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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 PLC5.904.072,48094
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.762,21891
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,87494
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.411,81374
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.851,510-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,086-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.731,060-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8185288
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79786-
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7570385
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.5969482
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6163083
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.7157085
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8955893
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3655470
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7952289
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7344385
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9541491
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.81371-
Lord Rear AdmiralThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub6.504.16362-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2835877
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57355-
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.42324-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7430690
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8289-
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.75285-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.61281-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.85241-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9229100
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6922285
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.91209-
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.66207-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6220783
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6520785
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77206-
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.54205-
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.619886
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8419390
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.919390
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.95192-
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918190
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.8118098
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117877
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8917588
River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Brewing Co.4.503.18161-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1416074
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714197
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9713990
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.88137-
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company5.503.3213659
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