SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 8, 2014
bottle. hazy amber. berry fruit and smoke. holy crap! smoked 2ipa. residual sweetness with berry and floral hops and smoke. smooth and velvety palate. a gem for sure!! pinkie (470) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2013
This pours hazed and with a tea like color that sports ruby red hues around the edges. Had a finger of foam that fell slow enough to a thin layer on top then a thin ring. Shimmering wet lace but not much of it and alcohol legs. It’s 11 percent abv. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
The nose is similar to the original Cascazilla and I really like that. It greets you with the dry scent of cocoa powder. It’s light with a touch of malt sweetness and a floral hops that is shear perfume. They don’t blast out at you with any one fruit but give a gentle overall fruity quality that reminds one of sweet grapes. It’s woody and the the malt has a touch of crusty bread on it. There’s a faint hint of char and that’s a surprise. I thought I noticed a trace of cinnamon and a little burnt grain. No alcohol on the nose. There is a touch of pine but it’s so very light.
It drinks so light you keep looking at it. It has a nice fruity hop quality without oil, and without an aggressive bitter. The dryness of the grain is firm and the bread is soft. The alcohol adds dryness too. The malt sweetness is light and the fruit is also light and bright. There is a touch of smoke in the finish and that makes the cocoa powder dance on the palate. It smells like some kind of woody tree with a bright floral scent. The alcohol is warming and it’s a touch boozy. I like it like that. The body of the beer is like silk and without hop oil or too much bitter it goes down so easy. It smells and tastes a little like cognac. Superb.
Very well done! I would buy this again. And it appears to be food friendly as I have paired it with lobster bisque and it was light enough to not mask the cream or the delicate lobster. I also had that with garlic tuscan bread and the burnt grain and crusty bread in this took the light garlic flavor very well. Congratulations Ithaca this one is great!
Muddy reddish-brown color (the description says "russet": spot-on); opaque as a swamp. Not a ton of head; slushy at the top. There is, however, a deceptive amount of carbonation, which can be seen by quickly tipping the glass back and forth, showing a cascade of dark bubbles.
The aroma is incredibly boozy. There is a mustiness to it, with a gritty, grainy malt character. The woody hops are buried under this strength at first. A little sulfuric in the nose, but that doesn’t detract.
There is a boozy, Bourbon taste, giving off a sort of cherry cordial malt flavor. The hops are both piney and flowery, balanced with very grainy grain-alcohol flavors.
The feel is very thick and very creamy. This is less an imperial IPA than it is a hoppy barleywine. It’s very good but there is a heft to it that I wasn’t expecting. This is a pretty intense experience, and a pretty outstanding brew. Let it warm up and drink slowly. Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle, notched "best before Feb." Pours clear, dark red and ruby-colored, with a small orange and beige head. Aromas of spicy floral and piney hops, grass, and some sweeter malty elements (raisin, caramel). The flavor is bitter grass at first, but followed immediately by a flood of unexpected smoked malt and peat, with notes of bacon and smoked meat. Alcohol heat is present, with a bitter grassy finish. Aftertaste is meaty, smoky, and spicy. Low to medium carbonation, and full-bodied, lending a creamy mouthfeel with a warming quality. Thick and lovely on a cool evening. This is pretty good; the smoky qualities were interesting, but not unwelcome. This drinks really easy for 11%.  NikkTwist (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Appeared to be an opaque black pour at first but showed to be a dark clear rusted brown under bright light. Foamy off-white head that left a lot of lace. Strong blunt cigars and dark fruit. Bitter brandied plums. Earthy hops. Truffles. Birch. Varnish. Liquid raisins. Peppers. Liquorice. Band-Aid. Medium-full body. Big ladting spicy fonish. Flavors are a bit harsh but in good balance. Not subtle but pleasantly abrasive.
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle from the mixed 12 pack. Pour has a brown color with a cap of off white head that fell back to a ring. Aroma has sweet malt, perfume, pine, faint citrus, caramel, and some fruits. Light alcohol is there when you take a big sniff and bits of dank bud pop in and out. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation is medium high. Flavor has some smokey roast, rich malts, perfume, dark fruits, pie spices, pine, and caramel sweetness. This is quite a big beer and the alcohol does come through but it does not become too much rather lending some heat. The burnt and roasted side really came out in the flavor lending an almost peat flavor at times. More of a barley wine in drinking and the hop flavors do start to come through once you adjust to the strength of it. Brewbie (479) - New York, USA - OCT 24, 2013
12oz bottle. light cola color, small tan head. huge, wet, hop aroma. some caramel sweetness in the background. first taste is a real mix of flavors to sort out. hops, sweetness. bit of a burn in the finish offset by the touch of sweetness and hops. I tend to drink a lot less hops in the winter months, but I could see myself sipping one of these in the evening like I would a big stout. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Caramel, floral green hops, and some sweet fruitiness. Lighter alcohol in the finish. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours deep mahogany with with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. The aroma has a mix of nutty maltiness and hoppy astringency. The taste is almost a mix of ipa and brown ale. Semi bitter with a nutty sweet finish. ganache (5910) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle best before Jan/Feb of the coming year. Nose is very hoppy, a blast of slightly sweet wood (pine), resin, some base caramel. A jolting berry/fruity note right up the middle. Pours a deep, cloudy copper with solid ruby highlights and a dense tan head under lace and light legs. Strongly bitter taste with very big but barely-controlled alcohol; medium sweetness and a light herbal/vegetal note. Bitterness is nicer in the aftertaste. Full body nears obesity, really warms up the chest, stickies lips. Resin is smoothed out, the malt is dull but fairly rounded, faint citrus under very heavy pine and light berry, perhaps some cherry and peach, melon. Best part is the very first flavor I recognized, the dense blast of smoke, and how it recedes and winds its way around the others. Dank, muscular hops and some good complexity from the malt bill, though I suspect there’s a little too much segmentation there and consequently ’white noise’ washout; but ultimately fresh and satisfying.