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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

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
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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PorterLambic

Florida

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.

Serving type: growler

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-07-2013 20:24:03 | More by shand
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brystmar

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-13-2012 21:45:56 | More by brystmar
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LambicKing

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-05-2013 21:10:55 | More by LambicKing
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bcsbeer

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-02-2013 05:25:14 | More by bcsbeer
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socon67

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-04-2013 23:54:58 | More by socon67
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 05:42:26 | More by JayS2629
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babaracas

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 06:16:28 | More by babaracas
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-10-2013 19:51:55 | More by Arsenal0328
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mctizzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-23-2012 23:23:11 | More by mctizzz
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 17:10:11 | More by Gehrig
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-20-2012 19:03:50 | More by SFC21
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djtomain

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-08-2012 23:03:21 | More by djtomain
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roadhouse

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-14-2012 03:57:17 | More by roadhouse
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-06-2014 14:45:34 | More by jkball01
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-27-2011 22:18:09 | More by CGMLS3
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Shaw

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

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

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

01-19-2014 19:37:13 | More by Bartos
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-16-2014 13:25:01 | More by BuckTuckian
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-05-2012 03:00:44 | More by IpeeA
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johntfox

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-11-2013 16:33:52 | More by johntfox
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Chingringo

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-20-2014 15:58:07 | More by Chingringo
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adam42381

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-24-2013 19:57:34 | More by Agentveba
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-03-2013 20:39:20 | More by wiltznucs
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