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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
Reign Man ESB7 Seas Brewery and Taproom5.5051-
Dix Special BitterDowntown Joe's American Bar And Grill ? 4.81-
Aye SB Extra Special BitterCOAST Brewing Company5.804.632-
Steve´s Best BitterSteve's Brave New Beer4.804.592-
Premium BitterThe Civil Life Brewing Company5.904.51-
The Runner UpStaas Brewing Company5.004.53-
Green Jack Hybrid BitterFreeWheel Brewing Company3.504.454-
Citra E.S.B.Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant6.204.451-
Slumbering MonkJoule's Brewery4.504.431-
Old IntentionalDerby Brewing Company5.004.431-
Sailor Hägar's Lohin's E.S.B.Sailor Hägar's Brewpub5.604.433-
Breakside ESBBreakside Brewery5.804.382-
Flash Flood ESBMia & Pia's Pizzeria And Brewhouse4.804.381-
SmokeEarth Eagle Brewings5.204.341-
Pub's Moose Tale AleShort's Brewing Company ? 4.345-
Fresh Hop ESBFour Winds Brewing Co.6.004.331-
Imperial ESBMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.8.604.332-
Tawny No 3The Marble Arch5.704.331-
Cask ESBGreat Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)5.754.333-
Horsethief English BitterBig Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.6.004.322-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.3172-
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers7.204.291-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2850-
E.S.B.Broad Ripple Brew Pub5.604.2624-
Hopping Chicken Autumn Harvest AleBrewery Terra Firma6.504.251-
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-
Señor BigglesPhantom Canyon Brewing Company6.404.221-
Quid Hoc Sibi VultBrewers Union Local 1804.604.222-
Kuhnhenn Saucy Minx ESBKuhnhenn Brewing Company5.304.217-
Super FreakGreenport Harbor Brewing Company ? 4.215-
LonghornPurity Brewing Co5.004.24-
Jackson's ESBSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.704.195-
Southampton North Fork Fresh HopSouthampton Publick House5.204.197-
E.S.B.Sequoia Brewing Company5.604.181-
Great Lakes York Street BitterGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.504.1728-
Lord Rear AdmiralThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub6.504.16360-
TaipanOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.904.151-
ESBCambridge Brewing Company5.504.154-
House Ale - Barrel #1 - Batch #1Foggy Noggin Brewing6.304.151-
Hooky Diamond ReserveHook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.6.004.141-
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-
Proper EnglishEbenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.5.704.133-
Shoe Corner ESBCrown Brewing ? 4.132-
AsylumOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.504.132-
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