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 - 951 to 1000 (out of 1754) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Silver Creek Session AleSilver Creek Brewing Co.4.2022.85
King BiscuitFamily Business Beer Co.5.0023.89
Brewers Reserve: Bourbon Barrel Aged ESBSpinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse5.2023.5
Baker Street AleYankee Tank Brewing Company4.6023.57
Full WhackPeerless Brewing Company6.0024.18
Oud FriendAmerican Solera4.0023.84
ESBCole Street Brewery5.5023
Blanchard ESBStones Throw Brewing Co.5.8024.03
1778 English AleBearpaw River Brewing Company5.9023.72
ESB10th District Brewing Co.5.0023.88
Release The HoundsMyths & Legends Brewing Company5.0024.03
Olly American BitterOld Ox Brewery5.5023.83
Maggie T's ESBMiddleton Brewing5.7023.67
English Special BitterCrooked Eye Brewery6.0023.38
Hoppy Peeps ESBBarrels & Bottles Brewery5.0023.62
ESBStation 26 Brewing Co. ? 23.5
Burton-On-HoltThe Civil Life Brewing Company6.0024.13
Sir Arthur ESB 12,5°Browary Regionalne Wąsosz5.0023.66
Round TableTrue Vine Brewing Company5.0023.74
Road Crew AleUncle Billy's Brew & Que4.7023.38
English BitterRock Cut Brewing Company5.8023.88
Samuel Adams ESBBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.2523.38
Elevation ESBBeach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant5.0023.67
SlussenMacken Bryggeri5.2023.63
Gone FishingGreen Jack Brewery / The Triangle Tavern5.5023.88
Buckerfield's ESBSwans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery5.0023.29
Figgenfennel ESBBand of Bohemia6.7023.61
Trail's EndSouth Haven Brewpub5.3023.36
Hop'sss Marie-MagdeleineBrasserie Le Paradis6.0023.7
London SignatureRoyal Docks Brewing Company6.0023.65
ESBUpslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill5.5023.38
Comfortably NumbTriple fff Brewing Company5.0023.91
1492Elliott Bay Brewing Co. ? 23.85
Barrel Aged Smittytown with Balaton CherriesTemperance Beer Co.7.5023.95
MKE E.S.B.Milwaukee Brewing Company7.2023.68
Sigtuna Extra Sigtuna BitterSigtuna Brygghus5.6023.56
Roman EmpireChimera Brewing6.0023.02
Old Bitter Ms. HavishamBooks & Brews6.4023
ESB (Extra Special Bitter)JoBoy's Brew Pub5.2023.07
Amber #2 (ESB)Salish Sea Brewing Co.5.2024
Quid Hoc Sibi VultBrewers Union Local 1804.6024.22
TeetotalerBrookeville Beer Farm5.2523.99
Old Trafford ESBFillmore 13 Brewery5.0023.43
Bitter BeeBee's Knees Brewpub ? 23.36
No Hockey, Especially BitterBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.0023.88
Poppy OtterOtter Brewery Ltd5.0013.65
Never Mind The Kent HopsThe Bohemia / London Brewing Co.5.3013.87
ESBKilowatt Brewing5.0013.78
Fuggley ESBRök House Brewing Company6.5013.31
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