New Belgium 2° Below Winter Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.6%
Description: Pours copper with big white head. Light toasted malt and citrus hops in the aroma. The malt profile in this reminds me of the toasted malt that’s so prominent in Fat Tire. Solid pine/floral hops come through over the malt. As far as winter warmers go, it’s pretty light on the malt and has more concentration on the hops. Drinks very smooth and is a fine six-pack beer for the winter months, although this isn’t the first beer I would think of reaching for while sitting in front of a fireplace.
Verdict: Worth Trying
Availability: Widely available in six-packs and on draft.
Commercial Description/Press Release:
Pull on your wool socks and crack open a 2° Below Ale. This tasty winter warmer started life as a small batch beer brewed for the Al Johnson Uphill Downhill – a telemark ski race in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Uphill Downhill celebrates the exploits of Al Johnson, letter carrier extraordinaire, who delivered mail by ski in the late 1800’s. Dry hopping during fermentation creates a floral nose with a hint of pepper and spicy, subtle undertones. 2° Below provides a bright, hoppy palate and a cheery warm afterglow.
In the interest of full disclosure to satisfy the FTC’s new law, this review was of a sample bottle received from the brewery.
Image thanks to shyzaboy on Flickr.