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Creeker | Ithaca Beer Company

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92
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88 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
502
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
7.4%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
72
For Trade:
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 502
Photo of Simont
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of NewBrewBB (thanks Brett). Best before January notched on the label. Pours an orange-gold hue with a loose, quarter-inch, off-white head and a semi-hazy clarity. Head dissipates into a bull's eye dollop and a creamy band around the shoulders. Some spots and strands of lacing present during the tasting. Nose is fairly subdued - some citrus (perhaps tangerine) and herbal notes and a suggestion of the malt backbone. Taste consistent with nose - flavors are more prominent but come off a bit muddled, with a bitterness towards the back the drops off between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasant carbonation that falls just short of lively. Texture has a slight oiliness to it. Overall, a decent DIPA with a fairly well-hidden ABV; however, this one doesn't really knock my socks off.

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Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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 bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
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 micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perhaps my favor of the three beer sample pack that was just recently released by Ithica Brewing co.
The aroma was incredibly peachy, of what style hop I do not know at this point.
The color of the beer was a lighter amber almost golden amber. There was some haze but soon clear, chill haze maybe. A small white head fast fading, really was the only do side.
The taste was sweet from the start and very bitter. The peachy hops were absent. It was hoppy tasting but just not peachy hoppy tasting.
It drinks thick on the palate, resinous and finished quite bitter.
A good beer, I would buy a six pack but not a case.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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 JJKBeerLvr
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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.

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -4.5%

A: Golden, typical of a DIPA. Good finer of white head.

S: Pine right off the bat. Then a sweetness like figs and pineapple.

T: Strong bitterness up front true to form, Green apple but not as tart and bitter finish.

M: Bitter hops up front and an oily finish.

O: Very interesting from Ithaca. This was better than average out of a bottle, would be awesome in a can.

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Photo of cmq103
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 stakem
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Slatetank for the hookup on this one. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden copper color with a finger of off-white head that fades leaving patchy lace.

The aroma is bright and hoppy with herbs. It is rindy and fruity with pulp and zest. Somewhat dank and grassy with a faint fresh bready grain aspect becoming more apparent as it warms up.

The flavor is bitter with pulp, pith, rinds and zest like oranges before getting herbal grassy and dank. A little fruity alcohol component boosts the hoppiness with a little grain sweetness in the finish to contrast and balance.

This is medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very nice DIPA with plenty of hoppy characteristics that are enjoyable. This is worth seeking out. Thanks again Matt.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - golden body with white head

Smell - pine, grapefruit, citrus

Taste - pine, grapefruit, orange, slight onion on the back end

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium, crisp carbonation, pine/citrus upfront with bitterness and slight onion on the back side

Overall - Nice IPA that's worth a try

Price Point - $2.29/12 oz single

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to JayORear for sharing this one.

Best before 1/2014.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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 zimm421
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint. Appears a light orange color, with very little off-white head. This wasn't poured aggressively, but I was expecting a bit more. Did leave a bit of lacing.

The nose is somewhat muted, but has good citrus and pine notes. Not much else coming through. The taste is full of citrus, pine, alcohol and a touch of sweetness. Up front are the nice citrus and pine notes, followed quickly by the booze, and sweetness. The finish is extremely bitter, and it lingers.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, and it is sticky on the back end of each sip. Overall, this is a good DIPA, but doesn't completely blow me away. Make it affordable and available, and it would be something worth scooping up every now and then.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is gold/copper, opaque, dense looking, head is bright white, large bubbles, dissipates to a ring and spots with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a big hop blast: mostly citrus, grapefruit prominent, some lighter earthy and pine notes; malt is light, maybe some toast and pale malt.

Taste is big hop forward flavor, more muddled mix of citrus, earth, pine notes; hops are bitter and floral concurrently, with some pleasant tasting as it warms; malt is background, some sweetness, some toast and biscuit. Hop/malt flavor hides stronger abv.

Mouthfeel is pretty balanced for this ale, good bitterness and malt sweetness; abv is not detracting.

Overall, a very solid dipa, nice abundant aroma, good flavor, good strength and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this in the box of hops variety case, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is hazy amber with golden hues with rocky light cream with copious lace and excellent retention with fine bead. The smell is lots of citrus and tropical fruit aroma with slight floral hop ester and mild alcohol in the nose. The feel is very good with moderately high bitterness, medium carbonation and mild sweetness with a subtle alcohol warmth and mostly dry finish.

The taste is good with very pungent hops providing a decent amount of grapefruit rind and slight orange zest taste w/ a slight lemony tanginess and slight malt sweetness providing a foundation and rounding out the taste with slight warming alcohol adding a slight peppery element and adding complexity to the layered hop flavors. This is a superior Imperial IPA, lots of hops with very little malt to shield the bitterness and it has a relatively smooth taste not coarse or over the top in any way. I enjoyed this a lot and would recommend it because it has all the flavor of Flower power yet a slightly stronger punch which makes it drinkable and the fact it is not too sweet increases the enjoyment level for me.

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Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
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