Creeker | Ithaca Beer Company

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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
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
510
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.66%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
74
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 510
Photo of barsonthetrak
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
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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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 DanPiek
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 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 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 NickandToni
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 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 Beers-es
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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 HankSingle
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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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 gonzo000
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Wiffler27
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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 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 zshaft
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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 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 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 bigflatsbeerman
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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 AilHead
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

great beer. glad ithaca brought this back. a family resemblance to flower power... but more like flower power's stronger older brother. liked it better than pacific gravity.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy golden amber color with a decent sized white head that reduces to a very thin layer and leaves good lacing. The smell on this beer is fantastic. Huge juicy grapefruit aroma with dankness, pine, lemon, orange, and sweet bready malt. Taste is similar though a little more subdued than the smell with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish. Medium body with decent carbonation and no trace of alcohol. Overall this beer is awesome and far and away the best I've ever had fron Ithaca!

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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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