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 PLC5.904.062,62693
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.752,36391
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,96994
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.411,89873
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.841,546-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,160-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.731,086-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.891988
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79812-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.5971281
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3766070
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6165282
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7160085
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8858892
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7853588
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.14515-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7245084
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9542390
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.4412-
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.82404-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2837377
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57368-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.77317-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7431090
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.76309-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.62292-
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Brewing Company6.003.65285-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6926485
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.85255-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9232100
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.65225-
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.52222-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6121483
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.89213-
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6520985
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.78207-
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920185
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8420089
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8819690
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.94192-
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.818497
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918289
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4118277
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8817787
River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Brewing Co.4.503.18162-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1516174
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.77159-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.47145-
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.88140-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8614096
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