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
Anniversary ESBLorelei Brewing Company6.0051-
Lock It UpBonfire Brewing Co.4.6051-
Crystal Bitter AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.754.851-
ESB Batch 102UpCountry Brewing Co.6.704.821-
Dix Special BitterDowntown Joe's American Bar And Grill ? 4.761-
E.S.B.Crying Eagle7.004.681-
Reign Man ESB7 Seas Brewery and Taproom5.504.632-
Aye SB Extra Special BitterCOAST Brewing Company5.804.632-
The Dog With A ClogMad Fritz6.504.61-
Overlord's ESB AleFolklore Brewing & Meadery5.804.581-
Stuff Dutch People LikeOdd Otter Brewing Company ? 4.492-
The Baron's ForgeHammerHeart Brewing Company7.504.491-
Citra E.S.B.Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant6.204.451-
ESBNavigation Brewing Co.4.904.441-
Cask ESBGreat Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)5.754.424-
Old IntentionalDerby Brewing Company5.004.411-
Extra Smooth Brown (ESB) AleBrotherton Brewing Company4.304.396-
Double Chin Wag ESB Aged In Laws Whiskey BarrelsHogshead Brewery ? 4.391-
DremoBardo Brewpub ? 4.382-
Let It ESB [4:01]The Wild Rover Pub & Brewery ? 4.371-
BestThe Bollington Brewing Co.4.204.371-
ESBTree Brewing Beer Institute5.504.351-
Bittersweet ESBSpencer Devon Brewing6.604.351-
Pub's Moose Tale AleShort's Brewing Company ? 4.355-
Flash Flood ESBMia & Pia's Pizzeria And Brewhouse4.804.341-
ESBBe Right Back Brewing Company (BRB Co.)5.404.336-
SmokeEarth Eagle Brewings5.204.321-
Screw Craig, Katie's Your Cook (cask)OysterHouse Brewing Company5.804.321-
Weeping Willow AleElk Brewing ? 4.321-
Sailor Hägar's Lohin's E.S.B.Sailor Hägar's Brewpub5.604.313-
ESBOffshore Ale Company ? 4.34-
Fox And Furnace AleTrimtab Brewing Company ? 4.35-
Tawny No 3The Marble Arch5.704.31-
TrollbridgeYpsi Alehouse5.504.32-
Horsethief English BitterBig Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.6.004.292-
The Runner UpStaas Brewing Company5.004.294-
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers7.204.271-
Hoptopsy ESBBarley and Hops Grill & Microbrewery6.604.2612-
Downtown BrownYpsi Alehouse6.104.251-
WendigoBrasserie Artisanale Albion5.004.251-
Ruby WitchMoorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd4.604.251-
ProtagonistBarrier Brewing Company9.104.255-
Blue Point Extra Special BitterBlue Point Brewing Company5.004.2438-
Sea Trials: English Bitter W/ Brett DreiDevil's Purse Brewing Co.5.504.233-
ESBDavidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery4.904.238-
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.004.2354-
Art Chantry's Imperial Bitter AleThree Magnets Brewing8.204.231-
TeetotalerBrookeville Beer Farm5.254.231-
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