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 1193) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3213760
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4613480
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery4.803.86133-
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.79133-
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.5113080
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4412680
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.6712584
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.503.73119-
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.503.8116-
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.303.65113-
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.503.5112-
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7411287
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.92109-
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Central City Brewers + Distillers5.504.04106-
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.903.75106-
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.003.3799-
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.003.8495-
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.604.0295-
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company5.503.629383
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.504.3190-
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.7688-
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.803.4487-
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.503.8885-
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company6.253.8984-
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.703.6679-
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleCrazy Mountain Brewing Company6.003.579-
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.527586
Best BitterPicaroons Brewing Co.5.203.6874-
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.503.973-
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.103.7870-
GemBath Ales Ltd4.803.8468-
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.503.5767-
Fegley's ESBBethlehem Brew Works5.403.6164-
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 3.6163-
Jack The SipperSouthern Prohibition Brewing5.003.8162-
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.203.6561-
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.603.4659-
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.803.6759-
ESBCore Brewing & Distilling Co.6.103.7258-
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.803.658-
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.803.5858-
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.503.3856-
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7154-
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.45374
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.103.7953-
SmittytownTemperance Beer Co.4.803.6351-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2951-
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.454975
Dogbite BitterThe Vermont Pub & Brewery5.403.5549-
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.003.4148-
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