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
Extra Special - ESB10 Barrel Brewing Co.6.2013.75
Warwick's Best Bitter10 Barrel Brewing Co.4.9023.54
ESB10th District Brewing Co.5.0023.88
Amber Sun Ale16 Mile Brewing Company6.101673.48
Steel Hands18th Street Brewery3.50353.72
Extra Special Basset2 Basset Brewery ? 00
Bruja-Ha ESB2 Witches Winery & Brewing Co.5.5000
Churchyard21st Amendment Brewery7.8023.18
Lord And Master21st Amendment Brewery8.3033.4
Lord Rear Admiral3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.506524.13
Endless Summer Beer3 Guys & A Beer'd Brewing Company4.8093.49
Endless Mountain3 Guys & A Beer'd Brewing Company4.8033.51
Über Special Bitter3 Ravens Brewing6.1063.85
English Extra Special Bitter3 Ravens Brewing4.5033.07
Cap'n Long ESB300 Suns Brewing6.6043.93
33 Acres Of Courage33 Acres Brewing Co.5.6053.81
Razor Burn350 Brewing Co.5.7044.1
Bulldog ESB4 Hearts Brewing5.0000
Rye E.S.B.4 Noses Brewing Company ? 13.58
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.60333.65
The Answer Session Ale4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.8053.63
The Paddlers' Pride5 Paddles Brewing Co.5.5064.05
Pacemaker ESB5 Seasons Westside ? 14
Spiders From Clive515 Brewing Company5.7033.79
Battersea7 Bridges Brewing5.0000
Whapping Wharf7 cent Brewery5.5000
Reign Man ESB7 Seas Brewery and Taproom5.5034.69
Extra Terrestrial Bitter948 Brewing Company Ltd5.2013.58
Sutton AleÀ L'Abordage Microbrasserie5.2000
Trout Lake ESBA-Frame Brewing Co.5.5000
BND (Bitch Next Door) ESBAbandon Brewing Co.3.8024.07
Propers Pub Ale PB&J InfusionAble Seedhouse + Brewery4.2013.72
Adnams BroadsideAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery6.304623.87
Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.501413.86
Adnams Barley MowAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery5.0013.4
Prop HopAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.0013.75
Marks and Spencer Suffolk BitterAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery5.2023.27
Boos BitterAether Brewing6.5000
Freakin' On ESBAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse6.0033.26
Jack Tar 1850Agars Brewery4.5000
Jet City ESBAirways Brewing Company6.00113.69
Extra CreditAkademia Brewing Company5.0013.73
Breaking the LawAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.5013.75
Admiral’s Best BitterAlameda Island Brewing Company5.1012.91
Pennwood Harvest AleAldus Brewing Company6.5023.74
Anvil ESBAleSmith Brewing Company5.506813.88
KatieAll Inn Brewing Co5.4000
Elora Special BitterAll or Nothing Brewhouse5.00243.21
Trafalgar ESBAll or Nothing Brewhouse5.00113.43
LycanthropyAlligator Brewing Company4.0000
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