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Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter
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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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5/5  rDev +32.3%

wilfonzo, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

alalvarez75, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

tvan, Nov 18, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +26.5%

I'm not a big fan of English Style Bitters, but this was a great beer. As one poster commented and I agree- It's a very well balanced beer. My general complaint with ESBs, are they tend to be on the bland side, and lacking in flavour. No worries here- This beer delivers some very, very intense flavors. Starts with a nice roasted malt flavor/mouth-feel, and finishes with a nice, very bitter, hop bite. I highly recommend this beer and I will look for it again. It is available only on tap.

at7000, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

CGMLS3, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Stiggy, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 06, 2012
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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

mverity, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

wo87810, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

basili1250, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

velcrogrip, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

swetsastonic, Apr 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

IpeeA, Aug 05, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

On tap at cigar city's tasting room.

A- Has a dark caramel color to it with a 3/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before settling to an 1/8 inch ring and a considerably solid coat of surface foam. Wavy lacing follows.

S- Has the usual lightly malted nose of an ESB that's crisp and clean. A bit more earthy and pungent than others though.

T- Smooth and super drinkable like an ESB but way more flavorful and bitter than any one I've had before. The typical balance that's common to the style is there but amped up in a way that doesn't compromise its legitimacy. There's also an undeniably funky quality to it. Different.

M- Thin and somewhat spritzy. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Usually CC's session beers are unimpressive to me, but minaret hits the mark. Probably the best ESB I've ever had

Immortale25, Dec 29, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev +10.1%

tharper178, Aug 31, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

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 medium caramel brown with golden highlights. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with a touch of bitter hops.

Taste: Grassy hops up front followed by lightly roasted malt in the middle before ending with a nice bitter finish. Aftertaste is bitter as well. Very nice flavor.

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

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. You could drink several. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Good beer overall. One of the better ESBs I've had (while I haven't had a ton, I know this one is good). Worth trying.

adam42381, Sep 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

iemailjack, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

johnyb, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tarks, Feb 05, 2013
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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

cyrushire, Feb 28, 2013
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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.