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Cigar City Minaret ESB
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Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 92   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (658) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4 oz sampler / pour at Cigar City tasting room....this is one excellent session beer....balance of hops and malt...one of the best of my 8 beer sampler session....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Really enjoyed this. Slight fruit notes. Some caramel hint of vanilla. Bitterness not overbearing. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
copper color, aroma of caramel, earthy grain, toast, grass hops, flavors are the same, nice creamy texture from being on nitro, good for the style

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatDane1632 (507) - North Dakota, USA - APR 25, 2014
Rating from notes, drank 8 Oct 2011 -- On tap at Kickback’s Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL. This beer received a gold at GABF, and I believe it. Great example of an ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (490) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Tap. On nitro. Dark amber, full head. Nondescript nose. Nice caramel malt presence, but lacking the necessary biterness for the style. Does get more bitter as it sits

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Dark amber appearence. Breast, yeast nose. Not much going on. Taste is decent, strong bread taste. Malty. Overall an ok brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (380) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastmaster (327) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2013
On regular tap. Gainesville Florida. Floral aroma, grassy malt. Color Amber pour. Light head.decent beer, but my last favorite of ccb

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jnkor (316) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Aroma is slightly sweet with almost a syrup edge, and slightly malty. Color is a brown/orange with a small off white head. Taste is not exactly sweet, but more malty with a toasted edge. Palate finishes a bit sticky, like too much of a sugary edge.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LuckyDog (304) - - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Most cigar city beers are really great. This one is only good. When I hear esb I think of the smooth, classic, British style. Think Boddingtons or similar. This tastes more like an American IPA. Rerate: This time I had out on nitro. Much better. This is a very good esb.


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