Minaret Extra Special Bitter | Cigar City Brewing

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3.76/5
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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
Ranking:
#23,838
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
185
pDev:
13.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of tfsimpkins
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

it has been awhile since i have had a cigar city beer that wasnt something extreme. i love a good pub ale type, and thats exactly what this is, straightforward and well made, served on nitro, which i think is always a great format for an esb type. this one is radiant amber in color with a frothing shaving cream thick head, off white and leaving thick rings demarcating each sip. it doesnt smell like a whole lot, but i think thats more a product of the nitro than of the beer, i often think that on nitro beers for whatever reason. the flavor fortunately is more robust, a nice english malt profile, maris otter and a richer crystal type, clean though and fermented down to near dry. apple slices and toffee and bran and raisin all come to mind, but this isnt overly complex or anything. a mild hop bitterness is there at the end, and there is a lot of body, but this is just a beer for drinking, an old worldy style but made to be somewhat modern here. its nice to have more classic stuff like this from these guys, who i tend to associate more with the absurd than the drinkable. this was tasty and serviceable.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro:
Pours a clear acorn brown including the red-orange shading. Head is a frothy almost doughy top of very tightly packed mini-nitro bubbles.

Nose has a light mineral aspect to toasted grain. A little bit of dried pine or grass seems like it play be the bitter side, but it’s a more malty nose overall.

The taste has the toast and minerally aspect of the nose, and they hit first. They step aside to let a little chocolate come in, but not to overpower. This fades as the bitterness comes on as fall leaves, then maybe a tad grassy, but finally a bite piney. The mineral aspect holds up, but the toasted malts I think really influence how the bitterness is kept at bay.

A balanced beer that is decently bold on both malt and bitter sides, probably bandy leaning malty in taste, but with a toasted crumb and piney bitter lingering aspect. Smooth as expected on nitro.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wafers
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | 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 Jason_cs
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jancona
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap (nitro) - beautiful cascading beer - super creamy feel, touch of floral hop bitterness and malty caramel. A touch of fruit at the finish (apple).

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Photo of rydev24
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyguyjg
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on nitro -- a creamy ESB. Imagine that!

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Photo of da_beers
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobertColianni
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 185 ratings