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The Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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The CreekerThe Creeker

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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 23
Gots: 24 | 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.

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Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by corby112:
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!

More User Reviews:
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 of 4 beers in Ithaca's "Box of Hops" variety pack. I believe this is one of 2 or 3 of the 4 that were brewed specifically for this pack.
Poured into oversized wine glass; clear light orange-yellow with a thin fizzy white head that fades into a thin ring of foam rapidly.
Smell is very powerful, awesome; big wave of tropical fruit which morphs into spicy notes of bitter herbs, onion, and booze.
Taste is sweet malt which quickly bows out of the way to hops everywhere. Dank herbal and oniony hops, tropical fruit, and spicy alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, finish is sticky and bitter.
Overall, I assume that this being described down below as "Flower Power's older brother" is just because it's Ithaca's double IPA, and Flower Power is their IPA, rather than implying that it's a "double" version of Flower Power, because it certainly isn't.
I said in my Flower Power review that I'd love to see what Ithaca can do with a double IPA, and I'm not disappointed. This is an unabashed and bombastic double IPA, definitely a great start to the Box of Hops.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my pint glass with a light golden hazed hue with big frothy white head, fine speckled lacing left on the sides of the glass. The smell alone on this beer is amazing, keep sniffing bountiful layered hops. Big herbal, grassy, citric grapefruit minimal tropical notes, there also hints of spicy herbal notes think just a touch of garlic/green onion. Complex aroma leads to a very balanced but bountiful hop profile. This is a serious beer with multiple complex hop aromatics, vinous notes right off the vine. Big green fresh hops, citrus peel mainly grapefruit, hints of pineapple flesh, and some dank herbal weed notes. The biscuit malt provides enough sweetness to keep things perfectly balanced and bready without hitting any cloying characteristics on the palate. Mouthfeel is resinous filled with hop oils, keeps the palate perfectly lubricated for the next sip of this amazing DIPA. Overall, why are people going ape shit over Dirt Wolf when there are beers like this being produced, I can't wait to see if they decide to release this in six packs...that would be a wise business move, plus it would make me very happy!!!

Photo of CloudStrife
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before January notched on the label.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a mostly dense white head. Too opaque to see any visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Quite a nice hop aroma on this one. Citrus is very strong along with herbal and earthy tones. Malts are faint and very light.

T: Hops are the center of attention on this one. Floral and earthy tones blend with a citrus and spice quality. Very nice. Malts don't take over and dominate the backend despite the beer being strong.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that goes down very smooth. Finish is clean considering the amount of hops in this one. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall a real solid double IPA from Ithaca that needs to be more available. As others have said this is reminiscent of flower power just a bit more amped up. Pick it up if you can find it.

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 asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was going to originally go with the Box of Hops, but I got the growler fill up instead at Finger Lakes Beverage Center instead.

Appearance: Deceptively light-looking, with the golden straw color dominating, backed by a bit of light copper or orange. Bright white head that gets going fast but fades fairly quickly , though it gravitates above the body of the brew nicely, and leaves some good droplets and minor sheets of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An awesome floral and citrus melange, with a lot of nuance going on also. I love the tropical flavors coming through, with some pineapple and mango, and of course some citrus, with less of a grapefruit aroma, and more of some lemon and orange juice concentrate going on. There's some good pine resin and grapefruit zest also, which I differentiate a bit from the actual peeled fruit. One of the better aromas from a DIPA I've had the pleasure to get a sense of in a while overall. Balanced and complex and nuanced all in one.

Taste: Though to be this beer is pretty balanced, the back end provides more depth with bitterness than it does with malt balance, and because of that, this is the hop head's brew. Not a lot of candied fruit or malt finish to it, which I like, since some of that lead to cloying or overly honey-flavored or residual sugars not going away. Again, this is balanced, and the candied fruit and malt characteristics are certainly there in the long finish, but the hop resins and citrus and tropical fruit dominate, with tons of flavors happening as it warms. Everything is there in the aroma, rollicking around in different ways, and you even get some husk and earthiness that I like a lot also. This is a monster at 9%, but it's extremely well done with every characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but nothing more, which again surprises me, since I don't think it's anywhere close to easy to get a big this huge with flavor that doesn't seem either cloying or heavy-bodied or both, and it succeeds in spades.

Drinkability: One of my favorite DIPAs I've had in a long, long time. Need to get the Box of Hops to try the others -- aside from Flower Power, which I already love, and I imagine others who do will also be a fan of The Creeker -- but I don't see anything else in there being better than this. Seek it out if you're a DIPA fan. Very impressed, and if I can go back for more, I'll be stocking up on this for a while.

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 finck
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a short airy white head that settled into a light ring.

Citrus aroma, mainly grapefruit, slight grass. The aroma is kind of subtle, I was expecting a bigger punch. It seems like a nice aroma but its just very subtle.

The taste is of a mild malty sweetness. Not heavy like some DIPAs can be. The hops provide a bright citrus note and a blast of pine. Grapefruit notes, perhaps some orange. Bitter but flavorful. Could use a bit more citrus notes.

The beer has a moderate to full body with tingly carbonation. Great balance for a DIPA. Has a lingering piney bitterness in the end.

A good but not great DIPA. I would like to see more citrus and buddy hop flavor. I appreciate the balance though.

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden-copper with a thin white head that remains for quite a while leaving some slight lacing in the glass.

Smell is a huge hop blast -- mango and grapefruit dominate with a soft caramel malt sweetness in the background.

Taste starts off with hops and mango. Fades into citrus: grapefruit, passion fruit. Finishes up with piney grapefruit flavors and a long, dry bitter finish. Hints of alcohol. Very subdued malty sweetness in the background throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

Overall: An amazing double IPA just as it should be: the malty sweetness is there, but subdued to let the hops dominate this beer. Very complex fruity hops dominate and it's exceptional drinkable. Would definitely seek this out if it were available outside the "box of hops."

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Box of Hops purchased at Wegmans in Pittsford, NY.

Pours a clear hazy yellow. Full fluffy head, 2 inches, globs of sticky lacing. Some floaties visible.

Smell is of equal amounts of citrus and pine. Very fresh and clean smelling.

Strong citrus here- grapefruit, mango, orange, and pineapple. So clean. Strong lingering bitterness is very welcome, and palate shredding. Don't drink anything else after this one.

Medium bodied, dry and crisp. Alcohol is well integrated and hidden.

Doesn't beat Flower Power for drinkability, but has more intense flavors for sure.

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

A: deep gold body, hazy, with a few fingers of off-white foam head; some lacing left behind

S: citrus forest and pith; some sweet grain and malt aromas, but mostly a nice crisp hop bill

T: solid malt base - caramel and honey, rugged and chewy, but tightened by a massive citrusy hop bill that just cascaded across the palate

M: light and tight - not too dense or heavy, with a crisp and bitter finish, almost dry

O: the best offering from Ithaca's Box of Hops (discounting Flower Power, which was more of a know entity) - a light drinking DIPA, focusing on a balance between a solid malt profile and a brilliant hop display - well-constructed ale sure to delight fans of IPAs and DIPAs and beyond.

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 rlee1390
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy yellow one finger head, some carbonation.

S-Woah. Great hop presence, citrus and tropical notes abound with some mild malt.

T-Great balance. Starts with some caramel malt and then ends with amazing tropical notes and nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and hop resins/bite.

O-An amazing DIPA. Tour guide called it "Flower Power's Older Brother" it is a well balanced beast of a DIPA.

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 DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says best by January so its probably a couple months old. Into a pint glass
A - Very bright yellow with great carbonation making a solid inch of head that sticks around. Love the lacing very sticky.
S - The smell gets me pumped with mild pine and citrus hops, almost in the vein of wet hop (which may explain the one time release) Balancing malts are great also I just want to taste it!
T+M - Kind of disappointed at this point (two months old) it's kind of watery giving me a light to medium body but it's got a good hop bite that keeps it from being old and malty. After drinking it for a while it reminded me of "flower power" but easier drinking since I have had flower power and remember it having a grainy alcohol bite. Tasty.

Overall for 3 dollars a bottle this isn't as good as say "Dirt Wolf" which is in high demand for being 8 dollars a four pack but it's still very drinkable in a fact dangerously drinkable. One of the top DIPA's I have had this year.

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 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 BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very cloudy golden; small off white head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. There are floaties/sediment swimming around if you really look at it. The aromas are very nice. They're full of sticky grapefruit along with some pineapple and mango. Lots of sweet malts in the mix. The flavors are pretty juicy with lots of citrus. More grapefruit along with hints of lemon and lime. Nice amount of hop resin. More grapefruit. Extremely subtle caramel notes. This one has a solid malt backbone and the malts are noticeable, but definitely not in a bad way, I'm just saying. The malts actually accent the hops. It's ultimately bittersweet, but the hops shine. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied; slightly slick with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's fun and easy to drink.

They should give The Creeker its own release as a seasonal or year-round. This is a great DIPA. It has a bit of a west-coast vibe fused with some east-coast staples. This definitely has an enjoyable hop profile. Well done.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a cloudy orange with a one finger white head that fades quickly. Par for the course, nothing outstanding

S- nice smash of tropical fruit. Not a very strong aroma, but it's there

T- slightly bitter, a little juicy - not overly. Tropical citrus bite. Kind of middle of the road

M- medium bodied on the thicker side. Slight burn. Not bad

O- not in love with it, plenty of better options out there - but it's not a bad beer by any means. Just sort of middle of the road for the style

Photo of gabedivision
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tumbler glass

A- pours a hazy off orange straw with a pillowy white 1 finger head

S- Big mango and orange right up front hop juice all the way. some caramel, a little bready with some faint alcohol floating around

T- Booze seems to touch up front, followed by pine, and tons of citrus fruits, mango, papaya, peaches, oranges just wow. A lot of sweetness midmouth, some more booze on mixed with some grapefruit tart and bitterness on the finish.

M- Light bodied for a high gravity beer, very easy to drink, smooth, full of teeth grinding sweetness, finishes dry and bitter.

O- It's been a great year for east coast DIPA's with Alchemy Hour, Dirtwolf and now this, truly Flower Power's bigger brother. Packed full of citrus just absolutly delcicious, hope this makes its way into 4 or 6 packs or bombers. cheers!

Photo of TangTKE402
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color is a light straw hue with a thick haze that makes it almost opaque. A nice, foamy 1-finger ecru head dissipated to a bubbly ring and left a touch of lacing.

S: Big hop aroma, with a strong pine presence and a light, sweet malt backbone. Inviting, without much in the way of boozy esters (though they're hinted at.) Dominant smells of pine tar and needles, some grapefruit rind, an earthy acidity, and a touch of caramel.

T: Aggressively flavored with tons of hops, and a potent flavor profile. Bright lemony start, with a dry-hop spine, and a resinous, piney finish. Some fruit esters with a boozy punch linger in the mouth and nasal cavity. Other notes of flowers, grapefruit rind, peach schnapps, and lemongrass are buried in the flavor.

M: Strong, hoochy, and sticky on the tongue with a syrupy finish. Dry and hot in the afterfeel. The alcohol definitely comes out in the feel.

O: A great DIPA for those who love strong, aggressive and hoppy beers. Personally, I think they could find a way to hide the alcoholic esters in the feel/flavor without sacrificing the major hop profile. Overall, if you seek big DIPAs, this one is worth picking up the Box of Hops for.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into mason jar

A: Yellow, straw and light orange. Translucent. 2 finger head that lingers to a slight lacing around the edge.

S: Big citrus, pineapple, papaya and earthy hop aromas mixed with very slight caramel malts on the backbone.

T: BIG hop flavor from start to finish. Almost no malt to speak of. Tropical fruits: mango, pineapple, papaya and a nice grassy, pine undertone. DIPA to the roots. Long lasting bitterness that leaves you wanting more and more.

M: Medium bodied, very drinkable.

O: Very solid DIPA. Ithaca never seems to disappoint. I definitely like this the most out of the 3 limited brews in the Box of Hops. Truly Flower Power's bigger brother, which has been one of my favorite IPA's for years. It is a nice west coast meets east coast DIPA. I truly hope they make offer this in a 4 pack or 6 pack, at the very least a bomber!

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.

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The Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.