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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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Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 1365) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads Bros >
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89240100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.503.953299
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 Company5.303.72,05094
Bay State ESBBoston Beer Works - Canal Street6.003.662793
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,77093
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.784593
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.963892
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.84292
Unchained #19 Make It SoSummit Brewing Company5.304.057191
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.722,48991
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7831990
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9543390
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514090
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.114990
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.920590
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.014789
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9218689
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8720389
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854088
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8397388
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8817987
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7611687
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 & Pub6.503.7223985
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745384
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.7213183
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ5.503.619483
Extra Special Bitter AleZion Canyon Brewing Company4.003.741183
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6221683
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.666082
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6572781
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.553880
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.5113080
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.514580
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4313180
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2838177
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4319077
Midtfyns AleMidtfyns Bryghus6.503.4276
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.475674
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,01673
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3413760
Poppy OtterOtter Brewery Ltd5.003.651-
ESBDama Bier5.803.984-
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