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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 PLC5.904.08227994
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.74200691
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72169694
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.41167373
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.871193-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641037-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.741011-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8380088
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.8734-
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7565684
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6263781
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6160282
25th Anniversary AleGoose Island Beer Co.6.403.68566-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7153385
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8852392
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7950888
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3444070
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7343584
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9640190
Lord Rear AdmiralThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub6.504.17354-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2834477
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.8343-
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57333-
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.75280-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7627490
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.81270-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.59236-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.83220-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9218100
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.91205-
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.45204-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6219983
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.78197-
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.619785
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96188-
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6618485
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.66182-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8918290
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.53180-
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9117890
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8517589
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8117497
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.917288
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.66172-
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117176
River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Brewing Co.4.503.17160-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1415674
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8713996
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company5.503.3213459
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9712890
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