Minaret Extra Special Bitter
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #69
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,464
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 12.93%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
186
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  16
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: Opened in 1891 across the Hillsborough River from downtown Tampa, the Tampa Bay Hotel, with its resplendent Moorish Revival design and crescent moon-topped minarets, quickly became one of the most recognizable and iconic features of Tampa's nascent skyline. Henry Plant's grandiose hotel boasted Florida's first elevator and is now the home to the University of Tampa and the Henry B. Plant Museum.

Cigar City Brewing celebrates Henry Plant and his historic hotel with Minaret English-style Pub Ale, a malt-forward yet easy-drinking ale that brings to mind the nuanced and quaffable beers of the UK. Brewed with Maris Otter malt and traditional English hops, Minaret English-style Pub Ale boasts complex malt flavors, woody hop notes and a perfect balance between these two qualities. Nitro dispense rounds out the beer and emulates traditional cask conditioning, making it a beer to revisit again and again while contemplating the man and the hotel that made Tampa famous.

40 IBU
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 186 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 07, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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FBGordon from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Starts off well, but finishes watery with almost no bitter.

Apr 12, 2015
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jmathis from Florida

3/5  rDev -20.8%

Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Jul 16, 2014
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da_beers from Florida

3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 186 ratings