beer style Strong Bitter

Libbey English Pub GlassStrong Bitter

Bitters are typically relatively low strength session beers. Strong bitters range from average strength to slightly above. Extra Special Bitter or "ESB" is trademarked by Fuller for Fullers ESB. It is a strong bitter. Some brewers may call their strong bitte a "premium bitter."

Strong Bitter's alcohol by volume ranges from 4.6 to 6.2% and the International Bittering Units range from 30 to 50. Clarity is clear to brilliant and its color runs from Amber to Dark Brown. It produces a thin foam cap with poor retention.

Food Pairing

Entrée: Fish and chips, burgers, steaks, grilled chicken, bangers and mash, Shepherd's Pie, and other traditional pub fare, roasted pork, crab cakes, broiled steaks, pizza

Cheese: Mild cheeses with sweet, buttery, or nutty flavors that are not too challenging, Asiago cheese, Lancashire, Leicester, Derby, Gouda, Havarti

Dessert: Cookies, bread pudding


Drink Strong Bitter from an English Pub glass or a English Tulip glass at 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Bass Brewers Limited Bass Pale Ale*

Disgruntled Brewing Guvnor

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC Fuller's ESB

Redhook Ale Brewery Redhook ESB

Robinsons Family Brewers Iron Maiden Trooper

Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)*

Summit Brewing Company Summit Extra Pale Ale

*Beer Judge Certification Program Commercial Example


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