Creeker | Ithaca Beer Company

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534 Ratings
CreekerCreeker
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
534
Reviews:
98
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
87
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a nice east coast style big ipa, hazy and orange in the glass, fairly sturdy looking with a full inch of lasting white foam, no visible sediment. it smells nice, juicy and citrusy, with some woody notes behind it. like a mix of citra and centennial, maybe amarillo too, but there is also that northwestern pine thing, could be simcoe, tough to say, but there is a lot of whatever they are, very very hoppy beer in all aspects. juicy and oily, bitter and stiff, just how i like them. its not so thick from being cloudy that its a distraction, which i am finding is the case in a lot of these. instead it drinks about like it should, bigger bodied but on the dry side, sticky from the hops but not weighted down much by the malt, even though it has a light toast to it as well. orange and honey, meyer lemon and pineapple juice. ithaca has been making big hoppy beers before they were even all that fashionable, and its cool to see them continuing to push the style in various directions. thanks to my man back easy for sending a few of these out for me to try. cheers!

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy light golden yellow in color and has some fine particles visible floating in suspension along with a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and tangerines seem to stand out in particular—along with slight bits of alcohol towards the back end.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by bright flavors of citrusy hops and also has some hints of tropical fruits and alcohol. A moderate to strong amount of bitterness is present. The alcohol becomes a little more prevalent in the taste as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really packs in a lot of hop aromas and flavors but is quite easy to drink because it hides its alcohol very well and there isn't a lot of underlying malts (despite its strength).

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3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+ (3.17) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from butters_mcgee. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/7/2015. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt notes; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This appears to be all Citra/Amarillo hops to me as well. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
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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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
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
4.17 out of 5 based on 534 ratings.
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