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

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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)

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

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

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Ratings: 817 |  Reviews: 349
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ncsutton
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving - Bottle

A - Got a decent 1 finger head after an aggressive pour, not much for lacing, the brew is a dark brown/caramel color

S - Biscuity with some earthy tones to it

T - Bitter chocolate, as well as some roasted malts to it, it also has a hop aftertaste that is not to aggressive, but adds to the bitterness that the brewer seems to be going for

M - Medium bodied with a good balance of carbonation, leaves a bittersweet aftertaste

O - Great taste to it, nothing really jumps out at you but its a real nice blended taste, different than other brown ales I've had, but still a good choice, especially since it was on sale when I got it

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TCMike
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, it produced a dense, 2 finger beige head. The beer color was a dark copper/caramel color.

The smell was of light pine hops,caramel, biscuit.

The taste was very good. Hoppy for a brown ale. Taste was like smell. Low carbonation, and medium mouth-feel.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to light. A large khaki colored head rests on top and takes forever to settle. Large amounts of lacing left behind. Nice appearance.

S: A good bit of hops up front with some caramel and a little bit of a nuttiness. A bit of earth is in the background as well. Not real dynamic but quite appealing for what is there. 

T: A nice nuttiness up front and less hops than the aroma would lead you to believe. A little bit of vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of coffee in the background. Again, not a ton going on, but what is there is pretty well balanced and pretty tasty. 

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Smooth on the palate with a nice drying effect on the back end. 

D: Nice little brown ale with a good hop profile. Goes down pretty smoothly with a nice transition from slightly sweet and nutty to hoppy and slightly bitter. Overall, not bad. 

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A – Clear deep brown brew with some crimson hues, dense 2 finger head had good retention with lots of nice lacing all around the glass 4
S – Very nice nose. Nutty, caramel, brown sugar, some similarities to Capt. Morgan spiced rum, a strong 4
T – Nutty, caramel, darker malts to a mildly spicy mildly bitter hop/herbal finish, notes of cocoa & toffee 3.5
M – Smooth drinking, light moderate body with a light syrup mouth feel, a light moderate carbonation 4
O – A good beer with nice balance, one on which I enjoyed the smell more than the taste, good drinkability 4

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of minterro
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from my girlfriends uncle.

Caramel, bready malts, floral hops, and a bit boozy

Thick foamy tan head that pours a little over a finger and hangs around well leaving good lacing. Dark brown lively looking beer.

Taste not as good as the smell. Not as bitter as I would think from the name. not as hoppy as the nose its more bready and nutty. Finish is bitter but not as much as many bitters.
Medium bodied and on the low side of carbonation.

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Photo of kjritt
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

serving type: out of a bottle into a glass jar

appearance: thick head, eventually subsided to a thin white line, good lacing

smell: smokey, nutty, sweet

taste: rich woody, good lingering taste of hops

mouthfeel: smooth, but too light. does not stick as well as i'd like it.

overall: perfect dark nutty beer for a wintery day, such as today is.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
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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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of tvv375ia
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a hazy mahogany with about a finger of head that left some nice lacing as it faded

S-mostly some chocolate malt smells to start with but the I get a slight musty metallic smell that comes on the very end

T-nice chocolatey carmel without any of the metal hint from the smell with a slight hop taste on the finish

M-good carbonation on the light side of medium body

O-pretty well balanced brown ale that could be and excellent everyday beer

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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 817 ratings.
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