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 Ratings > Score
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.902,9804.06
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.202,6453.76
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.302,1613.72
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.802,1183.41
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.701,7503.84
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.601,2243.64
Winter Storm Imperial ESBHeavy Seas Beer7.501,0493.8
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.709253.42
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.209093.79
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Company5.607463.59
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.506803.89
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.006723.61
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.506494.13
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.006393.71
Sawtooth Nitro All-American AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.305473.38
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.805453.78
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.504912.83
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.304593.87
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.604553.72
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.404443.94
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.704013.58
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.504013.69
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423823.28
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753613.64
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803273.78
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003223.73
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.402863.65
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.502453.66
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.202443.52
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.302423.91
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.102223.9
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.002103.78
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.902093.88
Old ManTree House Brewing Company5.402023.89
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.002023.59
Great Lakes Moondog ESBGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.001993.94
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.501993.4
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.201973.79
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.301923.89
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.001823.88
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.001793.76
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.701763.47
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.601733.91
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.101653.47
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.501623.15
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.401583.46
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.001573.87
Red Racer India Style Red AleCentral City Brewers + Distillers5.501553.97
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.501463.79
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.501433.97
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