Casca Zilla Ithaca Beer

Tasting: November 20, 2012
Style: Red Ale

Casca Zilla

Ithaca Casca Zilla
(c) 2012 popsonhops

From Ithaca Beer’s website: The name CascaZilla (Cas-kuh-zil-uh) is a play on both the name of a gorge in Ithaca called Cascadilla and the monster amounts of Cascade Hops we use to make the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma of this beer comes from fresh American hops. CascaZilla gets its distinctive red color from a healthy portion of caramel malt, which also lends to the beer, a hearty body and sweetness. It is a hoppy red ale! Also — 7% ABV.

Cascadilla Gorge Finger Lakes 2

Ithaca, New York is located in the Finger Lakes region. There are eleven long and comparatively narrow lakes in total. Each points somewhat in a north/south direction and are fairly parallel. On a map, it looks like the earth was scraped with giant claws. Well, essentially that’s true with the giant claws being glaciers that ripped over ancient stream beds during the ice age. The lakes have steep rock walls that fall off to depths of over 400 feet. Finger Lakes make people think of wine not glaciers – probably because wine makes better conversation.

Reddish brown and sweet caramel aroma. Initial flavor is the signature roasted caramel found in red ale. It follows with some spicy grain like rye. Hop is fairly subtle and earthy, only moderately bitter. Body is a little light and it’s got a bit too much carbonation prickle. It’s a nice example of the style, I’ll put it at 86 points.

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