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Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter
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BA SCORE
85
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

dtbook, Jan 22, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

larrynevins, Nov 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

JamesWn, Feb 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Bartos, Jan 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

RandyJ, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

jmathis, Jun 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

RayUF07, Oct 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

GuttaMane138, May 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Notacraftdrinker, Aug 03, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On nitro at the brewery. Pours dark copper with a creamy white head. Light malt and spice aroma, smooth with low carbonation. Malty mostly with ever so slight hops, lingering malt flavor and a clean finish. Not much going on here, and I am not really a fan. Very boring and not much flavor. I feel like the nitro takes away from a beer like this, making it more bland than it otherwise would be.

BMMillsy, Oct 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

WoodBrew, Aug 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on-tap at CCB, served into a pint glass.

A: dark amber color. Literally no head present on this one. Good lacing.

S: a bit mute but I was able to get some malts and herbal hints.

T: bitter taste that had some herbal components. Nothing really stood out...not bad though.

M: medium body, high carbonation feel.

O: this is the first 'weak' beer I've tried from Cigar City. It's not bad, but compared to the other offerings, it's lacking some character. Unless you are fan of the style, pass this one out and try their other choices.

olimpia84, Aug 28, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Pipelovejoy, Jun 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

juliusseizure, Apr 15, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber hue with a good light tan head of two fingers that fades slow and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is of orange, pine, and grapefruit. Malty underbelly of caramel and light notes of toffee.

Caramel covered oranges and grapefruit zest. Most bitter ESB I've had.

Smooth, easy drinking.

Overall an interesting and easy drinking beer.

JayS2629, Jan 02, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a tulip.

A: Clear copper color. Nice two finger cream head that retained well, and left some sickey lace.

A: Caramel and grassy notes, followed by a sweet malt backbone. I get a slight metallic note that was a little unexpected.

T: Great balance between the sweet malt and the bitter hops. But there is a distinct metallic taste in the middle of the brew that really brings down my impression of the beer. It finishes very dry and bitter.

M: Pretty spot on here. Medium body good levels of carbonation delivers the flavors nicely.

O: I think could've better. The metal characteristics in the middle are the beer's downfall. It had the potential to be good, just fell short. Skal.

Gtreid, May 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GRG1313, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

BuckTuckian, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ajtorres311, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Masspike84, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

VinsanityDiesel, Aug 07, 2013
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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.