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El Lector - Cigar City Brewing

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El Lector
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85
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pours a brownish red with a nose of caramel and pronounced nuttiness. Flavor has a solid foundation of toasted grains enveloped by a soft touch of coffee and roasted nuts. Our smallest offering, El Lector is true to its English roots.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: Shaw on 11-19-2010)
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dvmin98, Dec 10, 2012
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tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cigar City smokes NYC at Rattle N Hum. Hops in aroma, I was expecting more roast to be bang on the style. Carbonation comes through more aggressively. A good drinker, sessionable as I can have this and head back to whatever I was doing. An average beer overall however. Dark colour without noticeable head.

Sammy, Mar 04, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
On tap at cigar city.
This brew poured a deep mahogany brown with red hues where the light passed through, very little head on this mostly due to the pour, what did remain was on the yellow side of off-white. The nose on this one was pretty roasty, notes of caramel, chocolate, and a bit of earthiness. Up front I get those sweet malty flavors, chocolate and a little fruit I can’t put my finger on. There are some earthy notes followed up by a bit of grassy hop. The body is fairly light and the carbonation sits on the high side making this brew very drinkable. Overall a nice drinkable beer, but nothing to wright home about.

hdelavega, Jan 16, 2012
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lionssoccer13, Feb 26, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich looking medium brown with a mild cloudiness about it. Rich color here with a nice head of off white which hung around for a few moments before settling down into a thin film. The aroma was light, medium fruit notes, apricot maybe with a hint of some light spice and tons of grain. More of the same on the taste as I run through on this one. The flavor was a bit lacking for me. Nice malt profile with a light ouch of fruit and spice, but not nearly strong enough of a profile to really get me to enjoy it. Smooth, mellow carbonation and a low abv made it nice and and drinkabl

mikesgroove, Aug 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

manutdfan, Jan 14, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all.. This is my 3rd time having this delectable brew.. I think its time it deserves a review.. first time in Daytona Beach at an Irish Pub / Bottle shop on Beach st.. 2nd time at a Cigar City / saint somewhere beer dinner locally.. along with 38 other awesome beers.. INSANE!!..

Anyhow. I poured this one fresh on tap at the Brewpub which I help manage in Orange park FL... Poured into a snifter.. Brown with slight rust orange highlights when held up to the Florida sunshine gazing from an outside window.

smells caramely, slight sour brown ale nose.. some notes of chocolate malt.

medium bodied, great carbonation.. lacey as hell

I get a slight bitter taste indicative of an ESB along with a subtle but delicious sour brown ale flavor of english decent.

Overall awesome beer.. Always a pleasure to session any CCB beers. Cheers

hopking311, Sep 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Kevinhcraig, May 23, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Cigar City, Tampa, FL

Dark woody brown color, deep to the point of being nearly opaque, capped off with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet; minimal lacing. Light aroma, nutty, sweet bready malts, mild earthy hops. Taste was about spot-on for the style, slightly roasty malts, nutty, pumpernickel, grassy and earthy hoppiness, for a gentle, woody bitterness. Medium body, simple, quite drinkable, and very sessionable [to use a cliche expression for a lower ABV beer]. Perhaps not the most popular style of beer, but I do get in the mood for a good dark mild every once in a while, so this was nice.

Rifugium, Dec 29, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Cigar City's taproom on 9/9/11 for Firkin Friday.

Draft poured into a 4 oz. sampler glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep caramel brown with yellow highlights. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with English hops.

Taste: Grassy up front followed by light hops in the middle before ending with roasted malt and a touch of nuttiness. Dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink several. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Good beer overall. Nice to see CCB putting out a mild ale. Definitely worth a shot.

adam42381, Sep 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

WynnO, Jul 19, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer poured a dark brown that is slightly translucent, with a thin layer of off-white head. Aromas of light nut sweetness that avoid being overpowering. The beer has flavors that are sweet nut/hazelnut and smokey/tobacco to balance. The beer is crisp and smooth in mouth, with some slight creamy textures. The aftertaste is creamy and light hazelnut, surprisingly like a Nutella spread. Creamy finish, too!

GarthDanielson, Jun 11, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Filled growler a couple hours ago, poured into a pint glass.

A: Color is brown as could be, not too dark or too light. A hue of dark amber when hold glass up to the light. Creamy, frothy tan head.

S: Typical CC aroma, lightly burnt caramelized malts off the bat. Smells extremely clean, fresh. I do not detect a strong hop presence.

T: Extremely flavorful, especially for an English style ale. A slight nuttiness with roasted, toasted malts serving as the backbone. Extremely smooth tasting, carbonation / alcohol / bitterness are all in check, nothing is remotely over average which allows for nuttiness characteristic to shine. Taste like a mix between an English Brown Ale and an Extra Special Bitter.

M: Extremely light bodied while having a great amount of flavor making El Lector an excellent sessionable brew. Carbonation bubbles at the end making the beverage light like a soda pop rather than a beer.

O: For what it is, I am extremely impressed. Can not say I have a lot of experience with English Dark Mild Ales, but I can say El Lector has welcomed me to the style:)

One2Remeber, Sep 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be the first Ben Romano brew I've had...

A - It pours a rusty tannic brown hue, translucent, and has a sudsy taupe head.

S - There is a good amount of aroma given the mild inputs. I get some buttery toasted hazelnut and perhaps a little bit of roasted coconut, too.

T - The flavor introduces some balancing hop elements, but nutty and toasty flavors remain at the forefront. As I drink more, the earthy and herbal hop is strengthening some vanilla and honey-ish nuances in the malt, but obfuscating the rest of the malt profile to a degree.

M - Big body and lots of creaminess for an allegedly 'smaller' brew. Enhancing, no doubt.

D - I would crush tons of this stuff. Isn't that the point of the English Mild?

ktrillionaire, Feb 25, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from New England (w/ lots of great micro-brews), my brother proudly took me to Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Florida. And I must say I was very impressed with both the quality and the number of excellent craft-brews on tap. The organization is very well run, and I fully expect to find their beers in the New England region in the near future ( I can see them expanding nationally).
I started with a taster rack of Jai Alai (IPA), Resonator Double Bock, El Lector English Style Dark Ale, and the Puppy Breath Porter. All were excellent.

Had the El Lector in a small 4oz tasting glass. ABV was 4.5%

Appearance:
Very nice dark translucent brown. Appropriate for a dark English ale.

Smell:
Nice balance between hops and malts. Definitely noted the nutty aromas.

Taste:
Consistent with the smell. Nutty, nice balance between hops and malts. Slight after taste of floral notes ... added to the complexity of the beer.

MF:
lighter bodied beer, appropriate for an ale. But definitely heavier than a lager.

Overall:
Very good to great, drinkable beer. Would definitely have again. Probably one of my favorite Dark English Ales. Highly recommended.

KarlosT, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tchaos, Nov 14, 2011
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El Lector from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.