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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 Avg Hads Bros
1066Westminster Brewing Company6.504.141-
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.54239-
1327 Pod's ESBBlue Blood Brewery5.603.0941-
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.99157-
1492Elliott Bay Brewing Co. ? 3.762-
1698 Kentish Strong AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5478-
1747 English BitterCalvert Brewing Company5.703.933-
1759Brasserie Artisanale La Souche4.40-0-
1778 English AleBearpaw River Brewing Company5.90-2-
1849Joseph Holt Group plc4.502.9812-
2 Finger PourOrlison Brewing Co.8.003.775-
20 Year StormHeavy Seas Beer10.003.9571-
3 Buoys ESBFair Winds Brewing Company5.503.544-
30th Anniversary Hillsdale AleMcMenamins4.50-1-
316 ESBLegacy Brewing Co.5.5041-
33 Acres Of Courage33 Acres Brewing Co.5.60-5-
365 Extra Special BitterDistillery 365 ? -1-
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.603.6231-
5 Guinea ESBThe Phoenix Brewing Company5.003.64-
5-String E.S.B.Chilly Water Brewing Company5.503.739-
6 Feet Under ESBWild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery5.8031-
9:00am Coffee ESBDark Sky Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Abbey AleKingstone Brewery5.103.552-
ABC ESBAppalachian Brewing Company4.903.9116-
ABCD ESBOld School Brewing Company6.003.271-
AcerbusCroce Di Malto5.903.133-
AdaniversaryGoose Island Clybourn6.803.661-
Adnams Barley MowAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery5.003.41-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.87275-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
Afternoon TealightMoylan's Brewery5.803.886-
Ahab's ESBPortal Brewing Company ? 3.51-
Alba RossaBirrificio Valcavallina6.202.822-
Alberta Unity Brew 2015Alley Kat Brewing Company5.403.637-
AlchemyPints Pub5.503.798-
Alimony ESBBoathouse Brewpub & Restaurant ? -1-
Alligator Swamp ESBJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House ? 3.531-
AlpenbrewDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.003.585-
AmarantoBirrificio Artigianale Zimella5.802.921-
Amber #2 (ESB)Salish Sea Brewing Co.5.2042-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.6273-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.5116180
Amberjack ESBFront Street Brewery4.503.9312-
Amberlicious ESBFive Seasons North ? 4.063-
American BitterWater Street Brewing Co. ? 3.753-
American Ordinary BitterManor Hill Brewing3.80-0-
American Style ESBSeven Arrows Brewing Company6.00-0-
Amherst ESBAmherst Brewing Co.5.353.7910-
Andrews' AleBell's Brewery, Inc.5.00-3-
Angielskie SniadanieBrowar Pinta5.30-2-
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