2° Below Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Duxx:
4.15/5 rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.
A: Pours a very pale amber, kind of like those fake honey packets at KFC. There was a 1 finger beige head that faded quickly but the froth clings tightly to the side of the glass until the last sip. The film from the carbonation was almost as uniform on the side of the glass as the film from whole milk. This beer was crystal clear with no evidence of any protein haze. While I thought perhaps it should have been a little darker for an ESB, its still a very pretty beer to look at. If only I could drink it slower so I could stare at it.
S: Very mild hop aroma. There is some kind of off scent in the nose. I can't pin it down. Its not metallic but what to call it? It is slightly off putting but not all together objectionable but I rated this beer down slightly because of that.
T: I really like the taste but then I'm a big English bitter fan anyway. I found it to be well balanced between hop and malt. Not to sweet. Very mild malt flavor with a pronounced but not assertive hop bite.
M: I found the mouth feel to be a little thin but the carbonation level was just right for my idea of a bottled ESB.
D: Very easy to down several of these. It had a good clean and dry aftertaste. I guess my biggest surprise was that this beer was an ESB (one of my favorite styles) because I thought I was buying a more "traditional" winter warmer. Even after reading the label I still didn't know this was an ESB. After my first taste I realized I really liked this beer. Then it dawned on me that...wait where's the cinnamon and spice? This ain't no WINTER WARMER! IT'S AN ESB...SWEET! Hey, New Belgium, this needs to be one of your regular offerings. I think I'll grab a case or 2 before this is gone.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2010 21:01:14 | More by Duxx
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3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - Pours a quick finger of off-white eggshell head, body is a brilliant transparent light golden orange, lively carb action in the body, thick broken foam rings left after each quaff.
Smell - dark toffee, robust wheat bread, sweet dark fruits like ripe plums, warm brown sugar, and just a slight whiff of floral hops and trace minerals.
Taste - Wow - very much like the nose, but an absolute balanced symphony - flavors are so well blended that it's harder to separate the flavors like you can in the smell - flavor starts heavier towards the brown sugar/toffee/wheat bread crusts and semi-sweet plum, floral hops join moments later, and then there is a spicy yeast flavor accompanied by some earthy mineral flavors. Finishes slightly bitter and dry with dried flowers, breadcrusts and minerals.
Mouthfeel - The large flavors and light sweetness give this a medium mouthfeel, carb is just medium and smooth on the tongue but then gives some extremely crisp, bright edges along the sides and back of the tongue. The feel at the front and center is wonderful, but almost has a slight harshness at the back, making you look forward to the next sip.
Overall - For whatever reason, I just personally like alot of the "typical new belgian" flavors that I find from the similar yeast and malt profiles used in their beers - at least it certainly tastes like it. This in many ways is like an amped up Fat Tire, and that's not a bad thing in my book. I believe this is a seasonal release, check it out if you get the chance.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 03:02:03 | More by blackcompg
3.43/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle, with best before date of February 09, 2014 printed on the label. Acquired as part of the mixed folly pack at the local Jewel. A new winter seasonal to me from New Belgium, and since it was cold as hell today, it seemed more than appropriate.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a very nice burnt coppery orange with some nice clarity and about two fingers of fluffy doughy tan head. Thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.
S - Smell is of brown bread, crackery caramel malt, crisp musty yeast, a touch of indistinct spicing, & some hop derived fruitiness comes through with hints of mango, grapefruit, pine, & melon. A light aroma, but pleasant enough.
T - Taste is of caramel malt, brown bread, touch of brown sugary sweetness, & roasty malty nuttiness. Touch of piney / grapefruit hop bitterness on the finish. More nutty and malty than anything else, but the citrus hops lends a nice touch.
M - Feel is crisp and clean, with mild stickiness / bitterness on the palate.
Overall, a decent enough winter ale for what it is. Moderate abv and easy drinking for the style. This was the first year I encountered this beer, and I would have it again.
New Belgium 2° Below Winter Ale ---3.5/5
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 21:49:41 | More by mfnmbvp
3.86/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.
A - Medium gold color with orange highlights; very clear. Head is white and made of extremely fine bubbles. It is just a wisp on top of the beer, but makes lots of lacing on the glass.
S - Fresh hoppy aromas of citrus and tropical fruit with only a bit of pine and grapefruit. Behind that is some bready malt, and sugar. Maybe some spices like gingerbread, but very, very restrained.
T - Flavors emphasize hops, with tropical fruit, pine and grapefruit at about equal levels. There is some gingerbread malt in the background, but it can't compete with the hops. No yeast characteristics show through. Fairly one dimensional.
M - A little thin-bodied. Strong hop bitterness. Restrained carbonation. Slight alcohol presence.
O - A good beer, but a little disappointing to me when billed as a winter warmer/ESB. I think it could use more malt presence to provide balance and complexity. Still, it is clean, well-made and enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 04:04:09 | More by Radome
2° Below Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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