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 PLC5.904.062,66093
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.762,38391
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,99094
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.411,92373
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.841,548-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,162-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.731,086-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.892188
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79820-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.5971381
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3768970
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6165282
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.760385
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8859392
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.13550-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7853688
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7245184
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.38439-
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9542590
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.82411-
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57375-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2837477
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.78320-
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 Company6.003.65289-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6928085
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.84256-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.91234100
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.65232-
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.52223-
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6521785
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.9214-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6121383
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.78207-
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8420289
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920185
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8819790
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.94192-
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.818497
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4118477
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918289
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8817887
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1516174
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.77161-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.47148-
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.88140-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8614096
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9813890
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