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

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours clear dark copper, with an off-white, creamy, dense one-finger head that sticks around. Nice thick lacing.

Nose is caramel and citrusy grapefruit. Just a bit of a hoppy bite underneath.

Taste is sweet, lots of citrusy grapefruit goodness with an underlying layer of slightly dry, aspirin-like astringency. Some light, fruity esters in there as well. Finish is long, firmly bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice, light but crisp carbonation over a lightly sticky body.

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Photo of ATPete
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a bright copper red amber color with a medium sized off white head with good retention and some soapy sticking. Dry bitter leafy hops, dried fruit such as apricot and apple and a red wine grape tartness and earthiness. Lots of hop flavor, fruity hops weak malt character, enough honey sweetness to begin to create balance but it just falls short. Its got a kind of medicinal, alcohol rich aftertaste and a sticky body. Good fizzy carbonation, bright and interesting enough to drink a few but this one doesnt quite wow me.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber, almost leaning towards copper. A nice and foamy head, quite sizable, with a great cling on the glass.

S: Nice citrus, fruity notes of apple and mild plum. Some sugary maltiness fr balance.

T: Some fruit medley... green grapes, green apple, herbal hoppiness with touches of piney flavours.

M + D: Easy to take down ... Nice sparkling carbonation and a nice lingering of flavour.

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Photo of UA8
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruby color with a thick khaki colored head.

S- A bit light on the nose overall but hints of citrus hops, and roasted caramel malts.

T- Leads with a touch of citrus and some kind of smoky flavor. Finishes with a semi sweet malt character and a bit of rind.

M- A touch over carbonated, but nice and round.

D- A solid effort but having had this in the bottle and on draft. The draft is a touch less balanced with bitter hops being more pronounced but the flavors are also less concentrated.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 3.9.09 (post midnight) at home while working.

great head - off white, with superb lacing. hazy awesome reddish copper color nice looking beer. smell is hoppy with some cherries, not much smell, struggled to find something.

slightly sweet taste, hoppy throughout but not 'monstrously' hoppy. hops come and go and don't linger. good medium body taste, the flavor spreads well throughout.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initially purchased & consumed in December. Worked on a couple extras sixers throughout the winter. BB notch of March. First fresh examples of this beer I've ever had in a bottle. Wow.

Ommegang anniversary glass. Light tan lathered head, sticky/scummy lace over a filtered rich dark bourbon amber.

Smell is predominately toasted grains & caramel(lots), spiced sharply with pine & orange rind. Caramel to the point of being honey-ish. Alcohol is quite noticeable for 7%.

Taste is mainly honey, toasted/burnt grains, & husks upfront, with juicy grassy & floral hops making their way in. Some tangerine rind. Not monstrously bitter at all, but very much the pronounced taste of unripened(green) fruit. A big detractor is that the alcohol is all there.

Carbonation is lower then I'd like, body is a bit grainy & slick as well. It finishes dry though, with a hint of remaining bitterness.

Great one at a time, & as a decent substitution for when Nugget Nectar isn't in season.

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

A: Amber-copper, off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, caramel and light grains.

T: Pine, citrus & grass from the hops, nice toffee from the malts, good bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate body is smooth with carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: A hop-forward, but relatively balanced red... quite drinkable.

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

Pours a nice reddish-brown with a nice light tan head that settles to a bubbly and somewhat thick lace after a couple of minutes. The head has some nice stick too.

Smells of burnt sugar and roasted malts.

This beer is pretty well balanced with the hops and malts both coming through nicely. Hops are noticable and pleasent, but they don't hang around in the aftertaste. Almost has some characteristics of a porter.

This beer goes down pretty smooth. I could do a six pack of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: A well made red ale for sure. However, not quite as good as Red's Rye, or Nosferatu.

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

Poured from a bottle. Poured a reddish amber color with a white head that didn't leave too much lacing. The smell was hoppy that followed with hints of citrus fruit. The taste was the same it was slightly bitter with hops and citrus, then finished with a nice malty flavor. Medium body very fresh taste good carbonation.
It was very drinkable. Very good red ale!

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Photo of grayburn
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish color into a tulip at around 50 degrees. bone white head a couple fingers deep. head stayed around pretty well and left some lacing around the glass.
Hoppyiness is front and center, a little malt in the background, barely perceptible.
Taste is very hop oriented as well, not so much bitter as just plain hoppy. The aroma and flavoring hops are certainly the defining characteristics of this beer.
The mouthfeel is pretty good, well carbonated and pretty smooth. Easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden, a well balanced brew.

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

Had on tap at Ordinary Joe's in Oakville, pours a beautiful dark amber in color, nice red highlights, beautiful size head and nice retention. Aromas peeking through are nice cascade hop properties, grapefruit, mango and a nice zip of some malt sweetness. This one taste like your traditional red, a nice dose of malt is backed by a huge amount of fruity hops, nicely balanced and presented well to the palete. Nice carbonation on this one, the malt smooths it out a bit but the hops take over on the finish. I liked this brew alot, has great balance and was tasty to the last drop. Will defintley have this again, an awesome brew from the guys at Ithaca.

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CascaZilla from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,245 ratings