English Ales: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)

Notes: Entries in this subcategory exhibit hop aroma and flavor attributes typical of traditional English hop varieties. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, competition organizers may choose to create subcategories which reflect English and American hop character.

  • ABV: 4.8%-5.8%
  • ABW: 3.8%-4.6%
  • IBU: 30-45
  • Color (SRM): 8-17
  • Color (EBC): 16-34
  • Original Gravity: 1.046-1.060
  • Original Gravity °P: 11.4-14.7
  • Final Gravity: 1.010-1.016
  • Final Gravity °P: 2.6-4.1

Style info provided entirely or in part by the Brewers Association 2021 beer style guidelines.

9 Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB) Reviewed

Beer Brewery Rate Avg.
Anvil ESB Ale AleSmith Brewing Company 8.00
Autumn Ale Short's Brewing Company 7.46
Farmington River Mahogany Ale Mercury Brewing Company 7.00
Harvest Ale Goose Island Beer Co. 9.00
Lord Admiral Nelson Three Floyds Brewing Company 8.92
Magnus ete Tomahawkus ESB² Rock Art Brewery 8.59
Sawtooth Ale Left Hand Brewing Company 7.00
Scarlet Lady Ale Stoudts Brewing Company 8.46
Scratch Beer 11 - 2008 Tröegs Brewing Company 5.00