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XX Bitch Creek - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

XX Bitch CreekXX Bitch Creek

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BA SCORE
89
very good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%


Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bitch Creek ESB was first brewed in 2003, and perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full-bodied mahogany ale. It has quickly become our best-selling beer, as well as our most-critically acclaimed, having won medals-including two golds— at four out of the past five Great American Beer Festivals.

XX Bitch Creek Double ESB is all that and more. We took the Bitch Creek recipe and doubled everything: double the malt, double the hops, twice the flavor.

(Beer added by: Tolnik on 11-02-2008)
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Reviews by Patrick999:
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Patrick999

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seemed like a good day to open this up. This bottle has some age on it, though I'm not sure how long.

Pours a deep brown with a thick creamy head. These Grand Teton beers usually present pretty well, no exception here.

Nice aroma of fruit and bitter chocolate. A tad smoky too.

Wow, this is a little complicated. A lot of bitter chocolate and smoky toffee and burnt caramel. Some fruity esters and slight earthy hop bite. The idea of a Double ESB doesn't sound so silly to me now after trying this. In fact, it's kind of encroaching on strong brown ale/Old Ale territory, I feel. Some oxidation, but I feel it works well with this beer at this time.

Good thick creamy mouthfeel. Feels like a substantial beer.

A lot of beer muscle for your buck here.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 23:46:13 | More by Patrick999
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage: 2012

A:
Pours a bright hazelnut brown that looks to be a little hazy with an enormous three+ fingers of creamy tan head that slowly and gloppily (the profile of the head looks like a bubbly honeycomb) settles to a finger and a half. Good retention; tons of goopy, cobweb-like lacing.

S:
Nutty, soft, and sweet. Hazelnuts, brown sugar, bubblegum, dried figs; really dark and earthy. Very nice.

T:
Sweet and nutty, similar to nose. Very nutty, with some caramel flavors and dark fruits. Very dry and a little musty with a very subtle varnish-like alcohol note at the end.

M:
Creamy, silky, and medium bodied (if a little thin). Carbonation is pretty subdued and the finish is nice and sticky but brief. Very drinkable.

O:
Pretty solid ESB (if a touch gimmicky in its creation--they just doubled the recipe).
This is a nice, mellow beer that is quite strong in flavors and aroma, but which remains very drinkable, filling, and warm.
It is beautiful to look at (with a lovely, creamy head) and is quite complex-smelling. The taste is nutty and delicious and it is a smooth drinker. I feel as though it is a bit thin-feeling for as big and complex as the rest of it is, but that does make it quite drinkable so that is good.
Would certainly have again; worth seeking out.

Fucked around and braised some zucchini in the last little bit in the bottle. They turned out delicious!

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Aroma: Rich brown malts, molasses.

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XX Bitch Creek from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.