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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
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.072,42294
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.752,14191
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,83294
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.411,77873
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.851,450-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,067-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.741,046-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8281088
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79776-
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7568484
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.667981
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6162582
25th Anniversary AleGoose Island Beer Co.6.403.68585-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7155785
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8955092
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7951788
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3651770
Tallgrass OasisTallgrass Brewing Company7.203.8649090
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7343984
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9541290
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.81365-
Lord Rear AdmiralThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub6.504.16360-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2835677
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57351-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7529390
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.44291-
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.75283-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.81279-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.61266-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.84233-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9225100
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.91207-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6920785
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.78203-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6220283
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6620285
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.67200-
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.619785
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.53195-
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96191-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8919090
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8318589
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918090
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8117797
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117676
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8917588
River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Brewing Co.4.503.17160-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1315874
Walker DBAFirestone Walker Brewing Co.5.003.68157-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714096
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