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 >
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.303.89242100
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.5043399
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.203.819597
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.503.8714196
Sawtooth AleLeft Hand Brewing Company5.303.72,12994
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.904.062,91793
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.795093
Anvil Ale ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.503.967592
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.84792
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.203.712,58691
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003.7832190
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.403.9543990
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.503.9514390
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.903.920790
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.014789
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.303.9119189
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.803.7854588
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)Heavy Seas Beer7.503.841,02288
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.003.8718187
Pabst Old Tankard AlePabst Brewing Company5.803.8119187
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.603.7511887
Nestucca ESBPelican Pub & Brewery5.403.862387
Monkman's Slaughter AleCropton Brewery6.003.497586
E.S.B.Barrington Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.561586
Duchy Originals Organic English AleWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.003.5920286
Echo Sierra Bravo ESBOld Rail Brewing Company5.803.621385
Full Sail ESBFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub6.503.7224485
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.603.7745484
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.753.7113383
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ5.503.619483
Extra Special Bitter AleZion Canyon Brew Pub4.003.741183
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.667282
Shipyard Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Co.5.603.6474181
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.553880
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.503.5113280
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.103.4916580
Lancaster BomberDaniel Thwaites Brewery PLC4.403.4414280
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423.2938277
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.503.4219777
Midtfyns AleMidtfyns Bryghus6.503.4276
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.002.475974
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.503.216274
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.803.422,10073
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.503.5713472
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.503.3413860
Poppy OtterOtter Brewery Ltd5.003.651-
ESBDama Bier5.803.915-
GrizzRed Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.5.103.552-
RIP SnorterHog's Back Brewery5.003.735-
Never Mind The Kent HopsThe Bohemia / London Brewing Co.5.303.871-
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