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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 1059) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery4.803.87132-
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.79128-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.47127-
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.4912680
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.78122-
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4312180
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.73120-
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.6711784
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.8115-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4611280
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7410988
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.65108-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewing5.504.04103-
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.5101-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.7799-
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0393-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.639183
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8489-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.9184-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company6.253.8982-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.3782-
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.4178-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.517587
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.375-
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleCrazy Mountain Brewing Company6.003.5171-
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.6568-
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.8168-
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.6867-
Fegley's ESBBethlehem Brew Works5.403.6265-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.6164-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.8864-
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.9663-
E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Boulevard Brewing Co.4.903.663-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9263-
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4759-
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5459-
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.7859-
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.803.6758-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.658-
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.503.3856-
Test ESBBoulevard Brewing Co.4.903.6455-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.5654-
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.6753-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7152-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2951-
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7851-
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.444875
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.003.4148-
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.024690
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.403.644680
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