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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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Fuller's ESBFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.903,0644.06
HobgoblinWychwood Brewery Company Ltd5.202,7083.76
SawtoothLeft Hand Brewing Company5.302,1873.72
Redhook ESBRedhook Ale Brewery5.802,1343.42
Harvest AleSouthern Tier Brewing Company6.701,7713.84
2° Below Winter AleNew Belgium Brewing6.601,2273.64
Winter StormHeavy Seas Beer7.501,0813.8
Iron Maiden TrooperRobinsons Family Brewers4.709933.44
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells & Young's Ltd5.209513.78
Old ThumperShipyard Brewing Company5.607553.59
Anvil ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.506823.88
Scarlet Lady AleStoudts Brewing Co.5.006763.61
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.406714.13
Extra Special Ale (ESA)Yards Brewing Co.6.006473.72
AleBlack Sheep Brewery PLC4.405853.69
Sawtooth - NitroLeft Hand Brewing Company5.305503.37
Belk's ESBAnderson Valley Brewing Company6.805453.78
Foster's Premium AleFoster's Group Limited5.505332.85
Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetWater Brewing Company5.604553.72
Young's Special London AleWells & Young's Ltd6.404503.95
Green Man ESBGreen Man Brewery5.504363.7
ESB Special AleSka Brewing Co.5.704033.58
Organic ESBLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.423833.28
Autumn AleShort's Brewing Company5.753673.64
Old ManTree House Brewing Company5.403273.85
Winter ESBThe Schlafly Tap Room5.803273.78
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.003243.73
Bishops FingerShepherd Neame Ltd5.402993.65
13 Rebels ESBFrench Broad River Brewing5.202513.54
Beast BitterMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.5.302433.91
Moondog AleGreat Lakes Brewing Co.5.502153.93
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.002113.78
The Wise ESBElysian Brewing Company5.902093.88
Red Rack AleWoodstock Inn Brewery5.502023.41
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Brewing Company6.201973.79
Bachelor ESBDeschutes Brewery5.301933.89
Minaret Extra Special BitterCigar City Brewing5.001863.76
14* ESBBent Paddle Brewing Co.5.601833.9
Young's Ram RodWells & Young's Ltd5.001823.88
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Brewery & Draught Haus5.701803.48
Lancaster BomberMarston's PLC4.401683.47
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Brewery5.001623.87
WoolyMagic Hat Brewing Company4.501623.15
Red Racer India Style Red AleCentral City Brewers + Distillers5.501563.96
Public AleCommunity Beer Company5.501503.72
Steel Wheels ESBBlue Mountain Brewery6.501473.79
Batemans XXXBGeorge Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery4.801443.86
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.501443.97
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.501413.86
Jack The SipperSouthern Prohibition Brewing5.001393.78
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