CascaZilla | Ithaca Beer Company

very good
1,228 Ratings
no score
Send samples

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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,228 |  Reviews: 586
Photo of whallgren
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent ruby brown, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Good deal of citrus hops, caramel malt and a tad bit of grass.

T-Balance of caramel malts and citrus hops. The finish has some bitterness, not over powering but well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, a tad on the watery side though.

O-A wonderful beer, not as good as Nugget Nectar but the everyday availability is a huge plus.

 404 characters

Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TequilaTom
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Glev91
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not enjoying this bottle as much as the draught had in the Ithaca region (where bottle was purchased).

Hazy, dark amber with limited head and lacing. malt-forward aroma with surprisingly heavy oak tannins. Flavour is also malt-forward, with a dusky roasted backbone. None of the citrus or pine hop tones I remember enjoying on tap.

Believe this is a specific bottle issue - storage or bottling - rather than a recipe issue or problem with the beer itself. Will definitely try again, but may well purchase a single next time...

 529 characters

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -74.1%

Photo of jstein89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of grannaniwa
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Stockfan42
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of PKing
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of match1112
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: reddish brown body. half finger of tan head.

s: nice bouquet of hops and sweet malts.

t: citrus hops and caramel malts with some bread in the background.

m: medium body starts out crisp from the hops then kinda melts into a smooth caramel body. decent carbonation and a little dry on the finish.

o: very good. really glad laxer8811 sent this!

 349 characters

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Googs
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of NoProblem
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MikeConklin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.