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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 rAvg Revs Bros
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.08211294
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.74189091
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.41156873
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.71155394
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.871156-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641001-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.75973-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8478788
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.8683-
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7561284
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6260181
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6157882
25th Anniversary AleGoose Island Beer Co.6.403.68542-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7250185
Boont ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.849588
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8849392
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7441584
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9639190
Lord Rear AdmiralThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub6.504.17347-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3234670
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2832877
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.84310-
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.56308-
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.75270-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7826990
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.82261-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.6228-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9212100
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.91202-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.84196-
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.619585
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.78192-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6318283
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.97179-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8917590
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9117490
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8117297
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.65169-
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.916888
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4216676
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.53165-
River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Brewing Co.4.503.17160-
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6515685
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1314974
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8714689
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.64145-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8713996
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company5.503.3213359
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery4.803.87125-
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.9123-
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