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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewSquid (45) - Plattsburg, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Not a bad ESB. Decent malt and hop balance but I prefer an ESB with a little more hoppiness after all, it is an Extra Special BITTER. Nice appearance & head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Beer of the month club beer. 12 oz. Bottle. Pours a clear crimson color with an off white head and good lacing. Nice sweet malt nose with some citrus and fruit notes. Nice smooth balanced flavor with a nice hop bite in the finish. Well made beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2006
In the bottle from the beer of the month club. Thanks to pman. Pours a dark amber to light brown. The head is much thinner than the Teton amber. It is off white and whispy. Mild aroma. Chocolate and berries to the taste. This is not like an ESB at all, but is still quite good. Theres a lingering tartness at the finish. This is weird for an ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7835) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Nice, deep, dark copper pour, faint, slighlty wispy white head. Green, earthy arom with faint frutiness - fresh nectarines perhaps. Flavor follows the same trend with some spearmint, nectarines, spruce and a hint of spice that is similar to cinnamon. Thick enough mouthfeel, overll a decent ESB. Lacking that subtle bitterness that I seek out though. Thanks to Aurelius for this one - partr of his Ale-in-the-mail shipmnt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5257) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2006
The beer itself was a brilliant, clear ruby-brown with a spongy tan head. Fair cap, bad label, bad name. Western hop aroma over caramel and fruit in the templated APA/AESB style. Hoppy enough, but not ragged. Grapefruit, medium sweetness, grassy and green. Chalky medium body, finishes just like it tastes, but overall the palate I would rate as its best feature - smooth. Standard fare. Unless PorterPounder beats me to the punch with his half of the Ale-in-the-Mail selection, I shall be the 100th rater of this average fare.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1803) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - 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. Doesnt seem much like a esb, but whatever.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4183) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.8
   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 Ive tasted.


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