Minaret Extra Special Bitter | Cigar City Brewing

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85
very good
179 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of juliusseizure
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Gtreid
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a tulip.

A: Clear copper color. Nice two finger cream head that retained well, and left some sickey lace.

A: Caramel and grassy notes, followed by a sweet malt backbone. I get a slight metallic note that was a little unexpected.

T: Great balance between the sweet malt and the bitter hops. But there is a distinct metallic taste in the middle of the brew that really brings down my impression of the beer. It finishes very dry and bitter.

M: Pretty spot on here. Medium body good levels of carbonation delivers the flavors nicely.

O: I think could've better. The metal characteristics in the middle are the beer's downfall. It had the potential to be good, just fell short. Skal.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber hue with a good light tan head of two fingers that fades slow and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is of orange, pine, and grapefruit. Malty underbelly of caramel and light notes of toffee.

Caramel covered oranges and grapefruit zest. Most bitter ESB I've had.

Smooth, easy drinking.

Overall an interesting and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of seedyone
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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 maxson924
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of masterofsparks
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ajtorres311
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Masspike84
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of VinsanityDiesel
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of roadhouse
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of wiltznucs
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Pete_IV
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisdopeee
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of danfinegan3
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gehrig
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Independent in Tampa, FL.

Nice looking beer, with a clear, dark golden body with yellow trim and a robust cap of white foam; nice lacing on the CC pint glass. Lightly hopped aromas, with some grapefruit and orange, with a nod toward caramel malt. Nice balance between hop bitterness and some citrusy sweetness. This could almost stand to be a bit more bitter. The mouthfeel is nice and hopped up, but the taste ought to be more hop forward.

Nice ESB, but not my favorite CC offering. Admittedly, ESB isn't my favorite style. Not bad.

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Photo of squack
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marcos_Graziano001
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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