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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 1303) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV Avg Hads Bros
Extra Special - ESB10 Barrel Brewing Co.6.203.751-
Warwick's Best Bitter10 Barrel Brewing Co.4.903.51-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4913880
Churchyard21st Amendment Brewery7.802.852-
Lord And Master21st Amendment Brewery8.303.783-
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.16597-
Endless Summer Beer3 Guys & A Beer'd Brewing Company4.803.77-
Über Special Bitter3 Ravens Brewing6.103.856-
English Extra Special Bitter3 Ravens Brewing4.503.063-
Cap'n Long ESB300 Suns Brewing6.603.983-
33 Acres Of Courage33 Acres Brewing Co.5.60-4-
Razor Burn350 Brewing Co.5.704.14-
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.603.5626-
The Paddlers' Pride5 Paddles Brewing Co.5.504.132-
Stainless E.S.B.5 Paddles Brewing Co.5.403.741-
Pacemaker ESB5 Seasons Westside ? 41-
Whapping Wharf7 cent Brewery5.50-0-
Reign Man ESB7 Seas Brewery and Taproom5.504.632-
ESB75th Street Brewery5.204.187-
BND (Bitch Next Door) ESBAbandon Brewing Co.3.804.072-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.88263-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
Adnams Barley MowAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery5.003.41-
Freakin' On ESBAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse6.003.453-
Jet City ESBAirways Brewing Company6.003.649-
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8720389
Alaskan Billiken Bitter AleAlaskan Brewing Co.5.703.936-
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.962992
Maizie's ESBAleWerks Brewing Company6.103.325-
Nitro Session BitterAllentown Brew Works4.203.81-
E.S.B.O.P.Allentown Brew Works5.804.121-
Alberta Unity Brew 2015Alley Kat Brewing Company5.403.542-
EliasAlosta Brewing Co.5.403.473-
Session CHCAltamont Beer Works4.403.913-
ESB Batch 102Altamont Brewing Company6.704.821-
Batch 131 ESBAltamont Brewing Company6.7041-
Fed, White And BrewAmerican Brewing Company ? 3.63-
Amherst ESBAmherst Brewing Co.5.353.7910-
The ESBAmnesia Brewing5.503.7912-
ESBAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.93-
Ebb Tide ESBAnacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill6.103.591-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854088
ESBAndrews Brewing Company7.20-0-
Ljuva Livets Ängöl (ÄSB)Ängö Kvartersbryggeri5.803.688-
Two-Shoe BrewAngry Erik Brewing6.00-5-
Bases LoadedAntietam Brewery & Restaurant6.003.782-
Glorious Dead ESBApocalypse Ale Works6.203.8818-
ABC ESBAppalachian Brewing Company4.903.9116-
The Search ESBAquanaut Brewing Company5.303.829-
Penfold ESBArbor Ales ? -0-
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