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 PLC5.904.062,92993
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.712,59391
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,13394
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,10473
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.91,723-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.661,222-
Winter Storm Imperial ESBHeavy Seas Beer7.503.841,02388
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79897-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.42889-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6474381
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.967592
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.667382
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.15640-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.003.75633-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854588
Sawtooth Nitro All-American AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.33539-
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.88479-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745484
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.88454-
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9544090
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.58403-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.503.71398-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2938277
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.59347-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8327-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7832190
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.65271-
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.54244-
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7224485
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 Company5.903.920890
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920286
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.003.96197-
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4219777
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-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4916580
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.604.01163-
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.89155-
Red Racer India Style Red AleCentral City Brewers + Distillers5.503.96155-
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.84147-
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4514580
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514390
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
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