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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
(bottle from irishboy)clear amber color with a nice light brown head that left some webbing.aroma is bitter hoppy with some caramel.flavor mixes up the aroma.along with some nuits,and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Dark ruby/brown color with a nice 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma is dates, caramel, a bit earthy. Taste is sweet, has a bit of caramel, slight hop background, a bit mettalic. Doesn’t seem much like a esb, but whatever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4102) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle; Fruity plummy aroma with a touch of malt and citrusCherry brown with a small tan head; citrus and malt flavor with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Thanks to Isaac for hauling this all the way back to Texas on a burro through sleet and tornadoes past bandidos and federales. Mohogany pour, thin head, woody nutty notes. Alcohol seems very up front, robust and sweet. Well balanced with a hint of citrus. Hoppy floral notes stretch the style parameters, but hey this is an American ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blather (1) - USA - SEP 9, 2006 does not count
Excellent finish, frothy dense head. While not particularily bitter it is one of the best ESBs I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Wow, this is one really really good ESB. Taste is a little hoppy and grainy. Not really bitter but quite nice. Best beer I found on my trip to Zion National Park.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 12 oz bottle via trade with Indiana_red (thanks ken!).Pours a hazy dark copper color with an average size foamy head. Fruity aroma with notes of orange, yeast and citrus hops. Nice medium to full body. Sweet orange flavor, followed by lemon, pine and grapefruit in the finish.Lots of undertones here. Very complex and a very nice use of the hops. Well balanced with just enough malt backbone. Nice lingering bittersweet aftertaste. This is a bitchin’ good american take on an ESB! ***********11/22/06 rerate-because i did not know i had already rated it, lol...original rating 8/4/9/5/17=4.3***** 12 OZ bottle via Malt of The Earth Beer Club. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a very small head. Nose is mostly floral hops, some malts, and some toffee. Flavor starts out sweet, some caramel, orange, vanilla, berries..then turns to some citrus and grassy hops. A long bittersweet aftertaste. Medium body. Definately an American style ESB as opposed to British style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Burgundy in color. Wilting, uneven collar of light beige foam. Earthy, pinewood, and blackberry jam aroma. Hint of diacetyl and dougy yeast. Big bubbles prickle and scrub the palate. Initially airy, slightly acidic, and slickly fruity with chalky roast and burnt caramel undertones. Aggressive acidity robs much the body’s appeal, but the firm Crystal sweetness remain strongs. Harsh blood orange acidity creeps in and taints the latter half of the flavor. Finishes with resounding caramelly and nutty malt expressions, along with salted red licorice and a fuzzy earthy bitterness that lingers. Citric hop flavors ensue with each burp. This is still too hoppy and acidic, and the aroma is overly yeasty, but it’s nice to see an American ESB that’s appropriately malty and estery. Would greatly improve if they replaced these high-aplha hops with something less brash.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Dark ruby brown, small creamy tan head (3+). Interesting hop aroma, mild green character like lush vegetation. Light bitterness, similar mild hops to those in the aroma, earthy malt notes, very light caramel malt. Light hints of citrus as it warms? Average palate. Nice. Doesn’t blow me away but I would definitely seek this out on tap for a longer session if I was in the neighbourhood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2006
via trade with Buck Dich - Pours a brown color with a good size off white head. Has a light caramel malt aroma. Has a mild sweet, light roasted malt flavor. Has a slight bitter aftertaste. Light to medium body. Not bad. Thanks Jordan.

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