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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
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-
Propers Pub AleAble Seedhouse + Brewery4.204.564-
Rye Double DBAFirestone Walker Brewing Co.15.004.5410-
Stuff Dutch People LikeOdd Otter Brewing Company ? 4.492-
Citra E.S.B.Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant6.204.451-
ESBNavigation Brewing Co.4.904.441-
Cask ESBGreat Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)5.754.424-
Old IntentionalDerby Brewing Company5.004.411-
Double Chin Wag ESB Aged In Laws Whiskey BarrelsHogshead Brewery ? 4.391-
DremoBardo Brewpub ? 4.382-
Let It ESB [4:01]The Wild Rover Pub & Brewery ? 4.371-
ESBTree Brewing Beer Institute5.504.351-
Tippin' It DownBad Weather Brewing Company ? 4.356-
Pub's Moose Tale AleShort's Brewing Company ? 4.355-
Flash Flood ESBMia & Pia's Pizzeria And Brewhouse4.804.341-
ESBBig River Brewpub5.404.336-
Angry Elk Amber AleLariat Lodge Brewing Company5.804.332-
SmokeEarth Eagle Brewings5.204.321-
Screw Craig, Katie's Your Cook (cask)OysterHouse Brewing Company5.804.321-
Weeping Willow AleElk Brewing ? 4.321-
Sailor Hägar's Lohin's E.S.B.Sailor Hägar's Brewpub5.604.313-
ESBOffshore Ale Company ? 4.34-
Rye ESBMcFate Brewing Company5.504.32-
Fox And Furnace AleTrimtab Brewing Company ? 4.35-
Tawny No 3The Marble Arch5.704.31-
TrollbridgeYpsi Alehouse5.504.32-
Horsethief English BitterBig Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.6.004.292-
The Runner UpStaas Brewing Company5.004.294-
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers7.204.271-
Hoptopsy ESBBarley and Hops Grill & Microbrewery6.604.2612-
Trailside ESBBase Camp Brewing Company5.604.266-
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 Company5.004.2438-
ESBDavidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery4.904.238-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2354-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.23104-
Royal Bloodline ESBLyonSmith Brewing Company5.904.222-
Independence ESBIndependence Brewing Co.6.004.2221-
Great Lakes York Street BitterGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.504.228-
Slumbering MonkJoule's Brewery4.504.192-
ESB75th Street Brewery5.204.187-
Ex-Wife Extra BitterThe Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery7.004.175-
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