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Type of Beer: Ale

Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

English Beer

Our Thoughts on Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Commercial Examples of Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

2020 Brewers Association Extra Special Bitter (ESB) Characteristics

Traits Details
Color Amber to deep copper
Clarity Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures
Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor Medium to medium-high
Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor Medium to medium-high
Perceived Bitterness Medium to medium-high
Fermentation Characteristics Low carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching. Fruity esters are acceptable. Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at low levels.
Body Medium
Original Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.046-1.060 (11.4-14.7 ┬░Plato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.010-1.016 (2.6-4.1 ┬░Plato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.8%-4.6% (4.8%-5.8%)
Bitterness (IBU) 30-45
Color SRM (EBC) 8-17(16-34 EBC)
Additional notes Entries in this subcategory exhibit hop aroma and flavor attributes typical of traditional English hop varieties.
Source: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.