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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
ESB Batch 102Altamont Brewing Company6.704.821-
Dix Special BitterDowntown Joe's American Bar And Grill ? 4.761-
Reign Man ESB7 Seas Brewery and Taproom5.504.632-
Aye SB Extra Special BitterCOAST Brewing Company5.804.632-
Steve´s Best BitterSteve's Brave New Beer4.804.572-
Premium BitterThe Civil Life Brewing Company5.904.51-
The Runner UpStaas Brewing Company5.004.493-
Green Jack Hybrid BitterFreeWheel Brewing Company3.504.465-
Citra E.S.B.Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant6.204.451-
Slumbering MonkJoule's Brewery4.504.421-
Sailor Hägar's Lohin's E.S.B.Sailor Hägar's Brewpub5.604.423-
Old IntentionalDerby Brewing Company5.004.411-
Breakside ESBBreakside Brewery5.804.382-
Flash Flood ESBMia & Pia's Pizzeria And Brewhouse4.804.341-
Pub's Moose Tale AleShort's Brewing Company ? 4.335-
Cask ESBGreat Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)5.754.333-
SmokeEarth Eagle Brewings5.204.321-
Tawny No 3The Marble Arch5.704.31-
Horsethief English BitterBig Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.6.004.292-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2951-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.2975-
Buoy ESBBuoy Beer Company6.004.292-
Bricks And MortarPhantom Canyon Brewing Company ? 4.291-
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers7.204.271-
Redcoat ESBMolly Pitcher Brewing Company5.504.251-
Hopping Chicken Autumn Harvest AleBrewery Terra Firma6.504.251-
Beazle ESBWingman Brewers5.304.251-
WendigoBrasserie Artisanale Albion5.004.251-
Ruby WitchMoorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd4.604.251-
ProtagonistBarrier Brewing Company9.104.255-
Blue Point Extra Special BitterBlue Point Brewing Company5.004.2437-
American House ESBReads Landing Brewing Company ? 4.222-
Quid Hoc Sibi VultBrewers Union Local 1804.604.222-
Kuhnhenn Saucy Minx ESBKuhnhenn Brewing Company5.304.217-
Super FreakGreenport Harbor Brewing Company ? 4.25-
Jackson's ESBSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.704.185-
Southampton North Fork Fresh HopSouthampton Publick House5.204.187-
Great Lakes York Street BitterGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.504.1728-
Proper EnglishEbenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.5.704.176-
E.S.B.Broad Ripple Brew Pub5.604.1728-
E.S.B.Sequoia Brewing Company5.604.161-
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.15374-
ESBCambridge Brewing Company5.504.154-
Truman XXX MildHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room8.504.151-
E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant5.304.132-
ASB (American Special Bitter)Five Seasons North ? 4.131-
ESB 6Deans Brothers Brewing Co.6.004.133-
Shoe Corner ESBCrown Brewing ? 4.132-
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