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RATINGS: 555   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in Carmel Mountain/San Diego, CA) A good example of "generic, entry-level, micro-brewed beer", this golden ale is mildly flavorful, moderately sweet, mildly malty and minimally hoppy, but definitely lacking character or distinctiveness. The aroma shows some stinkiness, and well, not much else. Light to medium body, just kind of exists, failing to excite the palate. Light golden color with a slight haziness. Off-white head was small, despite a rather vigorous pour, and subsided to a very small rim, leaving only a few, minute patches of lace. Sadly, thanks to the shithead policy at Bevmo, I had to buy a six-pack of this stuff. Good for parties where the guests just grab a random beer out of the cooler.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is honey amber with a thin tan head...smell is sweet caramel...taste is more aggressively bitter than most ESBs...good...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Very dark ruby colored body. I like the light off white head that has an orange tinit. The aroma is rich with black tea leaves, toffee and some old musty leaves. SImilar to a marzen, but with that rich yet subtle fruit character in a bitter. The taste is dark chocolate and tea. There is also some roasted peanuts. A toasty finsh makes this like a lighter porter. I like this one a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bronze color nice tan well alced head.. Pleasantly hoppy aroma grass and citurs hints of orange rind and carmel. a vg pal w/ some ok coating. Lightly bitter grapefruit and fresh grass w/ some carmel and toffee. a good session beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6580) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Pretty redwood color with a nice beige rocky head. Outstanding caramel-hoppy aroma. Tart and enticing ... citric hoppiness starts it off, and its rounded off with a piney, woody bitterness. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle poured a clear brown with a small amber head. Aromas of dark bread, carmel, and some pine and bitter citrus. Palate was medium bodied smooth and a bit dry. Flavors of carmel, a hint of coca, and then the bitter citrus hops kick in. A very tasty ESB!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Clear amber appearance, good head formation. Cookie, caramel malts aroma with plenty of piney hop, grapefruit citrus. Initially sweet flavor, caramel, candy cane with plenty of grapefruit hop citrus kicking in late then taking over in the aftertaste. A little thin in body, especially for the style, but very tastey stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle: This has a lovely dark, amber clear coloe with lots o lacing all over the glass. It wasnt as bitter as most ESBs but was still exquisite. You could taste the alcohol even though the level isnt high. The sweetness also brought to mind rich, dark brown sugar and molasses. Not only is it sweeter than other ESBs, its bigger than others too. As far as bitterness though, I did start to pick up on some grapefruit flavors toward the end. The feel is thin and easy to drink. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7489) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 This beer came in my beer club. It is not a brewer I am familiar with. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark ruby chestnut color with a small tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is malty and has a crisp floral hop character and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is caramel, crisp hops and a sour tang that turns vaguely nutty on the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
calivania (62) - USA - JUL 10, 2005
This is my kind of beer. Picked up a sixer at the local BevMo, and as much as I am loathe to support the WalMart-ization of liquor, I dont think I would have found it anywhere else in LA. Smells sweet and nutty. Wonderful to look at. Tastes unlike no other ESB I have had -- and like no other American brown for that matter eiether. Resiny, with the smoky sweetness of which I am partial. Lovely, crisp bitter finish. I am inspirerd to discover more Idaho beer because this one -- right down to its oddly transfixing lable -- is a special Amercian beer.


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