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

BA SCORE
85
very good
815 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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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:
815
Reviews:
348
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
80
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 815 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of WillisTalkinBout
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Jodio
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of daem3384
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ehrlacher
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kamahl16
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KLHBB
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of curtisjoseph
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrsqc7
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Prodigious dense sand-colored head, copper cloudy body, tons of textured lace. Nose has roasted dark malt and bitter chocolate, earthy and floral hops. Flavor begins with these chocolate malts but quickly turns to acidic hops. Rife with bitterness from both the malt and hops. Profile is close to being a Baltic Porter, plus some extra hops acidity/bitterness. Feel is medium bodied and slightly mouth-coating, but every once in a while an island of chewy head breaks off and feels like swallowing a loogie- yuck.
A vision realized, but not one that I understand. Dark malts don't belong with acidic, bitter hops. It was a flavorful experience and well fleshed out, but, again, I'm confused about who would find this appealing.

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Photo of Mattmarchand
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ta_hagen
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brewsed
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dealing first with the way the beer tastes... this is hoppier than the style.
It also is hoppier than my palate likes.
My frequent comment on American brewers is they ought to focus on blending the malts more. Too many take the easy route to get into the game and throw in enough hops and expect there to be enough Americans to keep them in business.
I suspect this tactic was employed by this brewer.
And that is OK. The ale is a success.
But, I also hope they are learning along the way that malts provide a subtlety and are the core of the art.

Second, nobody choose this name again. I know, it a well-known angler's creek.
But just stay away from the word "bitch."
Women should feel welcome to enjoy beer, too.
And don't forget, they were the ones that brewed it in the household only a few centuries ago.

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Photo of rarigney
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah87
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 815 ratings.
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