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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
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.4912180
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9712090
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.73118-
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.81113-
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.81106-
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4110080
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.6697-
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.5295-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.759487
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.5192-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.499280
Merlin's AleBroughton Ales Ltd4.203.648890
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.628583
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.4483-
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0482-
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.7981-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewing5.504.0681-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8480-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company6.253.9178-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.8178-
Three Floyds / Sun King Royal BratThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub4.703.7376-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.517486
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.9969-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.6263-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.2758-
Old Boy AleParallel 49 Brewing Company5.003.6157-
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.3456-
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4756-
Fegley's ESBBethlehem Brew Works5.403.6456-
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.756-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.6155-
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.803.6553-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.9153-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9252-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7151-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2850-
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.5950-
Well Built E.S.B.Breckenridge Brewery7.803.8549-
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.003.4148-
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.7947-
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.024690
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.744-
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5144-
Oliver's ESBPratt Street Ale House6.004.0343-
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.814293
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7542-
Founders Empire Strikes BitterFounders Brewing Company6.203.9642-
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.414075
Dogbite BitterThe Vermont Pub & Brewery5.403.5340-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.6340-
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