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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 1472) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.003.7354-
Baldwin And Cooper Best BitterHowe Sound Inn & Brewing Company5.503.9652-
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 3.4749-
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 3.794993
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.003.4148-
Golden Sheep Pale AleBlack Sheep Brewery PLC4.703.5548-
Imperial RedWychwood Brewery Company Ltd4.703.5548-
Puddlers Row ESBConshohocken Brewing Company5.403.848-
Oliver's ESBPratt Street Ale House6.004.0148-
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.004.014789
Founders Empire Strikes BitterFounders Brewing Company6.20447-
EnvyCircle Brewing Company4.803.0847-
ESBBomber Brewing5.203.8146-
Tower ESBBull & Bush Brewery6.003.8946-
Meyer ESBThirsty Bear Brewing Company6.303.5745-
Extra EasyTennessee Brew Works5.253.945-
Bitter Druid ESBSun King Brewing Company5.803.7145-
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 3.84492
Red Nose ESBBell's Brewery, Inc.5.903.9744-
Witchtree E.S.B.Fitger's Brewhouse ? 3.5143-
Boréale CuivréeBrasseurs Du Nord Inc.6.903.6243-
Big Rig BitterDeschutes Brewery6.003.8441-
1327 Pod's ESBBlue Blood Brewery5.603.0941-
Parapet ESBNorthgate Brewing5.603.9141-
Harvest AleMt. Carmel Brewing Company8.003.6640-
Extra Special BitterMoylan's Brewery5.003.4440-
Rockaway ESBRockaway Brewing Company6.403.8239-
ESBReal Ale Brewing Company5.503.8138-
ESBOther Half Brewing Co.6.003.8838-
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.603.553880
Blue Point Extra Special BitterBlue Point Brewing Company5.004.2438-
Uproot ESBTwin Leaf Brewery5.803.5337-
Holgate ESBHolgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel5.003.6636-
Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle)Brasserie Dunham6.00436-
Mitchell's Extra Special BitterSpinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse5.203.9935-
E.S.B.Broad Ripple Brew Pub5.604.1635-
ESBBlack Mesa Brewing Co. ? 3.6334-
Beak's BestNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.004.0834-
Heron AleNashoba Valley Brewery5.203.1634-
Treasure Chest ESBSchmohz Brewing Company5.303.2434-
Old BobT.D.Ridley & Sons Limited5.103.6634-
Örebro BitterNärke Kulturbryggeri AB5.904.0533-
MarshmellowOxfordshire Ales4.703.3133-
Old MarcusMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.6.603.9433-
ESBHigh Cotton Brewing Co.6.203.9233-
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.5043399
Broken Paddle ESBMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.203.8532-
Chin WagHogshead Brewery ? 3.9631-
Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESBBetter Bitters Brewing Co.5.503.7531-
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.603.6231-
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