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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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Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89227100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.503.943299
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.818098
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714197
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,87094
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.072,47494
Bay State ESBBoston Beer Works - Canal Street6.003.652794
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.794593
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8955893
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.843592
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.762,21491
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9541391
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7430690
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.024690
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9713990
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.094490
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918090
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8919190
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8419190
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7952189
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8184488
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8917588
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7410888
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.517587
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.619886
Chin WagHogshead Brewery ? 3.672085
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7156785
Uproot ESBTwin Leaf Brewery5.803.652385
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6520685
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.722085
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7344385
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7570185
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.6611384
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 Company5.803.6220783
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6163083
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.669082
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.563881
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.624580
Shelburne Museum ESBFiddlehead Brewing Company5.203.63480
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.512580
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4711180
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4312080
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2835877
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
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.411,80974
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