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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 1370) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514090
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3413760
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery4.803.85135-
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.7213183
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4313180
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.5113080
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.35122-
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.74119-
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.68117-
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.81116-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7611687
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.49114-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.77111-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewers + Distillers5.504109-
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.63105-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.24100-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8399-
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0399-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ5.503.619483
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.5193-
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.6990-
Jack The SipperSouthern Prohibition Brewing5.003.889-
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleCrazy Mountain Brewing Company6.003.6388-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.9486-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown6.253.9985-
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.6978-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.497586
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.8675-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9675-
1698 Kentish Strong AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5472-
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.8672-
Unchained #19 Make It SoSummit Brewing Company5.304.057191
ESBCore Brewing & Distilling Co.6.103.7470-
Fegley's ESBFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works5.403.6669-
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.6966-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.5965-
SmittytownTemperance Beer Co.4.803.5263-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.6463-
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.803.7860-
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4859-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.6159-
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7557-
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.475674
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.503.3856-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2354-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7354-
Dogbite BitterThe Vermont Pub & Brewery5.403.6353-
Martha's Vineyard AleBad Martha Brewing Co.5.303.4852-
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.6351-
Baldwin And Cooper Best BitterHowe Sound Inn & Brewing Company5.503.9450-
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