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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 >
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9218100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.503.943299
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8117497
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8713996
Welkin RingerMystic Brewery5.803.93195
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72169794
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.07228194
Bay State ESBBoston Beer Works - Canal Street6.003.62493
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.814293
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8852492
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.853192
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.74200791
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9640190
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7627490
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.024690
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9712890
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.114290
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9117890
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8918290
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8517589
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7950888
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8380088
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.917288
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7410487
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 ? 3.691785
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7153385
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6618485
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7343584
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7565784
Eastern Chef Brew16 Mile Brewing Company ? 3.74384
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.628783
Extra Special Bitter AleZion Canyon Brewing Company4.003.751183
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6219983
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6160282
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6263781
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.573780
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.634180
Red Dragon (Ddraig Coch)Great Orme Brewery4.403.5180
Shelburne Museum ESBFiddlehead Brewing Company5.203.63480
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.4912280
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.5110080
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.411080
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2834477
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117176
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.414275
Midtfyns AleMidtfyns Bryghus6.503.38275
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1415674
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