English-Style Pale Ale (ESB) ESB stands for “extra special bitter.” This style is known for its balance and the interplay between malt and hop bitterness. English pale ales display earthy, herbal English-variety hop character.
The taste contains malt flavors to balance the medium to mid-high bitterness. While the malt offers an intense sweetness of caramel, secondary flavors like bready, toasty, biscuity, nutty, and woody add complexity. ESB beers have moderate to high fruit esters with some floral, resin, and earth qualities.