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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.5.303.9228100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.503.943299
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8118198
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714197
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,88794
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.072,50894
Bay State ESBBoston Beer Works - Canal Street6.003.672894
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.794593
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8956393
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.843592
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.762,24591
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9541591
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7430790
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.024690
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9713890
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.094490
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918290
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.919490
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8419590
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7952689
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.887588
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8917688
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7410988
Nestucca ESBPelican Pub & Brewery5.403.682487
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.517587
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.620086
Chin WagHogshead Brewery ? 3.672085
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7157585
Uproot ESBTwin Leaf Brewery5.803.652385
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6520785
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6923185
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7344885
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7570985
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.6711784
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.639183
Extra Special Bitter AleZion Canyon Brewing Company4.003.751183
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6220983
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6163483
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.5969682
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.563881
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.644680
Shelburne Museum ESBFiddlehead Brewing Company5.203.63480
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.4912680
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4611280
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4312180
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2836277
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117877
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.444875
Midtfyns AleMidtfyns Bryghus6.503.38275
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1416074
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