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Creeker | Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding
87 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
496
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.66%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
71
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CreekerCreeker
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
By no means an ordinary Double IPA. Creeker is all hops with little malt body. Enjoy the intense citrus flavor & aroma with mischievously easy drinkability.

Added by rlee1390 on 08-11-2013

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 496
Photo of Bisco42
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So delicious. This is a DIPA that I believe can stand up against the other heavy hitters. Each sip begs for another. Worth picking up if you can find a Box of Hops.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lord Hobo, which was neat because I didn't know Ithaca kegged any of the Box of Hops beers.

Pours fine. Smells deeply resinous. Which is fine, but this was sampled alongside a handful of other, excellent IIPAs and the lack of balance and variegation was a little disappointing.

Tastes more or less like it smells: mango nodes up front rushing quickly into thick, piney hops and ending with syrupy malt. Not bad at all, but just not up to snuff with top-tier double IPAs.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor and some caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in followed by some booziness. The malt character is on the thin side and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several better 2IPA’s that I would pick first.

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A fingers worth of crisp fluffy whimsical light khaki colored head with a bit of an orange tinge to it... Decent retention... The color is a slightly muted amber... A moderate bit of uber sluggish carbonation... Gobs of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The nose is bright and full of citrus to start... Orange zest... Mango... Pineapple... A second layer of subtle hops emerge and are a bit piney in nature... Little or no malt back bone... This one is rather one dimensional, but in this instance that isn't necessarily a bad thing... The big hop bit on the palate is no surprise, but it takes on a different dimension than expected... Much more piney and resiny than expected... Significantly less citrus than anticipated... Some light lemon zest notes... Medium bodied... Grows more assertive as it lingers... Sticky and a bit viscous... Limited carbonation... A more than respectable American Double IPA, but nothing overly remarkable... Decent enough, but not something I would opt for with regularity given the plethora of world class offering available...

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Photo of gr0g
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Hazy orange appearance. Good head retention and lacing. Poured into a snifter in order to really focus the aroma, and it's a very impressive aroma. Piney and resinous at first, you're then hit by a great tropical fruit medley: pineapple, passion fruit, guava. After that, the resin note comes back to the forefront (though I'd prefer it didn't).

Hops are the star on the palate. Given that this is a DIPA, there's a somewhat solid malt body, but it's not malty-sweet in a Barleywine sort of way like with some doubles. No, there is very much still an IPA. Quite bitter from start to finish, but not a mouth-puckerer. Lots of citrus rind/flesh character, especially grapefruit. Pretty dry on the finish. Great DIPA where the hops are not held back in any way.

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Photo of FLima
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super fresh!
Slightly hazy amber golden color with a thick head with good retention.
Superb aroma from the tropics. Bold notes of mango, honey, passion fruit, watermelon candy, orange-lime zest and pineapple.
Bitter and hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, pine, spices, caramels, lemon zest, mango, cantaloupe melon and American yeast. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Acid sensation, it is not sticky as some DIPAs. Alcohol of 8.5% left the room.
This is a superior DIPA, great aroma and bold flavor. Tropical complexity, piney and bitter. Not overly malty (thus not sweet), letting hops do their magic. Recommended.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of fluffy white head.
Smells very light and fresh, light floral notes - orange blossom? Sweet tangerines as well, a hint of hay.
This tastes lovely. The pale malt and light citrus/floral notes are right up my alley for a dipa. Honeysuckle comes in a bit.
Nice creamy body on the light side for a dipa. Extremely drinkable. I have to get myself some more of this.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a hazy orange with an off-white head.

Smells of sweet citrus and fermented grains with some floral notes and grass in the background.

Taste is delightful and mouth feel is lively. Sweet orange and mango balanced by bitter grapefruit and herb. It is a slick malt backbone and just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love these pale malt DIPAs. Creeker is well executed, with plenty of pineapple, lemon, and pine comingled amongst a lesser sensation of herbal grass pithiness. This beer is really in the same vein as Enjoy By which isn't a bad beer to emulate. Only knock is a bit of booze coming through as it warms. Ithaca's Box of Hops is a winner, and Creeker is the best in the box...Get it while you can...

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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 justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 zimm421
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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 jameswaldo
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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 Keepmywitbieraboutme
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
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!"

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