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Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

ESBs are essentially more aggressive and more balanced Bitters, both in alcohol and hop character, but nothing overpowering. Color range will be similar, though leaning towards the darker end of the scale; dark golds to copper. Low carbonation. Malts tend to be more pronounced, often toasty and fruity, with maybe some notes diacetyl. And despite "bitter" being in its name, ESBs are not really all that bitter. They key to an ESB is balance.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.072,37594
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.752,10791
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,78394
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.411,74873
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.861,352-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,059-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.741,037-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8380488
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.8769-
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7567384
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6166881
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6161882
25th Anniversary AleGoose Island Beer Co.6.403.68579-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7155085
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8954092
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7951688
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3649570
Tallgrass OasisTallgrass Brewing Company7.203.8648490
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7343884
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9541090
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.81361-
Lord Rear AdmiralThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub6.504.16357-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2835377
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57346-
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.75282-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7628190
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8277-
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.44258-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.6255-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.83230-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9223100
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.91207-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.78202-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6220183
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6819885
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.619785
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6619785
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.67196-
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96190-
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.53188-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.918790
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8318389
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918090
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8917588
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8117597
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117176
River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Brewing Co.4.503.17160-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1315874
Walker DBAFirestone Walker Brewing Co.5.003.69140-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8713996
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