Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cascazilla Red IPA (Review)

 I had a stout in my hand this afternoon but put it back in the cooler when I noticed Ithaca Beer Company's Cascazilla Red India Pale Ale. In the check out line I was talking to a female member of an ambulance crew. Once in the parking lot I noticed that, appropriately, the crew was from Ithaca. Perhaps it was fate that I returned to the ever dependable and local flavorings of Ithaca Beer Company, after more recent reviews saw me exploring both Brooklyn and San Diego.

According to the brewer, 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 used to make the beer. As if the Cascades were not enough, Chinook and Amarillo hops were also brewed into the beer, with additional Cascades and Amarillos dry-hopped in for good measure.

This beer is a beautiful red-brown with a significant chill-haze, and as expected the floral aroma of the Cascade is the dominant trait, both in smell and taste, although the intense bitterness of the high alpha acids in the Chinook Hops is also readily detectible. Despite all the “hoppiness,” the caramel malts that give Cascazilla its red coloring also lend the beer some sweetness.

As we drift further away from summer and deeper into autumn, where the mornings are frosty and the leaves have past their peak, but winter has not quite arrived, Cascazilla strikes me as a perfect beer to bridge the divide between crisp, light refreshing summer brews and thick, dark, hearty, comforting winter beers. 

Other Beer Reviews
- Saranac Legacy IPA
- Country Pumpkin
- Green Trail IPA
- Dog Tooth Pale Ale
- Ithaca Apricot Wheat
- Southern Tier IPA
- Firehouse Blonde Ale
- Hop Devil IPA
- Southern Tier 2XIPA
- Stone IPA
- Brooklyn Oktoberfest
- New Belgium Shift
- Cascazilla Red IPA

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