2° Below Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.93/5 rDev +8%
"We like to think we beat winter at its own game with 2º Below Winter Ale- a bright, warming blast of Sterling and Liberty hops along with tawny roasted malts. By pushing our 2º Below into a final, nearly freezing state, its ample structure develops a brilliant clarity. Dry hopping during fermentation creates a bright, hoppy palate and a cheery warm afterglow." Brewed in the style of an English ESB. Previously a winter seasonal as recent as 2010-2011, this was re-released once more in the winter 2013 folly pack as a one-off. Available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft.
Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a golden cream white head of a frothy, silky consistency over a very mildly hazy copper orange body with otherwise brilliant clarity. Carbonation is moderate, plentiful and vivacious. Retention is superb and lacing is light and sticky. 4.25
(Smell) The presence of hop characters in this beer is very distinctive, very fruity, floral and underripe citrus presence on top of a biscuity, lightly toasted caramel grain malt base. Bitterness is modest and the sweetness is equally tame- overall the balance is enjoyable. Potency is medium-high. 4
(Taste) The balance is even more evident in the flavor. A pronounced biscuit caramel and toffee malt base provide a distinctively English malt build, whereas the hop profile, slightly less potent than in the aroma, still generates a flavorful assembly of fruity, floral and earthy hop notes, nothing too contradictory to style nor distractingly bitter, the beverage is drinkable and very well balanced. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, fluffy, very clean. Carbonation generates a very mild frothiness and little crispness for a tame mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is equal parts bitter and sweet, just ideal for the style and drinkability. Alcohol presence and off-flavors are at a bare minimum. It should be noted that while many English style ales have a range of Diacetyl and mineral characteristics, 2º Below for the most part avoids this in favor of more approachable flavors. 4.25
(Drinkability) This beer blew me away the second time I had it, just so much more to expect over a no-frills ESB, the fruity and zesty hop profile works wonders for turning up the flavor in this beer. Highly drinkable, gracefully balanced and quite the quaffable ESB, perhaps in name only. Now if they could only decide to keep a seasonal around for more than a year at a time, I'd get it at every chance. This is arguably my favorite of the winter seasonal selections that New Belgium has put out, and I hope they return to bringing old favorites back in the near future. 4
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2º Below Ale
05-01-2014 02:39:25 | More by Jadjunk
2° Below Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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