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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

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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Holland

Illinois

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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CampusCrew

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I'm reviewing this by memory on this I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I have had most of CC's regular beers but I have not tried this yet. toasty flavors as style suggests with some nice american citrus hop flavors. worth trying but not there best. want to try again.

09-16-2011 16:36:03 | More by CampusCrew
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adam42381

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-12-2011 22:08:35 | More by adam42381
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jsanford

Georgia

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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bierguru

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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

09-02-2011 20:46:13 | More by bierguru
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kylehay2004

Florida

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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olimpia84

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

08-28-2011 04:56:11 | More by olimpia84
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nickfl

Florida

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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PorterLambic

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a nice woody copper color with a big (my fault) light tan head. Good retention and lacing. Clear and bright.
Smell is invading my nose from a foot away, enticing me. Notes of hops, grass, malt, maybe some wood.
Taste is hoppy, with grass, malt, some alcohol.
Warming with a dry finish. Medium-full bodied with a medium-light effervescence. Some oak notes in the aftertaste are nicely cleansing without removing all remnants of flavor. A decently balanced, flavorful brew that holds fairly true to my recollection of the style. Not overly hoppy but it is the lead guitar in the band.

07-26-2011 02:05:01 | More by PorterLambic
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Chaney

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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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Nice, amber color with a moderate head and retention, mild lacing. Aroma amazingly reminds me of Topps brand bubble gum like the kind that was in baseball card packs from 25 years ago. Maybe even the specific smell of the gum combining with the cardboard from the cards. Talk about memory lane. Taste is mildly bitter, no alcohol noted, mild sweetness. Nice balance and very pleasant to drink.

07-04-2011 03:06:20 | More by KickbacksSteve
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mikesgroove

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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Shaw

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

06-15-2011 01:14:40 | More by Shaw
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GarthDanielson

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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babaracas

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

On-tap at the CCB tasting room. Copper colored, one finger thick white head with decent retention. Smell: toffee, earthy, mild pine. Taste: toasted grain, caramel, lightly bready, earth + pine, mild citrus. Nice bitterness, slightly mineral feel. Pretty good ESB.

06-08-2011 06:16:28 | More by babaracas
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Gtreid

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

05-29-2011 20:53:41 | More by Gtreid
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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.