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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Orange-red body, small tan head, PNW hop nose. Hops are rather subdued in the flavor; creamy malt body, fairly sweet; finishes with medium bitterness and a hint of mintiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Fairly clear copper body, medium light cream head. Tangy, somewhat caramely aroma with piney, earthy hops. Toasty body, sweet, caramely, and a touch tangy, with a nice balance of earthy hops. Not too bitter; this is on the tangier, fruitier side of IPAs. Full mouthfeel and finish. As the beer warms the rather substantial malt bill really begins to shine with big caramels and dark fruit; my Munich sensor is beeping. Thanks Dan (jah noth) for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 Dark amber color, nearly no head. Aroma of citrus, mainly grapefruit, with some caramel malts in the background. Mildly sweet malts up front, with some citric hops following. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 (12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with jah noth, thanks Dan!) I do not think this is living up to its billing as "monstrously hoppy". This is a moderately bitter IPA, but not even close to being over the top. But it is nicely balanced by a somewhat roasty maltiness which makes me question the classification of IPA. There seems to be a general sour character to the flavor, though its light enough to be tolerable. Fairly dry on the palate. For whatever reason, the nose is reminding me of the floral, spicy aroma of a Viognier, except that this beer’s aroma is a touch sour too. Dark amber in color. Small off-white head maintains a thick rim around the edge of the glass, and leaves sporadic oddly shaped patterns of lace. You know, with a name like Cascazilla, I guess I was expecting more out of this beer, so I’m a bit disappointed. It’s decent stuff, but just an average, routine beer to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pours a deep amber with a lite bubbly, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of oxidized cascades and a fair amount of diacetyl. Oxidized flavors with a fair amount of orangy hop flavors. Huge amounts of diacetylw/ a med bittered finish. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Pours a nice dark red/amber. The hops are evident in the smell, but not as evident as some dry hopped IPAs. The taste is full with crisp malt and nice floral hop aftertaste. Beer appears to have a nice body and perfect alcohol content for a session IPA. Ithaca’s best beer yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
On tap at Clarke’s Ale House...3.25$! Red copper ale with a small white head. Light floral hops aroma, but not much else. Decent malts, lots more hops but short finish. Light body, lacks in character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
One of my new favorites. Pours a golden amber with a nice 1/2’’ head. Hops are present in the aromas, which follow through in the flavor and pallate, along with citrus, a hint of malt, and gobs of hoppy goodness. In sum, killians irish red + your favorite IPA = goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2004
This is my favorite from ithaca so far. Loads of cascades in the aroma and flavor. Nice medium amber color with a decent head and good lace. Hops backed up by some pale malt in the flavor. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle pours coppery amber, medium frothy off-white head, very light carbonation, with fairly sticky lacing.   Sweet citrusy hoppy aroma, smells quite nice.   Clean, hoppy flavor, with a zesty lemony sorta citrus bite.   Slightly aromatic, a bit floral.   Body is a bit light, but mouthfeel seems alright.   Quick finish, some malts and grapefruit, but the hops don’t linger.   This would really be more suited as an American Pale Ale.   Still fairly tasty, clean, and somewhat crisp.   Just not heavy or hearty enough on the hop factor.   Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!

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