Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Extra Special Bitters are essentially more aggressive and more balanced Bitters, both in alcohol and hop character. They shouldn't be overpowering, however. The color range will be similar, though ESBs lean toward the darker end of the scale; dark golds to copper. Low in carbonation, this style is commonly served on cask. Malts, often toasty and fruity, tend to be more pronounced, with the possibility of some diacetyl notes. And despite the word "bitter" in the name, these beers are not really all that bitter. The key to an ESB is balance and drinkability.

ABV: 4.0–7.0% | IBU: 20–40 | Glassware: Pint Glass (or Becker, Nonic, Tumbler)

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ESB
Fuller's
5.903,1354.0603-13-2022
Hobgoblin Ruby
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
5.202,7513.7602-28-2022
Sawtooth
Left Hand Brewing Company
5.302,1973.7201-17-2022
ESB
Redhook Brewlab
5.802,1413.4211-26-2021
Harvest Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company
6.701,7953.8402-16-2022
Winter Storm
Heavy Seas Beer
7.501,0863.812-31-2020
Iron Maiden Trooper
Robinsons Family Brewers
4.701,0593.4505-08-2022
Bombardier Amber Beer
Eagle Brewery
4.701,0493.7704-12-2022
Old Thumper
Shipyard Brewing Company
5.607593.5901-25-2021
Abbot Ale
Greene King / Morland Brewery
5.007133.6502-27-2022
Anvil
AleSmith Brewing Company
5.506833.8803-19-2021
Lord Rear Admiral
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
6.406774.1303-13-2022
Ale
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
4.405893.708-15-2021
Foster's Premium Ale
Foster's Group Limited
5.505882.8804-14-2022
Sawtooth Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company
5.305623.3807-24-2020
Belk's ESB
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
6.805463.7805-03-2021
ESB
Green Man Brewery
5.504793.7203-13-2022
Young's Special London Ale
Eagle Brewery
6.404583.9511-10-2021
Old Man
Tree House Brewing Company
5.403733.8602-18-2022
Autumn Ale
Short's Brewing Company
5.753693.6408-13-2021
Bishops Finger
Shepherd Neame Ltd
5.403123.6611-10-2021
13 Rebels ESB
French Broad River Brewing
5.202603.5501-15-2022
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³
Rock Art Brewery
8.002133.7810-07-2020
14* ESB
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
5.601973.903-14-2022
Bachelor ESB
Deschutes Brewery
5.301943.8906-08-2021
Young's Ram Rod
Eagle Brewery
5.001863.8811-10-2021
Lancaster Bomber
Banks's Park Brewery
4.401773.4808-27-2021
Public Ale
Community Beer Company
5.501523.7107-08-2020
Steel Wheels ESB
Blue Mountain Brewery
6.501483.7910-02-2021
Batemans XXXB
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
4.801463.8611-09-2021
Naughty Hildegard ESB
Driftwood Brewery
6.501444.2404-28-2022
Jack The Sipper
Southern Prohibition Brewing
5.001403.7805-22-2020
Old Hooky
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
4.601263.7203-04-2022
Thames Welsh ESB
Felinfoel Brewery Co.
6.501223.7307-08-2020
XB
T & R Theakston Ltd.
4.601213.7305-18-2021
1698 Kentish Strong Ale
Shepherd Neame Ltd
6.501053.6505-27-2021
Twist Of Fate Bitter Ale
Moonlight Brewing Company
5.601034.0211-23-2021
Gem
Bath Ales Ltd
4.80943.7910-01-2021
Extra Special Bitter Ale
Climax Brewing Company
5.50933.9310-21-2021
Amber Ale
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
5.80893.6105-06-2022
Blood Alley Bitter
Russell Brewing Company
5.50873.911-19-2020
Seven Giraffes
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
5.10853.810-07-2021
Surfman's Check
Devil's Purse Brewing Co.
5.00833.8608-11-2021
Puddlers Row ESB
Conshohocken Brewing Company
5.40833.7205-14-2022
Smittytown
Temperance Beer Co.
5.50823.6503-14-2020
Martha's Vineyard Ale
Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery
5.30713.4704-23-2022
Rockaway ESB
Rockaway Brewing Company
6.40703.7503-02-2022
Green's Discovery Amber Ale
Green's Gluten Free Beers
6.00652.5105-17-2020
Dogbite Bitter
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
5.40653.5710-17-2021
Extra Easy
Tennessee Brew Works
5.25643.6609-29-2020
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