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2012 Top Ten ESB Ales in the United States


This Top Ten Extra Special Bitter list is  from the results of the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.
  

1. Bitch Creek ESB - Grand Teton Brewing
2. Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing
3. Minaret ESB - Cigar City Brewing
4. Colorado Kind - Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery
5. Harvest Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
6. Red Racer ESB - Central City Brewing Co.
7. GAR Pale Ale - Great American Restaurants
8. The Tower E.S.B. - Bull & Bush Brewery
9. Boont ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
10. Old Thumper ESA - Shipyard Brewing Co.
   

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Extra Special Bitter
Subcategory: English Strong Bitter
Extra special bitter possesses medium to strong hop qualities in aroma, flavor, and bitterness. English hop varieties or others that approximate their resulting character are used in thisSubcategory. The residual malt sweetness of this richly flavored, full-bodied bitter is more pronounced than in other bitters. It is light amber to copper colored with medium to medium-high bitterness. Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. Fruity-ester character is acceptable in aroma and flavor. Diacetyl (butterscotch character) is acceptable and characteristic when at very low levels; the absence of diacetyl is also acceptable. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. OG: 1.046-1.060
FG: 1.010-1.016
Alcohol by Weight: 3.8-4.6%
IBU: 30-55
Color SRM: 8-14
 
Subcategory: American Strong Bitter
Extra special bitter possesses medium to strong hop qualities in aroma, flavor, and bitterness. American and/or other hop varieties are used in thisSubcategory. The residual malt sweetness of this richly flavored, full-bodied bitter is more pronounced than in other bitters. It is light amber to copper colored with medium to medium-high bitterness. Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. Fruity-ester character is acceptable in aroma and flavor. Diacetyl (butterscotch character) is acceptable and characteristic when at very low levels; the absence of diacetyl is also acceptable. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
OG: 1.046-1.060
FG: 1.010-1.016
Alcohol by Weight: 3.8-4.6%
IBU: 30-55
Color SRM: 8-14 

 

 

 





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Top 10
Ales & Lagers
in the USA

Golden Ale
Blonde Ale
English Summer Ale
English Pale Ale

English IPA
Imperial IPA
Bitter
ESB
English Mild Ale
 English Brown Ale
Porter
Stout
Oatmeal Stout
Imperial Stout
Old Ale 
Barley Wine
Scottish Ale
Strong Scottish
Irish Red Ale
American Amber
American Pale Ale
American IPA
American Brown Ale
German Alt
German Kolsch
German Wheat
German
Hefeweizen
Belgian Saison
Belgian Ale
Belgian Abbey Ale
Belgian Lambic
Belgian Witbier


Lagers
American Light Lager
American Pilsner
American 
Premium Lager

Amber Lagers
Bohemian Pilsner
German Pilsner
Munchner Helles

Munchner Dunkel
Marzen
Oktoberfest
Schwarzbier
Bock
DoppleBock


Hybrids
American Cream Ale
American Wheat
American specialty wheat

Fruit/Vegetable beer
Pumpkin beer
Herb and Spice beer
Chocolate Beer
Coffee beer
Rye/Roggen Beer
Wood / Barrel
Aged beer
Wood/Barrel
Aged strong beer
Smoked/Rauch beer

Specialty Ales/Lagers




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