Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
01-19-2012 21:48:01 | More by jgagne
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
01-02-2012 05:42:26 | More by JayS2629
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
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
Enjoyed on tap at The Independent in Tampa, FL.
Nice looking beer, with a clear, dark golden body with yellow trim and a robust cap of white foam; nice lacing on the CC pint glass. Lightly hopped aromas, with some grapefruit and orange, with a nod toward caramel malt. Nice balance between hop bitterness and some citrusy sweetness. This could almost stand to be a bit more bitter. The mouthfeel is nice and hopped up, but the taste ought to be more hop forward.
Nice ESB, but not my favorite CC offering. Admittedly, ESB isn't my favorite style. Not bad.
11-12-2011 17:10:11 | More by Gehrig
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Pours a dark caramel brown color with a one finger head into my ccb snifter. Caramel malts with a great balance of bitter hops on the nose and the taste is intensified. This is a well crafted easy drinking session able beer. I could drink this all day!
11-03-2011 03:50:19 | More by jcartamdg
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
On tap at The House of Brews in Jensen Beach.
A – Served in a pint glass. Copper color with a solid finger of light tan/white color that stayed around and left spotty lacing.
M - Fairly light smeller. Hops and citrus in the nose. Tiny bit of sweetness.
T – Fairly flavorable citrus rolls right out of this with grapefruit, orange and a lemon/lime taste. Has a toasted malt in there as well. Bit of caramel sweetness. Some bitterness but not a great deal. Good balance.
M – Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Pretty drying at the end.
O – Nice well balanced brew here that is pretty damn drinkable. Enjoyed this one. Well worth a try.
10-29-2011 03:32:54 | More by GallowsThief
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-14-2011 03:47:01 | More by hdelavega
Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.