Creeker
Ithaca Beer Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #312
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,899
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 7.62%
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
561
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Ithaca Beer Company
 
New York, United States
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  102
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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neliam24 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 04, 2018
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -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)

Jan 24, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Feb 20, 2016
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Jan 10, 2017
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in July 2016. Nice that it is dated. Drank about 3 months after "Packaged" date.

Appearance: Deep amber with tan head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a nice film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with a strong hops aroma, and includes citrus, pepper, and pine smells.

Taste: There is a noticeable hops flavor, as expected from an IPA. There is good bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus. There is not much sweetness or malt flavors. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium alcohol, which matches the 8.5% posted.

This is a smooth medium-bodied beer, and that is easy to drink. It is one of the best IPAs I have drank, and I would drink this again.

Jul 05, 2016
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HankSingle from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I keep coming back to this, and it keeps being my favorite beer in my recent memory - gushy, electric fruits, medium-heavy dankness, and barely even a sense of malt; it's unusually light for its flavor and power. It reminds of my first few experiences with Mass Rising, from Jack's Abby - not exactly in flavor, but in the sense of it being thrilling and shocking and wanting to drink 43 of them. Hunt it down.

Apr 04, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Mar 26, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lord Hobo, which was neat because I didn't know Ithaca kegged any of the Box of Hops beers.

Pours fine. Smells deeply resinous. Which is fine, but this was sampled alongside a handful of other, excellent IIPAs and the lack of balance and variegation was a little disappointing.

Tastes more or less like it smells: mango nodes up front rushing quickly into thick, piney hops and ending with syrupy malt. Not bad at all, but just not up to snuff with top-tier double IPAs.

Feb 02, 2015
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Ksmoove27 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - hazy gold with little white head poured into a sifter; not much lacing

Aroma - delicious fruit aroma, pine and hop

Taste - very strong pine, hop and bitterness...grapefruit and the peel flavor of other citruses adds to the bitterness

Feel - medium bodied, bitter and oily

Overall - reminds me of a double version of Deschutes Pine...good beer, a little too bitter but the hop, pine and citrus does mask the alcohol well.

Nov 03, 2015
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ommegangpbr from New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a stronger version of Flower Power (by Ithaca) when I picked this up. While strictly speaking, ingredient wise, this isn't the case; as far as my memory goes this beer meets with my expectation. I would like to do a side by side with Flower Power to confirm my suspicions; this reads to me as a deeper, heavier rendition of its sister beer. There are floral notes on the nose and palate. Hop bitterness is steady and smokey. This reads as a little boozy to me in the finish.
There are many good double IPA's out there and this is one of them! Not one of the more interesting ones, in my experience, but I'm happy to have this as a local option.

May 13, 2016
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NickandToni from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Apr 20, 2016
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh growler fill. Pours a modestly hazy orange with a finger-high head. Spotty lacing. Smell: grapefruit, spicy hops, tropical fruit, candied orange, an undercurrent of oniony dank. Taste is similar, with a long lingering aftertaste and decent bitterness.

Feel is medium with a hint of slickness. A really good IIPA, and I'm loving how fresh it tastes.

Apr 17, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super fresh!
Slightly hazy amber golden color with a thick head with good retention.
Superb aroma from the tropics. Bold notes of mango, honey, passion fruit, watermelon candy, orange-lime zest and pineapple.
Bitter and hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, pine, spices, caramels, lemon zest, mango, cantaloupe melon and American yeast. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Acid sensation, it is not sticky as some DIPAs. Alcohol of 8.5% left the room.
This is a superior DIPA, great aroma and bold flavor. Tropical complexity, piney and bitter. Not overly malty (thus not sweet), letting hops do their magic. Recommended.

Nov 21, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Dec 20, 2014
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bigflatsbeerman from New York

4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Golden amber color, clear with about a one finger head (did not pour vigorously) ( Describe the beer's color, clarity, head retention and lacing.

Smell: The smell is perhaps the nicest most inviting beer smell ever. Most prevalent is grapefruit and citrus. Extremely inviting.

Taste: Taste follows the smell which is awesome.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A great DIPA worth seeking out. I will definitely buy again and I encourage everyone to try.

Feb 14, 2016
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zshaft from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Feb 20, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-cloudy golden orange color with about two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-grapefruit, citrus, floral hops, and a caramel malt backbone

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready malt backbone with citrus, tropical fruits, and a bit of pine hop finish.

M-medium body, moderate crisp carbonation

Overall a really delicious DIPA, very flavorful and very easy to drink

Nov 13, 2015
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DanPiek from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

May 17, 2016
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barsonthetrak from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious IPA, beats out Flower Power but both are quite good. Beautiful burnt orange color, lots of pine and some citrusy fruit I can't really place in the scent (starfruit?). Taste is balanced, seems like there is some Mosaic in there. Notes of tropical fruit and juicy berries on the tongue. I found it a really easy drinker for 8.5%, would get again

Sep 26, 2016
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Jun 17, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Jun 14, 2017
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w1ldman from New York

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label leaves a bit to be desired as there is no description, IBU or ABV. However, as a fan of double IPAs I couldn't pass down the opportunity to try it when I saw it in the Craft Your Own section of Wegmans. The #1 most important category for me with beer is the taste, and #2 is the feel. This beer tastes delicious and goes down easy. Definitely fulfills my craving for strong hops and a smooth finish. Will buy again!

Feb 28, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

Dec 31, 2014
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
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...

Dec 13, 2014
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cmq103 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Feb 22, 2016
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