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 - 1701 to 1750 (out of 1817) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
EddiePrager Laffe5.8000
ESBNonesuch River Brewing4.7000
ESBBrewtal Brewers5.4000
African Moon Black Buck BitterPorcupine Quill Micro Brewery and Deli7.5000
MalcolmMicrobrasserie Aux Fous Brassant4.4000
The English GodfatherBubba Brew's Brewing Company5.8000
Blind Pig Ankle BiterThe Blind Pig Brewery4.3000
Radio OneStaten Island Beer Company4.8000
Red X (2009)BrewPub København5.5000
ESBBig Choice Brewing, LLC5.7000
ESBNorth End Brewing Co5.3000
Bob's Your UncleMoonraker Brewing Company5.6000
Ernest Shackleton ESBNew City Brewery6.0000
ESBMastry's Brewing Co - Brewpub / CD Roma's Restaurant6.1000
KatieAll Inn Brewing Co5.4000
ESBBirra Godog5.8000
Bitter & BrownFalcon Brewing Co.5.6000
Hemisphere Hopper ESBSecond Street Brewery6.0000
Extra Special BitterRebellion Brew Haus5.9000
Mackin' On AmberTunnel Vision Brewery at Pond Hill Farm4.6000
ESBBocas Brewery6.0000
Palo SantoSailfish Brewing Company5.4000
Falling Star Extra Special BitterGravity BrewWorks ? 00
Liquid Interview ESBFrisco Taphouse & Brewery6.3000
Harvest Moon Extra Special BitterSalt Spring Island Ales5.5000
DH (sort Of)Georgetown Brewing Company4.8000
Big HitterMorpeth Brewery & Beer Co.5.3000
Nor'EasternSailfish Brewing Company6.0000
EroicaBirrificio e birreria Turbacci5.8000
Blunt N'Bitter AleRogue Ales5.1000
Dog's BollocksWoodcreek Brewing Company5.6000
Extra Special BitterGlacier Brewhouse ? 00
ESBStoup Brewing6.5000
CrankESBBirdfish Brewing Company5.7000
Ehud's ExitRebellion Brew Haus5.5000
West of NehawkaScratchtown Brewing Company6.6000
Special BitterClarence & Fredericks4.6000
AutomobileOlde Salem Brewing Company6.1000
ESBairdBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom6.2000
Jetty Eddy ESBSailfish Brewing Company5.7000
British OffTapistry Brewing5.4000
ESBAphrodite's Rock Brewing Company5.0000
Special Summer BitterLibushi6.0000
Time Machine ESBSunriver Brewing Company5.8000
Fucking BitterBrew Pub Le Sec5.7000
Coração De LeãoVerace Cervejaria5.2000
No. 46 Foreign AffairGella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.6.6000
Hanging ToryDeath Of The Fox Brewing Company4.2000
Buxton / Arizona Wilderness Bitter RecognizeBuxton Brewery6.7000
Vintage 2014 ESBBristol Beer Factory6.6000
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