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 Avg Ratings > Bros
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,87393
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.712,55991
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,10694
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,07673
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.911,707-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.8398488
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79885-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.41855-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6473881
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.966892
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.666782
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.15636-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.003.75629-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854388
Sawtooth NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.32532-
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.88466-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745484
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9543990
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.58398-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2938277
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.303.7377-
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.58335-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8327-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7832090
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.88277-
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.64264-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89242100
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.54241-
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7224185
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.9221-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESBĀ³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77210-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.920790
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920286
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96197-
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4219677
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.819497
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9119189
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8718087
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.8179-
Pabst Old Tankard AlePabst Brewing Company5.803.817687
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.52168-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.5116480
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.99157-
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.89151-
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.85148-
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514090
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery4.803.85138-
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3413860
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