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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 (draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Nice and clear ruby red pour with about a half inch of white foam. Aroma is loaded with hops. Lots and lots of hops with a slight sweet hint thrown in at the end. The taste begins with a mouthful of hops and a nice sweet balance. The middle is very hoppy and floral with a smooth and hoppy finish. The aftertaste doesn’t stick around as long as I thought it would. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kylelackner (13) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
Had this on tap at the brewery. The pine hops are nearly overwhelming, disguising any other flavors that may be present. It tastes to me like they tried to hop this a little too much and never found the correct balance. However, it tends to run at a reasonable price, and is something i’d gladly drink hanging out in a bar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tanker12 (173) - USA - MAR 6, 2006
Got this in a bottle from the brewery. good mix of sweet and bitter in this beer. tecture is a little light for an IPA. Definatly going to get this one again. Very drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle... Clear, copper ale with orange highlights. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Decent retention. The nose is of pure, fresh, cascade hops. Nothing intricate or complex, but what’s not to like? Tons of grapefruit and light pine. The flavor is medium bitter and a touch salty. Nice, but a little thin. Light to medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Clear amber, thin creamy off white head. Nose of soft grapefruit and florals with touches of earth and caramel. Nice cascade hop flavors without any sharp bitterness. Seems pretty well balanced with the citrus, roasted earth, and caramel blending nicely. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry, bitter finish. A good session IPA...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2006
On tap at Coles. Pours a clear copper with a reddish tint. Nice medium white head with sticky lacing that hung around for a few. Great fresh floral with some grapefruit scents. Crisp pine/grapefruit flavor. Sweet background. Solid , well balanced hoppy IPA throughout, but as blankboy said with a name like this it was missing some "big hops." Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Cask @ Brazen Head. Copper in color with a small white head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Fresh citrus hops. Flavor is malty and hoppy. Caramel notes. Medium bodied. Finish is sweet with a nice hop bitterness. Lots of hops in this beer. Hops are perfectly balanced with malt. Enjoyable. Nice session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a clear bubbly copper with a small diminishing white head. Big aroma of fresh citrus hops with a touch of malt -- it smells wonderful! Flavour’s the same, lots of cascade hops with enough malt to balance it out. Medium bodied. Although it’s hoppy, with a name like "Cascazilla" it’s not as hoppy as I’d like it to be, but it’s still a damn good beer. A great session IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle shard with and courtesy of blankboy. Neat name and label. Pours more of a dark orange than a self described red. Small bubbly white head. As advertised in the nose! A hop monster, huge lovely hop and malt, some alcohol - balanced nicely! Taste...is a let down after such a promising start, but still decent. Dry and watery at first, there is a good late citrus hop punch that redeems it. The problem is that it has only a little bit of the malt and body promised in the nose. A good little sipper. But throw some more malt in there and this would get to play with the big boys of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5428) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
12 oz bottle, via rudolf. Dark copper pour with a small beige head. Good staying power on the head even though it thined some. Big citrus and piney hop aroma over a heavy malt base. You can get a good sense of how big this beer is from the aroma. Big spritzy citric hop flavor backed up by large amounts of toffee and caramel malt. Long bitter finish. Full bodied with a chewy and sticky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation composed of fine bubbles. Imperial Reds, they’re awesome. This is very similar to Terrapin’s BHM, so if you liked that then give this a try. The heavier and deeper malt profile really hides the alcohol well in these and make them more enjoyable to me than standard IIPA’s.

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