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2° Below Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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2° Below Winter Ale2° Below Winter Ale

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1,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 20
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005)
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Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says 23FEB14.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before dying down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a bubbly ring behind.

S- Grainy, biscuity malt aroma. Slight tinge of alcohol.

T- Graininess follows through to the taste bringing some bready notes. A bit of butter, slightly sweet. Minimal hop bitterness and flavor.

M- Slick and thin with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- One of the less impressive ESBs I've had. It really is a difficult style to nail properly and bring out the subtle nuances. Nothing offensive going on though, so it doesn't lose out on too many points.

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A very fluffy off-white head gently laces the glass, persisting for an extended period. The clear body is the color of a new penny.

The smell is primarily of grass and ever green trees and is particularly pungent. The mouthfeel is slightly below medium, falling a bit flat.

Ales advertised as winter ales often have a lot of interesting elements to their flavor, but this brew does not deviate far from its smell with a blend of mildly hoppy grass and ever-green sap. The website lists it as a Strong Bitter, but I'm not exactly floored by its hoppiness either. While drinkable, the beer lacks the advertised warm afterglow and falls a little short of expectation. I quite like many other brews by this company.

If handed this at a party, I wouldn't turn it down, but I would not pay money for it a second time.

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2° Below Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.