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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 1102) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.88138-
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9813890
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company5.503.3213760
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery4.803.86132-
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.512980
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.79128-
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4412480
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4612380
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.6612084
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.73119-
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.8114-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7411287
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.65109-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewing5.504.04105-
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.5105-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.75103-
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0295-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.629283
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.3692-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8391-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.8984-
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.4383-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company6.253.8882-
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.9481-
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.7977-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.527586
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.2975-
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleCrazy Mountain Brewing Company6.003.4975-
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.6672-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9269-
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.6868-
E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Boulevard Brewing Co.4.903.666-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.8765-
Fegley's ESBBethlehem Brew Works5.403.6164-
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5663-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.6163-
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.7863-
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4659-
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.803.6759-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.658-
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.503.3856-
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.6855-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.5755-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7152-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2951-
ESBCore Brewing & Distilling Co.6.103.7251-
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7851-
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.454975
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.003.4148-
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.634780
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