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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
'Merican RevolutionEarth Eagle Brewings5.603.413-
100% Fun!Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.4.903.753-
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.53188-
1327 Pod's ESBBlue Blood Brewery5.603.0235-
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.8844-
1492Elliott Bay Brewing Co. ? 3.751-
1759Brasserie Artisanale La Souche4.40-0-
1814 ESBChocolate City Beer6.002.6511-
1849Joseph Holt Group plc4.502.9512-
2012 Fresh Hop Harvest (Santiam)Big Al Brewing5.402.626-
25th Anniversary AleGoose Island Beer Co.6.403.68580-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,060-
316 ESBLegacy Brewing Co.5.5041-
33 Acres Of Courage33 Acres Brewing Co.5.6042-
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.603.6223-
5 Guinea ESBThe Phoenix Brewing Company5.003.71-
5-String E.S.B.Chilly Water Brewing Company5.503.755-
6 Feet Under ESBWild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery5.80-0-
Abbey AleKingstone Brewery5.103.51-
ABC ESBAppalachian Brewing Company4.903.7115-
AcerbusCroce Di Malto5.903.063-
Adnams Barley MowAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery5.003.411-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.83230-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8713996
Ahab's ESBPortal Brewing Company ? 3.51-
Alaskan Billiken Bitter AleAlaskan Brewing Co.5.703.926-
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8318389
Alaskan Fresh Hop ESB (Rough Draft Series)Alaskan Brewing Co. ? 3.71-
Alba RossaBirrificio Valcavallina6.202.61-
AlchemyPints Pub5.503.667-
Alligator Swamp ESBJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House ? 3.531-
AlpenbrewDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.003.575-
AmarantoBirrificio Artigianale Zimella5.802.881-
Amber #2 (ESB)Salish Sea Brewing Co.5.2042-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.5850-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4910580
Amberjack ESBFront Street Brewery4.503.727-
Amberlicious ESBFive Seasons North ? 4.083-
American BitterWater Street Brewing Co. ? 3.743-
American House ESBReads Landing Brewing Company ? 4.222-
Amherst ESBAmherst Brewing Co.5.353.8710-
Angielskie SniadanieBrowar Pinta5.3031-
Angry Yank IPARooster's Brewing Company Ltd.5.004.081-
Antagonist ESBBarrier Brewing Company5.803.7517-
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8954092
Anvil ESB With Smoked Hatch Chili PeppersAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.753-
Aracauna ESBGrowlers6.003.372-
Arbor Brewing HXLArbor Brewing Company7.503.615-
Arbor Brewing Super Snapper VSBArbor Brewing Company7.003.865-
Arbor Brewing Triple Stone Extra Special BitterArbor Brewing Company5.003.5410-
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