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.5.303.86164100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.503.923199
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.7912397
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8613196
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.767494
Bay State ESBBoston Beer Works - Canal Street6.003.641693
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.061,29193
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.792093
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.9131592
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.821892
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.691,03391
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.8318590
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9732690
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.945690
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.22490
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.9413390
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.003.974389
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9411989
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.98589
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7935388
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8650488
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8612987
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.775787
Nestucca ESBPelican Pub & Brewery5.403.921387
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.57086
E.S.B.Barrington Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.561086
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.617986
Echo Sierra Bravo ESBOld Rail Brewing Company5.803.64285
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.747485
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7915084
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.713883
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.66883
Extra Special Bitter AleZion Canyon Brewing Company4.003.77983
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.647383
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.5936482
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6938381
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.563180
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.518580
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.525680
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.437180
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2822877
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.459477
Midtfyns AleMidtfyns Bryghus6.503.4276
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.394774
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.214374
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.4383673
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.4210260
Poppy OtterOtter Brewery Ltd5.003.651-
ESBDama Bier5.80-0-
2-Headed DogIlluminated Brew Works5.80-0-
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