Creeker | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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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#2,886
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
551
pDev:
7.66%
 
 
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Ratings: 551 |  Reviews: 102
Reviews by Flying_Moose:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Juicy, Tropical, Clean, Bitter

Creeker’s hopping is a bit old school and new school with the use of Citra, Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Pacific Jade and Mosaic. But if there is one aspect of this brew that Ithaca nailed 110 percent, it’s the nose—exceptionally juicy with a tropical fruit backing followed by zest and pine. Warming, peppery alcohol is present and hop bitterness is very assertive as well, but there is some balance considering the style. While it may be intense and all, for this hophead, Creeker is a slice of heaven.

Look 3.75 | Smell 4.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 3.75 | Overall 3.75

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #108 (JAN 2016)

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Bottle Backlog is really starting to go away at this point! They are being mown down like the troops storming the Normandy beachhead and it is an apt analogy since I am at war with bottles. Smert botylok! This is another one from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.

Before I Pop!ped the cap, I peered into the bottle since it seemed to have suspended floaties, which was odd since it was a fresh acquisition. I gave it a VERY gentle pour, but there was an inescapable haze to the liquid. Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), but given its haziness, the Gelt Gang deferred a visit, preferring their gold to be pure. A swirl raised just over a finger of very creamy-looking tawny head with great retention. Nose was really sharp with a cattiness from the hops! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like taking a hop pellet and putting it on your tongue to let it dissolve. My eyes watered, my nose began to run and my asthma kicked in! I took a break to don my knitted hop head hat since it seemed like this was just going to be an unrelenting onslaught of hops suspended in alcohol! The taste was like a grapefruit had been thrown intact into a blender. Rind, pith, fruit, seed, it was all there in its intensely bitter glory! "Easy drinking"? If you love hops, but otherwise ... Finish was gaspingly dry, bitter and actually rather satisfying.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall a nice treat. Something definitely going on. For the price of a bottle this IIPA is worth every penny while being dollar strong. Stacks up there with the more pricey elusive beers in this category. A great suggestion from the guys at Good Beer in the East Village.

L-Hazy golden amber
S-Citrus, mostly grapefruit
T-Big citrus, grapefruit forward, orange, a hint of smokiness at the end
F-Suprizingly refreshing, good carbonation, good pine sensation at the end, maybe where the smoke comes in
O-Will have again and share with friends. Made me happy

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Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Weisenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very, very well done DIPA. Its a bit hard to rate in that it is not distinctive, just very nicely done. It checks all the boxes of a great DIPA. If you see it, drink it!

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Photo of DanPiek
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a great double IPA. It is very easy to drink and I find it refreshing. Very nice citrus flavor, gold color. It drinks easy yet has higher alcohol. Overall it is an IPA I will surely buy again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a hazy golden somewhat of a yellowish colored body with a half a finger white foamy head that quickly dies into the body, light carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace, not any lacing is seen The smell has a fragrant citrus fruits with a nice backing by the malts, though a mild bitterness enters in as it warms. The taste started off bitter but a nice dose of sweet maltiness comes in after some warming up, bitter citrusy aftertaste, dry finish. The palate had a light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation is a bit smoother than most DIPA’s, but I’ll take it, no worries. Overall, I say this is a good DIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/29...pours murky rusty copper, thick looking, very little foam. Sweet resiny nose, passion fruit/guava in there too. Juicy fruity open, threads a bitter but balanced by the fruit base. Pine resin close. Chewy finish. Bitter close. Tasty.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by citrus. Taste is citrus, some tropical fruits, medium bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but not spectacular.

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Simont
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color, moderate haze, low slightly of- white head fades to lacing. Nose is grapefruit & orange hops with a slight spice and herbal quality, and a small hint of onion. Malt flavors come across as bready and a little sweet but not cloying. Hop flavors dominate with orange, grapefruit, pine, passion fruit and lime. Hop bitterness seems very high I would guess upwards of 70-80 IBU, and leaves a slight tongue coating astringency. otherwise nice med full body with prickly character appropriate for 8-9abv. Tasty beer but not quite worth the $5 I paid for a 12oz

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Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to an oversized teku-style stempiece. This comes from a Box of Hops 12-pack date stamped “OCT 11 2015,” so I’ll take that to mean that the beer was packaged on or around October 11, 2015. That would put it at just over four weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.25): Two full-ish fingers of ivory-colored foam rises off of the pour, capping a hazy, glowing honey-orange colored body—not quite opaque or cloudy, but very hazy. The head dies down at a fairly slow pace, leaving a creamy, pockmarked surface as it recedes and wide, webby collars of lacing on the far side of the glass, and a few spotty suds on the near. The body has clear, deep tan lowlights toward the end of the glass.

Smell (4.0): Sweet tangerine, red grapefruit juice, fresh orange zest, and some tart grapefruit acidity along a hint of grassiness pick it up on the back end. There’s a bit of malt in there, in the form of rustic wheat bread (think pain de campagne) and just a bit of iced sugar cookie.

Taste (4.25): Yep, there’s that merger of sweet, citrusy hops and a pale malt base—tangerine juice, rustic and crusty country bread (pain de campagne again)—accompanied by a strong citrus bitterness (red grapefruit pith) that eventually takes over and carries through to the finish. A combination of malt sweetness and a subtle, but boozy heat make up the body propping up and balancing out the hops. It’s bready and takes on a sourdough impression in the finish when the booze heat and pithy hops meet. There’s a light, resinous tone that kind of hangs out throughout the palate, too, but at no point does it become too prominent.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This is smooth and easy-drinking, but still full and satisfying. The body is just on the full- side of medium-weight and oily, while the carbonation is subtle at first but tingles assertively later on. The hops and just a bit of the booze work together to dry out the body toward the finish. The combined effect is that the beer makes you take it slow, but eagerly invites the next sip. Easy to drink, but still fitting for the size.

Overall (4.25): This is another excellent DIPA from Ithaca. It’s not blazing any new territory in the world of (D)IPAs, but it’s a classic example of the new American DIPA with its layers of citrus and full enough, but not heavy in the least, malt base. This one benefits from having a malt body that’s not just sweet but actually has some character, and from making something new of the juncture between booze and hops (see the sourdough note mentioned above). Very tasty, and eminently drinkable. I think I like Pacific Gravity more, but this is excellent in its own right—it’s like Flower Power on steroids.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered at a restaurant. Served in a pint glass with minimal head. Nice orange color. The smell was citrus, peach, hoppy, fresh. The taste was sweet peaches surrounded by nice bitter hops taste that was not overpowering. An excellent beer. Maybe my favorite from Ithaca thus far.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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 PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Pours a somewhat murky Amber color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is piney and citrus hops. The taste is piney, citrus and even some tropical fruit flavors. Some warming alcohol. Tropical fruit finish. Medium bodied. Reminds me a bit of Captain's Daughter. Overall, great Imperial IPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale copper color with less than a finger of head. The nose has some citrus fruit. The flavor profile definitely leans more toward the hops than the malt. The body is light and this offering is awful easy drinking for the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of brewme
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked-up a single as part of a mixed pack @ Kappy's in Norwell. It has the following code on the bottle neck:
CR16001-003
160127
Is this beer over a year old, or do I need to put this in the trunk of a DeLorean, and have Bletchley Park decode the bottled-on date? No winners here, taste is blah.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep golden color; slightly hazy - translucent. Pours with a 1 finger off-white head that dies down leaving a thin, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Lots of tiny bubbles visible. No lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus; primarily grapefruit with some lemon and oranges. Enticing.

Taste: Bitter start; citrus middle (grapefruit, lots of tart lemon); pine finish.

Feel: Slight tingle from the carbonation at the start; velvety middle; dry finish. Lighter-side of medium body.

Overall: Decent DIPA. Nice citrus flavor, though a little tart/bitter.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours hazy gold with a thick head. seems to glow in the glass. very hazy, almost like a lighter colored apple cider.

aroma is fantastic, such strong hops.

taste is amazing, one of the best beers i've ever had. strong citrus flavor, easy drinking. has a great bitterness and fruit flavor to it.

overall this is amazing. one of my new favorites. such a beautiful looking beer and the taste is outstanding.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color with the lightest of hazes. Great lattice lace. Had dies to a thin level of fine bubbles.

Floral hop. Mild pale malt. Very aromatic.

Conventional start of pale malt. Very strong hop bite that comes from the swallow and creates a long aftertaste. Moderate body with a slightly higher carbonation level.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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 cmq103
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather cloudy pour with nice sticky lacing. The aroma is a more sweeter malty front, with a hint of citrus hops. The maltiness steps to the front to show who's boss. The taste is the same. The maltiness pushes through the front of the line. The hops, though present, bow down to malts. The ABV is well hidden. Another fine beer from Ithaca.

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Photo of zshaft
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours nice golden clear. very clean. small had dissipates quickly. right up front with apricot and peach on the nose. taste follows with apricot and peach with nice lingering bitterness. nice slick mouthfeel on the way down. crisp and clean finish with lingering apricot to me. pleasantly surprised as ithaca brewery is just meh for me. flower power is good. I like this better.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Candia Rd
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a good sized long lasting frothy white head. Citrus pine and bread with bits of toffee and butterscotch bitterness. I was expecting more from this beer. Lingering bitter resinous aspirin alcohol and butter.

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Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
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