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The Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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The CreekerThe Creeker

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 23
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rlee1390 on 08-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 55
Photo of knave0927
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good all around. More subtle than most doubles

Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 31, 2014... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde... OCCASION: New Year’s Eve starting out right!... APPEARANCE: pale peach/orange, hazy body with pillow-soft white head that laces substantially... AROMA: thick mango and orange that cut the nostrils; secondary lemon and pepper make for a rather tantalizing aroma... PALATE: whoo! full-bodied, aggressively effervescent attack on the tongue, but quickly it mellows to a superbly sippable smoothness ...TASTE: a bitter hop explosion of orange and spruce that hits hard; palate-cleansing intensity ... OVERALL: well-disguised alcohol that heats up late; among the greats in a "Box of Hops" that has no distinguished offerings--all four are stars in their own right... drinks cleanly, flexes its muscle, and buzzes with its strength...

Photo of finck
5/5  rDev +17.9%

This beer is not retired! It is alive and delicious.

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Golden, typical of a DIPA. Good finer of white head.

S: Pine right off the bat. Then a sweetness like figs and pineapple.

T: Strong bitterness up front true to form, Green apple but not as tart and bitter finish.

M: Bitter hops up front and an oily finish.

O: Very interesting from Ithaca. This was better than average out of a bottle, would be awesome in a can.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is gold/copper, opaque, dense looking, head is bright white, large bubbles, dissipates to a ring and spots with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a big hop blast: mostly citrus, grapefruit prominent, some lighter earthy and pine notes; malt is light, maybe some toast and pale malt.

Taste is big hop forward flavor, more muddled mix of citrus, earth, pine notes; hops are bitter and floral concurrently, with some pleasant tasting as it warms; malt is background, some sweetness, some toast and biscuit. Hop/malt flavor hides stronger abv.

Mouthfeel is pretty balanced for this ale, good bitterness and malt sweetness; abv is not detracting.

Overall, a very solid dipa, nice abundant aroma, good flavor, good strength and good mouthfeel.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a quite foggy gold hue with minimal head. Interesting flavor profile. A mix of earthy and pine and citrus in a very even-keeled kind of way. Smooth and consistent. A nice drinker. An interesting east coast style IPA (and a double at that).Good balance and a rounded character.

Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Golden yellow with a short head that dissipates quickly. Sediment is suspended throughout the glass.

Nose
Navel orange, tangerine, lemon, pineapple and caramel.

Taste
Tons of orange citrus! Navel orange and tangerine. Grapefruit juice, mango, lemon pith and touches of pineapple. Firm caramel backbone balances everything out. Finishes with some nice florals and pine resin.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, moderately bitter, oily and dry.

Overall
Orange citrus bomb! Well balanced and easy drinking.

Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of NewBrewBB (thanks Brett). Best before January notched on the label. Pours an orange-gold hue with a loose, quarter-inch, off-white head and a semi-hazy clarity. Head dissipates into a bull's eye dollop and a creamy band around the shoulders. Some spots and strands of lacing present during the tasting. Nose is fairly subdued - some citrus (perhaps tangerine) and herbal notes and a suggestion of the malt backbone. Taste consistent with nose - flavors are more prominent but come off a bit muddled, with a bitterness towards the back the drops off between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasant carbonation that falls just short of lively. Texture has a slight oiliness to it. Overall, a decent DIPA with a fairly well-hidden ABV; however, this one doesn't really knock my socks off.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chill hazed golden orange body. Big three finger high off-white head with excellent retention. Leaves foamy lacing on the glass.

Smells of intense citrus fruit, kiwi, honey, white grapes.

Taste is a very smooth, modest bitterness. Very excellent. Hop flavor is there, bitterness is very restrained for a double IPA. Body is on the lighter side for the style. Very gentle carbonation, maybe a tad under-carbonated.

So incredibly drinkable it's crazy. The hop profile is fresh, and the body as smooth as it gets for DIPA. This is a dangerous beer. I like it more than I like Flower Power.

Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy and very dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, resinous hop aroma that's bursting with juicy tropical/citrus fruit notes. Very inviting with hints of fresh cut grass and pine needle countered by sweet grapefruit, pineapple, mango and blood orange. Subtle pale malt backbone with notes of bread, biscuit and cracker but this doesn't interfere with the juicy hop presence. Smells pretty good.

Medium body with a blast of dank, earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Dry and sticky with floral buds and bitter, grassy pine needle countered by tart, juicy grapefruit and orange zest. The malt backbone is faint with bread, biscuit and graham cracker flavor. Very well balanced and dangerously drinkable at 9%. Not heat at all, just subtle boozy sweetness in the finish. Complex with delicious flavor profile. Great DIPA!

Photo of JohnParadee
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange pour into a chilled pint glass. Medium head on pour, which dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Classic piney grapefruit on the nose evidence a strong hop presence. There is some earthy mushroom detected here, but it is very subtle and does not detract (if anything, it adds some complexity). On the palate, the hops jump out of the glass, with hints of lemony floral fruit. Nice, ample mouthfeel and strong, warm finish let's you know the alcohol is there. All in all, I like this very much, and hope to drink it again.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Slatetank for the hookup on this one. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden copper color with a finger of off-white head that fades leaving patchy lace.

The aroma is bright and hoppy with herbs. It is rindy and fruity with pulp and zest. Somewhat dank and grassy with a faint fresh bready grain aspect becoming more apparent as it warms up.

The flavor is bitter with pulp, pith, rinds and zest like oranges before getting herbal grassy and dank. A little fruity alcohol component boosts the hoppiness with a little grain sweetness in the finish to contrast and balance.

This is medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very nice DIPA with plenty of hoppy characteristics that are enjoyable. This is worth seeking out. Thanks again Matt.

Photo of zimm421
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint. Appears a light orange color, with very little off-white head. This wasn't poured aggressively, but I was expecting a bit more. Did leave a bit of lacing.

The nose is somewhat muted, but has good citrus and pine notes. Not much else coming through. The taste is full of citrus, pine, alcohol and a touch of sweetness. Up front are the nice citrus and pine notes, followed quickly by the booze, and sweetness. The finish is extremely bitter, and it lingers.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, and it is sticky on the back end of each sip. Overall, this is a good DIPA, but doesn't completely blow me away. Make it affordable and available, and it would be something worth scooping up every now and then.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed deep golden bronze color with a white head and spotty lace. Aroma full of grapefruit and fresh peeled orange. In the taste, much the same, big grapefruit and citrus pith. Slightly toasty malt character adds a pale but firm backing to the onward hop assault. Bitterness is quite strong and cuts what might have been an alcohol taste. Medium bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall this is a delicious double ipa. Quite satisfying.

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this in the box of hops variety case, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is hazy amber with golden hues with rocky light cream with copious lace and excellent retention with fine bead. The smell is lots of citrus and tropical fruit aroma with slight floral hop ester and mild alcohol in the nose. The feel is very good with moderately high bitterness, medium carbonation and mild sweetness with a subtle alcohol warmth and mostly dry finish.

The taste is good with very pungent hops providing a decent amount of grapefruit rind and slight orange zest taste w/ a slight lemony tanginess and slight malt sweetness providing a foundation and rounding out the taste with slight warming alcohol adding a slight peppery element and adding complexity to the layered hop flavors. This is a superior Imperial IPA, lots of hops with very little malt to shield the bitterness and it has a relatively smooth taste not coarse or over the top in any way. I enjoyed this a lot and would recommend it because it has all the flavor of Flower power yet a slightly stronger punch which makes it drinkable and the fact it is not too sweet increases the enjoyment level for me.

Photo of jameswaldo
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was so glad to find this in my first Box of Hops that I had to rush downtown to get another couple boxes. Wish I had a case of just this gem of Ithaca Beercraft!
Bottles have very tasty sediment well worth stirring up gently before pouring high into a pint glass to get thick fine-bubbled foam very thick and plastic bulging up over pint glass rim and settling to thin scrim leaving persistent lace. Turbid orange SRM color around 3 on my chart, pastel vanilla orangesickle. Appearance so pretty I want to watch one while I drink another
Smells of lots of grapefruity hops, yeast, no malt or ethanol in the nose.
Tastes totally dynamite for IPA from tongue tip to back of gullet: perfect complex bittering leaves hops tanning the throat hide for many minutes of blissful aftertaste. Goes great with sourdough beer pretzels and Limburger.
Mouthfeel chewy, dense, persistent, full, rich, imperial, leaving juicy well-whacked salivation and craving for more.
Overall I'm just sad this isn't a steady year-round brew. Tastes like it will last several months, but I wish we didn't have to wait till Oct 2014 for the next batch.

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy light golden yellow in color and has some fine particles visible floating in suspension along with a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and tangerines seem to stand out in particular—along with slight bits of alcohol towards the back end.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by bright flavors of citrusy hops and also has some hints of tropical fruits and alcohol. A moderate to strong amount of bitterness is present. The alcohol becomes a little more prevalent in the taste as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really packs in a lot of hop aromas and flavors but is quite easy to drink because it hides its alcohol very well and there isn't a lot of underlying malts (despite its strength).

Photo of Keepmywitbieraboutme
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I lucked into this beer. Certainly glad I did. Pours hazy and apricot with a finger full of soapy white head. The smell is reminiscent of tropical notes, and the taste and mouthfeel follow through. The craziest thing, however, I do get the slightest hint of white pepper in the aroma and taste! This DIPA has more twists and turns than chubby checker in a blender! I am enamored by it, and wish that it was more readily available. Truly a "must have!"

Photo of stjjoseph87
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange with next to no head. Aroma is citrus, tangerine, and alcohol. This is a destructively easy drinking beer that starts bitter and ends sweet. It has a variety of complexities that are tell tale of a beer that took much care and meticulousness to produce, and I for one truly appreciate that.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to JayORear for sharing this one.

Best before 1/2014.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perhaps my favor of the three beer sample pack that was just recently released by Ithica Brewing co.
The aroma was incredibly peachy, of what style hop I do not know at this point.
The color of the beer was a lighter amber almost golden amber. There was some haze but soon clear, chill haze maybe. A small white head fast fading, really was the only do side.
The taste was sweet from the start and very bitter. The peachy hops were absent. It was hoppy tasting but just not peachy hoppy tasting.
It drinks thick on the palate, resinous and finished quite bitter.
A good beer, I would buy a six pack but not a case.

Photo of Scrapss
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a wide-mouthed champagne-style Pilsner Urquell flute.

A: nice deep straw, slightly hazed, smooth one finger head that dissipates into a 2 mm disk. has minor legs. soapy lacing dissipates quickly.

S: very nice tart tropical fruits and a sweet mild goldings smelling malt. Alot of fruity bitter citrus.

T: follows nose perfectly,starting with a blast of bitter citrus, impossibly smooth mild malted toast followed by spicy bready yeast.

M: smooth as silk, creamy as it warms,...not overly full, with a medium lite body but not watery. Bitter finish as expected. warm malt at post finish. Ultimate outbreath is a little hot and disarmingly smooth for the bitterness that was present. It ebbs and flows between the two sensations.

O: Fantastic DIPA, right up there with DirtWolf and other DIPA that don't attempt to hit you over the head with big hop forward/hop all the time styles. I hate to say it....but the balance and flitting between malty and bitter on the finish makes me want much more of this.

Photo of Omnium
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy light gold 1 finger of soapy white head, little lacing.
S - Awesome aroma, big juicy tropical fruits, big on pineapple, then some mango, a nice pine dankness to it as well, a touch of sweet malt.
T - This is so hop forward, this is what I look to in a great American IPA, big juicy pineapple and mango, some mild pine and grass, light bready malt base, and slightly floury on the end, which is the only thing keeping it from a 5.
M - The 9% is hidden so very well, but the good flavors do fade fast here.
O - To me this tastes like a blend of Firestone Walker Double Jack/ Lagunitas Sucks and Fathead's Headhunter. Big pineapple and mango with a nice dank earthy pine bitterness, just an outstanding brew, lots of flavor, well hidden alcohol. Ithaca, PLEASE make this a year-round addition to your lineup. It'd be a crime to brew this only once.!

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before J(an) notched onto the side of the label.

Pours clouded lighter apricot, moderate off white head, goes to a tiny bubble film and leaves decent looking fine fields of scattered lacing.

Nose is brightly of oranges and grapefruit.

Another tasty and quite worthy DIPA.. More orange, mint and assorted tropical fruits on the palate. Easy drinking and well worth seeking out. Hopefully this one becomes widely available

I really enjoyed it.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz, BBD Jan. 2014
DFH IPA glass

A: Slightly hazy bright orange color. Finger of bright white head. Fluffy head. Sticky lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Syrup like sweetness. Malts.

T: Very nice sip. Good bitterness up front. Candy like tropical fruit sweetness. I like that there is a thinner malt bill than expected. Crisp dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

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The Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.