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Minaret Extra Special Bitter | Cigar City Brewing

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3.76/5
Very Good
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:
#21,388
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
179
pDev:
13.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 35
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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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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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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

Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seedyone
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Rattle n Hum. Meh! Looks better than it tastes. Nitro hid any aroma so I guess it was weak.

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

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

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap at Vito's Pizza and Beer, served chilled nitro tap in a tulip pint.

The color is ruddy brown with cascade-creamy head with thick lace stickage. The smell is a bit of dried fruit and mild yeast ester with mineral element subtle woody hop note. The feel is medium bodied with nice balance nitro seems to subtract some body but good for the style with mild bitterness in finish.

The taste is very good with a slight toasted and gently sweet malt flavor up front with a bitter element in the middle but slight English yeast character with a mellow mineral quality with dry finish. Overall I liked this ESB a more American style with less fruity/caramel but style has balance and is very drinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 179 ratings
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