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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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Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

cyrushire, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

CraigTravor, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

JohnQVD, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

manutdfan, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KickbacksSteve, Jul 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

creaghphish, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

shand, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

aasher, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bigfnjoe, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

csiewert, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bluetrevian, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

djtomain, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mattmarka1, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mcorwin, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dna1964dna, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Stankonia, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Lare453, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

johntfox, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

craft_shannie, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CampusCrew, Sep 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bsuedekum, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

christoj0818, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

RandyBoBandy, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PorterLambic, Jul 26, 2011
Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.