Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Minobii ESB (Leech Lake Brewing, Walker, MN)
Big fluffy off white head piles up high on the second pour. The beer is a hazy copper ale with golden highlights around the edges. Big, spicy nose that radiates yummy notes that are almost Belgian-like inside of a creamy lace. Peppery spice, lemon, mineral and light malt underneath. Spice and carbonic bite gives the taste a strong bite, and the light caramel and biscuit malt plays underneath. While a light looking beer, the mouthfeel is full and delicious.
Checking the BJCP guidelines, it seems to be a bit out of style. Hops and spice are too high, but I don't think I care--I like this beer. Reading the label, the Fuggle hops are to style, and I can taste the flaked maize and brown sugar. 7.5% alcohol is also above the style guidelines, but that's where the brown sugar went.
From to the label, Minobii is Objibwe for "drink and be merry". An appropriate name for this very tasty beer. Might not be an ESB by the numbers, but--oh well.