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Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter
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85
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pours amber in color with notes of caramel and slight hints of red delicious apple in the aroma. Flavor has a moderate earthy and herbal hop bitterness followed by moderate caramel notes that are subdued by floral hop bitterness in the finish.

47 IBU

(Beer added by: Gtreid on 05-29-2011)
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Reviews by Shaw:
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

From a growler I got filled at the brewery yesterday.

A deep ruby in color with a short light brown head.

It smells of malt, a bit of butter and/or caramel, with a hint of hops.

Malty flavors of toast and roasted grain combine with a noticeable hop flavor and bitterness. It's rich, but not cloying.

Smooth body.

Overall this is a fine ESB and another of the recent, approachable "normal" beers from Cigar City. Check it out.

Shaw, Jun 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tarks, Feb 05, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

On nitro, at Pingleheads. Dark coloured, tasty stuff. The hops, and of course the caramel and chocolate malts survived fine on nitro. A little creamy. Fun stuff that still hit the spot after a long day and night and day of drinking beer. I could drink this for two days.

Sammy, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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WoodBrew, Aug 23, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

On nitro at the brewery.

Pours a fantastic golden honey color with a big fluffy head.

Smells of light honey, caramel, and a light hop presence.

The taste is full of caramel, sweet malt, and a healthy dose of grass. Good balance.

The feel is full and velvety.

Overall, this exceeded expectations. I was quite pleased with this brew.

RomaniIteDomum, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Rborre321, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a plain old pint glass at palm harbor house of beer.
Pours an amber red in color with a one inch white head.
The aroma is very well balanced. Kind of hard to describe, alittle sweet yet still hoppy.
A little malty sweetness balanced by bitter hops.
Very smooth mouth feel, medium light body with high carbonation. The finish is fairly bitter.
Very nice beer, I'm pretty sure this was my first ESB, a nice style I will be exploring a little more.

hdelavega, Oct 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

wilfonzo, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Sep 29, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

A - the body is a dark amber color which you can see almost see through. Pours a fair amount of head but thins out rather quick to a light lacing

S - The brew has a nice light hop profile. Followrf up with some strong fruit esters. Such as grapefruit. The beer also carries some fresh grass scent. The more the the beer warmed the more the flavors in the brew balanced. From there you got a light biscuity malt character.

T - Up front you got a strong bitterness. Through the hops you can taste grapefruit, peach, lemon like tartness. The taste finishes with some biscuit and a touch of light grain.

M - Smooth, mellow, and mild carbonation the bitterness hangs around but nothing annoying about it

0 - was very pleased like how the bitterness did not ruin the fruitiness of the beer

bierguru, Sep 02, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

Growler split with some friends thanks to David. Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

Pours a lovely dark copper with a foamy white head. Nice aromas of roasted caramel malt and bitter orange peel hops. Taste follows the nose nicely, lots of toasted malt, caramel, and bitter citrus hops that linger on the palate for some time. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy, with a medium body and pleasant carbonation. Overall a very nice Bitter, and exceptionally drinkable.

jsanford, Sep 04, 2011
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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.