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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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Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 1232) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.061,29793
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.71,04391
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.4383773
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.767494
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.93572-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.67563-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8650488
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.8419-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6938481
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.5936582
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7935488
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9832790
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.9131992
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.76264-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2822877
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.94187-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.8318590
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.617986
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57179-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.86164100
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.18163-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.37159-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.78155-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7915084
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.91147-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.9145-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77144-
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.004140-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.9413390
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8613196
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8612987
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.69126-
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.7912397
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9411989
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Brewing Company6.003.74118-
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.71106-
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.64102-
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.4210260
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.53101-
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery4.803.8696-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.5495-
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.459577
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.8493-
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.9290-
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.98589
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.518580
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.757685
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.647383
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.437180
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.57086
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