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 Avg Hads > Bros
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,71993
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.722,44391
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,01594
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.421,96373
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.911,621-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.661,168-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8392188
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.8839-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.38734-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6572381
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.665582
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.962492
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.003.74614-
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.16584-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854088
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.3465-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745184
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9543190
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.87419-
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.58385-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2838077
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8320-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7931490
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.71309-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.74305-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.57303-
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Brewing Company6.003.69297-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.87262-
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.65238-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89238100
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7223085
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.53229-
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.9217-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6221483
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77207-
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8820289
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920186
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.920090
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96193-
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4218877
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9218489
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.818497
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8817987
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.81175-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216174
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.49156-
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.89141-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9513990
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.85139-
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