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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
Extra Special - ESB10 Barrel Brewing Co.6.203.751-
Warwick's Best Bitter10 Barrel Brewing Co.4.903.51-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4611280
Churchyard21st Amendment Brewery7.803.172-
Lord And Master21st Amendment Brewery8.303.43-
Poppycock2kids Brewing Company6.403.751-
Endless Summer Beer3 Guys & A Beer'd Brewing Company4.803.52-
Über Special Bitter3 Ravens Brewing6.103.815-
English Extra Special Bitter3 Ravens Brewing4.502.981-
Cap'n Long ESB300 Suns Brewing6.60-0-
33 Acres Of Courage33 Acres Brewing Co.5.603.83-
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.603.624-
We Opened A Brewery ESB5 Paddles Brewing Co.5.30-0-
Reign Man ESB7 Seas Brewery and Taproom5.5051-
ESB75th Street Brewery5.204.047-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.84245-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714197
Adnams Barley MowAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery5.003.411-
Freakin' On ESBAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse6.003.263-
Jet City ESBAirways Brewing Company6.003.679-
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8419590
Alaskan Billiken Bitter AleAlaskan Brewing Co.5.703.926-
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8956393
Anvil ESB With Smoked Hatch Chili PeppersAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.753-
ESBAlosta Brewing Co.5.403.413-
Fed, White And BrewAmerican Brewing Company ? 3.543-
Morning Wood With HoneyAmerican River Brewing Company6.00-0-
Amherst ESBAmherst Brewing Co.5.353.8611-
The ESBAmnesia Brewing5.503.7712-
ESBAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.933-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7952689
ESBAndrews Brewing Company7.20-0-
Ljuva Livets Ängöl (ÄSB)Ängö Kvartersbryggeri5.803.488-
Glorious Dead ESBApocalypse Ale Works6.203.7717-
ABC ESBAppalachian Brewing Company4.903.7416-
ESBAquanaut Brewing Company5.30-0-
Arbor Brewing Triple Stone Extra Special BitterArbor Brewing Company5.003.5410-
Arbor Brewing Super Snapper VSBArbor Brewing Company7.003.865-
Arbor Brewing HXLArbor Brewing Company7.503.615-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.3782-
Bitter RecognizeArizona Wilderness Brewing Co6.703.833-
Bitter Earth ESBArkose Brewing5.003.751-
Old TosserArmstrong Ales5.603.655-
Old Tosser ESBArmstrong Ales ? 3.751-
Doc Tegart's Extra Special BitterArrowhead Brewing Company6.503.952-
StrongholdArundel Brewery Limited4.7041-
Prize FighterArundel Brewery Limited4.603.32-
Roland's ESBAsheville Brewing Company5.003.4417-
Roland’s ESBAsheville Pizza and Brewing Co.5.003.489-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.639183
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