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The Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company

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The CreekerThe Creeker

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 303
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 26
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 303
Photo of spokeydonkey
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -1.7%
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 asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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%
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%
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 -3.5%
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 rlee1390
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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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The Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
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