints of lemon and/or oranges.

T: Big freshly squeezed pine flavors mixed nicely with fresh & melty caramel, citrus, pineapple, brown sugar, and white pepper.

M: Big, sticky, and oily in the beginning with a middle that gradually takes a turn towards the dry and spicy side. Nice bit of white pepper in the finish.

D: Very good. I'd have to say this is a bit of a palate wrecker...not that this is a bad thing.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kennyo for providing this as an extra in our trade.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a light brown with a 1.75 finger foamy light tan head. Golden red hues against the light. A fine looking beer.

Very complex sweet, malty hop aroma. A very nice malt grain aroma - right in line with what the grain buckets at my homebrew shop smell like. Caramel malt I believe.

Well balanced malty hop flavor. Some sweetness but a clean finish.

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Photo of Martin2D
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with a white-tan head that faded quickly with lacing

S - Almost roasty notes with a hop aroma

T - Roasty malt on the forefront paired with a strong hop presence. Some detectable alcohol, but very subtle.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body, lasting finish

D - Pretty drinkable, not a beer I would want to session, but I could. Pretty different then other ambers I've had, but delicious in it's own right.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark reddish brown in color with a bombardment of head tension and some killer lacing. Smells are of earthy hops and caramelized malt. Taste is of well balanced mix of smooth bitter hops in the front and a mild sweet malt in the back. The mouthfeel is frothy, almost medium in body, great carbonation and is refreshing given the ABV. Drinkability is superb, the gulp factor is off the charts. A session beer all the way, and for this... comes recommended.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, clear with some nice lacing.
Smell: Aroma of hops right of the bat with some malty sweetness
Taste: Malty with bitterness courtesy of the hops. Definitely not as hoppy as I would have expected considering the label.
Overall a very good beer but do not expect as much hops as a Great Divide Hercules Double IPA or even Sierra Neveda Torpedo. Still a very drinkable beer which I recommend

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark copper with some ruby white head, one finger...great lacing

S - A very sweet nose with a touch of hops

T - The first taste I get are the hops...piney and fresh...the sweet malts come in at the end to take away any bitterness...the malts carry a little caramel flavor

M - Medium bodied...smooth and perfectly carbonated

D - This is a good provides the hops but they are not overpowering in any way...perfect balance

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Photo of u2carew
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) Red with some brown hues. Good transparency with visible carbonation bubbles. Pours with a mellow head that settles to the outside edge with some creamy lacing on top.
S) Floral aroma of the hops mixed with malty sweetness. Also notes of peach and citrus fruit.
T) Sweet and mild nose that transforms into a medium toffee body. Ends with some bitterness, but not as much as anticipate via the label.
M) Fizzy, creaminess combines with a relaxed smoothness.
D) A very delicious hoppy red, but dangerously smooth. I chug a few of these without thinking.

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

Thanks to Israel for the brew
Growler poured into my SA glass produced a big two finger off white head that went to a thick lace. Beautiful clear amber colored body on this brew with tons of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of fresh piney slightly floral Cascade hops filled my head. I guess this growler is good and fresh. The flavor is really well balanced between the hops and sweet caramel malts. There was a medium feel in my mouth and great carbonation for my tongue.

I really am starting to like these American Amber / Red Ale's it went down really easy, very sessionable. I would drink this if it was on tap in front of me at a bar and easily recommend it to any one who asked

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Photo of ballewblake
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Duvel Tulip.

Not much of a head on an aggressive pour, minor rim around the ring and large dot in the middle over the etched D. Dark red body, minor lacing. I was expecting loads of hoppiness on the nose, but I'm really getting more malts and some muted hops. Defiantly a sweetness in the nose. Nice mouthfeel with carbonation and body, very mellow taste though. I get the cascades in the flavor, but really this is a kind of an easy drinking session beer for me.

Thanks to Adam (PEBKEC) for the brew.

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Photo of bsend
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served a pint of this at the local pub.

This beer had a nice look to it. Deep amber color that let a little bit of light through. Small off white head finished the presentation.

The brew had a decent aroma. Definite smooth blend of malt and hops finished with small amounts of sugar.

The taste was pretty impressive. Not knowing anything about the beer when I got it, I was immediately impressed with the hops. A moderate balance without any real alcohol burn (surprising with eh 7% abv).

The mouthfeel was average on this one. A little watery from what I was expecting.

The drinkability is definitely there. A decent tasting beverage with no serous alcohol burn. It had a small run at the pub, but if it was always there I would have made it a standard.

Final Thoughts - If you catch this in the pub next time, give it a try. A pleasant surprise, and good entry into the American Amber genre.

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CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,231 ratings
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