The Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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Avg: 4.23
pDev: 17.73%
Wants: 25
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)

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Beer added by: rlee1390 on 08-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Tulip

A - Hazy two tone orange with a nice one finger head.

S - Right when i opened the bottle it poured out... Sugared Grapefruit and pine. A really juicy citrus smell to it.

T - This is real good. super hoppy but balanced well. As your swallowing alcohol comes in slightly then leaves. Ends on a floral Earthy hop note. mellowed by sweet malt.

M - Medium mouth feel and well carbonated.

Overall, for a DIPA this is very drinkable and mighty tasty. A really solid beer put out by Ithica, yet again.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to utopiajane for this bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold color with a creamy even layer across the top of the glass that lingers, and lots of fine particles floating in the glass.

S - Has a pithy citrus aroma, light floral, pine, oranges, tangerines, some pineapple, light fruit acidity.

T - Very oily. Grassy and floral start morphs into a light citrus fruitiness and finishes with a grapefruit and pine lingering bitterness. There's some sweet malt underneath to keep things in check but always plays a back seat to the hops, a little resiny, and moderately oily.

M - Full medium body and a little thick but overall, just right; coats the mouth with tropical oily resin and gives an almost "cotton-like" sensation.

O - 9% ABV makes for a very healthy D-IPA and there's no burn at all on the way down, kudos to Ithaca for that and great job! Even though the alcohol doesn't create any burn it does create some effervescence that interferes a little with the fruitiness of the hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of zimm421
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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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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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Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my first of Ithaca Beer's Box of Hops. It is just at 50 degrees. It pours with a moderate head of creamy foam that fell leisurely. It lasted throughout the drink in a thin layer on top. The beer is hazed golden yellow. There are all kinds of particles of yeast in suspension in there and they float in the body of the beer, friendly and dappled. Constant stream of bubbles up from the bottom. Has a thickness to it as it pours.

The nose is pink grapefruit. A sharp citrus twang and pine needles. It is ripe and plump with sweet and tangy fruit. Some tropical notes and a stone fruit quality at one point that reminded me of peach. The malt is a light sugar scent. Has a graceful floral and a perky hop herbal. Smells clean and crisp.

Taste is excellent. It has a soft malt that is silky smooth and a tremendous amount of fruit. Citrus, tropical and a bright lemon rind. The pine is like pine needles and the sweetness isn't taking over. There is a touch of onion. There is a smooth and full mouthfeel on this that is a little sticky but not heavy. It coats the palate and lets all the flavors linger there. Finishes dry and with a bright aftertaste of sweet fruit peel and tart juicy citrus and pine. There is not a lot of resin to weigh it down and while it has some oil it's not too much either. Hops are pungent and at their best.

What I like is that the malt is not too sweet and that lets the hop spice character show through in the drink and especially in the finish. I like that the fruit is juicy and the grapefruit stays up in the drink but that the orange is dominant. There is tangerine lightly throughout the drink. The tropical notes give it a drinkable quality but don't really pronounce any one fruit over another. There is no alcohol on the palate just a warming as you drink. The pine is not too outrageous and blends nicely with the character of the beer. It has an all around honey, sticky quality to the mouthfeel that gives you a sweetness but doesn't let you dwell on it. Everything is in good harmony with this beer but it isn't too sweet. The hop bitter is perfection. It's there but it's belongs there and it just falls in to the drink and you don't even notice it too much until you realize that it lingered moderately bitter.

This has no balance and it's delicious. I am facetious when I say that because the malt in this is tremendous. It's as full as it could be without heaviness and delivers all that hop character without stepping into the spotlight at all. It's soft and has bread that never comes to the front.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance- Light gold, somewhat hazy, 1 finger white head

Aroma- Big grapefruit, and citrus, juicy hops, some pine and floral notes as well, slight malt backbone and alcohol

flavor- A little less citrus a little more pine, good bitterness, juicy hops, drinks easier than 9%

mouthfeel- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, some alcohol warmth

Overall- Very nice DIPA, a bit like an amped up flower power. Probably my favorite from the new ones in the box of hops

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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).

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale orange in color and a bit murky. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to wispy cap. Soft, fresh citrus and floral aromas with a hint of pine at the end. Aromas are very subtle. Medium bodied with a slick, oily feel over the top and tangy carbonation beneath. Big citrus grapefruit flavor up front followed by a spicy hop bite through the middle and pine hop bitterness at the end. Malty flavors make a brief appearance through the middle but this is a hop showcase. Finished dryly with lingering pine and floral hop bitterness.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, with thanks to Maria!

It pours a slightly hazy yellow orange with a very small head of foam that settles quickly to a broken layer. Despite the small and quick shrinkage, there's some good lacing to be had.

This is a very aromatic brew. Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit like mango are permeating my nose buds. It has a very oily hoppy nose to it. Seeking out the malt is a fail for me but with all that hoppy goodness going on...

The taste really does bring what the smell more than suggested. All that hoppiness there in spades along with some sweetish malty notes and a hint or 2 of bread. Yum.

Medium body with a sort of light carbonation makes for a delightful mouthfeel.

This is a darn good DIPA. Easy drinking cuz the ample abv doesn't mess things up at all and it's so tasty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bought a Box of Hops pack pretty much for this beer. Hoping it was worth it.

A: Pours a straw/tan color, with reddish hints. A finger of white head dissipates quickly.

S: Pine, grassy/floral hops and citrus. Maybe a hint of pineapple? Dank and spicy.

T: Grassy, floral bitterness up front. Grapefruit lingers on the middle of the sip. Slight tropical fruit sweetness on the back end. A bit spicy/oniony. Reminiscent of maybe Elevated IPA from La Cumbre.

M: Nice carbonation. Medium-thin body. Warming.

O: A very solid DIPA. Not really sure I'd liken this to an imperial flower power. It's more dank and oniony than flower power. Less floral and citrusy. A nice beer and definitely worth trying, but I was hoping for something more special from Ithaca.

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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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The Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
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