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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

657 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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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flayedandskinned

California

5/5  rDev +33.3%

04-24-2012 02:29:02 | More by flayedandskinned
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taking advantage of some good WIFI in Flagstaff, AZ to do some beer reviews and relax between camping stops. Using a real keyboard is quite nice for once. As far as I can tell, this is the only Extra Special Brown so I will treat it like an ESB and English Brown.(?) Bottled in June 2014.

A- This ESB pours from a 12oz bottle to a chalice with a deep brown body. The head forms to just higher than one finger with a fairly thick, creamy texture. Pretty good retention as the head falls to a small ring and some nice pillows in the middle. Lacing starts spotty and continues that way down the glass.

S- Deeply toasted and caramelized grains provide a hefty dose of aromas that jump out of the glass with good strength. Malty notes of heavily toasted nuts, deep caramelized sugars, caramel, toffee and a decent amount of light cocoa roast hints. Slight dark fruits.

T- One big thing I notice here is a fairly large amount of American hop notes. They seem to be muddled in the heavy malt aromas but a definite citrus, pine and earthy hop profile jumps out here with the malts. Malts are the emphasis with caramel, light cocoa powder, toast and toffee flavors and only a light-medium sweetness. Slight bread and raisin dark fruits.

MF- Medium to almost thick bodied overall. The texture is creamy but not chewy at all, a bit foamy I suppose. Carbonation level is medium. Finishes with a fairly high hop bitterness for a Brown.

Hmm, I am not sure I like the fact that ESB is on the label. To me this is a well-made American Brown Ale with hefty malts and a good deal of hops working off of those grains. A good beer but the label threw me off initially.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 05:02:19 | More by cbutova
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carrwoo


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-29-2014 23:03:20 | More by carrwoo
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kmanjohnson

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-29-2014 18:07:00 | More by kmanjohnson
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-27-2014 22:28:29 | More by Segelstrom
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mkrass

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-25-2014 02:12:54 | More by mkrass
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Eman17

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-21-2014 00:32:25 | More by Eman17
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

07-20-2014 22:48:01 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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englishwc

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-20-2014 16:31:41 | More by englishwc
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color and yet still somewhat penetrable to light. A quarter inch of tightly knit beige head sits on top. Brussels lacing. I smell dark malt and just a faint whiff of caramel. The flavor is dark malt, toffee,and caramel. The mouth is slightly creamy and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 03:49:44 | More by Franziskaner
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unclejazz

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-19-2014 13:44:55 | More by unclejazz
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-18-2014 02:46:10 | More by wrightst
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%

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Iamjeff6

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-16-2014 14:17:36 | More by Iamjeff6
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2014 21:02:21 | More by Canada_Dan
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Nofear048

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-12-2014 15:57:48 | More by KAF
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Mojo

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A - mahogany colored pour with an initial two finger off white head. Lacing is good and retention is good.

S - dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, bread

T - taste is initially sweet in a caramel, toffee sort of way, with a bitter finish sort of the same taste as the corky stuff inside of a pecan

M - sort of thin, decent carbonation, not much aftertaste

O - good example of the style. It's at least as good as Honker's Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 03:22:49 | More by Mojo
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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-05-2014 17:29:44 | More by thatoneguymike
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styleisking

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-04-2014 19:44:03 | More by styleisking
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Brenden

Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Benny (styleisking), for another nice brew from your trip west.

It's darker than most browns, and with a deep orange-red hue to it. The tan head is almost a full finger's height, with some pretty good retention and stick to it.
It smells like it's on the hoppier end for a brown, citrus and leaf with a dry, tea-like character against caramel and toasty breads.
The flavor really develops the hops, and this stands out in a style that's often too timid. It also has the balance, though, as plenty of bread and caramel balance the orange peel and herbal leaf. It adds some depth with roast and dark chocolate notes lingering, as well as developing flavors of dark fruits without too much tang.
The body is a solid medium with the balance of crisp and smooth that works for this brown ale, right in the median between sweet and dry.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 15:48:48 | More by Brenden
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-04-2014 05:39:19 | More by Beerlover
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California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-02-2014 09:39:26 | More by LakerLeith
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-30-2014 18:52:04 | More by thetzeng
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Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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