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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
Hops & HoneyPlan Bee Farm Brewery9.5042-
ProtagonistBarrier Brewing Company9.104.255-
Roman Empire Strikes BackZio Carlo Magnolia Brew Pub8.503.51-
Lord And Master21st Amendment Brewery8.303.43-
Triple BC.H. Evans Brewing Company8.103.754-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77205-
English BitterBifferhaus Brewing Company8.00-0-
Sink The ClipperSun King Brewing Company8.003.8415-
Winter Storm Warning Imperial E.S.B.Sun King Brewing Company8.003.764-
Harvest AleMt. Carmel Brewing Company8.003.7335-
XX Bitch Creek- Bourbon Barrel AgedGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.853.882-
Honey-Scotch DogmaBrewDog7.803.981-
Churchyard21st Amendment Brewery7.803.172-
Monster Mash Special Ale 25 YearsGritty McDuff's Brewing Company7.603.317-
P.A.C. ForeverSpiteful Brewing7.603.8612-
MinobiiLeech Lake Brewing Company7.503.3811-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8184088
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9713990
Arbor Brewing HXLArbor Brewing Company7.503.615-
CalverThornbridge Brewery7.403.751-
Imperial ESBTrinity Brewhouse7.303.41-
Smelt Camp Strong AleThe Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery7.303.668-
Smelt Camp Strong AleThe Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery7.303.324-
Tallgrass OasisTallgrass Brewing Company7.203.8649690
Vicar Of MillomTigertops Brewery7.203.251-
ESBAndrews Brewing Company7.20-0-
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers7.204.291-
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.75284-
MKE E.S.B.Milwaukee Brewing Company7.2041-
Autumn AleFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub7.103.381-
Golden TuskPink Elephant Brewery, The7.103.3712-
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.91209-
Eye ChartThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC7.003.41-
Harvest AleFigure 8 Brewing7.003.113-
StronghartMcMullen & Sons, Ltd.7.003.413-
Ex-Wife Extra BitterThe Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery7.004.015-
Ex-Wife Extra BitterThe Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery7.003.994-
ESBPotosi Brewing Company7.003.779-
Arbor Brewing Super Snapper VSBArbor Brewing Company7.003.865-
La Arrache-CoeurLe Bien, Le Malt6.90-0-
La Rossa Del GalloBirrificio Sant'Andrea6.903.324-
Boréale CuivréeBrasseurs Du Nord Inc.6.903.639-
Eternally Strong BrotherhoodCongregation Ale House6.803.513-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7952189
ESB (Extra Sexy Bitter)One World Brewing6.803.54-
FDR's ESBHideout Brewing Company6.803.884-
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.851,503-
Boom Over PowThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub6.703.8837-
Cambridge House Old Mill Pond ESBThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.704.0214-
Spingo SpecialBlue Anchor6.703.972-
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