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Minaret Extra Special Bitter | Cigar City Brewing

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35 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by Gtreid on 05-29-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
179
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
29.47%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 179
Reviews by at7000:
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4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JayEvans813
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Pinglehead brewpub in Jacksonville, FL.

This ESB is fine looking but otherwise unexceptional,

Mouthfeel: The body is smooth but too thin.

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Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Shawner
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro, at Pingleheads. Dark coloured, tasty stuff. The hops, and of course the caramel and chocolate malts survived fine on nitro. A little creamy. Fun stuff that still hit the spot after a long day and night and day of drinking beer. I could drink this for two days.

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Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of KensWorld
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Rborre321
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hdelavega
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wilfonzo
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bierguru
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - the body is a dark amber color which you can see almost see through. Pours a fair amount of head but thins out rather quick to a light lacing

S - The brew has a nice light hop profile. Followrf up with some strong fruit esters. Such as grapefruit. The beer also carries some fresh grass scent. The more the the beer warmed the more the flavors in the brew balanced. From there you got a light biscuity malt character.

T - Up front you got a strong bitterness. Through the hops you can taste grapefruit, peach, lemon like tartness. The taste finishes with some biscuit and a touch of light grain.

M - Smooth, mellow, and mild carbonation the bitterness hangs around but nothing annoying about it

0 - was very pleased like how the bitterness did not ruin the fruitiness of the beer

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Photo of chrisdopeee
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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