Minaret Extra Special Bitter | Cigar City Brewing

BA SCORE
64.2%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 179 ratings
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
Ranking:
#20,265
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
179
Liked:
115
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
13.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Beairdaros
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on nitro at the brewery. Fresh & smooth; an extra tasty, extra special bitter.

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had nitro tapped. A good ESB and quite smooth compared to others. Hazy amber color with a think head, most likely due to the nitro tapping. Very full bodied and surprisingly not so bitter. A higher ABV is always appreciated but the smoothness from this ESB made it very drinkable. Overall, a refreshing change from run of the mill ESBs.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of gatorlove
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Budinetz
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in nitro tap at rattle and hum in NYC.

Has an awesome look to and super smooth flavor with great drinkability. The nitro really does this beer good, as I don't think it would be as good without it. Would get this again if I saw it

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Rborre321
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of hdelavega
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 cyrushire
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of creaghphish
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bluetrevian
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 64.2% out of 100 with 179 ratings
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