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 Avg
1066Westminster Brewing Company6.5014.14
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad Brewing Co.5.202443.52
1327 Pod's ESBBlue Blood Brewery5.60423.01
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.601703.9
1492Elliott Bay Brewing Co. ? 23.85
1698 Kentish Strong AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.50853.61
1724 ESBFranklin Brewing Company6.0014.09
1747 English BitterCalvert Brewing Company5.7043.79
1759Brasserie Artisanale La Souche4.400-
1778 English AleBearpaw River Brewing Company5.9023.72
1792 English BitterCabarrus Brewing Co.5.200-
1849Joseph Holt Group plc4.50122.95
2 Finger PourOrlison Brewing Co.8.0063.71
21 Anniversary AleHeavy Seas Beer10.50204.07
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.601,2223.64
3 Buoys ESBFair Winds Brewing Company5.5053.58
316 ESBLegacy Brewing Co.5.5014
33 Acres Of Courage33 Acres Brewing Co.5.6053.81
365 Extra Special BitterDistillery 365 ? 13.29
37 Special BitterCervezas 375.8013.01
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.60333.65
5 Guinea ESBThe Phoenix Brewing Company5.0043.31
5-String E.S.B.Chilly Water Brewing Company5.5093.73
6 Feet Under ESBJames Peak Brewery & Smokehouse5.8013
8 Days A Week8th Wonder Brewery5.5013.84
9:00am Coffee ESBDark Sky Brewing Co.5.000-
Abbey AleKingstone Brewery5.1023.62
Abbey RoadSanford Brewing Company5.200-
ABC ESBAppalachian Brewing Company4.90163.74
ABCD ESBOld School Brewing Company6.0013.27
AcerbusCroce Di Malto5.9043.23
Aces & EightsSick N Twisted Brewing Co.4.2113.75
Across The Nation Restored Hop(e)Central City Brewers + Distillers5.60263.72
Across The PondBowling Green Beer Works ? 0-
Adnams Barley MowAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery5.0013.4
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.304583.87
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.501413.86
African Moon Black Buck BitterPorcupine Quill Micro Brewery and Deli7.500-
Afternoon TealightMoylan's Brewery5.8073.65
Ahab's ESBPortal Brewing Company ? 13.5
Air Raid ESBFour Day Ray Brewing5.0023.55
Alba RossaBirrificio Valcavallina6.2023.1
AlchemyPints Pub5.5093.69
Alimony ESBBoathouse Brewpub & Restaurant ? 13.6
Alligator Swamp ESBJohn Harvard's Brewery & Ale House ? 13.53
Alms ApricotStreetside Brewery4.8023.78
AlpenbrewDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.0053.58
ALTERNATIVE FAXXXRoc Brewing Company8.1014.1
AmarantoBirrificio Artigianale Zimella5.8012.92
Amber #2 (ESB)Salish Sea Brewing Co.5.2024
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