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The Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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The CreekerThe Creeker

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 292
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 2.59%
Wants: 24
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jameswaldo
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (1,124 characters)

Photo of jduff
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A Poured from bottle to pint glass. Hazy golden orange with 2 finger head.
S Strong pine aroma
T Heavy hop taste up front lingering aftertaste
M Lingering hop flavor yields an excellent finish
O This is about as good as a DIPA as I've had. Yes I'm including Pliny the Elder. Outstanding. (291 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy light yellowish orange with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: floral and mildly earthy hop aroma is upfront, with some softer citrus tones lingering in the background.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, mango, floral bitterness, and a bit of warming alcohol make up a well balanced beer. A hint of earthiness shows up at the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Dryness arrives late. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall: this was a very tasty beer that despite the higher alcohol level was super easy to drink. I think this may have surpassed Flower Power for my favorite Ithaca beer. (688 characters)

Photo of stjjoseph87
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.! (887 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Keepmywitbieraboutme
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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!" (451 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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!!! (1,135 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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. (2,417 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a poco grande glass.

Pours a beautiful bright gold tangerine color with a white 1 finger head. Leaves a trailing lacing down the glass. Body is hazy and cloudy, still has tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom to the last sip.

Tons of grapefruit, orange and all kinds of citrus and pine come flowing out of the bottle from the pop of the bottle cap. A little cat piss smell (and I can't believe I am saying this but that's what I am picking up.)

Tons of hops bash the tongue followed by a great malt sweetness on the end. Grapefruit tartness on the tip of the tongue with a lemon across the middle followed with a bread malt on the end.

A even amount of carbonation to keep the hops in line and that sweet finish that makes me want to keep going back for more.

Overall a great DIPA! It's like Flower Power X10! Hopefully this will make it into a regular rotation in Ithaca's line up! (923 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Aroma of cit­rus, grape­fruit, pine, and some flo­ral notes. Hint of dank. Taste is all about bitter. Sweet malt notes occasionally come through, but the resiny hop bitterness quickly reclaims your palate. Grapefruit, lemon, pine resin, tropical fruit, a lot going on palate-wise. Very delicious. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter. Overall, a very impressive DIPA from Ithaca. (490 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy peach color. Thin head is very thin. Lacing is light, white threading along the glass.

S-Fruit juice hops. Peach and pineapple hops. Grassy hops as well. Good amounts of citrus and flowery hops.

T-Quite delicious. Bitter fruit juice hops again. Peach, mango and pineapple juice. Spicy and grassy hops, too. Grapefruit and orange with a long, piney and grassy hop finish. Puréed fruits.

M-Moderately resinous. Higher bitterness. Moderate carbonation. I enjoy the oily feel. Still maintains a high level of drinkability.

O/D-Another gem that can eat at the same lunch table as Flower Power. This one is really set to my taste in regards to DIPA/IPAs. Love that ripe, juicy fruity hop flavor. I hope they make this again. (738 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Servign Type - Bottle

Appearance - Nice golden tan/amber with a thick, foamy 2 inch head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Citric fruits, orange, pineapple, lemon, peaches. Sweet added sugars and spices round out this hop heavy aroma.

Taste - Starts out with a citric kick, lots of oranges and pineapple along with some added sugars and lemon. Very smooth and easy drinking, yet plenty of hop kick. Slight malt backbone with a alcohol note that reminds you this is a dipa. Bitterness near the finish along with some lemon and honey.

Mouthfeel - Sweet citric hops coat the tongue with sweet fruity flavors and minor bitterness. Palate gets more of the hops along with added sugars, slight malts and some alcohol. The aftertaste comes up sweet, slightly bitter and warm.

Overall - This is a nice beer. Full of flavor, yet smooth, easy to drink and not overly sweet nor bitter, or is it too bitter. For a double ipa, drinks like a regular ipa and doesn't ruin the palate. This beer is worth being released in 6'ers yearly. Awesome beer! (1,039 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (1,048 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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." (800 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (848 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy orange color with a light amount of head that settled to none very quickly. A light citrus smell with some orange notes, not an overpowering scent at all. Citrus, orange and other fruit flavors hide the alcohol that I tasted with the first couple sips. Minimal malt flavor that is nice. This is very light feeling with a little it of a bubblyness for having the an alcohol content of 9%. Very smooth and balanced with the flavor is not lasting on the tongue.

Overall this is an easy drinking 9% double IPA. I would consider it good, but it will not be one of my go to Dobule's. (620 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy golden-orange, with only a hint of whitish head on top. Still some splotches of lace, however, notwithstanding the headless body.

S: Real nice nose - grapefruit and white grapefruit peel or pith, plus tropical fruits and a touch of garlic.

T: Follows the nose, but starts out with a modestly bready foundation before the hops take charge. Again, grapefruit, white grapefruit and garlic/onion are all noted. The 9% ABV, however, is noticed only as a warming sensation in the belly. It is well-masked in the taste. Finishes with a palate-coating grapefruity bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

M: Body is medium-to-heavy in heft. Carbonation is modest and fine-prickled.

O: A nice DIPA that drinks lighter than that 9% ABV. (801 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (549 characters)

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The Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.