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 1420) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery4.803.85137-
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3413760
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.5113280
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.7113283
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4413280
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.35124-
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.74119-
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.68118-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.49117-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7511787
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.81116-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewers + Distillers5.504113-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.77113-
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.63112-
Old HookyHook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.4.603.71109-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.24101-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.83100-
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.03100-
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.5698-
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleCrazy Mountain Brewing Company6.003.6195-
Jack The SipperSouthern Prohibition Brewing5.003.8395-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ5.503.619483
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.6993-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.9486-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown6.253.9986-
Pabst Old Tankard AlePabst Brewing Company5.803.858187
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.6979-
1698 Kentish Strong AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5477-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.8677-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9676-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.497586
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.8675-
Unchained #19 Make It SoSummit Brewing Company5.304.057491
ESBCore Brewing & Distilling Co.6.103.7471-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.6170-
Fegley's ESBFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works5.403.6669-
SmittytownTemperance Beer Co.4.803.4968-
20 Year StormHeavy Seas Beer10.003.9567-
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.6967-
Old ManTree House Brewing Company5.40465-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.6463-
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.803.7661-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.6160-
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4859-
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.485774
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7557-
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.503.3857-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2354-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7354-
Dogbite BitterThe Vermont Pub & Brewery5.403.6354-
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