Cascazilla

Had this a few times, including last month at the Brewery, but this review is from a 12 oz bottle that I bought at the Brewery about a month ago.
Pour is fantastic; a rocky head that produces great lace with plenty of retention.
The color of the body is perhaps one of the best! Reminds me of a classic ESB from England, even though the beer is a LONG way away from such a brew!
A classic example of the American Red style with potent hops, but bitterness that is tempered by a dry, rich malty backbone. Perfectly balanced, this is one aggressive beer, but, at least for the style, the ABV and other characteristics stay perfectly in balanced.
A really quintessential beer in the style and it comes without pretension.
I like this beer a LOT, it pushes the taste buds but keeps everything well within sensible parameters. No mean feat with this type of beer. Well done.

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08/21/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.0 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.35
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