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Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Style Information
Extra Special or Strong Bitters are generally considered to be English bitter ales at 4.8% or above in ABV. The color should be light amber to copper. The aroma should have notable hop aromas, with mils malt or fruity sweetness. Taste should have an equally notable hop bitterness. Also, malty sweetness should be obvious. The feel should be medium bodied, with mild carbonation. ABV has to be above 4.8%.

Recommend glassware for this style
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Top Consumed Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
1. Harvest Ale by Goose Island34
2. Over Ale by Half Acre Beer Company25
3. Broken Paddle ESB by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery21
4. Phoenixx by Real Ale Brewing Company16
5. Andy's Ale by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery14
6. Lord Rear Admiral by Three Floyds Brewing LLC13
7. Motor Boat by Sweetwater Brewing Company10
8. Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) by Heavy Seas Beer - Clipper City10
9. Bitter Druid ESB by Sun King Brewing Company6
10. Bitch Creek ESB by Grand Teton Brewing Co.6

Top Reviews Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
 BeerAvg Score
1. CSB by Laughing Dog Brewing90
2. Dry Hopped Firkin Double Barrel by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.87
3. Phoenixx by Real Ale Brewing Company82
4. 20 Year ESB by Goose Island82
5. Marsh-Mellow by Oxfordshire Ales82
6. ESB by Marin Brewing Company82
7. Fat Man ESB by Nucular Brewing81
8. Extra Special Bitter by McNeill's Brewery80
9. Bailout Bitter by Howe Sound Brewing80
10. HMS Victory ESB by Dry Dock Brewing Co.80