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
Imperial Milford Pub AleRiver's Edge Brewing Co12.4013.67
ProtagonistBarrier Brewing Company9.1054.25
Grandma's CookieBonsai Brewing Project9.0014.45
Lord And Master21st Amendment Brewery8.3033.4
Triple BC.H. Evans Brewing Company8.1043.74
ALTERNATIVE FAXXXRoc Brewing Company8.1014.1
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Rock Art Brewery8.002103.78
Sink The ClipperSun King Brewing Company8.00183.83
Winter Storm Warning Imperial E.S.B.Sun King Brewing Company8.0043.75
Churchyard21st Amendment Brewery7.8023.18
Small Batch Series Extra ESBBreckenridge Brewery7.80243.71
Winter SailsO-Town Brewing7.7000
CBW ESBCarbondale Beer Works7.7013.49
P.A.C. ForeverSpiteful Brewing7.60133.89
ESP ESBLegend Brewing Co.7.5033.79
Winter Storm Imperial ESBHeavy Seas Beer7.501,0573.8
XX Bitch CreekGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.501443.97
African Moon Black Buck BitterPorcupine Quill Micro Brewery and Deli7.5000
Arbor Brewing HXLArbor Brewing Company7.50153.6
Old Detroit MuscleFrankenmuth Brewery7.5043.83
Barrel Aged Smittytown with Balaton CherriesTemperance Beer Co.7.5023.95
CalverThornbridge Brewery7.4013.75
India ESBPinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub7.4043.59
RyebuckThornbridge Brewery7.4023.83
Ex-Spouse BitterGalveston Bay Beer Company7.3513.54
Imperial ESBTrinity Brewhouse7.3013.42
Smelt Camp Strong AleThe Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery7.3093.64
Smelt Camp Strong AleThe Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery7.3043.32
Vicar Of MillomTigertops Brewery7.2013.25
ESBAndrews Brewing Company7.2000
Keep Calm And Carry OnPecan Street Brewing7.2023.71
Winter Warmer ESBRocky Point Artisan Brewers (RPAB)7.2014.27
Bourbon Barrel Aged Spitfire AmberSantiam Brewing Company7.2014.09
MKE E.S.B.Milwaukee Brewing Company7.2023.68
Ivan's ESBRevolution Brewing7.20153.52
Extra Special BitterFarmington Brewing Company7.1000
Wren's Strong BitterTin Cannon Brewing Company7.1013.74
Golden TuskPink Elephant Brewery, The7.10123.36
English RenaissanceWild Card Brewing Company7.1013.79
Eye ChartThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC7.0023.24
Harvest AleFigure 8 Brewing7.0033.12
Honey Hole ESBSpindletap Brewery7.00313.53
StronghartMcMullen & Sons, Ltd.7.0033.4
Copper Creek ESBWhite River Brewing Company7.0023.47
Ex-Wife Extra BitterThe Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery7.0054
Ex-Wife Extra BitterThe Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery7.0053.94
StrongheartMcMullen & Sons, Ltd.7.0000
Mr. OrangeTo Øl7.00173.78
Arbor Brewing Super Snapper VSBArbor Brewing Company7.0053.85
E.S.B.Crying Eagle7.0014.68
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