2° Below Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,046 | Reviews: 557 | Display Reviews Only:
3.39/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
01-28-2014 00:22:07 | More by Immortale25
3.05/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
01-24-2014 22:59:19 | More by SylviaFaye
2° Below Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.