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Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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93
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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 398
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 28
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rlee1390 on 08-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 398
Photo of JohnParadee
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -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 -3.8%
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 +1.4%
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 -3.3%
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 +16.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +5.9%
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!"

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Photo of stjjoseph87
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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 micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Scrapss
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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.!

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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 LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Glennlawless
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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 VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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 wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.