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76 82 62 4 14 6

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Ithaca Beer Company
 
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Review by joe1510 on 12/09/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2009
12oz bottle.

Got this brought back for me from New York. I've been looking forward to trying it. I could smell the hops as soon as I popped the cap off. Poured an amazingly crystal clear amber. A 1+ finger micro bubble off white head sits on top that fades slowly to a very respectable coating. Minimal web-like lacing.

Like I said before I could smell this as soon as it was opened. After the pour I took a couple deep breaths of Cascazilla and I got hints floral hops but mostly citrus. There is a strong candy like caramel malt presence in there too. The deeper I smell more I can almost detect a dampness.

The taste is really nice. The strong caramel presence is in the taste as well. There is a nicely balanced hop presence. The caramel maltiness starts thinks off a little faint but I'm quickly hit by a BIG hop and malt kick in the taste buds by mid-palate. Fineshes with the same flavors but more subdued. The hops leave the smallest amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice. It has a solid medium body. Good amount of carbonation opens up the flavors in the mouth and really livens things up. Slightly coating with some abuse from the hops.

This is a pretty easy drinker. There are big flavors but the alcohol is moderate. I could easily sit around and drink a few of these at a time.

Cascazilla is a damn fine beer. I wish I could get my hands on it around here cause I love big, hoppy reds. It would be a staple in the fridge if I could get it. If you're lucky enough to see this at the store pick it up and give it a try.

Reviewed: 11/14/06

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Pours a clear, dark amber color. A one finger plus, off-white head takes form, with good retention. Lightly active carbonation tends to the ever present collar around the glass. Nice lacing.

Aroma is primarily of sweet malts and floral hops, along with earthy, bready notes.

This is definitely hoppy... but not overly so. There is a good strong malt backbone to help balance things. A touch sweet at very first, then quickly a strong blast of citrus and pine. Biscuity and becoming quite dry into the finish, where the strong hop tone carries through.

Medium in body, with an oily, yet abrasive mouthfeel-not a bad thing IMO. Excellent carbonation.

Old 'Zilla is a fave of mine... kinda like an old friend. Was the first Ithaca beer I tried, and really grabbed my attention. Not overly hoppy, but by no means weak. This is a fairly abrasive beer- think DIPA meets Red Ale- it will scrub the tongue.
I absolutely love it, and along with Flower Power, these are my go to beers (can't get enough). An interesting, and satisfying beer.
Highly Recommended!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 7 12 3 6 2008
Best By October; Sampled August 2008
A sharp pour produces a three finger-thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a clear, deeply red stained, dark amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear fully red, copper color. As I pour this really sticky, huge aromas of crystal malt waft from my glass. A closer inspection yields an ample hop character that helps to tame the crystal malt abuse; the hops contribute bright aromas of candied grapefruit peel, tangelo and some light lychee notes. The crystal malt character contributes toasty malt notes, sticky caramelized grain touches and a sort of toffee / brown sugar sort of Maillard-type note. The aroma is not nearly as bad as that first pure whiff of crystal malt suggested and is actually somewhat more balanced towards the hop character than that of malt.

Quite frothy and a bit over carbonated, the beer definitely foams a bit as it hits my tongue. Once this is vigorously swirled to a more manageable carbonation level I can notice that sweet, caramelized malt notes accentuate a sticky, citrus character reminiscent of tangelo zest and grapefruit. There are some notes of pine here as well, but these come in more towards the finish where there is also a substantial, but well tempered by the malt, hop bitterness. As the beer warms in my glass the crystal malt flavors become more pronounced; lots of caramelized malt sugars, sticky, with some astringent grain notes and an almost bitter malt character.

Not bad, but the focus on the crystal malt character can be a bit much at times. If I wasn't focusing on tasting this beer the over-use of crystal malt really wouldn't bother as much as it does.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Originally reviewed 07/27/06

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A - Nice dark red, amber color. Big, billowing white fluffy head.

S - Sweet hop presence. Citrusy. Lightly toasted malts.

T - A masterpiece of sweet, citrusy hops. Very well balanced with caramel malts.

M - Carbonation is prickly and tickles the tongue. Medium bodied.

D - Super easy to drink. Definitely a regular if I could get it.

Served In: Pint Glass

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