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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 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 (7268) - 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 (5910) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Pours nice red with a little head, not much tho. Nice amount of bite from the piney hops. I wouldn’t say that this is too hoppy however, as the sweet malts mellow out the flavor quite a bit. Malts remind me more of a berry-like flavor than roasty. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JAN 14, 2006
Tap @ Waterfront Ale House. For one thing, the bartender marketed it as a red ale, though I knew it was an IPA. Very different from west coast IPAs. Hoppy, but unbalanced. Heavy on the Cascade hops, which I would have guessed by the name. Somewhat citrusy flavor with a fair share of bitterness. Could have more matls to balance the flavor, but it was tasty none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Piney, hemp-like cascade hopped aroma with a mild peat-like sweetness. Nice transparent amber/copper color with a disappointing fizzy, quickly dissipating off-white head. Hoppy pineiness to start with mild bittering in the middle. Nice roasted malts present to balance the hoppiness. A bit dry to finish. Mild bitterness to finish. I think this is very well done. Wish the head was nicer, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
On draught at Buffalo Brewpub with goldenspunky: Somewhat clear deep amber body with a small eggshell head. The aroma is fresh pine/citrus/leafy hops that are as fresh as any good IPA out there. Taste is pine/citrus/grassy hops without being sticky or resiny, sweet caramel/toffee malt that hides in the background, then the bitter pine hops come through again in the finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Solid, very hoppy, IPA.

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