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 PLC5.904.062,89793
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.712,57491
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,11694
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,08773
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.703.91,721-
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.603.661,209-
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.841,00288
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.203.79889-
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.703.41864-
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6474081
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.967292
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.666982
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.504.15639-
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.003.75632-
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854488
Sawtooth Nitro All-American AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.33535-
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.502.88471-
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745484
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9543990
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.703.58399-
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.503.71388-
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2938277
Short's Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753.59340-
Schlafly Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803.8327-
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7832190
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.303.88277-
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.403.64268-
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7224385
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89242100
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.203.54241-
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.9222-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock 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 Brewery5.503.4219777
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.819597
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9119189
Pabst Old Tankard AlePabst Brewing Company5.803.8118887
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8718187
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.003.8179-
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.703.5171-
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4916580
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.603.99161-
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.003.89153-
Red Racer India Style Red AleCentral City Brewers + Distillers5.503.96153-
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.503.84147-
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514190
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
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