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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Style Examples - 101 to 150 (out of 1794) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Golden Sheep Pale AleBlack Sheep Brewery PLC4.70543.54
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.00544.26
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.00543.71
Baldwin And Cooper Best BitterHowe Sound Inn & Brewing Company5.50523.95
ESBBomber Brewing5.20503.64
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 503.81
EnvyCircle Brewing Company4.80503.28
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 493.45
Tower ESBBull & Bush Brewery6.00493.84
Oliver's ESBPratt Street Ale House6.00493.99
Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESBNickel Brook Brewing Co.5.50483.66
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.00483.41
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.00474
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 473.82
Wisco DiscoStillmank Brewing Co.5.10463.46
Meyer ESBThirsty Bear Brewing Company6.30453.51
Red Nose ESBBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store5.90453.84
Boréale CuivréeBrasseurs Du Nord Inc.6.90453.59
Bitter Druid ESBSun King Brewing Company5.80453.67
Witchtree E.S.B.Fitger's Brewhouse ? 443.54
Harvest AleMt. Carmel Brewing Company5.80433.76
1327 Pod's ESBBlue Blood Brewing Company5.60433.03
Endless Skyway ESBBlack Mesa Brewing Co.6.00423.81
ESBOther Half Brewing Co.6.00413.87
Deep RootsThree Weavers Brewing Company5.20403.8
Kingpost ESBThe Collingwood Brewery5.80403.74
Extra Special BitterMoylan's Brewery5.00403.41
Uproot ESBTwin Leaf Brewery5.80403.67
ESBReal Ale Brewing Company5.50393.84
Extra Special BitterBlue Point Brewing Company5.00394.23
The Angel and The SwordThe Civil Life Brewing Company4.60383.71
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.60383.56
Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle)Brasserie Dunham6.00373.88
ESBHigh Cotton Brewing Co.6.20373.92
Heron AleNashoba Valley Brewery5.20373.13
Holgate ESBHolgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel5.00363.64
Mitchell's Extra Special BitterSpinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse5.20363.97
Örebro BitterNärke Kulturbryggeri AB5.90353.92
Steel Hands18th Street Brewery3.50353.72
Old MarcusMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.6.60353.9
Beak's BestNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.00353.84
E.S.B.Broad Ripple Brew Pub5.60354.14
Landlady AleQueen City Brewery5.40353.44
Treasure Chest ESBSchmohz Brewing Company5.30353.13
ESBFortnight Brewing Company5.50353.69
Old BobT.D.Ridley & Sons Limited5.10353.63
Chin WagHogshead Brewery ? 333.8
MarshmellowOxfordshire Ales4.70333.32
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.60333.65
Voyageur Des BrumesBrasserie Dieu du Ciel!5.00333.67
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