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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 1232) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.66883
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.7266-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8162-
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.161-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.775887
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0657-
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.945690
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.525680
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.7555-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.504.0251-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.7348-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.5148-
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.394774
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.7946-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewers + Distillers5.503.9845-
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.003.974389
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.214374
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company6.254.0542-
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.741-
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.003.3940-
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.713883
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7137-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.6337-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.8936-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2135-
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.835-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.2332-
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5732-
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.563180
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.9131-
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.503.923199
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4730-
Blue Point Extra Special BitterBlue Point Brewing Company5.004.2730-
Fegley's ESBBethlehem Brew Works5.403.6930-
Boréale CuivréeBrasseurs Du Nord Inc.6.903.6929-
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.328-
Oliver's ESBPratt Street Ale House6.004.0228-
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.627-
Holgate ESBHolgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel5.003.6926-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7425-
Heron AleNashoba Valley Brewery5.203.1725-
MarshmellowOxfordshire Ales4.703.2724-
Mata Hari (Wicked Women Series)Brewster's Brewing Co Ltd4.803.3124-
Bishop's FarewellOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap4.604.22490
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.924-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9824-
Old BobT.D.Ridley & Sons Limited5.103.6823-
Baldwin And Cooper Best BitterHowe Sound Inn & Brewing Company5.503.9522-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.5622-
Dogbite BitterThe Vermont Pub & Brewery5.403.6622-
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