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-
Dr. Hexter's HealerWest Berkshire Brewery Company5.004.51-
Premium BitterThe Civil Life Brewing Company5.904.51-
The Runner UpStaas Brewing Company5.004.474-
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-
Let It ESB [4:01]The Wild Rover Pub & Brewery ? 4.371-
ESBTree Brewing Beer Intitute5.504.351-
Flash Flood ESBMia & Pia's Pizzeria And Brewhouse4.804.341-
Pub's Moose Tale AleShort's Brewing Company ? 4.335-
SmokeEarth Eagle Brewings5.204.321-
Screw Craig, Katie's Your Cook (cask)OysterHouse Brewing Company5.804.321-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.3190-
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-
Bricks And MortarPhantom Canyon Brewing Company ? 4.291-
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers7.204.271-
Extra Ordinary BitterDay Block Brewing Company7.004.262-
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-
Cask ESBGreat Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)5.754.234-
American House ESBReads Landing Brewing Company ? 4.222-
Buoy ESBBuoy Beer Company6.004.223-
Quid Hoc Sibi VultBrewers Union Local 1804.604.222-
Super FreakGreenport Harbor Brewing Company ? 4.25-
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-
Redcoat ESBMolly Pitcher Brewing Company5.504.163-
E.S.B.Sequoia Brewing Company5.604.161-
E.S.B.Broad Ripple Brew Pub5.604.1630-
ESBCambridge Brewing Company5.504.154-
Truman XXX MildHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room8.504.151-
EverleighVice District Brewing Company6.004.147-
E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant5.304.132-
ASB (American Special Bitter)Five Seasons North ? 4.131-
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