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Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 29.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: Gtreid on 05-29-2011

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
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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 174
Reviews by brystmar:
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3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro at Barcade.

Beautiful pour: copious white head and lace above the cloudy amber body. Malty, slightly earthy aroma. Dry, yeasty, smells like most lagers. Bleh.

I don't usually like ESBs, so it took Al's recommendation for me to order this. Surprisingly balanced as the malted barley meets earthy yeast and tangy fruit. Creamy as hell, thanks to the nitro. I enjoyed this, but gimme my pour of Huna back!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Pinglehead brewpub in Jacksonville, FL.

This ESB is fine looking but otherwise unexceptional,

Mouthfeel: The body is smooth but too thin.

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Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Shawner
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of hdelavega
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bierguru
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
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