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Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-22-2013 03:42:08 | More by Sammy
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that died down very slowly but left a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles in the middle.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy and toasted malts along with some hints of caramel. A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a little dry.
O: This is a very flavorful ESB that is also very easy to drink.

05-25-2012 22:08:09 | More by metter98
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-16-2012 14:09:30 | More by acurtis
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

huge thanks to gtreid for the growler, i am always thrilled to try new and interesting beers

dark amber color with a nice amount of clarity to it. A good two inches of white foam coming up over the top settled down nicely into a thin layer of white crown that capped it and brought down tons of side glass lacing.

Nice light hop profile was highlighted by hints of grapefruit and fresh grass. As it warmed it got tremendously more balanced, with a light bready malt character coming through and a light herbal like quality to it. Smooth flavor here, though the hops did seem a touch off to me. Light, with a grapefruit, peach, lemon like tartness coming through in the front and an almost green tea leave like flavor in the mid palate. Intresting mix of flavors here, some biscuit and a touch of light grain coming through now. Smooth, mellow, and consistent carbonation never failed and allowd this very sessionable lager to really be a smooth and easy drinker.

07-03-2011 21:00:34 | More by mikesgroove
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-29-2013 04:38:17 | More by GRG1313
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Clear, amber. quarter finger rapidly dissipating head.

S: Slight metallic aroma with mostly toasted malt.

T: Toasted malt with wood, grass notes. Medium to strong bitterness and dry finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Decent example of a true English ESB. Dryness is too much however.

08-28-2011 22:36:22 | More by kylehay2004
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3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a clear, amber-brown body. Good retention and lace.

S - Light, fruity notes and some toasted malt.

T - Toasted malt with some red apple up front. Strong bitterness in the middle and a dry, toasty finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, a bit too dry for my taste and the bitterness is slightly soapy. Still a much more authentic bitter than one usually finds at an American brewery.

08-27-2011 18:57:12 | More by nickfl
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-07-2013 07:56:57 | More by beernads
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-01-2014 19:00:30 | More by brandoman63
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it poured a light copper-auburn color with no head. Slight smokey and malt smells, like caramel. The flavor is a roasted caramel, with some slightly bitter hopping. It almost has some coffee notes, as well. Sour and bitter aftertaste, with syrupy qualities. The finish is a bit dry and slick at the same time. Tasty.

06-11-2011 18:52:24 | More by GarthDanielson
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-06-2012 06:32:48 | More by iL0VEbeer
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-23-2013 02:09:47 | More by WoodBrew
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-10-2011 19:17:28 | More by bsuedekum
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-25-2013 23:24:03 | More by aasher
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-22-2013 15:12:20 | More by Lare453
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

A: pours a clear brown amber with small lacing and a thin layer of head on top when it got to me. Tiny bubbles stayed throughout.

S: malt, bitterness dominate the smell here.

T: simple yet delicious. Caramel malt, pale malt, bitter hops all round out the taste with a slight sweetness.

M: this beer has the carbonation and medium body to make it delicious.

O: solid beer, I'm impressed to find a gem like this in the heart of Florida. Buy it if you find it and you like ESBs.

09-24-2011 00:54:56 | More by Holland
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-06-2014 02:30:17 | More by mattmarka1
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-12-2014 14:36:15 | More by tommy5
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-28-2013 06:33:14 | More by jenray
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

I had this one on tap at Cigar City. Some of the beer peeps around me were urging me not to order this one. Boy were they wrong.

A: Pretty much completely see-through (obviously filtered) amber color, with a slight, understated white head.

S: not much, but I did manage to get a slight sour dough bead-like yeastiness.

T: Crisp, golden, and with a mild honey-exams flair. Nothing to groundbreaking here, but tasty nonetheless.

M: Prickly carbonation, tempered sweetness, mild bitter notes, and with a highly gulp able disposition.

O: Sure, the style of this one doesn't exactly appeal to the masses, but it was still tasty.

07-10-2011 22:13:23 | More by Chaney
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

09-04-2011 22:00:43 | More by jsanford
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

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

12-29-2011 21:26:03 | More by Immortale25
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3.05/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

10-04-2013 11:58:37 | More by BMMillsy
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-03-2014 14:10:54 | More by bigfnjoe
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-25-2013 01:27:16 | More by mltobin
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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
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