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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
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.52217-
1327 Pod's ESBBlue Blood Brewery5.602.9741-
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.9588-
1492Elliott Bay Brewing Co. ? 3.852-
1759Brasserie Artisanale La Souche4.40-0-
1849Joseph Holt Group plc4.502.9512-
2 Finger PourOrlison Brewing Co.8.004.121-
2-Headed DogIlluminated Brew Works5.80-0-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,159-
316 ESBLegacy Brewing Co.5.5041-
33 Acres Of Courage33 Acres Brewing Co.5.603.973-
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.603.6125-
5 Guinea ESBThe Phoenix Brewing Company5.003.652-
5-String E.S.B.Chilly Water Brewing Company5.503.755-
6 Feet Under ESBWild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery5.8031-
Abbey AleKingstone Brewery5.103.632-
ABC ESBAppalachian Brewing Company4.903.7416-
AcerbusCroce Di Malto5.903.053-
Adnams Barley MowAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery5.003.41-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.84249-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8614096
Ahab's ESBPortal Brewing Company ? 3.51-
Alaskan Billiken Bitter AleAlaskan Brewing Co.5.703.926-
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8419889
Alba RossaBirrificio Valcavallina6.203.12-
AlchemyPints Pub5.503.678-
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.5.803.5755-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4613280
Amberjack ESBFront Street Brewery4.503.799-
Amberlicious ESBFive Seasons North ? 4.063-
American BitterWater Street Brewing Co. ? 3.753-
American House ESBReads Landing Brewing Company ? 4.222-
American Special BitterSmog City Brewing4.604.11-
Amherst ESBAmherst Brewing Co.5.353.8510-
Angielskie SniadanieBrowar Pinta5.3031-
Anglican Extra Special BitterChurch Street Brewing Company6.003.622-
Anniversary NeatBang Brewing Company4.90-0-
Antagonist ESBBarrier Brewing Company5.803.7321-
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8858092
Anvil ESB With Smoked Hatch Chili PeppersAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.753-
Apple-Cinnamon ESBDiamond Knot Brewery ? 3.421-
Aracauna ESBGrowlers6.003.372-
Arbor Brewing HXLArbor Brewing Company7.503.615-
Arbor Brewing Super Snapper VSBArbor Brewing Company7.003.855-
Arbor Brewing Triple Stone Extra Special BitterArbor Brewing Company5.003.5410-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.3695-
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