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
21 Anniversary AleHeavy Seas Beer10.504.1317-
ProtagonistBarrier Brewing Company9.104.255-
Lord And Master21st Amendment Brewery8.303.783-
Art Chantry's Imperial Bitter AleThree Magnets Brewing8.204.275-
Triple BC.H. Evans Brewing Company8.103.764-
ALTERNATIVE FAXXXRoc Brewing Company8.104.11-
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESBĀ³Rock Art Brewery8.003.77210-
English BitterBifferhaus Brewing Company8.00-0-
Sink The ClipperSun King Brewing Company8.004.1518-
Winter Storm Warning Imperial E.S.B.Sun King Brewing Company8.003.834-
Harvest AleMt. Carmel Brewing Company8.003.7142-
The Local BrewOne Well Brewing8.003.81-
2 Finger PourOrlison Brewing Co.8.003.766-
Churchyard21st Amendment Brewery7.802.852-
Small Batch Series Extra ESBBreckenridge Brewery7.803.8522-
CBW ESBCarbondale Beer Works7.703.491-
P.A.C. ForeverSpiteful Brewing7.603.8713-
The Baron's ForgeHammerHeart Brewing Company7.504.226-
ESP ESBLegend Brewing Co.7.5041-
Whiskey Jazz HandsJessup Farm Barrel House7.504.091-
Winter Storm Imperial ESBHeavy Seas Beer7.503.841,02388
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514390
African Moon Black Buck BitterPorcupine Quill Micro Brewery and Deli7.50-0-
Arbor Brewing HXLArbor Brewing Company7.503.8415-
Old Detroit MuscleFrankenmuth Brewery7.503.651-
CalverThornbridge Brewery7.403.751-
India ESBPinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub7.403.594-
Ex-Spouse BitterGalveston Bay Beer Company7.353.541-
Imperial ESBTrinity Brewhouse7.303.421-
Smelt Camp Strong AleThe Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery7.303.899-
Smelt Camp Strong AleThe Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery7.303.844-
Vicar Of MillomTigertops Brewery7.203.251-
ESBAndrews Brewing Company7.20-0-
Keep Calm And Carry OnPecan Street Brewing7.203.712-
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers (RPAB)7.204.271-
Bourbon Barrel Aged Spitfire AmberSantiam Brewing Company7.204.091-
MKE E.S.B.Milwaukee Brewing Company7.203.872-
Ivan's ESBRevolution Brewing7.203.4115-
Extra Special BitterFarmington Brewing Company7.10-0-
Wren's Strong BitterTin Cannon Brewing Company7.103.741-
Golden TuskPink Elephant Brewery, The7.103.3612-
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales7.103.9222-
English RenaissanceWild Card Brewing Company7.103.791-
Eye ChartThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC7.003.142-
Harvest AleFigure 8 Brewing7.003.093-
Honey Hole ESBSpindletap Brewery7.003.1325-
StronghartMcMullen & Sons, Ltd.7.003.43-
Harvest & Friends (2016)Letra - Cerveja Artesanal Minhota7.0041-
Copper Creek ESBWhite River Brewing Company7.003.472-
Ex-Wife Extra BitterThe Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery7.004.175-
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