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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 PLC5.904.072,34094
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.752,06591
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,75094
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.411,71873
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.861,253-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,050-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.741,027-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8380488
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.8756-
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7566584
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6165381
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6161382
25th Anniversary AleGoose Island Beer Co.6.403.68572-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7154685
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8853492
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7951388
Tallgrass OasisTallgrass Brewing Company7.203.8648390
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3547270
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7343884
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9640290
Lord Rear AdmiralThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub6.504.16356-
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.82354-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2835077
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57343-
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.75281-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7727690
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8275-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.6241-
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.44236-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.83226-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9222100
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.91207-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.78201-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6220083
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.619785
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6519485
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.66192-
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96190-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6718785
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.918590
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.52184-
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918090
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8517989
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8117597
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8817488
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117176
River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Brewing Co.4.503.17160-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1415774
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8713996
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company5.503.3213559
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