Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ithaca Cascazilla

The last of the beers sent to me from Dan in Binghamton (he also sent me the Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest, but I just did a text review of that one - it's on my website if you want to read it). I wasn't too crazy about the Ithaca Cold Front or the Nut Brown Ale, but this is a hoppy amber/red ale. Ithaca Flower Power is one of my all-time favorite beers, so would Cascazilla follow in FP's footsteps or would it be just another mediocre offering?

By the way, this is episode #399 and I do have something pretty special planned for #400 tomorrow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (621) - Albany, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Poured a 12oz bottle into a seidel mug.

Appearance: Like muddy water - extremely hazy, virtually opaque brown. Decent head - tan, foamy, no lacing. Ok retention.

Smell: Brewed with cascade hops alright. It’s tropical fruit and citrus with a piney backbone.

Taste: I’ll bet this beer is dry hopped. From start to finish it’s a fairly intense hop bitterness and noticeably dry. Like liquid sand. I get a biscuity malt texture and taste, not unlike an Irish red. Citrus and tropical fruits are strong up front. As it warms it becomes more piney.

Mouthfeel: Intense dry bitterness. Fruit flavor doesn’t linger very long, but neither do the hops. Slighty crisp body, not syrupy.

Drinkability: Arrid taste and feeling can be annoying if you’re not a hophead (but I am, so I liked it). 7% ABV seems perfect here.

Overall: a tasty, robust beer, but not very complex. Very enjoyable.

Grade: 8/10

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