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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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Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 1232) - Ordered by # Reviews
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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-
Jackson's ESBSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.704.651-
Pegasus ESBEcliptic Brewing5.604.51-
Dr. Hexter's HealerWest Berkshire Brewery Company5.004.51-
Full WhackPeerless Brewing Company6.004.51-
Cask ESBGreat Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)5.754.491-
Citra E.S.B.Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant6.204.451-
ESBOffshore Ale Company ? 4.421-
Slumbering MonkJoule's Brewery4.504.421-
Old IntentionalDerby Brewing Company5.004.411-
Fox And Furnace AleTrim Tab Brewing Company ? 4.391-
Pub's Moose Tale AleShort's Brewing Company ? 4.383-
ESBBig River Brewpub5.404.363-
Flash Flood ESBMia & Pia's Pizzeria And Brewhouse4.804.341-
Hoptopsy ESBBarley and Hops Grill & Microbrewery6.604.342-
Rye ESBFate Brewing Co.5.504.331-
ESBBuckeye Lake Brewery5.704.323-
SmokeEarth Eagle Brewings5.204.321-
ESBDavidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery4.904.31-
Beer Kitchen Whiskey Barrel Aged Premium BitterWadworth and Company Ltd.5.804.31-
Tawny No 3The Marble Arch5.704.31-
Horsethief English BitterBig Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.6.004.292-
Bricks And MortarPhantom Canyon Brewing Company ? 4.291-
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers7.204.271-
Blue Point Extra Special BitterBlue Point Brewing Company5.004.2730-
Independence ESBIndependence Brewing Co.6.004.262-
ESB75th Street Brewery5.204.253-
Sink The ClipperSun King Brewing Company8.004.253-
Bitter Bitch ESBPortneuf Valley Brewing ? 4.251-
Ex-Wife Extra BitterThe Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery7.004.252-
Hopping Chicken Autumn Harvest AleBrewery Terra Firma6.504.251-
SoftyHalf Acre Beer Company6.004.251-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.2332-
The Runner UpStaas Brewing Company5.004.231-
Great Lakes York Street BitterGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.504.2213-
Hōjun Shitate Classic Ale (Cedar Aged) Brewed For IsetanKiuchi Brewery5.504.212-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2135-
ESBHigh Cotton Brewing Co.6.204.213-
Southampton North Fork Fresh HopSouthampton Publick House5.204.215-
Zio Carlo Roman EmpireChimera Brewing5.504.21-
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.22490
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.18163-
Beak's BestNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.004.1811-
Panda Bear AleThirsty Bear Brewing Company6.404.181-
Cellarman ESBBloomington Brewing Company5.904.182-
Surfman's CheckDevil's Purse Brewing Co.5.004.181-
La P'tite Biere Brut'aleBrasserie Des Garrigues4.804.181-
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