Creeker | Ithaca Beer Company

95 Reviews

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

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.

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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 AilHead
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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 +2.9%
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 +0.7%
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 +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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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 Ksmoove27
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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 mynie
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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 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 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 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 gr0g
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Hazy orange appearance. Good head retention and lacing. Poured into a snifter in order to really focus the aroma, and it's a very impressive aroma. Piney and resinous at first, you're then hit by a great tropical fruit medley: pineapple, passion fruit, guava. After that, the resin note comes back to the forefront (though I'd prefer it didn't).

Hops are the star on the palate. Given that this is a DIPA, there's a somewhat solid malt body, but it's not malty-sweet in a Barleywine sort of way like with some doubles. No, there is very much still an IPA. Quite bitter from start to finish, but not a mouth-puckerer. Lots of citrus rind/flesh character, especially grapefruit. Pretty dry on the finish. Great DIPA where the hops are not held back in any way.

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Photo of FLima
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of fluffy white head.
Smells very light and fresh, light floral notes - orange blossom? Sweet tangerines as well, a hint of hay.
This tastes lovely. The pale malt and light citrus/floral notes are right up my alley for a dipa. Honeysuckle comes in a bit.
Nice creamy body on the light side for a dipa. Extremely drinkable. I have to get myself some more of this.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a hazy orange with an off-white head.

Smells of sweet citrus and fermented grains with some floral notes and grass in the background.

Taste is delightful and mouth feel is lively. Sweet orange and mango balanced by bitter grapefruit and herb. It is a slick malt backbone and just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love these pale malt DIPAs. Creeker is well executed, with plenty of pineapple, lemon, and pine comingled amongst a lesser sensation of herbal grass pithiness. This beer is really in the same vein as Enjoy By which isn't a bad beer to emulate. Only knock is a bit of booze coming through as it warms. Ithaca's Box of Hops is a winner, and Creeker is the best in the box...Get it while you can...

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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 mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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 RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a quite foggy gold hue with minimal head. Interesting flavor profile. A mix of earthy and pine and citrus in a very even-keeled kind of way. Smooth and consistent. A nice drinker. An interesting east coast style IPA (and a double at that).Good balance and a rounded character.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Golden yellow with a short head that dissipates quickly. Sediment is suspended throughout the glass.

Navel orange, tangerine, lemon, pineapple and caramel.

Tons of orange citrus! Navel orange and tangerine. Grapefruit juice, mango, lemon pith and touches of pineapple. Firm caramel backbone balances everything out. Finishes with some nice florals and pine resin.

Medium-plus bodied, moderately bitter, oily and dry.

Orange citrus bomb! Well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
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 MusicaleMike
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chill hazed golden orange body. Big three finger high off-white head with excellent retention. Leaves foamy lacing on the glass.

Smells of intense citrus fruit, kiwi, honey, white grapes.

Taste is a very smooth, modest bitterness. Very excellent. Hop flavor is there, bitterness is very restrained for a double IPA. Body is on the lighter side for the style. Very gentle carbonation, maybe a tad under-carbonated.

So incredibly drinkable it's crazy. The hop profile is fresh, and the body as smooth as it gets for DIPA. This is a dangerous beer. I like it more than I like Flower Power.

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Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy and very dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, resinous hop aroma that's bursting with juicy tropical/citrus fruit notes. Very inviting with hints of fresh cut grass and pine needle countered by sweet grapefruit, pineapple, mango and blood orange. Subtle pale malt backbone with notes of bread, biscuit and cracker but this doesn't interfere with the juicy hop presence. Smells pretty good.

Medium body with a blast of dank, earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Dry and sticky with floral buds and bitter, grassy pine needle countered by tart, juicy grapefruit and orange zest. The malt backbone is faint with bread, biscuit and graham cracker flavor. Very well balanced and dangerously drinkable at 9%. Not heat at all, just subtle boozy sweetness in the finish. Complex with delicious flavor profile. Great DIPA!

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Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
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