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

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85
very good
813 Ratings
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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
813
Reviews:
348
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
79
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -67%

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1.74/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz bottle into a 33cl snifter. Bottling date 12.11.12.

Look- Pours ruby brown with a pretty ridiculous four-finger head that falls slowly - takes six pours and ten minutes waiting to empty the bottle. Minimal lacing. Significant particulate, and a cake of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Very unappealing.

Smell- Floral, citrusy, sharp, astringent. Very American- unexpected. Mild burnt toffee in the background, but overall very hop-forward.

Taste- Maltier than anticipated after the aroma, but that's not saying this is a malty beer. Fruity/skunky/sweet flavor that makes me think Galena and Warrior hops, doesn't really mesh well with the mellow toasted shortbread malt, diacetyl definitely present but low. Finishes with a lingering lemon black tea bitterness. Mild sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light-medium carbonation. Grainy, sandy feel. Well, after typing that I took a second look and go figure there's about a half inch of hop and yeast residue in the bottom of the glass. Good one on me, Grand Teton. I'm done with this beer.

Overall- Well, this beer's just a hot mess- reminds me of bad generic hoppy American amber homebrew. Sharp, poor balance, and well... gross. Bottle conditioning gone wrong, I hope. The amount of sediment in the beer is actually pretty shocking, and it's definitely trub and hop particulate. Very bad- I feel no regrets about pouring this out other than the $1.75 I spent on the bottle. All that and it wasn't even the dark English-style ESB it was advertised as- two shades more caramel and this would definitely be classified as an American IPA. Off for the style and completely undrinkable.

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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.47/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

ESB means Extra Special Bitter. And Bitter is what Bitch Creek is all about. Nice coppery color and a subtle aroma waft up from the glass. Low head and moderate carbonation are to style. The bitterness is a little pronounced, even a little astringent. The brewers may want to spend a week in London putting back a few real pints of the Bitter to see what the taste is all about.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There is an odd funkiness to this one. Definitely not something I would outright buy again. Doesn't seem to really fit the style either, oddly hoppy for a brown ale. Watery mouthfeel as well.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of kbnooshay
2.59/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a weird orange-brown red with a non existent head. Aroma is of strong of hay and rabbit pellets. Im glad this doesn't taste how it smells. Flavor is of earthy bitter hops and weirdness. feel is tingly from the carbonation. The oddness of this beer will prevent me from ever buying another. There are much better ESBs out there.

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2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint bottle poured into a Paulaner stein.

Appearance- Dark brown with 1 finger of cloudy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell- Pine, floral, and ripe fruit

Taste- Hits you hard with unsweetened chocolate and finishes with piney hop flavor. Actually a quite interesting.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body, but the earthy hops in the nose is causing palate confusion.

Interesting beer, but not for me. Seems, like a black ipa to me, rather then a brown ale.

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2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not a bitter... alright.

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a light brown head. At least 1 finger. Decent retention with some nice lace left. Color is a copper brown.

Aroma: Earth hops. Very sharp. Some roasted malts. Nothing to distinguishable. Some chocolate and caramel, I guess.

Taste: Grassy hops more than anything. Roasted malts play a big part in this beer. Chocolate malts with some caramel notes. Nothing really representing a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and dry. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and grassy, in an unpleasant way.

Overall, I thought this was going to be a bitter, but it was a brown. So I rated it as a brown and it still wasn't that good. I just wasn't very happy with this offering. Not to drinkable.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 813 ratings.
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