The Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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The CreekerThe Creeker

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 23
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 LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of Glennlawless
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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!!!

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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

Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of timmy2b
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of gabedivision
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very cloudy golden; small off white head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. There are floaties/sediment swimming around if you really look at it. The aromas are very nice. They're full of sticky grapefruit along with some pineapple and mango. Lots of sweet malts in the mix. The flavors are pretty juicy with lots of citrus. More grapefruit along with hints of lemon and lime. Nice amount of hop resin. More grapefruit. Extremely subtle caramel notes. This one has a solid malt backbone and the malts are noticeable, but definitely not in a bad way, I'm just saying. The malts actually accent the hops. It's ultimately bittersweet, but the hops shine. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied; slightly slick with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's fun and easy to drink.

They should give The Creeker its own release as a seasonal or year-round. This is a great DIPA. It has a bit of a west-coast vibe fused with some east-coast staples. This definitely has an enjoyable hop profile. Well done.

Photo of Gavage
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of jduff
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of jhartley
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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."

Photo of TangTKE402
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

The Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.