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 - 1701 to 1750 (out of 1769) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
ESBairdBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom6.2000
Jetty Eddy ESBSailfish Brewing Company5.7000
British OffTapistry Brewing5.4000
ESBAphrodite's Rock Brewing Company5.0000
Special Summer BitterLibushi6.0000
Time Machine ESBSunriver Brewing Company5.8000
Fucking BitterBrew Pub Le Sec5.7000
Coração De LeãoVerace Cervejaria5.2000
No. 46 Foreign AffairGella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.6.6000
Buxton / Arizona Wilderness Bitter RecognizeBuxton Brewery6.7000
Vintage 2014 ESBBristol Beer Factory6.6000
Exo ESBOrthocity Brewery & Smokehouse6.3000
Golden BitterSweetwater Brewery5.4000
Bitter BoyJoBoy's Brew Pub5.2000
Pub AleOl' Republic Brewery5.6000
1792 English BitterCabarrus Brewing Co.5.2000
ESBBrewster River Pub & Grill5.5000
Guppy's HammerTownshend Brewery5.5000
Hyde ParkBakunin Beer Cafe & Boutique5.0000
Rye'OnBirrificio Sottobisio6.0000
Green Mountain ESBMadCow Brewing Company4.7000
Escape E.S.B.Pumphouse Brewery6.5000
Eiger EnvySound to Summit Brewing5.3000
Honey RosemaryPumphouse Brewery6.5000
Take London!Bakunin Beer Cafe & Boutique5.8000
Simmons ESBMatchless Brewing5.4000
Geezer PleaserLittle Bang Brewing Co5.5000
Fuggly ESBSmall Batch Beer Co.5.3000
Biscuits N HineyHoly City Brewing5.0000
ESBSons of Liberty Aleworks6.0000
ESBOl' Republic Brewery ? 00
Little GoatLa Cabra Brewing5.0000
Long LunchCerveza Domus6.0000
London CallingPiedmont Brewery & Kitchen4.5000
Battersea7 Bridges Brewing5.0000
Cheeky PheasantGeorge Wright Brewing Company4.7000
Smith CoveFigurehead Brewing Co.5.8000
Armstrong AleBuglin' Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar ? 00
Carcajou Ascendant HaguissableMicrobrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean5.7000
Brama RossaBirrificio Artigianale Gedeone6.0000
Ello' Gov'naMaiden City Brewing ? 00
ESBOld Abbey Ales6.0000
MagnusRoma Restaurant & Brewery6.0000
Birra Blue MarlinBirrificio Artigianale Gedeone5.0000
Miller's MirthWantsum Brewery4.2000
ESBEcho Brewing Company ? 00
Barcode Blues BitterRiot Brewing Co5.3000
Whapping Wharf7 cent Brewery5.5000
Bruja-Ha ESB2 Witches Winery & Brewing Co.5.5000
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