Extra Special Bitter

Extra Special Bitter

1419 beers | 3.446 Avg Score

The original session beer. Historically, this style originated around the start of the 20th century in England. This genre of ales is divided into substyles differentiated on alcoholic strength and hop bitterness: ordinary bitter; special/extra bitter and extra special bitter (ESB). ESB's are the stronger examples of this style. Most examples of this style will be copper in color with a mild caramel-malt aroma. Some examples will also have hop and fruit notes in the aroma. The flavor will typically be bitter with caramel, noticeable fruity esters and earthy or floral hops. A very drinkable ale.

Beer | Location Reviews Score
Orkney Red MacGregor
United Kingdom
17
3.430
Southern Tier Harvest Ale
NY, United States
16
3.500
Courage Directors Bitter
United Kingdom
16
3.384
Propeller Extra Special Bitter
Canada
15
3.317
Deschutes Bachelor ESB
OR, United States
15
3.494
Sweetwater ESB
GA, United States
15
3.539
Alaskan Brewing ESB
AK, United States
14
3.612
Young's St. Georges
United Kingdom
14
3.464
Goose Island Harvest Ale
IL, United States
13
3.569
Saranac ESB
NY, United States
12
3.374
Robinson's Trooper
United Kingdom
11
3.157
Charles Wells John Bull Finest Bitter Ale
United Kingdom
11
3.264
Crooked River Settlers Ale ESB
OH, United States
11
3.643
Breckenridge 471 Small Batch Extra ESB
CO, United States
11
3.471
Tallgrass Oasis
KS, United States
11
3.350
OHanlons Royal Oak (Pale Ale)
United Kingdom
10
3.423
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale
United Kingdom
10
3.354
Laughing Dog Crotch Sniffing Bastard
ID, United States
10
3.315
Great Lakes Moondog Ale
OH, United States
10
3.438
SKA ESB Special Ale
CO, United States
9
3.125