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 - 51 to 100 (out of 1706) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery4.801423.85
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.501413.71
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.501413.86
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.501383.32
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.751353.67
Jack The SipperSouthern Prohibition Brewing5.001353.78
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.501333.51
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.501303.49
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.301253.65
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.501254.25
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.001223.4
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.501213.73
Old HookyHook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.4.601193.72
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.501183.79
Theakston XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.601183.73
Drake's Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.901133.74
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleCrazy Mountain Brewing Company6.001133.56
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.801113.46
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.001103.87
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.601014.02
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.70983.66
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ5.50953.62
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.50903.89
1698 Kentish Strong AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.50893.62
Victory ESBVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown6.25863.89
GemBath Ales Ltd4.80843.78
Best BitterPicaroons Traditional Ales5.20843.68
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.50843.9
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.80813.61
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.10803.78
SmittytownTemperance Beer Co.5.50783.64
Monkman's Slaughter AleThe Great Yorkshire Brewery6.00753.52
ESBCore Brewing & Distilling Co.6.10743.75
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.20713.67
Big Rig Classic Pub AleDeschutes Brewery6.00703.87
Fegley's ESBFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works5.40703.62
Puddlers Row ESBConshohocken Brewing Company5.40643.68
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 633.61
Martha's Vineyard AleBad Martha Brewing Co.5.30633.46
Dogbite BitterThe Vermont Pub & Brewery5.40623.57
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.80623.59
Renewale - 2013 Extra Special BitterNinkasi Brewing Company5.80613.66
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.10613.78
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.00602.49
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.60593.46
Rockaway ESBRockaway Brewing Company6.40593.74
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.50573.38
Imperial RedWychwood Brewery Company Ltd4.70563.64
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.40553.66
Extra EasyTennessee Brew Works5.25553.66
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