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 - 951 to 1000 (out of 1192) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Beazle ESBWingman Brewers5.304.251-
Big Chief BitterGreen Mill Brewery5.503.921-
Lions Tale Wrekin RubyLions Tale Brewery4.603.491-
ESBPlank Town Brewing Company5.803.751-
Bad BoyCrooked Run Brewing5.503.51-
MarlowHunter's Brewing ? 3.51-
Bridge & Tunnel BitterHop Dogma Brewing Co.5.1031-
Shugborough Lordship's OwnTitanic Brewery5.203.951-
Remember The EarleGonzo's Biggdogg Brewing5.604.121-
Busy FoolHighgate Brewery Ltd5.803.881-
Grumpy Santa Beer (for Cottage Delight)Leek Brewing Company Ltd5.0031-
YB BitterSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub4.0041-
WendigoBrasserie Artisanale Albion5.004.251-
Stiff Upper LipUrban Legend Brewing Company ? 3.731-
Emil's Special Beer (ESB)Golden Road Brewing5.203.861-
Winter WarmerOld Mill Brewery, The4.702.751-
Stone ColdLymestone Brewery4.703.181-
E.S.B.O.P.Allentown Brew Works5.804.121-
PilegrimKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.51-
Frogtown Pale AleSketchbook Brewing Company6.004.131-
East EndBucket List Brewing ? 3.521-
New School (Dry Hopped)Old Schoolhouse Brewery ? 3.491-
AssiraCascina Roveri5.502.851-
Hipster ESBSeabright Brewery4.903.351-
Hurricane Ridge Golden Brown AleTwin Peaks Brewing & Malting Co. ? 3.731-
Bitter Ol' BanickWichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West ? 3.251-
The English MildHooDoo Brewing4.0031-
Castell CochThe Celt Experience4.703.251-
Alligator Swamp ESBJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House ? 3.531-
Ørsted Bitter BitchDet Lille Bryggeri7.2031-
Bitter Earth ESBArkose Brewing5.003.751-
Duck’s FollyGoddards Brewery5.204.11-
ResolutionCottage Brewing Co. Ltd4.703.691-
Troy's ESBDodgeton Creek Brewing Co.6.703.871-
Tormento ESBTwisted X Brewing Company ? 31-
Stewart McDuck Black ESBThe Dodging Duck Brewhaus ? 2.761-
Fox PawFifty West Brewing Co4.203.51-
Meridiano ØBirrificio Del Forte5.004.071-
Idle LandlordThe Idle Brewery4.603.131-
Uncle Bucks Potter's ESBUncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse ? 41-
Steve's Biscuits And HoneyCape May Brewing Company6.003.691-
Pemaquid West Quoddy AleSheepscot Valley Brewing Company6.5031-
CribynBreconshire Brewery4.502.21-
Redhook Geno's AleRedhook Ale Brewery ? 3.831-
Empire AleLiverpool Organic Brewery5.304.031-
Big River ESBUkiah Brewing Co.6.103.781-
Holiday Spiced ESBNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.551-
Goldfinger ESBRiver City Brewing Co. ? 3.51-
Hazelnut ESBBrickyard Brewing5.203.981-
Go Big Or Go Home Brew (Chris Nowlan's) ESBTool Shed Brewing5.503.571-
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