8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) (BJCP 2008)


Description

An average-strength to moderately strong English ale. The balance may be fairly even between malt and hops to somewhat bitter. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales. A rather broad style that allows for considerable interpretation by the brewer. Strong bitters can be seen as a higher-gravity version of best bitters (although not necessarily


Profile

Aroma: Hop aroma moderately-high to moderately-low, and can use any variety of hops although UK hops are most traditional. Medium to medium-high malt aroma, often with a low to moderately strong caramel component (although this character will be more subtle in paler versions). Medium-low to medium-high fruity esters. Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed. May have light, secondary notes of sulfur and/or alcohol in some examples (optional).
Appearance: Golden to deep copper. Good to brilliant clarity. Low to moderate white to off-white head. A low head is acceptable when carbonation is also low.
Flavor: Medium-high to medium bitterness with supporting malt flavors evident. Normally has a moderately low to somewhat strong caramelly malt sweetness. Hop flavor moderate to moderately high (any variety, although earthy, resiny, and/or floral UK hops are most traditional). Hop bitterness and flavor should be noticeable, but should not totally dominate malt flavors. May have low levels of secondary malt flavors (e.g., nutty, biscuity) adding complexity. Moderately-low to high fruity esters. Optionally may have low amounts of alcohol, and up to a moderate minerally/sulfury flavor. Medium-dry to dry finish (particularly if sulfate water is used). Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium-full body. Low to moderate carbonation, although bottled commercial versions will be higher. Stronger versions may have a slight alcohol warmth but this character should not be too high.


Ingredients

Pale ale, amber, and/or crystal malts, may use a touch of black malt for color adjustment. May use sugar adjuncts, corn or wheat. English hops most typical, although American and European varieties are becoming more common (particularly in the paler examples). Characterful English yeast.


Examples

Fullers ESB, Adnams Broadside, Shepherd Neame Bishop's Finger, Young


Ranges

Data Min. Max.
Original gravity 1.048 1.060
Final gravity 1.010 1.016
Bitterness 30.0 IBU 50.0 IBU
Color 11.8 EBC 35.5 EBC
Alcohol 4.60 ° 6.20 °


Recipes on Zython (10)

Investiture
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
14.7% 51 IBU 8.0 l Steewy666
04/12/2019
Investiture
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
5.2% 42 IBU 24.0 l de_la_broue_dans_le_toupet
01/06/2019
Forestière
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
6.0% 9 IBU 50.0 l Jef
17/04/2019
Bière aux bourgeons de sapin
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
4.3% 20 IBU 80.0 l Pierrotte
02/05/2018
Smash ESB 2018
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
5.1% 46 IBU 23.0 l laflotte
09/02/2018
Cynorrhodon de l'Apocalypse
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
5.5% 30 IBU 200.0 l Bierhexen
26/12/2017
Investiture
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
5.2% 42 IBU 24.0 l manu
13/05/2017
sMaSH ESB au Fuggles
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
4.2% 29 IBU 25.0 l flal
14/09/2016
Smash ESB
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
5.3% 34 IBU 20.0 l laflotte
04/08/2016
Orbiter
All grain- 8.C - Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
4.7% 41 IBU 30.0 l enso
13/10/2015


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