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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 Avg Hads > Bros
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,83593
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.712,53891
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,09194
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,05173
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.911,682-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8398388
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79869-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.4827-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6473381
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.666582
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.965692
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.15631-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.003.74627-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854288
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.32524-
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.89455-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745384
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9543790
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.58396-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2838277
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.7362-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8325-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.57320-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7832090
Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Brewing Company6.003.7314-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.87275-
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.65258-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89242100
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7224185
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.54239-
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.9221-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77209-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.920790
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920286
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96197-
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4219577
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.819497
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9218989
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8718087
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.8178-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.52167-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.5116180
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.99157-
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.85147-
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.89145-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514090
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery4.803.85138-
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3413860
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