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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

654 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bitch Creek perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full bodied, satisfying mahogany ale. Like the stream for which it is named, our Bitch Creek ESB is full of character... not for the timid.

54 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2003)
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Brown color with a 1.5-finger frothy, somewhat rocky, cream-colored head. Really great retention and some nice lacing. Clear with a decent amount of appreciable bubbles. This is a bit dark for a true ESB, but I guess that’s why they call it “Extra Special Brown.”

S – Caramel, toffee, and nutty malt aromas with an equal dose of grapefruit and maybe floral hops. There also may be a hint of raisins in the aroma, as well. There’s a good, balanced mix of brown ale-style malt and hops here.

T – It starts off with sweet caramel and brown sugar. Right afterward, dry toasted and nutty malts come in. At mid-taste toward the finish, bitter hops appear with much more earthy and piney flavors than the aroma suggested, along with the grapefruit that was apparent.

F – Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, earthy, and dry finish. Some of the bitter and dry earthy and woody flavors linger at the back of the tongue for a bit.

O – This is a decent beer. I think it may fit better in the brown ale category, albeit with a few more hops than the usual example (picture a brown IPA). Because of this, its characteristics are kind of out of the ranges of good ESB characteristics. I’d like to see more sweet caramel and less toasted and nutty malts. This would also lighten the color into a more ESB-appropriate range. I’d also like to see more earthy and floral hops rather than citrus and pine. Some earthiness was definitely present in the taste but not so much in the aroma. Regardless of all of this, it’s not a bad tasting beer and it’s certainly drinkable. I just think that this beer would be better suited in a different category. I think Grand Teton could make a better beer that would be much better suited for the ESB style.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 04:00:52 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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