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The Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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The CreekerThe Creeker

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57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 303
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 26
Gots: 31 | 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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 303
Reviews by jameswaldo:
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4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.44/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +5%
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!!!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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...

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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The Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.