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

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3.73/5
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822 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#28,507
Reviews:
349
Ratings:
822
pDev:
13.14%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
82
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 822 |  Reviews: 349
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 Jcarriglio
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 10Crumra
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nuebs
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Q&D: 12oz, Globe, bott on 8/2015. This was a really good beer: nice frothy head & plenty of flavor, including lots of hops.

A definite Re-buy.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woggydoggy
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MFMB
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sporklift87
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/05/15

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Photo of npachl
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CruzWilder
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Magery
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jhavs
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle received in trade poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A=.Light brown and clear with a thin tan head

S=Roasty malts is the dominant factor, some caramel and a bit of lemon peel and alcohol.

T=Malt, toasted and roasted malt flavors, a little smoky, some sweetness with a bit of alcohol warmth .

M=Moderate level of carbonation with a light to medium body.

O=A very drinkable English brown ale with a nice roasted character, smooth and fairly light bodied.

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thick head, bright white. Dark ruby, maroon color. Cocoa nibs and slight hop pine aroma. Good malt flavor - chocolate, brown sugar. Little bite from hop oils. Clean and smooth finish.

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Photo of dmadsen
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured in the cool environs of the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint. Always saw this when previously visiting the Western states, but never pulled the trigger, til now.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark reddish amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat chunky ecru head, which leaves some thick, splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a certain metallic stoniness, a hollow nuttiness, meek earthy, leafy, and piney forest floor hop notes, watery milk chocolate, and a subtle cold steely booziness. The taste is more robust bready and slightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, ethereal day-old coffee, a semi-sweet, blended nut butter thing, increasingly edgy pine needle and generic citrus pith bitters, and a still hovering, but not quite yet alit alcohol measure.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its wan frothiness, and hard to really get peeved or excited about, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, the muddled hop and alcohol astringencies making a minor dent. It finishes off-dry, mostly just sweet in malt, cocoa, nuts, and liquor alike.

Not a shabby brown ale, though I'm not altogether clear on where the Extra Special moniker comes in - is it simply the elevated ABV? Are they for some reason proud of the so-called hoppy character herein? Who knows, but I kind of tired of it towards the end, and well, that ain't special.

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Photo of Tiger-Tig
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 822 ratings