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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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Style Examples - 51 to 100 (out of 1053) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.88128-
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9712890
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.4912280
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.73119-
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.79116-
Walker DBAFirestone Walker Brewing Co.5.003.66115-
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.81114-
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.411080
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.47110-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7410587
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.8103-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.510380
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.65102-
Three Floyds / Sun King Royal BratThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub4.703.6896-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewing5.504.0792-
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.4692-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.7792-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.628883
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0486-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8584-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company6.253.9178-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.9277-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.517586
Old Boy AleParallel 49 Brewing Company5.003.6170-
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.3968-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.6263-
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.6863-
Fegley's ESBBethlehem Brew Works5.403.6163-
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.6161-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.2861-
Well Built E.S.B.Breckenridge Brewery7.803.8361-
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4758-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9357-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.4256-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.956-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.5956-
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.8255-
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.803.6854-
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.4953-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7152-
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.8151-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2850-
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.503.4350-
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.003.4148-
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.6948-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.5848-
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7547-
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.024690
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.794593
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.094490
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