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Cigar City Minaret ESB
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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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. A damn good and authentic ESB.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3590) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 Fuck me this is amazing. Appley and crisp, amazing malt bill. This is the best esb ever

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2011
32oz bottle. Hazy orange-red. Thin, soapy head. Soapy, dry hop balance...toasty toasty amber malt. Pretty solid, a good bridge between UK ESB and US ESB. Doesn’t blow you away, somewhere between medium and full bodied. A really good session beer to enjoy when fighting with your girlfriend about nonsensicalities after the better part of a dozen beers at CCB. Really, sessionable enough to enjoy and not be phased, but flavorful enough to really savor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
The aroma has citrus, grass, biscuit, and some sour grain notes. The appearance is amber with a white lacing head. The taste is balanced between citrus/grassy hop bitterness and a sweet biscuity malt. The palate is average. Not bad, better than average but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Draft… Mostly clear burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is both toasty and biscuity. Medium to full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor is medium to heavily bitter with an undertone of toasted barley. Finishes crisp and bitter. Holy shit… a bitter that is actually bitter! More like a highly hopped American brown ale.Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (374) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Deep copper color, modest head. A little leafy and peppery in the aroma. Light to medium bodied, tobacco notes at the end. Light and easy drinking, seems very true to style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2172) - Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2011
On tap at the WOB. Burnt orange pour with an off-white head. Earth 7 wood aromas. The taste is mildly bitter with grassy hop flavors that are countered by cereal malts and nutty/woody notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1230) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Nose is sharp citrus and bready malts. Some other fruits that I can’t really pick out too well. Slight caramel malt as well. Pours a dark copper color with light yellow head. Taste is sharp, bitter hops. Grassy and lightly fruity - tangerine. Pretty good and easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pacond (187) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Dark amber color, caramel hops, slightly nutty and earthy. Very clean and a little spice too,

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hombrepalo (1819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4oz pour @ Cigar City Sample 10of12. Pours hazy copper color with off white head. Bready malt and earthy aroma. Moderately sweet malty flavor, a little toasty with some caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.


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