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Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Description:
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.5.303.9229100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.503.933299
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.818397
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8614096
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,93094
Bay State ESBBoston Beer Works - Canal Street6.003.682793
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,57193
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.794593
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8957692
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.843692
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.752,31591
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7430890
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9542090
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9813890
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.094490
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8919590
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.014689
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918289
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8419889
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7853288
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.891288
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8817787
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7411287
Nestucca ESBPelican Pub & Brewery5.403.752387
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.527586
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920185
Echo Sierra Bravo ESBOld Rail Brewing Company5.803.691085
Chin WagHogshead Brewery ? 3.72185
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.759085
Uproot ESBTwin Leaf Brewery5.803.622685
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6520885
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6924185
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.6612084
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7244884
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7472084
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.629283
Extra Special Bitter AleZion Canyon Brewing Company4.003.741183
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6121283
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6164182
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.5970481
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.563880
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.634780
Shelburne Museum ESBFiddlehead Brewing Company5.203.63480
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.512980
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4612380
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4412480
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2836477
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4118077
Midtfyns AleMidtfyns Bryghus6.503.4276
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.454975
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