Minaret Extra Special Bitter | Cigar City Brewing

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3.76/5
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185 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:
#24,627
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
185
pDev:
13.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 37
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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Photo of JoeMans
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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Photo of FBGordon
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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Photo of Mwinek
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served via nitro pour on-tap

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Photo of squack
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Pete_IV
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxson924
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayGlogovsky
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely colorful beer and has full flavor.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 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 smithj4
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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