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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 1259) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3413760
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4913780
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery4.803.85135-
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.5113080
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4313080
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.7112983
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.604.05120-
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.74119-
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.35118-
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.81116-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7611687
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.69114-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewers + Distillers5.504107-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.77107-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.51104-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.2599-
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0398-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8397-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ5.503.619483
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.6993-
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.589-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.9385-
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.784-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company6.253.9984-
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleCrazy Mountain Brewing Company6.003.6379-
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.6976-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.497586
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9673-
Jack The SipperSouthern Prohibition Brewing5.003.8272-
1698 Kentish Strong AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5471-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.8770-
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.8670-
Fegley's ESBFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works5.403.6667-
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.6964-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.5964-
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-
ESBCore Brewing & Distilling Co.6.103.7458-
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7557-
SmittytownTemperance Beer Co.4.803.5256-
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.503.3856-
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.465574
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7354-
Unchained #19 Make It SoSummit Brewing Company5.3045391
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2552-
Dogbite BitterThe Vermont Pub & Brewery5.403.6250-
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.4749-
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.6149-
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