Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Description:
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 1644) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Avg
Imperial RedWychwood Brewery Company Ltd4.70533.64
Golden Sheep Pale AleBlack Sheep Brewery PLC4.70523.53
Extra EasyTennessee Brew Works5.25513.66
Rockaway ESBRockaway Brewing Company6.40513.72
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 503.81
EnvyCircle Brewing Company4.80503.28
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 493.45
Oliver's ESBPratt Street Ale House6.00493.99
ESBBomber Brewing5.20483.63
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.00483.41
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.00474
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 473.82
Founders Empire Strikes BitterFounders Brewing Company6.20473.97
Tower ESBBull & Bush Brewery6.00473.83
Meyer ESBThirsty Bear Brewing Company6.30453.51
Red Nose ESBBell's Brewery, Inc.5.90453.84
Witchtree E.S.B.Fitger's Brewhouse ? 443.54
Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESBNickel Brook Brewing Co.5.50443.66
Bitter Druid ESBSun King Brewing Company5.80443.66
Boréale CuivréeBrasseurs Du Nord Inc.6.90433.58
Harvest AleMt. Carmel Brewing Company8.00423.75
1327 Pod's ESBBlue Blood Brewery5.60423.01
ESBOther Half Brewing Co.6.00413.87
Extra Special BitterMoylan's Brewery5.00403.41
ESBReal Ale Brewing Company5.50393.84
ESBBlack Mesa Brewing Co. ? 393.73
Uproot ESBTwin Leaf Brewery5.80393.66
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.60383.56
Blue Point Extra Special BitterBlue Point Brewing Company5.00384.24
Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle)Brasserie Dunham6.00373.88
Holgate ESBHolgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel5.00363.64
ESBHigh Cotton Brewing Co.6.20363.93
Heron AleNashoba Valley Brewery5.20363.16
Mitchell's Extra Special BitterSpinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse5.20353.98
Steel Hands18th Street Brewery3.50353.72
Beak's BestNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.00353.84
Surfman's CheckDevil's Purse Brewing Co.5.00353.9
E.S.B.Broad Ripple Brew Pub5.60354.14
Fireside ESBThe Collingwood Brewery5.80353.74
Treasure Chest ESBSchmohz Brewing Company5.30353.13
The Angel and The SwordThe Civil Life Brewing Company4.60343.71
Old MarcusMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.6.60343.9
Deep RootsThree Weavers Brewing Company5.20343.81
Old BobT.D.Ridley & Sons Limited5.10343.65
Örebro BitterNärke Kulturbryggeri AB5.90333.9
MarshmellowOxfordshire Ales4.70333.32
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.60333.65
Landlady AleQueen City Brewery5.40333.45
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.50333.95
Broken Paddle ESBMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.20323.8
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