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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: 818 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of tvv375ia
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of syrupjoe
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a dark amber-brown color with lots of floaties. 1.5 finger eggnog colored head with good lacing.

Nose gives off roasty grain notes typical of a mild or brown ale. Slightly metallic with a bit of cocoa.

Flavor is also roasty, with dark chocolate bitterness and some acidity that is different but works well with the beer.

Medium body, moderate to low carbonation. Tight finish, with a slight lingering sourness.

Overall a good beer. Not a typical brown, but enjoyable.

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Photo of allstar255
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler

Appearance - Dark Brown/Amber Color with ALOT of haze, showing off a very unflitered look. Pours a brown color 1 finger head that leaves behind some good lacing.

Smell - Rich Dark Chocolate/Cocoa aroma mixed in with caramel, toffee, and barley; Along with some piney hop notes

Taste - Chocolate and Toffee along with roasted malts and piney hops. The chocolate itself is surprisingly sweet and doesn't come off as bitter. The after taste itself is also very sweet with some piney and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel - For a beer this unfiltered and dark, the body is quite moderate but it feels thick at the same time. Carbonation is also pretty balanced as well. It's got a slight creamy feel to it as well, which helps

Overall - This is a beer with some very rich flavors that don't come off as bitter or artificial, which alone makes this an excellent Brown Ale. If you're into brown ales and are looking for some flavor to your beer, this is the beer for you!

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3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Loved the XX version of this, high hopes for the everyday version. It pours a deep russet-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, light maple syrup, very light toasted bread, pine, greens, and plenty of cilantro. The taste brings in more of the same, but then finishes with a strong bitter/charry/leather character that malingers for a while and ruins any good that precedes it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta-kinda dry finish. Overall, a decent brew that turns all Hyde on ya. Shame, really.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy brown/mahogony pour with a nice 2 finger tan head. Adequate lacing that remains throughout, very good looking brown. Not an overpowering smell, but notes of carmel, citrus and a mix of malts and hops. Taste is similar to the nose, but a strong fruity initial surge followed off by subtle hops. A good combination of malts and hops with a full body taste. Maybe a bit too strong on the fruity/citrus end. Feels great on the tongue with a decent amount of carbonation. Silky and smooth with a little bite. Overall- A solid ABA with an interesting taste. Good mix of carmel/fruit malts and a little hop bite at the end. Would not turn one down, tasty-

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4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The Brown ale poured a dark reddish brown color. It produced a nice tan head, below average retention. It does leave some rings of lacing behind on the glass. The aroma of the ale features caramel, fresh baked bread, orange peel and spicy hoppy goodness. Medium body, grainy, chocolate, caramel, toasted malt flavor. Sweet, semi dry finish.Awesome session beer....nice way to get away from the run of the mill brown ales that are out there.

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3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown with reddish highlights. There's a tan head that lasts fairly well.
S- The aroma is fairly sweet with a dark caramel and a bit of a bready note. There is also is some citric hops.
T- Far more hoppy than the nose indicated. It comes across as more adding bitterness than any particular flavor but there is some pine in there as well. Malt profile comes through with caramel and a fairly prominant brown sugar note.
M- Light medium-body. Medium body. Bitterness tingles the tongue.
O- A tasty beer but it needs more on the nose, and I might change the hops up a bit to add more flavor and less just general bitterness.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out mahogany in color with a light brown head on top. The aroma of this beer is largely hoppy (54 IBUs of Pacific Northwestern hops), but it has some underlying sweet malty tones. The taste of the beer is of roasty biscuity malts, with a splash of hop bitterness towards the end of the drink. Bitch Creek finishes surprisingly dry, but has a lingering amount of hop oil left on the tongue. Overall, this is a sturdy American brown ale.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark cloudy brown, two finger head.Goes to down to thin lace over time. Lace hangs on the side.

S- chocolate, some hop overtones

T- chocolate, vanilla, malt. There is a nice hop balance, possibly some English hops in the mix.

M- mouthfeel is great, definitely serve this on the warmer side, when its too cold it masks the taste and makes it slightly watery. As it warms it gets slightly sticky and more full.

O - Definitely an above average brown, which are hard to find these days. Stressing the serving temperature, as it makes a big difference.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy mahogany red/brown with two fingers of creamy light tan head. Pretty solid retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma produced was roasted/burnt carmel malt with some citrus and pine hops with some pungent herbal notes on the back end.

Taste follows the nose but the herbal notes in the back of the aroma are alot more forward in the taste. I find it to be kind of off putting and a little much... doesn't ruin the beer, but it definitely doesnt help it.

Medium body and creamy as all hell. Highlight of this beer for sure. Abundant amount of carbonation. Very drying and bitter drying aftertaste from the hops but its the herbal bitterness that sticks to the back corners of the tongue with each sip.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try a bee I really otherwise wouldn't have had but I have no intention of drinking the other two out of my sampler. Bitch Creek definitely will bitch slap the taste out of your mouth with the herbal bitterness. They could definitely tone that down and this would be a great beer.

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Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 818 ratings
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