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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 1370) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,77193
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.722,48991
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,05094
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,01673
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.911,669-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.671,170-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8397388
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.8856-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.4774-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6572781
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.666082
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.963892
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.003.74619-
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.16613-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854088
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.31502-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745384
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.89434-
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9543390
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.58392-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2838177
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.71335-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8325-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7831990
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.57318-
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Brewing Company6.003.7307-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.87270-
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.65247-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89240100
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7223985
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.53232-
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.9220-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6221683
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77208-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.920590
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8720389
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920286
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96194-
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.819497
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4319077
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9218689
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8817987
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.81177-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.52165-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.514580
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.89143-
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.84143-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.604140-
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