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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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Ratings: 654 | Reviews: 326 | Display Reviews Only:
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LuceScrew

Idaho

5/5  rDev +33.3%

04-27-2013 22:24:01 | More by LuceScrew
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flayedandskinned

California

5/5  rDev +33.3%

04-24-2012 02:29:02 | More by flayedandskinned
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IllHaveAnother1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-30-2011 23:55:41 | More by IllHaveAnother1
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I-Beir-the-Bel


5/5  rDev +33.3%

12-30-2012 04:03:06 | More by I-Beir-the-Bel
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Irrationalist

California

5/5  rDev +33.3%

04-23-2012 05:18:03 | More by Irrationalist
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +33.3%

12-14-2011 18:40:16 | More by photomike
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.9/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep copper/brown with a rocky 3 fingers+ tan head. Average lacing and good head retention

Smell: Big maltiness, fruitty & then nutty, with chocolate notes

Taste: Huge maltiness& good nuttyness up front. Some Fruitty character followed up with strong piney hops. Finishes fruitty & malty

MF: Rich with great balance. Good carbonation levels

A super quaffable, I think this leans towards an English style ESB with American style. No matter how you slice it, one of the best ESBs I've had!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 03:20:55 | More by russpowell
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany hues with a decent light brown head at first. Poured a bit flat but had slow light carbonation. Big piney hop aroma hits right up front ! Some nutty malt aromas underneath. Same piney hop flavor smacks you in the mouth. Robust resinous hops and malts are balanced nicely with a touch of chocolate. Medium-full bodied with a big dry nice bitter resiny hop finih.

Very nice robust ESB ... possibly more of an AAA or IPA.

Per GTBC website: OG = 15.5P (1.062); 51 IBU
Malts: Idaho 2-Row Pale, German Melanoidin, CaraAmber, CaraAroma, British Crystal 60
Hops: Galena, Chinook, Centennial (Dry Hopped with Centennial)

2005 GABF - Gold - American Brown Ale
2004 GABF - Gold - American Brown Ale

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 21:45:39 | More by RBorsato
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allenhoof

Hawaii

4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not well-enough qualified to make a detailed review of this (or any other) beer, involving specific commentary on taste, mouth feel, etc., but I really like this beer. It's supposedly a brown, and in color, it is, with a nice creamy head. However, I think it's closer to what I've had in "a pint of bitter" in the UK.

I tried Bitch Creek on a trip last year--in South Dakota, I think--liked it, and brought some back to my son in Portland. He liked it as well.

By chance, I also found it on tap in Dunsmuir, CA, on a trip earlier this year.

Later in the same trip, I adjusted my itinerary in order to visit the brewery in Victor, Idaho, just to pick up a couple of six packs to take back to Oregon for my son and me. We fully enjoyed them.

I wish we could get Bitch Creek ESB without first taking a trip of several hundred miles.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:40:16 | More by allenhoof
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split_element

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

06-28-2014 09:11:54 | More by split_element
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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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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark color; brown/black. Good head, foaming and lacing. Would have liked a bit more, though.
Smell of roasted malt, chocolate and citrus.
Taste was similar, nice balance. The citrus cuts the chocolate apart so that the thickness is clean. Remains a bit thin, however that adds to the drinkability. One of my favorites in the region.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 15:52:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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beveritt

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks to Wasatch for setting me up with this in a selection of brews from out West. Label is a background of river rocks with a white banner superimposed. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Initially pours with a massive 4 finger head, enough that I have to pause during the pour. Eventually settles to a still substantial coating, leaving behind amazingly thick and sticky lacing, literally looks like some kind of glue or resin. The beer itself is dark mahogany, bordering on opaque. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong aroma of caramel malt with notes of dark fruit and bubblegum.

Taste: Smokey caramel malt upfront, with a distinct sugary sweetness. Mild lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: My first beer from Grand Teton and I am thoroughly impressed. I can honestly say that I have never seen a beer with such a resinous, sticky head and lacing.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:57:24 | More by beveritt
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a strange color and consistency. I have had ESB's in the past but had not expected the cloudy dark amber... almost brown... color that came with this one.
The beer smells of a lot of citrus and hops but a lot lighter on the nose.
Great taste, light and refreshing but nicely bittered. Not easy to drink more than a couple however.

A good beer with the perfect taste in my opinion for its style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 06:54:30 | More by Spineypanda
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IntriqKen

California

4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazingly complex ESB.
Pours a dark reddish amber to brown with a smallish cream colored head that dissipates to a very sticky lacing covering the top of the brew and sticking all the way down the drink.
Aroma is hoppy, but a sweet hops, followed by a grapefruit citrus aroma and a touch of caramel.
Not much carbonation, so mouthfeel becomes a little weak for me.
Taste is hops, grapefruit, finishing with hop bitterness and then a toasted malt sweetness .... sensing caramel and maybe a touch of chocolate...with a gentle alcohol warming as it goes down. A slightly 'burnt' taste to the malt .
May be my favorite of ESBs...very bright and clean tasting with great drinkability and some incredible complexity for this style. Revisiting this one after several months just makes it better.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 01:44:05 | More by IntriqKen
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vacax

California

4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep caramel brown with a generous and thick reddish tan head. On the dark side for an ESB, but love the red tones and luxuriously thick head and lacing.

Aroma is an appetizing blend of earthy grassy hops that are complemented by crisp and rich caramel malts and brown sugar. The taste is quite similar, with the focus on the earthy grassy hops with just a hint of pineapple, balanced out with a caramel malt backbone that almost adds the more traditional ESB balance back to the hop proflie. A delicious beer, a bit hop forward. Medium to full bodied with low-medium carbonation.

A great take on an ESB from Grand Teton. At first I was concerned this beer was just a mediocre brew with a catchy name... but then I tasted it. This is my favorite ESB right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 07:30:31 | More by vacax
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centbeerfest

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Great looking beer. This pours big and bold with a hearty strong head. Nice deep brown color with a hoppy aroma.

Taste begins in the front of the tounge and finishes with a stong bitter toasted nut on the back. Just a bit heavy on the hops, but an extraordinary pleasant long finish.

On the take home scale a six paxk on hand for all occasions.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:20:12 | More by centbeerfest
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, mahogany color with a tan head that thinned to a light ring.

S - sweet malts and plenty of citrus hops in the aroma.

T - well balanced brew, sweetness of malts is kicked in the pants with a fantastic hop bitterness.

F - medium bodied with a clean carbonation feel.

D - exceptional... that is if 51 IBU's does as much for you as it does for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 22:25:12 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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tjd112

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into River Horse pint glass

Appearance - Very dark brown, head is off white, not great retention, and it is well laced.

Smell - I detect notes of caramel and tea in this beer

Taste - Some citrus-y hops mixed with some fruitiness, figs, cherries, balanced with a bit of caramel, brown sugar, and biscuits

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy, creamy

Drinkability - Very good for the style

Overall - A solid effort from Idaho!!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:31:07 | More by tjd112
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +20%

08-27-2013 01:29:13 | More by jaydoc
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blackie

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Looks great. Pours a rich colored khaki head that slowly falls back and shows nice retention. The beer is a medium-dark nutshell brown with hues of red.

s: I love a great ESB...and this is certainly one of them. Great, earthy hop aroma. Great nutty and slightly sweet malt presence. Great.

m: smooth, medium carbonation and a full medium body

t: Great hop presence over a nutty and slightly roasty toffee malt backbone. Earthy English type hops give just the right level of bitterness in the finish and a nice flavor profile throughout. Moderate sweetness cleans up quickly. Pretty earthy all over and well hopped. Really damn good.

d: definately recommened...a very solid ESB from a relatively unknown brewery. The Sweetgrass IPA was pretty good, too.

from Boolshot for my Anny bombing

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 21:27:37 | More by blackie
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Ezmunny

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-04-2012 00:17:55 | More by Ezmunny
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

04-01-2012 01:42:39 | More by ChiBeerGuy
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XLR8

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +20%

10-04-2013 21:10:00 | More by XLR8
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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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