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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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Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9225100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.503.943299
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8117797
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714096
Welkin RingerMystic Brewery5.803.853195
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,83694
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.072,42494
Bay State ESBBoston Beer Works - Canal Street6.003.652693
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.794593
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8955192
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.843592
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.752,14691
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9541290
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7529390
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.024690
Tallgrass OasisTallgrass Brewing Company7.203.8649090
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9713590
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.094490
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918090
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8919090
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8318689
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7951788
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8281188
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8917588
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7410787
Long Ben E.S.B.16 Mile Brewing Company5.963.86187
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.517586
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.619785
Chin WagHogshead Brewery ? 3.672085
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7155785
Uproot ESBTwin Leaf Brewery5.803.632285
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6620285
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6920885
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7343984
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7568584
Eastern Chef Brew16 Mile Brewing Company ? 3.74384
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.639083
Extra Special Bitter AleZion Canyon Brewing Company4.003.751183
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6220283
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6162582
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.667981
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.573780
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.644280
Red Dragon (Ddraig Coch)Great Orme Brewery4.403.5180
Shelburne Museum ESBFiddlehead Brewing Company5.203.63480
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.512380
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4610780
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4111680
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2835677
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117676
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