Bitch Creek American Brown Ale
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Bitch Creek American Brown AleBitch Creek American Brown Ale
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Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
American Brown Ale
3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
Sep 15, 2020
Oct 04, 2003
Bitch Creek American Brown AleBitch Creek American Brown Ale
Notes: At Grand Teton Brewing, we are very fortunate to live in one of the greatest places on earth. The beauty, wildlife, mountains, clear water and endless activities found right here in our backyard make for an outdoor playground paradise.

One of these local landmarks is Bitch Creek. Similar to the water used in our brewing process, Bitch Creek is spring fed and flows out of the west side of the Grand Tetons. It’s a popular playground for kayakers and fishermen alike. Bitch Creek American Brown Ale is named for this local landmark. Since 2004, it’s become one of the most award-winning beers in the industry having claimed 15 gold medals at national events.

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 American Brown Ale is full of character... not for the timid.


Malts: Idaho 2-Row malted barley, German Melanoidin, CaraAmber, CaraAroma & CaraMunich
Hops: Galena, Chinook, and Centennial.
Original Gravity (Plato): 15.0°
International Bitterness Units: 60
Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%
Lovibond: 18°

Formerly called "Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)"
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Rated: 3.69 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Sep 15, 2020
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours vibrant mahogany brown with a frothy rich khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces very nicely.

S: Smack in the face with malt, toasty, bready, a little roasty char, herbal earthy notes, dark fruit, a touch of citrus, hint of pine, and rounded out with toffee sweetness.

T: Big time malty, toasty, bready, lightly roasty, a little char, earthy, dark fruit, plum, date, and peach, herbal pine, a little citrus, lemon and burnt orange, and rounded out with toffee sweetness.

M: A little on the full side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I'm a big brown ale fan, and I know this one's been around for a while, but it's just not doing it for me. Feel kinda like a brown and red ale merged. I prefer mine a little lighter and nuttier.
Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 3.27 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin

Feb 20, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by z_21 from Pennsylvania

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Nov 08, 2018
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look - deep brown - nice 1-2 finger head upon pour from the 12 oz. bottle. Nice foam ring after the head receded

Smell - strong hops / pine / citrus - rich caramel and molasses

Taste - strong hop bitterness that gives way for some rich malt sweetness and molasses. Starts to dry out and more hops rush through

Feel - Seemed a bit thinner than a brown should be - carbonation stuck around without totally dissipating

Overall - A good beer - a bit too much hop bitterness. American browns are a bit hoppier than an English brown, but this is more like a lighter / hoppier robust porter. A good beer though, just did not expect it to be as bitter and hoppy as an IPA
Oct 01, 2018
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
6/29/18...pours light brown, ring of tan foam. Nutty bready nose, slight sweetness. Smooth nutty brown flavor. Caramels, toffees. Slight bite but holds the sweetness in check. Almost seeps into a coffee flavor.
Sep 02, 2018
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by LauraSchaff from Kansas

May 08, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by BubbleBobble from New York

Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 3.45 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Nov 03, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours very dark for style: near opaque black-red-brown body topped by a thin beige colored head. Limited retention with spotty lacing. A bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
Nutty, yeasty and bready aroma with some pine and citrus peel.
Mild bitterness with a somewhat nutty flavor; bold for style, particularly in the malty finish and aftertaste.
Medium body with medium-light carbonation.
Jun 29, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Gene-Colorado from Colorado

Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 3.49 by Samputnam14 from South Carolina

Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by dcotom from Iowa

Jun 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by VABA from Virginia

Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by futiledevices from South Dakota

Feb 23, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by psmith161 from Indiana

Feb 14, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by evergreen_machine from Washington

Nov 28, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Spikester from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Clear amber brown with one fat finger of cream color head that lasts at least fifteen minutes. Great amount of lace as the level drops.
Smell is bready malt and herbal hops.
Taste is lightly roasted malt with a nice balance from the herbal hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation level.
Overall a very nice ESB. I would have this again. Another great find in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A 1" cream colored head falls slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is deep coppery-brown. Aroma of pine, citrus, caramel and rich roasted malt. Flavors of caramel, molasses, toasted bread, ripe fruit, citrus. A very well balanced brew with the hops and malt both making their presence felt. Delicious.
Nov 15, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota

Sep 30, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by WillisTalkinBout from Wyoming

Sep 25, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice sharply bitter ale. Pours medium brown with thick fluffy beige head, lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is pine, peat, malt, hops. Taste comes on even stronger, bitterness at the forefront. Abrupt, chalky finish leaves mouth dry. Perfect imitation of this British style.
Sep 22, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho

Aug 28, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A color that runs from dark copper to light brown, 1/3" off white head doesn't hold up for long. Aroma had a tiny amount of sweetness.

Taste got more substantial, kicking down some of that sweetness, a little bit of hops, a good amount of malt heft. Bitterness grew in the mouthfeel. It really isn't a traditional esb, just kind of feels like one of those hodgepodge ales with some brown and red malts, a hopping medley and whatnot.
Aug 22, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Jodio from Texas

Jul 27, 2016
Rated: 3.57 by daem3384 from California

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by papat444 from Canada (QC)

Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by ehrlacher from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2016
Rated: 3 by Kamahl16 from Nevada

Jun 28, 2016
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Reviewed by KLHBB from Arkansas

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hard Rock. Pirate. Pours an opaque dark brown with one finger of head. I smell toasted malt, maybe a little coffee. Tastes of burnt toast, a hop kick up front. Lighter feel than you expect, medium carbonation and smooth going down. Good.
Jun 27, 2016
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Amber pour with off white head; thick cap and moderately heavy lacing; good clarity. Caramel malt nose. Semi sweet caramel malt taste with some lite bitter roast. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate plus carbonation. Ok lite bitter roast linger.
Jun 22, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by curtisjoseph from North Carolina

May 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by jakea from Wisconsin

May 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Impetuous from Montana

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
You know all those South American bands that are are taking as their inspiration 80s deathrash like early Sodom, Sepultura, and Hellhammer? Same thing here. The aesthetic is down pat. You look at this, you know what it is, you know it will be good. The name is just hokey enough to show how tr00 & kvlt they are, the colour presentation is phenomenal. It's the beer equivalent of bullet belts, denim vest covered in patches and the vintage band t shirts. It's like, black dirt mixed with some clay red. Easy to pound.
May 08, 2016
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