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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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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.88130-
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery4.803.87129-
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9612990
Walker DBAFirestone Walker Brewing Co.5.003.67124-
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.4912280
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.78120-
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.73119-
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.81114-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.47112-
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.411180
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.77106-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7410587
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4910480
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.66103-
Three Floyds / Sun King Royal BratThree Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub4.703.6998-
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.4893-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewing5.504.0792-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.7792-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.628883
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0486-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8485-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.9378-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company6.253.9178-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.517586
Old Boy AleParallel 49 Brewing Company5.003.5973-
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.469-
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.2864-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.6263-
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.6863-
Fegley's ESBBethlehem Brew Works5.403.6163-
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.6162-
Well Built E.S.B.Breckenridge Brewery7.803.8361-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.4160-
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4758-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.9157-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.9357-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.5956-
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.8255-
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.8154-
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.4954-
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.803.6854-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7152-
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.503.4351-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2850-
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.6849-
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.003.4148-
E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Boulevard Brewing Co.4.903.5548-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.5848-
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7547-
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.024690
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