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 - 51 to 100 (out of 1824) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Saranac ESBMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.501383.32
Jack The SipperSouthern Prohibition Brewing5.001383.78
Spin Cycle Red AleNo-Li Brewhouse5.751363.66
Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog Brewing5.501333.51
Naughty Hildegard ESBDriftwood Brewery6.501324.24
ESB AmberSaugatuck Brewing Company5.501303.49
LunaSea ESBEmpyrean Brewing Company6.301283.66
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Brewing Company6.001223.4
Thames Welsh ESBFelinfoel Brewery Co.6.501213.73
Old HookyHook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.4.601203.72
McNeill's Extra Special BitterMcNeill's Brewery5.501183.79
XBT & R Theakston Ltd.4.601183.73
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB AleCrazy Mountain Brewing Company6.001173.57
Red AleLumberyard Brewing Company5.801153.46
Amber AleDrake's Brewing Co.5.901133.74
La Vache Folle - ESBMicrobrasserie Charlevoix6.001113.87
Twist Of Fate Bitter AleMoonlight Brewing Company5.601024.01
Minnesota Special BitterBadger Hill Brewing Company5.70983.66
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ5.50953.62
1698 Kentish Strong AleShepherd Neame Ltd6.50923.62
Extra Special Bitter AleClimax Brewing Company5.50903.91
GemBath Ales Ltd4.80863.78
Best BitterPicaroons Traditional Ales5.20863.69
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Brewing Company5.50843.9
Seven GiraffesWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.10823.8
Amber AleDry Dock Brewing Co.5.80813.61
SmittytownTemperance Beer Co.5.50783.64
Monkman's Slaughter AleThe Great Yorkshire Brewery6.00753.52
ESBCore Brewing & Distilling Co.6.10753.75
Velvet ESBHopworks Urban Brewery5.20713.67
Big Rig Classic Pub AleDeschutes Brewery6.00703.87
Fegley's ESBFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works5.40703.62
Puddlers Row ESBConshohocken Brewing Company5.40673.7
Martha's Vineyard AleBad Martha Brewing Co.5.30663.48
Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Gluten Free Beers6.00642.53
Surfman's CheckDevil's Purse Brewing Co.5.00633.84
Farmington River Mahogany AleIpswich Ale Brewery ? 633.61
Dogbite BitterThe Vermont Pub & Brewery5.40623.57
Dragonmead Sir William's ESBDragonmead Microbrewery4.80623.59
Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Brothers PLC5.10613.78
Extra EasyTennessee Brew Works5.25603.68
Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street Brew Pub4.60593.46
Imperial RedWychwood Brewery Company Ltd4.70593.64
Rockaway ESBRockaway Brewing Company6.40593.74
Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESBLake Placid Craft Brewing Company6.50573.38
Blue Bell BitterMagnolia Pub & Brewery5.40563.66
Young's SpecialWells & Young's Ltd4.50553.91
Golden Sheep Pale AleBlack Sheep Brewery PLC4.70543.54
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Brewery6.00544.26
Portsmouth Extra Special BitterPortsmouth Brewery6.00543.71
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