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%   [ ? ] 

View the Top Rated Beers: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
You've had 0 beers within this style.
Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 1624) - Ordered by # Reviews
first ← prev | 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150  | nextlast
Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,94793
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.712,60591
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,14194
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,10873
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.91,723-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.661,222-
Winter Storm Imperial ESBHeavy Seas Beer7.503.841,02588
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79898-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.42898-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6474581
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.967692
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.667382
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.15641-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.003.75632-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854588
Sawtooth Nitro All-American AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.33541-
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.88482-
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.88456-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745484
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9544190
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.58402-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.503.71397-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2938277
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.59348-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8327-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7832190
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.65274-
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7224585
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.54244-
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89242100
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.9222-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77210-
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.920990
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920286
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96199-
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4219977
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.819597
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9119189
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8718187
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.8179-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.5174-
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.604169-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4916580
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.88156-
Red Racer India Style Red AleCentral City Brewers + Distillers5.503.96155-
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4514880
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.84146-
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514390
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
first ← prev | 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150  | nextlast
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.