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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The name CascaZilla is a play on both the name of our local Cascadilla Gorge and the monster amounts of Cascade hops in this beer. This red ale gets its distinctive color from a healthy portion of caramel malt, which also lends some body and sweetness to the beer. The predominant flavor and aromoa of this beer, however, is brought to you by the fresh American hops. If you haven’t done so yet, treat yourself to Ithaca Beer’s new monstrously hoppy Red Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1666) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 Reddish brown appearance with a large tan head and good lacing. Citrusy, floral hop aroma. Citrus, spicy, bitter taste with a strong alcohol presence. Dry, medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Sharp, lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Tasty, and a nice IPA/red ale hybrid. Excellent balance and easy drinking. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Reddish amber body, large tan head, great lacing ... a beautiful beer. Nose of sweet malts and PNW hops. Taste of sweet malts, toffee, pine and citrus, with a long bitter finish. Definitely an American IPA, not a red. Enjoyable, though neither intense or complex as my favorite American IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a deep and see through orange color (with a reddish tint to it) with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and caramel. Tastes of oranges, light pine, light caramel with a grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bold, beautiful hop aroma. Pours a nice amber with a thin, off-white head. Refined cascade hops upfront with a slick, caramel finish. Hoppy aftertaste lingers for a good few minutes. Would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1286) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Reddish amber body, beige head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor has that unmistakable piney, citrusy cascade hoppiness, but is balanced by loads of caramel malt. Not until the initial flavor subsides do the hops really take over and dominate the flavor. The finish is simply loaded with hops, and is dry and sticky sweet. Tasty IPA and a good showcase of cascade hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle from Sam the Beer Man, Binghamton, NY. I’m a hop head and this one pretty much smacks that cascade hop flavor without ever becoming truely vicious, hence the red ale designation. This is easy to drink but not overly complex. It is very well balanced but has a somewhat wet to medium finish. I had this one on tap (Rooster Fish, Watkins Glen, NY) as well and the tap version blows the bottled version away.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2006
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with a thin head. Very strong fruit and floral aroma along with some caramel notes from the red malt. The hops is also very present in the flavor along with some maltiness lingering in the background. A bit of a bite in the finish. While I am not a hophead, I did enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wild4mild (38) - USA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle from Thaichile. Dark copper color. Minimal head. Pleasant balance between sweetness and hoppiness. An IPA that I could drink more than one of without getting fatigued by the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2006
2006 bottle on 8/22/06.
Coppery-amber colored beer, not a terribly deep red or anything. Foamy, white head is smattered about, covering some parts and others not. Not much lacing and it sticks to the liquid, never fully vanishing. Clear and filtered is the clarity.
Fruity, hoppy nose strikes clear and consistent. Ruby red grapefruit, peaches, cherries, some lychee. Heavy caramel malt notes in the background quickly bring up the rear and provide support. As it warms, the caramel overreaches a bit, with its hard, candied sugariness. The hop aroma is not terribly varied but still sufficiently juicy. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, no yeast, no alcohol apparency.
Hops again in flavor, but as soon as the citrus and juicy fruit begins to fade, a hard crystal malt edge bites in to the palate, with no suppleness/support due to the filtration. Candied oranges, caramel, plenty of base sugars. Carbonation is rather loose, though not biting. Ithaca is always better on draught, in my experience. Though to this beer’s credit, it talks a big game of hops and does deliver, however cliche the profile may be.

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