Bitch Creek American Brown Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Bitch Creek American Brown AleBitch Creek American Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Specifications

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)"

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,813
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
827
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
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18
Gots:
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Trade:
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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Hazy, light brown color with one finger of persistent copper-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild dark fruit, butterscotch, and whole grain bread, with a whiff of carbon dioxide leaving thinning out what is an otherwise full and interesting smell.

T: Begins moderately sweet, with toffee, faint plum and cherry fruit, hard minerality, and very earthy hop flavors. Umami and diacetyl develop in the middle, complementing some restrained charcoal that transitions into a mildly bitter and roasty finish. Chile spice lingers on the palate, along with cooked sweet-apple esters.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; wet in the front, acidic in the middle, sticky in the finish; with low carbonation.

D/O: This is an interesting brown ale that serves as Grand Teton's work-horse dark beer. Its combination of qualities give the impression of a blend between an English-style pale ale and a really good American porter. It is full-flavored and obviously well-crafted, but it may struggle to stand out amongst their strong series of seasonal offerings and one-off bottlings.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hophead723
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been striving lately to try as many new beers as I can and I have seen this one one the shelves many times so I figured I would give it a go. I love the name Bitch Creek, very intriguing. I poured from a bottle brewed on 2/11/15 into a claret glass.

Look: Pours a very dark brown that reveals itself to be a brilliant clear mahogany with a unique off white head that has a touch of beige to it. The lacing was thick and swirling.

Smell: A touch of brown sugar and roasted malts but with a distinct fruity flavor from the yeast. Sweet as well and the alcohol is subtly present.

Taste: The taste is quite similar to the smell and is roasty malt, fruity yeast, a touch of sweetness and a flourish of alcohol. I also get cavendish, beechwood, and licorice.

Feel: Quite full and medium bodied yet with a nice amount of carbonation. Definitely smooth and pleasantly coating.

Overall: This is a good one that drank quite cleanly and paired well with my hot dog and baked beans. Definitely a good option for a barbecue and certainly high quality. I would recommend this beer, especially if you are not in the mood for hops.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucent bloody brown, at least as dark as the bottle it came in and much darker than any ESB in existence. The dark tan head displays a compact creaminess, furious surface pits and cheese cloth-like lace in the form of thin rings up top and thicker rings down near the receding surface of the beer.

Moderately hoppy nose whose intensity, unfortunately, levels off after the initial nasal rush, causing it to never really hit its stride. Something seems to be blunting it... must be that infernal malt. There's very little maltiness in the aroma though, must be some of that stealth malt that I've been hearing so much about. Fruity, earthy English-style hops (Fuggles?) are dominant with grapefruit peel playing a subservient role.

Bitter Creek is a big beer lover's ESB; Grand Teton most certainly did not skimp on ingredients. It isn't quite a bitch slap of an experience, but is more intense than your garden variety ESB. Plenty o' malt gives it a sweet caramel flavor that is beaten into submission by a few well-timed, solid, bitter hoppy thumps akin to candied white grapefruit coated with caramelized sugar and pine sap. The medium-firm, resinous body/mouthfeel leaves a pleasant bitter scum on the tongue.

I've been impressed by Grand Teton. Sweetgrass IPA was a good one and I still have Teton Ale (APA) to sample. If things hold true to form, it'll be a keeper as well. Many thanks to Ragsdale for a trio (I'm hoping) of wonderful Idaho beers.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was planning to just give this a tick, but the appearance took me so much by surprise that I figured I'd write a quick review.

A - Stunning. Deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Head pours 3 fingers high with geat retention and lace.

S - Not great. Dusty with roast malt and old walnuts. Touch of caramel.

T - Not bad. Deep roast notes with an edge of tangy char. Dry, roasted chestnut and some of that dust from the nose. Caramel, bitter greens and burnt toast finish.

M - Light body. Could use a little more carb.

O - A great looking brown that finishes par for the course.

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Photo of nklatt
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a gorgeous, deep garnet red - almost burgundy - with a large, rocky, creamy-tan head which dissipates slowly leaving heavy lace on the glass.

Not much for smell - faint floral hops and maybe a touch of sweet yeast.

After the weak nose the taste is almost shocking. Moderate malt with complimentary hops. Nice.

Moderate, chewy body that goes down clean leaving a lingering flowery hop bitterness.

Drinkability is fair - I could go for a second.

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Photo of bakeller
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stella artois glass

A: Deep red copper color, crystal clear without any sediment. Pours with a 1 finger tan head that dies down to a nice ring that hugs the side of the glass. There is a fantastic thick lace that graces the side of the glass as you drink.

S: Nose is predominantly subtle hops. Some grassy, citrus, and pine tones

T: Taste follows the smell. There is a clear earthy/grassy taste. Some caramel malts also mingled in. The hops are in the forefront. Drink finishes with a slightly bitter piney taste

M: Smooth, crisp, and clean. Carbonation is mild.

D: Goes down really easy, would love this on a summer night, very crisp and refreshing. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of KensWorld
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep scarlet/brown color...fizzy tan head of about 1/8 inch on top.

S-Toffee, caramel, biscuits combine for the malt along with a piney hop aroma

T-The toffee/caramel backbone is strong....but the hops really add a west coast bite....pine and grapefruit on the hops....

M-Medium to full bodied...creamy...bigger than expected...

D-This is a pretty big ESB...I was surprised with the color and the profile overall. An ESB to savor and enjoy rather than to session with...

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Photo of rudedude985
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Heff19
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of KendallClem
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Bitch Creek Ale was a pleasant surprise. When poured in the glass, it was an amber color with very little foam. The smell of hops and roasted malts, filled the nose with a very pleasant aroma. The taste of hops and roasted malts was very evident with a hint of a caramel flavor. Like I said, what a pleasant surprise this ale was. Watch out, here I come for a case next purchase.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pint glass. When first poured the head of the beer was decent, not to ambitious. Sedimentation is present when pouring the last of the beer out of the bottle. The aroma of this beer is great floweral, hoppy and coriander is present. The taste of the beer good bitterness, a hoppy sweetness to the tastebuds. Overall a really great beer.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Drew03cmc
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. This beer is a dark brown color with ruby around the edges. Medium beige head that dissipates slowly, and spotty lacing. Aroma of bready malt, hops and touches of fruit. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of hops, caramel malt and grain. The finish is hoppy with a lindgering bitterness. Not too bad for my first Idaho beer.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

How the hell could I resist? Bitch Creek?

A - Poured nicely into my pint glass. Not really much of a head to speak of, but what it was able to muster, it held onto nicely. While it was there, the head was a dusty, off white. Nice lacing. The beer itself is the color of an old penny. Dark copper.

S - There are a lot of hops in this beer. The first thing that hits the nose. There is also some lime like tang on the opening, and other fruits that I coulnd't clearly identify.

T - The taste and smell were very similar. Lots of hops, but balanced. Toasted grains and malt compliment the delicious bitters. once again, I got a lime like flavor right on the intro, which gaave way to dark roasted grains and malt. The hops are the boss on this talented flavor workforce, however, they're not iron fisted.

M - A little waterier than I would prefer for this style, but certainly not a detraction.

D - What a pleasant beer. Great flavors, balanced nicely. I could drink like 18 of these.

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Photo of AllenJasper
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Alpha309
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, citrusy, floral, leafy, grassy, piney, and metallic hops leap out at you in Bitch Creek's ESB, almost challenging you to take a sip! There's also some berry-like yeasty fruitiness, and some mild chocolate and dark caramel malt underneath, giving it quite a round and welcoming nose. The body is medium; and it's delicate, median carbonation caresses the tastebuds. The deep chestnut body has a crimson and ruby cast that's reminiscent of old, polished leather furniture; and the creamy tan head holds long enough to make an impression, and then continues to leave walls of spotty lace once it's dropped. Rich, caramelized sugars and a bit of nuttiness dominate the malty side of the flavor; juicy yeasty fruitiness livens it (apples, red berries, prunes, pear); and citrusy, leafy, grassy, mineralish, floral and subtly piney/minty hops round it out with a raspy edge. A bold bitterness anchors it, but there's enough girth to the maltiness that it doesn't appear as "bitter!". It finishes drying as the sweetish and distinctly caramelish maltiness fades, and the piney and resinous hops rise - both softened along the way by a soft, smooth cushion of underlying orange-like citrus. Nice!

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Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ta_hagen
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bditty187
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bronze-coppery gold in hue, what a lovely color! Creamy beige head, at the apex the foam was over two fingers tall. Excellent head retention, it took a few moments before a tight cap formed. Lacing started before I took a sip – awesome! The subsequent lacing was widespread and organized. What a great looking beer. Lovely hue, big head, and lots of lacing equals a perfect looking beer!

The first sniff was grapefruit rinds. Okay, this sets the tone, IMO. ESB, Americanized no doubt. After the grapefruit comes a hoppy fruitiness with some faint earthy undertones. I really like the caramel maltiness with kisses of cracker and biscuit. Moderate potency, inviting from start to finish… sure, at the beginning it comes across fairly Americanized but the middle and end does offer some agreeable, true ESB aromas. I’m pleased with what I am smell, no matter the style. It is drinking time!

Wow. Impressive palate. Damn bitter for the style, IMO. I don’t get much in the way of hop flavors, a tickle of grapefruit and some earthy fruitiness but not much else. It’s bitter though. Caramel malts in the middle, slightly woody and earthy towards the back with some biscuits and juicy malt at the finish. I get hints of alcohol, this is a beefy ESB. The finish is bitter, slightly harsh with only a hint of maltiness. Overall, this is a damn fine ESB… but not in a traditional sense. I am not reviewing this beer based on style. Based on taste, this beer is very agreeable and damn tasty! It is just a tad harsh, IMO.

Medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel fits the flavor profile very well. I must say, the aftertaste is really agreeable, it is long and lingering with more maltiness then I first tasted.

This is extremely drinkable. Again, screw the style… I could buy a six-pack and go to town. I bet this would be great with burgers or any grilled meat. Oh my, I just thought how great this would be on cask! Lordy! Anyway, I sought out this beer because I wanted to cross-off Idaho from my “must try a beer from all 50 states list.” I did. But this beer is more memorable than that. This is really good! Thank you Bitterbill!

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Bitch Creek American Brown Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 827 ratings