2° Below Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Orangey copper with a rocky ivory head that leaves thick sheeting lace down the side of the glass. A very odd hop profile in the aroma with a very sweet citrusy hop smell reminiscent of limes...but I don't think that's right. I think it's a combination of very bright citrus and piney hops that is creating a unique a heavenly hop aroma. Some biscuity malt evident in the nose as well.
In the mouth, there's a distinct honey-like quality to the malt with the bright hoppiness delivering a juicy bitterness that pierces the malt and balances the sweetness in the finish. It's crisper in the mouth than you would expect. Bready and biscuity malt but, again, the hops balance that sweetness in the finish and aftertaste.
Is it a winter warmer is the classic sense? No. Is it good? Yes. Is it a good beer for winter to my tastes? Borderline but definitely unique and worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2010 12:05:21 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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