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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 Avg Hads Bros >
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89242100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.5043399
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.819497
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,09194
Bay State ESBBoston Beer Works - Canal Street6.003.662793
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,83593
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.794893
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.965692
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.84492
Unchained #19 Make It SoSummit Brewing Company5.304.067391
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.712,53891
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7832090
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9543790
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514090
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.920790
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.014789
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9218989
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854288
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8398388
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8718087
Pabst Old Tankard AlePabst Brewing Company5.803.8112887
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7511787
Nestucca ESBPelican Pub & Brewery5.403.862387
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.497586
E.S.B.Barrington Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.561586
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920286
Echo Sierra Bravo ESBOld Rail Brewing Company5.803.631285
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7224185
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745384
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.7113283
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ5.503.619483
Extra Special Bitter AleZion Canyon Brewing Company4.003.741183
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.666582
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6473381
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.553880
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.5113280
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.5116180
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4413280
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2838277
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4219577
Midtfyns AleMidtfyns Bryghus6.503.4276
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.485774
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,05173
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3413860
Poppy OtterOtter Brewery Ltd5.003.651-
ESBDama Bier5.80-5-
GrizzRed Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.5.10-1-
RIP SnorterHog's Back Brewery5.003.735-
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