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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 PLC5.904.062,54593
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.752,27791
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.721,90794
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.411,84473
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.841,535-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.641,140-
Harvest AleGoose Island Beer Co.5.703.731,072-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.890288
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79793-
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown)Grand Teton Brewing Co.6.003.7471484
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.5970081
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.6163882
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.3659570
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.303.758185
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.8857092
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7852788
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7244884
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9541890
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.81376-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2836477
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.16363-
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.57358-
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.41349-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7330790
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.79304-
Phoenixx Double ESBReal Ale Brewing Company7.203.75289-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.62286-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.84246-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.6924085
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.9228100
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.52213-
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.66212-
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.89212-
Exile ESBEvolution Craft Brewing Company5.803.6221083
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.6520885
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.78205-
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920185
Alaskan ESBAlaskan Brewing Co.5.003.8419689
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.8919490
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.94192-
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.818397
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.918289
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4117977
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8817687
River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Brewing Co.4.503.18162-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.1416074
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8614096
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.88138-
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9713890
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company5.503.3213760
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