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

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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | 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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Fritzy


4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-11-2012 04:06:32 | More by Fritzy
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devonnaire

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-11-2012 02:41:45 | More by devonnaire
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2012 03:25:47 | More by dsuedbeck
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-04-2012 20:57:43 | More by PEIhop
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a murky, hazy copper brown. A dark cream colored head sits on top fr a while until settling into a thick film. Light sticky lacing holds to the glass. The beer smells malty and boozy. The tastes metallic and boozy up front, the 6% really comes through fast. A buttery, biscuit malt flavor follows through, with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, this brown ale is just a bit too heavy for me. I definitely don't regret trying it, but one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 12:21:33 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-02-2012 05:28:15 | More by Zachtheporter
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KDawg

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice nut brown color that is a little see-through

very savory aromas of roast nuts, toffee, malts and a touch of orange peels as well. Very good depth and the savory quality really adds to it

Nice medium body with a real smooth feel. Well balanced flavors of roasted nuts, toffee and a bit of caramel. Not all too complex for the flavors and it's lacking a bit on the mid and finish

A very drinkable and enjoyable brown ale. The finish is better than the mid, but it's not as good as the immediate attack. Well balanced with a good malty and savory quality as well

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 20:30:45 | More by KDawg
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-25-2012 19:24:26 | More by steamboatbrewer
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-25-2012 07:22:44 | More by shelby415
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-24-2012 19:54:39 | More by jewellrunner
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-21-2012 04:47:17 | More by imperialking
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whatthehull

California

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snifter

A - deep dark brown almost translucent, one finger almost tan head and some sticky lacing

S - Bready yeast, sugar, huge sweet malts, some roasted malts, heavy island fruits, flower, citrus, wood, earth and hops

T - lots of floral bitterness, slight fruit notes, heavy sweet and toasted malts, lots of island flavors, very nice hop, a slight yeast funk, earth, greens and citrus

M - medium plus body, nice complexity, well balanced, medium minus acidity and long finish

D/O - very easy to drink, refreshing, crisp and fresh. Malt bomb for sure with balancing hops. Lovers of craft beer will like this one and if you haven't really gotten into craft, nice place to start

Final thoughts - nice 6% abv, low price of a little over a dollar a bottle. Well done beer for sure!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:36:35 | More by whatthehull
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KaiTheCon

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.3%

02-18-2012 18:08:31 | More by KaiTheCon
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-15-2012 04:40:55 | More by Cramerican
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kaseydad

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wife picked this up for me...mentioned it was especially from her. Uh-oh. Pours a dirty cola/brown color with a nice fluffy beige head. Good lacing. The smell has some nice brown sugar, apple, light citrus and malt. A very big malt presence on the taste with some splashes of citrus. A light dose of leather in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence in this one. Pretty full mouthfeel. Overall I liked this. I am not a huge brown fan but this one has enough to keep my interest and consume multiples. I can definitely see why the awards keep coming to this ale. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 17:40:36 | More by kaseydad
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soju6

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a fluffy head that slowly fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, bit of caramel with bit of mild fruit and bit of citrus.

T: First taste is of roasted malt and some nuts. Then there is a citrus bite with a mild bitterness than lingers just a bit.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp with a decent balance.

Nice offering but nothing special. Seems to be more of a brown ale than an ESB as stated on the label.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:25:49 | More by soju6
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-06-2012 05:16:10 | More by strongaf
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-04-2012 01:49:38 | More by jrohrbacher
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Ezmunny

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-04-2012 00:17:55 | More by Ezmunny
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-02-2012 19:58:46 | More by cbcrunch
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tony223366

California

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

A: Darker brown with plenty of red highlights, this is an attractive beer. Nice, super fluffy 2+ fingers of off-white head. Nice mix of small and big bubbles makes for an attractive presentation. Lacing is immediately apparent and appreciated. The head dissipates into a thin layer. It does seem slightly foggy, so the clarity is just a touch low.

S: Some very rich caramel malts are the first to stand up. Then it turns into more of a dark fruity juicy malt. I might be crazy but there is some chocolate too. Finally there is a nice hop present so you know it's an American brown ale. Smells citric and delicious.

T: I still get some caramel malts but they seem to land in the more toasted quality. Still some dark fruits are present and perhaps even some of that chocolate arrives late in the game. The last thing I get is a very sharply citric bitterness from the hops. They really make themselves present and finish off the beer. The finish is primarily bitterness with a touch of that toasted bread taste.

M: Carbonation is fantastic, very prickly and delicious. Body is on the lighter side of medium.

O: This beer is very good in a classic way. Not overly impressive in the sense that it wows me but definitely a solid output. I don't see myself buying this too often, however if it was offered to me I would very gladly take it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 07:05:09 | More by tony223366
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from brown 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep amber color - almost brown. Nice 2 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S - A variety of aromas: roasted malt and floral hops. A hint of fruits.

T - The roasted malt starts the beer off. The hops come through immediately after, citrus and earthy tones. Mildly bitter that lasts throughout. The beer finishes bitter and roasty.

M - Good carbonation and silky smooth.

O - Very solid beer.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 13:51:21 | More by hopfacebrew
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bwyu

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-21-2012 05:26:59 | More by bwyu
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AllenJasper

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

01-20-2012 22:07:55 | More by AllenJasper
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Heff19

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

01-20-2012 07:52:50 | More by Heff19
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.