Sunday, September 27, 2015

Grand Teton Brewing Bitch Creek ESB Ale Extra Special Brown

Brown ales are one of my favorite beer styles. They aren’t as heavy as a porter or stout but they can and tend to have much similar qualities. Brown ales originated in England but now are all over the world and are quite popular among beer drinkers. Bitch Creek ESB Extra Special Brown, 6.0% ABV and 60 IBUs from Grand Teton Brewing in Victor, Idaho is one brewers take on the brown ale style. This is a bottle-conditioned beer. Bitch Creek pours a deep brown color, with one finger to one and a half finger beige head that quickly disappears with no lacing left behind. There is no light coming in or is they any visible signs of carbonation, The aroma is sweet like a brown ale but with a little bit of a hoppy scent that lightly lingers around the sweet toffee notes. Up fount Bitch Creek is a little different with the taste with caramel and toffee notes with some subtle sweetness that become a bit stronger on the middle of the tongue then bitters up a bit on the back. I found the taste to be not what I’d like in brown ale. The mouth feel is medium with a bitter finish and an after taste of bittersweet toffee and caramel notes that thankfully fade quickly. I don’t think the bitterness of Bitch Creek shouldn't be in this at all, so with that said Bitch Creek is a D-. It didn’t have any strong lingering sweetness that you’d get in a good brown ale nor did have a silky, creamy texture. I just though this wasn’t good brown ale at all nor was anyone part average. Bitterness should be a part of brown ale in my opinion. It just does go well together. I don’t think one should try Grand Teton Brewing Bitch Creek ESB Ale Extra Special Brown. Cheer! Please enjoy responsibly!  

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