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Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 397
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 28
Gots: 36 | 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: 397
Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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 timmy2b
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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 BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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 jduff
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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 jhartley
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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."

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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 asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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 utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 rlee1390
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.