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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Style Examples - 101 to 150 (out of 1824) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Baldwin And Cooper Best BitterHowe Sound Inn & Brewing Company5.50523.95
ESBBomber Brewing5.20503.64
Wilson Creek ESBOlde Hickory Brewery ? 503.81
EnvyCircle Brewing Company4.80503.28
St. Charles Extra Special BitterWynkoop Brewing Company ? 493.45
Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESBNickel Brook Brewing Co.5.50493.66
Tower ESBBull & Bush Brewery6.00493.84
Oliver's ESBPratt Street Ale House6.00493.99
Dorothy Goodbody's Our GlassWye Valley Brewery6.00483.41
Old IzaakWhim Ales5.00474
Wisco DiscoStillmank Brewing Co.5.10473.46
ESBBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro ? 473.82
Meyer ESBThirsty Bear Brewing Company6.30453.51
Red Nose ESBBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store5.90453.84
Boréale CuivréeBrasseurs Du Nord Inc.6.90453.59
Bitter Druid ESBSun King Brewing Company5.80453.67
Witchtree E.S.B.Fitger's Brewhouse ? 443.54
Endless Skyway ESBBlack Mesa Brewing Co.6.00433.83
Harvest AleMt. Carmel Brewing Company5.80433.76
1327 Pod's ESBBlue Blood Brewing Company5.60433.03
ESBOther Half Brewing Co.6.00413.87
Deep RootsThree Weavers Brewing Company5.20403.8
Kingpost ESBThe Collingwood Brewery5.80403.74
Extra Special BitterMoylan's Brewery5.00403.41
Uproot ESBTwin Leaf Brewery5.80403.67
ESBReal Ale Brewing Company5.50393.84
The Angel and The SwordThe Civil Life Brewing Company4.60393.7
Extra Special BitterBlue Point Brewing Company5.00394.23
Stone Cat E.S.B.Ipswich Ale Brewery5.60383.56
ESBHigh Cotton Brewing Co.6.20383.92
Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle)Brasserie Dunham6.00373.88
Heron AleNashoba Valley Brewery5.20373.13
Holgate ESBHolgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel5.00363.64
Mitchell's Extra Special BitterSpinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse5.20363.97
Old MarcusMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.6.60363.89
ESBFortnight Brewing Company5.50363.69
Örebro BitterNärke Kulturbryggeri AB5.90353.92
Steel Hands18th Street Brewery3.50353.72
Beak's BestNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.00353.84
E.S.B.Broad Ripple Brew Pub5.60354.14
Voyageur Des BrumesBrasserie Dieu du Ciel!5.00353.69
Landlady AleQueen City Brewery5.40353.44
Treasure Chest ESBSchmohz Brewing Company5.30353.13
Old BobT.D.Ridley & Sons Limited5.10353.63
Chin WagHogshead Brewery ? 333.8
MarshmellowOxfordshire Ales4.70333.32
4 Pines ESB4 Pines Brewing Company5.60333.65
Honey Hole ESBSpindletap Brewery7.00333.56
The People's Pint Extra Special Bitter (ESB)The People's Pint5.50333.95
Broken Paddle ESBMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.20323.8
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