1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Minaret Extra Special Bitter
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
85
very good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dna1964dna
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of larrynevins
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of brystmar
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of shchmue
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bluetrevian
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of at7000
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of swetsastonic
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of wilfonzo
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of creaghphish
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bchlr4lfe
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dtbook
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of jgagne
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into cigar city pint on draft at Gainesville house of beer

A- nice burnt orange hue with a white foamy head

S-very prevalent orange hints at the nose. With a nice undertone of caramel malt.

T-very mild hop flavor with a nice bitter malt taste. Good balance.

M-mild heaviness and carbonation

O-the best esb I have had so far. Grant it Im not the biggest fan of the style but this is a very enjoyable beer. Flavorful and an easy drinker. Highly recommended.

Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.