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Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
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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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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
Photo of PorterLambic
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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
Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +5.8%

CraigTravor, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +5.8%

shand, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TimoP, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of brystmar
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

brystmar, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of LambicKing
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

LambicKing, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

socon67, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

bcsbeer, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

babaracas, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

JayS2629, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Arsenal0328, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mctizzz, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of masterofsparks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev +5.8%

djtomain, May 08, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SFC21, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of CGMLS3
4.5/5  rDev +19%

CGMLS3, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jkball01
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jkball01, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Gehrig
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Gehrig, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of roadhouse
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

roadhouse, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Bartos
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Bartos, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Shaw, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Chingringo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Chingringo, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BuckTuckian, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

IpeeA, Aug 05, 2012
Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.